Stone 4th Anniversary IPA

 
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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Released September 2000 - both bottles and kegs. Brewed to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Stone Brewing Co. Identical recipe of the always-available Stone IPA, but with 3+ times the hops (we couldn't actually put four times the hops in and still get beer back out...). 100+ IBU's (International Bitterness Units). The human palate can taste up to the 75-90 IBU range.

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3.6
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Thanks to cquiroga again. This one pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are sligthly sweet yet bitter with a slight tomato sauce note, a little grapefruit and a little pine. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

4.4
SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
From the tap at the Stone Winter Storm 2008. I had ordered this beer along with a Sawyer’s Triple and both were served in a small glass of an estimated six ounces. I was a little upset though since the waitress had confused the two beers with each other and I had to do the math myself and figured out on my own which was which. Anyways, This was a crystal clear golden brass/blonde ale with a decent layer of foam and no sign of any sediment or dust. The aroma was a bold and lively serving of hops and citrus. The flavor was strong and held a fresh juicy grapefruit taste and tons of hops considering the few mouthfuls I consumed. I’d really like to see this and all of their rare anniversary ales re-brewed and bottled to let everyone experience what delicious beer recipes Stone has in their archive.

3.7
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep, almost cloudy, orange body and a tight silky head. Ultra malty with elements of rich, buttery nuts and stone fruit. Little hop presence. I could see this being a very fine beer about two years ago. Different malt profile, but neither better nor worse than Stone 3rd. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing another dinosaur in a bottle.

3.7
wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Big hoppy aroma. Crazy! I’m realy surprized to smell so much hops after 8 years in the keg in the frig. Must have been awesome fresh. A bit of skunk in the aroma, which really isn’t lightstruck, I think it’s more from the variety of hops used. Cloudy yellow color. Some oxidation. Low bitterness. 3.6-3.8

3.7
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
On draft at Bistro during "Winter Storm". Hazy orangey color with a moderate off-white head. This beer was more of a novelty than a great IPA after 6 years of aging, as it had noticible oxidation, and some faint metallic notes. But it still held up quite well, showing nice rich malts and plenty of citrus hops, fruitiness and hints of spice. Full, smooth body and gentle carbonation. Enjoyable overall, but I would have liked to sample this a few years ago!

4.1
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Bottle. Cloudy orange-tan body. The aroma has candied oranges, leather, pear and orange rind. Lots of musty, cheesy hops. The flavor has an aged quality, meaning the predominant flavor (hops of course!) has that same mustiness. Otherwise there’s grapefruit, maple wood, and some gentle caramel. This beer is very enjoyable, I like how age has made it a smooth drink as well as giving it interesting charactersistics. Thanks to Jason for sharing his bottle!

4.2
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottle (Sept 2000). Has a murky but bright amber/orange body, and a small creamy off-white head with nice soapy lacing. Aroma is what seems to be stale hops, strawberry, brown sugar, and white wine hints. Taste is soapy hops, leathery hops, and some caramel. It is warming and has a creamy texture. You can tell it is aged, but it is still very good!

3.7
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very resinous and floral beer. mild residual sweetnes. High alpha unastringent bitterness. clean mouthfeel with some metallic notes, pobably an artifact of the hops. Good conditioning and nice bittering finish.

3.9
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 29, 2006
On tap at the new Bistro: Fruity pineapple aroma with a hint of evergreen. Hazy peach color with a small off-white head. Flavor starts fruity and sweet with citrus, well balanced with a sharp grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. I’m sure it has mellowed over the years. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

3.8
DenverLogan (1213) - LA, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
At Winter Storm...cloudy apricot-copper color. Floral-hop-earth aroma. Rich, big bite of citrus hops, orange peel, a little funky.


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