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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2005
22oz Bomber.
Pours out a clear orange/yellow with a small, quickly evaporating head.
Aroma is fruity and piney.
Flavor is pine and grapefruit pith with some malty sweetness. Wheat is there, but barely detectable.
Grapefruity tingle on the finish. Kind of like a watered down Ruination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 (11/21/05) Bottle. Citrusy-orange-hopped aroma with some grapefruit notes as well as some eathiness in the nose. Some sweet malt aroma also comes though. Moderately hazy orangey color with large yellow sediment particles and a frothy whitish head. Very hopped and bitter to start with grapefruit notes. Finishes dry, spiced, and peppert. Mild malt balance. This is almost medicinal. I thought this was some sort of IIPA while I was drinking it. I never would have guessed that this was a wheat beer.-----re-rate--& tap at the Davis Graduate (02/17/10)...this beer has held up very poorly. Musty, cardboardy, lots of oxidation and pretty much undrinkable. This beer is likely not meant to be aged this long. I’m sure Greg would argue that this beer is still fantastic, and that it was not aged correctly, even at his brewery...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb (2965) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Nice gold color with lasting white head. Wheat, flowers and citrus in the nose. Lemony, malty palate and then some hops kick in for a dry hoppy finish. Decent balance and decent beer but for the price and the hype this is the 1st disappointment I’ve had from this place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Gold color with no head. Quite a hoppy aroma with a noticeable hit of alcohol. Taste is much the same with only a little more malt to notice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Very IPA in feel. Aroma has that grapefruit hint and the appearance was orange with a white head. Flavor seemed a touch bitter but finished well with some fruit and hop feel. Seemed to get by the palate quickly but felt full. Overall a descent brew but not the best Stone is known for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2006
22 oz Bomber, medium golden, frothy. Thick flavours of pine and full hops, its been a long time since I have rated a beer here, I AM BACK. Nice easy carbination cirtrus resounds with nice piney hops, not a top shelf choice, but still recommended. Bought at Jungle Jim’s on my yearly trip to Cincinnati Ohio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2007
By the description on the bottle I was expecting something along the likes of Three Floyds Gumballhead, a beer I enjoy. That’s not exactly what I got. Pours a hazy orange with a towering creamsicle colored head, interesting. Dwindling slowly, lacing left behind is sporadic and thin. Sweet and piney hops appear first in the aroma, followed by caramel, wheat and alcohol. Flavor is less than gratifying. Notes of grapefruit and pine, more caramel and a hefty dose of wheat that tastes tired and ultimately is a little off-putting. Alcohol isn’t masked whatsoever and this ends up tasting like it was thrown together in a hurried manner, haphazardly. Finishes moderately sweet, then with lingering hops providing for a dry finale. Palate is sticky and sharp, not very quaffable. A let down, as I feel an anniversary beer from a brewer is really the ultimate expression of their capabilities, or should be. Granted, in most cases it doesn’t work out that way at all. Creativity is definitely a strong suit of this brewery, but in this case it sails into left field without a hope of being caught.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
22 oz bottle from Leopoldstoch(thanks!). Ok, this is a 2 year old bottle, Pours a hazy amber with a large chunky head. Not sure what this is supposed to be, but smells like a barleywine. Tastes like one too. Starts with some sweet heavy malts, a little spiciness (almost ginger-like) and ends with a hop wallop of citrus and earthiness. Body is heavy, carbonation is moderate/high. Alcohol is pretty obvious for only being 7.8 abv, i would have guessed 10% at least...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear golden, yellow with a small white head. The aroma was a little hop but definitely a strong malt backbone. In the flavour the hops really take over. This beer straddles the line between Belgian and American fairly well. The blunt alcohol flavour did kill it a little for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10526) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle from Aces and Ales. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with no head. The aroma is wood and faint citrus. Similar flavor with sweet finish. Held up ok.

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