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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 479   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Super carbonated hazy blond with a mountain of a head. Sweet light crystal malt aroma with some resinous hops. Prominent alcohol upfront. Big sweet malt flavor with some hops. Doesn’t come together too great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a glowinly orange to light brown color. Hops and more hops in the aroma, consistanly pleasant. Has a dry crisp mouthfeel of a wheat. Contrasting flavors, leans to a IPA then wants to bolt to a barlywine slash hefe. Alcohol makes its presense known then dissipates. Carbination ends this beer with a boring aftertaste. A pleasant beer but either Stone was trying to hard or not hard enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bright honey tone with fine visible particulates, medium carbonation and a thick, foamy, collapsing white head. Aroma of papaya, lime, and butterscotch. Some wheat flavor but mostly hops with strong tropical fruit qualities, warm alcohol, and medium bitterness. Mouth-filling carbonation and somewhat syrupy feel. Decent, but nothing enthralling about this. I’d take a Gumballhead over this every day of the week.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Golden orange body under a frothy off-white head. Nice lacing as it goes down and dancing bubbles in the body. Aroma is hoppy/citrus, spices, pine, floral notes. Nice, robust feel in the mouth with gentle carbonation. The flavor was a refreshing hoppy/malt mix, some alcohol hints. A good beer but not among Stone’s best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a golden color with a very thin white head. A very citrusy aroma with some hints of oak and grass. A piney and citrusy hop flavor, with a slight warming of alcohol. No malt flavor that i could detect. It was like a different tasting IPA, with a rather thin body!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Sampled at the montly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club thanks to Andy. This was a disappointment compared with previous anniversaries. I can’t imagine this taking on any additional virtues in the ageing process. Some grass and hay blended with a hop bite. A wheat beer in the usual sense it is not, nor is it a wheat beer in the IPA Gumbalhead sense either. What its trying to be I’m not certain (and that’s often fine), but its not innovative enough to define a new style. I likely need to rerate this one blind, just too many expectations going in and disappointments coming out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Golden yellow in color with a nice white fluffy head. Fresh piney hoppy aroma. Sweet citrusy malty and hoppy flavor. Not enough body. Finish is hoppy. You get lots of hops and little malt. Not balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Gold color with a lasting white head. Aroma is fresh spicy & piney hops. Tastes like a toned down Ruination, as the hops jump right at you. The malts follow with a lot of sweet citrus, mostly tangerine. Nice lacing throughout. Color seems a bit light for the category but oh well. Although the malt flavors are sweet and the hops are tangy & chewy, there’s no balance. You really get one or the other. Maybe anothr month or two will mesh the flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2005
I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t pick this out if I tasted it side by side with Three Floyds Gumballhead. It is a hop dominated wheat beer, a good summer beverage. Hops come through in the form of citrus/pine and the beer has enough body to back up the hops. Well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bomber bottle. Dark amber color with medium creamy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate citrus and hop aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Full citrus, malt spice flavor with a sharp finish. Good brew that was a good change of pace for Stone.

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