Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Weve been loving creating Collaboration beers with great creative brewers from all over the world these last several years-unique beers that would never have existed without the free-flowing imagination and idea generation of the collaborative process. However, when it comes to the Stone Anniversary Ales, its all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). Were talking about our own brewing team, of course. And while some of our beers, anniversary and otherwise, have been designed by a single person, the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA was definitely a team effort.

This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, its a Double IPA (can you really say youre surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the lets-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, weve brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isnt quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4970) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle. Very clear, copper colored, and a decent off white head. The smell is mint, lemon, heavy herbal, hops, citrus, and interesting. The taste is hops, fruits, mint, herbal, lemon, hops, and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bright orange with a good sized off white head. Aroma is of mint leaves, rye, floral. Taste is of rye, lemon, light mint, grass, grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
22oz botte from binnys algonquin which had a limit of 3 on these bottles. seriously?!... pours a mostly clear and transparent orange apple cidery hue and topped with a frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin film... phenolic assertive hop aroma, a touch chalky and medicinal in nature it seems with an herbal citrus like focus. semi sweet with a mild spiciness... flavors of herbal pineyness upfront to pair alongside a fairly sweet concentration of syrupy citrus notes. medicinal smartie like quality where the heat surfaces midway through and prolongs well into the finish. more spicey rye notes on the backend. medium bodied although somewhat full, warming overall, with quite a bit of a bitter finish. sweet and then bitter but not altogether exemplifying much rapport. not much finess and gives the palate a lashing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3616) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours hazy orangish color with off white head. Aromas of lemon, orange and grapefruit with some caramel,and rye. Slight spicy rye flavor with lemony citrus and somwe weird off flavor I cant quite put my finger on. The weird flavor is distracting. Not overly enjoyable. Will not be having this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Clear copper with a thick white head. The lemon is quite present on the nose. Medium bodied with searing, acidic hops. Loads of grapefruit & dank pine. Clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleph (231) - - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Clear orange gold pour, slight weak head. Citrusy - lemon obvious, pineapple, grapefruit. Sweet, caramelly, maybe some orange? Pine. Fades into pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4180) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bomber from BevMo Valencia. Nose is pineapple, mango, lemon, and bits of caramel. Lightly hazy copper orange with a medium off white head. Flavor is bitter with lots of tropical fruity notes and very lightly caramelized sugar. One of the most "tropical" DIPAs Ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2012
This is an interesting IPA. Pours a classic orange with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is loaded with juicy tropical fruits, oranges and lemon. Theres a slight malt sweetness and some bready characteristics. The taste starts off nice and bitter, followed by a kick of spices, and hints of grapefruit and lemon. Dry finish. Not too sure if this is balanced that well, but who cares, since I dont taste the 10% abv at all. Nice job and way too easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Aroma is heavy sweet citrus, mango tropical fruit forward, spicy rye, sweet malt. Appearance is hazy copper with medium thick frothy light tan head. Taste is very sweet malt mixed with heavy aroma hopping forward. I notice the lemon oil but probably would think it was aroma hopping if I hadnt read it on the bottle. Spicy rye quite present, possibly a hint of ash. Earthy tones and a bit of vanilla. Palate is meium+, Hint of alcohol warmth warms the tongue. Sweet malt and a smooth but firm hop bitterness lingers. Overall a very nice beer. Complex but it works. A little different from the typical IIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (2138) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA bomber bottle. The IPA pours a murky apple juice amber with a nice beige head of small bubbles that is persisting nicely. Nose is a acidic sweet blend of spruce and citrus hops. Taste is slight citrus on the front that mellows into pine mid taste and mellows nicely into a clinging mix of mild honey and good bitters. Body is lively and a bit tangy. Nice nice beer. I need to find more of this.

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