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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
86 96 76 4 19 2
10th Anniversary IPA by Stone Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
10.00 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
Bright agate ruby brown with a medium head of creamy, lightly yellowed froth thats dense and firmly fluffed. Resides ever so slowly to an always presense skim and bubbles along the collar. Big streams of stringy lacing stick strongly along the glass.

Aroma is of muted tropical juiceyness favoring pineapple, peach, and mango. Pine sap highness retreats into the warmth after sitting for a bit. Somehow maintains and creates a certain thickly luster of darkly sweet vapors that are pleasingly tropical and rounded. Nice nose.

Taste follows suit with a big lolly pop lick of tropical fruit flavors that are sweetened in a low mannered dullness that keeps it from being overly juicy in any fashion. Dark and candyish all the way with a wallop of tangy undertoned mango, peach, orange, tangerine, and pineapple all wrapped up in an caramel cooking sauce. Piney stuff floats about, more so in the finishing areas where it tends to grab a slight bittering bite mixing with a citric peel, oil, and pith nudge. Warming throat tingley things develope late under the blanket of tropical laden malt tones. A well-rounded tropical treat.

Feel and body of this brew is pretty solid with a firm hold of malt that is darkly set with sweetened sugaryness of tropical fruits and caramel. Low ended piney oiled bitterness bends the balance together nicely, more so in the finish. Good malt body filled with a welcoming warmth as it fills the belly and the mind full of dancing tropical candied fruits, maintaining a very nice muted tang and dark wave of citric/piney bitterness.

Happy Anniversary to Stone Brewing. Keep em coming. This one is another keeper that's sure to soak your palate with malt laden goodness. And it has that certain hoppy twist and fare of other Stone brews that makes it oh so wondefully drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by k3n on 05/25/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 4 7 2008
3L Growler stored in my cooler, and opened 5/24/08, aged approx 2 years.

I remember having this fresh, and enjoying it immensely, this being the IIPA that introduced me to just how fruity/citrusy an IIPA could be. Let's see how's it's held up...

A: Mostly clear, dark amber-gold. Not too much head, but I think asking for the growler to hold all the carbonation for 2 years is asking a bit much. Looks inviting nonetheless!

S: The malt has definitely over-taken things here. Plenty of caramelly goodness, but there's a distinct honey tint to the aroma as well. That's interesting. The citrusy hops are still there, but just in the background now.

T: It's pretty much a barleywine now. The maltiness is a really nice, mellow caramel/honey sweetness. This is followed by a bit of citrus rind bitterness/dryness, and a hit of raw alcohol on the finish. The fresh fruitniness I remember from the fresh bottle is gone. Sadness.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent. Even with a lower carbonation, the beer coats the mouth nicely, and provides an excellent fullness.

As an IIPA, I'd say this one is definitely past it's prime, but as an experiment in aging beer, it's pretty damn interesting.

Served In: Mug

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 20 4 9 0
Originally reviewed 09/02/06

Poured from bomber into pint.

A - Pours a nice clear, dark amber body. Thick 1.5 finger head that isn't going anywhere. Tight, fine bubble floating to the top.

S - As much as I am hyped up for this, the smell is even better. Fresh wet hops. Fruity and citrusy with strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine and a bit of lemon. Sweet syrupy caramel malts.

T - Oh my! Sweet caramel malt and bitter bite up front. Pine bitterness takes hold and then melds into the caramel flavor again. Finishes with the sweet, floral hop notes with citrus flavors. Grapefruit, tangerine, strawberry. Alcohol is there, but not overpowering. I am in hop heaven.

M - Medium bodied, slightly oily, but very smooth and almost creamy.

D - Great beer with tons going on. Time to order more.

Thanks to Westsidethreat for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
This was a dissapointment for me. WAAAAYYY to piny. I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t do it. Tried it chilled, didn’t like the first glass so i let it warm a bit, still no luck. The overkill piny taste was too much. Couldn’t get any alcohol or hops flavor out of it. I will try it again, but not for a while. Re-Rated on 3-7-07 This thing has mellowed out a bit. It falls much more into may category of a top notch IIPA. The pine taste is there still, but in a much more blended taste.

Served In: Pint Glass

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