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RATINGS: 190   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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22oz bottle thanks to mark!.... cloudy orange and caramel brown pour with a thin very light brown head.... caramel malts, somewhat biscuity in nature, dominated the nose. very little life left in the hops at this point... flavors were sweet and biscuity, semi-oxidized caramel malts with a tough of bitterness towards the end but nothing substantial. above average mouthfeel. as others noted, wish i could have had this fresh but glad to have tried it anyhow.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. Better than 3rd and 4th anny, though that isnt exactly a hard thing to do. A bit more hoppy than the previous wet rag tasting beers, less oxidized of course, but there is still plenty of cardboard and aluminum. Mildly bitter, bright. Some corn sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 On to the good stuff. Big earthy taste, like a dried fruit salad. Orange, lime and peaches were prodominate here. Follow that up with a molasses yeast thing. Finish was a nice smoked apricot and chocolate. Cant wait to bust open the 3L now. Re-rated off of the 3L. Much of the same flavors with a less oxidized taste than the 22 oz.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3133) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Orange with a white head. Aggressive hop profile overwhelmed the tastebuds leaving only the bitter remnants of a powerful IPA. Some sweetness in the finish. Could use a bit more finesse but it fit its era quite well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (3058) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
[Magnum at RBSG] Hazy, yellowish orange with dotty lace and a bubbly white ring. Oxidized cereal grain aroma with ethanol, candy, and lemon notes. Also a touch of pine hops scent. The flavour is salty with hops yet with surprisingly low bitterness. Pumpernickel, some pine and subdued citrus. Probably aged too long. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Beautiful Hoppy flavor. Its finish isnt as clean as their Ruination, but it has more of a full mouth finish. Great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (2977) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2016
22oz bomber from the stone 5/10/15/20 anniversary pack. 8/17/16 date. Appearance is hazy light orange. Aroma is floral hops, caramel. Smells like its way older than the date indicates. Taste starts with some bitterness, lots of malt. Floral and pine, stale hops. Was looking forward to picking up this set and I am not impressed with how old it is. Purchased yesterday, just started arriving at stores two days ago and its 5 weeks old. Stone pushes the enjoy by series but lets this ipa set sit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2863) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
650ml bottle from Rays in Tosa, shared with bananabi11. 8/17/2016 bottle date, so less than a month old. Perfect pour; very clear orangey copper with clingy lacing. Aroma has raw cascade hops; tangy pine, citrus and some other fruits. Taste is citrus, some pine, some caramel and some chewy resin. Medium bodied or a touch heavier. Some alcohol. The blend is very good. Finishes more bitter than bittersweet. Very tasty, not as extreme as Stone stuff will get, although easy to see a basis for Stone IPA. 14.3

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2002
A terrific imperial IPA. Hopheads and I can agree on this one. Unlike Lagunitas Maximus, this beer is very drinkable (must be the dry-hopping). OK, its no session beer, but given the insane hop level, only the wonderful aroma gives away the care and effort that has clearly gone into this well-crafted brew.


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