Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

8.9% Alcohol by Volume

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We went to England this past spring as self-styled “IPA Hunters” on a mission to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of India Pale Ale – to look for some certainty where those before us have found mostly mystery and mercantilism. While our success in this pursuit is open to debate, there can be no question that we returned home inspired by the ghosts of Burton and by the experience of poring over 150-year old brewer’s logs handwritten in (India?) ink. Stone Brewing Co., after all, traces its lineage back to the British Empire’s brewing history: we make ales, and all of our original offerings used traditional British styles as a jumping-off point. If this seems a roundabout way of letting you know that, yes, we are in fact brewing another IPA to mark our Anniversary, well, so be it. This one however, promises to be different! From the imported white malt to the “Burtonised” water to the rare yeast strain to the most pungent hops Kent has to offer, we used all British ingredients to brew our “Emperial” IPA.* While we may have brewed Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA with our own distinctively modern, San Diego-style touch, what good is history if you can’t rewrite it to suit your tastes? In this case, our tastes called for highly intemperate quantities of Target, East Kent Goldings, and Boadicea hops, bestowing upon this dry-bodied ale a powerfully spicy, earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before being beaten back by a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish. What better way to contemplate the fate of empires past, present, and future?

ID: 39256 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank553
Overall Percentile98.8
Style Rank50 of 1807
Style Percentile97.2
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.935
Weighted Score3.795
Standard Deviation0.477

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  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

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

    Dry pale malts with an assault of noble hops.......yup noble hops from a California brewer. Didn't register at first with me either, but this was an incredible and unique hop bomb. Price around this area was a bit steep, and prevented me from going back for all I could find.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

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

    July 2010 - I don’t normally like the British IPA attempts, but this is far and away the best one. Like colored with nice frothy head and lots of lacing. Loads of earthy malt-like flavors with a toasty spicy finish. Peppery spicing. Hugely hopped but with each sip the bitterness seems to wait patiently until your palate can process the complex malt and then just when you think it’s over, the bitterness comes in at the end hard and fast. Really excellent.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

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

    A veeeeeeeery nice Imperial IPA courtesy of jlozier... thanks, Buddy. With Stone I've come to expect some over-the-top offerings and I guess in way this was over-the-top tasty. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a slight head. Aromas of citrus abound... would pair well with a bacon-spinach fritata for a weekend brunch... too bad none is left. Pleasantly medium on the pallette - and the flavor! Citrus and pine, but more spicy-peppery than pucker-factor bitter... a very nice touch on this one. Hopefully with our new legislature, we can repeal the container size restriction and Stone will become more readily available. Again, many thanks, j!

  • SIGMUND 4279 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

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

    Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 8.9%. Cloudy deep yellow to orange colour, moderate white head. Very hoppy aroma, catty and resinous notes, also hints of blackcurrants and grapefruit. Hoppy and very bitter flavour, sharp and nearly medicinal in the finish. Clearly overdone on the Target hops, but nice (in a weird way) anyhow.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 2.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This poured a cloudy yellow color with a moderate white head. The aroma contains spices, lemons, grass (not mary jane just lawn grass) and some barnyard funk oddly similar to a saison. The flavor is full of lemons and grass. Very yeasty this one is! This one fights between being extremely sour and bitter with an odd plastic finish. I fear this one is in the Belgian IPA mold which I am not a fan of the style. Overall this kind of sucks.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

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

    Beer 4 of my 12 Beers of Christmas 2010 - obtained through trade with jlozier. Hazy orange pour with some sediment, a thick white head and ample lacing. Nice sweet earthy apricot and peach hops aroma with a very slight pine resin undertone. Taste is much like the aromas with a earthy and peachy hops flavor and long light bitter linger. Nice one from Stone and JLoz.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

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

    Bottle. y and lively golden colour with some haze with a rich fluffy lasting white head. Fruity and fresh hop aroma of Seville oranges, spices, red grapefruit, mild pepper, wee hint of resin, white pepper and mild lemon-zest. Full-bodied with strong bitter and rather crisp notes of orange-peels, red grapefruit, wet grass and spicy hops. Sparkling, hoppy MF. Long bitter finish of orangey, peppery and grassy hops with notes of lemon-zest and red grapefruit. A San Diego Style UK-style DIPA; interesting and funny, this was quite a pleasant surprise! Tasty stuff for sure!

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

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

    Holy crap this is delicious. I was a little wary because I thought that an IPA from Stone might be a little strong. Little did I know it was an "EPA" and made in an English style. This has made this beer worth drinking by the gallon. It lacks the traditional Stone grapefruit/acid powerhouse slam and instead has peppery and almost sweet undertones. Delicious! The color is more yellowish that I was expecting. Great lacing on the glass. The heat from the alcohol is non-existent.

  • CYBERCAT 10144 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

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

    Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with an overtone of surprisingly sweet grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head. Flavor is richly hoppy and subtly bitter, just as an IPA should be, with citrus undertone - mainly grapefruit - and a hint of honey sweetness that complements the hoppy bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a citrus finish that is both sweet and bitter. Hunt this one down!

  • REGSPEIR 155 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

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

    Got this bottle at Wegman’s in Collegeville, Pa. Pours a lemon yellow with a small head which dissaptes to an irregular coating. Lacing is thin and transient. Nose is earthy and grassy with only hints of citrus and pale malt. Taste is sweet malts, lemon, some spice. Bitterness is there for sure but especially in the finish. Good thing because this starts very sweet. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium and medium carbonation. The ABV is not noticed. This is a decent beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

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