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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6564) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev - courtesy of GregClow. Poured Poured clear reddish-amber with a large lasting foamy off-white head - nice lacing. Rich fresh resiny/citrusy hops, decent woody malt backing it - so far so good. Taste follows nose, a little more muted, longish linger, on balance more bitter but the malt keeps up with the evergreen hops. Moutfeel astringent, creamy, decent body. I like it - maybe a little unbalanced, but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottled and enjoyed in my Stone RIS snifter:

Poures a glowing amber hue with a nice off-white creamy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of fresh juicy hops with lots of fruity esters and notes of pine and white pepper. Also detected some sugary and grainy/wheaty vapors as well. The taste is 1) sweeter than expected, really comes off more Belgian Strong with this characteristic and 2) hoppy yet not over-the-top to balance out slightly the massive sweetness. Some wheat nature does show more towards the finish but is quickly beat down by a peppery and bitter hammer. This is like Gumballhead on roids and not near as refreshing. The feel is aggressive yet softens as you drink it, too metallic for the style aimed at. All told, a solid brew I will drink again (like I have a choice after buying six of them).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma with lots of citrus and piney hops. Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white with orange tint head that lasts a minute or so. Light sweet citrus up front. Finishes with a touch of spice and huge piney and citrusy hops. Comes across as a super hopped up one-dimensional IIPA. Tons of hops and not enough balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClarkVV (6409) - 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 its hard to believe. Will certainly give it another try though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6371) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of nice sweet citrus, dough, some bananas, lots of resin. Tastes of creamy malt and citrus with some peppery splashes. This is holding up very well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6311) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2006
I picked this up on a road trip thinking that the place still had it from a year ago and expected little from this. Then I saw this at many other shops in multiple states, so Im guessing Stone is still sending out stock of this to go to shops. I dont really know why unless the only reason is to make a quick buck. This isnt horrible, but it tastes like any other American strong ale thats been on the shelf too long. Pours fairly clear dark orange however there is a confetti like substance in suspension in the brew. There is a small white head. The aroma is musty / dirty caramel malt - smooth and rich and some light ABV. Thick body with a good amount of carbonation for the age. Taste has lots of dusty caramel that was on the aroma mixed with butterscotch - sweet and rich. The finish gets sweeter and has some alcohol burn with light spicy hops. For the life of me I can not understand the obsession ones have with this brewery. They release some good beers, but the rabid following they have is insane. I would gladly take hop heavy brews from Alesmith, Bear Republic and Founders before Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
First was the intense malt in your face. It was extremely sweet smelling, fruity, earthy. Some what like apple juice. Small amount of bitterness initially. Aroma was a pale translucent golden with a ton of yeast in the bottom. The beer was intensely sweet and earthy. As it warmed it got alot more hoppy, which was a nice surprise. Obviously this beer was a little older, as the bottle was labeled September of 2005, so I assume it was sweet due to the aging, but this was a real good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge pure white creamy and foamy head with good lacing and retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite dominant but also enjoyable. Taste is quite different from other beers Ive tasted before and can be describe like a wheat Indian ale. Dominant citrusy hops over a light wheat base beer. Very interesting concept that could have been even more interesting if the beer had been less dominant on hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Floral mandarine/lemony bright hops shine amidst the sweet, bready, not very flavorful malts. Shining bottle-conditioned golden robe. The head is white, foamy, diminishing a bit fast for a wheat containing beer, but less fast than most other Stone beers. A very perfumey big weizen where the wheat comes out nicely, but the final result feels less exciting (lively, fresh) than say a gumballhead, yet Id rather drink gumballhead. Light bodied, high crisp carbonation. Well contained alcohol, clean fermentation. Easy to drink, but a bit too bitter for what it is, though there arent the malts in there for the beer to be any interesting without that bitterness. Ultimately, it leads into a rather astringent, abrasive hop finish that brings back alcohol fumes. A vicious circle that, glad they tried something different though. A pale ale next year?

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