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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Poured a still clear amber with a large creamy white head that refused to dissipate. Aroma of sharp piney hops, candy, grass. Taste is sharp hops, with grass and a touch of grapefruit with a long bitter finish. Clean though somewhat one-dimensional. However, it is crisp, bold and refreshing, which I think was just what Stone was going for with this one. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2005
1Pt 6oz bottle(september 2005). Orange/golden appearance, with an off white head (almost orange color to it). Acid like hoppy flavor with citrus and vanilla. The aroma is just as good as the taste. I like the palate, creamy mouthfeel to this. Smoother than most ales. I also find a miniscule taste of banana. maybe I’m just crazy. For being 7.8%, it’s hard to taste that strong alcohol flavor I was expecting. A nice long bitter finish. Another enjoyable brew from Stone. Rating this from the style, I give it two thumbs up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pours a hazy golden amber with an average light lacing off white head that went away rather quickly. Aroma is sweet citrus (mostly orange) caramel, some floral hops, very nice. Almost like a IIPA aroma. Flavor is grapefruit with a slight hop bitterness in the tail. Very similar to the other Stone IPA’s. Great hops with a nice malt backbone, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a amber red color with a small quickly diminishing white head. there is plenty of lacing. Aroma has plenty of hops and is a little musky yet sweet. Flavor is very balancd. There is some initial bitterness, followed by sweetness. The beer finishes long and slightly bitter. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1245) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
Piscator and I shared this for lunch on Friday with a nice sangwich from Quiznos. Almost orange in colour with quite a head on it. Very hoppy, and had quite a bite to it. The alcohol content forced me to have a catnap after lunch. Too bad I had to go to Anaheim to get this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Beautiful orange colored brew with a perfectly even bih white head on top, which lasts forever. Fizzy carbonation. Intense grapefruit and also honey in the nose. Repeating grapefruit in the taste accomplished by an intense apricot mixed with acacia honey taste. Long lasting medium bitterness on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2005
bottle thanks to secret santa. pours a nice golden color. nice head. no lacing. aroma is citrus hops and malt very sweet smelling. taste is hops malt and orange. smooth and very refreshing. damn good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Slightly smeared medium golden yellow color with a medium white cap of froth that breaks down into a landscape of bubbled rockyness. Big sheet of lace coats all around the glass. This looks damn nice. Hmmm...not a typical waft from Stone, a bit restrained here with a melony citrus of orange and lemon and some light wheaty snap behind it. Taste is broad and withstanding in a short bittering but long oily hoppyness. Quite exquisite really. It seems quick at first but begins to lay the groundwork for a full-on citrusy construction on your palatable property. Orangey fluff, peels, piths, and pulp skip quickly into a short entrance of the wheat malt that seems very high rendered in flour, dryness, and partially parched in chalkyness. Thankfully and craftly, that area is just as brief as any other in this brigade of quickly happening nuances. Wow! The oily stuff, as mentioned above, begins to float forward in the finishing areas after every sip. So danty, yet obvious. Citrusy oils, hop squeezed bite, and peel-like girth, substain for a long duration of hinting grasses, more so hinting citrus pith, and high grain malt. Wonderfully complex hop profile along its length; which seems short at first, but alas, it grows and grows, from sip to sip. Somehow drying, yet oily and pungent. Sublime. Feel is about medium, if not all together a slight lightish; somewhat. But man does it grow on ya quickly. Yeah, quickly as its very own hoppy characteristics and dryly set base of citric hops and malting. What a strangely awesome beer? Like Clint Eastwood, it’s every way but loose. Tightly set in hops with drying parchness, hop citrusy tricks, and a fairly calm bitterness that just suits its overall ride through finishville. I could drink this for a good long while. Everything about it screams...have fun, enjoy some hops, and get pummeled by our strategicly placed alcoholic punch. Uff-da, Stone knows me too well. Fine stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
22oz bottle - This is an interesting beer. It definitely has the strong hops character that is a Stone signature. They’re very present right from the aroma onward. There’s a light citrus aroma and flavor too with some malty sweetness as it hits the tongue, followed by a hoppy finish. It’s fairly easy to drink and I didn’t really notice the almost 8% alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tycho (13) - USA - JAN 26, 2006
While this was a meal in and of itself, it was enjoyable, but I have higher expectations after some aging.

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