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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
On tap poured a clear pale/gold color with a nice big off white head. The aroma was mainly citrus hops with some sweet malt mixed in. The taste had an assertive bitterness up front that led to even more hops in the finish. It had a simple malt profile with a small amount of tartness from the wheat. Overall a nicely aged beer with no real flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours orange golden in color with a foam white head. Aroma sweet floral hops. Hoppy and malty taste, after 2 years there is a slight alcohol warmness. There is no wheat taste to this beer. A very good ASA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - MAY 8, 2010
Thanks again to my cousin for cracking open a bottle of this - 5 years old, and it tasted just great, altho he said it has lost a bit of its hop character. Sweet, floral aroma. Nice, rusty glow and one of Stone’s better labels. A complex and delicious ale. I tasted bread, caramel, herbs, rye, and English hops. Another superb American ale from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured a lightly lazy, orange golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bubblegum, apples, lemon merengue, vanilla, grassy and floral hops. Taste of wheat, more apple, pear, light alcohol, some spices, and finishing with green, bitter grapefruit hops. Thanks grover!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 [22 oz. bottle] This is an excellent beer. Pours a clear orange/copper color with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing. This has a great balance of hops, citrus and sweet malts. I really enjoy the carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. I’m going to try to scoop a few more of these up for later on. Overall, an excellent offering from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Tap. This is like the Gumballhead but with more strength. Poured golden with a nice white head. Nice lacing. Smell was like an IPA with citrus, graitfruit and caramel. Good taste with citrus, graitfruit and wheat. There is a bit of alcohol on the palate but it is hidden well. The flavors need to mature and then this will be a really nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours clear gold-amber with a large, dense white head and some slow effervescence. Big west coast hop nose—citrusy and piney. The wheat comes through as a tart breadiness. The flavor begins as a wheat beer, especially if kept in the mouth for a few seconds—mellow wheat flavor and a subtle tartness. The finish is that of an IPA, and leaves the mouth quite dry. Innovative, excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
"Poured a hazy, yellow orange color with a massive head which left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was of sweet and citrus. Tasted very much like a doubleipa. Overall very nice, just wouldn’t call it a strong ale."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber-bronze body w/ sparse carbonation and a thin white head. Candied orange, caramel and a touch of spice (nutmeg) in the soft-yet-inviting aroma. The hops really come out in the flavor. The very start exhibits biscuit malt and lightly estery yeast but that quickly moves to sharp, catty pine/orange peel hops with a smooter, sweeter orange essence carrying into the finish. That biscuit element is present throughout. The alcohol says hello after settling in your belly but it’s a clean sort of hello - welcome home! Great beer. There’s a good mix in the malt profile (the wheat I assume) and the hops are deliciously sharp and resinous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Slightly hazy, pale amber with a rich, yellowish head. Floral, fresh and hoppy nose. Fairly full-bodied but completely dominated by excellent aroma hops. Markedly bitter finish. 270106

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