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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
22 oz bomber. Amber pour with a moderate off-white head. Aromas of grapefruit, grass, and slight caramel. The flavor is all hops up front, but are not overpowering, I guess this is because they used English hops instead of higher alpha West Coast hops. Noice anmount of sweetness to counter the hops and slight alcohol as well. I love this stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
22oz bottle.Pours a strange pale cloudy yellow with a fizzy yet foamy white head.Nose is herbal hops,grass and bread.Taste is bitter stinging hops with spicy and citrus notes as well.But bitter hops dominate this beer.As far as bitter IPAs go this is world class.I prefer more balance but really appreciate the example of the style..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehurt01 (262) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2010
the beer poured a dark yellow body with a cream head. The taste is of floral, banana and dough. the taste has a mild sour, bitterness, but goes down smooth with a mouth coating after taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bomber. Oh yeah. pours a great copper color with a nice two finger head. aroma is like smelling fresh hops, and grapefruit. taste: very chewy hops with zesty citrusy taste, with good carbonation, nice dry finish, I Like.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle from Systembolaget. 100th review! - I have been waiting to try this beer for a long time, so imagine my happiness when they announce they would release it in Sweden. Anyhow, the aroma was incredible, very rich and complex. Lots of floral notes, citrus, sweet caramel, all struck at once as I started pouring it into a glass, at arms length. It pours a dark amber colour with a thick white foam that leaves a lot of lacing, it is a bit unclear and at the bottom of the glass there is some yeast. Taste is wonderful, some bitterness and some sweetness, lots of alcohol but it only adds to the taste and the experience. The British hops in this American IPA makes it less bitter than one would be used to with American IPAs, but nonetheless excellent. On the palate it is very generous, the carbonation is just right and it feels smooth all the way down the throat despite the high alcohol content. Overall this is a must try for anyone who enjoy a nice IPA. It was undoubtedly worth the money, despite the high price.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Pours a golden yellow with very nice, large, and fluffy white head that leaves really nice lacing all around the glass. Aroma has a subtle lemony/citrusy note to it with just a bit of sourness coming through along with some hoppy scents. The flavor has a much more defined tartness from the citrus along with just enough malty sweetness to at least attempt a bit of balance. Also present is a bit of a spicy note (possibly from the hops?) Mouthfeel feels right for the style with the carbonation and textures feeling how the should. Im glad I tried this but not sure that Id really seek it out again.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bomber. Pours a very hazy pale orange with a small white head. Aroma consisting of sweet malt, orange starbursts, and other citrus fruits. A nice bodied beer with a slightly above average carbonation leads into flavors of orange, spices, english malt, and bitter, bitter hops which follows with a loooooong finish that sticks with you a little too long.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Tap @ San Clemente Pizza Port. appearance not at all what I expected. Cloudy pale yellowish color w/ a stark white head. Nice lacing. Taste is a strange spicy style of hop not at all what Ive come to expect for a Stone IPA. Finish is really tame when compared to what the company description promised. Certainly not my favorite anniversary ale from stone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2010
nice hop aroma. The color is cloudy orange with a nice white head. Taste is grassy hoppy and bitter. Very nice but not something I would want every day.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
22oz. Bomber. Pours a murky straw color that reminds me of a hefeweizen with a little fluffy white froth on top that fades quickly. Nose is boring for an IIPA with some spicy qualities backed up by a faint hit of pine. Bitterness comes through immediately with a strong flavor of exceedingly dry grapefruit. Hops are slightly grassy and "balanced" by a doughy biscuit malt flavor. Has an oily and resinous texture that is a bit thin and suits the style well. The finish is long and bitter with a strong note of freshly ground pepper. Definitely an interesting take on an Imperial and they accomplished what they set out to do, but the bottom line is we have better hops for this style in the U.S.


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