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RATINGS: 744   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Was only able to save this one for about a month in my cellar (pantry)....just below the mac n cheese shelf. Great Brew! The pour is beautiful! cloudy golden color with a thin creamy head that never left me! Aroma is very delicate with just a hint of citrus. Taste is also delicate almost perfect, but has a very dull version of the IPA aftertaste. Get this one down your gullet!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Really nice IPA. Aroma is strong bitterness and tropical fruit. Color is pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Flavor is tropical with a strong malt backbone. Palate is a bit thinner than I would like on a double IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Pours a semi hazy orange with a cream head. Smells a citrusy pine aroma. Big bitter pine and citrus taste with a caramel sweet backing. Lingers on the tongue forever. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2010
This gets points for being different. It pours a surprisingly pale yellow color with a thick white head. The aroma is grapes, fruit punch, and grapefruit. The flavor is very earthy and bitter with a strong grainy malt presence. Fruit punch with a touch of tropical fruit and earth in the finish. A bit phenolic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head that hangs and laces nicely. On the nose its like walking through an xmas tree lot, evergreen every where, along with some citrus, oranges, tangerine, and floral. Medium body, plenty of carbonation and bitterness, drying finish. Tastes of pungent hops, at times its like drinking an evergreen but in a good way, eary, spice and citrus hops follow, all over a sweet malt backbone.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 25, 2010
I think I am coming to love "Empirial" IPAs. I have had several and they have all been good. This one was no exception.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
very different then most stones ive had. thin on the palate lite hop flavor is over powered by grass and earth and lite grapefruit tart flavor. in the end not much hops. very different then ipas that i usually drink but very interesting

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Smells like another winner from Stone! Hop-forward nose with big grapefruit presence and some resiny notes as well and just a touch of malty goodness to balance. Pours a beautiful light gold and almost peachy color. Slightly hazy with barely off-white persistent head. Medium-low carbonation. Nice lacing. Taste is big bitterness like the nose on the attack, a little malt sweetness creeping in the middle and a long bitter finish. Pretty much just like the commercial description. Medium body with a creamy/sticky texture. Medium carbonation and a wonderfully long bitter and dry finish. Great beer. Plan on stocking up on a few of these (me AND you!).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Booga (96) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Bomber dated 10/22/16. Opaque golden pour. Little head and low lacing. Not much aroma. Very West Coast... lots of bitter but not much other flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Golden pour with a very small white head. Aroma is of earthy hops, with a bit of floral and malt. Very bitter (in a good way), balanced piney and citrus hops, as well as caramel malt. Very good... Nicely done.


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