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RATINGS: 773   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Ive been thinking about this beer for a long time.....I finally was able to get out and score one, and Im glad I did, I need more!! The pour is incredibly clear, orange-yellow, crystal clear, perhaps the clearest Stone Ive seen. Aroma is wonderfully floral, with mild bubblegum and cut grass. The first taste along with my (so far) other 3 swallows have been delicious. Flavors are distinctly as labeled, very British and very San-Diegian (Diegion? Hmmm). Great texture nicely balanced, it is not over bitter face smacker in the chin, but fantastically between creamy and bitter. I love it, and I must go buy more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1195) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Pepper. Onion. Garlic. Somewhat similar to Founders Double Trouble. Moderately sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Gotta keep my status up as number 1 stone rater. Shared with paul, kim, and keren of course. Pours golden with a bubbly head. Nose is sweet and lightly hopped. Taste is sweet and has a distinctive bitterness likely connected to the english ingredients.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Stone is winning me back over with beers liek this. very tasty, and not the same citrus DIPA that everyone is making. Kudos.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pretty good, if a little heavy. This is quite a big IPA. Like stone says, its got that west coast feel, big hop nose, strong bitter flavor throughout. Whats different to me is how full and robust the body is. Its really a pretty heavy beer. I split a 22 with a good buddy and it took us a while to drink. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
22oz bottle shared by hopscotch, purchased at Coffee District. Nose is spicy resiny hops with hints of pepper and a light hint of grapefruit. Holy crap this is bitter, punishing like Ruination on the palate but with none of the enjoyable hop flavor. The subtle spice and pepper notes of the english hops are just beaten down by a huge wall of IBUs. Sorry Stone, this one is well made but it didnt work for me. Not a good combination of styles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3587) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2010
22 oz. bottle, Pours a fluffy white head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy, particle loaded, (rather ugly) gold (SRM 6) body.....nose is pine, resin, citrus, grass, toffee/caramel.....taste is light sweet to start then hop bitterness arrives, accompanied by pine, citrus, very light pineapple, finishing with a bit of licorice, and a lingering spicy hop bitterness, but the light sweet continues through.......mouth feel is medium, with slight stickiness, carbonation is medium. The hops dominate, but are not the heavy "Left Coast" bitter "hop bomb" that has become somewhat trite. It more nuanced, and well balanced with the hops adding spice as well as the more typical aromas and flavors we are accustomed to experiencing. BJCP 8/2/16/4/8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maddog (524) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH. Damn, I know IPAs came from England.....I frickin get that.....but our IPAs in every way are better. Im all about tradition and history yada yada yada. Just hop the crap out of my ipa with American hops. I am sick to death of hearing the story. This is a good beer, but nothing that blows me away. English malts, very grassy nose, spicy hops, sticky, resinous and cloying. Good, but I just prefer Cascade, Simcoe, Columbus, Centenniel et al.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a pretty hazy yellow/amber with a two finger off-white foamy head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice clumpy rings of lacing. Eventually reduces to a faint cap and ring. Aroma is floral, grassy, and earthy hops, citrus rind, spice, light malt sweetness, and a bit of funky yeast. Strength is good at first, but tapers off through the glass. Flavor is really nice, good juicy citrus up front, some spice, earth, grass, moderate light malt sweetness in the middle and then finishes with an excellent lingering citrus bitterness. Very little alcohol is noticed in the flavor but there is a bit there at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full, oily, medium carbonation. Ive been on a bitter binge lately and this one delivers nicely. I should probably pick up another one soon as now is the time to drink it. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Smells like another winner from Stone! Hop-forward nose with big grapefruit presence and some resiny notes as well and just a touch of malty goodness to balance. Pours a beautiful light gold and almost peachy color. Slightly hazy with barely off-white persistent head. Medium-low carbonation. Nice lacing. Taste is big bitterness like the nose on the attack, a little malt sweetness creeping in the middle and a long bitter finish. Pretty much just like the commercial description. Medium body with a creamy/sticky texture. Medium carbonation and a wonderfully long bitter and dry finish. Great beer. Plan on stocking up on a few of these (me AND you!).


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