Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

10% Alcohol by Volume

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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA harkens back to our earlier Anniversary Ales, with abundant hopping at many stages of the brewing process. Appropriately, the aroma is over-the-top, with pronounced piney and resiny hop flavors combined with tropical fruit esters and more subtle notes of toasted malts and alcohol. Our Stone 10th Anniversary Ale weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume (perfect for a 10th anniversary beer), and has a little more color and malt character than our other IPAs. In addition to using the new Summit hop variety in the brewhouse to provide the powerful bitterness, we went back through our records and found some of our favorite hops over the years, and used them to flavor this brew, including Chinook, Crystal, and large doses of Simcoe in the dry-hop to provide a huge, complex, piney, fruity and floral hop character. This is a colossal beer, big in every sense: hoppy, malty, rich, and strong! Right up our alley.

ID: 23686 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank150
Overall Percentile99.7
Style Rank13 of 1807
Style Percentile99.3
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.7
Average Score4.104
Weighted Score3.986
Standard Deviation0.415

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 2.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    This is a beer I tried years ago and didn't like, and had the chance to try it again, and it was even worse. Going back to the original rating from August 2006.........this was lighter in color than most IIPAs with a foul smell. I had it with the brewmaster and he assured me it smelled correctly. I didn;t find the complexity or strength in the taste that is usually found in IIPAs. This was a huge miss.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle from Hi-Time. Never got the chance to try this one fresh but one that I wished I did so an aged bottle was my last opportunity. Pours a reddish-copper color with a relatively thick off-white head that fades. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some toffee and some hops showing in the way of pine and resin. Lots of caramel malty and citrusy flavors, orange peel, maybe even some mango with some hops that are very resiny, a little oily, some grapefruit as well. Obviously the hops have faded but they were still sharper than I expected from a 2 1/2 year old bottle. This is no doubt totally different than it was fresh, drinking more like an American Barleywine now, but still very good and aged pretty well. I wish I could comment on how it was fresh.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    to be fair, i think i had this 2006 beer past it's prime (1/09), but it's all i have to go on...still pretty good, although the hops have mellowed too much and it tasted and had the body of a hoppy barleywine as opposed to an imperial ipa. i bet it was awesome in 06 or 07!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    much better than the two year old version of the 10th AV on it's own. the cask againg rounds out the body, while the dry hopping with simcoes and amarillos reinvigeate the flavor. Very good!

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours out in a hazy reddish orange colour with a low, sticky white foam. Hoppy and citric aroma of grapefruit, bloodoranges with sweet resinous piney notes. Full, hoppy and bitter flavour pine-needles, grapefruit, lemon-zest and caramel. Long hoppy finish of grapefruit and wet grass with sweet undertones of caramel and bloodoranges. But the hops still dominates . Well-hiden alcohol. Great!

  • CHEDDERROB 286 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Crystal clear deep amber body topped by a medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, herbal, caramel, peach, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, peach syrup, light alcohol, cane sugar. Alcohol is held well by the resiny, sticky full body.

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    American hop aroma with a bit of graininess. Light golden color, nice arrangement of foam. Smooth and soft mouthfeel, leaves you thirsty for more. Some malty sweetness backs a very intensely American floral like hop flavor. Excellent DIPA hop centric flavor with enough malt to counter, great job, Stone.

  • REDHAZE 340 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    22oz bottle version 4. Pours a dark copper color with a two finger off-white head that is very slow to fade away. The resulting lace is thick and very organized. Smell; very strong pine resin aromas, with a little citric grapefruit and orange peels thrown in as well. There's also a bit of a tropical fruit presence. The malts have a bigger role in the aroma than I was expecting, with caramel malts Taste; the caramel malts come out first, which is a bit of a surprise knowing how much hops are in this one. Lots of citric and tropical fruit flavors run rampant trough out the middle, with a little bit of piney hops in the finish. Very nice, but I thought the aroma was better than the flavor. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is full and very creamy, with a drinkability that gets better the warmer this gets. Doesn't get boring at all, as the subtulties change enough throughout the 22 ounces to keep me interested.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    After waiting awhile to try this one out (there was a lot of good and bad reviews about it) I was able to try it at our December tasting. The aroma smelled like cat piss. Don't know how else to say it. Cat piss with a bit of pine thrown in. Appearance was a deep orange color, nice head. Mouthfeel was full and a bit sharp. Flavors were just a little too sweet for my liking. It was hoppy, yes but I didn't find a nice balance like I did with Ruination. Overall, a good beer but I think I'll stick with Ruination.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a medium amber color ale with a medium slightly off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of bit citrus hops is clearly dominant as expected with some nice trace of caramel malt. Taste is bitter as hell with the dominant force of the citrus hops with a good base of caramel malt. Body is a bit thin and less filtration would have been appreciated but alcohol is very well hidden. Well done for the style but not necessarily something I would go for very often.

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