Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

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


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RATINGS: 686   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
We’ve 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, it’s all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). We’re 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, it’s a Double IPA (can you really say you’re surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let’s-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we’ve brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn’t 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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ryanfolty (2604) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2012
August 30, 2012 bottle at BVery’s tasting. Dark golden pour with some head. Citrus and floral hops with some caramel for aroma and taste. Wish there was more malt to balance this one out.

RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
The aroma is pretty hoppy but it is also reminiscent of floor cleaner because of all the lemon products in there. There is a good hop presence on the palate but it also has an herbal funkiness to it that reminds of old bell peppers and/or licking a Christmas tree trunk.

BeerSquare (117) - - AUG 31, 2012
Not usually that much of a Stone fanatic, but I like this one more than many of theirs. It’s an interesting competitor to DFH’s Hellhound-- perhaps a new sub-genre "Lemon IPA." In this case the lemon makes it feel lighter, and really marginalizes the malts, with the actual citrus playing off some citrusy hops. Aroma is pretty minor, considering the taste, and mouth feel is also surprisgingly watery, considering this is a big beer. It’s a good IPA, and surprisingly drinkable considering the full on flavor assault.

wilnatp (718) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Brown orange pour. Aroma of spice, rye, floral hops. Taste is well balanced bitter hops. Dry mouthfeel after.

BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bomber. Rich reddish orange pour with a white head. Huge floral hop aroma. Sharp floral hop flavor, with some caramel malt - really rich and tasty. Nice brew.

kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Ah, the Stone obnoxious IPA... crystal clear caramel color with a fat, thick, dense white head that lasts minutes! Plenty of them. More than 23. The aroma is dense lemon peel and an undertone of grain. I can’t get over the sheer quantity of bubbles in this beer. Reminds me of Pearl’s advertising. The palate is full, bitter hoppy resin. Yeah! After the first 1/4 pint the hops kill all the lemony bullshit. Thank God. I can’t even see through the thick white blanket left on the glass by this beer. One of the best looking 3 beers you’ve ever seen.

ICEatALAMO (1353) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden in color with hints of red. Aroma is full of hops and citrus, but don't really get lemon. The taste is a little off for me. Can for sure taste the lemon, but not really refreshing at all. A little disappointed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Ratman197 (15368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of lemon, bread, spice, grapefruit, pine, light orange anmd light tropical fruit. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, lemon, grapefruit, pine, light erarthiness and light spice with a crisp dry bitter lingering lemon finish.

XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Draught at rattle n hum. Clear amber, with minimal cap, but a dense ring. Foremost aroma is lemon. Holy shit. This is definitely a different impy. Lemon rind assaults with a gentle tart bitterness. Supreme rye malt flavor, with the lemon poking it's nose about. Steady lacing on the glass. Back to aroma, the rye is there but the strong player is still the lemon. Great lingering bitter finish.

timc100 (320) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 S: Lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruit bitterness. Malt presence - toasted rye A: Deep amber with foamy white head with great retention T: Lemon zest - almost Belgian ale spiciness - malt - all well balanced P: Medium-full bodied, creamy and lingers really well - leaves that great hop lining O: Another hoppin’ Stone

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