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RATINGS: 775   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 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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4.4
Gachupines (1252) - USA - AUG 2, 2010
Hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is hops along with some grapefruit. Flavor is rather hoppy, but not unpleasantly bitter. Not terribly balanced with malt though. Fairly strong grapefruit in the finish. Quite good though.

4.4
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
22 oz – The Wine Source. Hazed gold, creamy white head. Deep pink grapefruit zest and pineapple-mango swirls over softer aromas of earth and caramel biscuit throughout. Bitter tropical-citrus and earthy hop assault rounds very well on a soft herbal peach and toffee-like fade. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. A fantastic take on the style for sure. Great job, Stone! It doesn’t always have to scream Southern California…

4.4
planky84 (3514) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2010
On tap at GBBF ’10 as ’This Beer Tastes Better on Tap’. Amber/gold pour with a white head. Hoppy aromas of peaches, pear, citrus. Caramel, heavy citrus burst. Very hoppy. Crisp, fruity, hoppy finish. Very nice.

4.4
drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you’re in the mood for major hops.

4.4
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2010
It’s hard to classify this beer. It kind of tastes like a gumball. Smells hoppy and very fruity. All around an interesting beer but too much for a session.

4.4
Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Cask at GBBF 2010, 5th Aug 2010, as "This Beer Tastes Better On Tap". Very slightly hazy glowing amber with a bubbly head. Fantastic nose - strong resiny hops and oranges warmed by alcohol. Brings warmth to your cheeks. Delightful mix of all citrus flavours over firm malt bakcbone. Dangerously drinkable for the strength.

4.4
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours cloudy pale golden with a moderate white head. Nose is malts, herbal, earthy, grassy hops, and mints. Taste is wonderful. Exploding with tangy, spicy, herbal type hops and pungency the almost stings the palate. Bitterness is smooth and balanced and just a little sweeter than it is dry. Very nice job.

4.4
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a dissipating white head. Aroma of hops, lemon and citrus. Flavour of citrusy hops, dry malt and some peachy notes. The bitter flavour dissolves into moderate sweetness and finishes dry, peppery, hoppy and a little fruity.

4.4
nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2010
22oz bomber. Hazy, cloudy orange-tan with a foamy, soapy white head. Earthy hop tones, reminiscent of APA is a way. Lots of hops, more than enough to leave some dry, sticky residues in the aftertaste. Quite well done, the white malt, assumably, gives this a great clean, toasty malt feel, while the hop dosing is awesome, with lots of bitter, peppery citrus. Quite clean for the big ABV. Really an exceptional IIPA, worth seeking out.

4.4
hayduke (5732) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Poured a 22-oz bottle this showed up as a cloudy golden-orange color with a foamy white head. The nose is full of rich aromas of spices like pepper, on top of floral hops, and citrus. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Favor is spicy with some ripe fruit. Long bitter finish. Quite a beer.


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