This is my third Stone Anniversary Ale review. I had 16 last year and 14 but somehow missed the 15th. It’s no surprise that the Anniversary ale is a big double IPA as that is what Stone does best. The artwork is great as always and the beer did not disappoint.
17th Anniversary uses lots of hops with odd names, see brewers description below, so you get a different flavor than most American DIPAs. Appearance may be a little lighter than most but with that nice thick head it is still an appealing beer. Aroma is not as pungent as I expected with only a bit of citrus and floral.
Taste was pretty good but quite sweet for an IPA. Some citrus and spice but not the huge hop bomb was I expecting. Finish is surprising clean for a big double IPA. Overall not my favorite beer from Stone but certainly a solid DIPA that introduces a lot of unfamiliar hops.
Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 102
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: Our latest anniversary beer, starring an all-German cast of malt and hops, is yet one more glorious example of a Stone IPA brewed outside the box. Our brewers have brought their experiments with German hops to fruition, leaving convention behind to create this hefty IPA entirely with pilsner malts. These provide a superbly crisp mouthfeel, while a unique mix of noble and new-school hop varieties adds layers of bright, bitter flavors. Despite the daunting name, this beer isn’t designed to bring about the end of the world, but it just might destroy some of your preconceived notions of what an IPA can be.