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RATINGS: 182   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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coachd (888) - 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.

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ACHops (1606) - 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.

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jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
Beautiful golden amber in color with a big off-white head. A huge hop nose, can smell from a few feet away. Full rounded mouthfeel. Good balance with nice addition of complex malt. Not so much a citrusy bitterness as a dry, piney one. A good beer from really just run of the mill stuff from Stone. Also their labels are getting really annoying.

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Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
A slight barnyard and citrus notes w/ flowers on the nose... citrus and flowers w/ fermented fruit in the mouth... Gold yellow w/ thin head and slight lacing. Minor effervescence and light body.

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kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/02/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland

Clear amber, fine white head, drippy lace, sweet carael malt aroma with lots of fresh citrus hops, big bold and bitter, slightly alcoholic at first, big malt body, slight sweetness, bitter finish that lasts until the following week, awesome
-------- /> Date: 01/27/2006

well hopped sweet carmel malt aroma, big sweet piney malt flavor, nice bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***4

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wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of Stone’s 5th at special release at Pizza Port’s bottle shop, a couple of days before Stone’s 11th anniversary party. A six year old IPA? We’ll see. Slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice 1" head, that dies somewhat slowly. As expected the hop aroma has transformed into a nice malty aroma. Has held up really well. A bit of hops bitterness in the taste. A tiny bit of pleasant buttery sweetness and the tiniest amount of pleasant lacto acidity. Nice.

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drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Thanks alot to Sam from the Stuffed Sandwich for this gem. The aroma of hops was gone from the nose but you could still taste them on long finish. It was mellow and slightly citrusy with nice sweet spices. not alot of carbonation but still an all around excellent beer. in my experience BIG ipas are best enjoyed within the first three years.Wish i could’ve had it a few years back.

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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Cereal and caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel. citrus, cereal, and yeasty taste.

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beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Pours a golden amber color with a white head. Citrus, floral, pine, dank hop and biscuit aroma. Mango, grapefruit, papaya, pine, floral, caramel, dank hop and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a citrus, hop and pine finish. Very nice, better than the regular IPA and Ruination.

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brownaler (692) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Powerful hop aroma with a sweet resin profile. Finish is bitter and bubbly.


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