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. I’m glad to have stumbled upon it. 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 i’ve 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! 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 it’s 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.
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. It’s pretty full bodied, quite smooth and bubbly with a dry finish. It’s bold and bitter; citrusy and a bit grassy. There’s a touch of sweetness and roastiness. It’s a bit top-heavy with a grapefruit aftertaste. It’s like an Imperial IPA with some nice roasty malt thrown in. It’s a champion beer!