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Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
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. Iím glad to have stumbled upon it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2009
bomber from once upon a vine in richmond. pours a gorgeous, dark burgandy with a medium, fluffy, light khaki head and perfect lacing. aroma came exploding out of the bottle before the pour and is one of the most amazing beer aroma experiences iíve had to date. massive, fresh citrus hop notes of grapefruit and orange zest combined with huge pineapple, berry, melon, and spruce scents dominate with a subtle toffee malt sweetness and a hint of spice. i literally smelled this beer for 5 minutes before taking a sip! that first sip led to almost as much bliss as the first whiff of the aroma. huge hop bitterness hits the tongue up front followed by big piney, floral, and herbal notes with a touch of tropical fruit, citrus, and woody vanilla. the smooth, sweet, toffee and caramel malt profile slides through on the back end taming the massive hops before the long, bitter yet slightly floral hop finish. palate is full bodied and juicy with just a trace of warming alcohol. overall, this is one hell of a brew. yet again, cheers to stone!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle is labeled with a nice description of the beer and itís born on date of June 2009. Appearance: The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns. Smell: In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well. Taste/Palate: The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation. Notes: This is one the best beers I have tried from Stone. Outstanding and intense.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale is a dim, dark brown ale with a big, fluffy beige head that has oily bubbles and outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge, fresh hoppy aroma, like fresh cut grapefruit. It smells a little sweet and malty. Itís pretty full bodied, quite smooth and bubbly with a dry finish. Itís bold and bitter; citrusy and a bit grassy. Thereís a touch of sweetness and roastiness. Itís a bit top-heavy with a grapefruit aftertaste. Itís like an Imperial IPA with some nice roasty malt thrown in. Itís a champion beer!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Beautiful blend of malt and hops. Dark brown color. Filtered. Aroma is fruity hops. First taste is sweet, roasted malt. Finish is hop bitterness!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pine, Pine, Pine. Sharp thirst quencher. I think the malt is overtaken by the hops and for me that is a good thing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerFanDan17 (1018) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - FEB 1, 2010
One of the best 10 beers Iíve tasted. Silky smooth with with the sweetness of light fruit and butter with the hints of citrus from of good hopping. Pours orange-brown with a big thick and frothy head.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2535) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2010
Bottled:
Pours deep red-ish amber with a slight haze. Head is large and thick, leaves a lot of lacing. Orange marmalde, lychees and perfumy hops on the nose. Flavour is a steady malty, chocolately background quickly followed by an aggressive grapefruity bitterness. Great stuff!!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Dark burnt amber with nice foamy head. Very woodsy, herbal and slighlty sweety on the nose. Woodsy taste, with a bit of ripe fruit and some tartness. Also caramel, toffee and roast from the malt. Alcohol is slghtly warming, doesnít taste like 9.5% Warming, bitter, and tart finish that lasts a while. Taste more along the lines of a hoppy barley wine. Amazing beer, great until the last drop. Never got old or overwhelming like other strong full flavors can be. One of my new favorites, Hall of fame all the way. Too bad this is only an anniversary beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
The body has a very deep dark crimson red appearance with a light haze. From the bottom of the glass comes a steady stream of carbonation which helps to support the thick long lasting beige head. On the glass the head leaves behind lots thick sticky lace patterns. In the nose there is a full robust load of beautiful concentrated hops. They are mostly citrusy/grapefruity hops with some piney and resiny notes as well. The flavor is full of huge full bodied and concentrated flavor that attacks the palate in a good way. Hop flavor feels concentrated and rages from citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, to lemon zest and resiny pine like notes with some musty leafy character and herbal notes as well. All of this intense hop flavor and bracing bitterness is all backed up by a solid malty sweetness which adds notes of brown sugar, roasted barley, caramel and mellow warming alcohol. I also get notes of overripe stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. This all weaves in and out on the tongue before ending with a long hop up finish. The texture is thick and chewy, slick with light carbonation.


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