kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours a light copper with a white fizzy head. Aroma of strong citrusy hops, wheat, grass, and grapefruit. Flavor is a nice balance of hoppiness and wheat. A very different beer, along the lines of maybe a double IPA but without the malty backbone. Alcohol definately makes itself known in the finish. Finish is clean with hop bitterness lingering on for some time. I also detect a bit of a lemon pledge taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation and an oily texture. This really is an unclassifiable beer. Overall I do like it, an interesting beer from an interesting brewery. ClarkVV (6963) - 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 it’s hard to believe. Will certainly give it another try though. Braudog (6907) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Poured an enticing yellow-gold with a firm pillow top. It gives a nice round bready sweet aroma. The flavor is wonderful ... also bready, but candied and citrusy, doughy but in a good way. I really like this more than the string of 3.X ratings behind me. Quite excellent. 5000 (6900) - 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 isn’t as filling as a wheat beer. Tiz alright, but not my favorite Anniversary Ale from Stone. vyvvy (6857) - St. Louis, 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 I’m guessing Stone is still sending out stock of this to go to shops. I don’t really know why unless the only reason is to make a quick buck. This isn’t horrible, but it tastes like any other American strong ale that’s 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.
egajdzis (6833) - 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! Boutip (6628) - 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 I’ve 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. dmac (6592) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008
22 oz bomber from adrian910ss, thanks Adrian. Pours a hazy orange with a large super foamy head that leaves tons of lacing. Sweet aroma with notes of fruit..apricot, perhaps a little bit of peach, pineapple, and some doughy malts. Not really getting the wheat in this one. Medium bodied with a ton of drinkability and a slightly bitter finish. Flavor is starting to fade a bit with a slight bit of soapiness in the initail flavor that gives way to bitter hops and perhaps a touch of grain. Well it’s easy to say that the 9 is holding on longer then the 10 since I have had both of them within about a week of each other. jgb9348 (6590) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Clear orange coloured body with a super-thin white head..not looking too great! Aroma of hops, strong alcohol, bitter wheat and little else - way too alcoholic. Full-bodied; Sweet taste up front with apricots, peaches, apples and some fresh hops thrown in. Strong bitter malt and caramel lingers further behind - a bit too much. Overall, a decent beer, but too over the top for the style. Worth trying once and only once. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 26-September-2005. BBB63 (6567) - 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).