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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 483   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2348) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head. S: The nose is sweet with caramel, mild grapefruit, and orange aromas along with some toffee and bready malt. The signature of a once hoppy beer... T: The flavor has retained some of the signature Stone hop bitterness, but it is somewhat tame. The malt is now the primary flavor component, giving the beer a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor. M: The body is on the full side of medium with a light-to-moderate carbonation and a touch of lingering bitterness. D: Obviously well past its prime, but still some good flavors going on here. I would have loved to try it fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (6546) - Utah, USA - APR 4, 2010
On tap at The Graduate
Appearance: Hazy grapefruit color with a small white head, no lacing
Aroma: Grapefruits, spices and malts
Taste: Grapefruits, sweet malts and some spiciness
A nice beer, on the sweet side

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Draft @ Churchills. Bright orange with lacy white head. Nose is Citrus and grass with shades of wheat and sweet malts. Flavor is slick wheat flavors with a sweetbread malt presence, moderate citrus and grassy hop flavor, finishes sweet. Medium body, slick texture, moderate carbonation. This wheat ale is holding up nicely and there is strong balance here, the malts are coming out with age and the hops provide a subtle kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Graduate, Davis. Pours golden amber with a decent off-white head and a sweet toffee aroma. Delicious caramel malt flavor with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13516) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap at the Graduate in Davis, CA. Pours opaque honey amber with an off-white head. Smooth fruity aroma. Full bodied with near creamy carbonation. Flavor is lighter stone fruit and something like honey toffee. There is lurking bitter. A very different, exotic flavor. Finishes towards light toffee. Amazing brew. Too drinkable by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1578) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle shared by bruce at SL... For being five years old this beer kicked ass.... Orange in color, good head. Nice aroma of some hops and malts. Taste is a nice well balalced, DIPA imo.... For being five years old....it still had a "bite" to it. Hoppy but not sugary or malty. Nice carbonation level. Overall: Impressed how well this held up over the years. Thanks bruce

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeTheYounger (1179) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
On draft at Stone Winter Storm. Poured a clear yellow color with faint head. Taste was some hops, wheat, semi-sweet. Just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Malty with a quite fruity peach pear and floral aroma. Slightly cloudy honey golden with small white head. Rich sugary maltiness with a distinct woodiness in flavor. Finish is mostly dry with hefty residual bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20755) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
10th June 2008. Cloudy amber gold beer. Plenty of hops but offset by a barleywine amount of malt. When it was straight from the fridge actually thought it was a barleywine. Very drinkable.

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