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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6659) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Draft during the 40 tap Stone Event @ Rattle n Hum with Andrew, Big Tony, PJ, and Brendan. Pours slightly hazy orange body with no head and barely any lacing, Aroma is fresh, spruce hop. Mouthfeel is smooth with the citrus hop notes coming across very muted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is Clear orange with little head. Aroma is citrus hop which follows over to the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. Pour is orange.. Mellow and spicy. Oranges and coriander, spruce bite. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. Sweet and malty with well rounded hops. Flavors of bitter hops that have well rounded by the age. No noticeably yeasty notes like others. There are toasty notes and some cereal flavors. An interesting beer that has aged very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Tap at Alewife Baltimore. Poured a slight hazy gold/yellow with a rocky, thick, off-white head. Very good retention and webby lace. Aroma of candy corn, butterscotch. Taste is sweet, older hops, butterscotch candies, just a little past its prime. Wish I was 21 when this came out fresh in San Diego.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Bomber thanks to Kramer. Man, I wish I had a gallon of this, it is still so damn good. What was this like fresh! Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white foamy head. The aroma is strong fruity hops and dusty caramel. The flavor is well-balanced by age- like a barley wine-; sweet fruity hops, dry musty rich caramel hops. Sweet and very, very drinkable. Almost dry yet fruity and delicious. A full creamy mouthfeel. I dig this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. Had on tap at a stone day at The Neighborhood. didnt hold up to time very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottled September of 2005, Consumed September of 2009. 22oz bomber pours a slightly burnt orange with honey folds into a pint glass. A khaki 1 finger foam crown appears but shows little retention before receding back into a rocky ring around the top of the surface. Smell: A very nice malt that is fruity, slightly perfumy, and a touch boozy still. Most of the residual sugars have been depleted and the hops have definitely faded so the fruity quality lacks the vibrant pineapple and the brew lacks the amarillo kick it had when fresh. Taste: Oh wow this one has blended quite nicely! Subtle pineapple meets a hint of toffee sweet malt and finishes with a wee bit of amarillo hops! This is at peak cellar condition IMHO. Mouthfeel: Beautiful! Crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied, yet a touch oily! Drinkability: The slightly boozy flavor profile keeps this one at 4.0 but this is a fairly sessionable example of the style. CRACK EM OPEN AND DRINK EM NOW IF U STILL HAVE THEM! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-26-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2279) - USA - MAY 8, 2010
Thanks again to my cousin for cracking open a bottle of this - 5 years old, and it tasted just great, altho he said it has lost a bit of its hop character. Sweet, floral aroma. Nice, rusty glow and one of Stone’s better labels. A complex and delicious ale. I tasted bread, caramel, herbs, rye, and English hops. Another superb American ale from Stone.

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