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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Aroma is hops, wheat, grass, and hops. Taste is very similar. It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long hop finish with alcohol burn. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Very similar in character to 3 Floyd’s Gumball Head. Fruit and Floral. Stong Alcohol notes that should mellow with just 6 months or so. Assertive aroma and Flavor. Far superior to last year’s but lacks the depth of their 7th. Got 2 for the cellar. Might get a third. Will be tasting one a year. Will report back then.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Poured cloudy orange with a nice thick head. Aroma is citrus and hops. Flavor is citrus, grapefruit hops. medium body easy drinking IPA like beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 after much waiting i finally get to try the stone "imperial wheat".i poured the 9th ann. into my snifter and gazed at a clear orange body with a white head.the head began to sit around the sides of the glass after a few minutes.my nose grabbed aromas of grapefruit hops,and a summer style wheat smell.the flavor was much in the same with a nice hop bite and medium mouthfeel.id say this is yet another very nice brew from stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Golden bronze hue. Big tight cream colored head. Sweet floral nose, citrus, then all stinky resinous hops. Bready, sweet malts, faint light fruit, wheat beer notes, then bang! Hops and alcohol smack ya in the mouth. Full chewy body, steady carbonation, somewhat reasonably balanced I spose. Pineapple, tangerine, big citrus, grapefruit, spicy earthy hops. Quite drinkable if you dont mind some serious hops in yo arse!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bomber bottle. Dark amber color with medium creamy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate citrus and hop aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Full citrus, malt spice flavor with a sharp finish. Good brew that was a good change of pace for Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Tasted on draft at the 9th anniv festival, rating from the 22oz bottle. Orange-gold with a small diminishing head that hangs in and laces nicely, aroma somewhat sweet citrus, yeast and piney floral hops with alcohol note. Malt is light, bready sweet lemony tangerine citrus, medium body mouthfeel is full and finish is decidedly hops bitter and slightly acidic. I like the balance, I like the smoothness, I like the beer very much, hats off to Stone for coming up with something different and making a quality, drinkable, satisfying brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Hazy golden pour. This is like Gumball Head, but more hoppy, more body, a tad more alcohol. Hoppy citrus and pine aroma, with some banana and some esters. More of the same in flavor. Decent palate, and an easy drinker. The sad part of this beer to me is that I don’t see it keeping too well. Drink and enjoy while you have it - dont try to save it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1551) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2005
22 oz. bottle from September 2005. A clear golden honey pour with a smallish light-tan head that leaves lots of lace. The aroma is almost equal parts wheaty and hoppy. Quite floral and tangy. I smell lots of oranges, strawberries, bananas and lemons. A whiff of alcohol is apparent when I reach the bottom of the glass. Very perfumed too. Tastes like an APA crossed with a strong American wheat. There’s a wheaty dryness to this medium-bodied beer. Just light enough to still be refreshing. Remarkably fresh and herbaceous. Tart and fruity with a peppery and spicy finish. I really like this one. VERY tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Bottle, 22 oz. I enjoyed this one with my Uncle Don while he visited from Sydney in October 05. It is golden and incredibly hazy with a nice fluffy head. Looks great as the head leaves and a great looking lace remains. Lots of floral quality in the nose, reminds me of Hop Wallop from Victory. Taste also is much like Hop Wallop. Can’t really distinguish the wheat in this one, probably because the yeast is a different strain than most wheat beers. Nice and hoppy, but mostly grassy and floral with a good sweetness that hangs throughout the entire time of drinking. I like it. Better than 8, not as good as 7 I think.

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