Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a huge 2 1/2 finger head with great retention and a very dark amber color.
Smell is a blend of Simcoe and C-hops. That slight touch of pine from the simcoe mixed with a c-hop is heavenly. It's a wonderful combo. There is a touch of cattiness to it, and I think that there is a bit of chinook underneath in this one. There are hints of caramel malts and a bit of toastiness, with a slight bit of roastiness from chocolate malts. My complaint here is that while the hops are very interesting underneath, the maltiness isn't enhanced much by them to balance the two out, which I think is important for a hoppy red ale. The esters are there, but they aren't overpowering and don't accentuate the malt too much. Also there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the back.
Some caramel malts come through with a good bit of toastiness from amber malts. There is a slight bit of roastiness and chocolatey flavor from chocolate malts as well. If there is a spectrum between hoppy reds and browns this one still fits into hoppy reds, but moves towards a hoppy brown status. The hop flavor in this one doesn't match the awesomeness of the aroma. The bitterness is VERY harsh. I'm not for the clean bitterness over harsh bitterness, I like somewhere in between. The flavor in this has some pine and a little bit of grapefruit and is mildly catty. I'm thinking that there is a bunch of chinook in this beer, which I think is a poor choice to use on it's own for flavoring.
Mouthfeel is dry and has some fusel alcohol issues. There isn't enough body in this beer to balance out the booziness
This beer is definetly a hoppy as red. The aroma is incredible. The dry hopping was suberb. However, I think that the overuse of chinook throughout the boil is a detriment. That and the fact that I think Stone's yeast strain doesn't accentuate the malts in this one as well as I would like.
I think minor tweaks to this beer could make it superb.
Serving type: bottle
08-28-2009 03:48:56 | More by jasonjlewis
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