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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color with a two finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is sticky with citrusy, fruity hop notes that remind me of grapefruit, tangerines, candied orange peel, apricot and a backbone of herbal pine. The beer is lightly sweet up front, and the finish is long with a note of herbal astringency and a bit of alcohol. This beer is of course dominated by the fruity hop notes that is dominated by candied notes of orange peel and apricots. This beer has a sharp bitterness that follows this beer from start to finish. The candied note that is in this beer is quite prevalent, really the apricot note is becoming more apparent as this beer warms up a bit. At this point (about a quarter done) this beer is definitely a bit one dimensional in its aggressive hoppiness; this is all good for someone who likes hops. The alcohol is the one detracting note at this point, though it is not that noticeable and in fact actually begins to become quite a bit more tame as the beer warms up. This beer actually probably needs another month or so to calm down and let the hops really shine.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 after much waiting i finally get to try the stone "imperial wheat".i poured the 9th ann. into my snifter and gazed at a clear orange body with a white head.the head began to sit around the sides of the glass after a few minutes.my nose grabbed aromas of grapefruit hops,and a summer style wheat smell.the flavor was much in the same with a nice hop bite and medium mouthfeel.id say this is yet another very nice brew from stone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1685) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2005
A pretty good drink for me, it started off cold and harsh, but I liked it much more warm, sweet, but classic stone hopping. A bit of citrus and pepper flavor, I liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Poured a hazy orange wth a small off-white head. Aroma of citrusy swet lemon. The citrus aroma seems to be more from malt than from hops. Aroma is thick. Malty sweet flavors. Citrusy with an acidic and bitter finish. Pretty tasty. I wish it came in 6 packs.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and hoppy with a slight malt note and a yeasty note. Not all that great of a beer. Medium bodied, warming and tingly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottle. Golden amber color with large white foamy head. Floral hops with a bit of citrus yeastiness. Smooth yet very hoppy. Taste has some spice (corriander, pepper), with citrus hops in the finsh. Not a bad american strong or even IPA, but I’m hard pressed to find where the wheat beer characteristics are.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5746) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottled and enjoyed in my Stone RIS snifter:

Poures a glowing amber hue with a nice off-white creamy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of fresh juicy hops with lots of fruity esters and notes of pine and white pepper. Also detected some sugary and grainy/wheaty vapors as well. The taste is 1) sweeter than expected, really comes off more Belgian Strong with this characteristic and 2) hoppy yet not over-the-top to balance out slightly the massive sweetness. Some wheat nature does show more towards the finish but is quickly beat down by a peppery and bitter hammer. This is like Gumballhead on roids and not near as refreshing. The feel is aggressive yet softens as you drink it, too metallic for the style aimed at. All told, a solid brew I will drink again (like I have a choice after buying six of them).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
On tap from the Stone 9th ann. extravaganza. Straw color with lots of foam and lace. Crisp hop and citrus flavors with a slightly sweet clean finish. Really a good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bomber from the Beer Yard. This one pours dark straw colored, with a three-finger off-white head, into my Stone Levitation Ale tulip. The aroma presents big resiny hops, florals, some grapefruity citrus, and some black pepper. The palate is fairly dense, similar to the IPA, with tastes of piney hops, grapefruit, some spicy esters, and some floral spices. Complex and unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Poured cloudy orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is citrus and hops. Flavor is citrus, grapefruit hops. medium body easy drinking IPA like beer.


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