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RATINGS: 777   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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4.3
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Pours light and golden with a creamy head. Citrusy aroma. This is similiar to Caldera’s IPA, but a little more earthy. Really a tasty beer. I lot more refreshing than i was expecting from this style of beer.

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19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bright orange tinted straw body with a tall standing, frothy white head. Interesting hop aroma that im struggling to sieve through my pollen soaked nasals. An earthy herbal note with a strong spice note and a light black tea quality. Strong lemongrass character. Very rich biscuity malt body with strong herbal, earthy notes. Not nearly the bitterness I was expecting but still pretty goddamn pungent. Great resinous component that compliment the dopplebock-esque pepper and a lemony citrus. Dry finish that is wonderfully expressive and counter to where most big IPAs dwell. Really fantastic departure from a heavily cookie-cutter’d style.

4.3
mcberko (17823) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of orange zest, massive peppery and piney hops, and some earthiness. Flavour of huge, but balanced pine hops - orange zest at the beginning, followed by citrus, lemongrass, and more hops. Excellent lingering bitter finish.

4.3
obguthr (6344) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Fruit cocktail aroma with pineapple, pear, cherry, and grapefruit peel notes present. Milky golden, thin yellow head. Strong grapefruit peel start to finish, with sweeter pear and pineapple notes briefly appearing at midpalate. Lovely story on the bottle about how quintessentially British this is, but in the end, this is a west coast IIPA that I would expect from Stone. Very nice and very bitter.

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.

4.3
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 25, 2010
I think I am coming to love "Empirial" IPA’s. I have had several and they have all been good. This one was no exception.

4.3
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle from the Mustard Seed in Akron, OH. After I opened the bottle, I could actually smell the hops from across the room. Poured beautifully, golden-orange haze with a pale, white head. Hoppy as all get-out. The first sip completely cleared my sinuses. Every sip after that was even more enjoyable. As it gets warmer, it gets even better. A beer best cherished slowly.

4.3
bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bomber from Taylors Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a three finger frothy white head. Getting a floral, earth, pepper, citrus mixed aroma. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation of a sort. It’s really fresh. Fruity. Floral. Peppery. Finishes dry with just a touch of fresh stone fruit with hot bits. Man, tell me it’s a saison, and I might believe you. Fantastic.

4.3
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Pours cloud orange yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is orange juice citrus and a hint of sweet malt. Flavor is oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, heavily citrus with a nice bitter kick. Goodalt backbone not to bitter. Really good beer.

4.3
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Amber pour with a big pillowy, white head. Flavor is huge crisp hops and considerable spice and citrus. Flavor is super smooth crisp and not nearly as heavy as one would expect. Finish is long and dry. Excellent.


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