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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3371) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Tap at Winter Storm 2. A very nice variation and surely the most turbocharged white I have ever had. Tart orange outlines a very sharp and lasting wheat and flour flavor. Wish I could have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008
22 oz bomber from adrian910ss, thanks Adrian. Pours a hazy orange with a large super foamy head that leaves tons of lacing. Sweet aroma with notes of fruit..apricot, perhaps a little bit of peach, pineapple, and some doughy malts. Not really getting the wheat in this one. Medium bodied with a ton of drinkability and a slightly bitter finish. Flavor is starting to fade a bit with a slight bit of soapiness in the initail flavor that gives way to bitter hops and perhaps a touch of grain. Well it’s easy to say that the 9 is holding on longer then the 10 since I have had both of them within about a week of each other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Light amber with a thin head. Smells caramel sweet with a touch of spices. Smooth med.body. Taste mjrrors the smell with a hoppy bitterness to finish. 61006

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Golden color with a frothy off white head. Nose reminds me of tangerine peel and caramel. There is the patina of oxidation in this beer, but it carries it well. Sweet caramel, lots of orange juice, some peach and apricot, and still a strong grapefruit rind in the finish. The alcohol is more prominent than I would have expected from a 7.8% beer. This is still a nice strong ale and should still have a couple of years left in it. Thanks to Kramer17801 for hooking me up with this retired beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Mild hoppy aroma. Yellow amber color. Little bitterness. Some oxidation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle, 2.5 years old now. This was one of the first limited release beers I ever saw in stores -- I started drinking good beer right around when it came out -- but at the time it was too expensive for me. It was gone soon after, but luckily I got one as an extra in a trade (sorry, can’t remember who!) so I finally get to try this beer.

I probably wouldn’t have been too crazy about it fresh, but it’s aged very nicely. Old, peanut-butter hops aroma, loosely sweet and chalky. Pours with a beautiful head. Bitterness is all but gone in the flavor, only touching at the finish, with a syrupy hop flavor and strong backing body. Like an amber without the deluge of crystal. Chewy and perfectly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle at the Brickskeller in DC on January 11th, 2008. Pours a clear orange/gold with a thick head. Aroma is a mild hop and malt aroma. Flavor is banana, spices. Slight oxidation (or what I felt may have been) but not enough to be of any real concern to me. Not as good as the 11th, but a solid brew from Stone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5684) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Clear orange coloured body with a super-thin white head..not looking too great! Aroma of hops, strong alcohol, bitter wheat and little else - way too alcoholic. Full-bodied; Sweet taste up front with apricots, peaches, apples and some fresh hops thrown in. Strong bitter malt and caramel lingers further behind - a bit too much. Overall, a decent beer, but too over the top for the style. Worth trying once and only once. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 26-September-2005.

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