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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 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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3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
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 Id definitely drink it again, i was slightly underwhelmed but that was probably due to high hopes

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (166) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. Its the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except theres 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Big bottle. Pours a really great looking pale orange with a fluffly white head that holds up for longer then 2 seconds. I had a long day. This beer was my tonic. The aroma is light. sweet and spicy. Its a bit oily on the palate but if finishes dry and bitter. A damn fine IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours pale cloudy gold with frothy white head. Nose is yeasty, rotten fruit, alcohol. Soft, medium body, nice carbonation. Notes of grapefruit and caramel. Finish is bitter with a bit of warming alcohol but balanced well with malty sweetness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into tulip glass. Golden yellow pour with a finger of white head. Super-hoppy aroma full of citrus, pine, and resin (its Stone: dont act surprised). Flavor is, of course, bitter and hoppy, but there is surprising hand-fruit sweetness that would have made the beer better had it been more pronounced. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. Pretty good, but nothing Stone hasnt done before.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Pours a golden cloudy color with a white head. Has a very bready and floral aroma to it. Medium bodied. Very bready, doughy, yeasty taste to it, along with a blast of hoppiness that one would expect from a Stone Ipa. Has a dry finish to go along with it. Personally not a big fan, but I think it is a well made beer, just not nearly worth the price of admission.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Very good. Not as strong as I thought, especially or 8.9%. The hops are different than their regular IPA and somehow not as bitter (not as grapefruit like). Well balanced malty flavor and great beer to try. Great beer for an IPA lover.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Beer poors with a huge grapefruit aroma which settles to a very nice orange aroma. Beer has an excellent white head that sticks around on a very pale foggy body that appears like a white ale. Flavor carries citrus characteristics through to the mouth. Very bitter from the hops but seems ecsensuated by the alchol. Overall the beer is good and I like the citrus aspects. Would be curious how this calms down over shelving for a year.....

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head. Aroma is a strong sweet orange citrus hoppy goodness. Strong bitter mouthfeel that is a wonderful hoppy, piney, grapefruity, floral oasis that moves to a sweetness then follows up with a lingering bitter. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skvader (133) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
Light,golden with big pieces of yeast in the bottom. Aroma of papaya, mango and pineapple. Very dry, very bitter. Could have been better balanced by something, possibly the bottle was a bit too old.


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