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RATINGS: 777   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 that’s 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 that’s 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
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Surprisingly pale yellow. Lacking the expected big aroma. Carmel malts and obvious alcohol flavors are soon washed away by the bracing, earthy bitterness. Dry, peppery and tastes stronger than its stated 8.9%.

3.8
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2010
07.20.10 - (22 oz. botte) Pours brilliant golden straw color with med-small white head. Big aromatic nose of oranges and citrus limes. Tastes of orange peel and round maltiness with a bittering finish. Solid. EIPA.

4.3
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle @ EODT10 Pours a bright orange body with a light head. Aroma of dry hops, not all that interesting. Taste however, is brilliant. Deep, complex earthy tones provide the backbone. Subtle apricot, orange peels. Very nuanced, yet intense. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet, and very satifying.

3.8
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz bottle. 07.10.10. Pours a light golden yellow color much like a light colored black tea with very little off white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is pungent, dank , bitter hops and a big pineapple quality. There is a light caramel malt background, light black tea, and earthy, pine like hops. The taste is a light caramel malt followed by slightly dampened hops, a pine like peppery finish and a dry earthy mouthfeel. The lacing is minimal but this is a pretty nice iipa. The abv is not noticeable at all Nd doesn’t burn. A great, refreshing drink but not the best iipa I’ve had. However this has a nice twist with a lighter smell and taste from the white malt and British yeast. Would have again.

4.2
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
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 IPA’s go this is world class.I prefer more balance but really appreciate the example of the style..

3.7
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
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
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
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. I’m glad I tried this but not sure that I’d really seek it out again.


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