JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Had this on draft at the stone 9th party.
Well, I’d be more impressed if Stone had debuted this as "Stone Wheat" rather than as an anniversary beer. It tasted like a middle of the road american wheat to me. nothing special. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Inviting grapefruit/citrus hop nose nearly overpowers the toasty wheat, which is only slightly evident in the aroma. While the combo works OK in the nose, it becomes muddled in the body. Loads of hop bitterness clash with the smoothness of the wheat, creating dirty off flavors that don’t seem to fit this ’clean’ beer. Wet dirt is one I keep getting in the finish. The heavy mouthfeel doesn’t help either. The loads of citrusy hops are overpowering throughout and just don’t synch with the wheat (and yeast) for me. I would take their near perfect IPA any day of the week and twice on Sunday over this. FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Golden, like an Arizona sunset. Bitter w/ a hoppy taste that will send you into a euphoria. Let your mind and palate obambulate, as this potation is a phonistery. Better towards the beginning of the experience than the end of it. Put on a cup, and take a sip, because it may kick you in the nuts. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours a hazy orange hue with aromas of pine and wheat. Flavors of pine, wheat with a smooth lingering, bitter finish similar to an IPA. BLAS!! loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Clear amber-gold color with a small off-white head. The aroma and flavor were strong with citrusy hops, but also had a nice fruitiness in the background...alcohol came through a little too much. The feel was very crisp with a dry finish. I’m a little disappointed with the past two anniversary beers. When are they gonna do an imperial stout anniversary ale?
pfhyde (61) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
This is a great buy--7.8% ABV for 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. of consistently tasty, Belgium style ale. If you want the fizz of Belgium, but can’t afford the real deal, give this a shot. It comes across as subpar at first, but believe me, it’s worth a second (third, fourth) try. (Oh, and make sure you look up all the words on the bottle description in the Oxford English Dictionary--they’re great fun.) jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2005
I went to the doctor a few weeks back and he told me I am going to die. Of course I am; everyone does eventually die after all. I was also told that my Liver Enzymes were elevated and needed to be evaluated. The solution: drink no alcohol for 1 month and get re-tested. Me being the good patient that I am, I complied. The re-test results came back and my Liver Enzymes were even more elevated than before (alcohol 1 = medicine 0). Segueing back into a normal alcohol consumption schedule for 3 weeks and then getting a 2nd re-test lent much better results, normal Liver Enzymes(alcohol 2 = medicine 0)! However, while laying off the bottle I lost 10 pounds (alcohol 2 = medicine 1). Thus in the end, according to my specious argument, alcohol is better than medicine by a 2 to 1 margin for what ails you. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Oh yeah the beer, I almost forgot it has been so long. Stone 9th. Another “imperialized” beer, this time a wheat. The pour is quite nice, clear golden-amber with a lovely lacey white head. The aroma is dripping with piney hops and faint nutty wheat. The flavor is marred in a rather serious way by a staggering amount of alcohol flavor. Not warming but medicinal, and if there is one thing you will have learned by now it is that alcohol beats medicine: what does this say about medicinal alcohol? That is left as an exercise to the reader. Smells and looks better than it tastes.
Pours a cloudy orange with a big thick foam. Aromas are nasty with cheesy piney grassy hops but nothing floral or sweet smelling to blance the major phenols mixing with the hops. A really horrid smelling beer. Not infected, but might as well be. The body is med. The flavors are lightly sweet with a hodgepodge of spices, lemon peel, cloves, banna and a descent amount of sharp phenols. Finish is sweet and uneventful. One of the weakest American strongs I have had and the weakest beer I have ever had from stone. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
shared with my brother. Semi hazy golden pour with lots of floating bits. Generous white head that melts away to a thin film. Hoppy, pineapple armoa. Semi-sweet, PNW hops. Raw, harsh beginning. This seems more like an IIPA. Needs to slumber in the cellar for a couple more years to meld the flavors and mellow a bit. Finish is sticky sweet with a nice balance between the malt and hop. Beginning is too young. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Dominant citrus hop signature - grapefruit, orange, pine, resin, spruce notes with some underlying malted wheat and sweet pale malts character. Hazy golden body is topped by a generous white head that recedes fairly rapidly to ring with some patchy lacing. Citrus hops battle with very strong alcohol and plenty of rough bitterness in the short, sharp, tangy flavour. Orange, grapefruit and pine-like spiciness linger on the tongue. Light body with fairly strong, large bubbled carbonation that dimples the tongue. Snifter. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (Half Time, Sep-05).