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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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3.4
madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Golden coloured. Murky. Light brown head. Hops, herbs and light prunes in the aroma. This beer definately is a bit over the top. Grapish and hoppy flavour. The sourish notes is dominant and last into the end, where a sharp grapish bitterness finishes the beer. This might have been quite a treat, but here 4 years after the brewing is quite ordinary

3.9
hopscotch (11248) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle... Almost four years old...RBSG2005... Hazy orange ale with a small, khaki head. Good retention. Although the hops have probably mellowed over the past four years, there are still some wonderful notes of grapefruit, pineapple, evergreen, toffee and orange peel wafting from the glass. There’s still a decent hop bite on the palate, but the caramel malt has seized control. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, mostly sweet, but somewhat bitter finish. Still a great brew, but I bet it was even better in it’s prime.

3.8
77ships (11056) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2016
Thank you Sebletitje. Bomber sampled @ Sebletitje’s Farewell Tasting. Clear orange with a creamy off-white head. Nose is very mellow onion hop, pine, some biscuit malt, vague sugar even, pine oil, orange peel. Taste is easy orange peel, mandarin, very mild hay, low pine resin, easy dried mandarin peel, biscuit malt. Bit malty body-wise some mandarin peel. Very mellow by current standard, interesting to try this blast from the past. This must have been a harsh IPA back in the day, these days this barely even qualifies as an APA. Good but too mild for me, could have used more hop. Interesting look at how things used to be.

4
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/02/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland

Clear amber, fine white head, drippy lace, sweet carael malt aroma with lots of fresh citrus hops, big bold and bitter, slightly alcoholic at first, big malt body, slight sweetness, bitter finish that lasts until the following week, awesome
-------- /> Date: 01/27/2006

well hopped sweet carmel malt aroma, big sweet piney malt flavor, nice bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***4

3.9
marcus (10684) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 2, 2016
On tap at City Beer. Pours amber with a modest off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied pale malt flavor with a nicely bitter finish.

4.1
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2016
Bomber via trade in Brussels, thanks Beercation. Orange, col blanc épais et crémeux. Arôme offre un bouquet plaisant et chargé en houblons type C. Agrumes et résineux à souhait plus petite douceur malt arrivant en rétro-nasal. Palais est malté, cara pale, houblonné avec un alcool réchauffant. Houblonné bien en évidence mais gardant une signature Stone axé un peu plus sur le malt et flagship des IPÄ il ya 15 ans. Note pêche et abricot et effervescence parfait moyenne-faible mettant en evidence les houblons.

4
tderoeck (10203) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2016
18/XI/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Seb’s Farewell Tasting (Eugene’s place) - bottled: VIII/25/16 (2016-1318) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, small aery head, almost non existing. Aroma: very resinous, hoppy, bit sweet, some caramel, malty touch, dank and sweet. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, pretty dank, resinous, lots of sweet caramel, malty, slightly fruity. Aftertaste: sweet touch, lovely bitterness. Nice one.

4.1
MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
(3 years old): Bustling grapefruits diversifying the hearty and traditional malt cookie dough...Crunchy oranges illuminating a few alcohol rivulets quietly passing by...Mindbogglingly tasty with a piece of St-Eusèbe (Québécois semi-hard rind cheese), this talented actor possesses a range of emotions which is really a pleasure to witness...

3.6
blipp (9713) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 4, 2016
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Fruity citric hops, light pithy notes, some sweet toffee malts, and mild-moderate lingering bitterness. Pretty good.

3.1
JoeMcPhee (9554) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Hazy amber golden beer. Aroma is still oxidized but there is a bit of musty character coming up from the back. Quite dry, but there does seem to be a fair bit of malt character left. Sweet but a little bit hoppy.


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