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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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714 Ratings
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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 06-29-2009)
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 00:28:26 | More by meatyard
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weatherdog

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:08:06 | More by weatherdog
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 02:27:19 | More by ClockworkOrange
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grayburn

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:58:52 | More by grayburn
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

1191

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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 12:47:30 | More by Bierman9
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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 20:45:02 | More by PorterLambic
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drseamus

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:25:04 | More by drseamus
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whoneeds8

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 23:40:31 | More by whoneeds8
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OStrungT

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:24:33 | More by OStrungT
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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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HeyItsChili

China

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 02:02:10 | More by HeyItsChili
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jdubjacket

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 20:30:19 | More by jdubjacket
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briman

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:58:28 | More by briman
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 02:56:21 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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DougBrew

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 00:46:07 | More by DougBrew
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:56:56 | More by Jwale73
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:17:35 | More by Gyle41386
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cola color with amber hues. Head is unimpressive.

S: The best part about this beer. It is like sticking your nose into a bag of American hop cones.

T: Darker roast caramel malts do their best to compete with the hop bitterness. The complexity rivals that of black coffee.

M: Medium bodied with somewhat of a lingering finish.

D: I doubt I'd want to follow it with another bomber, but it was a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 13:12:01 | More by gameface23
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crossovert

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Big 10 pub in Madison. Nice dark brown beer with a small head.

Smells like hops. A little bit of sweetness too.

Taste like hops, hops, and more hops malt is slightly there but not much.

Decent mouthfeel though its pretty strong and not the most drinkable brew.

Another solid hoppy beer from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 03:51:56 | More by crossovert
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lflow

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer is dark brown, with a slightly amber hue. Light brown head, that doesn't last.

Smell is mostly dominated by the hops. Smells mostly spicy with a bit of citrus. Smelling something similar to pine.

Taste is BITTER! All bitterness on the front (and resinatting throughout). Warming spices on the middle, like cloves maybe. The back is a thickly sweet and syrupy malt. Strong malt flavor.

I actually think this would be a good Christmas Ale.

Smooth but also, very bitter on the mouthe. This is by design, of course.

This beer is good to drink because it tastes so good, but I wouldn't drink several, although I know it's not meant for that, because of the strong bitterness, and also because there is so much going on.

Overall, a good beer, I would enjoy it more in winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 16:24:52 | More by lflow
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froman694

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:04:34 | More by froman694
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ahoverton

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 08:38:26 | More by ahoverton
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Mattco

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-31-2013 20:53:48 | More by Mattco
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far333

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed red ochre with a two finger thick head of rocky foam that lingers long.

Aroma of bright citrusy hops.

Flavor initially of big hops, lots of orange peel and grapefruit, morphing to pine. Malt slowly emerges, inserts some notes of caramel and dark bread, and then gets pushed back down again by assertive hops and aggressive bitterness. Distinct ABV warmth.

Mouthfeel is even, but has moderate carbonation, lots of tingles and warmth from hops and alcohol. Average drinkability. Tasty beer, but perhaps a bit out of balance for the style? Thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this one my way.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:53:05 | More by far333
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice, thick tan head. Great retention and good lacing. This one is darker than I expected and the foam retention is phenomenal.

Smell is tropical, floral and grassy hop goodness. Solid, but light-ish malt nose consisting of earthy and toffee sweetness. Sourdough bread and some fruits, something like a urinal mint - in a good way.

Piney and resinous hop flavor with some earthy and floral character. It's bitter, dont get me wrong, but not as much so as I was expecting from Stone as the flavoring hops shine well here. The slightly toasty, toffee malts are there, and remind me of burnt homemade biscuit bottoms. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and slick. Not a bad brew, but I liked the 12th better. I think I will pick up another and see what happens to it a year down the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 11:16:17 | More by twiggamortis420
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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