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RATINGS: 182   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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3.5
Ungstrup (38380) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
[Sampled twice 3 and 3½ years old] An unclear orange beer with a small white head. The aroma is rather hoppy with some alfa acid and oranges as well as a slight sourness. The flavor is somewhat sour - probably the age - but also malty and quite hoppy - the hops still bites the tongue though. The body is quite thick with some impression from the alcohol. Just as the 3rd and 4th anniversarys, this is clearly over its prime, but still a good brew - I’d have loved to taste it fresh.

3.6
Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2002
Chewy, hoppy, very oily and resiny but turning slightly unbalanced with too much caramel flavour to really let the hops do their thing (in the back half and finish, I mean, thus reducing refreshment and drinkability, like Shadallion said).

4.2
Benzai (16681) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle shared Sebletitje @ Sebletitje’s Farewell tasting. Clear light orange color, medium sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor are malts, very hoppy, sticky hops, lightly fruity, resinous and piney bitter, firm heavy bitterness.

2.2
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 14, 2017
On tap @ Stone’s J Street Tap Room. Copper colored beer with some white foam. This is terrible. Jalapeño aroma followed by grass, wood, and caramel malt. Toasty and also watery. An astringent and very green, vegetal finish to this. Moderately bitter, kind of sweet, and not a great mouthfeel. This is really, really disappointing. Hard scroll past.

4.1
Lubiere (14150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2006 Hazy golden ale with thick white head on pour but collapses quickly. Sweet musky aroma and oranges. Sweet malty with light citrus, fruity, blended and smooth. Well balanced and delicious. (Sept. 2004)

4.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Baby's got bite!! Excellent (and extreme) grapefruit-pine hoppiness permeates the aroma and the flavor, placing this hophead well on the road to Nirvana. There is some maltiness to keep this beer from becoming unbalanced. Cloudy orange with minimal head.

3.6
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
Tasted as part of a vertical including the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Anniversary beer (big thanks to egadzis!). Poured a medium amber color with a small off white head. Kind of a musty/earthy aroma with some citrus. A little buttery as well. Tastes of citrus, caramel, sugar and a touch of honey. Still some hop presence after the years. I enjoyed the tastes more than the aroma. Past its prime, but I enjoyed the tastes and was glad I had a chance to try this beer.

2.8
j12601 (13091) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a hazy amber with brown highlights and a thin white head. Plums, old prunes, caramel. Similar to the 2nd through 4th in that any hoppiness has fallen off. Rather light. Very oxidized.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12801) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Big sweet dank hoppy nose. Orange with large head. Smooth and slick, sticky feel, with some sweetness and alcohol showing in the flavor. Though not my favorite in the av line, I see why this would have gone over very well 15 years ago.

3.5
deyholla (12189) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2016
On tap at the Red Cow North Loop. Pours a clear light orange with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of bread, grain and grass with a bit of earthy bitter citrus backing. Flavor has bitter citrus and grass up front with a grain backbone.


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