20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA | Stone Brewing

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For our 14th Anniversary Ale, we traced our inspiration to British IPAs of the 1800s, creating an imperial, nay, Emperial IPA using all-British hops, malt and yeast. We even adjusted our Southwest U.S. water to summon that ageless IPA chemistry and royal sense of place. Cheers to an Encore reign for this mighty British-by-way-of-California-West-Coast IPA.

Added by StoneBrewing on 10-20-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whatever Stone brews will turn to gold - I thought when started drinking this beer. Really, literally WHATEVER they make is outstanding.
I had a few very well done English IPAs, many from the old world but I must say that Stone just conquers them all! Funny though that although I recognize the English hops and the difference in their taste, in the end it turns into a trademark Stone West Coast IPA in a way. And it is outstanding.
Super earthy hops in the nose. Amazingly rich hops in the mouth and a sudden, fresh bitterness in the aftertaste - and all of this even one year after the bottling date! Imagine this what a bomb could this have been when fresh!
A great W-IPA - regardless how English it was supposed to be, turned into a magnificent West Coast IPA (for me).

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Photo of iftcoach
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy glowing copper golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Dank citrus... tropical fruits and bitter hops.

T/F: Big malt character... biscuity with some sweetness gives way to a bitter citrus forward hop slam. Lots of grapefruit and tropicals... dank and floral with excellent balance. Oily on the tongue... finish is bittersweet citrus.

O: Another great Stone IPA. Still quite tasty a bit past it's 'best by'.

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Photo of dms1767
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt, citrusy. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, kinda malty, nice citrus note. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Hazy, orange-amber w/ slight foam head
S- Hops, slight malt and wheat-bread-esqe
T- Typical of the style, dry w/ slight bitter finish
F- It's an IPA...
O- Bottled on 10/22/2016...so outside the preferred 90 day range for an D/IIPA. With the "Drink Fresh" mantra in my head, I can't help but wonder how it would have tested 30 days ago...and if it would matter. BLUF, it's Stone, it's an IPA...what's not to love?!

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber color. 1/3 inch head of white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, alcohol, slight sweet malt, and a hint of piney hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness and dryness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, alcohol, slight floral hops, hint of grass, slight resin, slight sweet malt, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, good appearance, simple aroma, complex body, but feel is too bitter and dry.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle that is dated 10/22/16. Sampled on February 9, 2017.

The color is a murky looking orange-amber with a cream colored head that leaves lacing as it fades.

It's his is fairly old and it shows in both the aroma and taste. More specifically - the aroma has aroma smells like a malt bomb with its white bready characters and vague fruity characters. The hops have faded sadly.

The body is medium or better.

The taste has a hint of sweet bready malt with a tobacco, herbal, fruitiness in the hops. The tobacco is probably more related to the age of the bottle. Oh well. Wish I had it fresh.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Craft Beer Hop Stop on 11/5/17 for $7.77. Bottled on 10/22/16; maintained in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured a clear orange with the first glass and a cloudy orange with floating chunks on round 2.

Nose is earthy and toned down compared to what i am normally used to.

Taste is earthy with a gooseberry bitter finish.

Feel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a solid beer that was enjoyable but i find this not as enjoyable as American style IPA's.

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Photo of keng1343
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy egg shell off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Interesting mix of floral, earthy, and spicy hop aromas, a little biscuity malt, a hint of citrus, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Very floral, spicy, earthy tones, almost tea like, slightly toasty biscuity/bready malt, a touch of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon, faintly fruity, and a little caramel sweetness. Definitely more assertively bitter than most English IPAs I've had, but it's quite welcome and works well.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: After reading Mitch Steele's book I really wanted to try this one out. Definitely different from your every day American DIPA, but really quite nice.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at Amsterdam Ale House, NYC.
Pours an amber orange color. A fingernail length white head soon recedes. It leaves a small scattering of lacing but eventually dies down.
There is so much character in the aroma, I could sniff on it all day! It is earthy, leafy and tea like. It is pungent but with a dry quality; not as bright as U.S west coast hops but still semi intense. Some fruity characteristics; orange and marmalade. There is a nice toasted biscuit quality. Oddly enough, I even detect cheese.
Like English Ales, the malt presence is ever present. It provides a sweet caramel malt like coating. However, this sweetness is fleeting and soon plays a supporting role to the hops. The hops flavor is spicy, earthy, dry, tea like, citrusy and significantly bitter. The bitterness permeates the mouthfeel and the finish, which lingers. The malt flavor keeps it in check, but overall, this one is a bit of a hop bomb.
The body is on the full side of smooth, even chewy. Prickly and spicy due to the hops. An interesting combination. A lot of English qualities, but with West Coast intensity. I liked it a lot!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy, grassy, and earthy hops up front along with a solid maltiness and woody undertone

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the earthy and spicy hop notes and goes into a light malt sweetness and a good amount of bitterness. Finishes with lingering spicy and earthy notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice one to bring back, it's definitely an interesting beer with the English and West Coast influences both hitting on all cylinders. The 8.9% is sneaky, so enjoy slowly

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Photo of kitch
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 22nd October 2016, and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy pale golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel and pine with fruity apricot jam, orange and perhaps a touch herbal.

Taste: Caramel malt, biscuit sweetness, light lemon tea, followed by pine, herbal and lingering citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, medium to light bodied with moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: This was an interesting English DIPA with nice maltiness and hops.

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Photo of robebo44
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a cloudy orange with a whittish orange head.

Smell: There are aromas of citrus, biscuit, and pepper.

Taste: There are flavors highlight by sweet flavors and then bitterness. There are flavors of biscuit, citrus, pepper, and a slight bit or orange. There is also a bit of spiciness in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate feel on the heavy side with moderate combination and a long lasting bitter finish.

Overall, the balance is towards the hops but the malt background of biscuit makes this an extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium orange body with some haze to it. Soapy bone-white head sits on top. Aroma is piney hops and hints of biscuity bread. Flavor is an even balance of piney hops and the bread you biscuity backbone. Feel is medium bodied, medium carb, very drinkable. A very nice take on the style; a nice change of pace.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/14/2017 at Pizza J’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus, honey and earthy hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, citrus and caramel. Then a strong earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of aronamerican
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look and smell leave much to the imagination; however, your palate will be pleasantly surprised if the urge to imbibe compels you to embark on this piquant journey. Sometimes all you need is that familiar tongue-numbing bite, and Stone delivers in their proprietary, supercilious fashion.

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 127 ratings