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RATINGS: 744   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (3007) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
[bottle] Sourish pineapple aroma with some cherry and horseblanket. Cloudy yellow under a white ring. Very bitter flavour that is spicy and grainy, with some pleasant, sweet malt. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillWyce (1027) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
From notes: poured a very cloudy straw color with a small white head. Aroma was surprisingly mild-piney hops mixed with yeast. Very deep palate, with a notable thickness. Found it to be mildly hoppy with a lot of biscuity yeast mixed in. I usually really like Stones brews, and reading the other desscriptions in the reviews leaves me wondering if I got a bad bottle...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
The aroma is very hoppy with floral hops and bread like malts. The appearance is hazy gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is OK.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coldbrewky (1721) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bomber: Pours a thick and hazy honey golden. Thin white head with drippy lacing. Nose of whole hop with a light under tone of caramel malt. Hop resin tone is elevated at start and plateaus for duration. Their own definition shows the single dimension of this brew.... HIED or Hop Infused Explosive Device. Fairly one dimensional. It is brewed with British ingredients but lacks the reserve to be anything other than a one off anniversary brew.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Aroma is intensely pine hops, very sweet, some fartiness, but mostly pine and dank hops. Taste is woah! way too sweet, pine, dankness, lots of milky pine, and more bitterness. Finish is cloying and slightly bitter. Way too sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dagimp (962) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2010
From a bomber into a plastic cup. Pours with a good amount of head that doesnt stick around too long. Not much lacing but that could just be the cup. Pretty decent aroma, very grassy and bananaey...almost Hefe like. Mouthfeel is medium for an IIPA. Taste is bready, cloves, light lemon and citrus hops... and that banana flavor again. Interesting, but not very. An OK IPA. Not that impressed but at least it wasnt a total hop bomb like the rest of Stones IPAs.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7438) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Good head size and retention for a Stone beer. Very yeasty (raw vitamin B stink) in the nose. Sadly, theres nothing British about the brutish/burning alcohol presence and the resin/grapefruit hop onslaught. Doesnt Stone make enough US west coast styled IPAs that they could have, just once, made something that actually made you think it might have come from England? That would have been awfully cool. But this is just another average American DIPA.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12843) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2010
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweaty socks, pine resin, grass, earth, and some citrus. Flavor of peach up front with pine, grass, metal, and grapefruit. Finishes dry and bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3215) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours hazy yellow with a foamy white head. A bit of harsh alcohol on the nose, with lots of herbal and grassy hops and some lightly sweet tropical fruit. A decent amount of sweet, caramelly malt, light yeast, dark chocolate, and a bitter, grassy finish. Really resiny in the mouth. Really sharp and not super pleasant.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 Bottle from Binnys on Marcey. Pours a mostly clear pale copper with lasting sticky white head. Nose is all EKG, sweet and orangey. Distinctly English, which is what Id expect. Taste is a bit too sweet with grapey notes (likely from the Boadicea hops) and again throws the fact that I dont care for EKG back at me. Meh.


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