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. 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 Ibrew2or3 (8607) - 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. Thisis12ptfont (1172) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Aromas of fresh mango, apricot, stonefruit, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, caramel, pines and bitter hops. Pours a gorgeous golden appearance with an almost non existent white foam. Taste brings incredibly fresh notes of tropical fruits, tangerine, mango, apricot, butterscotch, pineapple, candied caramel and guava upfront. Mellow to moderate bitterness rolls in alongside a sturdy malt base which offers grain malt, caramel, cracker and malt syrup notes. Finishes pleasantly refreshing with residual tropical fruit, tangerine, apricot, stonefruit and a slight metallic maltiness.. Overall, this is such a beautiful combination of hops in harmony with intensely refreshing fruit and citrus. A+ rating. TattooJack (515) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Poured from the bottle of the 20th anniversary 4 pack pours clear orange, nice head and lacing. Sticky hops, citrus, strong, and easy drinking. I don’t even know what I was drinking in 2001 (I think Ice House), or what I thought was good (Also Ice House probably) but I would have been blown away by this. Happy Anniversary.
superspak (5494) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/17/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while, Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very similar to Stone IPA as expected; but a bit more sweet/malty and fuller bodied. Still has the same sticky/resin dryness and drinkability of the regular beer, at the higher ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. Benzai (15433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle shared Sebletitje @ Sebletitje’s Farewell tasting. Clear light orange color, medium sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor are malts, very hoppy, sticky hops, lightly fruity, resinous and piney bitter, firm heavy bitterness. slowrunner77 (11911) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Big sweet dank hoppy nose. Orange with large head. Smooth and slick, sticky feel, with some sweetness and alcohol showing in the flavor. Though not my favorite in the av line, I see why this would have gone over very well 15 years ago. sebletitje (10048) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2016
Bomber via trade in Brussels, thanks Beercation.
Orange, col blanc épais et crémeux.
Arôme offre un bouquet plaisant et chargé en houblons type C. Agrumes et résineux à souhait plus petite douceur malt arrivant en rétro-nasal.
Palais est malté, cara pale, houblonné avec un alcool réchauffant. Houblonné bien en évidence mais gardant une signature Stone axé un peu plus sur le malt et flagship des IPÄ il ya 15 ans. Note pêche et abricot et effervescence parfait moyenne-faible mettant en evidence les houblons. coachd (800) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Smells of un-muddled hops with just enough malt sweetness to achieve a good balance. Grassy, clean and fresh. Very pretty bronze color with a small off white head. Decent hop bite immediately upon tasting but some sweetness makes an appearance making it very well rounded. Very good palate - dense, smooth, silky and slightly carbonated. Very good like most of Stone’s encore IPA’s. I’m glad they brought this one back and I will be looking for it again.