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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (2358) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1428) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Bomber into tulip glass, very cloudy amber-hued golden color with white head. Aroma notes of biscuity malt, earthy grass and light tropical fruitiness. Taste adds dried pepper, bready sweetness, lemon zest, cedar wood, herbal spices, some garlic and light caramel. Heavy-medium body, moderate-low carbonation, oily, dry with lingering wood/earth bitter finish. This is certainly a unique DIPA, an English hops punch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Booga (96) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Bomber dated 10/22/16. Opaque golden pour. Little head and low lacing. Not much aroma. Very West Coast... lots of bitter but not much other flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2424) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2016
December 5, 2016 - on tap at Gerst. Murky orange pour with head that lasted. Aroma was a mix of hops and malt. Taste was consistent with the aroma and had a nice spicy / peppery finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Obfuscate (497) - Minneapolis, - DEC 4, 2016
Peppery spice, orange peel, rubbing alchohol. Fairly light. Not one of the better Stone IPAs IMO.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Hawaii Bowl shaker pint glass From: Trader Joes in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $7.99 Purchased: Oct. 26, 2016 Consumed: Oct. 31, 2016 Reviewed as: English IPA Misc.: 2016 release; Bottled Oct. 14, 2016; 2010 label Not really a fan of this style (averaging 3.483 for 13 reviews), but had to try this since Id been on the Stone 20th Anniversary kick. Hoping this one is close to the 15th and 20th (in ratings, not in style). Poured a straw gold yellow, almost orange, cloudy color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Could not see any bubbles coming up from the bottom because of the haze. Average watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.50) Smelled peppery spices out of the gate. Also got earthy grass, lemon zest, herbal, menthol, a touch of spoiled orange peel and hints of vomit. Different to say the least. (Smell - 3.25) Tasted better than the nose. More flavors, but still dies off pretty fast. More malty than hoppy, kind of like an ESB even. Very dry. Peppery flavors, very bitter orange peel, leafy pine, grass, bitter woody notes, lemon zest, herbal, hints of menthol, bready and honey. (Taste - 3.50) Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.50) Well this wasnt terrible. Unusual is the better term I guess. Very dry, bitter and spicy. Still not all in on the style, but this was better than my average review on them. (Overall - 3.50) 3.44 78 B-

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2982) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Hazy dark gold. Small cream head. Lacing. Malty aroma with earthy hops. Orange, wood. Malty taste with a dry bitter finish. Slight dirt aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike5326 (1651) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Clear golden color, full frothy white head. Medium hops aroma. Medium body with a dry hops flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joejames (504) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Im sitting at home to rate this one. I KNOW it will be better than yesterdays crap, its brewed by Stone.........here goes> Bomber to my trusty shaker glass, pours slightly hazy gold. Its got a two plus finger off white head that laces and retains fairly decent. As far as aroma goes, Im getting a lot of earth and tropical fruits here. Its bitter as hell, gotta love that. It has a medium body thats just short of fizzy. Its mouth feel? Slick, smooth AND resin? Wow. Finishes bitter. As for tasting notes, lets see, mango, grapefruit on steroids, pepper, loads of caramel with a touch of spruce. Yesterday a lawyer bought me a Delirium Tremens that put him back 14 bucks! Im laughing my ass of here! "See" ya soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (499) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2016
An active white head on an appealing light caramel body. The nose lets you know this is a Stone of a different colour. An earthy, grassy bitterness blends with a sweet malt. The taste follows through on the nose in spades. Astringent grassy and earthy hops, pine, cedar, pepper, warming booze and sweet chewy malt are significant under tastes. Tougher to navigate that the typical fruit forward IIPA hop bomb. A punchy and biting variation, but I cant say it is one of my favourite big Stone products.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (934) - Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2016
The least of the Stone 20th anniversary re-releases, but an interesting beer for all its overstated quirkiness. Pours golden orange with average head. The aroma is grassy hops, garlic, some implication of malt. The flavor is bitter but a bit flat. More of that herbal, garlic-like quality makes it different but not at all special. Im glad I got to try it, though.


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