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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber, dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (pine, resin, grapefruit, flowers), lightly malty (cookie, caramel), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Not much different from any other Stone IPA, pretty much the same cookie cutter characteristics here...sure it's fairly well made, but how many do we really need?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Well, I think age definately mellowed this brew out. It poured with a cloudy godlen orange body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and peachy with slight grapefruit notes and mostly malt. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter, hoppy and peachy with slight piney, grapefruit notes. Medium bodied, smooth and sligthly dry.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Cloudy orange-amber w/ creamy off-white foam. Big hoppy citrus aroma over a firm foundation of caramel, toffee, & butterscotch. Thick, sticky, resiny feel. Flavour is heavily hoppy & bitter but sufficiently balance by the malt. The hops, however, though still aggressive seem to have faded somewhat over time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. Better than 3rd and 4th anny, though that isn’t exactly a hard thing to do. A bit more hoppy than the previous wet rag tasting beers, less oxidized of course, but there is still plenty of cardboard and aluminum. Mildly bitter, bright. Some corn sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Undated notes: Pours copper/orange with a thin white head. Smells of sweet citrus and peppery. Tastes peppery and sweet with an earthy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teamsale (174) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2016
On tap. Pours a cloudy copper with a thin head and light lacing. Aroma is pine hops and light green olive. Flavor is sharp, strong hops, light fruit. Finishes very bitter. Just slightly above average overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Fills the room with hop aroma when you pop this one. Not very good balance in this though. A little to over the top. But then big IPA’s have never really been a favorite. The bigger is better hop lovers might find this appealing though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
For being four years old this still has quite a hoppy punch. This was getting some cardboard qulaities to it and becoming somewhat astringent, though. There were still nice signs of the grapefruity hops, balanced out by the toffee flavored malts. Decent beer, I’m sure it was better a couple years ago.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
RBSG 05. Very hazy murky pure orange with an ok light beige head which fades a bit. Lots of harsh citrus and pine hop aromas. Very sticky mouthfeel from the malt, but the hops dominate all the way on this one. Flavor is also somewhat harsh and metallic even. The hops have turned it almost grassy with some pine-sol. Harsh finish. Probably a lot better when it was fresh. Im surprised how much hops were still left in this beer though.


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