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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Stone 10th Anniversary IPA harkens back to our earlier Anniversary Ales, with abundant hopping at many stages of the brewing process. Appropriately, the aroma is over-the-top, with pronounced piney and resiny hop flavors combined with tropical fruit esters and more subtle notes of toasted malts and alcohol. Our Stone 10th Anniversary Ale weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume (perfect for a 10th anniversary beer), and has a little more color and malt character than our other IPAs. In addition to using the new Summit hop variety in the brewhouse to provide the powerful bitterness, we went back through our records and found some of our favorite hops over the years, and used them to flavor this brew, including Chinook, Crystal, and large doses of Simcoe in the dry-hop to provide a huge, complex, piney, fruity and floral hop character. This is a colossal beer, big in every sense: hoppy, malty, rich, and strong! Right up our alley.

Re-releaase as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Burnt orange. Fluffy ivory head dwindles into an uneven-edged halo. Dull nose of tangerine, melon seeds, pinesap, and honeyed dates. Bright mango is buried beneath the sappiness. Fuzzy carbonation. Dense and weighty on the palate. Fairly slick, as well. Stagnantly hoppy right from the start, with a concentration of tacky resins and a stinging lash of alcohol. Pinpoint pricks of pine needles augment the minty alcohol, but with the exception of the pine theres very little poignancy. Brightness lacks to a great degree, as stiff alcohol suppresses the sparse hop-derived juiciness. Hop character is quite dull and soggy, and the palate remains densely resinous. Fairly fruity, but exceptionally unpolished at all temperatures. Rampant honey, sap, and overripe peaches overshadow the glimpse of brightness that the mango provides. Tongue-coating hop oils lacerate the palate as it reaches the finish, but it remains brashly alcoholic and medicinal during the swallow. Muted hop burps ensue. Comes off as much more of a barleywine than anything else, and a rather dull one at that. Far too weighty. Quite disappointed by not only the tamely hoppy aroma but also the sheer lack of grace/finesse involved here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
derkruk (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bought a 22 oz. bottle at my local (Bottleworks). Poured in a tulip glass, started with a moderate, off-white head that laced a little, but eventually dissipated. The body is a beautiful amber that is slightly hazy. Initial aroma has a sweetness that reminds me of the country, like hay and fresh cut grass. But the actual aroma contains many elements, alcohol sweetness, slight bready/toasty aroma from the malt, and of course the hops! Lemony, piney, resiny, with some grass in there as well. Theres even a bit of baked pineapple in the aroma. The flavor is big, bold, but very balanced for an imperial IPA. The hops dominate with a bitterness that lingers throughout but does not overpower. The hops flavor is a little grapefruit, a little pine, some resin, but balanced by the malt flavor and by the alcohol. The malt gives it nuttiness and sweetness. The alcohol also contributes to the sweetness. The body is medium-full with good carbonation. And man, does that alcohol warm me up. Very rich, even a little creamy, with a finish that has a long lasting bitterness and sweetness. Overall a wonderful, huge, amazing beer that I should buy more of! Incredibly balanced and worthy of celebration! Its hard to do it justice in words.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2570) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2006
22 oz bomber, nice looking bottle. Pours an orange amber color with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is floral and fruity,primarily mango, with plenty of piney and hoppy overtones to it. Taste is very hoppy with piney,floral and simcoe hops present all over the place. Mango is detected along with a hint of grapefruit. Very enjoyable and smooth. Easy to drink. Id rank this right behind Dreadnaught as the finest Double IPA out there and Stones finest moment to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Pours a fluorescent orange... no an absolutely neon beautiful hue when held up to the light. A nice frothy head sits atop the beer that slowly fades away into a thick resiny lace. The aroma, man the aroma.... huge grapefruity, catty, citrus mango smell that just knocks your socks off and begs to be smelled again. The aroma is all hops with very little malt coming through, which is how it should be. First sip was what really blew me away. Hops are huge but somehow kept in balance with the sweet malt. Flavors of mango, tangerine, and grapefruit, maybe a little bubblegum...... SO much fruitiness from the hops. The malty side is quite nice as well. Lots of sweet nutty caramel with a touch of dough. Very nice. Finish is bitter, but not too bitter, just right, with absolutely no trace of alcohol. I cant believe this beer is 10%! The buzz after a pint told me it was though. Stone really came through on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Gold background to a red beer with an almost non-existent head even when hard poured into the glass at 50degF. There is also noticable hop particulate matter floating throughout...cool! Aroma has an intense Simcoe hop signature. Fruity, sweet, soft, round and piney hops but really no malt aroma. Flavor has the aroma components sitting perfectly on a huge, sweet, caramel malt foundation that is not overdone and hides the unbelievable 10%ABV well. No excessive heat or overly fruity alcohol impression. I almost do not believe this is 10%ABV. I think Stone has perfected the sweet, round,caramel malt foundation that is found on so many of their beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2006
WOW! Pours a perfect solid amber color with a medium frothy white head. Couldnt ask for a better look to an IPA. Smells of floral pine citrus hops all wrapped into one. Very intense and mutli-layered hop smell. The taste is fantastic intense hop smash to the palate with some notes of caramel and alcohol underneath. Aftertaste is a longlasting wonderful hop bite with some caramal notes at the end. This beer rocked my world, I love it. I wish I had more bottles of it. I should go buy some now...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 30, 2006
ive come a long way since i had my first stone beer, what was it 5 or 7 years ago. i picked up a bottle of arrogant bastard(mainly for the bottle, i thought it was cool) and i drank it and thought, this sucks. my tastes have evolved, a whole world of beer has been made available to me. i have tried so many good beers, and now i am back to a stone bottle, tha i think looks really cool again. a dark amber body with a fluffed white head that lasts. aroma was mango, pineapple, wet grass, roses, and pine sap. a pleasing inviting aroma that i really dig. flavor is more fruit punch like grab bag of mango, and pear, hop flavors are more floral than anything else, but yes the whole gammut is represented. really tastes like a spring time flower garden smells. while this is not the greatest taste to me, it int bad by a long shot. really sweet vanilla ice cream flavor doesnt mesh with the bitterness here. this gets a lot better as it warms though, and it does get a bit smoother in the way the flavors stop taking turns and start blending. pineapple and mango give way to a lingering nutmeg and rosey floral bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange amber with a bubbly/creamy off white lacing head that sustained. Aroma...wow love that hop aroma. Various citrus, mostly orange, fruity, floral, some light pine and caramel malt. Simcoe in the dry hop is the way to go. Flavor does a great job at matching the aroma. That orange, pine mix with the great malt balance that came across as a sweet caramel with some grains and a touch of nuts. Light ABV presence that became more noticeable as it warmed. Beers like this is why IIPA is my favorite style. Drink this one young as the hop aroma is great and not something you want to let "settle out".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is all about the hops, and a great many many varieties, ranging from fruity, grapefruit, pine, citrus, herbal, floral and spicy, to tropical fruit, pepper. Man, I gotta get some of these Summit hops to brew with!!! The body is round, lush, and full of the malt base that is reminicent of Ruination, but a bit more balanced and nutty. Finishes with wonderful taste bud tweaking bitterness, and very well-hidden alcohol that leads you to cosume yet another sip, and another.. This cannot be 10%abv! With each sip, there is something different to experience.. Glad I loaded up on 4 bottles, and just may go pick up more before the day is out!! Quite a treat from Stone!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Another great beer from the guys at stone. A hell of a beer to celebrate their 10th ann. This beer is very drinkable at 10% alc. and the flavors are great. My sinuses were a little screwed up so I couldnt really get the most out of the aroma, but none the less it was good. The taste were great fruit flavors coming from the summit, simcoe, with nice bitterness from the chinook. The malt added a nice sweetness to the beer. Overall a very good beer and I was glad I got the chance to try it, Thanks Black95tt!!!

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