GenDV138 (7232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2017 BIGFISH99 (3) - escondido, California, USA - MAY 8, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best IPA by far.
22 oz bottle shared for Allagash’s Drink It Now Day. Thanks radagast83! Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, floral notes, stone fruit. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, pine. Medium body with a dry finish. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Bomber. Dark brown. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, oats, vanilla, caramel. Oath and meaty, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Smooth. brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 14, 2017
On tap @ Stone’s J Street Tap Room. Copper colored beer with some white foam. This is terrible. Jalapeño aroma followed by grass, wood, and caramel malt. Toasty and also watery. An astringent and very green, vegetal finish to this. Moderately bitter, kind of sweet, and not a great mouthfeel. This is really, really disappointing. Hard scroll past. varanid99 (1180) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 Orange-gold pour with a thickish pale orange head, which settles to a tight .5cm layer. Big citrus - grapefruit, orange - plus a bit of tropical fruit, good caramel backbone. Taste is a mild hit of bitterness up front, citrus, pine, caramel, and beautifully balanced, mild bitter, fruity, malty finish. This is a good one. Easily better than the 10 or 20 year versions rumproasts (5342) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Bottle. Deep golden with one finger head. Medium body with light caramel and slight booze. Old school with citrus hops and substantial bitterness. Good stuff, but a reminder that IPAs have come a long way in a short amount of time.
ACHops (1566) - 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. alkolord (543) - - DEC 26, 2016
Bottled on 08/25/16
Golden kupfer, fast klar, wenig Schaum, leichte rumtopf in der Nase, schön runder Körper, Angenehme süße, fruchtige bittere, ausbalanciertes bier wlajwl (6751) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Aroma is very floral, along with fruit and citrus hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit, mild grapefruit/tropical fruit, malts and an increasingly bitter finish. Not as blunt or dank in bitterness as the more recent Stone IPAs, this is very reminiscent of another era of IPAs; at least where I live you don’t often get many this good and balanced anymore. tderoeck (9491) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2016
18/XI/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Seb’s Farewell Tasting (Eugene’s place) - bottled: VIII/25/16 (2016-1318) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!coachd (807) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Clear orange beer, small aery head, almost non existing. Aroma: very resinous, hoppy, bit sweet, some caramel, malty touch, dank and sweet. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, pretty dank, resinous, lots of sweet caramel, malty, slightly fruity. Aftertaste: sweet touch, lovely bitterness. Nice one.
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.