Tasting: August 3, 2012
Style: IPA (Double)
Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary
Rosie likes to pose with my beer on the basement stairs. Taken with Paper Camera App.
In some of my earlier posts I note that the craft beer industry was born about thirty years ago with the rise (and acceptance) of Boston Beer Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I’ve also noted that about ten to fifteen years later, a second generation of craft beer was born. It’s easy to prove in that you’ll see a number of anniversary celebration releases with milestones that fall within 15 and 20 years. A quick Internet check also makes my point — Weyerbacher (17), Great Divide (18), Otter Creek (20), Dogfish Head (17), Goose Island (17), Victory (16), Three Floyds (16), Anderson Valley (20), Uinta (19), Lagunitas (19), Troegs (16) and Founders (15) to name a few. Since I’m part hop-head, I really look forward to Stone Brewing’s annual release and I was pleased to see it nearly a month before last year’s release.
This one is brewed with lemon oil and lemon verbena – which is a plant that mimicks lemon flavoring . I have to say that Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary is truly unmistakable. The nose is of herbs and in particular it strikes me of basil, mint and lemon. I get the tropical fruit — but the herbs are omnipresent. Not as potent and rich as one might expect from a double IPA, but truly refreshing and crisp. I’ll put it at 87 points.
Taken with Paper Camera App