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 years 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 wasnt 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 somewelladjustments.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle: Golden, fairly clear, large rocky off-white head, soft carbonation, nice lacing. Quite hot in the aroma, zesty hop, unripened citrus peel, with a tinge of tobacco or tea leaves. Soft hop bitterness to start, slightly resiny, not as alcoholic as suggested by the nose, but does end with a bit of heat. Somewhat citrusy, subtle tobacco leaf, a tad tart, with a dry finish. Never would have thought to this be a wheat based beer. Fairly big body, moderate mouthfeel. Certainly isnt as filling as a wheat beer. Tiz alright, but not my favorite Anniversary Ale from Stone.

   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 Floyds 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 years 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Poured a light amber, with a white head, not too big. Aroma was citrusy and slightly hoppy and a bit malty. I really liked this brew, it had a nice hoppy and yeasty flavor, nothing too special but very tastey. Overall nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Translucent yellow amber. Large white rocky head. Wheat, tinges of phenol, and some citrusy sweet hop aromatics. Cascade family hops clash with doughy malt, wheat, and phenolic yeast character. Finish is fairly dry with an alcohol note. Mouthfeel is clean and fairly large.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (8915) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Citrus hop aroma - dry hopped with Cascade? Theres a bit of spiciness to the flavor, more citrus hops, and some sweetness backing it all up. Some fruitiness (pears and others) to go with a bit of graininess. Wheat not really present, and theres some alcohol presence. I think the wheat clashes and leads to grain astringency, and just a strange finish that I cant put my finger on. Its like playdough meets grains of paradise. Ill skip it for another of their IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
I was very excited to try this new creation from stone... I promise! However, I was let down! It pours a clear yellow/straw color with a heavy yeast aroma and floral hints. I did not enjoy the flavor or palate at all. The yeast was way to much for me to handle on top of a warm feel through-out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - SEP 7, 2005
orange/amber pour, big head, which disappeared sorta quickly. hoppy sweet aroma. flavor is very sweet and malty, but with a good floral hop flavor to give it some bite. a lot like an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Well Stone has done it again. In that i mean they have created another new beer but released it to other states before any local San Diego stores. The aroma is light and has a floral hop perfume that overpowers the yeast scent and other aromas. Pours a strong and firm gold color but doesnt have much head action occuring. The flavor is off in balance, but it has a very noticeable hop character while also allowing sweet malt to hang around too. Touch of honey and a bitter bite are left behind in the aftertaste.No sign of wheat, however, a tiny grain presence is the only thing coming close to being called a wheat. Suprised to see this is labeled as an American strong ale instead of an IPA. Not at all impressing but at the same time not to shabby for their 9th year of doing business.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2005
22 oz. bottle from local liquor store. Pours clear and orange-amber with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus, pine and spruce hops with subtle notes of ripe summer fruits. Flavor is also dominated by the same sorts of hoppiness, but theres a noticible sweetness of malt and some wheatiness (since I was looking for it) with an alcohol presence in the finish. If I didnt know this was a wheat beer, Id think it was more in the IPA family due to the color, alcohol and assertive hoppiness. Mouthfeel is good with medium body and creamy carbonation. Definitely interesting and as someone else has commented, this might do well with a little more time in the bottle.

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