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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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As has been a tradition, we have “Anniversary-ized” a recipe from our history by cranking it up, making it stronger and more assertive. With this year’s Anniversary we decided to look back at a wheat beer that we released a couple of Spring/Summers a few years ago: Stone Heat Seeking Wheat. While it was a plenty tasty beer, we ultimately decided that it wasn’t that reflective of what Stone was all about, and we unceremoniously dropped it from our lineup. For the Stone 9th Anniversary Ale, we carried some of the characteristics from the Stone Heat Seeking Wheat --- clear, not hazy; hoppy, not yeasty; combining a delicious hop bitterness and wheat tartness --- and made some…well…adjustments.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2011
sample at Ale Atlanta on 6/2/11 thanks to ChainGangGuy. deep orange pour with a 1 finger white head. sweet caramel nose with some light fruits inc. green apple and pineapple. light sherry notes. medium body with more light fruits - very soft and smooth. sweet. dry, sweet finish with aged malts and dark fruits. definitely past its prime, but still drinking well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Pours a good looking bright tangerine color with a tiy bit of a brownish hue. Thin why’d head and some lacing. Nose brings forward some sweet caramel along with a bit of citrus rind. Taste is about he same without much sticking out. I would say this is past its prime. Feel is okay with a medium body and some carbonation to carry what flavors there are. Drinks okay, but I think this one is done. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-06-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2010
On tap at churchkey for takeover tour. Really liked this one a lot. I know they hopped the crap out of it originally, but it’s 5 years old now and what was left was a decently hopped, really refreshing medium bodied ale. Good stuff for sure. A wheat on steroids I guess? Great citrus and grass aromas as well as really smooth clean mouthfeel distinguish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1081) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
On tap at Rattle ’N Hum. Pours an amber orange color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and caramel. Has a fruity taste with a nice bitter layer and some caramel notes throughout. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Tastes like the sweetness has come to the forefront as this brew has aged.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Tap RnH: Hazy golden with a white film. Papery aroma with a faded hop, quite spearmint like. Velvety body with a minty flavor. Cookiesh malts brace the body, but it’s quite oxidized at this point. Still solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6332) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Oldish hoppy aroma with some toffee sweet malts and herbal notes. the flavor has older herbal-ish hoppy notes and some lighty sweet toffee-like malts. Decent. I bet this was really good fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
On tap at Naja’s 10/7/2010

Appearance: Pours an amber gold with no head.

Aroma: Peach and light oxidation (tropical fruit covered in caramel).

Taste: Bitter hops and faintly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky and fully carbonated.

Overall: The mighty has fallen. I loved this fresh, I loved it with 2 years on it even. It’s time to really retire this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13301) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Bright pine aroma and taste, well balanced bitterness. Quite the nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
tastybeer (1781) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draft. Pours golden with an off-white head. Flavors of butterscotch, pine. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover ’10. pours a clear, yellow-gold with a thick, bubbly, white head and light lacing. aroma is strong, soapy, slightly dank, sprucy hops with orange citrus peel, lemon pledge, and sugary malts. flavor is still quite hoppy after 5 years with notes of floral soap, multiple orange varieties, and pine resins with unique notes of juniper berries, coriander, and other spices with some candy sugar on the finish. palate is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and slightly spicy with the trademark stone bitterness. overall, a this one has help up quite well in the keg but i would have loved to try it fresh.

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