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Stone 14th Anniversary

Beer Review: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA


American ales, British Style

Very interesting aroma. It smells clean and refreshing, with an end almost like a powdery piece of bubblegum.

What I look forward to every year is a Stone Anniversary release.  Last year’s was phenomenal, so when I heard it was going to be a different take of sorts on British ipa’s with a San Diego-style touch, I was intrigued.  I found a bottle at my local Whole Food for around $6 for a 22 oz bottle.  Pretty reasonable price for this once a year brew.

Now for the Beer Review!

It’s a little after 4pm,  grabbed a seat outside in the sun, popped this big bottle of anticipation open and it is poured.

Pours a beautiful orange straw-like color. Little cloudy in the middle with a nice fluffy head of foam sitting under tiny carbonation.  This beer has the look that just screams “I AM as good as I look”, with a seductive whisper only I can hear. (Really).  I surrender to its beckoning and bring it close to my nose for a deep inhale .

Smell burns my nose with with citrus, then a grassy hop note with a little perfume-like ending.  Very interesting aroma.  It smells clean and refreshing,  with an end almost like a powdery piece of bubblegum.

The taste hits rough and bitter.  Very peppery and very light on the malt.  My first reaction of a taste comparison would be like biting into a grapefruit with salt on top of it.  It hits you like a little capsule of smelling salts that wakes you from being knocked out.  Waiting for the “bitter”  to subside, it does not.  I  understand the take on this style, I admire the complexity of this beer and what they are trying to accomplish, I really do.  British ipa’s, to me, are an acquired taste that took me a few years to truly appreciate and like.

Overall, this beer didn’t move me.  A little too rough and unfinished for me to recommend to my beer loving posse.  Stone, you continue to impress the hell out of me with your beers and your daringness.  Keep em coming and I will be forever your loyal  avid beer consumer.

14th Anniversary Emperial IPA- English India Pale Ale| ABV 8.9% | $5.45 for 22 oz.
Stone Brewing Company.
Escondido, CA


One response to “Beer Review: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA”

  1. August 16, 2010


    Just found one of these baby’s at the store the other day and saving it for a grill out with some people. I can’t wait to try it!

    I haven’t this annv. edition from Stone, but just as a note I’ve been experiencing a lot of the same. Just a general let down feeling or a bit of disspointement with hyped up special edition beers.

    Recently it was the Great Divide Oak Aged 14th Annv. Double IPA. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great beer…wonderful actually…but far from living up to the hype. In fact I prefer their regular Hercules Double IPA over their special edition here.

    Let’s see how this Stone one shapes up! I’ll keep you updated!


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