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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (22685) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 10, 2011
tap at brewdog bar ... amber .. thin white head ... soft sweeet creamy lemony custard nose ... light sharbert lemon zezty ... light lemon rind zezt ... sweet lemon sause ... its an odd mix of lemon and sweetness

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2011
Cloudy deep blond color with orange reflex, and medium-sized creamy head; nice lace. Strong hop aroma, a bit fruity, but also soapy, and with traces of yeast, cheese and sweat. Good mouthfeel, but also a bit oily; toffee flavor; any sweetness would be completely overwhelmed by a most powerful bitterness; the resins burn the tastebuds, and there is some tangerine fruitiness. The final is also a bit sandy.
Its a bit too oily and soapy for me. Quite rude, but fully enjoyable after a session of the worst German beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18837) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Hazy yellow/orange color, white head. Fruity, creamy, grassy aroma with citrus and pine apple. Grassy, citrus, flavor, fruity and hoppy. I was hoping for a more powerful flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (18731) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
Sehr heller Hopfenantrunk mit grasig-bitteren Aromen. Der Hopfen wird ser, was die Frische zuerst untersttzt, spter aber aufdringlich wirkt. Minimal alkoholisch, stark hellmalzig. Dabei tritt nur im Hintergrund die durchaus starke Bitterkeit auf, die auch im Nachgeschmack nicht berhand nimmt sondern gleichauf mit dem Hopfenaroma und der Se ist. Sehr frisches und gelungenes IPA! 9/10/12/12/14/12

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17654) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
Cask gravity at GBBF 2010. Haze gold, thin bubbly beige head. Piney resiny hop. Wow. Lots of hoop. Thats a proper US IPA. Huge grapefruit. Not too syrupy, alcohol doesnt come thru. Just this huge biting hop. Just sheer hoop joy in a glass. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it. S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness. T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer). M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation. D: I usually like Stones anniversary beers, but this one just didnt quite do it for me. I guess if Im going to have any more of these, Ill have to drink them quickly.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (16004) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of orange zest, massive peppery and piney hops, and some earthiness. Flavour of huge, but balanced pine hops - orange zest at the beginning, followed by citrus, lemongrass, and more hops. Excellent lingering bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle at Craft Heads. Cloudy yellow/orange - white head. Citrus. Peppery. Spicy. Fruity. Light malty. Toasted. Orange. Light yeasty. Light sweetness. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14779) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Clear yellow / golden color, big white head. Smell is not very good for an Imperial/Double IPA, but overall still decent. Taste is also a little disappointing, a little bit like old, somewhat fainted hops. Ok carbo, medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14601) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bomber from Taylors Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a three finger frothy white head. Getting a floral, earth, pepper, citrus mixed aroma. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation of a sort. Its really fresh. Fruity. Floral. Peppery. Finishes dry with just a touch of fresh stone fruit with hot bits. Man, tell me its a saison, and I might believe you. Fantastic.


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