Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

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

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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1561) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bright and clean. Lots of citrus aroma and flavor. Harsh bitter finish, but lots of hops here.


3.8
alobar (3864) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Orange amber pour with aroma of lemon, bread, and spice. Tropical fruit flavor with some lemon, spice, bread, and hint of hop bite. Very nice.

3.9
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.

4.1
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Really good hoppy aroma. A little bitter. Good and strong. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Hopmaestro (1694) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Marmelade, citrus zest. Taste is sweet and biscuity but with a very sticky citrus oil sensation. A little taste bud cringing going on here. Grapefruit juice and bitter orange. A slightly unpolished brew, but very good.

4.2
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 28 Oct 2012 -- Amazing nose, best part of the beer. Crazy complex flavors.

4.2
mrol (340) - - JUN 29, 2015
Pours, dark amber color . Aroma of pine and lemon zest. Taste has a nice bitterness to it mixed with citrus. There is grapefruit and more lemon. Long finish. Good beer.

3.9
Frozer (240) - Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Little head with a yellow body. Decent aroma. Fresh hop. Upfront bitter bite. Clean and light.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12471) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Another beer, another hit. The lemon comes out nicely, but subtly, in both flavor and aroma. The citrus hops compliment that, and of course, a little sweetness and a good dose of bitterness. Looking forward to a couple more of these. 9/12 - definitively more perfumey lemon in both the aroma and flavor out of the bottle, for better or worse. I think the trade off cancels itself out, but definitely a different beer on tap.

4.2
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma is sweat bitter. Pour is a dark tan brown. Taste is sweat bitterness. Finish is thick sweat bitterness.

3.5
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-27-12- Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter glass Appearance – Served an orange colored brew with a two finger off white head. The head was rather thin with it maintaining its composure for only a short time before fading to give a light level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some sweeter fruit smells of tropical fruits as well as a strong presence of some grapefruit and sweeter tangerine hop. Along with the citrus hop is a nice presence of a light pine and light floral hop aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor with some caramel and light fruit sweetness. There is a lighter citrus grapefruit hop flavor up front. While it is light initially the citrus get quite strong as the taste advances, bittering it quite a bit. More toward the end a pine taste enters the taste. This is accompanied by some caramel flavors which also come to the tongue more toward the end. These flavors all mingle quite well to give a pleasant hopped taste on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that was a bit below average. Both were quite nice for the hop flavors and bready flavors of the beer as they allowed all the hop tastes to soak into the tongue. Overall – A rather tasty brew. Decently balanced for a stronger IPA. Well worth a try.


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