Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 605
Photo of froman694
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i found this beer to be a typical stone beer. the color was more of an amber color, something simular to hopback by troeg. the taste was quite hoppy with a clean finish. the several different hops used created a wonderful layered aroma. personally i was disappointed by this beer, being a stone limited release project i wanted more than what i got. that being said this a wonderful expression of what good hops can do in a beer.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking ale. Pours dark amber with a thick tan head. Great lacing and retention.

Nose has lots of citrus and floral hops over a creamy malt profile with some apparent booze tones.

Taste has bitter, resiny hops up front and through the finish. Caramel, toffee and more bready malts round this out well.

Full body is well carbonated. Strong Ale or Imperial Red, tasty stuff. Big American hops, right up there with the Dub Bastard.

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

The beer pours a dark burnt caramel of a color with a big tan head on it's shoulders. Lacing and retention are both decent, the good pour I have come to expect from stone. The only problem is, another one of Stone's signature marks is the beer's achiles...big beer, big flavor, but not much blending. Everything kind of fights for the spotlight, quite aggressively I might add. The smell and taste are both dominated by grapefruit and caramel notes, they don't blend together as well as one would hope. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but by no means overly syrupy, with a good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is alright, I wouldn't crack open another bomber after finishing this one though. Overall, a pretty good beer, but nothing groundbreaking.

Photo of Spidey13
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone's 13th Anniversary Ale pours a beautiful deep chestnut color with red highlights capped by a fluffy tan head. The aroma is mostly hops with some caramel and maple syrup thrown in there.

The taste starts off sweet but is quickly bowled over by spicy hops. There are some caramel notes from the malt and maybe just a bit of chocolate but the hops dominate with lots of bitterness that lingers forever. The mouthfeel is quite full with medium carbonation.

Overall, this beer reminded me of a cross between Arrogant Bastard and fresh Bigfoot. It was good but not as original as I thought it would be.

Photo of admiralcrunch
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A) Deep ruby red, tannish/creamy thick head.

S) Smells h o p p p y.

T) My tastebuds are under attack. The hops... the hops...

Seriously though. What a delicious hop bite.

M) Pleasantly malty; somewhat surprising how much considering all of the hops. Overall a balanced brew.

D) Gonna take my time with this one, absolutely an ale to be savored.

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Notes: 7/1/09
Stone Brewing Co.
13th Anniversary 2009
American Strong Ale
9.5% Abv.
22oz. Bottle into Allagash glass

Appearance= Vigorous pour yielded a fat 3 finger head. Damn my vigorous pours... Like all stone beers, excellent head retention.

Smell= Peppery, kinda smells like a cigar. Good smells when it warms up a bit. Fresh hop aromas to say the least!

Taste= Hops. Wow, hops. Some nice malt as well. It's good. A true palate bomb.

Mouthfeel= Bursting mouthfeel. Everything is very fresh. Good sticky fresh hop mouthfeel. Not thick, almost perfect mouth.

Drinkability= Drinkability is a little lower than most hoppy beers I drink. It maybe the peppery aspect of it. Don't get me wrong, I love hops but I dunno about this one. It's a good beer though. I'd say more like a American Strong DIPA if such a category existed. Hot beer, best describes it.

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

Picked up bottles at Malt & Vine during my recent vacation in the Seattle area, technically Bothel, M&V technically Redmond.

Can't wait until bottles of this and some draft hit the Albany area.

The pour is deep deep amber with red highlights and a dense sticky head. The aromas are vintage Stone hopped up and then some brews.

I was wondering how this beer would be in comparison to AB, 2bAB and it was uniquly different it bit drier but also a more substantial hop character distinguishes the beers significantly.

Drink, do not age, this one is all about the hops.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat. I was informed from a friend that this beauty of a beer is finally released.

Poured from bomber into a tulip pint glass. Body is dark ruby red with a big two finger head, and legendary Stone lacing. Lacing was on par with Arrogant Bastard.

Aroma was very potent and very aggressive, which Stone seems to have a nack for. Fully of resinous hops and caramel malt, with a nice sweet touch. Smells delicious.

Taste was very much different than what I was expecting. Loads of hops are ever present throughout, punctuated by flavors of caramel, toffee, a bit of molasses, and very bready. Alcohol becomes noticeable after the sweeter notes give rise to toasty malts. Tasting this beer was a full on assault of the palate. Very strong, very tasty, and very challenging.

Mouthfeel was superb as can be expected. Nice thick body coats the mouth with its brutal grace.

This is nice sipping beer. It would go down better with fellow's who also enjoy good craft beer. Cheers!

Photo of everetends
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle that I picked up on the way out of Hop City. I think the bottle ran about $5.99, not too bad. Always game to try a Stone Anniversary beer. Served this one up in a standard, shaker pint glass.

A: Pour creates a nice brown body. Its a medium brown and is pretty clear and I am not seeing much carbonation at all. On the pour, the light hits it and really lights this beer up and makes a nice red color. Held to the light, you get a nice brown, light brown with a good red hue. Pour got me a little over two fingers of head. Head is incredibly light brown in color. The head creates a really nice sheeting effect but it doesn't have much stick to it. The head slides easily back into the glass. Very nice red ale and looks damned good.

S: This brew has a good hops aroma. Its very aromatic and very pleasing for sure. Got a good amount of pine kicking in here. Behind that you get some good citrus, grapefruit meat. This does create a bit of a medicinal aroma that is bordering on iffy, but it works out. Has a light caramel malt in the background, and it actually has a decent amount of roast on it. This makes it sweet but also has a touch of nuttiness and bitterness here as well.

T: Light sweetness up front from the malts. Has a light chocolate profile, but most of it is a caramel flavor. The roast does darken up the flavors a bit, bring out some nuttiness and a light smoked bitterness. Quickly replacing that sweetness (and I mean quickly) you get all that hoppiness. Very much a pine resin presence, but it borders on too much. Its almost an industrial, pine-sol type flavor. Light citrus hops come out, bringing up a bit of grapefruit and orange. Behind that still is more hops, grassy and floral aroma that makes an almost perfume type presence. This is a bit wierd and I don't know if this is a mess or good.

M: Medium in body, this has an unexpected creaminess going on in here. Nice wieght to it that really has some coating to it. Carbonation is low, a lot lower than expected. This is a pleasant suprise, further helping that creamy presence. Pretty bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is pretty much all those hops lingering. Sometime they meld well together, sometimes not so much.

D: Well, this was interesting. Some good suprises and some not so great. The feel and appearance were very nice and enjoyable. The flavor on the other hand was just off to me. It just seems that the flavors didn't always mesh well together. I could see where this beer was planning on going, but I don't think it quite got there. Too much dry hopping was probably the culprit. Still not bad, and I'd have another if just for further curiousity's sake. Interesting, to say the least.

Photo of callmescraps
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always interested in what Stone's offering. Giving this a bid.

Appearance - Very deep ruby color. Almost black, but the light goes through it nicely. A couple of inches of nice, solid head. Very good looking beer.

Smell - Surprisingly hoppy up front. A real nice, floral with a hint of grapefruit. But the back seems to have some coffee or malt. Definitely a roast quality lingering in the background. Also a real hint of booze. Interesting, to say the least.

Taste - Follows the nose. It's got some nice hop up front, but it's followed by the roast malt taste. It gets very bitter, almost burned on the end. Also some real pine hop flavor. The aftertaste is not making friends with me.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly creamy. Decent carbonation. Seems to sit a little heavy.

Drinkability - Not the best. That roast aftertaste is sort of dimming my enthusiasm.

Didin't know what to expect with this beer. It's interesting, especially on the nose, but in the end it just didn't do it for me. Not quite sure what they were going for with this one, not clear that they knew either.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A soft pour still nets me an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, amber-tan colored head. The beer is a dark, amber-red color with brown notes to it that when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue. The aroma is sticky with candied hop notes; lychee, candied orange zest, sugar coated pine and spruce tips are followed & boosted by caramelized crystal malt flavors, toasted (almost roasted even) malt and a nice cracker / biscuit grain note towards the finish. Other, more herbal hop notes lend an almost dank, hemp-oil like character and perhaps a touch of green onion / garlic chive towards the finish. After a bit I start to notice a touch of cinnamon like hop character that mixes in with the sweet citrus notes. The nose of this beer is definitely quite hoppy, though given the hop-talk from the brewer I was actually expecting this to jump out of the glass with an expressive hop character. It doesn't quite do that, though it certainly is a hop focused beer, but there is a solid, underlying malt contribution here; it is overwhelmed by the hops in the aroma, but you can tell this beer has a lot of malt richness to it as well.

Somewhat creamy textured and full in the body, the beer still has quite a bit of a prickly carbonation; it would probably be better without quite so much carbonation. There is enough hop character here that the overall beer effect seems dry. There is some residual malt sugars here, even a substantial crystal malt sweetness, it just isn't that noticeable because of all the raw hop character. The beer finishes with a lingering, bracing bitterness that really stays on the palate long after the beer has left my mouth and even has some raw, green-hop astringency. Herbal hops are apparent as the beer first hits my tongue. There is also a solid fruity-hop character here, it just clearly plays second fiddle to the herbal hop notes. Hop notes of grapefruit zest, tangerine, lychee and kumquat are joined by notes green raw hop notes (that are almost a bit vegetal at times), substantial peppery pine notes, Towards the finish, after it loses the fruit notes, the hop character get piquant with notes of menthol, pine, peppery herbs and a resinous hop character that just fills the palate. The finish has some warm, almost hot alcohol character to it that accentuates the biting hop character.

I like that the nose strikes a decent balance between citrus hop notes, more dank, herbal notes and with a subtle, but somehow substantial malt character as a backbone to the nose. This is definitely a sipping brew, with all it malt character and alcoholic strength, not to mention the aggressive hop character. Stone puts this as part of the nebulous Imperial / Double Red style of beer. To my taste it is a cross between a rich, malty and thick Barleywine and a hopped up Double IPA. This is an unbalanced hoppy beer for sure, but it still needs some balance to it; the hop character can get a bit too harsh here at times and the hot alcohol doesn't help things. Still not a bad beer, just could use a bit more finesse and perhaps just a month or two of age to mellow and better integrate the harsh notes; I'll have to get another bottle of this to do just that.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

A- Dark amber with a reddish tint. Sticky looking tan head.

A- As soon as I poured this I smelled hops. Sweet malt with some citrusy and piney hops.

T- Occasionally I get a big taste of Gin in my mouth. This is quite hoppy, very piney. Not too dry, a small bit of sweetness that tastes sortof fruity. Some caramel. Alcohol taste as it warms.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Sort of on the Red style(according to the stone blog). I'd agree with this, not my favorite style. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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

Got this on a trip out of town to be enjoyed lakefront.

Very cool bottle poured into a glass mug (frozen - i was lucky to have a mug at the lakehouse - didn't think to bring my own). After pouring vigorously into the frozen mug, i watched in anticipation as the glass warmed up and the frothy, chunky, pitted tan head stood there waiting for me.

After the frost cleared, i was able to behold the deep red color. The head stayed with me the entire time. I may have even had a pure head sip at the very end.

It smelled of pine, grass and citrus.

It had a strong but balanced hoppiness. The warmer the beer got, the sweeter it was. In my notes that i am reading now it says "starting to taste red" - that's a strong beer!

Seriously, it was epic - just like Stone ought to be.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone- 13th Anniversary

A- Dark red, clear with a thick frothy head. Thick solid ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Pungent oily pine hops with hints of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and licorice.
T- Big powerful pine hops with a creamy caramel malt and a slighty bitter licorice with a sweetened brown sugar/ molasses body.
M- Very sweet and oily. Hops are present front and center, very sweet and resiny thick. Good sweet caramel/ molasses malt finishes off this beer with a nice sweet tanginess.

Overall- Tasted like a good Amber/DIPA. Big and flavorful with the alcohol well hidden. Quite smooth for the high alc. Very drinkable, well done!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've sampled a Stone, spoiled myself a bit when I stopped off in Indiana which I really should do more often.

A: Pours out rather thick, not Imperial Stout thick mind you, but thick enough to indicate that this is a beer not to be taken lightly. A burgundy, almost golden cherry with a half an inch thick of golden brown head. Looks like it's going to be sticky, but let's see what happens here.

S: I think I agree with the previous reviewer in that it smells like a severely hopped up red ale. Seriously bready, almost smokey, such insane resin it makes my teeth hurt.

T/MF: Almost soapy, but moves quickly into some of the most out rightly hoppy beers I've ever come across, but there is more going on here, there is some incredibly sweet malt trying to force its way in here and if it were not for the insane amount of hops this would make for a tooth melter for a different reason. Finish is roasty, almost smoky and really works to balance this beer, if any balance is supposed to be reached with such a beer as this. Floral, lightly fruity but mainly resinous balanced only incidentally by the massive dose of malts here, the bitterness even takes on a bit of a coffee like character.

D: Tasty, tasty stuff, it's worth the heart burn. Half way thru and I'm feelin' a little funny. An excellent sipper that takes on a subtle character change in every sip. So much hops I thought for sure that 3 Floyds made this!

Photo of bonbini26
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, the bottle doesn't list the style, but after tasting I would it is more of an Imperial Red Ale, than a american strong ale.

Pours a strudy dark yet bright ruby hue almost crimson, nice clarity even though it is so dark. Perfect white 2-finger head to top it off. I smelt the aroma of this beer as soon as i cracked it, huge floral, grapfruit, pine, citrus comes out. With notes of malts of caramel, a real complex aromoa. Fantastic!
The taste starts out with a bitter hops onslaught of citrus and floral and then a heavy dose of malts with a toasted, breaded, caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is bold with bitterness, yet the malts balance this beer out very nicely, really a nice balance. This was very drinkability considering the alcohol content, could not really detect the 9.5%, went down really smooth and easy. Another winner from Stone even though it didn't seem like a Stone beer

Photo of Jmoore50
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone you weird bastards what the hell is this thing?

The appearance is cool. It has a really really dark amber color and if I am not totally losing my mind I think that it has very faint hues of purple in it. It came with a small half finger head and left quickly. The lacing on this one it thick though, just molesting my glass with gooey mess.

The smell is awesome. You can smell the Stone hops that they use, terrific.

The taste is weirdly good. I do not believe that this is a strong ale, but an Imperial Red Ale, wait is that the definition of a strong ale? The strong ale definition is so loose that a lot of brews coming out these days are strong ales. Either way, malt and hops, but more light malt than anything. Did you hear what they did to this thing?!?
"This is the first time we've ever released the Imperial/Double Red style.
2 We used more pounds of hops per barrel than any beer we've ever made.
3 We used Chinook hops in the brewhouse for bittering and flavor, then dry-hopped this beer with a 50/50 blend of Simcoe and Centennial.
4 As an added bonus, we then dry-hopped it again, just prior to filtering and packaging. That's right, our popular double dry-hopped process, for the first time ever in one of our bottled beers! "

Unfortunately it is not as good as it might sound. I think they might of overloaded this thing with two many ingredients. It kind of tastes a little blundered and confused. There is deffinetly a malt and hop presence, but I feel like they are fighting each other too much.

I would buy this again and drink it for sure. I recommend for anyone that likes Red Ales, Stone IPA, and hop bombs. It is for sure a unique brew.
J

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

The 13th Anniversary poured a dark reddish brown with a 1-2 finger foam head with some tight bubbles that looked like egg whites whipped together.

The smell was sweet malt with a slight alcohol hint. The taste was interrupted by a slap in the face with a 9.5% abv kick but then mellowed out over next 30-45 minutes. It was malty and tasted like a American strong should. It was smooth drink and left a tinge of hop bitterness on the finish. Overall a good drink while watching the wrestler.

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

A: Pours a dark ruby red color that allows only a bit of light through. A perfect 2 fingered "burnt" white colored head that leaves some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Smells like a sweeter AB with more hoppiness. That was the first thing that came to mind, zesty hops and nice clean crisp hop scent. Very nice.

T: (I've been waiting for this one!) Lots of bitter hops here, again sort of a different take on an arrogant bastard, more hop, a little sweeter but the alcohol shines through a bit more than usual for a stone brew. It is a big in your face type of brew but not as interesting as I would have hoped. (I still miss 10th with all my beer soaked liver)

MF:Medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Meh.

D: Sort of down on this one with how high the abv is on top of the fact that the alcohol is ever noticeable, this is a nice to try beer but definitely not your every day or even every week type of beer.

Overall I have to say I'm a bit disappointed, not that it is a bad beer far from it but I was just really hoping for something crazy from the Stone guys this time around. I think 10th really set my expectations way too high.

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

A- Looks good. transparent dark amber color that doesn't excite me a whole lot. but it does have a nice fluffy tan head that left scattered but thick patterns of lacing.

S- lots of hops lots of malts. smells intense. citrusy hopiness and sweet maltiness. smells like a more intense version of an average red ale... waddayuh know!

T- Taste is good. not fantastic. Extreme hops up front with a malt blast finish, and a lingering sweetness that makes my mouth pucker-up. alcohol is definitely present. This is very complex for an red ale (i know it says strong ale on here, but its an imperial red for sure). a lot of things going on that i cant quite figure out. In other words, its not lacking in interesting aspects. perhaps, though, it is all a trick, and its not as complex as i think; maybe all they did was put copious amounts of hops and malts together to intensify the flavor to the point of "complexity". that sounds more like stone... gotta love it.

M- Mouthfeel is very good for a red ale. thick and oily, nicely carbonated and smooth on the palate.

D- wouldn't drink two in a night. it is surprisingly very filling, and the contrasting flavors create such an intense mixture that it seems it might ruin my palate for a week if i were to have more.

overall, a good beer. not stone's best effort by any means.

Photo of WaXHeLL
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:
Pours dark opaque red with a white, slightly foamy head. Head dissipates to a thin cream. Non existant lacing, but overall very nice looking.

Smell:
The smell of hops jumps out as you open the bottle. Citrus hops are almost overpowering. Very strong nose of hops, citrusy fruits, pineapple, and piney. Very bold, in your face nose.

Taste:
Woah -- the first drink left me speechless. The hops and the sweet citrus flavors come out on the front, which then moves to a very malty, very toffee and caramel like flavor -- completely different from the hop taste. Finishes pretty bitter but oddly crisp. Almost like three beers put into one bottle. Complex, but yet very well balanced.

Mouthfeel:
Definitely heavy bodied. Thicker and chewier than I expected -- almost like an imperial stout in texture. Somehow finishes creamy in texture. Executed very well. The low carbonation suits this very well.

Drinkability:
The ABV is apparent in the warming feeling, but it's not apparent in the taste. The high bitterness hampers its drinkability, but I don't think it was meant as a sessions beer. Very good, very tasty, and very unique.

If it didn't say "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." I would be tempted to cellar this beer. The flavors are complex, but very very tasty and very well done. I still might cellar this beer based on how much I like it.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Ruby tinted - thick head

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops.

Taste: Hops, Hops and more hops - best part is after you swallow - you get a roasted caramel, chocolate, to sooth the palate. Grapefruit, citrus, apricot, roasted banana.

Mouthfeel: the best part - tingly and hoppy - bitter, great soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Mild - to Great drinkability. Very enjoyable. Great night-cap or sipper to savor and reflect on your favorite stone brews these past 13 years. Another one in the books for me. a great brew. Oh - MUST let this one WARM UP - all the flavor is hidden when fresh out the fridge.

Photo of jpalarchio
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color on this beer is like none other that I've seen. It's a deep red that is fairly translucent in small quantities but becomes quite opaque in the wider part of the glass.

Smell and taste both seem to have a very pine-like quality to them. As can be expected from Stone, lots of hops in this one.

Taste is great, I could drink this all day. Alcohol is well hidden at 9.5%.

Good beer, prety unique.

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

Well, here we are, just myself and a super fresh bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. I was going to wait to open it but then I read on the bottle "Do Not Cellar, Enjoy in 2009". That pretty much justified my opening this right now.

Pours a very deep, dark, mysterious rubyish brown color with an off-white, slightly tan head that is super thick and fluffy.

Instantly the aroma fills the general vicinity around this extremely pungent and potent brew. Lots of ridiculously piney and grapefruity smells abound. There is also a delicious smelling essence of pineapple and mango as well. Wow, absolutely amazing smelling stuff.

One sip and I am elated. This is very, very, very, hoppy. Its got a ton of piney and citrus going and its instantly tongue numbing, sort of like Ruination IPA. It just beats the living crap out of your tongue with a catastrophic bombardment of fresh Pacfic Northwest lupuluous love.

Once the hop attach subsides the warming sense of the alcohol makes things all good and the sweet, caramel maltiness really works to balance things out.

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