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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2001: Heavily clouded, atumnal rust. Intense tropical fruit and freshly baked cookie aroma, prevalant hoppy oils. Sweet buttery shortbread intro and tropical fruits provide a nice cushion against the citric bitter finish. Plenty of hops but plenty of balance too. I tasted this next to a Ruination and the 5th definitely has more yeast complexities, although that may have something to do with the fact that it was 18 months old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1531) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2003
beautiful copper color with an off-white head that lasted the entire beer. HUGE aroma very well-balanced between the caramel malts and hops. aroma didnt have tremendous citrus/pine qualities, but was more along the line of a resin. flavor was dominated mostly by a grapefruit with a very long bitter aftertaste. awesome beer...thanks to the Silky one for this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Slightly cloudy orange/amber. Thin but creamy, persistent head and nice lace. Nose of resiny, citrusy hops dipped in caramel. Medium bodied, chewy with resiny hop flavors, orange rinds, thick caramelly malt all balanced nicely when you consider the abv%. A damn good imperial IPA and one that has probaly mellowed since being bottled showing what it must have been when first bottled. Thank you psychprof!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 some time in sept. 02: Thanks to Marc for the opportunity to try this one..a creamy malty sweet aroma with mellowed hoppiness..crystal clear copper in color with a thin layer of big white bubbles..unbalanced up front and unbalanced at the end but in opposite ways (although being balanced isn't too important in an IPA IMO)...starts way more maltier than it ends..big thick body..creamy mouthful..heavy..warms the throat..carmal-like notes in the background..with hoppy twang in the finish..and some alcoholic trails on the way..I'm not quite sure this will get any better with age because the ageing so far has gotten rid of most of the stone signature 'Hop -Onslaught' I have come to love...still quite worthy though Re-Rate 12/01/02: This bottle still had loads of hops, a thick sticky mouthfeel, and a thick alcohol induced carmel background..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Scrumptious! Starts off thick and sweet and creamy and becomes super hopped (as expected). The malt and hop combo is like an intricate dance - they tend to play and wrestle with each other throughout. Didn’t notice the strong alcohol til I stood up - "whoa!" Typical Stone quality.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - NOV 24, 2002
whoe hops are there, malt quickly calms the hops. finnishes with a nice combnation of the maltiness and hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Bottle. A hearty amber color with a white head. Rich, full, chewy, sour, hoppy, pine, citrus and smooth middle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Pours a deep copper color with an off white head. A malty sweet aroma with mellowed hoppiness. Taste is syrupy sweet with a solid hop bite. Long orangy aftertaste and a big hop burp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
This is a great brew!. I just had an Avery’s IPA prior it had more hops. This one was much more balanced. I’d buy it any time it was available at a reasonable price( $4-$6) per 22oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 16, 2002
wonderful ipa - I can tell it’s aged well. plenty of hops - but you won’t cringe - just quite zippy. ample malt - almost syrupy - but not sweet. color is cloudy blonde. you can taste the alchohol just a bit - but it doesn’t seem like 8.5%.

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