Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

90 International Bittering Units

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“Big, red, and a hop monster!” 1 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! Stone 13th Anniversary Ale pours brilliant deep red with a light tan foam. Up front, the aroma is all piney, resinous and citrus hops. Upon tasting, the hops are still on the front, and they are balanced with the malty, toffee like flavors contributed from the blend of crystal and amber malts used in the brewhouse. The finish is deliciously bitter, with a touch of warmth provided by the 9.5% alcohol. Bitterness comes in at 90+ IBU. QUICK STATS: Alc/Vol. 9.5% Starting Gravity: 22.5 degrees plato Release Date: June 29th, 2009 Available in: 22oz Bottles & Limited Draft Grain Bill: Pale malt, a blend of various crystal and amber malts, and a touch of chocolate malt Hop Varieties: Lots of Chinook, dry-hop is a blend of Simcoe and Centennial

ID: 36476 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank778
Overall Percentile98.4
Style Rank32 of 722
Style Percentile95.6
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.850
Weighted Score3.748
Standard Deviation0.433

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  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Bottle from SL. Poured an orange brown with an off white head. Pine citrus hops with some floral notes. Caramel, raisins, molasses type aspects in the toffee malt base. Darned bitter and resembled the Arrogant B, but not nearly as good. Acidity and astringency the drawbacks on this one. Was disappointed after all the hype. Maybe I need to hit this again, since I was predisposed to expect liquid gold or something like that?

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Well...pours dark red with a decent head and lacing. Aroma is sweet smoke. Hoppy to say the least. Mouthfeel is hops. Flavor is hops with a bit piney citrus splash on the tongue. All around decent.

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a deep reddish-amber effervescent body with a thick billowy tan head. Clean, rich full bitter hop aroma; pine & grapefruit. Full, smooth mouthfeel. Bitter tase blends rich caramel with pithy grapefruit flavors and a touch of smoke and alcohol. Big, bold, hoppy, rich, bitter, smooth, tremendous, dynamite. My oh my, many thanks to bluesandbarbq. MUSIC: 'Tremendous Dynamite' by Eels. "Got her head screwed on real tight / Being a bomb is her birthright / She's tremendous / She's dynamite"

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sept 2009 - Dark brown color, smallish head and some lacing. An overpowering aroma and flavor of caramel malts with strong pine hops. This reminded me of Old Guardian in many ways. Strong alcohol burn, but not detracting. Nice.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottled (thanks omhper!). Ruby colour, small head. Aroma is hops, sticky alcohol, more hops and alcohol. Flavour is rather much the same. Very Stone-like hoppy super IPA, but sadly I don't like this type of hoppyness in a beer...

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I don't mean to cause you harm, and i won't ... pours a dark tan ruby . . decent low head . average lacing . . pretty nice bracing bitterness. . abv is well done . . it's enrico palazzo! . . rusty pine hops, fyoo! that's an adult beverage for ya!! its a cheers!

  • SIGMUND 4279 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Unfresh aroma, notes of stale marmalade, American caramel malts and American hops. Distinct and bitter flavour of American hops, on a background of caramel malts.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Bottle: Poured a deep dark amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with a grassy feel and deep caramel malt also noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some grassy earthy hops with some deep caramel malt and a light toffee aftertaste. Body is a bit thin for the style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done though maybe a tad too one-dimensional.

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours out in an evil lava-red hazy colour with a small creamy off-white head. Rich, rough, resinous and sappy aroma of pine-cones, caramel-sauce, burnt caramel, roses, grapefruit and roasted malts. Full-bodied with strong notes of grapefruit, red oranges, resin, grass, mild pepper on a foundation of subtle burnt caramel and rye bread. Long really bitter finish of grapefruit, blood-grape, lemon-zest and grass with subtle caramely undertones. Quite brilliant!!

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Just a strong ale this year? We have a deep reddish brown ale with a sudsy, soapy tan head, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. A solid, full body...thick and sticky, which matches the strong hop profile. The most overwhelming characteristics of this beer are the sticky and strong hop flavors. Once again, I wish I knew hop varieties better so I could pick them out. Tastes and smells like caramel and grapefruit, which doesn't exactly sound appetizing, but Stone has once again created something different and delicious.

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