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RATINGS: 774   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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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 (3027) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle Hazy golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Peppery, spicy, resiny hops play the lead role in this show. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with jazzy carbonation. The flavor provides heavy bitterness, but in a spicy, peppery, polite, English sort of way. Finishes bitter, caustic and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Lynnwood, WA. Pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. Aroma: Orange and grapefruit. Flavor: Same as the aroma, witha hit of spice and pepper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7906) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy light-orange color with a very thick white foam head. Aroma was citrus, fruit, malts, hops. Flavor was a very nice mellow hop flavor, with a good malt and citrus kick to it. Id say its quite an impressive beer, subtle, but has a strong finish. Alcohol is not noticeable on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle, shared by Harry, thanks! Awesome hazy murky yellow, thick foamy white head. Huge citrus aroma, but with some funky yeast in there as well. Taste is huge citrus up front, thick malt body behind, lots of alcohol as well. On the citrus refreshing side and not malt bomb side of double ipas. Lovely stuff but packs a punch. Thanks Harry!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2884) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Large offwhite head, lasting with stringy laceage. Hazy gold color, fairly ugly brew. Nose is soft, light graininess, citrus and a bit woodsy/earthy. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, sorta chewy, grainy malts. Dry maltiness, bready with the earthy hoppiness going on, light fruitiness, citrus gestures with a dry finish thats got a lotta bite. Not bad but not my cup of tea. Stones American IPAs are more to my liking. Neat effort though. Bomber procured @statelineliquors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Sampled on 7/10/2010. This double IPA pours a slightly hazy medium yellow gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, earthy, spicy, grapefruity hops and apricots. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Nice lively carbonation, there are a lot of small bubbles. Interesting beer, not as malty as one would expect yet there is a interesting dry earthiness going on here. A different yeast? Hides the 9% alcohol very well as well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.


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