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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

712 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 712
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%


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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look I know Stone is that ballsy hit you over the head with hop bitterness, fuck those fizzy yellow beer type of brewers but how extreme can you get. Is this brewing niche going to both make and break them. I now there's enough breweries out there making standard styles, but the more and more extreme brews I try from these guys get less exciting except for a handful of exceptions. This was another pretty big disappointment, I have been drinking their Anniversary series since the 6th year (a baltic porter) and it got progressively better until the climax was reached in the 10th Anniv. with that awesome DIPA. However since the 11th (a black west coast IPA) that they have since fixed the problems and released as Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. I've not been blown away by their specialty releases including the Vertical Epics as well. Anyway enought of my rant here's this beer.

Appears a slightly clouded mildly opaque deep mahgany amber red hue, with a large lightly colored beige head. Large bubbles form and head retention is excellent, with specks of yeast sediment suspended within my chalice.

Aroma has a muddled layer of hops and malt big pine grapefruit and earthy hops plow through the deep amber roasted caramelized malt profile. A bit of onion and spicy garlic traits seem out of place within the hop profile as well. Some crystal malt is detected with a bit of booziness throughout each whiff.

Flavor has an acrid stale coffee bitterness in the roasted malt with the rest of the specialty malts not really making an effect on the palate. Pure hop bitterness and deranged uninspired hop flavors prowl around on the palate. A very unenjoyable drinking experience that I recently repeated trying to give this brew a second chance. To now avail I find this one hard to enjoy and finish even with friends sharing these bombers.

Mouthfeel that is left behind by the dry leafy, earthy, grapefruit peel is the morning after drinking at a brewfest hangover mouthfeel after having a couple cigars with your brews. Medium bodied carbonation no complaints nothing exciting hop oils are a bit resinous which only makes the pure bitterness camp out on the palate.

Drinkability overall is sad, and an experience I probably won't have again no direction for this over hopped unbalanced Anniversary brew by one of the pioneers of the extreme brewing revolution. This one will make you wanna grab a fizzy yellow beer maybe even a PBR.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 06:54:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy dark copper in color with a fluffy 2" head that produces some moderate lacing.

Smell: malt sweetness and pine is very nice on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with pine, softer grpaefruit, light alcohol, and a bit of mild earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Very long aftertaste.

Drinkability: great flavors make up a nicely drinkable beer. Another fine anniversary ale from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 19:41:58 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive, if not overwhelming head--great rocky recede. Solid ring lace. Mostly clear, brown (dirty copper) color.

Strong crystal malt aroma with a great spicy hop kick. There's a notable yeast smell that gives it a essence of a great homebrew.

Holy hops, Batman. Didn't detect this in the smell. This is an exceptionally bitter beer. The swallow and aftertaste is strictly a hop bomb. The initial flavor has a touch of the malt that I detected in the nose. Rich body with light carbonation--this gives it a rich consistency without the sweetness of some beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 20:42:10 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark amber/red with a thick off-white head with great retention and good lace.

S: Heavy pine and cedar oil, some caramel, pungent.

T: Caramel malt with a heavy blast of pine bitterness, some molasses and cake batter sweetness come through on the finish.

M: Resiny, with a long aftertaste, full-bodied, soft carbonation.

D: A big beer with big flavours, certainly an experience to drink, classic Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:35:33 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I call it a Red IPA and definitely qualifies for Extreme.

Odor of alcohol and -- does anyone remember how Merthiolate smelled? Or is it moth balls? Definitely not an "aroma." Oddly harsh and sharply acidic. Woody and resiny hop flavors. Malt appears and disappears, and why do I think of Milk Duds?

Very educational, and the intense red-copper-amber color is worth seeing. But I'll be looking for something bland to mix the rest of the 22 oz with. Usual Stone printed-on-bottle label says it was bottled in 2009 and "Do not cellar - enjoy in 2009." You have been warned.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:11:12 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big, deep reddish brown with a lots of thickness to it. Looked like a big beer. Nose is a little different than what I expected. Big hops, some citrus, pine and grass. Taste is burnt sugar, alcohol and bitterness. Piney and citrus notes too. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 03:51:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark hazelnut brown with about two fingers of brownish white head with good retention. No carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel and sweet malts. Also a tiny hint of hops and booze. Was expecting more hops to jump out in the smell.

t - Tastes stronlgy of sweet malts again. Also tastes of caramel and toffee, as well as a little bit of booze.

m - Medium body with a little carbonation and a littler creamty. Also a little bit hot from the alcohol.

d - Overall I thought it had a nice sweet malt taste to it, but was a little too hot. I was expecting more hops than malts, but the malts still smelled and tasted good. An above average strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 02:26:39 | More by mdfb79
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 00:54:02 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A no brainer to snatch off of the shelf, this yearly treat from the heavy hitting brewers of Stone. $7.49 @ Deciccio's in Ardsley, NY. Pours mahogony amber, initially a large dark mocha head rises, then oh so slowly squirms down to a thick film, leaving worthy thick sheeting and then strands of lace. Grapefruit peel and dark malt in the nose. Bold and flavorful (suprise) with big meaty notes of more citrus, rum, plenty of dark malts, and then the hops kick in! Pine resin, citric and quite drying. Roll it all together, add in a well hidden 9.5%, and it adds up to yet another homerun. Go get some. I would guess this would age pretty well, despite the label's command to "Enjoy in 2009"

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:21:51 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense dark body glows a deep red at the base with a think light beige head that sticks to the glass. There is a sea of carbonation gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- This beer has a slight green herbal hops freshness followed by a circus peanut hint and some nougat cream notes. As the beer starts to open up the smell of new sneakers grows in the aroma.
T- This beer has an inky black malt bitterness that turns more dark chocolaty as the beer warms. There is a green herbal hops flavor that has some pine qualities and a green pungentness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz note and a soft alcohol heat that grows as the beer warms and blends nicely with the roasted malt flavors.
D- This beer has a nice hop and roasted malt qualities but no other malt supporting in making it a bit thin. The hops are mostly pungent notes not much other hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 22:47:25 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass I get a very heavily chill hazed reddish brown beer with a small yellowish head. This beer seems very subject to the chill hazing effect.

Smells strongly of both malt and hops. Strong rye scent with its characteristic faint sour scent. Earthy hop aroma, Northwestern type hopes are here, but mostly obscured by a mix of other types. Pretty much earthy with a little eucalyptus tree Funk.

Starts out thick and fairly hoppy and dry in the mouth. Strong hoppy ale with a most thick and smooth mouthfeel, something like Arrogant Bastard made in to a milkshake. Strong beer but this never gets harsh at all, like tamed Arrogant Bastard in flavor with approximately the same taste.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really excels, this compares with the best Oatmeal Stouts for smoothness in a glass.

Super easy to drink. Could be a bit more flavorful but that would probably change the smoothness of this elixir.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:53:45 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to AndrewK and pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear amber/brown color, very nice carbonation, with an awesome thick creamy one-finger plus light tan head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing and small islands about. The nose is hoppy, with a nice malt note, slight dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, with some malts, sweet, slightly bitter, nice little touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV alittle up front, but of no concern to me. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, thanks guy's.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 19:48:03 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1" dark tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls ever so slowly, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness, citrus and pine hops character, and ample alcohol. Taste is syrupy sweet upfront for a second, and then it's hops bitterness through and through, to a fault, with some alcohol burn at the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth except for the afterburn, and drinkability is eh. Guess they weren't thanking me with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 01:28:08 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date June 2009 with a statement saying something to the effect of: Do not wait, drink me now you silly bastard! Ok, actually it literally reads: "Do no cellar. Enjoy in 2009." Looks like I am running out of time faster than I thought, better not wait any longer.

Pulled this one out of the beer fridge at 36 degrees and let her warm up before popping it open.

Pours a very dark amberish red that is only slightly translucent. Forcefully pours more than a finger of off-white head. The color of the head is a lupulin stained yellowish color that did not have much rentension, but it leaves a film across the top of the beer that is dauntless and refuses to leave. Only a faint amount of lace found across the glass. Nose is full of hop sweetness, almost semingly orange-like with pine in it as well. Taste has a bold amount of bitterness in the front, malt sweetness across the thick bodied mouthfeel and then finishes with a solid oily bitterness. Carbination seems to be a bit low, but honestly who cares, everything else is pretty solid. The 9.5 abv is really only evident in the first sip and mellows out almost immediately.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 01:35:14 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about time I got this beer. Enjoy in 2009 it says, hinting that it;s hoppy. On to the beer:

Very dark red, almost on the verge of being brown or a reddish violet. Great holding head, nice thin rings of lacing. This is a very hoppy and fruity tasting beer. First you get the burst of hop resin on the palate before you get the major fruity esters. The bitterenss grows on you as you drink more of it. Alcohol is hidden well, and it goes down easy for its size. Ideal for hop maniacs. Personally, I prefer all three Bastards over this.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:20:21 | More by DoubleJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 17:01:21 | More by Kegatron
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earl Grey tea with a red clay crust. This beer's darker tones are really antagonistic to the afternoon sun; they refuse to shine even despite their gorgeously rich shade. Luckily, it's not hopelessly incompatible - against the fluorescence of artificial light a sensuous scarlet colour is revealed. Its brown eggshell-tinted head appears feathery like a down-filled pillow; if I wasn't so tempted to drink it I'd be cuddling my head right on top of it.

Just like its appearance is unreceptive to light, its aroma seems equally disobliging to the sense of smell - but in a very admirable way. From under scorched malts the stenchy, stingingly bitter, repugnantly pungent, reekingly pithy scent of hops is so potent, so fragrantly strong that it could probably wake - if not the dead - at least someone who fainted. There's no doubt in my mind that this could be just as effective as smelling salts.

Stone 13th uses more pounds of hops per barrel than any other beer the brewery's made. As hard as that may be to believe given their other releases (Ruination, Double Bastard and prior Anniversary Ales) it only took a few sips to convince me. The Chinook and dry-hop blend of Simcoe and Centennial give the beer a chewy, pithy grapefruit character and excessively piny, resinous and citrusy fruity flavouring.

The Amber and Crystal (and touch of chocolate) malts give an honorary but futile effort to balance out the hoppiness. Traces of caramel, toffee, crisp wafers and honeycomb are noted, but barely. The malts taste scorched and despite their best efforts to remain sweet, in the end fall to the pithy, resinous, choking bitterness of pungent American hops.

Even with the not-so-subtle hint of its 9.5% alcohol, Stone 13th lends itself better to big gulps and constant swigs rather than tiny sips and slow, lengthy savoring. This is a strong beer masquerading simply as a flavorful beer. The fact that this was meant to be quaffed, and easily is, is proven by the whopping mouthfuls and breakneck speed at which it is being consumed. I drink this any faster and I might just break the sound barrier!

Stone Brewing seems to nail beer styles with the precision of a calculator. Right down to the most minor detail this is exactly what a big, ballsy American Imperial Red Ale should be - it's piny, resinous and loaded with hoppy flavour. I really like the fact that Stone refuses to put all their eggs in one basket with regards to style. And although they do each one well, I think it's hard to deny they do this kind of beer - big, obnoxiously hoppy - the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 23:37:53 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's the other night.

The beer pours a darkish brown color, looking very much like a standard porter. The beer has pretty decent head retention, with lots of sticky lacing all around. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a hop bomb. There is a hint of malt and coffee, but the over-riding aroma is bitter citrus and hop perfume. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and this beer is impressively hoppy. It's very reminiscent of a DIPA, and I was told this is the hoppiest beer Stone has ever made. Whatever, this beer is hugely bitter and citrusy, with just a hint of coffee and chocolate. One thing I found interesting about this beer, is that the initial flavor I get is just a breath of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate, but then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong and drowns out everything else. As it turns out, this beer has a pretty dry finish, despite the fact that you can tell the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the combination of massive hop bitterness and high alcohol make it difficult to have more then one serving.

This is a very impressive effort from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 15:31:07 | More by johnmichaelsen
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plaid75

New York

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

On draft at Bobbique, Patchogue, New York.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balmy sweet malt, dark fruits and a spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a spicy herbal hop with a full caramel and roasted malt. Herbal hops dominated the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall a very good and robust hoppy strong ale. Great choice for my 1500th review.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 23:31:27 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to SPLITGRIN for sending my way for the Gentlemans Club BIF.

Pours a clear ruby red, some amber in the corners, thick off white head forms, settles down to a thick layer leaving a lot of chunky lace on the glass. Smell is neat, caramel, a bit musty, grapefruit, some herbal hoppiness, floral, orange peel, lots of citrus, pretty nice. Taste is nice too, butterscotch, citrus, some orange peel and marmalade, grapefruit, tangerine, biscuity malt, alcohol, nice fruity finish, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, enjoyed a lot more than the 12th Anniversary. Thanks Michael!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 17:57:46 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan of red ales, some of the hoppier ones have been decent, this being one of them.

Appearance, looks a lot like ABA, but with the touch of red. In fact, while I'm mentioning ABA, this beer essentially tastes like a blend of ABA and Old Guardian. Aroma, robust, like the ABA. Taste, very sweet, like the Old Guardian, and like OG, it is alcoholic, hops are somewhat of an afterthought (for Stone).

Mouthfeel, loses more hop presence the deeper you get into the bottle. Not very drinkable, kind of challenging to plod through it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:18:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark crimson with a bright clarity and a foamy 3 finger medium beige colored head. Retention was good with a splashy lacing that covered a good portion of the glass. The visible effervesce was extremely light. Overall another dark and brooding beer from stone.

S: sweet with wet pine and grapefruit, albeit much lighter then most of their other beers. A light bready caramel malting, semi-sweet in nature is well balancing and represented here as well.

T: The flavor starts out with a strong bitterness of grapefruit attacking the taste buds upon the first sip. The bitterness continues to grow even more pungent in nature with a dry flowery hopping as we hit the middle of the palate. Dry grassy notes with a strong resinous malting and pine hopping parches the tongue with an assertive dry hoppiness. The fade is lingering, long and very dry. The malting is toasted and dry, medium in body while the alcohol also cotributes to the dry warming finish. Overall a heavily hopped strong ale the leaves the tongue brutally assaulted and parched by a hefty dose of "C" hops that was nicely malted as well.

M: decent, nothing spectacular or much to note here. Medium in body, with a wonderfully dry hopped fade. The carbonation was light all around.

D: Good drinkability as well enjoyment. Hop heads will rejoice by the dry pungent hoppy nature while noobs may stumble their way through this one. Bitter dry with a lingering dry bitter hop fade that stays with you long after the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:33:29 | More by beerthulhu
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear deep red colour. An inch high cap of fine beige bubbles fell very slowly to a solid cap, leaving behind quite a lot of lacing on the glass. Good head retention after the initial settling. Intense hop aroma, pine resin and grapefruit, with rich caramel malt in the background. Bitterness started strong and continued to grow through the finish, lingering for a long time on the palate along with the flavour of hop resin. Sturdy malt backbone, but it was no match for the hops. Medium to full bodied with smooth, fine carbonation. Some dryness from the hop resin. Alcohol flavour (a bit spicy, peppery) and warmth were present, but not overpowering. I liked this one. The big hoppy punch was balanced just enough by the malt and alcohol was well controlled.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 00:51:52 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a deep reddish-copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky pine and raw herbal and citrus aromas with a decent amount of biscuity malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light biscuity malts flavors are joined almost immediately by intense pine and floral hop flavors that intensify midway through the sip and carry through to a very bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without a problem and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a very solid imperial red with a great hop profile. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:23:26 | More by glid02
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA last night. Served in a pint, 12oz pour.

A - Deep bronze w/ 3/4 inch tan cap. Mildly hazy and fiery crimson when held to the light. The bead is fin and sublte lace is deposited.

S - An instensely pungent citrus hop aroma, just soaked in juice odor w/ a huge grapefruit nose. Pine adds something more earthy to the nose, the ripe orange scents are obvious even several inches away from the ale

M - Crisp, tight, resinous and juicy feel w/ bitter texture in check w/ the mild sweet malt assistance. The piney bitter and warmth is felt in the lasting sharp finish

T - Really sweet + fruity taste of grapefruit w/ hints of pine cone and an almost salty bitterness like sucking the essence from a hop leaf after the malt subsides. The taste is salty w/ acidity hitting the sides of the tongue at the back w/ spicy hop flavor. A nice amber malt creaminess in the taste is usurped by the sharp, stinging( again salty) brine at the end which calls you back to taste again. The mix of sweet and then heat is very flavorful and has a nice contrast

D - The taste is overwhelming at times, not tame in any way. It takes 'Imperial Red' to a whole 'nother level. Almost to hoppy for its own good, could use a little age IMO before it will be truly incredible drinkability wise. The bitterness is almost like salt off a pretzel at times. I can't wait to taste this in the bottle maybe a month from now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 16:06:21 | More by Slatetank
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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