Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. bottle into a pint glass
P: Dark amber with a very thick and creamy crown that stands 2 fingers tall. Showed decent retention and formed a thick collar on top.
A: All the usual suspects you would expect to find in an Imperial Red. Caramel malts, pungeant citrus hops, oily piney hops, toffee, and a little booze. Hops make this one a little one-dimensional. Reminds me of a weaker version of Tongue Buckler.
T: Intensely bitter right out of the chute with big blasts of resinous pine, and bright citrusy hops that smell like grapefruit and orange rinds. It has a nice, sturdy toasted caramel malt bill that supports and tries valiantly to provide at least a little balance. I was expected a bigger, chewier malt presence than this to be honest. As is, it just tastes a lot like a really bitter DIPA from Stone; I know, not that ground-breaking, huh? A little boozy on the palate with that same vodka-type quality that I find in fresh Old Guardian. It warms you up, that's for damn sure!
M: Medium-full bodied but still achieves a nice, thick, creaminess about it. Just not as much as I would have preferred given the huge hop bill, as a bigger malt presence would have added that chewy, lush smoothness to it that really would have tickled my fancy.
Notes: All in all, this is a pretty decent brew from one of my favorite breweries, even though it's really one-dimensional. Nothing spectacular about it, as it doesn't quite reach the greatness you would expect to find in a Stone Anniversary brew. The ethanol rears its ugly head a bit too much for me and the malt bill seems way overloaded by the hops. Maybe 6 months of age will do this one some good.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2009 07:27:56 | More by sweetbrew82
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