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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On tap at Stone. Pours a murky golden copper color, with a small white head and frothy lacing. Aroma has some bitterness, although I wouldn’t describe them as hops. Hard to describe at all. Flavor has some distant hoppiness, creamy malts, caramel, and that same interesting bitter component. Start is bitter and sticky, somewhat oxidized maybe? Interesting, but not too sure what I just had.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1318) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
RBSG on tap. Very light color with not a lot of aroma. The remarkably big flavor was a suprize that took my mouth completely off guard. A huge flavor for such an unassuming looking pour, when compared to the other anniversary ales. It was fruity and crisp, while being full and round at the same time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19796) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2008
Bottled at Petalax Beer Festival. Hazy golden, rich but brief head. Perfumy tropical fruit aroma. Sweet and soapy with medium to full body. Flavour of pine needles, bubbly esters and alcohol. A bit sweet with Belgian style fruit yyeastiness, Bready syrupy finish with long bitterness. Has that clean, biscuity streamlined typical Stone-style mouthfeel and a juicy concentrated flavour, even though the hop freshenss is lost in this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20821) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2008
Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is tropical fruits, hops, some grass and alcohol. Flavour is hops, sweet malts, mild alcohol and then caramel malts with some grassy bitterness in the finish. Nice brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2008
(Bottled, 0.66l) Very hazy golden with a medium, lacy head. Cardamom, citrusy-aromatic hops, pale, grainy malt in the aroma. Pale-malty, very aromatic-hoppy, grassy, slightly honeyish, very grainy, a bit alcoholic flavor. Medium body, quite low carbonation. A very malty American Strong Ale with pleasant hopping.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Rating from notes. Tap at Mugs. Very enjoyable flavors of hops and wheat. Some thick breadiness, nice body. Big head, larger bubbles. Some dark fruit skins maybe give a dry touch at the end. Very interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2008
22oz bottle. Never had this one fresh, but it seems to be developing along quite nicely. Juicy and fruity hops along with a good dose of thick, doughy and caramel malt on the nose. Apricots and tangerines backed by a whackload of bready malt. As the beer opens, the hops fade a bit and a more drying, cracker malt characteristic takes over. Still inviting, though. Pours a hazed peach skin/orange with a decent sized white head leaving light spotty lacing. Still a fair amount of bright and bittering hops on the palate. Slightly floral with your requisite grapefruit notes. Cracker and toasted bread crust to balance out the hops. Some light bubblegum sweetness and lemon peel tartness as well. Bordering on full bodied with lively carbonation with a lengthy dry and bitter finish. Stood up to age quite nicely, methinks. Thanks Mike!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Poured a clear light orange color. The head was tall, sticky, creamy, and off white. There was some decent lacing left on the glass at the end. The aroma as of malty caramel, Ritz crackers, and flowery hops. Slightly sweet with a smooth and creamy mouth feel. I tasted grass, cotton candy, toffee, and a splash of raw alcohol. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2008
bottle from spinkle methinks....pours a clear bubbly orange brown with a moderate creamy white head.... aromas of grassy light earthy hops and sweet sugary malt..... flavors start along the malt front and then quickly shifs to some grassy bitterness which lingers on well through the finish. mouthfeel is nice and the mild carbonation level works pretty well with this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2125) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2008
Hazy orange with a medium white head. Sweet and fruity notes. Bitter with malt and lots of hops. Medium to full body with a dry finish.


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