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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Originally released September 2001. Brewed to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Stone Brewing Co. An "amped up" version of Stone IPA with many times the hops and cranked up malt profile.

Re-releaase as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Beautiful Hoppy flavor. It’s finish isn’t as clean as their Ruination, but it has more of a full mouth finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2002
A terrific ’imperial IPA’. Hopheads and I can agree on this one. Unlike Lagunitas Maximus, this beer is very drinkable (must be the dry-hopping). OK, it’s no session beer, but given the insane hop level, only the wonderful aroma gives away the care and effort that has clearly gone into this well-crafted brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
Chewy, hoppy, very oily and resiny but turning slightly unbalanced with too much caramel flavour to really let the hops do their thing (in the back half and finish, I mean, thus reducing refreshment and drinkability, like Shadallion said).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2002
Very Hoppy. A little ’big’ tasting, so it isn’t as quenching as a lot of other IPA’s. Great Flavor, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 18, 2002
Been waiting for this puppy for awhile, and I didn’t find it as scintillating at the Fourth Anniversary version, but its still pretty good. Enormous hoppy aromas that really attacks the nose. Big time bitterness here, start to finish, but the malt won’t completely capitulate the hops. It WILL kick your ass (trust me) so watch out. Re rate: had this a couple times since I first had it, and it gets less impressive every time around. Low drinkability quotient and starts to taste pretty disgusting by the end of a bottle. Dropped quickly from the ranks of the top IPAs.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beersnob99 (2) - USA - MAY 15, 2002 does not count
Perfection in a bottle. Explodes with hop aroma and flavor, but heavy hit of malt stands its ground. A good IPA squared.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 11, 2002
The hoppy aroma overwhelms you when you first open the bottle.Rich and complex in taste with hints of pine.An excellent IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BIGFISH99 (3) - escondido, California, USA - MAY 8, 2002 does not count
The best IPA by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Piney, hoppy, and sweet nose. Excellent stick power with beautiful tiny bubbles. cloudy and unfiltered. Bitterness hits back of the throat with warming alcohol effect. Soft mouthfeel with not as much snap I would have liked. Obviously due to it having little carbonation. Overall, a solidly made IPA and a rather complex one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002
Woo. Huge beer. Loads of hops, but an amazing citrusy maltiness to balance it out. A much smoother and creamier palate than expected with a brew this hoppy. Exceptional. Based on further sampling, have upgraded a bit.

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