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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Citrus hop aroma - dry hopped with Cascade? There’s a bit of spiciness to the flavor, more citrus hops, and some sweetness backing it all up. Some fruitiness (pears and others) to go with a bit of graininess. Wheat not really present, and there’s some alcohol presence. I think the wheat clashes and leads to grain astringency, and just a strange finish that I can’t put my finger on. It’s like playdough meets grains of paradise. I’ll skip it for another of their IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
I was very excited to try this new creation from stone... I promise! However, I was let down! It pours a clear yellow/straw color with a heavy yeast aroma and floral hints. I did not enjoy the flavor or palate at all. The yeast was way to much for me to handle on top of a warm feel through-out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - SEP 7, 2005
orange/amber pour, big head, which disappeared sorta quickly. hoppy sweet aroma. flavor is very sweet and malty, but with a good floral hop flavor to give it some bite. a lot like an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Well Stone has done it again. In that i mean they have created another new beer but released it to other states before any local San Diego stores. The aroma is light and has a floral hop perfume that overpowers the yeast scent and other aromas. Pours a strong and firm gold color but doesnt have much head action occuring. The flavor is off in balance, but it has a very noticeable hop character while also allowing sweet malt to hang around too. Touch of honey and a bitter bite are left behind in the aftertaste.No sign of wheat, however, a tiny grain presence is the only thing coming close to being called a wheat. Suprised to see this is labeled as an American strong ale instead of an IPA. Not at all impressing but at the same time not to shabby for their 9th year of doing business.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Aroma is hops, wheat, grass, and hops. Taste is very similar. It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long hop finish with alcohol burn. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2005
22 oz. bottle from local liquor store. Pours clear and orange-amber with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus, pine and spruce hops with subtle notes of ripe summer fruits. Flavor is also dominated by the same sorts of hoppiness, but there’s a noticible sweetness of malt and some wheatiness (since I was looking for it) with an alcohol presence in the finish. If I didn’t know this was a wheat beer, I’d think it was more in the IPA family due to the color, alcohol and assertive hoppiness. Mouthfeel is good with medium body and creamy carbonation. Definitely interesting and as someone else has commented, this might do well with a little more time in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Lightly opaque, Light amber to orangish in color with a very nice white head that slowly fades to a small thing bubble layer. Very nice foamy lacing is left. Aroma is pleasantly floral and as per Stone, hoppy. Bits of fruit and Mentholatum for some reason come to mind. On a big sniff I could pick up some alcohol. Light bodied with pleasant carbonation. Flavor is initially weizen-like and then the hops take over the playground. Piney and citrus to be sure, alcohol actually is pretty detectible in the middle portion giving a little burn. Hop bitterness lingers pleasantly. Interesting take, worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Decent brew but I really think Stone should try and do more then hop the hell out of beers. Light copper colored brew with a big hop nose. Leans more toward the fruity hop flavors. Abv is well masked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Excellent beer this is. Nicely hopped, much like an IPA. Had the most pleasant creamy mouthfeel, almost like dreadnaught, but not quite as smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured a lightly lazy, orange golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bubblegum, apples, lemon merengue, vanilla, grassy and floral hops. Taste of wheat, more apple, pear, light alcohol, some spices, and finishing with green, bitter grapefruit hops. Thanks grover!

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