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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
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:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle asks you to drink it young, so here we go. A little bit of several styles. Hops up front, citrus c, piney. Also a little roasted barleywine imperial stoutish. A little yeasty, like a Belgian IPA. Neither style overwhelms, it is a great beverage accompaniment with supper as different tastes predominate with each course. Darkish colour with generous head.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark orange with a thick off white long lasting head. Big nose of grapefruit that goes to lemons.

Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel of grapefruit and burnt toast with a long grapefruit to pine resin finish.

There is also a big underlying characteristic of malt that is literally layered under the hops. Complex and wonderfully integrated huge malt and huge hops. Should prove wonderful with lots of foods.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish dark copper with some good lacing. The nose has a beautiful piney hoppiness and a bit of amber sweet malt. The taste is much the same--there is a nice malt backbone, but the dominant component is piney hops, with a bit of floral and citrus going as well. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. Overall, I liked this one quite a bit better than the 12th Anniversary, and was happy to get to try this year's release.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a root beer brown color and a one finger head that laces with proficiency

Smell: Grapefruity aroma, with rich malty undertones

Taste: Citrusy grapefruit dominates and builds, but there is a complex undertone of spice cake malt; after the swallow, the two flavor elements balance nicely, though the finish is a bit sticky (a Stone trademark)

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of Stone's better efforts; really enjoyable

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aah, the anticipated Imperial Red. In true Stone fashion, this beer is flavorful, challenging, and aggressive as hell.

Begins with a sturdy dark amber hue (boardering on crimson) with very good clarity despite such dark red colors. Great foamstance and retention with malt-stained yellowish foam. Tough to knock the appearance from perfect.

Aromas are that of true Stone beers- floral, citrusy, piney, and pungent all the way. A background of malts and sunkist barley rise and give complexity to the hops. A lot going on here, could be mistaken for a Barleywine.

Flavors are extremely strong and obviously begin with the heavy dose of hops throughout. Flowery and fruity even with the onslaught of alpha acid flavor. Heavy malts come in with a toasty, toffee flavor and heavy breads (think beer breads) with molassas and sorgum. Also comming in at mid-palate is the flavors from the alcohol that deter from the malt-hops blend because of a nail polish remover taste and aggression.

The feel is equally as bold with ultimate bitterness that is tempered nicely with the bready and well attenuated malts. Not much sweetness, just malty as hell (similar to Arrogant Bastard). But again, the alcohols become quite abrupt and keep the beer from reaching full potential. Bitey and bitter the finish suffers a bit from the vodka-like alcohols.

The beer reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard. The hops are re-tooled and the beer seems to be a bit more caramelly and toasty instead of the simplified melanoidin notes. Still, a Stone-worthy beer indeed.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with a grassy feel and deep caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some grassy earthy hops with some deep caramel malt and a light toffee aftertaste. Body is a bit thin for the style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done though maybe a tad too one-dimensional.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful blood orange with polished pomegranate highlights. The upper two-thirds of the glass is filled with an impressive looking chunk of golden brown sugar colored foam whose upper surface features bubbles galore. Extensive sheets of BB-shot lace are beginning to be laid down and succeed in solidifying a superior score.

Stone knows the way to my hop lovin' heart. Chinook for flavor and bittering, Simcoe and Centennial during dry-hopping. That's a great combination that is a pleasure to sniff. Well-chosen malts give the beer the lightly caramel-like Imperial red ale vibe they were shooting for.

One sip is all it takes to tell me that 13th Anniversary Ale is my favorite Stone Anniversary Ale to date (and I've been drinking and reviewing them since 7th Anniversary). The only minor chink in the armor is slightly too much alcohol, but that should become less of a concern as the beer loses its starting chill.

With the amount of hoppiness hitting my tongue with each sip, it's hard to imagine what this brew was like when fresh (4+ months ago). The website claims that 13th uses more hops per barrel than any previous Stone beer. That's an amazing statement when one considers what they've released over the years... and continue to brew on a regular basis. It tastes like all 90+ IBUs are still present and accounted for.

Even though there isn't a massive amount of malt, its flavor comes through loud and clear. Toasted brown bread and caramel are the bass notes. Top notes include cherries soaked in cherry brandy, bitter tea leaves and eleventy billion tons of white grapefruit peel. Chinook is the pithiest and spiciest of the C-hops and is always a treat in aggressively hopped ale.

Warming cools off the alcohol just enough to allow it to be pummeled into submission by alpha acids. It also allows just a touch of malt sweetness to try to hang in there against the humulus lupulus express. If you consider yourself a hophead, this beast will test your committment to the cause. I think it's fandamntastic, but please know what you're getting into if you decide to take a bomber home.

The body/mouthfeel is typical Stone. It's on the full side of medium-full, though the slight solvent quality of the alcohol and the unrelenting buzzsaw-like edges of the hops keep it from pampering the mouth. That's a tradeoff that I'm more than willing to make. Carbonation is (as always) pretty much perfect.

Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout was my least favorite beer in the series. I'm excited (but not surprised) that Stone has gotten things back on the right track with 13th Anniversary Ale. Unlucky? Not hardly. This is incredibly delicious hop-soaked ale that anyone who loves the little green cones should go gaga over. Keep 'em coming guys.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this in August of 2010, so the brew was not fresh like the bottle says it should be enjoyed. However I wanted to have it and give it a try. The brew poured out as a brownish color with a pretty decent head on it. The smell of the beer is malty and had some nice hops in there also. The taste of the brew was similar to a Barley Wine to me. Sweet, hoppy and dry. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side. Overall not a bad brew, wish I could have had it sooner just to see the difference.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color is more brown than anything, but it does have a definite reddish tint. Not much head, but off-white in color, and excellent lacing.

S: Hops, a lot of them. Tons of citrus, and it just smells bitter. A few extra sniffs gives a bit of a malt finish to the nose.

T: A lot more balanced than the scent would indicate. Of course, there are tons of hops in this bad boy, lots of citrus (again) and bitterness on the front with a nice smooth, malty finish. A bit of lingering bitterness and a bit of heat.

M: Full bodied, not much carbonation.

D: Despite the hoppiness and high ABV, it's quite drinkable. Not something you could drink all day, but very tasty.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 13 sits in the glass with a dark but clear crimson body and a dense, long-lasting rust-colored head. The nose is hoppy but balanced, the tobacco and grapefruit of the hops playing nicely off of the caramel and old leather malt backbone. The taste is initially rich and malty, but the grapefruit and pine hop attack takes over mid-palate, leading into an intensely bitter and resiny finish. This is a pretty easy-drinking beer despite the high ABV and moderate sweetness, and the mouthfeel never gets excessively heavy. Basically, it's exactly as advertised; an imperial red ale, not just an overhopped barleywine or dark DIPA. Good stuff, a huge improvement over the lackluster 12th anniversary stout. This one is going to fade fast though, so drink it fresh.

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always look forward like most do the annual Stone anniversary brews.Poured a rich deep amber with a tight and sticky one finger off white head,big hops in the nose with a mix pine and herbal/leaf,there is a gummy,fruity-like sweet note as well.The mouthfeel is a bit sharp I will say it crashes down the gullett at first,it does begin to smooth out after a few sips but still seems a bit harsh.No holds barred hops hit the palate up front with big pine and big herbalness,a healthy does of sweeter alcohol gives a slight burn along with a bit of dark fruit.Very good but seems like it something that should sit for awhile,still another fine one from Stone.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, though a very darkened reddish-brown body with a frothy, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Essentially, the nose is generously hoppy with the brash scents from the dry-hopping being very evident. Strong, steadfast notes of grass, citrus pith, and pine. The malts are present, but you have to nasally dig for them as they are buried beneath six feet of hops.

Taste: Initially, it starts off as a malty mix of pale, dark crystal, and the hints of color-correcting chocolate malts with a light sweetness. Though, as the bitterness expands and slowly accumulates on the tongue, it starts turning irrevocably towards the bitter hops. Some noticeable alcohol warmth. Hops present a potent mixture of citrus fruits (with a particular kick of orange oil), distilled pine resin, and fresh-cut natural grasses with a very bold bitterness. Finishes dry with a very long bitterness that rides out well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's big and it's indeed hoppy, but, it's Stone, people, so that's not much of stretch. Starts as a greedy gulper, but as the hops take hold, it turns into a slow, cautious sipper. A solid anniversary brew, but, sometimes late at night, I wake up longing for their 10th.

Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like this is about 6 months old...picked up a bomber in WI, never seen it before. Silkscreened bottle interested me enough, but not the tl;dr story on the back.

Pours a reddish tawny brown, some sticky lace. A cluster of tan bubbles clings to one side. Retention is ok, a skim maintains across the surface.

Sort of generic hoppy aroma, sweet specialty malts, rich and full bodied, lingering bitter aftertaste. Bready, bitter, almost a strong rye component. Too oppressive. This is pretty typical Stone, too full with one-dimensional bitterness to really drink much of. Eh, pass...

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the teenager reference on the bottle; and I love that Stone is growing! So Kudos! to Greg and Stone for 13 years of great beers!

That said, I wasn't particularly impressed with this one. Don't get me wrong, it's a good, decent American Strong Ale, and it's well-rounded (not necessarily a Stone trait - wink -). But it's also not too unlike a lot of their other beers. I guess it just doesn't stand out for me. If you put this in an Arrogant Bastard bottle and handed it to me I'd probably believe it was. Sure it's probably a little bit stronger, maybe a bit more fruity, and maybe a bit more hoppy (probably not), but it's similar. And this is an anniversary beer. ...I guess I was just expecting more.

So...
Appearance: Hazy ruby-accented almost-chestnut-brown body beneath a frothy head of light tan that holds well and leaves great lacing behind.

Aroma: Yeasty fruitiness, darkly caramelish malt, spicy/piney/leafy/herbal hops.

Flavor: Upfront solid combination of piney/spicy/grassy/leafy hops and biscuity but dark-edged, deeply caramelish maltiness. It's on the cusp of burnt sugar and roastiness. It warms across the middle and the yeasty fruitiness rises, along with grassy/piney hops. The bracing bitterness actually steps in right at the offset, but rises to its full height at the middle. From there the malts start to fade in the swallow and finish, but the bitterness and hop flavors remains. It ends very dry, but piney/grassy, and long-lingering with a hint of roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with a bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as American strong ales go, it's pretty much on par. English strong ales tend to be more malty and soft, while Americans rev it up a bit, which can lead to 'hop-mouth' and sensory deprivation (no more perfectly exemplified than Stone's very own Ruination, although that's an IPA and not a strong ale - same idea). It's got lots of malt and bitterness and hoppiness and fruitiness, and yet it never really overwhelms. In fact, the yeasty fruitiness is left behind as the final note to it, which is interesting. And although you can feel the strength of it, the alcohol never really shows any more than it's supposed to in flexing its muscles. But at the same time, it lacks depth and complexity. So I don't know. I'll just go with 'it's pretty drinkable', how's that?

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap 7/25/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a lot of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of floral hops that is quickly followed by a nice compliment of caramel & citrus sweetness and some roasted malts, creating a very nice balance. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of the imperial red IPA style, this is a great high-octane beer to drink for an entire evening.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours a deep clear amber, with 2 big tight fingers of light tan colored foam. Creamy half finger of froth stays rich, with a massive flareup that just drenches the sides with foam that hangs in thick swathes. The aroma is VERY West Coast smelling, with a ton of floral notes, spice, pine cones, and tropical citrus. Underneath lies the malts, which add a meaty layer of smoke, roast, and toasted caramel. As this warms, it's just about neck and neck with the hops. Bit of beefy warmth gives this a heavier feel in the nose.

The hops are resinous and biting in the taste, with an aggressive spicy bitterness and citric character that spreads out in the mouth. Balance comes courtesy of a stickily sweet backbone of toffee and darker roasted malts. Smoky notes lend the profile both tang and a toasty feel, combining with the spicy bitterness to really make for quite the intense finish here. The malts are so assertive in fact, they actually threaten to overtake the robust hop character at times, they are that strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy firmness to it that keeps things moving. However, this seem just a bit too light in spots, especially considering the big flavors and alcohol presence. The bigger ABV here doesn't always work with the big roasty feel of the malts as well (especially as this hits room temp), cutting down the drinkibility for me.

While certainly not a bad Imperial Red style beer or anything, this was definitely a step down from some of the other recent Anniversary offerings. Despite the awesome hop character, the overpowering dark malt component to this just didn't blow me away in the end. Once bottle was more than enough for this year.

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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.