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 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with jgd0608. Pours a cloudy peach gold with a moderate-large linen white head that lasted to the end and left substantial lace on the glass. Very pleasant aroma of grapefruit, oranges and apples. I was pleasantly surprised at how fruity and plentiful the hops presence was given the age of the bottle. The flavor is similar to the aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange and apples, however, this is eventually overtaken by the flavor of isopropyl alcohol, which carries to the end. Bitter at the finish. This would have been a 4.0 beer had it not been for the isopropyl alcohol flavor. Even with that, this is a very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2009
On tap at Winter Storm 09. Pours a light copper color with a trim white head. Smells of bitter hops and pine. Tastes of both with an unsettling amount of spice that I had a problem placing. Decent, but not my bag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle shared by BrianK in 2009. Pours a golden orange body with a white lacing. Very hop assertive with pine, resins, and hints of grapefruit. Wheaty with note of coriander and lightly earthy. Thin alcohol. Odd beer not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2008
forgotten read lost bottle from my cellar. poured a light orange with a decent white head. Not to bad for a beer of its age much better when fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear golden, yellow with a small white head. The aroma was a little hop but definitely a strong malt backbone. In the flavour the hops really take over. This beer straddles the line between Belgian and American fairly well. The blunt alcohol flavour did kill it a little for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours a cloudy amber color with cream colored head. The head is pretty thick on this and coats the glass as I drink it. I didn’t know what the style of this was. This was a bit of a surprise. When I smelled it I got pine, citrus, and grassy notes. Flavor was sharp orange, pepper, pine resins, and a slight sweetness. I asked Mike if this was a double IPA and he told me it was a strong ale. Could have fooled me. And I was! It was that hoppy. Overall a very pleasant experience. I’d like to know how they brewed a beer that stayed hoppy for so long. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
2005 bomber, aged over 3 years. Pours a hazy, deep, orange-amber color with a massive, spongy, cream colored head. The incredibly well retained foam leaves sticky swaths of honeycomb lacing all the way down the glass. This is simply a beautiful looking beer. The aroma is quite hoppy, even at this advanced aged, with sharp grass, pine resin, and citrus notes still showing. A toffee malt base is sweetened a bit by orange marmalade, while lemon pepper lends a hint of bright, peppery spice. Flavors show more of the same, orange citrus hops, pine resin, semi-sweet toffee, and cracked pepper all showing well. This must have been a serious hop bomb when fresh, as its still mighty tasty years after the fact. Medium-full on the palate and well carbonated, the mouthfeel evokes thoughts of a lightly creamy, hoppy barleywine. Damn nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle thanks to jjpm74. Bright orange pour. Definitely showing its age. Earthy, some malt, must, and oxidation/menthol notes showing. Still some hop presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Bottle shared by durhambeer. Thanks Bob! Had this fresh on tap and in the bottle back in Amherst and it has changed a bit since then. Thought is tasted okay back then was never too impressed. It tastes pretty much the same but a little watered down and old tasting. Not a very good beer right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a hazy gold orange with a 1 1/2 finger light yellow head. The nose is mildly sweet, malty, earthy, definitely aged, light oxidation, basementy. The flavor has a mild citrus peel bitterness to it, malty, earthy, has maintained more of its hop feel than expected. Mild bitterness in the mouthfeel.

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