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RATINGS: 190   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1268) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Bomber poured a clear deep golden hue w/ large lasting creamy head. Moderate bready malt and floral aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are straw and lasting piney hop. Medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Pours a deep copper color with an off white head. A malty sweet aroma with mellowed hoppiness. Taste is syrupy sweet with a solid hop bite. Long orangy aftertaste and a big hop burp.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (1184) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2016
On draft at the Earth Eagle. This captures that classic "West Coast" DIPA malt profile, with just a little bit of clean sweetness but otherwise nothing to interfere with the hops. Which is nice, because the hop profile is really interesting. My initial thought was "candy" -- the hops have a sweet orange, pine and spruce flavor that are pretty different from the trendier hop profiles on the market these days. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. 3 L bottle. Hazy goldne amber colour. Caramel and fruity aroma, well melded from aging. Caramel, lightly spicy, plus a piny and grapefruit bitter finish. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. Ill join the others who said they would have loved to try this fresh.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1143) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Aromas of fresh mango, apricot, stonefruit, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, caramel, pines and bitter hops. Pours a gorgeous golden appearance with an almost non existent white foam. Taste brings incredibly fresh notes of tropical fruits, tangerine, mango, apricot, butterscotch, pineapple, candied caramel and guava upfront. Mellow to moderate bitterness rolls in alongside a sturdy malt base which offers grain malt, caramel, cracker and malt syrup notes. Finishes pleasantly refreshing with residual tropical fruit, tangerine, apricot, stonefruit and a slight metallic maltiness.. Overall, this is such a beautiful combination of hops in harmony with intensely refreshing fruit and citrus. A+ rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (1139) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 Orange-gold pour with a thickish pale orange head, which settles to a tight .5cm layer. Big citrus - grapefruit, orange - plus a bit of tropical fruit, good caramel backbone. Taste is a mild hit of bitterness up front, citrus, pine, caramel, and beautifully balanced, mild bitter, fruity, malty finish. This is a good one. Easily better than the 10 or 20 year versions

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Poursa golden hue with a small, slight off-white head. Aroams of whiskey and stale hops. Flavors of the same with a decent bitterness, yet isnt the beer I was hoping for. Thanks chris..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1062) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Growler fill from brewery in Escondido. POURS a clear sunset-amber hue with a finger and a half of white foam. AROMA of resiny hops, pine, floral hops, grapefruit and orange, honey, and a little bit of booze (rare in Stone beers). FLAVOR of pine resin, grapefruit rind, and not a whole lot else. Really quite bitter but with some balancing semi-sweet malt slowly emerging near the end. This must have been a quite a bracing brew 15 years ago when the term "double IPA" was only coming into being, but not all that impressive these days. Reminiscent of the pine/grapefruit onslaught of American hops that I remember so strongly when I first got into craft beer about 8 years ago...I certainly appreciate the less heavy-handed and more nuanced approach these days and the "newer" hops that allow for this. Still happy for Stone to bring this back as a historical marker from before I drank craft beer. (131, 1041)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (1059) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Pours a clear, dark copper, with mid-sized head. Aroma is floral, with hops and citrus elements. Flavor is very hoppy--bitter, with some citrus and pine flavors. This is a good un.


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