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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 481   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1275) - 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 (11063) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1692) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Lemon candy, sugar, bitter, hoppy, soapy nose. Also some alcohol coming through. Hazy off golden color. Medium head that lasts. Really bitter with a golden hops presence. Notes of orange peel and citrus. Cookie and malt flavors balance things out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Golden bronze hue. Big tight cream colored head. Sweet floral nose, citrus, then all stinky resinous hops. Bready, sweet malts, faint light fruit, wheat beer notes, then bang! Hops and alcohol smack ya in the mouth. Full chewy body, steady carbonation, somewhat reasonably balanced I spose. Pineapple, tangerine, big citrus, grapefruit, spicy earthy hops. Quite drinkable if you dont mind some serious hops in yo arse!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head. Thin and stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, spice and hops. Light, zesty body with a crisp and peppery character. Grapefruit, hops and spice flavors dominate but there is a bit of sweet malt in the background too. The finish is spicy with more citrus. Pretty good hodgepodge style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1358) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Rich copper hued liquid with a thick white foam. Nose is sharp hops with a nice juicy hop presence. Taste is nice tangy and hoppy dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth but a nice fizzy explosion. The beer resolves into a nice hop filled bitter happiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2005
22 oz bottle: light hazy amberish w/ a lasting off white/cream colored head and a fizzy body. Initial aroma is of Sierra Mist on hops!!!!! Not quite, but lemony and grapefruit hops dominate! I’ve heard some comparisons to Gumballhead, but this has a much more refined and smoother hop aroma IMHO! A bit grassy as it warms, but still a nice floral and citrusy hop bouquet. Unfortunately, very little malt presence when cool, but alcohol comes into the aroma as it warms. A very light toasted wheat malt and pretty clean of esters. Flavor is well balance, citrusy hop flavored, of course, and has a clean, citrusy and piney hop flavored finish & aftertaste which lingers toward citrusy, like sucking on a lemon flavored LiveSaver. A bit astringent up front, but smooths out w/ a lighter body and higher carbonation as it warms. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I’d have to say, this is a very refreshing beer if it were still 90+ degrees outside, even w/ the alcohol level where it is. A bit dry in the finish, slighly tart from the wheat, and a bit citrusy and dry from the hops! Nice beer in moderation!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 16, 2005
The American Strong Ale category is so varied; I had no idea what to expect from this beer. Color golden with a small but lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma fruity, a little sour, phenolic and alcoholic. Taste yeasty, malty, subtly hoppy-bitter, with a tart, astringent sweet yet not sweet (zen sweetness?) finish. Interesting beer. Not as complex as I would expect. From the description I expected a kicked up 3FL gumballhead. Now THAT would have been a treat!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle consumed on 9/13/2005. Pours a copper-orange colored body with bottle-conditioned tiny bubbles forming a foamy white head, fair retention, little to no lacing. Smells like ruination. Very Hoppy. Bit of pineapple and coconut milk, lots of leafy green hops. Finally, some alcohol in the nose, detracts. Flavor has very low malt sweetness. Aside from the bottle conditioned carbonation, it has a papery, dry astringent feel. Gets rather sour as it progresses and then a flood of alcohol comes. Sour, heavily astringent, heavily alcoholic/fuelic. The hops bitterness exacerbates this and it just falls apart as it warms. Incredibly alcohol ridden in both nose and flavor now. 3/4 of the bottle goes down the drain. Not sure what to think. I bought this bottle in a cooler, the first week it was out and then kept it in my fridge until I was ready to drink it. Problems in transit? Who knows. Mike always says that the trucks are kept air-conditioned, so it’s hard to believe. Will certainly give it another try though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Inviting grapefruit/citrus hop nose nearly overpowers the toasty wheat, which is only slightly evident in the aroma. While the combo works OK in the nose, it becomes muddled in the body. Loads of hop bitterness clash with the smoothness of the wheat, creating dirty off flavors that don’t seem to fit this ’clean’ beer. Wet dirt is one I keep getting in the finish. The heavy mouthfeel doesn’t help either. The loads of citrusy hops are overpowering throughout and just don’t synch with the wheat (and yeast) for me. I would take their near perfect IPA any day of the week and twice on Sunday over this.

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