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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
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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masikon

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 01:14:23 | More by masikon
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A deep honey colored brew with a light off white head on top. Aroma of orange, pine needles and spice play in. Flavor is a bitter twang from the hops and nothing else. A bitter dry aftertaste left behind and that is about it. Mouthfeel is ok; drinkability is well, a bit low as this brew really doesn’t have much going on, kind of one dimensional. There is something missing in this brew. Now, it reminds me of an IPA. It seems to be lacking any depth. Let’s see how this will age……Time will tell.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 23:18:37 | More by Stubbie1
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a very nice head that leaves plenty of lacing - unfortunately, its all downhill from there

Smell: Apricot fruity aromas with a clear dollop of alcohol

Taste: Starts out aggressively in the mouth with a piney, resinous hop flavor overwhelming the fruitiness I was expecting from the aroma; after the swallow, the bitter and metallic piney hops literally explode in your mouth and challenge you to a duel - I give up!

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with plenty of carbonation; plenty of warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: This one is just not drinkable to me; I've had mixed experiences with Stone beers - they are all out there but this one is out of bounds as far as I am concerned; I would go so far as to compare this to an aggressively crafted malt liquor

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:52:38 | More by brentk56
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 03:15:27 | More by Jason
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 07:31:14 | More by Thrasher
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-17-2011 02:14:15 | More by TasteTester
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BDeibs

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-14-2012 21:47:35 | More by BDeibs
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-19-2012 01:40:15 | More by jenray
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KingSlender

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber picked up at Bev Mo.

Glassware - Magic Hat Pint

Pours a light yellowish-orange...very similar to a pale ale. The head is bright white with a hearty thickness to it that clings nicely to the glass.

The nose has the typical Stone spice to it. I know I've smelt this before somewhere...hmmmm. Can't put my finger on what I'm picking up here but there's plenty of hops and the alchohol is not hidden well at all.

The taste is very different than what I was expecting. A very light mouthfeel, low on malt sweetness, a big hop bite, and a strong alchohol kick on the aftertaste. Almost like a Stone IPA mixed with Marin's seasonal Triple Wheat.

I honestly don't know what to think of this beer. It's not bad, but not that great either.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 04:55:53 | More by KingSlender
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kmcnair

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounces in a bottle.

Pours a very middle of the road copper color, looks like an IPA, makes a fuffly cloud of head. American strong ale is such a vague category BJCP category, meh. Is this to style? sure, why the hell not.

Aroma is weird, like breakfast... seriously, this smells like fresh toasted bread or even pancakes hot off the griddle. There's some nutty character in there too. Light roasty caramel, subtle hints of citrus hops linger in the background, mostly subdued by toast.

Has an assertively sweet flavor all around, apricot & mandarin oranges, green raisin, nutty, but this was much better fresh... which is kind of a bummer because I didn't care for it too much fresh due to some powdery notes from excessive amarillo hops.

Medium bodied, leaves a sticky thick coating on the palate, finishes damp. Not really enjoying this...

IMHO, this doesn't age well at all, I have a couple bottles in the cellar... and I'm not excited about sampling them again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 05:44:52 | More by kmcnair
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dgallina

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt, 6fl oz bottle labeled as september 2005 release.

Pours a sparkling and super-clear orange with quickly-subsiding white head that leaves a thin film and strong lace. Smells of syrupy grapefruit-like hops with touches of strawberry fruitiness. Taste is *really* unimpressive. Huge mouth-numbing powdered grapefruit and orange hops at the front, middle, and back of the tongue. No other flavors can complicate or pierce the broadside of hops. Abrasively rough and carbonated on the tongue; oily medium-thick body.

A poor showing from Stone. Appearance and aroma are somewhat promising, but flavor and mouth-feel are uninspiring, simplistic, and quickly tiresome.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 03:13:40 | More by dgallina
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HopHead84

California

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

3.5-3.5-3.0-3.5-2.5

02/08/2011

On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.

A: Golden yellow with a frothy white head. 

S: Sweet bready malt with candied notes. Evident oxidation with some raisin and date. Alcohol has a decent presence here.

T: Moderately sweet with a prominent bready malt profile. The sweetness has a candied flavor to it. There's a little date and raisin. No hop character to speak of. This has a lot of oxidation, which seems fine at first but it gravitates a bit too far in the direction of cardboard near the finish. 

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and slightly syrupy.

Overall: Not one I'd drink again, but not a bad beer. 

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 03:49:11 | More by HopHead84
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 06:12:31 | More by Beaver13
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Stone has been a hit-or-miss brewery for me. This beer falls within the near-miss catagory. I mean, it isn't bad, it just isn't good. It looks nice, like an old penny. It smells, well, like a beer -- malt, an assertive amount of hops, with a strong alcohol back.
The taste follows the smell, it tastes, well, like a beer. I mean that in the most generic way possible. I could had this to any BMC drinker, they'd have a sip and say, "Yup. It's a beer". I guess, there just isn't anything special about it. Mediocre through and through. Hops are present, but not really 'doing' anything. Malt is the same way, it's there, just not special or unique. It is also pretty overcarbonated.

If I wanted a beer like this, I would have gotten a nice clean lager. It would have done the job much better.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 23:30:42 | More by shbobdb
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 13:12:34 | More by NJpadreFan
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Padron4KM

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber.
Pours out a clear orange/yellow with a small, quickly evaporating head.
Aroma is fruity and piney.
Flavor is pine and grapefruit pith with some malty sweetness. Wheat is there, but barely detectable.
Grapefruity tingle on the finish. Kind of like a watered down Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 08:24:54 | More by Padron4KM
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rattle N Hum earlier tonight.

Light orange, dense white head with good retention and lace. Nose has plenty of fruity oxidation, with golden raisins, plums,candy and a little citrus. Palate has a lot of oxidation with raisins, plum,cardboard and almost fatty, rancid mouthfeel. Flabby and loose, the finish is sweet with fruity oxidation. Medium in body with moderate carbonation , this decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 08:54:58 | More by DefenCorps
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear ornag color with a one inch frothy head that slowly settles to a thin spotty cap and thick ring, and leaves a very nice looking web of lace.

Smell; smells strongly hops with grapefruits and oranges, and some other fruits that I can't quite place (maybe apricots?). There's a pretty good malt presence in the nose to go along with the hops.

Taste; strong alcohol notes hit right away. Bitter hops with some sweet grapefruit and oranges following. This has a petty solid malt backbone to counter thos hops some. I just wish the alcohol didn't have such a pronounced presence in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and to syrupy for me, and the drinkability takes a big hit due to the alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 01:59:18 | More by RedHaze
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber into a tulip, accompanied by some Vermont sharp.

Poured a very bright golden yellow.
Thick, frothy, white head. Nice lacing.
Moderate carbonation.

Very nice aroma of sweet malt and hops. Scent of grapefruit/citrus.
First taste has a suprisingly sweet citrus fruitiness to it.

There is somthing in there that tastes like bubblegum to me.

Strong bitter finish that sticks to the palate.

Kind of a roller coaster of a beer, at first sweet and a rather bitter finish making it a little confusing on my palate.

Strong flavors, not the most drinkable of beers, It tasted much better to me at the 9th festival. I don't think I could pound these all night long, but it has a very unique taste to it if you're in the mood for somthing different.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 02:05:38 | More by SteveO1231
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looks good and smells good but it doesn't taste or sit in the mouth as well. It pours a cloudy yellow-orange with some sediment floating around beneath a small white head. The smell is dominated by the piney oily hops, I can feel the oils in my nose after a deep inhale. The taste is a little peppery and then a good bitter kick. The body is oily and it leaves a chalky residue on my teeth. I am a bit bummed from this beer; I thought it would be better. I just didn't like the chalky aftertaste, it really turned me off from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 03:57:19 | More by orsulacp
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one a long, long time. Figure I may as well drink it on a hot summer day.

Golden body. Finger of creamy white head.

Nose is a bit stale. Over-sweet malt and hops that once were...

Flavor is still pretty good. Strong but smooth. Marshmallow malt, light citrus, a little spiciness. Interesting blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel is solid, slick, low to moderate carb.

Overall, this is still a solid strong ale. I know that Stone was going for something lighter than their usual anniversary IPA with this one. They succeeded, but I wish I knew what it tasted like when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:41:12 | More by ghostwalker
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
September 2005.

Pours a very clear, golden, copper color. Very fluffy, bright white colored head. Excellent head retention. Tons of sticky lacing, coating all sides of the glass. Good citrusy, hop smell combined with an even amount of malts. Hints of pepper, yeast and a slight biscuity smell. Taste mimics the smell, lots of hops and malts, followed by pepper and finishes very bitter. Medium bodied, smooth but leaves a funky grainy feeling in the mouth and on the teeth. Overall, not a bad beer, but my least favorite from Stone, so far. Hopefully their 10th anniversary ale will be much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 22:48:55 | More by BigDaddyWil
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goschool

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale is a little hard to classify. It's pretty much an IPA with wheat and just enough malt to edge it over into the strong ale style.

The pour is clear orange/gold with a creamy head. The noise is much like a big IPA with orange peel (not in the way witbiers use fresh and zesty orange peel), dried apricot and a pinch of herbs. The flavor is pretty much the same, although the apricot trumps the orange. The impending bitterness has a spicy bite and it gets an earthy, malty backing. The carbonation is solid and I didn't get nearly as much over-the-top alcohol flavor as some of the other reviewers. Balance was never one of Stone's goals, neither was keeping within traditional style guidelines and this one is no exception. I'll give them an "E" for effort right now. Hopefully the earthy, herbal flavors will calm down and mature with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 08:14:41 | More by goschool
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cbl2

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

9/2/2005 $6.19 22 oz. 7.80% September 2005 emblazoned on the front.

Appearance:

Pours a pale brown-gold, with roughly an inch of creamy white head that has some lasting power. Nice lacing upon settling.

Aroma:

Stone is known for their intense aromas, and this one doesn't fail to disappoint: smells like freshly juiced grapefruit, and pine essence, with a touch of fresh bread.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Fairly one dimensional at first, with mind numbing, palate killing intense hop (amarillo) bitterness. There is some sweetness towards the end, which is followed by a warming alcohol presence. Finish is long and dry, and not entirely pleasant. This is the same style as their famous Arrogant Bastard (the only Stone I don't like), and while this doesn't have the flavor of AB, I still don't like.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 16:47:57 | More by cbl2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a good looking bright tangerine color with a tiy bit of a brownish hue. Thin why'd head and some lacing. Nose brings forward some sweet caramel along with a bit of citrus rind. Taste is about he same without much sticking out. I would say this is past its prime. Feel is okay with a medium body and some carbonation to carry what flavors there are. Drinks okay, but I think this one is done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 11:55:49 | More by Thorpe429
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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