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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 13 4 6 2010
Old Review
22oz bottle that I picked up on the way out of Hop City. I think the bottle ran about $5.99, not too bad. Always game to try a Stone Anniversary beer. Served this one up in a standard, shaker pint glass.

A: Pour creates a nice brown body. Its a medium brown and is pretty clear and I am not seeing much carbonation at all. On the pour, the light hits it and really lights this beer up and makes a nice red color. Held to the light, you get a nice brown, light brown with a good red hue. Pour got me a little over two fingers of head. Head is incredibly light brown in color. The head creates a really nice sheeting effect but it doesn't have much stick to it. The head slides easily back into the glass. Very nice red ale and looks damned good.

S: This brew has a good hops aroma. Its very aromatic and very pleasing for sure. Got a good amount of pine kicking in here. Behind that you get some good citrus, grapefruit meat. This does create a bit of a medicinal aroma that is bordering on iffy, but it works out. Has a light caramel malt in the background, and it actually has a decent amount of roast on it. This makes it sweet but also has a touch of nuttiness and bitterness here as well.

T: Light sweetness up front from the malts. Has a light chocolate profile, but most of it is a caramel flavor. The roast does darken up the flavors a bit, bring out some nuttiness and a light smoked bitterness. Quickly replacing that sweetness (and I mean quickly) you get all that hoppiness. Very much a pine resin presence, but it borders on too much. Its almost an industrial, pine-sol type flavor. Light citrus hops come out, bringing up a bit of grapefruit and orange. Behind that still is more hops, grassy and floral aroma that makes an almost perfume type presence. This is a bit wierd and I don't know if this is a mess or good.

M: Medium in body, this has an unexpected creaminess going on in here. Nice wieght to it that really has some coating to it. Carbonation is low, a lot lower than expected. This is a pleasant suprise, further helping that creamy presence. Pretty bitter on the palate. Aftertaste is pretty much all those hops lingering. Sometime they meld well together, sometimes not so much.

D: Well, this was interesting. Some good suprises and some not so great. The feel and appearance were very nice and enjoyable. The flavor on the other hand was just off to me. It just seems that the flavors didn't always mesh well together. I could see where this beer was planning on going, but I don't think it quite got there. Too much dry hopping was probably the culprit. Still not bad, and I'd have another if just for further curiousity's sake. Interesting, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-15-2009 05:12:57

Served In: Pint Glass