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Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 188   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (846) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2016
A rich, burndt orange golden color. Strong hoppiness. Bitter and dry. Quality hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (8494) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2016
Thank you Sebletitje. Bomber sampled @ Sebletitjes 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2179) - Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle - good size foamy head, medium copper/orange color, big grapefruit hop aroma and flavor, moderate bready malt backbone, fairly juicy/danky finish, very good overall

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (393) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - NOV 25, 2016
A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 25th August 2016, to be enjoyed by 23rd November 2016 (drank on the 26th, so Im three days late). Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It poured a clear copper amber colour with a big three finger white head with pretty good retention and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus zest mostly mandarin and lemon, grapefruit, pine, biscuity malt and flowery. Tastes biscuity malt, light caramel sweetness, mandarin, orange zest bitterness, a hint of tropical mango and peach, with a light floral and herbal element. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I was not impressed with my first sip, BUT actually, this got a lot better the more I drank it. Its not too sweet and not too bitter in my opinion, which seems to be a rare thing with Double IPAs these days. I enjoyed it, especially the more I had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (529) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2016
Not a home run for a Stone double. A well laced white had on a clear light amber body. Nose features malt, dank and fruity hops. Hops are a nice mix of grapefruit, floral and semi-astringent earthy tones, but not as juicy and fresh as some Stone products. The malt is chewy, caramel and biscuit. A touch of pepper in there somewhere. A nice mid-density body and mid to low carbonation. Meh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Definitely very hoppy. A dray taste, but extremely good if you enjoy the hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Another good IPA by Stone.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Slightly acidic. some mild sweetness and white grape notes from the malt. Big resinous hop profile, High alpha bitterness. Clean and spicy with an oily mouthfeel. Bitter and resinous slightly sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Deep golden color with nice head. Excellent IPA, which I usually dont care for. Couldnt believe that its 8.5%. Its masked 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.


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