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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Very spicy and woodsy. First sip is really peppery. Nice to have a potent yet variant IPA. pours a yellow orange. bitterness really lingers on the palate. another anniversary winner from Escondido.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pours an attractive unfiltered cloudy golden/orange with a white head. Nose of earthy brit hops, and a light whiff of berries and a twinge of alcohol. Has a strong light malty base with notes of bitter black pepper, grapefruit rind, berries, mineral-y water and earthy/herbal hops. Finishes dry , lots of lingering bitterness. The body is full and round with pleasant, moderate carbonation. Well-made and everything but I just dont dig the flavor that much.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a pale gold with a white head. nose is hops, dried oranges, and faint citrus. not bad on the palate, super dry hops up front with oranges and a slightly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3577) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle a few weeks back. Overall it was ok. I think they hit what they were going for, but it just wasnt all that tasty. Perhaps what is good about the original style is lost in imperialing the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it. S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness. T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer). M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation. D: I usually like Stones anniversary beers, but this one just didnt quite do it for me. I guess if Im going to have any more of these, Ill have to drink them quickly.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
very different then most stones ive had. thin on the palate lite hop flavor is over powered by grass and earth and lite grapefruit tart flavor. in the end not much hops. very different then ipas that i usually drink but very interesting

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2010
okay. Smells slightly farty, and the nose is uninspired. Just not diggin this particular brew. But Im just a whiny rb/ba user who lives in his moms basement, so take that into account. Sorry my review is so lame but this beer just didnt inspire me to write much more. Fucken hell.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6113) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye dated June 2010) clear yellow with a lasting film of white tight bubbles. Nose is sweet, gym socks, juicy citrus. Taste of celery, bitter grapefruit, sweaty. The finish is oily with more juicy citrus. Not sure what to make of this one. It was one of my least favorite Stones yet, but I really appreciate what theyve tried to do with what is normally a very boring style. This wasnt boring at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
Almost opaque pale golden hue covered by a more than fair white sheet that mostly lasts. Pretty herbal nose without the usual brash American hop nose. Instead, it heads towards herbal, orangey, green earthy notes (chives, cilantro, parsley...) and growing grapefruit as it warms up. In mouth, the malts feel pale and quaffable despite their relative thickness. At 8.9%, it boasts a fair amount of minerally biscuitiness, but remains moderate in terms of alcohol and stays drinkable enough. Still, this does not come across as a particularly characterful ale. It seems fine for hoppy food pairings, but the hops used are a weird mixed bag, not having the rustic charms of pure nobility nor the punch of straight American varietals. And I cant quite call it the best of both worlds as it does not feel greater than the sum of its parts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2844) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Large offwhite head, lasting with stringy laceage. Hazy gold color, fairly ugly brew. Nose is soft, light graininess, citrus and a bit woodsy/earthy. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, sorta chewy, grainy malts. Dry maltiness, bready with the earthy hoppiness going on, light fruitiness, citrus gestures with a dry finish thats got a lotta bite. Not bad but not my cup of tea. Stones American IPAs are more to my liking. Neat effort though. Bomber procured @statelineliquors.


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