Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Dark, ruby red/garnet with a touch of haze. Massive 4+ finger head colored somewhere between gray and beige. Excellent retention; 13th Anniversary still has a decent sized cap even after sipping on this beer for 30 minutes or more. Thick, great lacing as well.
S - Big ass piney hops. Pine pine pine. There's also small notes of earth and spice, with a secondary aroma of sweet fruit; apriocts and apples sprinkled with grapefruit zest. Quite reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard or Sublimely Self Riteous but still excellent smelling.
T - Lots of pine from the nose with some tea and bitter herbs thrown in as well. Fruity sweetness swells near the beginning though exact flavors are difficult to pinpoint; for some reason I'm picking up a slight grapey taste. By mid palate the sweetness is mostly swept away and replaced with salty grapefruit juice while the bitter herbs and pine flavors crescendo. Strong medicinal notes peak mid to late palate ushering in the full onslaught of bitterness. Earth and citrus carry the bittersweet (but mostly bitter) flavors into the finish, with a long lasting citric bitterness. Although I'm finding this beer extremely bitter, the reasonably large ABV is hidden very well.
M - Medium bodied leaning towards full. Carbonation is over all low but concentrated on the front in with a bit of prickliness.
D - Although this is a great beer, part of me is thinking "another big hoppy Stone thing." It isn't really terribly unique, but it is good. In the end the intensity and the fairly high bitterness makes this a little difficult to finish the whole 22 oz in any reasonable time, but smaller servings of this would be great.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2009 08:12:51 | More by PatrickJR
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