Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

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


on tap


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6664) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Aroma is pine, lemons and a strong hint of spice. The flavor is lemons, citrus, spicy malts from the rye, a hint of sweetness and a mix of hop bitterness and tartness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (623) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle. Color: Clear orange with great beige head Aroma: Floral and orange citrus from the hops, lemon and white pepper, orange malt Flavor: Pepper attack followed by orange, apricot and tropical fruit (guava?) nectar on the mid-palate. Pepper resurfaces on the finish. Comment: Very aromatic. Wisely reduced the hop bittering to accommodate the peppery flavors. This result is an excellent balance of hop, spice, and malt, regardless of the big malt. Very smooth palate with the pepper adding some bite on the sides of the tongue. I originally thought this might need some time to come together in the bottle, but it drinks well now. Better than I expected. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Clear amber pour with small off-white head. Big dry Lemony and herbal nose (verbena/rosemary). Body is light, hoppy, smoother than i expected, definitely prescence of lemon verbena and a little pepperiness (from the rye). Bitter herbal (medicinal) finish and gets more herbal as it warms. ...hmmm

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2495) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bomber, thanks Brenn79. Pours hazy orange with a thick cream-colored lacy head with excellent retention. Aroma is citrusy--grapefruit and lemon rind, bready malt, cooked vegetables, very Stone-ish. Taste is also very Stone-ish, being very bittersweet. The lemon verbena really comes through, which makes it stand out. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is full. Its a quality beer, but its not the best Stone Anniversary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (553) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Clear amber in color with lots of lively bubbles making their way to the top of the glass. Fluffy off white head about a half inch thick. Lots of lacing left on the side of the glass. Aroma is somewhat lacking for me, relatively compared to taste. I pick up hints of grass, lemon and malt....but not to overwhelming. Taste is yummy...sweet roasted malts, lemon, citrus, warming alcohol, grass, and bread. Creamy, medim body smooth mouthful on the palate with some linguering heat. Enjoyable beer from Stone. I would recommend to others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (5910) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours slightly clear, vibrant amber with thick, creamy white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is lemon, tangerine, cloves, bread and caramel malts, citrus and grassy hops, and faint alcohol. Flavor is citrus and piney hops forward (medium bitterness) which is mellowed some with good supporting sweet malts and great lemon and spice notes; dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and slight warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6254) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow-Downtown, 8/28/12

Aroma: It has a lot of spice and lemon/citrus to it, with some underlying pine and other hoppy notes
Appearance: It pours a clear golden-orange color with a creamy off-white head and some decent lace-work
Flavor: Tastes interesting, with a lot more of that lemony flavor, medium spice, and a mid-plus bitterness
Palate: This one drinks rather cleanly, with a soft carbonation, a medium (leaning light) body, and a dry finish
Overall Impression: I have to say, when it comes to this beer, I give Stone plenty of credit for: 1) Making a beer that really does not taste like at all like any Stone beer that I have had before 2) Making another Double IPA 3) Going out on a limb a little bit with this one All that being said, it doesnt completely work for me. Dont get me wrong, I enjoyed this one, but it just left me missing something. Still though, much of this beer really hit the mark in my opinion. Ultimately, this was certainly a worthy beer to celebrate the 16th Anniversary, and that is really all that matters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (3420) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Very odd beer that I have to try from a bottle. Reason? The aroma and taste had mint chocolate chip ice cream all over. There was some pine, lemon and grapefruit rind but that weird flavor/aroma brought too much attention to itself to be ignored. Actually was a decent beer even with that since mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite flavor but I can't imagine that's how this beer really tastes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steasy66 (1124) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Half a bomber into Duvel tulip. Amber with 1 finger white head. Aroma is pleasant, floral, but muted. Flavor is fairly high on hop bitterness but light on hop flavor. I dont get a ton of lemon in this, mostly long after the finish, maybe its a bit of lemon oil that lingers, but its a decent IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.

The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesnt quite fit in.

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