Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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:
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 froman694
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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 ahoverton
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark red or amber in color. It has a nice tan head and good lacing.
S: This is the best part of this beer. It has typical Stone hoppy aromas that smell Like citrus pine and grapefruit. Very typical smell of California DIPA's.
T: This is where it falls apart for me. It tastes like they used too many bittering and dry hops and not enough late addition. Very bitter and grassy flavor at the end. Very strong body so it needs the hops to stand out, but I much prefer SSR or Ruination.
M: It has good carbonation but leaves a sticky hop oil residue that is umpleasant compared to some of their other beers.
D: I don't think I would ever want to drink more than one. This is the 2nd time I have had this and I won't ever buy it again even though it is almost gone. SSR and Ruination are much tastier and easier to drink.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass an odd brown with a off white head. Great lacing and retention. Smell isn't that strong. What's there that my feeble nose can scent is a hop presence.

On to the taste: The problem living in Texas apparently. This is supposed to be the biggest hop bomb Stone has ever made. Well after being lost in the bowls of God only knows how many unconditioned warehouses and trucks for the past two months, the Hops have left the Building. That is, to be a Hop Bomb. The amount of hops in this bottle barely constitute leaving the realm of an APA. It's definatly lost it's bite to be called "Strong".

I really hope Stone will straighten out Texas' "MACRO BREW MONOPOLY RUN" distribution network to get their products to us faster. This is such a major disappointment.

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

This beer pours a mohogany color, with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a strong floral hop aroma. It also has a sweet caramel backbone. Some pine mixes in.

This beer has a very aggressive flavor. Piney hops with some citris flavors. A very sweet malty flavor is also present. I can taste the alcohol a bit.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a sweet alcoholic aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer. Alcohol content is high, and the flavor is aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good, but I doubt I could drink too many. It is just too aggressive. Too sweet.

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

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

A - Picked up a bomber of this from the Charleston Beer Exchange. Poured into a proper pint glass. Pours garnet with radiant amber highlights and a supercreamy khaki colored head.

S - Mild, hoppy, little earthy malt in there, brown sugar, but overall very subdued.

T - Bitter, hoppy, red ale with a superbitter pine aftertaste that assaults the tastebuds before rolling over and falling asleep on them (i.e. bitterness lingers). White pepper spiciness in there.

M - Medium bodied, a little creamy.

Notes - A wonderfully made beer, just not my preferred hop balance.

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

Saw one of these at Green's on Buford and picked it up for Independence Day weekend. What better way to celebrate the birth of your country by having no recollection of its 233rd birthday?

Pours a deep, transparent red. If a good pour is done, the head cascades and materializes on top of the brew.

Nose is boozy. Wow, is it boozy. Smell is somewhat muddled. While not unpleasant, it doesn't seem to have anything that really jumps out. If I had to pick out a few smells, aside from the alcohol, they would include dark berries, roasted malt, a trace of the bitter hops, perhaps some banana..?

Taste is very alcoholic as well. Not well masked. While the beer is very well balanced, the booze is a little too prevalent for me. Other tastes include toffee, a little bit of fruit, and followed with bitter hops.

Overall, a good beer, but this is a tough beer to drink. I'm not sure this should be classified as an American Amber or Red Ale. I think this is closer to an American Strong Ale.

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

Pours a deep reddish copper color, with a thick haze, and a huge rocky tan head that holds for quite some time. Once the head settles, plentiful lace lines the glass all the way to the bottom.

Big malt aroma, maybe a little sugary, with moderate-to-strong citrus and resinous hop notes.

Big malty punch in the flavor as well, with some toffee, mixing with a strong grapefruit rind hop element. Finishes with a medium-strong hop bitterness, that is somewhat offset by a pretty noticeable alcohol burn. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation. Reasonably thick on the palate, with a clearly evident alcohol warming coming out.

The main detractor for me is the strong alcohol bite in the finish. It fights for attention with the hops going down, and takes away from the experience a bit. It's still a very good beer, but the battle for attention the the finish keeps it from being excellent.

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

a: clear ruby red color, thick head slowly settles to half finger thickness, thick frothy lacing remains, minor carbonation flowing to the top
s: strong piny hops with some citrus and spice aromas
t: in your face piny hops from start to finish, with nice sugary, malty middle and spices, finishes with moderate malts but alcohol and hops knock you upside the head as bitter black licorice taste lingers
m: medium body, moderate carbonation throughout
d: solid brew, another hop-heavy from stone, unfortunately hops in the finish over the top for me, making it more difficult to finish

Photo of DougBrew
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep deep amber, almost brown. Poured with a fat head, that quickly halved itself, but lingered through the end.

S- Intense floral and citrus, with a malty afternote.

T- Initially a little sweet, with prominent notes of etoh, intensely bitter and dry in the finish. Deeper still there are hints of roasted coffee beans, toffee, and even apples.

M - The carbonation lets this beer dance on your tongue and deceive you into thinking it is a much lighter beer. As I mentioned before, this beer finishes dry...REALLY dry. I almost needed a glass of water to go along with this baby.

D - Absolutely drinkable, for about one serving. Then I would need to venture into lighter, less etoh heat/dryness and something with a more prominent malt backbone.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured a deep mahogany with a one and a half inch, dense, creamy off-white head; good retention and interesting swaths of lacing. Nose reveals grapefruit and pineapple with some floral hops kicking around in the back. A medicinal hops character hits you in the face upfront and the bitterness lingers around the finish, with some malt and booze in the middle - the fruity esters that come out in the nose or somewhat masked by the over the top hops presence. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and just shy of prickly across the tongue. There's also a bit of an oily quality in the mouth, as well as a little alcohol heat. Interesting brew, but the complexity suggested by the nose is quashed by all the hops. I know American Strong is somewhat of a catchall style; however, this one somewhat lends its character to a DIPA. Not bad, but I was hoping for more of an interesting flavor profile to this.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Huge three finger head retains very well, eventually fading away to lacing. Nice looking beer.

Obviously, the aroma is very hoppy, though not as hoppy as I had expected. Big grass, pine, and citrus peel, but a decent malt backbone is present.

There's actually a pretty good malt flavor up front, which is then immediately crushed by some serious hop bitterness. The variety of hop bitterness from the nose (grass, pine, citrus) is also present in the flavor, though it has been amplified considerably. Alcohol warms the drying, bitter finish. The aftertaste? Bitter. As the beer warms, the alcohol gives it a solvent-like flavor in the finish.

Body is on the fuller side of medium. Appropriately carbonated. Somehow a smooth drinker.

Another in-your-face hop bomp from Stone. I might pick up more to put a little age on them.

Photo of weatherdog
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Evan1023 for this beer that I desperately wanted to try.

Over the top hoppy beers are not my favorite. I can enjoy them a lot and appreciate them for what they are but I find them a bit one dimensional and most of the time am left with a 'is that it?' feeling. I still needed to try this beer since I heard it uses the most hops that Stone has ever used per barrel.

Not 5 seconds after I pour the beer into a glass does my wife from across the kitchen (who HATES hops) said she could smell the beer from there and not to bring the glass any closer. that should tell you a little bit about the aroma. It is very stong and I'm digging it a lot. Very fresh hop smell to it.

The taste is overwhelmingly hoppy and sharp. Since it tastes almost how I expected it to I am not shocked and am rather pleased. As hoppy as it is, it is pretty drinkable and I finished the bomber without any trouble or fatigue. This beer quenched any hop craving I'll have for a while and I enjoyed it immensely.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Beer Stop for around $7. Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. 13 appears a hazed crimson copper color with a healthy three fingers of dense, creamy rust colored head. Nose and flavor consist of bitter, bitter grapefruit peel and pith, some resinous pine, pungent citrus, the sweet caramel malt has a hard time squeaking through the bitterness. This ale is approaching full bodied with more than adequate carbonation for an American Strong. Certainly worth trying if you see it around, but one bomber was enough for me.

Photo of grayburn
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old "Bro" Artied2 swung by last night (07OCT09) with a bottle of this to try...

Pours a very deep, dark chestnut. Seems clear, and has a rocky, tan head. Foam is short, but leaves decent lace. Aroma is of burnt brown sugar and molasses, and hints at a strong alcohol presence. Medium in body, 13 passes fairly well over the tongue.

Flavor comes across with lots of caramel and treacle, with roasty choco and coffee notes. Hopping is quite earthy, with plenty of bitterness getting into the action. The alcohol is quite noticeable going down the hatch as well. Thnx for the bottle, Bro, but 13 is a one-and-done for me. Prosit!!

3.75
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

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Reviewed on: 10-08-2009 12:08:44

Photo of PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brownwith a reddish tint. Clear as crystal with a creamy looking tan head. Nice retention with good lace.
Smell is malt, floral, pine, hops.
Taste is hops, malt, floral and pine.
Medium/full body, smooth with some alcohol in aftertaste. Slightly warming in throat. Very good but only want one a night.

Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deepish red body with a thick dark tan head. The head fell a bit eventually but was pretty good. Reminds me visually of Arrogant Bastard.

S: Umm...hops. Pine, grass, and citrus. The hoppy triumvirate.

T: Thick and resiny. The hops present almost entirely in resiny bitterness backed perhaps a little too strongly by thick malt. I'm not sure where I would put this stylistlicly but it is almost in Arrogant Bastard territory. It seems to aim there but fall a bit short in super-hoppy amber/red area. I myself prefer citrus to pine in my hops so this is not exactly where I'd like it.

M: The hops, malt, and bitterness all combine to make it decently thick. Still goes down pretty easy though.

D: Again, I'm not particularly a fan of pine so this isn't exactly my cup of tea, but it's a good showing from Stone.

Photo of Kegatron
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.

Photo of hobojon
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Aroma- very off putting. smells like medicine I had to drink as a child. grass. bubblegum. alc. lots of hop and malt i have never smelled. interesting.

App- red with some brown. tan head.

Taste- very resinous. noticeable chocolate malt, too much. fruity, grapefruit, grape. artificial tasting. soy sauce. alc in throat and stomach is too much.

M- low carb, dry, clean. huge resin aftertaste. viscous. alc burn.

D- not very good for Stone. aroma is offensive to my personal taste, otherwise unique beer.

Photo of Murchmac
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always look forward to this annual offering from Stone. 13 is a mystical number for many cultures, not in the beer culture.

Pours a big foamy tan head. Dark colors, brown, ruby, brilliant cherry mahogany, big foamy lacing. There's a bar in San Francisco called Lucky 13 I like.

Smells of ground fresh hops at first, pepper, spice, nice malt profile kick in later. In some countries, the number 13 is considered unlucky and building owners will sometimes purposefully omit a floor so numbered.

Big Hops, Big Malt, peppery, bitter, Big Citrus, Big Red Alcohol. It does't quite work for me though. Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful mission by the United States of America intended to land humans on the moon.

Alcohol and hops burn down your throat like the 10th anniversary, but this one wasn't as smooth. Pretty good beer, a victim of their own success as it didn't live up to the hype. Haven't been this disappointed since Jim Carrey's 23.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 1/2 finger head with great retention and a very dark amber color.

Smell is a blend of Simcoe and C-hops. That slight touch of pine from the simcoe mixed with a c-hop is heavenly. It's a wonderful combo. There is a touch of cattiness to it, and I think that there is a bit of chinook underneath in this one. There are hints of caramel malts and a bit of toastiness, with a slight bit of roastiness from chocolate malts. My complaint here is that while the hops are very interesting underneath, the maltiness isn't enhanced much by them to balance the two out, which I think is important for a hoppy red ale. The esters are there, but they aren't overpowering and don't accentuate the malt too much. Also there is a bit of fusel alcohol in the back.

Some caramel malts come through with a good bit of toastiness from amber malts. There is a slight bit of roastiness and chocolatey flavor from chocolate malts as well. If there is a spectrum between hoppy reds and browns this one still fits into hoppy reds, but moves towards a hoppy brown status. The hop flavor in this one doesn't match the awesomeness of the aroma. The bitterness is VERY harsh. I'm not for the clean bitterness over harsh bitterness, I like somewhere in between. The flavor in this has some pine and a little bit of grapefruit and is mildly catty. I'm thinking that there is a bunch of chinook in this beer, which I think is a poor choice to use on it's own for flavoring.

Mouthfeel is dry and has some fusel alcohol issues. There isn't enough body in this beer to balance out the booziness

This beer is definetly a hoppy as red. The aroma is incredible. The dry hopping was suberb. However, I think that the overuse of chinook throughout the boil is a detriment. That and the fact that I think Stone's yeast strain doesn't accentuate the malts in this one as well as I would like.

I think minor tweaks to this beer could make it superb.

Mouthfeel

Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear mahogany/amber with a large, light tan head, good retention and spare lacing. There are some small. odd, black floaties.
The smell is a citrusy hop aroma followed quickly by a sweet malt aroma. Hop smell is not huge so they must have faded some since bottling.
The taste is, at first, citrus and sweet then followed immediately by a big dose of bitterness and finishes sweet again. Light alcohol is noticed that makes itself felt soon enough.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick with a continued but moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is better than OK but would likely be even better if fresher. As is and with the 9.5% ABV, it's just alright.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

13th pours from a 22oz brown bottle a little on the thick side of things. The beer seems slightly syrupy and is the color of the bottle it came in. Deep brown with garnet highlights and slightly hazed. The head is thick, fluffy and khaki coating everything it touches.

The nose is a lesson in citrus hop aroma. There is a touch of pine and resin with hints of caramelized grains but nothing surpasses the lemony grapefruit nose that dominates. All in all the nose isn't one of my favorites. It gives the impression of a boozy beer that is rough around the edges.

The taste confirms my impression from the nose. A rush of sweet caramelized grains fades into an overly bitter tartness. Don't get me wrong I am all for a bitter beer but this flavor and feel is a little rough on the palate. Slightly boozy with a pine sap and citrus cocktail. Not bad but those flavors compete and don't compliment each other.

The finish is the best thing about this beer in my opinion. Once the bitter astringency fades the coating of flavors lingers awhile. Deep meaty malts with sweet caramelized sugars. Awesome finish to an ok beer. I feel this one needs a little more time in the bottle or dare I say less bittering hops. That change or age should let it meld and jive just a bit more into something really nice.

Photo of zplug123
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle:

A: Dark red-brown, cola-like color. Solid head with persistent retention.

S: Strong hops smell followed by malt, aroma is pleasantly appropriate for a strong ale

T: Bitter throughout with undertones of smoked malt. Pine-citrus taste is apparent and sticks to the tongue

M: Dry finish, leaves the typical resin feel at the end. Medium body with mild carbonation

D: Definitely a beer to sit down with and explore. Wouldn't have it for anything other than a special occasion.

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.