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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours a gorgeous cloudy light yellow with a beautiful frothy white head. Great lacing. Aroma is golding hops and ginger. Taste is a warming bitterness of hops that builds through the tasting. Slightly citrus and slightly floral. This is one beer that I wish wasnt a one-off.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
22 oz bomber poured in a shaker glass. A lot lighter color than I was expecting but a real beauty in the glass. Cloudy dark straw color with a bright white head. The head laced perfectly around the top half of the glass. Aroma was like a fruit basket: pear, nectarine, pineapple, and both citrus and grassy hops. I love the taste, especially contrasted to Stones traditional IPA which is one of my favorites. Fresh fruit hit the palate, then some light malt, and tons of English hop bitterness. Pineapple flavors stand out to me. Its like a bright ESB, served with a pineapple ring. Sounds weird but the layers of flavor are what make it great. Perfect amount of malt to hold all of the delicate flavors together without making it too heavy. The variety and combination of hops really steal the show. I bought a bottle to age and had to drink this one fresh. Im glad I did. Not sure how long the other bottle will last...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKS4011 (8) - Black Earth, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2010 does not count
bottle: gentle hop smell, beautiful orange color and stiff white head. Taste was oily and heavy (dense) but in a good way. this is a smooth IPA perhaps because of the English hops not the tannin-like twang of American IPAs. I loved this.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Very nice. I was a little put off by the sweet aroma but the taste was right on. Pours a murky orange color. Small head. The hops are pleasant and provide a peppery citrus flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy yellow. The aroma just explodes from the glass. Lots of tropical fruits. Flavor is dominated by the hops that makes it very bitter. But the sweetnes bring a good balance to this brew. Flavor is flowery, tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple. Palate is quite big and smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linnet (1793) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2011
Appearance: hazy lemon colour, small white head, lacing. Aroma: Earthy hops, lemon, resin, malts, grapefruit. Flavour: Big aggressive bite, grapefruit, citric, tropical fruits. Mouthfeel: fresh Total: As always Stone has done it again!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zinvegas (10) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Very well balanced with the perfect amount of malt to juxtapose with the hops expected in a double IPA. I am not huge on West Coast IPAs, but I loved this one. Citrus and some sweetness on the tongue. Pours golden and clear, with a nice white foam> medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation, slightly bitter finish.

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 (11463) - 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."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Im sitting at home to rate this one. I KNOW it will be better than yesterdays crap, its brewed by Stone.........here goes> Bomber to my trusty shaker glass, pours slightly hazy gold. Its got a two plus finger off white head that laces and retains fairly decent. As far as aroma goes, Im getting a lot of earth and tropical fruits here. Its bitter as hell, gotta love that. It has a medium body thats just short of fizzy. Its mouth feel? Slick, smooth AND resin? Wow. Finishes bitter. As for tasting notes, lets see, mango, grapefruit on steroids, pepper, loads of caramel with a touch of spruce. Yesterday a lawyer bought me a Delirium Tremens that put him back 14 bucks! Im laughing my ass of here! "See" ya soon.


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