Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

Stone 16th 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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This year, our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of 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 apellation “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.

ID: 48843 Last updated 8 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank728
Overall Percentile98.5
Style Rank71 of 1807
Style Percentile96.1
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.931
Weighted Score3.756
Standard Deviation0.409

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

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

    Looks like a ten to me. Damn fruit fly seems to like it as well. Orange /amber colour with a never ending foam white head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet, lemon and pine. Candy flavour followed by lemon citrus some spiciness and a bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and oily with good carbonation. Although very drinkable, it is a sipper. Off tomorrow, no need to sip.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 8 years ago

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

    This could have been more, but wasn't feeling it as much as some of their other specialty IPAs. Perhaps a little too much citrus, but at the same time a little too sweet. Hard to explain...maybe not blended or balanced the best. I forgot that it was 10%, so for some reason drank the entire bottle thinking it was upper 6s to mid 7%. Cloudy medium orange appearance. Alcohol is hidden well at least, and had a good buzz. A nice drinkable DIPA to share, but not really something that I would recommend.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

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

    Very lemon forward in the nose, a bit too cloudy but really nice froth white head. A spicy rye type flavor, touch of pine and lemon, a bit of earthy greenness. A nice beer but I just had "best by ipa" so this really doesn't quite compare.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 2.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Light amber/orange pour, nice tight head, pretty lacing. Overabundance of lemons in the aroma, lemon zest, Lemonhead candy, Lemon fresh Joy, it just overpowers anything else for me. I know that there is more in there, but the lemon overpowers everything for me including the flavor. Just too damn lemony and syrupy for me. Usually I love Stone, but this was a big mess and a big miss. No.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

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

    Another hop bomb from Stone. Maybe my palate needs a reset because the alcohol in these big beers seems to trump any subtleties from the hops and malt. Plenty of grapefruit, lemon and earthy hops in the aroma. Rye spiciness barely peeks through in flavor due to the booziness. Boozy, bitter finish.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

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

    Beer pours a pretty standard deep, rust orange color with about two fingers of light khaki colored head. The head quickly sunk into a thin layer but was nice enough to leave some good lacing. Over the top tropical fruit notes as well as plenty of lemon as well, and a touch of sweet caramel malt with some rye spiciness. Overall, a lot is going on here in the nose.Flavors of ample citrus hops flavor throughout. Besides the rye, not much else going on malt-wise. Finish is mildly bitter with a kick of boozy heat. Some warmth from the 10% but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the beer. Overall a nice anniversary beer, thats worth a try.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

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

    Yet another (I)IPA form Stone...served up with fresh sirloin hamburgers off the grill. Pours more of a brownish orange than the usuual bright, golden color I was expecting. Ton of pine resin hop stickiness. Some caramel, grass and pine sap in the aroma. Quite a burn as it goes down. Finish is bitter and burn. Can't find any of the lemon in there. This is pretty much what I expected from from a Stone special release, but I don't think I'll be picking up more of them.

  • CYBERCAT 10144 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

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

    Aroma is VERY hoppy - not quite evergreen, more woody than resiny, but seriously hoppy nonetheless, with an undertone of sour orange. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale copper head. Extremely hoppy flavor has strong evergreen and woody notes but minimal bitterness, as well as, undertones of citrus and rye and a hint of honey. Full body has plenty of tingle and life, leaving a fizzy, hoppy, slightly sweet finish. An excellent Imperial IPA - catch it before it flies away!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.5 9 years ago

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

    amber .. good foam .. . lacing is like punching oneself in the arm .. . nice hop presence .. . crisp sappiness, very good- love the subtle lemony vibe .. . a tasty brew, thank you judy! .. . . well, its good for the garden.. - .. do you have a big one? .. - .. not that big.....

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

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

    Been a long time since a new IPA or IIPA impressed me as much as this one did. Kudos to Stone for creating this beauty. Effervescent golden body with a huge fluffy white head and thick lacing. An assault of soft citrusy hops and pleasing evergreen followed by a fresh lemon and spicy pepper effect. Dry and fairly light bodied for the style, real nice to drink. Exceptional quality.

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