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RATINGS: 772   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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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.

bretupdegraff (243) - 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.

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 I’ve 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.

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.

AcctError43480 (235) - Columbus, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is European hops, earthy and slightly piney. Flavor is bitter with slight caramel flavor and some lemon, and a smoky note. Lively carbonation, Finish leaves lingering bitterness.

soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
22 oz bottle. Saw this, really liking that Stone is in Chicago now. Absolutely had to get it. Pours an extraordinarily light yellow color with a small white head. I’m really surprised by how light it is, almost light a weak orange juice or lemonade color. Smells of a ton of ctirusy fruit, with a bunch of hops, a very fruity IPA smell. Sight be damned, this thing packs some bunch. Despite the overwhelming fruit smell, the taste shows the power of its hops, with a nice hint of citrus, but this is about the hops. Very full-bodied for an IPA, nice stick to the mouth afterwards. Was hoping for a bit more citrus in it, but a very impressing IPA that you can’t judge on the color.

Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2010
22 oz. bomber. Hazy (will be cloudy if you disturb the sediment when you pour) light gold with a frothy white head which fades to leave a faint lace. Skunky nose when cold fades to an almost lager/summer ale once warmed up (which it should be). Pine hops from start to finish with a light malt sweetness somewhere in the middle. Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Orange peel, pepper and lemon zest combine with the pine in the middle and then fade to a bitter finish. Another IIPA which I’d like to have a second bottle of to put up for a while (six months should do).

BeeriedEyed (212) - USA - APR 20, 2011
One the best IPAs I have tasted in a long while. It’s balanced and complete with a flavor that it respects. Try this beer!

Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bomber bottle pours a very hazy orange with a little white head. Aroma of spruce and citrus hops. Flavor is pretty intense. It hides the alcohol well But it’s pretty well balancd and not overpowering. Very smooth on the palate with a long bitter finish. Pretty good offering from Stone.

gabbama (210) - 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.

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