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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

7/07/2010: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperical Ale... Aroma: Mandarin orange peel; spicy; just a touch moldy. Appearance: Pale orange in color; cloudy; small off-white head. Flavor: Bright citrus up front and plenty of bitter citrus peel in the finish; spicy, earthy, slightly herbal/leafy hops; alcohol shows throughout; high bitterness level. Palate: Medium body; average mouthfeel. Overall: Good; different; kind of like a Belgian IPA in way... looking forward to trying a full bottle at proper temperature; an oaked version would be nice (it would help meld everything a bit better)...

Sample from 22 fl. oz. bottle (8.9% ABV) at Martys Hops and Vines in North College Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio). Rating #705 for this beer. Score: 7/3/8/3/15=3.6
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June 2010 - CONSUME FRESH or age in the hull of a seafaring vessel for a year or moew.

1/11/2011: Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA... Aroma: Spicy pineapple and other citrus, hints of Hawaiian bread. Appearance: Cloudy golden color with flurries of carbonation; ample, lasting, dense pale ivory-colored foam on the top; perfect pour into my Samual Adams "Perfect Pint" glass! Flavor: Sweet bread and hints of toffee malt; lots of nice bitterness (sharp); resin, spice, and herbal hop flavors; grapefruit peel bitterness dominates the finish. Palate: Medium-full body; soft and smooth mouthfeel. Overall: Sufficiently bitter and quite a welcomed difference from the typical juicy citrus hop flavors; it has a heavy-handed bitterness that sneaks up from the initial drink and forces another sip; truly English flavors amped up in the West Coast style... Well executed!

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (8.9% Alc/Vol) from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Score: 7/4/8/4=3.8

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1816) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Cloudy yellow from the tap. Aroma is light fruit, orange, and lemongrass. Light/medium body with some malt sweetness and a pineapple finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. The look is golden, in color, clear, and has a whitish head. The smell is pine, citrus, fruits, and fresh hoppiness. The taste is bitterness, hoppiness, fruitineess, and pininess.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2013
A - Pours a hazy golden straw with a 2 finger mounded head with outstanding retention. Big cliffs of frothy lacing left behind. S - Earthy lemongrass hops over pale malt. T - Lemon and orange citrus hits up front. Slightly burnt biscuity malt adds a balanced sweetness. The hops remain pungent from start to finish. Mouthfeel is prickly at first but turns creamy. Bright strawberries. The aftertaste is grassy grapefruit rind. I like that this IIPA drives in a different direction. Its hop forward but not unbalanced. The malt holds up against the assertive hops. It provides a smooth and clean finish. Serving type: bottle 10-05-2010

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3764) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2013
Bomber at Marks place. From notes. Aroma is earthy, grassy, and bitter with very little malt character. Initial flavors of caramel and ripe peaches / Mid goes somewhat strangely sulfurous and quite peppery / Final has some harsh bitterness. An unusually unpleasant one from this brewery, whose beers I generally like. Or, not really bad -- but just not as good as I had expected.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6906) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle shared with Pat, pours hazy gold with medium to large head, nice lacing that stuck on the glass for a good bit. Aromas of orange zest, doughy yeast, bread malt, and light spices. Flavor the same. Finished very dry with long lasting flavor. Mild bitterness, would drink a few pints of this if I had the choice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8678) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a hazy light light orange with sticky white lacing. Smells a little oxidized, but still sweet, hoppy (grapefruit), and malty. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Decent, but definitely past its prime.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
From the tasting note vaults. Bomber bottle, hazy amber, white head. Forest hops aroma, taste of caramel and hops. Clean finish. Decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3711) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Cloudy golden yellow pour with a white soapy head. Aroma of lemon, toffee, and hops. Mostly bitter hop flavor with hint of lemon and caramel. Dry finish. Light on the malt. Nice beer as usual.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2012
I am always game for a Stone Anniversary beer, especially an IPA. This was billed as sort of English but it is clearly a Stone style hopped up IPA which is a good thing!. This had a nice smell, bitter taste of citrus, a bit of malt, hoppy with a bit of kick from the alcohol. This was my third bottle and I couldnt help but to knock it back quick fast in a hurry. I still wish they would recreate the 10th anniversary because that was their best beer in my opinion. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-06-2010 03:27:54


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