Stone likes to push the limits with its beer and they certainly tried to do that with the 16th Anniversary IPA, unfortunately this mix doesn’t seem to work that well. It is a nice looking beer with a deep orange color and thick off white/tan head. The only things that stand out in the aroma are lemon and alcohol which is just strange.
Taste has a lot going on but doesn’t seem to have any balance. Lot of competing flavors with some big hop character, strong lingering bitterness and a bit of a soapy taste as well. The alcohol burn is also quite strong. This is not nearly as good as Ruination 10th Anniversary
Pros: Appearance, bottle art
Cons: Unbalanced taste
Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 85
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: We’ve been loving creating Collaboration beers with great creative brewers from all over the world these last several years-unique beers that would never have existed without the free-flowing imagination and idea generation of the collaborative process. However, when it comes to the Stone Anniversary Ales, it’s all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). We’re talking about our own brewing team, of course. And while some of our beers, anniversary and otherwise, have been designed by a single person, the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA was definitely a team effort.
This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the 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 appellation “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.