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RATINGS: 772   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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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3.8
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
2010 Bottle - Pours a hazy pale golden with a large off white head...aroma is very tropical, pineapple and peach, hop resin, lime peel and spice...flavour is similarly unique, pitchy pine and citrus pith, citrus oil, biting bitterness that still maintains it’s underlying fruitiness...lingering oily bitters...

3.8
beorn7676 (3) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 14, 2010 does not count
Pours a bright golden straw color with a bubbly pure white head. Looks very pleasing. Almost crystal clear. Aroma is piny, citrus, with a touch of yeast. Theirs a earthiness to the nose. Taste is pine, citrus, juniper,and lots of bitterness. Touch of malt sweetness, but it is minimal. Body is a little on the light side, but very refreshing for 8.9 abv.

4.3
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Earthy hoppy aroma. The golden cloudy appearance is almost perfect. This is what a beer should look like. The taste and bitterness seems to fall somewhere in between the Ruination IPA and Stone IPA. Definitely a great beer.

4.3
obguthr (6657) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Fruit cocktail aroma with pineapple, pear, cherry, and grapefruit peel notes present. Milky golden, thin yellow head. Strong grapefruit peel start to finish, with sweeter pear and pineapple notes briefly appearing at midpalate. Lovely story on the bottle about how quintessentially British this is, but in the end, this is a west coast IIPA that I would expect from Stone. Very nice and very bitter.

3.6
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Pours golden orange with nice fluffy head and good retention smelled a little sour tasted bitter and light with a hop fruitty finish good

3.7
dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
It seems as though Stone and their IPA’s can do no wrong. This one is a shining example of that. The appearance has a light goldish tint on the outter section and dark towards the middle. The aromas I got where floral hops, citrus, and barley. The flavor had earthy tones with hints of spice and a smooth clean finish.

3.8
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz bottle. 07.10.10. Pours a light golden yellow color much like a light colored black tea with very little off white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is pungent, dank , bitter hops and a big pineapple quality. There is a light caramel malt background, light black tea, and earthy, pine like hops. The taste is a light caramel malt followed by slightly dampened hops, a pine like peppery finish and a dry earthy mouthfeel. The lacing is minimal but this is a pretty nice iipa. The abv is not noticeable at all Nd doesn’t burn. A great, refreshing drink but not the best iipa I’ve had. However this has a nice twist with a lighter smell and taste from the white malt and British yeast. Would have again.

4.3
mcberko (18956) - 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
AcctError43480 (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
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-cutter’d style.


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