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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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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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2797) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Pale orange with small head. Old oranges in cardboard boxes aroma. Sweet oraqnge cardboardy flavors. Still carbonated. Drinkable. Yes, just like the 4th Ann. by this time.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Sept 2001 bottle drank in August 2003: After almost two years in the bottle this one is going strong. Hazy orange color, thick mouthfeel with small harsh bubbles. A great bittersweet beer. While still very drinkable, I think that the second year muted the hoppy aroma and flavor a bit. Now it gets a 8/5/8/4/16. Old rating: Sept 2001 22OZ bottle drank on 4/15/02: Before the cap was all the way off I got hit with a huge pine/citrus aroma. Huge creamy head that doesn't go away. The hops totally dominate this beer, but that's OK. Why else would you drink this beer, if you didn't like piles of hops?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Piney, hoppy, and sweet nose. Excellent stick power with beautiful tiny bubbles. cloudy and unfiltered. Bitterness hits back of the throat with warming alcohol effect. Soft mouthfeel with not as much snap I would have liked. Obviously due to it having little carbonation. Overall, a solidly made IPA and a rather complex one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2693) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Always was curious to try this. Finally got an encore bottle. Clear amber, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is *very* similar to Stones regular IPA. Thats the best way to describe it, although this was slightly amped up and has a higher degree of bitterness. Pretty nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle. Golden-orange in colour, lasting tan head, very nice lace. The aroma was of mild citrus hops, some pine, earthy, with a caramel sweetness. The flavour was of piney hops, orange citrus, malty in the middle (caramel, some light butterscotch). Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, lively carbonation. FInishes with a long lingering bitterness. This has held up fantasticly, Thanks for the beer Larry Pitonka.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Bottle. A hearty amber color with a white head. Rich, full, chewy, sour, hoppy, pine, citrus and smooth middle.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (2660) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2016
One dimensional but a solid bitter IPA. Not sweet at all. Not balanced. Thin fading head. Flavor is light honey mostly bitter. Wow stone you have come a long way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
07.08.05 RBSG Orange-amber pour, sticky head. Nose is surprisingly ketchup-like, banana, spicey hops, some spruce. Thin body and very dry. Flavor is not at all what I hoped it would be. Must have been better a few years ago.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
Pours a deep amber, beautiful beige head and fair lace. Large hop floral nose, malt under tones barely detectable. Start is malt semi-sweet, the middle moderate, the finish is hugely hops as one would expect, the high alcohol warms the tummy, also a bit dry and a long lasting hop bitter after taste. A great IPA to be sure, and I have a Stone 4th Anniversary, plus a regular stone IPA, and a Big Daddy, WOW, what a line up.


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