13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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13th Anniversary Ale13th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy redish brown with plenty of sediment - a big 2+ finger head that leaves notches all down the glass

smells like a pine forest

taste - pine pine pine - AB with grapefruit and lots of pine

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation

drinkability is great - i love the taste and love the smell - one of the best stone brews i have had

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

A - Deep, dark ruby, nearly black. Nice solid light brown head the color of light brown sugar with a bit of rockiness. Lace clings all over the glass at first. As the head settles down to a thin layer, the laciness dissipates a bit too.

S - A very nice blended hop aroma with caramel malts.

T - Oh yeah. Really nice hop bit up front, but nice smooth body of roasted malts, and burnt caramel. Background notes of cherry, dried fruit, resin, molasses, and a light smokey quality. Alcohol makes its presence known.

M - Medium-full, round and smooth overall with sharp prickliness popping through. Perfect carbonation. Finish goes a touch dry... nice.

D - Very drinkable for such a big full flavored beer... but I'd better pass with the ABV or I might go for a third. A sipper.

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Photo of plaid75
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.

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Photo of trancesk8er
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TexasMartin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

excited to see this on the shelf at lone hill this afternoon so of course i picked one up. originally i was just going to consume and not review but what the hell im at my computer and this is one tasty beer.

pour is a deep dark red with a pretty aggressive amount of head off of a pretty gentle pour. when i hold it up to the light its like im looking through a gem. rich and vibrant colors shine through my glass.

smell is pretty heavy on centennial and chinook hops. only reason i can pick these out is because i just brewed with them. wonderful smell. everything you would want from a big ass hoppy beer. i might be picking up some faint malts in the back round...but then again i might just be hopeful. smell is just what i needed after a brutally hot day.

taste is pretty damn tasty. i am obviously slapped by a big combo of the hops in this baby. but when the siege is over and the village fires have been put out, a nice sweet malt presence comes into play. toffee/caramel make a nice appearance and then lead way to a pleasant bitterness.

alcohol is not a factor. it is hidden like a fucking ninja in the trees. beautiful.

overall i wouldnt expect anything else from stone. beauty of a beer. drink it up when ya can.

upon further inspection of the bottle i see that it says to drink in 2009. so i guess that means im going to have to start drinking more 13th anni to kill the supply so it doesn't go bad.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Marti403
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JamesZ
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Anthony1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured 1/2 into perfect pint, then loosely recapped and left the 2nd 1/2 to warm up a bit more as i enjoyed the first glass.

Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue. nice tan head that was thick and fluffy. sticking around, allowing to bask in its aroma.

This beer had a very strong smell. Smelled of floral up front, with hops, malt, some fruitness. The floral aroma closely resembled fennel with a dry mint leaves. The flavor was a bouque of tastes, earthy, with hops and malt mix. Full bodied bliss with a hit of carbonation.

At frist, i was worried, once i smelled the beer, i knew it would be a hit or miss with its strong aroma. At first, i loved the beer's taste, then began to second guess the flavor. as the beer began to warm up, the floral aroma began to bloom and i immediately got hooked. It was a strong flavor and taste not for the weak hearted, but man, i got hooked.

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

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

Smell: Grapefruity aroma, with rich malty undertones

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

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

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

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Boho in Los Angeles.

A - A deep, dark brown with a reddish tint and little light coming through. Topped with a moderate beige head with very good lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy hop aroma with lots of grapefruit.

T - Big, big hop flavors with a mild bitterness that lingers nicely. The malt supports it all very effectively. This beer is very hoppy but still comes across as balanced.

M - Rich, thick and creamy with a nice low carbonation that lets the flavors run wild.

D - This is a strong, rich beer but it's very smooth and easy to drink. Happy Anniversary Stone!

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Photo of bearisprime
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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

from tap into a 10oz glass.

A: deep red color, slightly off-white head that laces the glass all the way down.

S: some good piney aromas with a hint of caramel.

T: the malt backbone appears initally, giving you some caramel sweetness and molasses character. then the piney, resinous, hop goodness kicks in and delivers and lingers as the alcohol warmth reaches for the stomach.

MF: full bodied, medium carbonation. alcohol warmth is present.

Drinkability: a little more arrogant than it's sibling, Arrogant Bastard. really good beer, really strong, definitely drinkable.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color. Nice head that holds a very appealing fine foamed head. Supper lacing. Smell is all over the place. First sniff is strong belgian ale, then it morphs into strong barleywine. Big caramel malt sweet smell, with some alcohol in there too. Piney resinous hops. Big is the easiest way to describe this thing. Taste complexity matches the smell. Nice bitter finish that seams to contradict all the malt that is in there. Full mouth and very heavy. Definately a sipper to be respected. Stone never lets down with their aniversary ales and this one is no different. I always pick up a case and enjoy occasionally for a year. Each one of these will be a pleasure.

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Photo of greenpumas
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

June 2009
13th Anniversary.
13 is a lucky number.
Let's hope for great things.

A: Woah. Beautiful color, mocha colored head with a lot of wild bubbles. Dark, nearly bottle-colored body. Looks like an Arrogant Bastard; go figure!

S: Overwhelming smell of graham crackers when first pouring. Notes of hops and an earthy-grass scent. Some of the phenols start to show through once the brew starts warming up.

T: Nice taste. Some dry hops on the palate. I can taste the content. As the beer warms I can really start to taste the luck in the beer, also some molasses and spice. Gotta have that spice.

MF/D: I pick up on the alcohol content when drinking this beer; I was hoping with something like Stone's Anniversary Ale that they would mask the high content very nicely. Just not the case. I still love drinking them.

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Photo of snpub540
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mohogany color that had some scarlet highlights when held up to the light. Tan head that stuck around for a very long time and leaves some very beautiful lacing.

Smells very hoppy!! Grapefruit, floral, and pine give off a very enticing hop aroma. Also a malty sweetness lingering in the background.

Honestly one of the best hoppy beers I have ever had. Still has a caramel sweetness at first and flows into a symphony of hop flavor. I get a lot of Chinook presence from the bitter grapefruit taste, followed by a dry piney aftertaste. Very delicious. As it warmed it just got better!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and it has the same flavor profile as AB but isn't as harsh. A definate success from Stone and I will have to go back and get more to enjoy very soon.

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

Split a case of bombers with ericwo, purchased at the beer yard in wayne, pa for $75 after tax..well worth it.

Pours a very deep red with a thick toffee colored head.You can smell the hops but the cherry smell dominates by far. Taste is very smooth with great carbonation. You get the bitterness of the hops, lot of cherry and toffee. No hint of the 9.5% abv. Very interesting and enjoyable beer by stone. I am really glad I bought 6 bombers right off the bat. Definitely recommended.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of erikm25
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a combination of both cola and darkened crimson colors. Like caramel glazed black cherries. Head creeps up with some slight bubbles. Moderate retention with a trickle of lacing. Sits in the glass with an attractive thickened rustic hue.

S: Citrus hops aromas with some fresh pine and cinnamon spice. Cantaloupe sprinkled with ginger then dipped in spearmint and vanilla. Fresh smelling with an underlying honey sweetness.

T: Generous helpings of both sweetening and bittering tastes. Orange and grapefruit juiciness. Brown sugar and toffee help to compliment the floral and fruitiness. This is like drinking in 4-D. Even with prominent tastes that stand out it is still a smooth beer.

M: Heavy ended medium mouth feel. Slightly oily with a rich syrupy quality. I love the way this beer finishes.

D: A hopped up amber with a good kick. Very drinkable. I would like to try this along side AB as this one kind of reminded me of a psychedelic and stronger version. Again, and as we all know, this brewery continues to put out some high quality craft beer.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a two finger foamy tan head that resists fading and leaves sheets of Belgian lacing behind. A piny resin aroma sneaks out from under the head then citrus notes blast out from the free surface. Full bodied, the mouth feel is amazing. An impressive BALANCE... creamy, smooth malt and grassy hops. Drinks like a monster amber in that there's no hot tangy bite from the hop. A sweet butterscotch aftertaste kicks in then a grassy character follows nicely. An amazing drinker. Not-So-Sublimely Self-Righteous. I can only hope this one has a place in the yearly brew cycle. Highly Recommended.

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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!

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13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 723 ratings