zoucrew102 (1880) - - OCT 16, 2016
Bomber. Grapefruit citrus hop aroma with notes of dank pine resiny hops. Pours amber colored with a large, soapy off white head that has excellent retention and a little bit of lacing. Starts with grapefruit hop citrus and acidity before dank resiny hops begin to take over. Finishes very dry and very bitter with astringent piney hop resin bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. Not one of stone’s best IPAs. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 5th Anniversary IPA--2001 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.50% ABV. (4.95 / 5.0) IPA--Wonderful floral hop aroma explodes in pour. Clear thin golden red color. Wow floral dry hopped front. Crisp sweet mild caramel body. Smooth rich thin and dry. Balanced hoppy end. WOW! Sampled 11/17/2001. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Bottle - Thanks to eyedrinkale for breaking out this one from the cellar. Cloudy, amber-peach color with a creamy white head that lingered well. Rich, sweet roasted malt aromas balanced with citrus and piney hops. Sweet, caramel malt flavors, lime, orange, tart and hoppy with spruce and lots of bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Though this one was over two years old, I still found it to be one delicious double IPA! Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
It was nice to able to try this beer, considering it is a retired and very rare beer. A special thanks to Chris for a sample of the brew. I also tried the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Anniversary beers last night but those had gone far south, so I didn’t rate them. It was nice to try those beers as well though. Thanks again Chris. I found the 5th anniversary to be a pretty lovely beer overall. Light golden. The aroma had a pleasant buttery, sugary, caramel like malt scent with hints of subdued hops (peach). A nice melded malt flavor has taken shape that gives notes of honey, butter, dough and caramel along with a light hop flavor. Old but still pretty great. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Citrus, floral, pine, dank hop and biscuit aroma. Mango, grapefruit, papaya, pine, floral, caramel, dank hop and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a citrus, hop and pine finish. Very nice, better than the regular IPA and Ruination.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Wow, I wish I had the previous 4 years so that I could be prepared for the tremendous amount of hops. Bad news though, this is the last year they are making it. If anyone wants to know what pure hopps taste like have this. Its got more hopps than michael jordan. This is the most powerful beer for taste and smell. They should sell it at dairy queen cause its a freakin treat. Ok, I have a great comparison here. If you have ever tasted the sediment at the bottom of a homebrew , that is kind of what this tastes like, and if you have ever made a homebrew, it smells exactly like it does when you first start cooking the hopps. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Draft at Bittercreek... Pours lightly hazed orange with a firm white head. Citrusy hops with a bit of catty nose.. More malty than I would have guessed, but 15 years ago, this was probably pretty ground breaking. Now seems a little tame... Still super stoked that I got a chance to try the redux.
beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
On tap at Elizabeth Station on Stone 20th Anniversary event. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Aroma is resin, peniey hops, some slight veggie notes. Taste is pretty the same with medium sweetness and piney bitterness levels. Good one. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
At the Brewery, deep oarange pour with thick off white head. The nose is subdued grassy and floral hops, probably due to age. The flavor is similar with a malt influence. Wish I could have had this fresh. User134089 (1644) - - NOV 5, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Hawai‘i Bowl shaker pint glass
From: Costco in Fashion Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $19.99 (for a variety 4-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 20, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 20, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Bottled Aug. 17, 2016; 2016 release, 2001 label
Had been wanting to pick up this Stone 20th Anniversary 4-pack and finally saw it for the first time at Costco for $19.99. Done. No idea about this one, but giving it a shot from scratch.
Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of grayish frothy head. Nice steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good uneven lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)
A lot of different flavors coming through the nose on the initial whiff. Got herbal, bitter pine, slightly spoiled fruit, citrus rind, onion, hints of resin and caramel. Can’t really pick out the hops, maybe Cascade if anything. No hiding that 8.50 pct. ABV. Doesn’t quite work overall. (Smell - 3.50)
Taste followed the nose for the most part. Lots of different flavors coming in, but no real balance. Getting herbal, bitter sugary pine, earthy citrus rind, spoiled fruit, green onions, leafy vegetables, spoiled orange peel, hints of red grapefruit, maybe some red apple, caramel malts and light menthol. Very boozy. (Taste - 3.75)
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Earthy, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)
Was back and forth on this one, eventually settling on a 3.75 for an overall score over a 3.50. Some good and bad here. I’m sure this was phenomenal in 2001, but it is not in 2016. (Overall - 3.75)
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