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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6510) - 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).

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9365) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bomber. Mostly clear golden color with an average white head. The description is pretty much dead on, take the yeasty esters of a wheat beer, crank up the booze a bit, add some green hops and viola! you have Stone 9th. This was a pretty interesting beer, you get your wheat beer characteristics and you California strong ale characteristics and toss them in together. Somehow, it kinda works although in many ways it shouldn’t. Not the best beer in their lineup but you sure won’t find many other beers like this one and I can totally respect that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
22 oz Bottle. Golden straw color with white head. Aromas of tart grapefruit, pine earthiness, and metalic astringency. I didn’t care much for this cold: all at once it was too sweet, too astringent, too alcoholic (even though it’s only 7.8%). At room temp, the grainy malt body was present enough to compensate both for the astringency and the sweetness, as well as balance out the hop bitterness and provide a nice background for the fruity aroma hops. The finish was quite tacky. A good brew once it warmed up, though it seemed like an adolescent version of the Dogfish Head 90; a bit brash and confused, lacking the bastard arrogance needed to carry it forth unscathed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2005
22oz Bomber.
Pours out a clear orange/yellow with a small, quickly evaporating head.
Aroma is fruity and piney.
Flavor is pine and grapefruit pith with some malty sweetness. Wheat is there, but barely detectable.
Grapefruity tingle on the finish. Kind of like a watered down Ruination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Not too bad, it was not as wheaty as I had expected, Sure didn’t look like a wheat. Classic Stone hops made it bitter in the end. I had it on cask and filtered from the keg. I actually liked it on the keg better, seemed crisper and more balanced. Not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Golden orange color. Fragrance is citrus with a white medium head that goes slowly. Smells like Stone Ruination. Has the grapefruit rind bitterness of an IPA but this is softened by malts and ends on a dry bitter note as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Had this on draft at the stone 9th party. Well, I’d be more impressed if Stone had debuted this as "Stone Wheat" rather than as an anniversary beer. It tasted like a middle of the road american wheat to me. nothing special.

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