SkateSRT8 (14) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to an nice initial thick head. Pungent aroma of citrus hops and heavy malts. Tasty trace amounts of oak flavors. The citrus hop flavoring adds to a well bodied all around taste. Moderate lacing through the glass. Overall a great tasting beer I much enjoyed.
chyldking (14) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very Stone, but doing what they do well-- big hoppy high alcohol beer. Not very remarkable, but enjoyable. Pours a deep tobacco red brown, nose is spruce and malt, with alcohol evident. Lingering tan foam, taste is warm grapefuit and pine followed by toffee malt, lingering bitter.
dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chased a couple bottles of Stone IPA with a couple of these.
Wonderful nose of hops. Residual sweetness at the finish is a nice counterpart to the hop flavor. Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden.
As an aside, my wife and her sister, who both favor watery store beer, both said it was tasty.
Personally, I found it to be absolutely delicious. I’m glad to have stumbled upon it.
seke (12) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml (1 pt 6 fl oz) bottle purchased at Systembolaget (Sweden’s government-controlled monopoly beer/wine/liquor store). The brewery marked it "Enjoy in 2009" and the Swedish importer "Best before June 2010". It is still a perfectly enjoyable beer, even though the hop character may have declined somewhat.
Cannile (11) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle, snifter. A DEEP deep ruby red shimmers through this Stone 13th Anniversary ale (not said, but I consider this an imperial red without a doubt). Moderate lacing, 1-finger lasting tan head, no chill haze, clear. Absolutely gorgeous appearance. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, biscuit malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Upon tasting, Chinook instantly pops out, followed by strong hop bitterness, piney and spicy. Caramel, biscuit, and toffee notes, followed by a hint of deeply roasted malts. Long-lasting bitter aftertaste with a slight alcoholic kick (9.5% abv) as it warms your body. Surely a palate-killer. Noted on the bottle "DO NOT CELLAR. Enjoy in 2009." Definitely a beer worth buying over and over again while it’s available. Cheers!!
jjp31 (10) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice complex brew. 22oz. - poured a nice deep orange/red color with a nice hoppy / citrus aroma. Flavor was intense and had a great lasting finish. Excellent beer but the botle said not to cellar. Still, I think I’ll keep a few to age.
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
seanroto (8) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle pours dark blood red with full tan frothy head and lace. very nice Deep pine aroma. Taste is very good. nice mix of both Malt and hops and sweetness. pine resin stickiness really comes out as I found myself licking my lips after each mouthful. pleasant bitter aftertaste
NewGuardian (7) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: notes of caramel and eclectic mixes of toffee and assorted treats; Appearance: gorgeous deep amber color with a very full and tan head; Flavor: hoppy beginning with embodied malt in the middle, as well as a citrus finish; Palate: crisp with a retention of solidity and warmth; Overall: bold, robust flavor that endures.
Fissell (7) - Somerville, USA - OCT 25, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Singularly caramel colored, thick, rich head with some of the longest lasting lacings I’ve seen outside of Imperial Stouts. Color is representative of the head, as it’s got a gloriously hazy burnt caramel tone that stymies the eye beyond a few millimeters. A warm aroma that wakens to the toasty, yeasty, spicy hidden citruses of the hop. Sour sip that opens on the palate to a heady flavor of crusty breads and fancy British toffees that backended by a very nice piney hop that is entirely unexpected. Quality ASA, drink it soon!