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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (6104) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (5135) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (2868) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Cloudy and orange. White head. Aroma of floral hops, yeast, and lemons. Tastes of hops, oranges, lemons, yeast and some malt sweetness. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, dry, smooth. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (3099) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
Frisk doft av tropiskt frukt. Smak av tropiskt frukt, honung lite metallisk med sparsmakad beska med en kryddig chutney knsla i eftersmaken, vlbalanserad och drmed vldigt god.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mambossa (336) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Pours a rich orange gold. Nose of sweet caramelized malt, toasty caramel, delicately forest-y hops. Flavor, though. Holy smokes. THIS is my kind of IPA. Screw all those juice-bombs that have been saturating the market. Youve got loads of spruce, sage, cedar, dried fruits, gentle juniper, lavender, nice little "oomph" of sweetness from the malt, and a resiny herbaceous linger. This is my favorite IPA right now by a long shot. If youre a fan of more earthy, herbaceous flavors, just get a case.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Enticing aroma pulled me right in. Perfect color, taste is excellent. Nicely spiced but not overly so which agrees very well with my preferred taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Another awesome IPA by Stone. Reminiscent of the 10th anniversary. Deep orange yellow. Medium bitterness. Mild sweetness. Biscuit malty flavor. Lasting hoppy aroma. Easyish to drink, but higher ABV makes a take a few days to finish a bomber. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head. Smell: Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs. Taste: Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this. A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation. Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (11461) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"nice beer for sure. a fusion between a west coast imperial and an english ipa. hops are big, but less floral and fruit, and more pepper. different yet familiar. quite frikkin tasty, though not quite as awesome as last years."


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