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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Originally released September 2001. Brewed to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Stone Brewing Co. An "amped up" version of Stone IPA with many times the hops and cranked up malt profile.

Re-released as part of the 20th anniversary encore series in 2016

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
I had the pleasure and privilege of tasting this bottle of 5th anniversary IPA a friend had kept in the back of the pantry for 4+ years. The malt character really over ran the hops at this point, although after 4 years Im ok with slightly oxidized rather then "turned to vinegar" that sometimes comes with over aged beers. Overall pretty damn tasty, all things considered.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Big thanks to KP for this treat. Been fridged the whole time. Poured a clear golden amber color. Hoppy aroma was earthy and citrusy. With a fair amount of toffee. Caramel malty flavor. Malt had that "aged"/oxidized presence. But not real distracting. Still had a good amount of hop flavor running through. Light bitterness on the finish. Held up very well. Damn happy to have tried it and not disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Sampled at the Friday night (Pre-Atlanta Cask Ale tasting) RB gathering at Twains 2006. Hooray! For KP! The bringer of this brew (thought Id never have a chance to try it). Pours orange and clear. Initial aroma greats you with hints of oxidation but as you push through you get sticky sweet orange malt and some pine hints (mostly diminished). Again, in the flavor, you can sense some cardboard but dryish hops still linger supported by alcohol notes and big booming malty goodness. Medium body and dryish finish (still some hops there). Well beyond its prime Im sure, but still a great one to have tried.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3479) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Thanks to kp for bringing this gem from his cellar! I expected to search for this one for several more years. Pours a medium orange color with a decent head and enough body in this 4 year old IPA to lace a bit. Muted hop aroma as would be expected, allowing the malt to come through. Earthy malt flavor with some hints of pine. Nice, deeply bitter dry finish, that can only make me imagine what this was like in its prime.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3531) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
This pours a cloudy amber. The aroma is full of dried apricots and a slight pine from the hops. Its a touch grainy. The malt drops out quickly but bitterness lingers nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
(Draft: Stone Brewing Days 2005 at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA) Duvel tulip glass in hand, I walk into Stuffed Sandwich for their Stone Brewing Days 3-day festival, hoping Id find something cool, but oh my heavens, look what Sam has on tap! I never thought Id see this in bottle or on draft ever again. Well, actually, Ive never seen it before, not ever, since this came out just as I was moving out to San Diego, and I had better things on my mind at the time than beer hunting. Anyway, Sam has filled my Duvel glass right to the top, as always. I sip a bit off so that I dont spill it, and amazingly, the head builds back to the top. I get to my table and sip some more head, and sure enough, here comes the head, continuing to form, beautifully creamy, light tan in color, and just refusing to fade even in the slightest. I have to keep drinking, and only then does the head finally give in and stay at a thin layer, but it leaves a thick, dense foam on the glass for the duration of the session to remember it by. The body is fully cloudy, amber in color, and impossible to see through, even at the edges. The nose is only lightly hoppy, so clearly the hops has softened considerably, which is to be expected for a 4-year old beer. Instead, its very earthy and woody, sweet, solidly malty, and certainly oxidized a bit. Similarly, the flavor is malty, earthy, woody, and mushroomy, but theres also an obvious sweet fruitiness fighting through and holding its own. Its not hoppy at all, and in fact, its only mildly bitter, but that bitterness does show up a bit in the finish. Alcohol isnt really noticeable to me. Medium "plus" in body, but I think much of that "plus" is due to the aging. With the earthiness, this isnt a clean beer at this point, and with the mild hoppiness toward the end, the finish isnt terribly crisp either, but this is an IPA, so who could expect it to be? So clearly this beer is past its prime, and its not the same beer it was when fresh four years ago, but unlike many other "old" non-cellarable beers Ive tried, this is still remarkably drinkable and very enjoyable. True, I enjoy that earthy, mushroomy flavor and aroma, but because of the solid fruitiness, this beer is more than just an oxidized, earthy, mushroomy beer. Still, I have to be fair and say that this beer, four years after being brewed, isnt as amazing as it apparently was, but Ive had no problem finishing the entire Duvel glass. As a rating buddy of mine said to me tonight, this is easily the best 4-year old IPA Ive ever had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle. Golden-orange in colour, lasting tan head, very nice lace. The aroma was of mild citrus hops, some pine, earthy, with a caramel sweetness. The flavour was of piney hops, orange citrus, malty in the middle (caramel, some light butterscotch). Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, lively carbonation. FInishes with a long lingering bitterness. This has held up fantasticly, Thanks for the beer Larry Pitonka.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7211) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2005
Pours neat top, cloudy, orange copper in colour. Aroma of butter due of age and good set of hops. Neat hoppy ale, medium bodied. I wish Stone Brewing brew new batch of this decent ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
RBSG 05. Very hazy murky pure orange with an ok light beige head which fades a bit. Lots of harsh citrus and pine hop aromas. Very sticky mouthfeel from the malt, but the hops dominate all the way on this one. Flavor is also somewhat harsh and metallic even. The hops have turned it almost grassy with some pine-sol. Harsh finish. Probably a lot better when it was fresh. Im surprised how much hops were still left in this beer though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Cloudy orange-amber w/ creamy off-white foam. Big hoppy citrus aroma over a firm foundation of caramel, toffee, & butterscotch. Thick, sticky, resiny feel. Flavour is heavily hoppy & bitter but sufficiently balance by the malt. The hops, however, though still aggressive seem to have faded somewhat over time.


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