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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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-released as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Bottle. Cloudy amber brown color with off-white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of high hops and a caramel sugar malt. Palet is an excellent balance of heavy hops with a sweet citrus malt. I really like this beer.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2002
More impressive than the regular Stone IPA IMHO. A deep piney, spicy, citric and earthy hop aroma and flavor finishing with excellent hop bitterness. The malt backbone keeps this from being one demensional. Not quite as balanced as Lagunitas, but still a worthy effort. Alcohol not at all apparent. Fairly typical deep amber color and a minimal off-white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2002
Load of hops in the nose but the first thing I noticed was the stong malt aroma not unlike a scottish ale with a creamy head that disapates by halfway throgh the glass. Coppery and slightly slightly Baceing at first sip encompasing the mouth with hops. A stong malted barley charactor qickly asserts itself and makes for a superbley balanced IPA to the point of hardly noticing the %8.5 abv.. Oily mouth feel with a dry charactor towards the end and a fairly quick finish of hop flowers. Has defenatly benifited from age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2005
Cleveland Locals Gathering Feb 05. Thanks to Zekenhoe (Mike) for breaking this out of his vast cellar!! Orange body and a white, rocky head. Funky, woody, dusty aroma, yet still retaining an overall hoppy presence. Malty flavors that have a slight honey-like sweetness. Woody, dry finish with hints of spicey hops. I think this might have been pretty rippin’ a few years ago, but by the time I got to sample this, it’s time may have passed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Probably the sweetest of all the Stone IPAs I've had. Nice biting aroma and flavor but very drinkable. The best "in your face" IPA I've ever had. More like a double IPA. Excellent. Sort of one-dimensional in flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
A slight barnyard and citrus notes w/ flowers on the nose... citrus and flowers w/ fermented fruit in the mouth... Gold yellow w/ thin head and slight lacing. Minor effervescence and light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Definitely very hoppy. A dray taste, but extremely good if you enjoy the hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
11/12/03. Poured out of 3 L bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Clear golden amber body, pale. Still lots of carbonation left in this beast. Nice, fluffy head that retains very well. Nose is terrific- very reminiscent of Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine- sweetly malty and yeasty, a bit of caramel, fruity, and hints of butterscotch beneath the bitter hops. Flavors are bitter hops, balanced maltiness and slightly sweet. Very delicious IPA. Finish is mostly hops and dirty malt-- very long and mellow, incredibly smooth. Simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 Unbelievable pungent hop aroma, nostrils filled with piney hops, cedary, smells, an absolute cornucopia of hoppiness, West Coast hops at their finest. Sweet , slick, mind tingling bitter hops, remember the bitter beer face man ? he would scowl at this one,but hops Lovers would rejoice, at this marvel of Hoppteriese. Uniquely sweet and still full of hops, once again Mr.Arrogant Bastard has made a true winner, Good job Greg, ,a Really Good Job,and Thank You for showing us what an IPA is all about, Ok how about sending a few cases to KY,IN,or OH ?. anyway you are doing damn fine job at making the beer we seek, Extremely Remommended, a Definite Winner The only IPA so far that I have had that is hard on Hops and still sweetly complex!!!

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