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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1199) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2012
The fresh and piney hops leads me to a more "American" IPA, but this thing rocks. It ios perfect for all you hop heads. Oily and spicy, the malt is overshadowed by the wondrous hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (8173) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2012
65 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 12.03.2011
Aroma is rather hoppy with some exotic fruits and caramel. Flavour has rather bitter hops with exotic fruits, grapefruit and some caramel. Really bitter finish. Too sweet but good anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Not as good as the ruination 10th. A lot more bitter in my opinion. Wouldnt get it again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Spicey, floral, and lemony. This is a tasty IPA. Another winner from Stone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (2622) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget, Seden. Short biege head. Really clowdy light yellow color. Extreme hop aroma that goes over into a overpowering not plesent hoppiness. The taste is much better with huge hop taste and fine bitterness and big body with some sweetness to balance the hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (2412) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head. Smell: Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs. Taste: Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this. A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation. Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (2965) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
Frisk doft av tropiskt frukt. Smak av tropiskt frukt, honung lite metallisk med sparsmakad beska med en kryddig chutney knsla i eftersmaken, vlbalanserad och drmed vldigt god.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smaynard6000 (1044) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
22oz bottle marked June 2010. Pours a bright hazy yellow with large white head. Aroma is spicy and just a little fruity. Flavor is at first spicy and then citrusy bitter. Just a little bit of sweetness in this one and a long bitter dry finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. Lucky to find this one considering it was brewed two years ago. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3745) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Pours a cloudy tan yellow to orange color. Has a minimal head with a noticable lacing. Can also see yeast specs in the bottom. Aroma consists of pine, resin and citrusy hops. Medium to full body, light to average carbonation, oily texture and long bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/13/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. This pours a very hazy, bright tangerine color with an elegant 3 cm white head. Pretty good retention, and some nice lace sticking on the glass. Pretty much what I expect out of a Stone IPA. Lots of yeast particles float around toward the bottom of the glass. A nice bouquet of floral, grapefruit citrus, and a little bit of piney hops in the nose. Some sweet biscuity malt in the background. There is definitely a ton of hop goodness in this one. Stone knows thats what I love and provides it for me. There is some sweetness up front, but the bready malt is really light. The flavor quickly moves to a floral bouquet, some grapefruit hop goodness, and some bitter sticky pine to close it out. Finishes bitter on the tongue. This has a wet and juicy feel, with bubbly tingly carbonation on the tongue. A little bit fuller than medium carbonation. Actually just a little disappointed in how this turned out. Having a ton of floral, citrus, and pine hops in the mix is a good start, but the malt is really lacking. It was pretty good, but it will get lost among the better beers in the category.


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