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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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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3.1
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???

4.1
mabel (10003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
[3547-20110108] 1pt6floz bottle. Citrus pine resin hops aroma. Hazy, light brown orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Woody citrus resin flavour is quite hoppy. Medium-full body. Very tasty and enjoyable, yum! (8+/4/8/4/17) 4.1
(w/ jerc, tuqueboy)

3.6
DrSilverworm (10000) - 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, can’t believe how hoppy and bitter it is for 3.5 years old. Well done, Stone.

3.8
blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin white head. Spicy/grassy hoppy aroma, with some light fruity sweet notes. Nice spicy and piney hoppy flavor with some lighter grassy notes, light sweetness, and some crackery malty notes. Nice.

3.3
gunnar (9924) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Strong,or megastrong hoppy aroma, fruity and grassy with a whiff of alcohol as well. Taste is strong bitter, citrus and hop tea, too much and unbalanced, almost like terpentine, dry and peppery. Strange finish, not in a good way.

3.8
douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bomber. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. A very sweet orange marmalade nose, some lemon. The flavor is a robust orange peel and marmalade both bitter and sweet, some yeast and dryness, lively and easygoing. No heat. Well made. Leaves your palate with bitterness and fruity oranges. Nice.

3.9
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Golden beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and light spice flavor with pine, tropical fruit, and light caramel. medium-plus bodied. Great bitterness. Spice and grapefruit lingers with light caramel and pine.

3.8
Erzengel (9783) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2018
Many thanks to Werckmeister for organising this bottle. Great floral fresh nose. The beer starts deep and intense. Fresh-floral, moderate sweetish but very nice and round. Fresh long floral, moderate bitter, nice floral sweetness in the aftertaste. Long smooth and mild. Great.

3.8
arminjewell (9729) - 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!

3.5
bytemesis (9517) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle - Encore Series bomber. Pours clear orange, medium off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel and pine, pretty old school. some melon and orange. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, melon and pith. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Old school but well crafted.


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