20th Anniversary Encore Series: Still Unapologetic
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American Imperial IPA
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
20th Anniversary Encore Series: Still Unapologetic20th Anniversary Encore Series: Still Unapologetic
Notes: Collaboration with : Beachwood BBQ Brewing and Heretic Brewing
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 129
Photo of FavoritePastTime
2.3/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Was excited to try this. I made a slightly uneducated mistake. Didn't notice the bottled date(8/12/16) till after I purchased it(4/29/17. With that being said, the botanical values are diminished (granted its 244 days past the "Enjoyed By" date).

Smell: strong hop scent with miniscule hints of fruit and pine.

Taste: citrusy hops with a smidge of spicy (with it being outdated its more a watered down version) there's no ipa punch to it. Just a flavored IPA beverage at most. As the overall taste has been compromised by 244 days past shelf life its compatible to (at said point) a New Holland's Mad Hatter. In my biased opinion

Feel: While flavor and smell can be altered abv cannot. No complaints in that category. Overall (aside my lack of common knowledge) Feel is great!
I look forward to trying other Stone IPA'S within the advised shelf life haha.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, citrus. The taste is hoppy, citrusy. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/7/16, had 9/18/16.

Pours a bright, hazy orange, with a quickly dissipating half inch head. some soapy lacing. The smell is bursting with citrus- orange, lemon, some lime, yeast, light malt, some pineapple. The taste also leads with the citrus- orange, grapefruit, pineapple, malt follows. Sweet note midway, medium hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, good body, well carbonated, the bitterness lingers.

Not really complex, but great citrus flavor, well balanced between the hops and malt, certainly enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is creamy malts with floral, fruity, slightly soapy, with piney hops and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary bready malts with some fruit and floral piney hops that have a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK big bitter IPA. It's a bit too floral with some odd soapy minty notes.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured into a sniffer. Bottled 08/2016, consumed 11/2016.

Mild hazy at first but turn out to be clear thereafter, charming amber hue as a showcase with thick white frothy head that stays with good retention before slowly sinking to everlasting foamy sheet atop, plenty of sticky lacing appears on the glass-side.

Nice tropical aroma, grapefruit, dried lemon peel, some spice, floral, pine, resin, grassy, and a little bit dank; all of these are derived from its hoppy goodness. Malt is underlying with a sweet breadiness.

Loads of hop covering the taste buds with notes of tropical fruit and grapefruit as a lead, then it is lemon, grass, pine, and resin. Malt acts as a base with sweetness and bread while hop wraps up again in the finish with some spiciness and quite balance bitterness (not too overpowering and not too weak).

Bold yet rather full body with some lively carbonation to carry all the things well, smooth mouthfeel with good crispness throughout the palate, finish is dry.

This beer is a hoppy bombard. It is fresh, juicy, and harmoniously coordinated well between malt and hop. Another top notch DIPA from Stone, you better catch if it is on your way.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm, not sure what going on here. Am I crazy in thinking that this IPA is meh? Bottled 8/12/16 , not sure where the hop bite is here, but thats ok, I'm bias. Very tasty malt backbone with softer pomme fruit notes intertwining between malt and juicy hops. I think I see what this collaboration was trying to do, but the execution leaves something to be desired. If this beer is as subtly dank as the good reviews imply, I blame distribution and the supply chain for this beer that has fallen from grace into my cup.

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Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead in mid-September for $8.99. Bottled on 8/7/16 and received at TW 9/1/16.

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is juicy tropical and citrus. Definitely improving as the beer warms.

Taste is tropical and citrus up front balanced very nicely with a big malt base. Finish is mild resin that compliments quite well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice brew. I somehow missed the original release but am happy to catch the encore!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours cloudy deep orange color, thin white head leaves some spotty lace. The aroma and taste are sweet candy malt. Big bitter piney hops come in and dominate as expected from Stone. Good overall.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves some good, sticky lacing

S: Juicy citrus, tropical, and stone fruits up front, along with some lighter pine and spicy hop notes. Malt adds a moderate sweetness that compliments the fruitiness very well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the rounds of fruitiness, from citrus to tropical to stone fruits, and then goes into some malt sweetness and the spicy and piney resinous hop notes. Not too bitter thanks to the sweetness. Finishes with lingering stone fruit and resiny notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Really solid DIPA with the newer round of hop additions, which really add that nice stone fruitiness instead of the dank, weedy hops that were in the previous version. Definitely worth checking out this go around, even if you had the last version because of the difference in hop varietals used

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Photo of jxmichael
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottled on 08.07.16.

A - Pours a golden copper orange with medium head with medium lacing.

S - Pine, slight mango, resinous grass.

T - Delicious hops! Tropical fruitiness yet grassy with a slight floral finish.

M - Nice bite, medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. Carbonation is moderate yet surprisingly drinkable given the 8.80% ABV.

O - Fantastic double IPA that lives up to the Stone name. Part of the 20th Anniversary Encore series, further perfecting the 2014 collaboration with Heretic Brewing Company and Beachwood Brewing. Fantastic hop bite, smooth yet dry finish that is surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 8/12/16.

Pours clear copper with a short head and minimal retention and lacing. Aromatics are piney with slight hints of pear and melon. Medium bodied with a tacky, creamy mouthfeel. Piney resin and a firm but smooth bitterness starts the palate. Shades of candied grapefruit and a hint of sweet malt follows through. Finishes with a slight warmth and fading hops.

Tasty enough but the hopping is lackluster all around in comparison to some other modern IIPA's or IPA's for that matter.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 8/7/16 poured into a DFH pint glass. Nice bitter fruity West Coast IPA with a sweet malty backbone. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bitter dry finish. Another winner from Stone's Encore series.

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Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light copper with just under a finger of head. The nose has notes of citrus, hops and earthiness; the nose is surprisingly in check compared to the flavor which is off-the-hook!

The flavor profile is BIG & JUICY - citrus, pine and some dank hops as well. Yes, there is some alcohol but it is certainly within acceptable levels. The mouthfeel is sticky.

I love Stone's hoppy stuff; this may be their best hop-forward effort yet!

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Photo of jooler
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look is good but smell is alright. initial taste hoppy with a slight malty sweetness. only issue is that the alcoholic content is very noticeable. but overall a nice blend of hops and malt.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottled 08/07/16

Pours clear amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like peach, mango, orange, papaya, sweet ripe melons, grapefruit, pineapple, strawberry, black tea, some bready caramelized toffee malt, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank resinous pine. Tastes like peach skin, mango, orange pith, lemon peel, grapefruit zest, papaya, ripe melons, pineapple, strawberry, black tea, bready caramelized toffee malt, with bitter floral earthy herbal grass and dank spicy resinous pine sap. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. This is a complete and utter hop assault on the palate. Huge dank hoppiness with a nice balanced underlying malt backbone. Bitter, resinous, tropical, citrusy, piney. Really nice collaboration that I'm glad I got a chance to try. Overall a really great and intense double IPA.

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear yellow orange color with about three fingers worth of white head that leaves a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-aroma is of citrus, honey, and malt

T-caramel backbone, lots of citrus, and a piney finish

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall lots of citrus and pine but with enough sweetness to balance it out, very good

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden body, fat white head, aromas of pine and tropical and orchard fruit. Features Idaho 7, Azacca, and Motueka hops. Great blend of fruits and pine - very smooth and mellow - moderate bitterness, gentle sweetness... A real winner.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a pretty nice look to it. It pours a fuzzy white that dissipates quick while the beer itself is a clear medium amber color that has a strong resemblance to copper. It looks very nice and hides how drinkable it is.

The smell is very good. It's a hoppy smell but an interesting mixture of different hop notes. The mix seems to consist of pine notes and resin with a bit of floral notes as well. The malt backbone is light and sweet.

The taste is very good. It falls on the hoppier side of the spectrum. The hop notes is a nice mix of floral and pine notes with a slight caramel malt sweetness as a backbone even though the hop notes are still strong. Also, a slight bread note from the yeast.

The feel is very good. It's a heavy body beer but it's a very smooth one. The carbonation is light but adds a nice texture to make it a nice texture. It has a very nice and lightly dry but dank finish.

Overall, this is a very good DIPA even though it's a bit lighter in body than you would expect. It's a good beer, go for it.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Resinous sticky beer that makes itself apparent from the webbed lacing, to the lingering rindy grapefruit bitterness on the back of the tongue. not getting all the fruity hype or variety of hops most of these reviews are touting. definitely a woody flavored, double malt IPA with enough zest and spices to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle (bottled 07Aug16) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 15Sep16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel, mango, papaya, peach, and apricot entangle with mild pine, blueberry, strawberry, and sweet bread aromas. Subtle scents of bell pepper add a weak, but pleasant spice that commingled well with the stronger aromas.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A strong sweetness of caramel, blueberry, and strawberry first floods the palate. Mild flavors of pine and bell pepper immediately bring balance to the beer. The fruitiness of the beer is expanded as flavors of mild peach, apricot, mango, and papaya join the profile while the pine and bell pepper flavors both increase in strength. Mild flavors of sweet bread and bitter hops flow in while the spiciness of the bell pepper continues to grow. A subtle alcoholic warmth makes itself known at the end as the sweetness from the caramel, strawberry, and blueberry declines.
4 out of 5
NOTE: Stone has successfully accomplished another collaborative IPA. I did not think this was as tasty as their last collaboration that I tried, 'Sorry Not Sorry,' though. The spiciness of the brew was too high. It distracted me from the malty and hoppy sweetness that I had hoped followed the smell. I would still recommend this to any hop head out there. Other than the spiciness, it was well-balanced.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone IPA glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big time fruity, tropical, hint of berry, pine, citrus, biscuity malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Fruity, apricot, passion fruit, pineapple, mixed berry, kinda grape jelly, pine, citrus, lime, lemon, tangerine, biscuity malt, and some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: One of the first beers I logged on BA.Cool to see this one again. It might be "another IPA from Stone", but the hop profile is very different.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on September 23, 2016. Bottled on 08/07/16. Look is gold amber blend with a thin off-white head and spotty lacing.

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Photo of journey15
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok. I am just a "little" bit biased about Stone beers. I wish they would either bottle or can this in 12 ounce containers.
There is a definite aroma of citrus on the first taste. But oh man, does it ever go down so easy! No dryness at all.
As with all Stone beers, I just want more!!

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Photo of hophugger
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the better IPAs from Stone. A touch rough on the mouth feel but citrus come forth so nicely and balance, malt and hops blend quite well. Great head and moderate lacing as it should be.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Old School West Coast text book big ABV DIPA. Resinous. Oranges, Mangos, Pine Resin, classic Stone prickly pine finish. Cannabis. This is all about what OG west coast IPAs are all about. 5 weeks fresh, but still fantastic. Well executed DIPA. not a new school fruit juice box BOMB, and thank you Stone for that. Nothing earth shattering, but what it does, it does very well. Hop nectar lingers on the palate for days. As it warms, It has most all of the elements I look for in a West Coast DIPA. A beer this resinious doesn't "Dial back the Dankness". Thank goodness. Creamy, bitter, resinous. A pot head's dream.

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