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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
natejgood (500) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours a hazy light golden with a stark white head that builds from the bottom and produces nice craters. Smells of hops and spices with floral undertones. This doesnt have the same overhopped smell that many imperials do. This beer is smooth and a bit sweet in the mouth with a huge hop kick at the back end. Very nice, a lot of flavor but still very drinkable. Maybe not quite to the level of Averys Maharaja but definitely worth waiting 14 years for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1846) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Soho Organic Market. Lighter than expected yellowish-orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of fresh grapefruit, tangerines, pine, and wet grass. Bitter pine needle and grapefruit rind flavor (not that this is a bad thing). Slight detection of alcohol but nothing off-putting. The commercial description gets it right; "the hops assert themselves early and often with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before...a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish". This is another exceptional beer from Stone.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2010
An amazingly hoppy aroma starts this up, with strong pine notes. Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head. Nice creamy mouthfeel, strong hop presence, with just a touch of biscuit malts. This is an amazingly tasty beer, but not anything I would call an English IPA. Ill be getting more of it anyways...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
22Oz Bottle Pours a light slightly hazed golden color very little head and very light lacing. Plenty of hops in the aroma which I find grassy with a hint of citrus. Body is medium and slightly oily with a long lingering bitter finish. The bitterness although not overpowering lasts and lasts. Back to the aroma, really nice blend of hops makes this beer interesting. Peppery, grassy and some floral coming through.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Bomber. Lightly hazed gold with an eggshell white head. that lasts the length of the glass. Complex nose, white grapefruit rind and earth, sweet and resiny. Comes off rather dry, Spicy white pepper and sweet malt backed up big by a resiny citrus rind. Lingering citrus rind finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Bottle from Sams in Durham. Pours hazy bright, slightly dark golden. Smallish white head. Nose is grassy, floral hops and light, bready malts, and bright fruits (pineapple!). Smells reminds me of Prima Pils, but an imperial (should I say "emperial"?) version. Tastes similar, with added white pepper and crisp dryness. Id call it an imperial pilsner... maybe doing so would quell the hate from all those who think an imperial IPA should be one thing (citrusy hop bomb) and one thing only. This is fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3588) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Pours hazy dark golden color with white head. English hops and musty, earthy aroma. Bitter, grassy, earthy hop flavor with some spicy and doughy yeast. Medium body with average carbonation. A decent beer, but I still prefer an american style IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
great beer with lots of character. heavy malts with a touch of warmth, the hops are rich and solid. thick mellow mouth-feel gives this a overall great experience

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
The aroma is very hoppy with floral hops and bread like malts. The appearance is hazy gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a tall foamy white head. Nose is certainly hop forward with big earthy, grass notes with a lighter note of bread and slight pepper. Mostly full body with a sticky mouth feel and ample carbonation. Lots of tannic bitterness in the flavor that I didnt love, big note of toasted malt, some caramel, grass, resinous pine, citrus, and pepper. Not bad at all, I will say that I imagine the first IPAs were probably closer to this than the IPAs currently produced.


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