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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 The Lure:
Grapefruity hops and faint candy-like sweetness reign over some alcoholic minions. Frank, but somewhat closed-minded.

The Festivities:
Hot malts are felt but not tasted much, yielding an appreciable body and a few alcohol fumes. Pink grapefruit pith and doughy yeast combine for potent flavoring in yet another clean and intense Stone brew. This one just didn’t do it for me though, the result was too predictable and felt like a slightly dumbed down Ruination. A good brew yes, but not inspiring.

These family traits are really striking.

An aged bottle rendered a well-balanced flavor profile in which biscuity and caramel malts played effortlessly with the floral and citrusy hops in a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. at 1.5 years old, this was smashing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Clear copper with gold and orange sitting below a thick snow white head. Very distinct grapefruit hop aroma, quite strong and powerful hop profile. Fairly one dimensial. Tacky grapefruit and citrus hop character. There is a mild malt sweetness that comes up later and works well with the hip. Has a faint yeast character and a growing alcohol presence asn it warms. Nice beer but I’ve come to expect more from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bomber. Pours a clear light reddish/orange color. Aroma is somewhat sweet and piney. Reminds me of an IPA. Slight candy aroma. A little yeasty as well. Piney and bitter right up front with some alcohol present as well. Tastes like a very dry IPA with a very bitter finish. Nothing at all special about this. I think they need to spend more tme on their brews and less on the mumbo jumbo on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1327) - 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.

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