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Brewer: Stone Brewing Company

Style: Imperial IPA (British)

ABV: 8.9% IBU: 100

Serving Type: 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Price: (I don’t remember, but $6.99 or less I believe) Purchased From: Best Damn Beer Shop

I’m sad to say it, but this is the second year in a row that Stone Brewing Co.’s Anniversary Ale just isn’t the beer for me. Double IPAs aren’t my favorite type of beer, but they’re far from my least favorite; the same goes for British IPAs, of which this beer is both. Saying I didn’t enjoy this beer would be an exaggeration, I probably won’t be drinking any more of this year’s Anniversary Ale.

The beer poured a hazy orange with very little (practically no) head. The little head that was there disappeared after the firs sip. This may have been a shoddy pour on my part, I’m not sure what happened. I expected more of a head from this beer.

I could smell some citrus hops in the aroma but it’s not overpoweringly hoppy. I also smell some malts, like the smell of fresh biscuits.

The hops come out and are very forward in the taste, the taste is far hoppier than the smell let on. It tastes like a British IPA, only far hoppier and more aggressive. I don’t get much of the malt flavors I could smell.

I’m not a big fan of British IPAs (or even most British Pale Ales), I’ll drink them, but they’re not my favorite. And that’s pretty much how I feel about this beer. It’s not bad, definitely not like anything I’ve had before. This is exactly what I would imagine a typical British IPA would taste like given the “Imperial” treatment. While I might not be drinking this beer too often, I do recommend you try it. It might not be for me, but I imagine it would be greatly enjoyed by fans of British hops and all around hopheads alike.