Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stone's 14th Anniversary Ale

Last week Stone Brewing released information on its upcoming 14th Anniversary Empreial IPA.  It's an all-English ingredient IPA, based on a research obtained when Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele visited England in February.  Stone is even treating the water in the beer to make it more like the water from Burton-on-Trent where the India Pale Ale originated.  Here is a video describing the beer:

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA Announced from stonebrew on Vimeo.

Typically, Stone's Anniversary beers are "big" beers and the play on "imperial" in 14th's name, Emperial IPA, makes me think this beer will be big as well.  This runs counter to British IPAs, which are muted compared to their American namesakes, and benign next to a West Coast IPA.  If I remember correctly (thanks Pete Brown), the traditional British IPA was much higher in alcohol than the modern, post-War version.  I am hoping Stone sticks to its aggressive nature with Emperial.

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