daleharshman (1072) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 21, 2016
Growler fill from brewery in Escondido. Actually had the original version at Ston’e Winter Storm several years ago, but lost my notes from that time. I got heavily into craft beer around Stone’s 11th or 12th anniversary, so this was a little before my time. POURS a clear amber hue with one finger of white foam. AROMA of woody and piney hops, green tea, some bright citrus and tropical fruit notes, moving into additional notes of dank hops and cat piss. FLAVOR of mild pine resin, overripe tropical fruit (pineapple stands out), tangerine rind, all over a layer of sweet-ish honey malts that lends a nice balance here. Remarkably smooth and the big 10% is really well concealed here, lending this an air of drinkability that may not actually be there. No doubt a really big deal a decade ago when it first came out. And a big improvement over the 5th Anniversary that I had a few days ago. Stone’s encore series lets us see the evolution of the (D)IPA over the years. (586, 1042) JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Had two nice glasses of this tonight at Bittercreek... Fresh and super tasty... Every bit as good as I remember it.... Bright pine and fruity.. tangerine citrus zest... just enough pale malt to balance... Bitter, but not overwhelming... incredibly drinkable given the big ABV. Huge winner 10 years later. Cannot wait for bottles of this to arrive in Boise. stevoj (5425) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Draft at Bitter Creek. Copper pour, small frothy head. Woody, puny aroma. Malts become a bit more prevslent in the taste.
A bit more like the DIpAs we know and love today. slowrunner77 (12569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2016 to be fair, i think i had this 2006 beer past it’s prime (1/09), but it’s all i have to go on...still pretty good, although the hops have mellowed too much and it tasted and had the body of a hoppy barleywine as opposed to an imperial ipa. i bet it was awesome in 06 or 07!"
2016-finally a fresh bottle of the encore. Lots of orange/orange peel and pine. Oddly thinner and less alcoholic than the 8.5% V I had last night. Another good one, though far from the best AV beer. blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2016 Bottle. Toffee malts, light earthy notes, some faint rustic grainy notes, and moderate oxidation. Obviously past it’s prime. Like a bad barleywine. -- RERATE! -- Original rating was for an old ass bottle when this was long retired. New rating is a fresh draft sample for the 20th anniversary reboot. Pours orange with a white head. Bright lemony citric hops, grapefruit, some candy sweetness, mild-moderate bitterness, and a lingering citric hop finish. Solid.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) We tried it knowing that there’d be a chance it had gone south, and sadly it had. Turned from what was probably a big IPA into a huge malt bomb. Wasn’t spoiled, just had literally no hops left. ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Surprisingly balanced for a double IPA, especially one from Stone. Lots of bread malts partly balance out this citrus and resin beer. jeep1982 (4) - - OCT 7, 2013 does not count
I’m not a fancy beer person. I basically pick top rated beers and give em a try ( or beers with cool labels). Usually with top rated I am not disappointed however this is the exception. This beer was had some citrus to it maybe a liquid dawn kinda taste?? Not exactly sure and a second swig I pour it out. So sad..... Steve_0 (3744) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day, courtesy of adnielsen. Thanks, I think. This thing has to be over 4 years old and boy could you taste the age on this one. Murky caramel pour with no head. Huge oxidation, cardboard, old malt and stale bread in the aroma. Taste is much the same, nasty cardboard, dirty earthy hops, and bread. Medium body with soft carbonation. If you still have one of these please drain pour it. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle shared @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day via trade with pineypower. Pours a hazy orange appearance with no head. Very malty, caramel, oxidized, cardboard, herbal aroma. Flavor is again quite malty- the hops are completely gone at this point- and has some notes of citrus and toffee. This one is long gone but it was still interesting to try.