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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

250 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-29-2005)
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Reviews by Thrasher:
Photo of Thrasher
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%

Somewhat unaware of the hoopla that surrounded the release of a new beer from Stone, I picked one up for no other reason than it was the first one that greeted my eye as I wandered through John's Market. I'm not a huge Stone fan -- they sort of seem like the Yankees of microbreweries -- but I'm always game for something new. Upon first impression, it's a mellower beer than I was expecting... is this a wheat beer? There's a nice wall of lace on the inside of the glass. It's got a sharp citric hop tweak, and some cutting bitterness, but it is short and over with quickly. There are some bready malts with peach and orange fruit flavors, Scottish shortbread, and what seems to me like a wheaty tang. There's also an underlying metallic quality that could be the sharp hops riding tandem with the excessive alcohol. I have to say, I don't see any way that the high alcohol helps this beer; it would taste much better without the "dead zone" that a high abv creates. There is almost a spoilt-Ringwood sour apple taste too... This is all too bad since my first impressions of the beer were totally favorable. The smell is still pretty good. And there's still a pleasant malt-and-hop interplay on the tongue before you take a wince-inducing swallow. But Jesus. This alcohol is too much. It makes the beer entirely unappealing.

Thrasher, Sep 01, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a light orange color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks like glue to the glass,oh the Amarillos oh sweet Jesus this hop varietal has made me a hop head fresh herbal hop hits the nose and wakes the senses.This baby has a kick alcohol with big herbal and citrus notes no aspirin here.Somewhat sweet but not overly so to me this would be the Amarillo hop fans dream and Iam one of them I will get more I have a few more to share with friends but I will try to get more.

oberon, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant orange in color and was very thick. The head was orangish white, stubborn, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Man, this is straight floral hopping up the nose. I think it’s Amarillo, but whatever they used they did it in spades. This is supposed to be an extreme version of the failed wheat beer that they did, but I’m only finding a hint of wheat and maybe imagining that.

Taste – Yes, a little more citrusy wheat finds it’s way to the taste, but this is classic Stone hoppification. The Amarillo is all over the place. I’ve had this hop flavor mostly as a compliment to other tastes, but here it’s on steroids and defines the ale. The flavor is beyond classification, so don’t compare this to other ASAs.

Mouthfeel – This fella is well bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldn’t call it full. The carbs are light but mature. It’s not overly bitter or dry at all but it does manage to refresh.

Drinkability – If Paul Bunyon was mowing Montana and wanted to take a beer break, this is what he would grab.

Comments – I originally had this at release in 2005, but skyhand brought over a cellared ’05 that we popped in May 2006. She is the Cellar Queen so I knew this was rightfully aged.

This was so much better after a year in the caring hands of skyhand. The body was a beautiful glowing orange, the hops at the nose were completely opened up, and the malt flavors just melted in your mouth. This was medium-bodied, well-balanced, and a terrific example of how a beer can improve under the right conditions and the right care.

I'm raising most of my ratings up by 0.5 and officially considering this a Stone classic.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a beer with an identity crisis. It seems to not know if it wants to be a IPA or a wheat beer, and as it is it falls somewhere in the middle. The beer looked great with a nice thick white head and a nice golden color. The smell was quite hoppy but not in the traditional Stone way, and had a very citrusy tropical scent to it as well. The flavor was nice and pretty complex so I think a couple more tastings will be needed to figure this one out. There was a nice hop bite but that tropical sweetness tried to come through at the same time, coupled by the alchohol flavor. I think over time the alchohol flavor will fade farther into the background and this beer will be much better than it is today. Still recommended.

Dmann, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

The Stone 9th Anniversary Ale pours from the bomber a vibrant deep orange hue with a creamy white two finger head that leaves some nice sticky lacing as well. Big aromas of grain husks and wheat with a mellow caramel aspect. Hops are big and resinous with tropical fruit tones and hints of pine and wildflowers. This comes off oddly phenolic, almost cough syrupy and detracts from my overall enjoyment of the nose.

First sip brings a pale, grainy maltiness with light hints of wheat husk followed by a big blast of fresh green, fruity hop flavors. Tropical fruits, wildflowers and hints of pine boughs overlap with each sip. A good blast of bitterness on the way down with a lingering phenolic medicinal flavor that really gets in the way of the rest of the flavors. A bit of peppery spiciness creeps in as well. This one just fails to grab me really.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess...definetly lighter than almost any other Stone brew I've sampled...but that just makes it all the more drinkable and refreshing. An interesting hopped up wheat brew...however the overall flavor profile just seems to miss a beat for me. I have a few more bottles so I'll see what a bit of time does to this one, but for now I'm just glad I still have an extra bottle of the yummy 8th Anniversary lying around!

orbitalr0x, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

22 oz bottle date 9/05. Pours a yellow-orange with a big fluffy white head that lasts forever and laces the glass. The second pour from the bomber some yeast floaties.

The aroma is caramel malts with floral, grapefruity, piney hops. It's awesome at first (9), but as it warms it becomes more floral, peppery and medicinal.

The flavor is sweet malts followed by a large but rather subdued floral/grassy hop bitterness with notes of melon. As it warms, peppery medicinal alcohol comes out. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a sticky bitterness.

Overall, it tastes like a decent mellow IPA. It reminds me some of Rogue's Brutal Bitter. As I go through the bomber, I like it less and less.

Beaver13, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%

22 oz bomber with a 9th Annv. label denoting the year it was brewed in.

A- Deep mildly hazed golden orange glow, amazing head ... good retention.

S- Dusty white pepper, light citric, white pepper aroma. Big citric show. Orangina?

T&M- Medium body, creamy smooth. Suggestions of steamed grape leaves, boiled citric zest, white tea and a lingering aspirin bitterness. Heady alcohol throws gobs of fusel alcohol at the taste buds. Maltiness rolls out a light maltiness middle to end.

D- Just for shits and giggles I tried this brew again ... sorry, game over. This one just does nothing for me. I love Stone Brewing but they went too far with the god damn hops ... and you know what hops I am talking about. Better with age, and not so bad on tap. Beer geeks cheer because there is more left over for them.

Jason, May 29, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Overall, I found this to be a very enigmatic ale that is far removed from the listed style.
Appearance: Served into an imperial pint glass, the body is a hazy, burnished apricot. The head is a modest sized, creamy, offwhite color that retains well and leaves considerable amounts of patch lace.

Aroma: Surprsingly subdued for a Stone brew, but still now slouch. Spruce pine, orange rind with a hint of marmelade, and a note of husky wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really nice feel, overall, with some inviting hop resin and warm alcohol presence.

Taste: Spruce and orange rind front an assertive hops bitterness that governs over the weak malt essences all the way through. A hint of tropical pineapple and coconut emerge briefly, at room temperature, but are immediately overcome by the bittering hops. Orangerind finish is very dry and bitter, leaving the same aftertaste.

Drinkability: I like this, and will enjoy it again. The style, however, is a mystery to me. No definitive malt presence, no obtrusive alcohol, no signicant wheat influence. This one puzzles me, but it's good...definitely worth a try. I will cellar a bottle and see what it's like in a year, or so.

merlin48, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Its been in the bottle a year now and today seemed like a good day to try it again and review it. Pours cloudy dark peach, light tan fine head, with good retention, leaving ungodly amounts of fine sheeting. Nose is of sweet, fruity, spicy goodness. Tasty, fruity, yeasty, spicy brew, with a year in the bottle, its now soft, rounded and complex. the spice is still there and there is pleanty of intrigue and interest. Bold and favorful with notes of lime, perfume, gin and pepper. I'm a big Stone fan so it's hard not to use all the usual superlatives, but this is some tasty beer! Seems a year in the bottle has done this one well, the complexity and subtleness is better then I recall 6 or 9 months ago.

Billolick, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked up a couple bombers at Colonial while in the Acton area...
Pours a clear golden amber w/ a full two fingers of bright white head, which sticks around for quite a bit...lacing is thick.
Tons of scents going on here...juicy fruit hops up front w/ some spice, citrus and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is very enjoyable...hard to believe this is a wheat beer at first, but as you get further and further into this bomber, it becomes more and more apparent.
A boatload of hops bittering this one up...w/ a nice malt backbone to add that sweetness. Alcohol is also noticable in the taste and the finish is quite bitter...Orange rind comes to mind as it warms.
Mouthfeel is above average and the drinkability is decent, but I would think twice before drinking this one all evening.

warriorsoul, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Nice painted label says September 2005.

Pours a hazy light copper/orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. Looks effervescent. Head is sticky, and there is great lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong grapefruit, lemons, and tangerines, kind of piney, and yes, a little bubblegum. Amarillo hops. After a while, you can smell light toffe malts, and later some alcohol.

First flavor is grapefruit, very bitter, followed by lemons and tangerines. If you don't like Amarillo hops, this one isn't for you. There is a decent amount of residual sugar here, balancing this out nicely. It's pretty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is bitter, citrus, and sweet toffee. I like this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with soft to medium carbonation. Bitterness in the throat, sweetness and hop resins on the tongue, and an alcohol warmth late.

I still like Amarillo hops, so this is very good to me. Well made beer, well balanced for the style, and quite yummy in my tummy. I could drink this all day long.

jakester, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hops (pine, grapefruit, lemongrass), wheat, grass, and, well, hops. Taste is very similar. Loads of the citrus hops along with pepper It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long resiny hop finish with alcohol burn.

magictrokini, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of masikon
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%

Wasn't sure what to expect when i cracked this open, the bottle gives no real indications as to style, and traditional stone typography on the back is entertaining, but mostly just nonsense. Poured a lighter yellow than I had expected with plenty of active carbonation and a fantastic dense white head that lasted forever and stuck to the side of the glass. Nose was fruity with suggestions of grapes and citrus. Taste hits the palate not unlike an IPA really, lots of piny hop flavors shine through with slight melon and citrus flavors which can easily be detected. This beer starts off well but for me the finish is a bit of a disaster, the alcohol really can be felt/tasted after the swallow in a bad way. I'm not against alcohol flavors in me beer when executed well but for me this was just a little too much, At 7.8 percent this is a fairly strong beer but it comes off like something above 10 percent at least. As others have suggested, this is a really good start to a great beer, perhaps if aged the alcohol will mellow a but and it will show more malt character. I probably would't have this again.

masikon, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Appearance, it has a copper orange slightly hazed hue forms a nice billowing off white cream head, leaves behind nice full even lacing not bad atall. Aroma here is somewhat of a Hop bomb I noticed Amarillo hops with the strong citrus grapefruit and hints of pineapple / insert tart tropical fruit here tones. Malt base is compromised of some wheat tones but overall plays second fiddle to the somewhat brash hop profile. Flavor consists of lingering hops with levels of hop bitterness and flavor intermingling with an undertow of a malt base brings a tart mildy sweet tone to the whole thing, interesting. Mouthfeel is medium body with some of the chunky hop character making it feel a bit oily at times the lively carbonation helps things move along. Drinkability if your big on hops and you like Stone give it a try, but it's not the most easy going drinkable brew your going to encounter pretty challenging to the senses, I think I liked it.

WVbeergeek, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

This beer pours a golden orange witha fluffy white head. The head has slight orange tints in it. It fades slowly leaving a lot of laces. The first aroma I detect is hops. Lots of hops. It is slightly piney. Also, it has a good citrus aroma. Behind the hop aroma, I detect a very subtle, almost non existant malt aroma. This beer tastes a lot like it smells. It is quite hoppy, but not over hopped. It tastes piney. It definately has IPA like qualities. It has a refreshing citrus taste to it as well. Not much malt flavor, but some in noticable if you really look. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavor or the aroma. It is hidden quite nicely. This beer goes down smooth leaving a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well. This beer might not make the best session beer because it is just a little high in alcohol. I think this is another great produst from Stone. If you get the chance, you need to try this one. You wont be sorry.

OStrungT, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm coppery-orange body that is clear with a light airy off-white head. It has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of sweet malt and a hint of graham is balanced with a faint hint of green floral hops.

T- The taste of pale malt has a slight toasted quality to it and a faint sweet orange hint. The bold green hops taste and bitterness finish the sip. The soft hint of tangerine or more apricots are very faint but more noticeable as it warms. The taste of hops in the finish has a slight honey character to it but it is not sweet and it is not a fermented honey taste.

M- The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full but there is no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- The complexity in this beer is very subtle but very nice. It has a soft malt character with a nice hop finish, but it is the fruit qualities in the middle that really give it its nuances. From what I hear this is what a Brewing Colophon should taste like?

rhoadsrage, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

This poured to a bright yellow and gold with a medium head that lasted fairly well. It left some nice lace too.

The smell is full of hops and nothing else. The taste is has a light malt profile but hops quickly take over. The mouthfeel is very sharp, while drinkability takes a hit for lack of balance although the alcohol remains hidden.

This kind of makes me think of an Arrogant Bastard without the hefty malt content. The hops could definitely use a stronger supporting cast.

watermelonman, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of IntriqKen
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%

This is a hard review....why in the world Stone would choose a wheat based strong ale for their Anniverary Brew is beyond me, but here it goes...trying to review to type...American Strong Ale.
Poured a light reddish amber like an American Red/Amber ale...much lighter than I would expect.
Head is strong and a definate finger and a half that melts slowly to thick, thick lacing.
Aroma is predominately sweet malt with alcohol and a bit of bready yeast.
Taste is sweet malt with a bitter hop and medicinal alcohol aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is sort of thin for a strong ale, but still has plenty of carbonation and lots of alcohol burn.
Aftertaste is very VERY drying from the wheat and definately alcohol. The bitterness is not pleasant to me.
I don't want another...don't want to finish this one, so drinkability is poor.

IntriqKen, May 07, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -18%

Stone 9th anniversary Ale

Appearance- creamy nut brown with a decent creamy head.
Smell- alcohol, malt, and hops. In that order.
Taste- light smooth malt overpowered by alcohol. Strong grassy hops.

Overall- very bland very basic. Alcohol was too present. Won't buy again.

NJpadreFan, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Brilliant glowing orange color with very nice dense white head. Great retention and lace. Very appetizing. Very IPA like in taste and smell, but who doesn't love a good 'double IPA'. Aroma of sweet nectar, butter, and floral with a bit of citrus and pine. Tastes very nice with nice hop character. Pine, floral, grapefruit and lemon. Nicely bitter. Suprise bitter, dry elongated finish breaks through. Semi syrupy mouth, sticky and textured. Quite drinkable, and once again....nice extended bitter dry finish.

This bottle from Sept, 05 (drank in March 06) is nicely hopped and suprisingly balanced as well. Very yummy.

tastybeer, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Time to bust this one out. Released September 2005.

Pours a dirty golden color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Active bubbles. Lots of lace. Looks great.

Caramel and candy sugar greet the nose first, followed by a kind of medicinal, menthol heat, most likely from the high-ish alcohol %. And the hops? Yep, they're dying to whip your tastebuds into shape.

Sweet candy-like flavors--caramel, peach, pear, peppermint, butterscotch, molasses--mixed with hot spices, sizzling hops and sharp herbs. A unique flavor that seems to have a lot going on, and somewhat hard to pin down. Tastes a little different each sip.

Like all Stone stuff, the mouthfeel is superb, this one being hefty, buttery, tingly...just right.

Overall it has a kind of Frankenstein-ish feel, seems to be a little bit of everything: sweet and spicy like a tripel, syrupy like a barleywine, hella-hoppy like a Double IPA, and as dangerously drinkable as a good lager. My hat's off to Stone. Again.

Metalmonk, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Sammy, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%

Picked this up on a recent trip to the Cincinnati area. The year or so it spent sitting on a shelf in the light has not been kind, I'm sad to say. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a small flourish of creamy white head that strains to get up to a half-inch before sheepishly disappearing back into the body. Aroma is rough around the edges - grapefruity, piney hops blend with a funky Belgian-esque, brett type character that is not particularly pleasant. Palate is fully distracted by this same character, to the point of rendering it a bit of a chore to drink. The hop character is still there, but it is blunted significantly by the Belgian funkiness that I'm pretty sure wasn't there when this was fresh. Body is decent and creamy, at least providing a pleasant texture. I'm sad I didn't have a chance to try this when it was a serviceable and drinkable offering.

ElGordo, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

22oz bomber obtained as an "extra" in a trade from Px2GrafX ...Definately an unexpected treat

appearance: pours much lighter than I anticipated, a pale grassy peachy orange, a little hazy...some nice lacing in there

smell: grassy, heavy citrus aromas, peaches, some nice citrus hops in there

taste: grapefruit, peach, tangerine, a little alcohol, some fierce citrus hops, nice sweet malty backbone. definately a close relative the double IPA genre

mouthfeel: a little dry in the finish, quite hoppy and bitter

drinkability: i dont see the issue with the drinkability on this one

I actually really liked this, DIPA with a twist

dirtylou, Oct 08, 2005
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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.