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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.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Bright pine aroma and taste, well balanced bitterness. Quite the nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a moderate yellowish beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, florals, and a hint of pine. Flavor of breadiness and citrus. Bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2005
(22oz bottle) Healthy off-white head atop a lightly hazed golden body. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, grapefruit, some pine. Taste is moderately sweet, floral, grapefruit, orange. Medium body, some resin. Alcohol noticeable without being off-putting. A hop-bomb wheat -- I wonder what the IBUs are?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head. S: The nose is sweet with caramel, mild grapefruit, and orange aromas along with some toffee and bready malt. The signature of a once hoppy beer... T: The flavor has retained some of the signature Stone hop bitterness, but it is somewhat tame. The malt is now the primary flavor component, giving the beer a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor. M: The body is on the full side of medium with a light-to-moderate carbonation and a touch of lingering bitterness. D: Obviously well past its prime, but still some good flavors going on here. I would have loved to try it fresh.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11491) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap at the Graduate in Davis, CA. Pours opaque honey amber with an off-white head. Smooth fruity aroma. Full bodied with near creamy carbonation. Flavor is lighter stone fruit and something like honey toffee. There is lurking bitter. A very different, exotic flavor. Finishes towards light toffee. Amazing brew. Too drinkable by far.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 750 ml bottle-pours a white head with clear gold color. Aroma is hops. Taste is a too sharp/biting hops, creamy. rerate-Taste is rich, hoppy this time.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11065) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bomber bottle. Dark amber color with medium creamy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate citrus and hop aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Full citrus, malt spice flavor with a sharp finish. Good brew that was a good change of pace for Stone.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/12/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Liquid Solutions

pours opaque orange with a nice fine white head, sweet citrus aroma, light body, big bitter hop flavor on a slightly sweet malt base, sweet, tart, fruity, bitter, repeat, lots of fruity malt character, nice bitter finish that becomes a bit astrengent, after warming it starts to balance out a bit but still a wide gap between the bitter hops and light malt
-------- /> Date: 10/29/2005

sweetness comes on stronger, almost cloying at first but settles down

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10457) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2006
Bottled from trade with BBB63 - Thanks. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense beige ehad. Sweet and caramelly aroma. Herbal and flowery notes and some citric pine. Flavour is herbal and sweet, almost soapy. Quite mild and mellow, but still with a very nice hopbite. Quite impressive a year after release. Some caramelly notes. Full bodied. Light bitter end, and a light alcoholbite as well. Very good one in my book, but Stone usually pleases my palate. Happy to have one more in the fridge, thanks to Sammy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Bomber poured a clear gold with a BIG, long lasting white head. Aromas of citrus and honey. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of tangerines, satsuma oranges, and a hint of honey with a bitter finish. Not to bad for a stone beer.


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