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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - 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?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
A white ring of foam on top of a cloudy orange body. Nice soft mouthfeel, soft in a cotton-candy melts-in-your-mouth kind of way. Body is filled with soft slightly roasted malts. Generously hopped with aromatic hops providing only a light bitterness. Grapefruits and citrus flavours abound. No alcohol presence at all. The whole beer feels very soft and ends-up being highly drinkable. Its lack of punch will turn down many lovers of in-your-face beers but I for one could drink bottles after bottles of that stuff without ever getting sick of it. If all 9th anniversaries were that wonderful all 3rd graders would be riding new bikes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - 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."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6008) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Poured an enticing yellow-gold with a firm pillow top. It gives a nice round bready sweet aroma. The flavor is wonderful ... also bready, but candied and citrusy, doughy but in a good way. I really like this more than the string of 3.X ratings behind me. Quite excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5632) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Draft during the 40 tap Stone Event @ Rattle n Hum with Andrew, Big Tony, PJ, and Brendan. Pours slightly hazy orange body with no head and barely any lacing, Aroma is fresh, spruce hop. Mouthfeel is smooth with the citrus hop notes coming across very muted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
First was the intense malt in your face. It was extremely sweet smelling, fruity, earthy. Some what like apple juice. Small amount of bitterness initially. Aroma was a pale translucent golden with a ton of yeast in the bottom. The beer was intensely sweet and earthy. As it warmed it got alot more hoppy, which was a nice surprise. Obviously this beer was a little older, as the bottle was labeled September of 2005, so I assume it was sweet due to the aging, but this was a real good beer.


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