Brewmaster (168) - USA - MAR 14, 2002
As good as this IPA is, I like the regular IPA better. ..................... papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Pours a deep copper color with an off white head. A malty sweet aroma with mellowed hoppiness. Taste is syrupy sweet with a solid hop bite. Long orangy aftertaste and a big hop burp. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Slightly cloudy orange/amber. Thin but creamy, persistent head and nice lace. Nose of resiny, citrusy hops dipped in caramel. Medium bodied, chewy with resiny hop flavors, orange rinds, thick caramelly malt all balanced nicely when you consider the abv%. A damn good imperial IPA and one that has probaly mellowed since being bottled showing what it must have been when first bottled. Thank you psychprof! ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2003
It was nice and cloudy with a great head on it. It has a strong immediate hop bite with a sweet aftertaste. Nicely mellow beer that wasn't over the top by any means. Thanks to Volgon for splitting this cellared bottle with me and Dirtymike. ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Citrus and pine aroma Poured clear orange/red with a medium tan head that lasts. Flavor was strong citrus and pine with bitter hop trailing. Full thick mouth feel and nice dry hop bite. Much better balance than that of the 4th anniversary IPA.
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. slowrunner77 (13203) - 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 (10477) - 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 (971) - 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. ACHops (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2017
22 oz bomber, part of the encore anniversary 4-pack. Served in a tulip glass, pours hazy deep orange amber with thin lacy off-white head. Aroma is sweet syrupy lightly toasted caramel malt, hops are floral but relatively muted. Taste is thick, bright juicy caramel malt, dank citrus throughout, super clean dry biscuity finish. This is an old school, west coast DIPA, doing the style Stone does best. I know this isn’t the trend du jour, but man, what a textbook classic style... imagine a Pliny or Green Flash (or Stone...) IPA circa 2000, that’s what we have here. Love the encore series too, really cool that Stone can revisit classics from their catalog and update as needed.