yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a slightly hazy golden ale with a dense, bubbly white head that fades to a thin film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a hoppy aroma that seems grassy and sweet; floral and spicy with a note of citrus. It has a smooth medium body with a very dry finish that leaves the tongue a little gritty. It’s quite bitter. The balance is a little top heavy. It tastes herbal and botanical with a note of juniper. There’s a slight syrupy sweetness to it. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t identify this as a Stone ale in a blind tasting. dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Tap @ San Clemente Pizza Port.
appearance not at all what I expected. Cloudy pale yellowish color w/ a stark white head. Nice lacing. Taste is a strange spicy style of hop not at all what I’ve come to expect for a Stone IPA. Finish is really tame when compared to what the company description promised. Certainly not my favorite anniversary ale from stone. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2010
The beer pours a translucent, gold color with a moderately full, white, frothy, fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves nice, sticky lace. The nose is certainly British hops but very powerful and fresh; some lemon peel, black pepper, wet earth, some biscuits, and light floral. The flavor is better with pepper showing throughout and a more American hop feel to begin; pepper, dry biscuits, some sweet pink grapefruit, light floral, and faint honeyed malts enter just briefly before the high, dry bitterness takes over with more pepper into the finish. The palate is medium to full, lively, dry, and sticky with a mild warmth. The finish is dry grass, pepper and warmth, and just a bit of sweet grapefruit; the black pepper notes and mild warmth work well together. Of course Stone would find a way to make a British beer really good. I would prefer American hops to British 100% of the time but this was very well put together, I would expect nothing less from Stone. Still not the same as an American IIPA but still a nice offering from a great brewery. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
natejgood (510) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Light golden pour, white head, good lacing. Pepper and bread in the aroma, some mild pine. Apricot marmalade. Bitter chewy hops on a sticky body, slightly sweet, a funny yeast thing going on, not quite pushing Belgian IPA territory but headed in that direction, exceptionally long-lasting bitter oils on the finish. At 8.9, it’s too sticky, too over-the-top, and ultimately it’s just another IIPA even if it is unusual in the choice of ingredients. Impress me at <5%, guys!
Pours a hazy light golden with a stark white head that builds from the bottom and produces nice craters. Smells of hops and spices with floral undertones. This doesn’t have the same overhopped smell that many imperials do. This beer is smooth and a bit sweet in the mouth with a huge hop kick at the back end. Very nice, a lot of flavor but still very drinkable. Maybe not quite to the level of Avery’s Maharaja but definitely worth waiting 14 years for.
zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Soho Organic Market. Lighter than expected yellowish-orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of fresh grapefruit, tangerines, pine, and wet grass. Bitter pine needle and grapefruit rind flavor (not that this is a bad thing). Slight detection of alcohol but nothing off-putting. The commercial description gets it right; "the hops assert themselves early and often with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before...a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish". This is another exceptional beer from Stone. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2010
An amazingly hoppy aroma starts this up, with strong pine notes. Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Nice creamy mouthfeel, strong hop presence, with just a touch of biscuit malts. This is an amazingly tasty beer, but not anything I would call an English IPA. I’ll be getting more of it anyways... BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
22Oz Bottle Pours a light slightly hazed golden color very little head and very light lacing. Plenty of hops in the aroma which I find grassy with a hint of citrus. Body is medium and slightly oily with a long lingering bitter finish. The bitterness although not overpowering lasts and lasts. Back to the aroma, really nice blend of hops makes this beer interesting. Peppery, grassy and some floral coming through. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bomber. Lightly hazed gold with an eggshell white head. that lasts the length of the glass. Complex nose, white grapefruit rind and earth, sweet and resiny. Comes off rather dry, Spicy white pepper and sweet malt backed up big by a resiny citrus rind. Lingering citrus rind finish. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours hazy bright, slightly dark golden. Smallish white head. Nose is grassy, floral hops and light, bready malts, and bright fruits (pineapple!). Smells reminds me of Prima Pils, but an imperial (should I say "emperial"?) version. Tastes similar, with added white pepper and crisp dryness. I’d call it an imperial pilsner... maybe doing so would quell the hate from all those who think an imperial IPA should be one thing (citrusy hop bomb) and one thing only. This is fantastic.