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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Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head. Thin and stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, spice and hops. Light, zesty body with a crisp and peppery character. Grapefruit, hops and spice flavors dominate but there is a bit of sweet malt in the background too. The finish is spicy with more citrus. Pretty good hodgepodge style beer.

crossovert (12927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
No doubt well past its prime at this point despite the higher abv. Woudl have loved to try it fresh.

hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
22oz bottle. Poured a medium to deep golden color with a large sized off white head. Lots of small particles with nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of strong pine, light peppery spice, and citrus. Tastes of oranges, pine, light spices and some caramel sweetness. Medium alcohol taste in the finish. Aroma reminded me of an IPA although the taste was more balanced than the straight forward hop aromas.

jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 750 ml bottle-pours a white head with clear gold color. Aroma is hops. Taste is a too sharp/biting hops, creamy. rerate-Taste is rich, hoppy this time.

Sammy (12201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
nice great head, mini-lace. Grapefruit aroma, pleasant. Easy drink, had this mellowed. Don’t feel the wheat, maybe a bit from a moderate hazy. head and lace to the end. Tropical and other fruit.Strong beer but double IPA. Medium mouthfeel;. Thanks Dr. Jay.

slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"the age has definitely mellowed out the hops. makes me wonder what it tasted like 3 years ago... in 2009 the hops are almost non-existent, but what’s left is a maltier sweeter taste, a unique brew...still quite good."

j12601 (11831) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Pours a hazy apricot color with a thin white head. Lots of plums, prunes, and a bit of caramel. Nice soft carbonation on here, but it doesn’t mask the oxidization. Finishes with a light bitterness.

madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2006
Bottled from trade with BBB63 - Thanks. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense beige ehad. Sweet and caramelly aroma. Herbal and flowery notes and some citric pine. Flavour is herbal and sweet, almost soapy. Quite mild and mellow, but still with a very nice hopbite. Quite impressive a year after release. Some caramelly notes. Full bodied. Light bitter end, and a light alcoholbite as well. Very good one in my book, but Stone usually pleases my palate. Happy to have one more in the fridge, thanks to Sammy.

shrubber85 (11402) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Bottle. Sweet peach/apricot/cherry and hops aroma. Golden orange color with small head. Sweet apricot and bubblegum flavor initially fading into a strong bitter hops finish. Alcohol content apparent but masked by the hops.

hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle… Clear, light golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Pine, orange blossom honey and white pepper nose. Beautifully unbalanced flavor. Bitter with big time grapefruit rind. Medium to full-bodied and bone dry with lively carbonation. Along the lines of Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye or Smuttynose’s Big A IPA. A new style perhaps… Extreme Wheat? Very nice offering from Stone.

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