Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bomber, purchased in Anchorage on 9/4/2009. Poured into a snifter glass.
Pours a dark ruby color, with a nice off-white head. Great hop aroma from the snifter. Excellent hop flavor on the palate, but plenty of malt backbone, with a nice, smooth finish.
I guess I would call this year's brew a Double Red IPA; it's definitely a hop bomb, with over 90 IBUs of bitterness from Chinooks, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. The Chinooks handle the bittering during brewing, with the Simcoe & Centennial hops being used for dry hopping during fermentation. Plus, Stone actually does a second dry hopping just prior to bottling! This is one hoppy beer, my friends! Even with all that hopping, the beer remains remarkably drinkable.
This beer reminds me somewhat of Midnight Sun's Mars, also an "Imperial Red IPA", which was released early in 2008. It was around 85 IBUs and 8.7% ABV. It was also hopped with Simcoes, along with Columbus & Amarillo hops.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2009 20:25:25 | More by Reswald
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