13th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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

This one pours out like a root beer with the same color and probably more tan suds. Lots of suds here. Slight lacing.
Can't smell the alcohol but with 9.5% I am sure it there. Smell is hoppy and dark roasted malt.
Taste is hoppy. Can only slightly taste the roasted malts and the alcohol here. This is pretty good for such a high abv beer.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the reisidual hoppyness only linger for a short time.
Drinkabilityis high here. One 22 oz bomber might not be enough!.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Even before tasting this beer it impresses. A nice 3.5 finger carmel colored head that lasts a nice long time. The scent is great with hints of pine and citurs.

The taste is awesome. Like an Arrogant Bastard XL. There is a lot of complex flavors that blend nicely. Definate citrus/pine with tons of hops. You can tell this is a higher ABV than ABA, but it doesn't hit you as a heavy alchohol taste like some high ABV beers. It has a really nice mouth feel, thick without being like tar.

This is not a beer you drink all night as it would knock you on your back after a couple. This to me is a beer to start your night with. Take your time and enjoy the complex taste and realize you are drinking a beer that not many breweries could have produced. Stone has lived up to their reputation again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful ruby dark brown color with a thick off white head that slowly settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a citrus hop, mainly grapefruit, as well as some tropical fruits. A nice sturdy bready malt is also picked up in the aroma. The flavor is of roasted malt, similar to an american stout, coupled with the hoppiness of a DIPA. Strong earthy hops, piney and resiny, definitely harsh. The ABV comes into play. The feel is moderate somewhat chewy, quite a bitter finish from the hops. Plenty of alcohol belly burn. Overall a pretty strong ale, nice stout and DIPA flavors. However, the flavors are raw and harsh. Definitely needs some mellowing, especially the ABV.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I look forward to the Stones Anniversary beer yearly. Over the last few years I have been treated with some excellent DIPA's. I was smitten with the 12th Anniversary Dark Bitter Chocolate Stout. I am a sucker for dark roasted beers. This years Anniversary beer is a big ass amber ale. Most excellent. The beer was chilled and poured into a pub glass. The beer will be allowed to warm as I drink it.

Appearance: The beer appears angry or at least sullen as I pour it into my glass. The coloration of the beer is amber almost crimson. The head is a light tan coloration. The head of the beer resolves down to 1/4 inch. Thick lacing remains behind on my glass as I drink the beer.

Smell: The aroma of the beer leads with grapefruit and pine resin in equal portions. The hops are rough and tumble and the maltyness of the beer is up for the fight. The beer goes from hops to malty caramel, brown sugar, spicey alcohol bit of toasted malt character with floral notes bringing up the rear.

Taste: Bitter hop grapefruit and pine resin tar blend together in the begining of the taste. This rides along with toasted caramel maltyness. A vague suggestion of nuttyness tickles my mouth. Then the beer dries out with a spicey alcohol and a reassertion of herbal / grassy hops. Very satisfying!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. Very smooth mouthfeel carbonation is just right. The flavors are very long lasting and resinous. This is a big beer at almost 10%. Some may find this boozey but I think its just right. In terms of drinkability if you like big bold hop bombs your going to love this beer. Yes the beer is 10% but I enjoyed every minute of drinking this beer. Thanks Stones!... Would love to have this one yearly.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.25.

A: Burnt amber-red with 2-finger french vanilla head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts are most dominant, but citrus and pine hops move in and compete neck-and-neck with the big malt aroma. Very bready and inviting but not all that original.

T: Big caramel and toasted malt flavor with correspondingly impressive pine and citrus hops flavors. I wish this brew had a bit more originality -- I like most other imperial and dry-hopped reds better because they are more comple and less heavy-handed.

M: Chewy and coating with medium-full body and low carbonation. Aftertaste is toffee and burnt malt.

D: A pretty drinkable 9.5% ABV ale, but I wish this brew had more oomph and character. It is good, but not what I imagined a Stone Anniversary Ale to be. Compared to the other imperial reds like Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas Lucky 13, and Red Rocket Red, this one is a clear 4th place (and maybe 5th behind Rogue's Dry-Hopped St. Rogue Red).

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Photo of hopdog
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a deep reddish brown color with a very large sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hoppiness, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, toffee, pine, citrus, floral, with some toasted nuttiness. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.

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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 caddybuyer
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this on the first day of shipment and finally got around to trying it today.

A-Pours a cloudy russet, which when warms, changes to a beautiful clear garnet. Cold or warm, this has a huge frothy tan head that sits about an inch above the beer and doesn't move. Amazing, this head.

S-I smelled this one from a few feet away, trademark Arrogant Bastard citrus hops with sweet malts in the background.

T-Starts with sweet malts, then an alcoholic barleywine midrange followed by an overwhelming astringent bitterness with a finish that goes on forever. Tastes a bit raw, and I think, notwitstanding the Stone advice, this would benefit from some age.

M-Full and sticky, but perfect for the style.

D-I like this, I don't LOVE it, as I thought I might, but it is pretty good. I have a few more of these that I will let age for awhile and will give it another whirl when the snow flies. Not a beer that you can drink back to back as it is just a bit too amped up on the hops.

Tasting note...do NOT drink this too cold. It is much nicer when warmed significantly, (ie, cellar temp)

Tasting notes, 18 mos later. This beer has mellowed significantly and is now quite good...lip smacking good in fact. The malts have had a chance to mellow it out, but the hops, even after all this time assert themselves aggressively.

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Photo of Aenema
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark reddish brown with a 2-3 finger tan head. Splotchy lacing.
Smell - Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit, some pine. Great nose that builds anticipation.
Taste - Nice, intense initial taste transitions to a muted middle and rather mild, bitter finish. Rather sweet, some citrus and a lingering bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Easily drinkable.
Overall - Great nose, but unfortunately the taste failed to deliver. I found the flavors melded better and the beer improved as I drank it, but I found the lack of a burst of
grapefruit / other hop intensity to be disappointing. This beer had more of a building bitterness from the finish than hoppy juiciness.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So Stone tells us it is literally "the hoppiest beer [they've] ever brewed." That's right, kids, hoppier than Ruination. Hoppier than anything you can possibly imagine. But blood red for an amazing malt balance. If i had to pick one beer to be pumped into my system intravenously, this might be it.

The aroma is like someone has surgically implanted hop resin in your nostrils. The flavor has a mountainous brain-busting wave of bitterness and alcohol burn popping with every drop of glorious flavor you can squeeze out of American hops, including (but not limited to) grapefruit, pine and tangerine. The malt is thick and sticky, providing enough balance to make the beer drinkable, but it doesn't even attempt to compete with the hops. The hops try to cover and overwhelm your taste buds, but the alcohol cleans them right off, and you're immediately ready for another sip.

Obviously, a perfect session beer.

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Photo of johannasclimacus
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a short stein. This beer pours a really pretty deep red/brown. The smell was that of a really good amber or imperial amber to me - lots of pine and hoppy smells but not overwhelming.

The taste is strong, with the same kind of profile. The malt holds up well and nothing is really overpowering to the taste buds. Still very complex, but the beer was so tasty that it became harder to be patient with the beer. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable at first, but once the beer starts coating your palate, it disappears for good. Extremely drinkable; I could easily go through a few of these quickly, but I'd be feeling it.

Another good ASA from Stone.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light ruby brown with a creamy light tan head that lasts for awhile.
S: Almost like a double or triple IPA, though with more floral hops. Creamy and smooth.
T: A lot of floral and citrus hops up front, followed by a big malt backbone. Quite a lot of flavor packed in every sip.
M: Like the smell; pretty silky and creamy.
D: Little noticeable alcohol per se though strong flavors. For something stronger than a good, say, Oberon or an IPA, a fantastic summer beer. Another solid from Stone.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby-red color with shallow but creamy tan head. Laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Aroma of grapefruit and pine, but nicely balanced into a malty aroma.

Taste: Lots of strong flavors here. The hoppy pine and citrus are the most apparent, but there is a great spicy malt flavor as well. Just a bit hard to notice with the hops (which could be more subdued); the aftertaste is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth as well.

Drinkability: Really strong (alcohol & taste) but pretty drinkable.

This is a nice beer, feels like something of Arrogrant Bastard meets Ruination. A tasty and enjoyable beer, but I think it would be better with the hops turned down just a bit. Maybe I just associate the 13 more with devilishly decadent dark malts.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown with a reddish tint. Decent head that quickly dissipates but good lacing.

Smell - Citrus, overwhelming hoppy sent, pine, a bit of alcohol permeates the surrounding air.

Taste - Wow. Tastes spicy, hoppy, and the citrus is unmistakable. Momentarily some sweeter malt flavor breaks through only to be finished out by a dry, bitter bite.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than expected but not too heavy. Relatively carbonated.

Drinkability - Honestly, a bit hard. This is my second bomber of 13th and it is in all honesty better the second time around, perhaps because I knew what to expect. The first bomber I had I didn't even finish - this Stone is more bitter than hoppy imo. Still a great offering from Stone and honestly the alcohol content is well hidden but for now I'll stick with my oaked AB.

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

The aroma speaks to hops and quite stongly at that. Citrus peel, malt and caramel follow.

The appearance is a surprise for a Stone Anniversary Ale. It's reddish brown and quite hazy with a full two fingers of light tan colored head. The head is relatively long lived, but the lacing is weak although still apparent.

The flavor is amazing. Sweet malt, bitter hops, (nicly balanced)caramelized sugars, alcohol, spice and a bitter hop aftertaste. What's not to like.

The mouthfeel is quite rich and tongue coating, likely from the cloudy malt and yeast in my glass. It's a great beer to chew on. It's neither a hop lovers or a malt lovers dream ... it's both! Full sweet malt and bitter hops in a dark rich colored brew. Who wouldn't like this Thirteenth Anniversary Edition. Nice job Stone Brewing!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown/red color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is all hops, mostly pine and citrus ones (grapefruit, tropical fruit) that I notice. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some spicy hops and a bit of malt in there too. There's also a long lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste. It's easy to tell this brew is all about the hops! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, oily, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and pretty easy to drink, considering the ABV and the bitter hops. I think this is a pretty good overall beer, I liked it a lot. Get this brew while you can!

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Photo of dudecandle
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Gingerman, NYC:

A: Nice, dark body with a small off-white head with great lacing, good retention.

S/T: This beer has everything going on. It's got a great porter-like malt base, nuts, spices, and fruit, and then a great, long-lasting herbal-fresh hop finish which keeps going and going.

M: The hop finish is amazing. Flat out.

D: Everything is right with this imperial porter-like beer. It has a bunch of things going on, and all in great proportionate balances. Happy Anniversary, Stone.

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Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was really bitter, not quite what I was expecting and really a little disappointing. I was expecting a beer with more body and malt like the double arrogant bastard, with a more floral hop character. However, this was just very bitter like oily grapefruit rind and there wasn't much sweetness to balance out the hops. It sure did look nice though, it was a clear but almost cherry juice-red colored beer with a fluffy tan head. The beer had that citrusy aroma and piney green-ness that I really like, the taste just didn't turn my crank

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Photo of HopHed
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: A dark beautiful ruby red color that borders on a rusty red. A thick, two finger tan head, that dissipates into a beautiful lacing that hugs the side of the glass gently sliding down with each drink.

AROMA: Right off the bat you smell the hops in this big Imperial Double Red Ale. The first note is a very heavy citrus, nay grapefruit, scent. I am guessing this is from the Chinook Hops in the brew, but it could also be the Centennial that are used in the dry hopping. There is also just a hint of pine in there. The beer has a smell that can only be described as resiny, (forgive me) 'dank' and beautiful.

FLAVOR: BIG! This beer is all about the hops, and has just a touch of an alcohol heat. The first thing I notice is the wonderful hoppy grapefruit/grapefruit rind flavor of the hops come through. There is slightest malt finish to it that is, in my mind, almost as if it were an afterthought.

PALATE: There is no doubt that this is a full-bodied beer, and definitely not for the beginner, or those into 'fizzy yellow beers' as Stone would say. There is a good deal of carbonation to it, which I noticed from the pour, but it is not overly carbonated. It has a slight but very noticeable heat to it, which isn't surprising to me at 9.5%. The heat does seem to become more noticeable the further I get into the second half of the bottle, and the closer it gets to room temperature.

NOTES: I am a total hop-head. A freak for the beautiful bitterness that can only come from Humulus lupulus, the hop plant. This definitely delivers. For this special release, Stone hopped the brew at four pounds of hops per barrel, more hops per barrel than any other beer they've produced. As mentioned it is a big 9.5%, which you can feel. I was getting a warmth from this beer half way through the 22 oz. bottle. It is available as a limited release in 22oz. bottles, and (very) limited tap. I would love to find this on tap somewhere just for the comparison. The 13th Anniversary Ale was released 06/29/2009, and is available while supplies last, so you have to get it when you see it. I was going to buy a few to cellar, but wrote Stone after seeing a note on the label, "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009." When I received word back from Stone, this is apparently because the flavor profile cannot be guaranteed to last. They did not say it, but I am willing to throw out the guess that it is due to the amount of hops they are using in the beer, and the fact that the hop character is bound to mellow over time. All this said, I will be sad when I get the last drink of the final bottle of Stone 13th Anniversary. This was yet another great brew from the guys at Stone.

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Photo of deanhead
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-Garnet color poured a brilliant voluminous head. Eventually reduced to subtle lacing around my glass.
Adequate carbonation.

Sweet, hoppy and pungent with guava, and passion fruit in the aroma along with grapefruit and pine needles. The aroma in this beer is outstanding.

Taste is spicy, bold, yet subtly alcoholic, although I know better. This bitch is big.

clingy, resiny finish for this dank delightful beer.

Very strong beer, strong taste with a remarkably well balanced malt backbone that keeps this beer somewhat in check of what would seem like an otherwise runaway train.

The Simcoe really shines through with this beer and adds that special dank dimension to the citrusy joy of the Centennial hops in this beer. In two words...big hoppy. not papi, but hoppy.

Did I mention this beer is hoppy?

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loved the look of this beer. Have to say it certainly reminded me of a more piney Arrogant Bastard. There was something about the malt profile that reminded me of that beer. BTW, it's one of my favorites.

The beer is just perfect looking. Creamy/full light tan head that is able to rise well above the top of the glass. Excellent retention and clumps of lace... Deep maroon, amber/light brown color. Dark, dark color.

Aroma was awesome as well. Pine, fresh floral aroma. Huge hop smack. Sharp citrus at the end...

As mentioned earlier the malt profile really reminded me of Arrogant Bastard. There is a sweet, fruity caramel background. Lots of depth and the hop profile is wonderful. Resin like Pine some sharp citrus.

Just shy of creamy mouth feel. Thick and bold. The hop profile accentuates this.

Wonderfully drinkable for a hop head.

Another excellent effort by Stone. Happy Anniversary.

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Photo of riored4v
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/15/09

Poured into a goblet. Deep, ruby red, clear body. 1 finger, off-white head.

Smell is caramely, piney, resiny and strong grapefruit.

Taste is has a nice caramel sweetness upfront that is finished w/ a strong hop finish. Very resiny and grapefruity. Hints of roasted malts. Piney hop flavors as well, nice and malty, very subtle nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation, with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is good, although w/ mild hints of ABV and sweetness makes it limited in quantity.

Overall an excellent beer. One of my favorite anniversary ales from Stone aside from 11th. Nice malty body helps balance the strong hop presence.

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

A: Super dark red color. Much darker than I expected. A half finger of slightly brownish head. Really nice lacing.

S: Tons of hops. Very bitter in the nose. Tons of sweetness and malt as well. They tend to do the anniversary beers over the top in all regards.

T: Damn this is hoppy. Not really balanced at all though there is a ton of malt. I like it. I really cant describe the hops in any other terms other than monstrous.

M: A touch on the thick side. Perhaps a touch over carbonated.

D: We split the bomber but it could have easily been drank by one person. Yes it is totally over the top but I kind of liked that about it. I always look forward to their anniversary beers.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops and citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit and bit of malt. Well-balanced and not overpowering, as you get with some American Strong Ales sometimes.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable, well made beer from Stone.

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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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13th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 725 ratings