Name – Stone 13th Anniversary Ale
Country – United States
Type – American Red Ale
Appearance – Poured a dark brownish red color with slightly tan head that left a lot of lacing on the glass.
Smell – Slightly musky smell with a definite wood presence. Big hops are present as well.
Taste – Nice balance of the hops and malts. Sweet caramel like malts that also were kind of bready. Big hops that had some citrus notes to it.
I have been waiting for this one for awhile and was lucky enough to have a glass earlier in the week at a bar. Then on my trip to the store was bummed not to see any. But alas I did not look hard enough as they were flying off the shelves so quick that the remainder bottles were all the way to the back of the shelf. I really enjoyed it and found it hard to classify. Stone calls it an imperial red ale and BeerAdvocate calls it an American strong but I feel a red ale it definitely is. Happy birthday to Stone and thanks for giving us this present.
Overall Grade – A