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RATINGS: 772   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a dry-bodied ale that’s powerfully spicy with an earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness and a light biscuit flavor making a brief appearance before a long, complex and decisively bitter finish. There is one thing decidedly San Diego about this beer, and that’s its aggressive dose of hops. 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is brewed to enjoy fresh but true to its origin, ages especially well on a six-month long ocean voyage.

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ABUSEDGOAT (2847) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Well, I had this 6 years ago but thanks to the Encore Series I can have a fresh one and give a more accurate rating. Hazy amber color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, lightly floral, lightly spicy hops. Medium bodied, moderate to high bitterness, still quite drinkable, alcohol hidden well. It hits all the right marks, but nothing makes it stand out. I love English hop flavors, but none have really stood out in an IIPA like Pliny and Dreadnaught have done in the US.

Thisis12ptfont (1221) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Aromas of crisp English ale yeast, crisp light/golden malts, leafy, grassy hops and faint pear. Pours a peculiar light, almost see through gold with a very thin white foam. Taste brings funky, bitter hops upfront followed quickly by a sharp funky pear juice. Other mismatched notes of watery grass, resinous, oily grass and some funky cracker notes. Overall, not very impressive. Funky, watery, grassy. Nothing much more.

JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Dark golden to orange in color. Modest off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit dominate. Flavors of pale malt are quickly swept away by citric zest and bitterness. Flavors are there, but the strength and bitterness are a bit overpowering. 3/10

Zita (6331) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
sweet hoppy aroma,pale, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice beer.

snoworsummer (6065) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours opaque yellow gold. Tastes like dry booze, toasted malt, syrup, citrus, and dried fruit. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like hops, astringent alcohol, lemony citrus, and dry toasted malt.

Pyrmir (6210) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
650 ml bottle at Hasse. Slightly hazy golden with white head. Aroma sweet and malty, spice, herbs, marmalade, cheese and some foot sweat notes. Taste is sweet and spicy, Cedar wood, marmalade, apricot, caramel with a spicy finish

Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Once again, I forgot I had this so it is old now. Pours golden peach with a slight foamy white head. Aroma is spicy citrus and malt with some slight pine notes. Hop flavor is a ton of apricot with some pine in the finish. Rich body and nice lingering bitter.

slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"nice beer for sure. a fusion between a west coast imperial and an english ipa. hops are big, but less floral and fruit, and more pepper. different yet familiar. quite frikkin tasty, though not quite as awesome as last years."

Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Sampled with maniac. Hop profile has turned old and slightly stale. Sickly sweet, and without the burn that I recall from when it was fresh. Vaguely reminiscent of citrusy fruits and peppery spice. Not awful, but not great.

orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, lightly toasted malt, bright citric fruits; most notably grapefruit and orange peel; and some light booze. Very bright and refreshing nose.

T - Lots of bright grassy hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of light malt, citric fruits, and plenty of pine resin. The viscous resiny feel is very strong, wearing on the pallet quickly. Finish is mostly sticky resin with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, good not great.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The booze is light at the beginning, getting a bit stronger as it warms.

O - Not too bad. This one is definitely a sipper. I enjoyed the strong hop presence but the lingering sticky pine resin feel really wore me down quickly. I could have one of these but that is it.

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