BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Man, this is a different take. Overall, pretty tasty. Cloudy blond color with small head. Very hoppy flavor, although not what I am used to. I do see the hint of spice and for sure the welcome bitterness. Thanks to Stone for their efforts. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vin. Pours a slight, mellow golden haze with a thick, tightly-bubbled, frothy white head. Leaves gorgeous, web-like lacing. Aroma of dry hops, bitter hop resin, light malt, fresh dough, yeast, and slight hints of lavender and pear. Medium bodied with a smooth, suave, subtly warm palate. Not too much spice. Nice long, dry finish. Awesome double IPA, but I expected nothing less from Stone. brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Love it when I can experience a different type of hop aroma ,a strange yet enticing flower citrus grain aroma,some of the malt is down there,taste is typical of the English style ,where the malt and hop both jump out at you,clash all the way down ,leaving a bitter hop taste in the finish. Taste is lively ,well done,not quite as innovative as aroma.Different enough to be an acceptable anniversary brew 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 (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
natejgood (533) - 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 (1891) - 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 (1821) - 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...