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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Mildly hazed golden color with a rich foamy off-white head. A lime, banana, floral hops, and sweet caramel in the aroma. A relatively odd mix of flavors as it mixes a strong ale with a wheat beer, but I enjoyed it. This beer is smooth and goes down with a spiced (but feeling the alcohol) flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Tasty fresh hoppy wheat - this has the kind of hop going on that I had hoped Gumball head would’ve had. Tangy sweet and citrus. Assertive all around, but believe it or not, Rockinout’s American Indian Wheat was far hoppier than this. Loved the citrus, pine, floral aromas. 2nd bottle tasted a little sweeter (but it was also served a little warmer, so that could explain it). I’ll taste a few more of these while they’re fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 26, 2005
Peachy gold body, with some shading around edges. Head is small, white, building around edges, and is gone quickly. Smell is wonderful, but very much like every other Stone IPA, barleywine or strong ale, showing pineapple, sugary malt. Taste is very large, nice hoppy bite with sweet malt. Balanced very well, does not get cloying. After initial swell of flavor comes softer notes of pine tree, needles, peaches and apples. Aftertaste shows some anise and unpleasant medicinal qualities. Still, this beer is made with fine ingredients and methodology. Not a bad drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2005
22oz - Aroma floral hops, with a citrus and malty backing. Pours a slightly clear yellowish-brown with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is hoppy for sure. A sour dish soap lemon taste persists after the intial blast of hops fade. Palate is crisp and tart. Stone makes so many better beers of the same vain, it is a wonder they make specials like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 [22 oz. bottle] This is an excellent beer. Pours a clear orange/copper color with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing. This has a great balance of hops, citrus and sweet malts. I really enjoy the carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. I’m going to try to scoop a few more of these up for later on. Overall, an excellent offering from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Tasted on draft at the 9th anniv festival, rating from the 22oz bottle. Orange-gold with a small diminishing head that hangs in and laces nicely, aroma somewhat sweet citrus, yeast and piney floral hops with alcohol note. Malt is light, bready sweet lemony tangerine citrus, medium body mouthfeel is full and finish is decidedly hops bitter and slightly acidic. I like the balance, I like the smoothness, I like the beer very much, hats off to Stone for coming up with something different and making a quality, drinkable, satisfying brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Oh, YE GODS! One of the most medicinal, overwheming Pine Sol hop aromas I’ve had the displeasure of smelling in a long time. Totally destroys any other aromas this thing might have. I threatened to go below a 4 for it, but I do realize that this is what they were going for. So not a flaw, just...very crude and overdone in every way. Based on pure enjoyment, disregarding styles and Stone’s penchant for overhopping everything, I’d probably give this a 1.5. More than being undrinkable, it’s unsmellable. Horrific and a total drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Big piney hop aroma, nice. Small, bubbley head. Orange body. Big malty and wheaty taste. Bitter, but certainly done as the finer elements of the beer are overpowered. Bitterness lasts too long. Nice malty, oily body though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Pours a very nice sparkling clear copper/orange with a thick cream colored head. Very sharp, prominent fresh Pacific NW hop aroma (Centennial and Amarillo perhaps?) with a hint of tropical fruit. As for the flavor, this doesn’t really resemble any wheat beer I’ve had before, except for Gumballhead but that wasn’t really wheat beer-esque to me either. What this tastes like to me is a delicious cross between an IPA and an IIPA with a hint of some wheat beer qualities. Flavor has notes of grapefruit/citrus, orange, lemon, mango, pineapple, pine and resin on top of an undercurrent of sweet pale malt and I guess, some wheat in there too. Pleasantly sweet with obviously plenty of hops to balance it out. The only thing that detracts is somewhat of a hot alcohol bite in the finish. A smooth, light bitterness lingers on the palate. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Not much lacing left on the glass but great, thick head retention throughout. It appears that I enjoyed this a lot more than the other raters have but IMO, another winner from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Floral mandarine/lemony bright hops shine amidst the sweet, bready, not very flavorful malts. Shining bottle-conditioned golden robe. The head is white, foamy, diminishing a bit fast for a wheat containing beer, but less fast than most other Stone beers. A very perfumey big weizen where the wheat comes out nicely, but the final result feels less exciting (lively, fresh) than say a gumballhead, yet I’d rather drink gumballhead. Light bodied, high crisp carbonation. Well contained alcohol, clean fermentation. Easy to drink, but a bit too bitter for what it is, though there aren’t the malts in there for the beer to be any interesting without that bitterness. Ultimately, it leads into a rather astringent, abrasive hop finish that brings back alcohol fumes. A vicious circle that, glad they tried something different though. A pale ale next year?

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