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RATINGS: 770   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA is a dry-bodied ale thats 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 thats 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (16051) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of orange zest, massive peppery and piney hops, and some earthiness. Flavour of huge, but balanced pine hops - orange zest at the beginning, followed by citrus, lemongrass, and more hops. Excellent lingering bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is European hops, earthy and slightly piney. Flavor is bitter with slight caramel flavor and some lemon, and a smoky note. Lively carbonation, Finish leaves lingering bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bright orange tinted straw body with a tall standing, frothy white head. Interesting hop aroma that im struggling to sieve through my pollen soaked nasals. An earthy herbal note with a strong spice note and a light black tea quality. Strong lemongrass character. Very rich biscuity malt body with strong herbal, earthy notes. Not nearly the bitterness I was expecting but still pretty goddamn pungent. Great resinous component that compliment the dopplebock-esque pepper and a lemony citrus. Dry finish that is wonderfully expressive and counter to where most big IPAs dwell. Really fantastic departure from a heavily cookie-cutterd style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3837) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small, thick white head. Aroma of citrus, mango, lots of sweet fruits, sour patch kids candy, bitter hops. Flavor of spicy hops, pepper, tangy citrus hops. A nice spicy IIPA - interesting and tasty. Finally a winner from the Stone Anniversary series! 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2010
fresh color from fatheads. A-pours an extremely murky orangish amber color with tons of dense white head leaving solid lacing. S-nose is interesting, doughy bread with some funkiness to it, melon rind, honeydew. T-much more towards a traditional english ipa, sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, honeydew and a little melon rind, hints of herbal and grassy hops in the back, moderate to strong bitterness in the finish. M-soft but very grainy palate, syrupy and thick, moderate carbonation. D-nicely balanced with good malt body and strong hop presence in the back. quite enjoyable and pretty unique, all in all a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
22oz bottle shared with tupalev. Hazy gold, nice lasting fizzy-frothy off-white head. Aroma - my first thought was "Hopfenstark?!!!!" - seriously, this is one funky-smelling beer ... a real melange of spicy dry yeast, alcohol, lemon rind and some kick-ass sour/funky hops that I dont have the words to describe - "UK" is lamer than usual in this context, but that is NOT your normal west coast DIPA ... amazing stuff. The taste follows, but there is more traditional citrus/resin and even a hint of spruce - enough sweet malt body to give the alcohol and bitterness something to cling to, but this is quite a ride of a beer. VERY lively mouthfeel, acidic, well-carbonated, juicy oh-so briefly, then a long somewhat boozy funky-bitter finish ... man, I hope I can snag a couple more of these before they disappear: and hey, Stone - maybe make this a yearly offering? Please????

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
bottle from citywide. pours a hazed golden with a fizzy offwhite head. aroma is musty, herbal, grassy hops. some light booze, pine, spicy burnt honey toast flavor. grassy hop forward, almost saisonlike, with an interesting musty burnt lingering finish. nice stuff. enjoyed it quite a bit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Big bottle. Pours a really great looking pale orange with a fluffly white head that holds up for longer then 2 seconds. I had a long day. This beer was my tonic. The aroma is light. sweet and spicy. Its a bit oily on the palate but if finishes dry and bitter. A damn fine IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Vibrant tangerine body with a large bubbly white head that left a ring or two of lacing inside the glass. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, lemongrass, and honey. Flavor shows a bit of spice along with a ton of earthy, mineral qualities that accompany the hops. Still a bit of alcohol noticeable. Overall, not a bad offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours bright golden with a mostly receding off-white head. Notes of thick hop resin, bright acidity, grapefruit, citrus, earthy hops. Full bodied and resinous with lively carbonation. Yum.


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