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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Lightly opaque, Light amber to orangish in color with a very nice white head that slowly fades to a small thing bubble layer. Very nice foamy lacing is left. Aroma is pleasantly floral and as per Stone, hoppy. Bits of fruit and Mentholatum for some reason come to mind. On a big sniff I could pick up some alcohol. Light bodied with pleasant carbonation. Flavor is initially weizen-like and then the hops take over the playground. Piney and citrus to be sure, alcohol actually is pretty detectible in the middle portion giving a little burn. Hop bitterness lingers pleasantly. Interesting take, worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Decent brew but I really think Stone should try and do more then hop the hell out of beers. Light copper colored brew with a big hop nose. Leans more toward the fruity hop flavors. Abv is well masked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Excellent beer this is. Nicely hopped, much like an IPA. Had the most pleasant creamy mouthfeel, almost like dreadnaught, but not quite as smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6232) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured a lightly lazy, orange golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bubblegum, apples, lemon merengue, vanilla, grassy and floral hops. Taste of wheat, more apple, pear, light alcohol, some spices, and finishing with green, bitter grapefruit hops. Thanks grover!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3331) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle, from Bauer. Good nose, sweet. Orange, peach, apricot, pine, caramel. Clean orange/ copper color. Good head that faded. Bittersweet flavors, Like aroma, wheat really shows. Medium body, creamy slippery mouthfeel, bitter finish, little burn to it. Damn that went down fast. The tasting at Bauer was fun. Thanks Nick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Big fruity, piney hop aroma, lots of ester, and some sharp, burning alcohol. Looks great, clear orange-amber, dense white head. Flavor is dominated by fruity hops, there is a little malt sweetness to balance the strong hop bitterness, and there are some sharp higher alcohols. Medium body, some alcohol burn. Not a big fan - the wheat malt base doesnt provide enough support for the high hop levels and it shows a lot of alcohol for 7.8%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours a clear copper color and makes a dense offwhite head. Aroma is loaded up with pine, backed up with some sweetness. Flavor opens with some bitterness, but is full of apricots, bubble gum and pear, with a spicy alcoholic bite in the end. Medium body, sticky sweetness coating on the palate with a sticky finish. Carbonation is peppery, yet smooth. I smell this and think west coast IPA, but the flavor takes me into a completely different direction. Dont get me wrong, it is hoppy, but the other flavors are welcome and new. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 I went in with a completely open mind, really. It poured a slight hazy deep bronze color with thin sheets of whispy froth..the aroma had a ton of fresh hoppy notes intertwined with yeast, fruit, and more specifically dried orange. The mouthfeel was thick...starting yeasty, turning hoppy, then ending grainy. Well, guess what, the it always sucks..the strain they use here is complete garbage, in every freakin way imaginable. You know what though, I dont really give a damn anymore, its a loss cause. BLAS! Basically, it tastes like a hoppy belgian wheat ale, but fermented with tijuana river yeast. Its to the point of syrupy...the hops they use are mangled with the autistic qualities of the yeast... BLAS!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
This wheat beer/American Strong Ale pours a orange gold color from a 22 oz etched bottle. Large white foamy head, with good long lasting lacing. Aroma is floral and earthy hops, citrus fruit and sweet. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are initially bready and there is a hint of banana and clove going on, but it seems to evolve into more of a coriander and tangerine and mint(?) taste as you progress through the taste. Lots of hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Crisp and clean and there is some wheat beer character in all those hops. Lively carbonated. I always wondered what a wheat beer from Stone would taste like, (yes I am a total beer geek, thank you!). This is exactly what I was expecting. I like it. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Clear golden color with a huge fine white head. Aroma is light evergreen and a little citrus. Flavor is fruity with a light lemon start fading to tangerine, some wheat, light citrus tartness, a hint of mint leaf and a dry orange rind finish. Light on the palate, but with a velvet touch.

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