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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009)
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Photo of Aenema
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark reddish brown with a 2-3 finger tan head. Splotchy lacing.
Smell - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, some pine. Great nose that builds anticipation.
Taste - Nice, intense initial taste transitions to a muted middle and rather mild, bitter finish. Rather sweet, some citrus and a lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Easily drinkable.
Overall - Great nose, but unfortunately the taste failed to deliver. I found the flavors melded better and the beer improved as I drank it, but I found the lack of a burst of
grapefruit / other hop intensity to be disappointing. This beer had more of a building bitterness from the finish than hoppy juiciness.

Aenema, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Stone tells us it is literally "the hoppiest beer [they've] ever brewed." That's right, kids, hoppier than Ruination. Hoppier than anything you can possibly imagine. But blood red for an amazing malt balance. If i had to pick one beer to be pumped into my system intravenously, this might be it.

The aroma is like someone has surgically implanted hop resin in your nostrils. The flavor has a mountainous brain-busting wave of bitterness and alcohol burn popping with every drop of glorious flavor you can squeeze out of American hops, including (but not limited to) grapefruit, pine and tangerine. The malt is thick and sticky, providing enough balance to make the beer drinkable, but it doesn't even attempt to compete with the hops. The hops try to cover and overwhelm your taste buds, but the alcohol cleans them right off, and you're immediately ready for another sip.

Obviously, a perfect session beer.

Bonhoeffer, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of johannasclimacus
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a short stein. This beer pours a really pretty deep red/brown. The smell was that of a really good amber or imperial amber to me - lots of pine and hoppy smells but not overwhelming.

The taste is strong, with the same kind of profile. The malt holds up well and nothing is really overpowering to the taste buds. Still very complex, but the beer was so tasty that it became harder to be patient with the beer. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable at first, but once the beer starts coating your palate, it disappears for good. Extremely drinkable; I could easily go through a few of these quickly, but I'd be feeling it.

Another good ASA from Stone.

johannasclimacus, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light ruby brown with a creamy light tan head that lasts for awhile.
S: Almost like a double or triple IPA, though with more floral hops. Creamy and smooth.
T: A lot of floral and citrus hops up front, followed by a big malt backbone. Quite a lot of flavor packed in every sip.
M: Like the smell; pretty silky and creamy.
D: Little noticeable alcohol per se though strong flavors. For something stronger than a good, say, Oberon or an IPA, a fantastic summer beer. Another solid from Stone.

lhaqq, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby-red color with shallow but creamy tan head. Laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Aroma of grapefruit and pine, but nicely balanced into a malty aroma.

Taste: Lots of strong flavors here. The hoppy pine and citrus are the most apparent, but there is a great spicy malt flavor as well. Just a bit hard to notice with the hops (which could be more subdued); the aftertaste is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth as well.

Drinkability: Really strong (alcohol & taste) but pretty drinkable.

This is a nice beer, feels like something of Arrogrant Bastard meets Ruination. A tasty and enjoyable beer, but I think it would be better with the hops turned down just a bit. Maybe I just associate the 13 more with devilishly decadent dark malts.

mithrascruor, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a reddish tint. Decent head that quickly dissipates but good lacing.

Smell - Citrus, overwhelming hoppy sent, pine, a bit of alcohol permeates the surrounding air.

Taste - Wow. Tastes spicy, hoppy, and the citrus is unmistakable. Momentarily some sweeter malt flavor breaks through only to be finished out by a dry, bitter bite.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than expected but not too heavy. Relatively carbonated.

Drinkability - Honestly, a bit hard. This is my second bomber of 13th and it is in all honesty better the second time around, perhaps because I knew what to expect. The first bomber I had I didn't even finish - this Stone is more bitter than hoppy imo. Still a great offering from Stone and honestly the alcohol content is well hidden but for now I'll stick with my oaked AB.

SpdKilz, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma speaks to hops and quite stongly at that. Citrus peel, malt and caramel follow.

The appearance is a surprise for a Stone Anniversary Ale. It's reddish brown and quite hazy with a full two fingers of light tan colored head. The head is relatively long lived, but the lacing is weak although still apparent.

The flavor is amazing. Sweet malt, bitter hops, (nicly balanced)caramelized sugars, alcohol, spice and a bitter hop aftertaste. What's not to like.

The mouthfeel is quite rich and tongue coating, likely from the cloudy malt and yeast in my glass. It's a great beer to chew on. It's neither a hop lovers or a malt lovers dream ... it's both! Full sweet malt and bitter hops in a dark rich colored brew. Who wouldn't like this Thirteenth Anniversary Edition. Nice job Stone Brewing!

ABOWMan, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/red color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is all hops, mostly pine and citrus ones (grapefruit, tropical fruit) that I notice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some spicy hops and a bit of malt in there too. There's also a long lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste. It's easy to tell this brew is all about the hops! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, oily, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and pretty easy to drink, considering the ABV and the bitter hops. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I liked it a lot. Get this brew while you can!

bluejacket74, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC:

A: Nice, dark body with a small off-white head with great lacing, good retention.

S/T: This beer has everything going on. It's got a great porter-like malt base, nuts, spices, and fruit, and then a great, long-lasting herbal-fresh hop finish which keeps going and going.

M: The hop finish is amazing. Flat out.

D: Everything is right with this imperial porter-like beer. It has a bunch of things going on, and all in great proportionate balances. Happy Anniversary, Stone.

dudecandle, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was really bitter, not quite what I was expecting and really a little disappointing. I was expecting a beer with more body and malt like the double arrogant bastard, with a more floral hop character. However, this was just very bitter like oily grapefruit rind and there wasn't much sweetness to balance out the hops. It sure did look nice though, it was a clear but almost cherry juice-red colored beer with a fluffy tan head. The beer had that citrusy aroma and piney green-ness that I really like, the taste just didn't turn my crank

Soonami, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of HopHed
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A dark beautiful ruby red color that borders on a rusty red. A thick, two finger tan head, that dissipates into a beautiful lacing that hugs the side of the glass gently sliding down with each drink.

AROMA: Right off the bat you smell the hops in this big Imperial Double Red Ale. The first note is a very heavy citrus, nay grapefruit, scent. I am guessing this is from the Chinook Hops in the brew, but it could also be the Centennial that are used in the dry hopping. There is also just a hint of pine in there. The beer has a smell that can only be described as resiny, (forgive me) 'dank' and beautiful.

FLAVOR: BIG! This beer is all about the hops, and has just a touch of an alcohol heat. The first thing I notice is the wonderful hoppy grapefruit/grapefruit rind flavor of the hops come through. There is slightest malt finish to it that is, in my mind, almost as if it were an afterthought.

PALATE: There is no doubt that this is a full-bodied beer, and definitely not for the beginner, or those into 'fizzy yellow beers' as Stone would say. There is a good deal of carbonation to it, which I noticed from the pour, but it is not overly carbonated. It has a slight but very noticeable heat to it, which isn't surprising to me at 9.5%. The heat does seem to become more noticeable the further I get into the second half of the bottle, and the closer it gets to room temperature.

NOTES: I am a total hop-head. A freak for the beautiful bitterness that can only come from Humulus lupulus, the hop plant. This definitely delivers. For this special release, Stone hopped the brew at four pounds of hops per barrel, more hops per barrel than any other beer they've produced. As mentioned it is a big 9.5%, which you can feel. I was getting a warmth from this beer half way through the 22 oz. bottle. It is available as a limited release in 22oz. bottles, and (very) limited tap. I would love to find this on tap somewhere just for the comparison. The 13th Anniversary Ale was released 06/29/2009, and is available while supplies last, so you have to get it when you see it. I was going to buy a few to cellar, but wrote Stone after seeing a note on the label, "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." When I received word back from Stone, this is apparently because the flavor profile cannot be guaranteed to last. They did not say it, but I am willing to throw out the guess that it is due to the amount of hops they are using in the beer, and the fact that the hop character is bound to mellow over time. All this said, I will be sad when I get the last drink of the final bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. This was yet another great brew from the guys at Stone.

HopHed, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of deanhead
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-Garnet color poured a brilliant voluminous head. Eventually reduced to subtle lacing around my glass.
Adequate carbonation.

Sweet, hoppy and pungent with guava, and passion fruit in the aroma along with grapefruit and pine needles. The aroma in this beer is outstanding.

Taste is spicy, bold, yet subtly alcoholic, although I know better. This bitch is big.

clingy, resiny finish for this dank delightful beer.

Very strong beer, strong taste with a remarkably well balanced malt backbone that keeps this beer somewhat in check of what would seem like an otherwise runaway train.

The Simcoe really shines through with this beer and adds that special dank dimension to the citrusy joy of the Centennial hops in this beer. In two words...big hoppy. not papi, but hoppy.

Did I mention this beer is hoppy?

deanhead, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved the look of this beer. Have to say it certainly reminded me of a more piney Arrogant Bastard. There was something about the malt profile that reminded me of that beer. BTW, it's one of my favorites.

The beer is just perfect looking. Creamy/full light tan head that is able to rise well above the top of the glass. Excellent retention and clumps of lace... Deep maroon, amber/light brown color. Dark, dark color.

Aroma was awesome as well. Pine, fresh floral aroma. Huge hop smack. Sharp citrus at the end...

As mentioned earlier the malt profile really reminded me of Arrogant Bastard. There is a sweet, fruity caramel background. Lots of depth and the hop profile is wonderful. Resin like Pine some sharp citrus.

Just shy of creamy mouth feel. Thick and bold. The hop profile accentuates this.

Wonderfully drinkable for a hop head.

Another excellent effort by Stone. Happy Anniversary.

Reagan1984, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of riored4v
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/15/09

Poured into a goblet. Deep, ruby red, clear body. 1 finger, off-white head.

Smell is caramely, piney, resiny and strong grapefruit.

Taste is has a nice caramel sweetness upfront that is finished w/ a strong hop finish. Very resiny and grapefruity. Hints of roasted malts. Piney hop flavors as well, nice and malty, very subtle nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation, with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is good, although w/ mild hints of ABV and sweetness makes it limited in quantity.

Overall an excellent beer. One of my favorite anniversary ales from Stone aside from 11th. Nice malty body helps balance the strong hop presence.

riored4v, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark red color. Much darker than I expected. A half finger of slightly brownish head. Really nice lacing.

S: Tons of hops. Very bitter in the nose. Tons of sweetness and malt as well. They tend to do the anniversary beers over the top in all regards.

T: Damn this is hoppy. Not really balanced at all though there is a ton of malt. I like it. I really cant describe the hops in any other terms other than monstrous.

M: A touch on the thick side. Perhaps a touch over carbonated.

D: We split the bomber but it could have easily been drank by one person. Yes it is totally over the top but I kind of liked that about it. I always look forward to their anniversary beers.

aerozeppl, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops and citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit and bit of malt. Well-balanced and not overpowering, as you get with some American Strong Ales sometimes.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable, well made beer from Stone.

avalon07, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Boho in Los Angeles.

A - A deep, dark brown with a reddish tint and little light coming through. Topped with a moderate beige head with very good lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy hop aroma with lots of grapefruit.

T - Big, big hop flavors with a mild bitterness that lingers nicely. The malt supports it all very effectively. This beer is very hoppy but still comes across as balanced.

M - Rich, thick and creamy with a nice low carbonation that lets the flavors run wild.

D - This is a strong, rich beer but it's very smooth and easy to drink. Happy Anniversary Stone!

GJ40, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brick red with a foamy, slightly-tan head. Aroma is full of brilliant hops, citrusy and somewhat piney. Taste has a strong bitterness, mixed with some dark and bitter sweetness. The hops rule this brew, making it a bit unbalanced, but that is not at all to its detriment. Sort of reminds me of an insanely hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Very Tasty.

A very good treat for any hophead.

saintwarrick, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep (but clear) amber. Big poofy head from aggressive pour. Decent if not amazing retention, but not a whole lot of lacing. Smells like amazing dry-hop glory. Rich, piny hops, a bit of grapefruit and soapiness, and some malt just itching to be released. And as the beer warms, the malt does just that, rising to meet its full potential. This is the perfect mingling of rich, full hop flavor with a great malt backing. The malt doesn't fight with the hops, the piny hops take the forefront and the malts balance it out on the back palate. No bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Nice and slick, I think it is Stone's house yeast strain that gives their beers that slick, yet hinting at creaminess, mouthfeel. For the ABV and bitterness, sublimely drinkable. This is just a great offering from Stone, and I will be sure to try more before it is gone!

damienblack, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of techcommdood
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clean with a solid finger of head. Decent lacing on the glass but head retention was fairly short. Beautiful deep mahogany color.

Smells of caramel and very grassy, spicy hops. Little bit of citrus zest coming through.

Incredibly hoppy taste with an almost peppery bite to it. Heavy citrus zest coming through then mellowing against some solid malt notes. Not too sticky sweet, not too dry.

Mouthfeel is full but not overpowering. I definitely get that "this is not a session-strength beer" feeling but there's hardly a bite from alcohol at all.

Despite the heavy hops this is quite a drinkable beer. I've been trying to pace myself because this is, after all, a 9.5% ABV beer, and it's a bomber.

Overall I'm very pleased with this beer and will be looking for more while it's widely available.

techcommdood, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The ale is dark, a deep wooden brown that could easily pass for a crimson red color. A full two fingers of head have laced around the glass.

S: Dark caramel malts set the stage for lots of hops. Both citrus and pine are in strong supply with a resiny pine finish standing out.

T: Damn, this is one bitter beer. The hops are so thick and concentrated, sharp and developed, that it is hard to believe that the ale isn't twice this strength. Hops are grapefruity and full of peppery spice. Pine and alcoholic heat follow, all of the flavors are full and rich. A deliciously hoppy ale. The dark caramel malts are reminiscent of the beautiful Stone XI and add a great deal of balance.

M: Blindingly hoppy, this ale is one lively sucker. The dark malts provide a richness that pairs nicely with the bold flavors.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a formidable ale without considering the incredible hop profile. My palate may never be the same but I'd glad for it.

akorsak, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of WalrusJockey
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into DT tulips.

A- very dark brown, with a light khaki head.

S- very fruity, grapefruit and cherries lead the nose, backed by berry aromas and a hint of malt.

T- sweet fruitiness leading directly into sharp, bitter hops, which is backed by a bitter-and-sweet malt. Swallow is creamy and thick with malt, but not very sweet, finish is long and hoppy and dry.

M- thick and creamy. Not too much carbonation, but not too little.

D- ignoring the ABV and the price, very high. Taking those both into consideration, I will buy another bottle or two, anyway.

WalrusJockey, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of BeerManDan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other Strong Ale's, Stone just dosen't do it for me. The color was of a dark reddish brown and that was good. But, the smell of piney hops just like all of the other beers was like, same ole, same ole. The taste was of piney hops and not much of anything else. Same bitterness as always! It's getting to be that all of there Ale's are starting to taste the same. I guess my palete must be going south. Excuse me for saying, this is a good ale, but for me, just another Above Average IPA!

BeerManDan, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Stone did it again with another great anniversary ale. Very dark amber/copper color with a nice, wispy head and lots of lacing.
Juicy citrus hits the nose first with a lot of herbal and grassy notes to follow.
Hoppy as hell but lots of nice dark malts to balance it out. When Stone advertised this as their hoppiest brew ever, I was a bit nervous. This is dense, creamy and exceptionally well balanced. All the hop smells show up on the palate where the herbal taste plays well with the citrus and malts.
Very, very drinkable. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

kirok1999, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep crimson mahogany with a tight caramel head that retains excellently. Some rings of lace on the glass.

S: Hugely and brashly hoppy. Tons of citrus, herbal, and piney hops. There's also a good deal of complexity here: fruitiness, alcohol, caramel, and burnt brown sugar. Intense, complex, and excellent.

T&M: Boatloads of piney, herbal, and citric hops dominate up front. Later, some fruitiness (apples), caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate are all noticeable. Finish is very, very long. A monster of a beer. Can get a bit boozy at times. Big body with a big-bubbled, yet strong carbonation. Definitely would be interested in trying this one out of the bottle, as sometimes that can subdue the alcohol flavor a bit.

D: Definitely one to savor and enjoy. Not quaffable in the least, this is a big beer that demands your attention. It's a little bit boozy on tap, but still a great beer.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 22, 2009
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.