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RATINGS: 187   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
Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2002
Very Hoppy. A little ’big’ tasting, so it isn’t as quenching as a lot of other IPA’s. Great Flavor, though.

4.2
austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, 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, it’s 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.

4.2
jazz88 (2679) - 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.

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jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - NOV 24, 2002
whoe hops are there, malt quickly calms the hops. finnishes with a nice combnation of the maltiness and hops

4.2
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Scrumptious! Starts off thick and sweet and creamy and becomes super hopped (as expected). The malt and hop combo is like an intricate dance - they tend to play and wrestle with each other throughout. Didn’t notice the strong alcohol til I stood up - "whoa!" Typical Stone quality.

4.2
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Pours with a big rocky lacey head. Aroma bursting with chocolate chip cookies, apples, pears, and of course hops. Body is very robust and caramel malty. Great sweet and bitter balance finishes sticky, bitter and dry with some grainy off-flavors. Hides it alcohol well. Good complexity. Everything was great except for the finish, but that could be a result of it not aging as well.

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Millhouse130 (1) - USA - MAR 4, 2005 does not count
Simply delicious. Balanced. Flavorful. Clean and refreshing. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. I want more.

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soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
I had the pleasure and privilege of tasting this bottle of 5th anniversary IPA a friend had kept in the back of the pantry for 4+ years. The malt character really over ran the hops at this point, although after 4 years I’m ok with slightly oxidized rather then "turned to vinegar" that sometimes comes with over aged beers. Overall pretty damn tasty, all things considered.

4.2
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle from the 2008 Stone Winter Storm Appearance is clear orange/honey hue, thin layer of creamy bubbles dissipates to a ring, moderate lacing Smell is pine and citrus hops, considerable malts, some sugary fruits and light spices Taste is moderate pine hops with big malts stepping out, light syrupy fruits in the background, finishes oily and bitter, quite delicious Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, syrupy smooth texture, and smooth carbonation Drinkability is high, the 5th has considerably more of a malt presence than the 4th, but both have aged extremely well with good balance and flavors, I look forward to trying this again at the next Storm

4.2
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2016
The 5th Anniversary from the Encore 20th Anniversary 22oz bottle four pack celebration pours with a clear copper body that has thin gold edges and supports a near white head. The aroma offers up floral hops, minty notes, a bit of spicy dankness, a malt note and then grapefruit and citrus zest. The taste delivers a big floral hop hit followed closely by a minty hop note and then a blend of grapefruit and spicy bitter dank hops. Toward the finish it picks up a pleasing earthy tea note that takes this to another level. A few more sips and the creamy mouth feel is noticed as well as how this is getting more malt sweetened floral hops and bitter grapefruit like after each successive sip. Solid.


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