GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear, deep red with a one to two finger tan, rocky head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is superb: piney and resiny hops, strawberries, candi sugar, grapefruit. Taste up front is light fruits, crystal malt, and heavy on the strawberries and then moves to some insane bittering hops like Ruination like chewing on pine needles. Finish is extremely dry and bitter but subdues that warming effect of the 9.5% abv. Overall, this is like the Imperial Red version of Ruination and thus awesome.
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 very beautiful deep deep red pour to a big time tan head..piney forest, citrus aroma, acre’s and acre’s of hop bombs here, nice bitter taste, a little unbalanced with the malts but thats probably there intention..overall it’s a great beer very enjoyable sipper, but i think a step below Bastard ale...
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Bomber. Another impressive release from Stone. Tasted side by side with Ballast Point Tongue Buckler. The 13th is definitely bigger and bolder. Colored a deep amber almost chestnut color with a medium off white head. Uber hoppy and dry nose with fresh pine needles and a bit of grapefruit. Strong maltiness with notes of crystal malt, brown sugar and slightly toasted grain. Hops are heavy, bitter and noticeable everywhere. Thick texture with a resinous and slightly syrupy feel. Carbonation is average and the head laces nicely throughout. Goes out with a touch of dry bitterness. Well done.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from City Beer. The best beer I have had from them in a while. Nose is full hops, roasted malt, and imperial red flavors. Color is a highly enticing deep bloody brown. Flavor is so hoppy that it flips around and starts to taste like coffee or roast. What a hot, minerally finish. I will have this again.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a nice dark brown body with a generous head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus and pines with some cherry notes. Flavor is bitter, piney and malty. Very thick palate and somewhat of a dry finish. Interesting and complex and may need to be cellered for a short time for an interesting re-rate.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at Tustin Brewing, gorgeous looking garnet pour with a tan head, the not so surprising flavors of hops hit you along w/ fruit flavors. very nice beer.
dmschefke (565) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark amber with very thick light tan head, lots of lacing. Head stuck around for almost entire glass. Aroma strong of citrus hops, pine, strong caramel malt, and slight raisins and dried plums. Flavor is all over the board, but comes together for a great final product, matching the aroma pretty well. Mouthfeel is slightly slick. Finishes bitter and pleasant.
pbts (2) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like a mellowed-out Arrogant Bastard. A good beer, but in my opinion, not worth the price.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Copper amber in the glass with red highlights. Big fluffy latte colored head. Nose is hoppy, citrus sweet, and brown sugar hidden. Taste is much the same. Refreshing, hoppy, sweet. Reminds me of a number of the Lagunitas brews (Lucky 13 maybe?). Complex in the mouth. Pretty good.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What an amazingly fresh, eye opening beer this was. So clean, so enjoyable...it really showcases the hops in a way that is rarely seen. The beer pours out a dark copper/amber color with a 1" thick creamy tan head. The head’s creamyness stayed nearly the entire length of my pint consumption. The aroma is a blast of resinous, opulent piney hops, mango, peaches, alcohol, and sweet caramel. Flavor has such a clean hop/malt combo it’s like listening to the great harmonies of John and Paul. Pine sap, toffee, peaches, alcohol, bitter orange peel, and caramel syrup just make this soooo f’n drinkable. Kudo’s to Stone for making this a memorable anniversary beer.