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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Graduate, Davis. Pours golden amber with a decent off-white head and a sweet toffee aroma. Delicious caramel malt flavor with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - 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 .

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of nice sweet citrus, dough, some bananas, lots of resin. Tastes of creamy malt and citrus with some peppery splashes. This is holding up very well!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle: Golden, fairly clear, large rocky off-white head, soft carbonation, nice lacing.   Quite hot in the aroma, zesty hop, unripened citrus peel, with a tinge of tobacco or tea leaves.   Soft hop bitterness to start, slightly resiny, not as alcoholic as suggested by the nose, but does end with a bit of heat.   Somewhat citrusy, subtle tobacco leaf, a tad tart, with a dry finish.   Never would have thought to this be a wheat based beer.   Fairly big body, moderate mouthfeel.   Certainly isn’t as filling as a wheat beer.   Tiz alright, but not my favorite Anniversary Ale from Stone.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6187) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Floral mandarine/lemony bright hops shine amidst the sweet, bready, not very flavorful malts. Shining bottle-conditioned golden robe. The head is white, foamy, diminishing a bit fast for a wheat containing beer, but less fast than most other Stone beers. A very perfumey big weizen where the wheat comes out nicely, but the final result feels less exciting (lively, fresh) than say a gumballhead, yet I’d rather drink gumballhead. Light bodied, high crisp carbonation. Well contained alcohol, clean fermentation. Easy to drink, but a bit too bitter for what it is, though there aren’t the malts in there for the beer to be any interesting without that bitterness. Ultimately, it leads into a rather astringent, abrasive hop finish that brings back alcohol fumes. A vicious circle that, glad they tried something different though. A pale ale next year?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6108) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle. Orange colour with a off-white head. Sweet fruity, citrus, hoppy aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - courtesy of GregClow. Poured Poured clear reddish-amber with a large lasting foamy off-white head - nice lacing. Rich fresh resiny/citrusy hops, decent woody malt backing it - so far so good. Taste follows nose, a little more muted, longish linger, on balance more bitter but the malt keeps up with the evergreen hops. Moutfeel astringent, creamy, decent body. I like it - maybe a little unbalanced, but I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6018) - 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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