Stone 9th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 484   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.

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Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 16, 2005
The American Strong Ale category is so varied; I had no idea what to expect from this beer. Color golden with a small but lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma fruity, a little sour, phenolic and alcoholic. Taste yeasty, malty, subtly hoppy-bitter, with a tart, astringent sweet yet not sweet (zen sweetness?) finish. Interesting beer. Not as complex as I would expect. From the description I expected a kicked up 3FL gumballhead. Now THAT would have been a treat!

ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle consumed on 9/13/2005. Pours a copper-orange colored body with bottle-conditioned tiny bubbles forming a foamy white head, fair retention, little to no lacing. Smells like ruination. Very Hoppy. Bit of pineapple and coconut milk, lots of leafy green hops. Finally, some alcohol in the nose, detracts. Flavor has very low malt sweetness. Aside from the bottle conditioned carbonation, it has a papery, dry astringent feel. Gets rather sour as it progresses and then a flood of alcohol comes. Sour, heavily astringent, heavily alcoholic/fuelic. The hops bitterness exacerbates this and it just falls apart as it warms. Incredibly alcohol ridden in both nose and flavor now. 3/4 of the bottle goes down the drain. Not sure what to think. I bought this bottle in a cooler, the first week it was out and then kept it in my fridge until I was ready to drink it. Problems in transit? Who knows. Mike always says that the trucks are kept air-conditioned, so it’s hard to believe. Will certainly give it another try though.

SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Inviting grapefruit/citrus hop nose nearly overpowers the toasty wheat, which is only slightly evident in the aroma. While the combo works OK in the nose, it becomes muddled in the body. Loads of hop bitterness clash with the smoothness of the wheat, creating dirty off flavors that don’t seem to fit this ’clean’ beer. Wet dirt is one I keep getting in the finish. The heavy mouthfeel doesn’t help either. The loads of citrusy hops are overpowering throughout and just don’t synch with the wheat (and yeast) for me. I would take their near perfect IPA any day of the week and twice on Sunday over this.

MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Well, this is one fine looking beer. Poured into my Konings Hoeven (LaTrappe) trappist glass, and it looks wonderful. The thin white head went away leaving a glassy copper body glowing underneath. The aroma is stoney. Stonish? Stone-like. Whatever, it tons of hops. It’s hard to get notes of the wheat, but its there. This beer has some life to it. Flavor is moving, I like this. Its got the initial robust wheat flavor then comes around with the sharp bit of bitterness, spice and some sweet wheat loving.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Rerate 11/13/06: Pours has a good amount of white foam. Aroma still has a health dose of citrusy hops. Body is somewhat oxidized but has good complexity of sweet caramel malt. Has lost some of its hop sharpness, and is probably past its prime. but is still quite drinkable.

Original rating 9/15/05: Pours a lightly hazy copper orange with a frothy and well-lacing white head. Nice fresh crisp hoppy aroma has some sweet crystal malt and grainy wheat. Body starts with a nice candy malty sweetness and good mild citrusy and piney hops. Finishes sugary, semi-bitter, earthy and lightly warming. An interesting and enjoyable beer.

FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color with a two finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is sticky with citrusy, fruity hop notes that remind me of grapefruit, tangerines, candied orange peel, apricot and a backbone of herbal pine. The beer is lightly sweet up front, and the finish is long with a note of herbal astringency and a bit of alcohol. This beer is of course dominated by the fruity hop notes that is dominated by candied notes of orange peel and apricots. This beer has a sharp bitterness that follows this beer from start to finish. The candied note that is in this beer is quite prevalent, really the apricot note is becoming more apparent as this beer warms up a bit. At this point (about a quarter done) this beer is definitely a bit one dimensional in its aggressive hoppiness; this is all good for someone who likes hops. The alcohol is the one detracting note at this point, though it is not that noticeable and in fact actually begins to become quite a bit more tame as the beer warms up. This beer actually probably needs another month or so to calm down and let the hops really shine.

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Odeed (1803) - 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 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 say this is yet another very nice brew from stone.

Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2005
A pretty good drink for me, it started off cold and harsh, but I liked it much more warm, sweet, but classic stone hopping. A bit of citrus and pepper flavor, I liked it.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Poured a hazy orange wth a small off-white head. Aroma of citrusy swet lemon. The citrus aroma seems to be more from malt than from hops. Aroma is thick. Malty sweet flavors. Citrusy with an acidic and bitter finish. Pretty tasty. I wish it came in 6 packs.

Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and hoppy with a slight malt note and a yeasty note. Not all that great of a beer. Medium bodied, warming and tingly.

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