20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
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20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.04%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
127
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
86
Very Good
20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 127
Reviews by hickmancase:
Photo of hickmancase
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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 travolta
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent and hazed amber with one finger of pearl colored head. Great lacing & head retention, kind of clears up at the end. Great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, bready with mango & pine

T: Follows the nose, pineyness as well up front. Herbal & piney hops with a little woody dryness & just a little cakeyness as this warms & a little pineapple. Finishes piney with herbal hops, a little dryness & breadyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, great balance

ABV is well hidden, super solid IPA

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 EMV
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Latarnik
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ksimons
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange amber with two fingers worth of white head

S-bready malt, light lemon, and earthy hops

T-taste is better than the smell with a bready malt backbone, citrus hops, and a piney resin finish

M-medium body, somewhat chewy, and moderate carbonation

Overall an interesting beer for Stone, would recommend if you like IPAs

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Photo of mnj21655
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale orange in color with a half finger of white head. Aroma has a touch of pine, some lightly bready malt, and some lemongrass. There is an herbal note in the background that reminds me a bit of a valerian root but is far less intense. Taste is focused of herbal hops but has some nice bready and caramel malt characters. Good mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. This beer just isn't quite what I'm looking for in an IPA, it has a lot of English IPA notes. I don't love the herbal characteristics and can't get past them.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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 OKCNittany
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clake
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/22/16

Appearance - Pours hazy and rustic orange with a fair bit of sediment floating about. Eggshell colored, half-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Fair lacing, mostly made up of broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Peppery, slightly leafy and earthy hop notes. Lesser citrus. Mild, stale bread undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose some. Hop notes hit on very earth-heavy character, in addition to orange peel. There's certainly an undertone of dirt to the brew. Light, peppery spice. Stale bread. More than anything it kinda tastes like a dirt-covered orange, especially in the finish. Definitely not my cup o' tea.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks easy enough. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - Funky little Euro-inspired and ingredient driven IPA. A bit too much 'dirt' flavor for me to to even begin to think about drinking again. Glad I tried it, but I'm quickly moving on.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

2016-11-05
22oz bottle served in a nonic pint. Bottled on 10/22/16.

Pours a hazy amber-yellow without much in the way of head and with medium carbonation. Smell is lemony and surprisingly lagery. It doesn't smell particularly appealing.

Taste is also lagery. It's surprising. I would be reviewing this beer differently if it was labeled an IPL. It's clearly hoppy. But I don't want that lager-yeast flavor unannounced in my IPA.

Mouthfeel is dry, thick, a little sticky. Overall, if you're looking for an IPL, go for it, but not if you're looking for an IPA.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. 10/22/16 bottled. Cloudy orange with visible sediment, one and a half finger fluffy white head that retains well. Not picking much up in the aroma, hints of floral hops, grains and tea mainly. The taste is heavy tea leaves, pepper, and leather. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a bitter edge. The carbonation is medium low. The 9.0% is well hidden, or perhaps I can't sense it anymore. Very peppery/spicy/earthy. My first IPA, Harpoon, was an English style. A completely different animal than what the American IPA has become.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of mildly grainy, bready malt, light citrus and dry grassy hops. Flavor is mildly caramel and biscuit malt, lemon citrus, grassy and floral hops; finishes with resinous earthy, grassy and floral hops. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess. The malt and grassy component of the hops are reminiscent of British styles, but this has a bright lemon element and an interesting dry floral flavor that added a lot of depth. If the continental hops taste dry and grassy, this is more like dry grass mixed with dried wildflowers on a late summer day. I liked this hop profile although it isn't really traditional. Glad to see this 14th Anniversary ale in this series. I originally loved all the original ales that were reconstructed for this, and really enjoyed revisiting them. This one, however, I did not like that much in its original release. My palate has clearly changed in the last 6 years, because I really liked this IPA this time around. It does have an unexpected flavor and the finish, with resinous grassy hops is not common or one I would think to seek out. It works here, partially because of the robust malt. The finish is a bit stark, but compensated by interesting flavors. An idiosyncratic, but enjoyable big IPA.

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Photo of vidisad
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 127 ratings