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RATINGS: 762   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9685) - Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jims. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized off white head. This is quite a bit lighter than expected. The aroma has a skunky quality that I have not experienced from Stone. Other notes include grassy, earthy, dry fruits, hints of citrus and cat urine. The combination is actually very interesting. The flavor is dry and bitter from the outset. Pale, bready malt with hay, floral notes, citrus influences, resiny character with more bitterness in the finish. There is no hint of the 9% alcohol. Medium bodied, dry, but very drinkable. This is an interesting beer that I would purchase again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9672) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
Draught Small dense, just off-white head over hazy orange-yellow beer. Ureum!! Dry, ureum-rich (indeed, British) hops. Strawy, hay. Ureum seems to be volatile, less obvious after a moment, but it is really adaptation: leave the glass for a couple of minutes, and the smell returns in force. Dry bitter, other grains hints, even drier finish. Medium bodied, very slick, hopoils. Aftertaste shows the alcohol and... liquorice? Ureum is just too present to be really great. I fear that the American idea of "more is better" just doesnt work for British hops, some of which indeed have this enormous amount of ureum-like components.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
22oz bottle, big thanks to Jay for this one. Shared with Alicia and Robby. Bottled June 2010. Totally hazy yellow orange yellow color. A lot more yeast and particles in the later pour. Thin off-white head. Dots and ropes of lace. Looks good. Some grapefruity, citrusy hop aroma in the nose. Light caramel malt. Kind of spicy malt. Surprisingly hoppy still, definitely not a malt bomb. English ingredients selected seem to have held up very well. This was kept in a cooler continuously while it aged, as far as I know. Metallic aroma in the nose is impossible to ignore, though. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick, just a very light bite. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Light to moderate sweet, way less sweet than expected. Pretty decent stuff. A lot better and hoppier than expected, cant believe how hoppy and bitter it is for 3.5 years old. Well done, Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9669) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
65 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110312.
Pale yellow colour with medium head. Aroma of hoppy fruits, mild malts and caramel notes. Flavour of exotic fruits, some caramel, grass and sweetish malts.
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9642) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2010
Bomber. Grassy hop aroma, alcohol there, dryinsh. Big grassy and wededy flavor, light citrus and other fruit, and a slight sweetness followed by an amazing, harsh, bitterness. Hop tea? Some turpentine? Dry and peppery, with an unfriendly finish. I dont dig this kind of absolutely balance-less hop bomb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9592) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Peppery, spicy hops proliferate atop and within this Double IPAs lightly toasted cereals, before expanding into a vivacious bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces around the hazy pale blonde.
-Alcohol is present, but mostly hidden by the lengthy hop bitterness.
-Hops also develop coniferous angles, which I admit I havent gotten often from UK grown hops.
-Malts also offered some honeyed character, mostly supporting the hop display.

Bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9560) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours cloudy golden with an attractive white head and a marvelous spice and yeast aroma. This is a well-balanced beer that combines sweet light malt, citrus, yeast, pine, and spice into an amalgamation of flavor. Well-done, Stone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
hay color, silky white head. aroma, nose was on the weak side, light yeast, pine hops. flavors, spicy hops, tropical fruits, warming abv, with a mild bitter finish, grapefruit and citrus aplenty along with other tropical flavors. Mouthfeel is thick, light malts that tend to be overtaken by the hops and strong bitter citrus and spices in the finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours nice orange with white head, aroma is sweet mango, pineapple, and more citrus with a touch of pine. Taste is big citrus and pine up front, with more tropical fruit, finishing nice and bitter after a small malt backbone. Stone never ceases to disappoint!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2010
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is intensely aromatic. Bright and fruity with a heavy musky spiciness. Soft orange peel and orange marmalade. Herbal and resiny bitterness with a lot of chewy fresh herbal character. Its quite British tasting but with even more of that herbal/spicy character. Long lingering bitterness. The nice malt character that I typically associate with British beer isnt quite here, but the product is very unique and tasty product.


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