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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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2010
22oz. pours a hazy gold with sizable head. aroma is a modest floral hop note with a touch of malt goodness. mouthful is full of bitter hops in the earthy note. this brings a grounding from the east coast or even further to the east. this is a very nice ipa, but i am not a big fan of the west coast trying to be what they are not... no pine, no citrus, no ameryka in this ipa.... i will enjoy this as i would enjoy a great cover tune, but i like a cover with a big flavor that belongs to the covering artist... why try to sound just like the original??? make the original your own... and this seems to be the prior??

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ExpendableHero (901) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Hazy orange colored beer, of-white head, with nice lacing effects. Immense aromas of bitter hops, pine, and spruces. Overwhelming, in a good way. The taste follows the nose with massive hops, spruce, pine, and peppery notes. Strong bitter aftertaste, this one is a winner. Smooth mouth feel, a sipper. I recommend this beer if you are a fan of big IBUs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Crown 17. Pour murky yellow-orange with a bit of off white head. Earthy nose of herbs, mushrooms, and fresh mowed grass. The flavor reminds me of an herb rub I might put on a pork tenderloin or something. Very fresh. Bitter as an old English teacher, and basically bone dry. I would certainly prefer the traditional American West Coast IIPA, but this is always welcome in my glass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Bottle from Midtown. Pours golden amber with a slight haze and a one finger white head. Aroma of fruity ale esters and piney hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Malt backbone is extremely pale with notes of honey and toffee, but the hop flavors of grapefruit rind and herbs really takes center stage. More attenuation that Stones usual offerings which gives this some dryness. Pretty solid effort here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours blonde with a fairly small white head. Nose is very bitter and hoppy (this is a Stone IPA, duh), but with a good dose of sweet malt and a hint of yeast as well. The flavor plays out similarly; the initial taste is a big malt with a hopped background, but it quickly switches over to some very intense and almost exclusively bitter hops. Finish is surprisingly short and bitter as well. A good IPA but not all that different from Ruination....it seems a little less balanced, actually.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Wow, aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle! Sweet earthy aroma that is amazing. Pours a hazy honey color with a large white lumpy head with plenty of lace. Taste is over-the-top hops, just as it should be! Really unique flavor profile thats hard to break-down. Very spicy. Leaves a hop residue that just lingers forever. Another great year for Stone! Dont drink if youre not a hop-head, it just might kill you. Plus that might leave more for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a sticky off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of lemony, spicy hops that have a light earthy edge, as well as a light caramel, biscuit scent. Lots of bitterness all the way through with just enough malt sweetness to balance the hops, very light alcohol bite at the end. Medium bodied beer with average carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Ive been drinking Stone since the 10th anniversary and I love how they really mix up the beers and try different things. Lots of bitterness in this one but you can tell they dry hopped the heck out of it too.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #67. Pours out a hazy golden/yellow pour with a pretty nice white bubbly head. Piney aroma, it was very nice to sit back and breathe it in actually. Flavor was very different to me, very bitter and very sticky on the tongue, a little over the top on the bitterness for me, maybe it was more astringent than bitter, but it didnt hit me right I guess, I will have to try another bottle and come back too it. (1276)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Aromas is sweeter than expected. It smells like sweet honey, malt, and of coarse floral hops. It pours a clear yellow with very little lacing and medium carbonation. The taste is hoppy, lots of pine hops. The hops are slightly balanced by some sweet malts but this thing is a hop bomb. The palate is very oily and the biterness stays on your tongue forever. Very good beer and a lot different from all of the other hoppy beers that stone makes. Its unique and very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours a semi hazy orange with a cream head. Smells a citrusy pine aroma. Big bitter pine and citrus taste with a caramel sweet backing. Lingers on the tongue forever. Great beer.


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