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99
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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 3 Liter bottle HUGE thanks to Mike (NE Stone Rep) for bustin this bad boy out after the Extreme Beer Fest. Rich amber-orange color, typical of Stones IPAs and barleywine. Light amount of sediment and haze with a small white head. What a funny coincidence that we were drinking this side by side with Old Guardian 2004. This tastes very nearly the same, though perhaps a touch less of the malt and more earthy hops, due to the age of it. But its held up remarkably well, probably due to it being in a 3 liter. Smells earthy, with some old overripe fruits (mangoes, bananas, ruby red grapefruit) and some light hints of caramunich malt. Flavor shows the hops have indeed melded well with the malt, and it is a very rounded, sweet and herbal like flavor. Soily hops flavors abound. Still a good amount of bitterness left, though this is much more palateable than a new OG. Id like to pretend that this was far and away superior/different to the OG 2004, but it really wasnt. A bit more fruit flavors, maybe a bit creamier texture. Medium-full body with only a hint of oxidation. Not so hopeful for the 22oz I have in my basement.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Cereal and caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel. citrus, cereal, and yeasty taste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours an orange body with a thin white lacing. Mil due, oxidation, cardboard, raisin and caramel with a note of pine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05 (Montral) Grand Tasting
Golden color, nice head, nice lacing. Nose of cherry and clean grassy hops. The flavor is balanced, aggressive, a bit old, but I can really taste what they were going for here, one of Stones better IPAs. Better than the Ruination at least.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5449) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle. Golden orange pour, with a white head. Citrus, caramel, grapefruit, some sweetness, bread, and bitter finish. Tasty, old school balance between malt and citrusy hops.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured. Sour fruitiness in the aroma. Hoppy flavour, unfortunately overpowered by some sourness. Definately too old.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
(3 litre magnum bottle) Sampled at RBSG 2005 in Montreal. Buttery nose with a ruination base. Piney hop flavour though the age is revealed - as its past its prime. Thin white head with a deep amber body.

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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4876) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Nice big sample from 3-litre bottle at RBSG. Nice big pop when the magnum is opened indicates a little pressure still, thats nice! Big orangy-solid body with a bit of visible yeast and surprisingly durable head...nose quite oxidized though reasonably pleasant, moderately malty with light dry hoppiness....body is lightly smoky, fairly full, piney and citrusy with some rustic honey....thin dry finish really shows the age. Great once Im sure, but just OK now.


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