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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
On tap. Pours with a clearish golden body with hardly any head. Aroma is a bit of hops and a little bit of wheat. Taste is of ripe peaches and light hops, and possibly some mint. Lightly fizzy on the mouth and a bit on the dry side of things.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7828) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Golden orange body, with a small creamy white head that fades. Fruity aroma with mild citrusy hops., muted touch of caramel. Fairly intense hops, lots of resin with a touch of grapefruit/lemon rind. Bit unbalanced, but interesting. Average palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 The Lure:
Grapefruity hops and faint candy-like sweetness reign over some alcoholic minions. Frank, but somewhat closed-minded.

The Festivities:
Hot malts are felt but not tasted much, yielding an appreciable body and a few alcohol fumes. Pink grapefruit pith and doughy yeast combine for potent flavoring in yet another clean and intense Stone brew. This one just didn’t do it for me though, the result was too predictable and felt like a slightly dumbed down Ruination. A good brew yes, but not inspiring.

Transcendence:
These family traits are really striking.

An aged bottle rendered a well-balanced flavor profile in which biscuity and caramel malts played effortlessly with the floral and citrusy hops in a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. at 1.5 years old, this was smashing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7553) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Bottle. Sweet peach/apricot/cherry and hops aroma. Golden orange color with small head. Sweet apricot and bubblegum flavor initially fading into a strong bitter hops finish. Alcohol content apparent but masked by the hops.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
No doubt well past its prime at this point despite the higher abv. Woudl have loved to try it fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Rerate 11/13/06: Pours has a good amount of white foam. Aroma still has a health dose of citrusy hops. Body is somewhat oxidized but has good complexity of sweet caramel malt. Has lost some of its hop sharpness, and is probably past its prime. but is still quite drinkable.

Original rating 9/15/05: Pours a lightly hazy copper orange with a frothy and well-lacing white head. Nice fresh crisp hoppy aroma has some sweet crystal malt and grainy wheat. Body starts with a nice candy malty sweetness and good mild citrusy and piney hops. Finishes sugary, semi-bitter, earthy and lightly warming. An interesting and enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Bomber. Poured a clear medium-golden with a massive, rocky white head. Thorough lacing followed it down. Grapefruit and sticky caramel pounded the nose, and were followed up by tart wheat, grass and lemon zest. Tart, lemony wheat found the tip of the tongue... somewhat heavy caramel base for the Pac NW hoppage in the rest of the drink. Body was significantly less assertive than the aroma led on... refreshing, though. Very enjoyable overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6851) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a hazy apricot color with a thin white head. Lots of plums, prunes, and a bit of caramel. Nice soft carbonation on here, but it doesn’t mask the oxidization. Finishes with a light bitterness.


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