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RATINGS: 772   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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3.9
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.

4.3
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Earthy hoppy aroma. The golden cloudy appearance is almost perfect. This is what a beer should look like. The taste and bitterness seems to fall somewhere in between the Ruination IPA and Stone IPA. Definitely a great beer.

4.1
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, hops, and malt. The flavor was of massive hops, grapefruit upon sitting on the palate and swallowing. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very interesting brew. Usually I will get the hops on the followthrough but they came upfront in this one and were balanced/counteracted nicely with the refreshing fruit followthrough. Very nice touch for a very good beer.

4
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bomber from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Nice IPA pour, orangish with light white head. This is everything one would expect in an Impy IPA....good hops, bitterness, smooth. Good good beer. Will def try this again as long as it’s available.

4.2
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Slight malt character, big hop aroma. Creamy head, beautiful pale golden color with a creamy head. Excellent lacing. Taste is predominantly bitter. Strong bitter hop with a floral character. Long lasting.

2.2
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 22, 2010
As a long-time Stone fan, I really wanted to like this beer. However, I was deeply disappointed. This is the lightest-colored IIPA I’ve ever seen. Aroma was the best part, mixing bubblegum and spice in an intriguing way. The taste is a disaster, with the bubblegum flavor providing a sickly sweetness and chemical/synthetic essence, blending horribly with the herbal, spicy hops. Weak light malt does not balance the astringent hops. Alcohol is well hidden at least, allowing quick consumption so you can move on to something better. Sorry Stone, it can suck to be a teenager, eh?

4.5
raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Yum. Another great one from stone, Thanks guys! This is what happens when England mets San Diego. Citrus and pine aroma. Citrus hops dominate this brew so its a winner in my book. Hints of greatfruit. No sign of the 9.0 in this one. Great brew.

5
Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It’s the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there’s no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine. The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip. This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids! Kudos, Stone!

3.1
thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Pretty good Double IPA, bit, but I was hoping for it to bite a little bit harder. The taste was very good and I’d definitely drink it again, i was slightly underwhelmed but that was probably due to high hopes


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