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RATINGS: 482   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (7306) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6947) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Bomber thanks to Kramer. Man, I wish I had a gallon of this, it is still so damn good. What was this like fresh! Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white foamy head. The aroma is strong fruity hops and dusty caramel. The flavor is well-balanced by age- like a barley wine-; sweet fruity hops, dry musty rich caramel hops. Sweet and very, very drinkable. Almost dry yet fruity and delicious. A full creamy mouthfeel. I dig this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6738) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"the age has definitely mellowed out the hops. makes me wonder what it tasted like 3 years ago... in 2009 the hops are almost non-existent, but what’s left is a maltier sweeter taste, a unique brew...still quite good."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6722) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Oldish hoppy aroma with some toffee sweet malts and herbal notes. the flavor has older herbal-ish hoppy notes and some lighty sweet toffee-like malts. Decent. I bet this was really good fresh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
thanks dj daniel! .. . pours a murky tan amber .. mild head, lacing .. . showing its age a bit, some wood, resin, and wet husks .. . light mouth .. an alright beer .. . . that’s not a knife.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6602) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 7, 2005
amber gold , thick creamy head . Hoppy refreshing nose . Garden vegetable like . Medium bodied , bitter . Green hoppy brew , but not raw. Good hoppy ale .

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Oh, YE GODS! One of the most medicinal, overwheming Pine Sol hop aromas I’ve had the displeasure of smelling in a long time. Totally destroys any other aromas this thing might have. I threatened to go below a 4 for it, but I do realize that this is what they were going for. So not a flaw, just...very crude and overdone in every way. Based on pure enjoyment, disregarding styles and Stone’s penchant for overhopping everything, I’d probably give this a 1.5. More than being undrinkable, it’s unsmellable. Horrific and a total drain pour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6565) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Bomber. Pours fully orange with a bit of white filmy head. The nose is bready and wheaty. The attack is fairly neutral, but the mid palate does show a lot of sweet wheat and some sweet malt. The finish is long, dry, and bitter. Not sure what I was expecting, and this may or may not be a brand new type of beer, but it’s satisfying and tastes great. (I know, sounds like faint praise, given that they were probably aiming for more).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a clear golden-orange with an average size white head. Nice lacing. Very nice aroma of citrus and piney hops with some malt backing it up. The flavour follows the aroma and is quite tasty I must say. Medium bodied and creamy. Not as awesome as some of Stone’s other beers but still very good.


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