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RATINGS: 775   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 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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4.3
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a hazy orange-tinted golden color with a fluffy white head. Nose is almost all hops; lots of citrus and a little pine. A bit of sweet caramel malt comes through. Very crisp on the tongue at first. Mildly sweet with lots of citrus flavor over a complex background of pine and herbal hops. Long, smooth finish of bitter citrus. There’s a lot going on here, but it really works for me.

3.5
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Got this bottle at Wegman’s in Collegeville, Pa. Pours a lemon yellow with a small head which dissaptes to an irregular coating. Lacing is thin and transient. Nose is earthy and grassy with only hints of citrus and pale malt. Taste is sweet malts, lemon, some spice. Bitterness is there for sure but especially in the finish. Good thing because this starts very sweet. Mouthfeel is lighter than medium and medium carbonation. The ABV is not noticed. This is a decent beer but not one I would go out of my way for.

4.1
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
22 Oz. A very fruity hoppy aromatic hoppness that is spot on. Taste is not as bitter as one would thing but the beer has damn near perfect balanced bittersweetness. Finish is very balanced with no lingering bitterness that might sometime annoy slightly. A very nicely crafted brew plan on pickin up more!

3.9
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2010
I shared a bottle of this with my husband, Beerbaron617 this evening. I was rather hesitant to give it a whirl based upon the other reviews and how "biter" this beer was supposed to be. I am glad I gave it a shot. It poured a pretty orange-yellow color with a two finger thick foamy head. Initially there was little aroma, then I picked up hints of citrus fruit and a light floral scent, later it became quite hoppy. At first sip, it was smooth, slightly bitter, but balanced. It had a light and refreshing hint of lemon, and it was a bit peppery. The finish was smooth and a bit bitter, but not in an oppressive sense. A very nice beer.

3.8
Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2010
The aroma is spicy and hoppy with a mild fruitiness. The head is off-white while the brew becomes an overcast citrus yellow. Tastes clean and hoppy like an IPA should, but with added fruit and light malty overtones. Very gentle on the palate in terms of bitterness, otherwise silky. This is the type of IPA that does not work on your palate enough that the bitterness puts you off from having a second, or even a third. Well done IPA with an unpredictable 8.9% abv.

4.2
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
I don’t know what it about this beer but i can’t stop drinking it. Big citrusy everything on this, but almost a lagery drinkablility to this, just a crisp finsh. I have beeen down on stone for some time, no reason, just a few bad beers (i was the biggest supporters of these guys when they launched in norcal, i told everybody to drink this stuff in 98’, seriously). This beer is legit, i will be buying more and spreading the word again.

3.5
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bready, bitter, and maybe a little too strong IPA. Bomber pours clear yellow/orange with a thick warm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is overwhelmingly floral hops. Taste is thick and chewy golden malts supporting intensely bitter hops. The bitterness almost burns your mouth, and carries all the way down to your stomach and up into your nose. Strong notes of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and grape seeds dominate. Dry, but hot finish lingers for several minutes.

4.3
aaronbr (182) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Lots of fruit on the nose, this one pours a hazy straw gold. Very pleasant, and the taste is great. Tons of pine flavor, with a touch of lemony freshness. An exceptional brew by Stone. Cheers to their anniversary!

3.9
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Not as good as the ruination 10th. A lot more bitter in my opinion. Wouldn’t get it again.

3.4
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Gee. You would think Stone could actually do a NON-hoppy style well for their anniversary series. Doesn’t seem to apply here. IPA. DIPA. Whatever. [A] Grapefruit and caramel malts, with a more than significant soapy hop presence. Slight banana. [A] Yellow. [F] English ingredients make a presence here. Malts and yeastiness. Nicely bitter, and reminiscent enough of the style to hint at, yet stay on the American side. [P] It’s hoppy. Mild feel. Drinkable. What? [O] Can’t be extremely hard to make a hop bomb. Wish this anniversary brew would have been more malt focused. $7.99 was pretty reasonable. In betweeen, here.


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