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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

218 Reviews
THE BROS
69
poor

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 255
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 255
Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Flowery citrus hops, orange, a definite carmel sweetness. Very West Coast hop and IPA-like.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with yellow edging. A densely carbonated white head and little floaties in the bottom.

Flavor: Pine, peppery, candied oranges, some malt sweetness accentuated with a firm hop punch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and prickly. Just a touch oily on the finish.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable and drinkable. Definitely slanted towards the hop end of the spectrum but very easy and not palate fatiguing. Maybe a year plus has helped settle this a bit. Definitely recommended. (614 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a growler filled at Stone's "Winter Cleaning" growler fill. Or something like that. Don't really care what it was called - I just care I got to try this!

A: Cloudy amber/golden color with a nice fluffy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells of piney hops, alcohol and just a bit of sweet malt.

T: Interesting. For sure. Even after a year and a half, the hops are on the forefront. Piney hops at that. There is also quite a bit of alcohol warmth, which works nicely for this beer. Behind that, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, with a nice bit of spice. Finally, there is a bit of a wheat character, but it is very much in the background. All around, quite unique, and nice.

M: Nice and full, with a low to medium level of carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth.

D: Altogether, pretty drinkable - not the most sessionable of Stone beers, but still pretty good.

Recommended, if you can actually get your hands on this. (966 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick, off-white head, which remains for a good amount of time, but doesn’t leave very much lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong, but you detect citrus & malt first, then you get a decent whiff of hops.

T: Hops flavor and bite prevails from beginning to end, not a lot of sweetness but there’s a bit of malt and citrus and it definitely has the Stone signature. Seems like an IPA, but I’ve yet try Stone’s IPA to compare it.

M: Very crisp, medium body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: Let’s face it, this beer is from Stone Brewing Co. so you really can’t “forget” that you’re drinking beer. However this beer is drinkable from the standpoint that you KNOW that you’re drinking good beer.

I enjoyed this beer, but like I mentioned previously I haven’t had the Stone IPA to compare it to, nor have I had any of their other anniversary ales to know if they trend towards the IPA realm each year. That being said, I’ve never been disappointed by Stone. (1,094 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not afraid to say it, there will be Stone beers you will hate from time to time. Its a hell of a corporate philosophy, I think. If you don't like something from Stone, just try something else.

Or realize that you may be unworthy. It could happen.

I didn't like last year's big-ass brown ale. I'm in love with this year's, maybe a glance towards Gumballhead, actually, a tribute to the Amarillo hop in all its love-it-or hate it caustic bitterness.

Poofy head unceasing and Belgian in quality, this is a gorgeous looking light-colored ale. Give this to someone drinking BMC just to watch their face pucker up. Trust me, you'll enjoy it. Get a picture if you can.

There is a palate assault here on caliber with Ruination, some almost fiery twinges of metallic bittering and hop finishes as subtle as smoky scotch.

Somehow still refreshing, take this one as it comes because there's no suggestion of cellaring on the bottle, nor any sense at all on the label. Seriously, these are just not fun anymore. Or maybe i'm just still not Stone worthy. (1,061 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange with a not quite white head that holds up and laces well. the aroma is very hoppy: floral, lemony citrus, slightly piney. there is a hint of baked bread. the taste contains tons of hops without being overly bitter (to me). lemon rind citrus is most apparent. it's clear amarillo hops are used as there is the signature aspriny taste is the at the back of the mouth. there is some caramel, wheat and a little yeastiness that balances a bit. light fruity flavors apple for sure, peach? maybe. a little alcohol in there that honestly only adds in my opinion. nice and dry with a medium body and pretty light carbonation. after reading some of the reviews it seems like this is a love it or hate it beer, you can group me with the former. it's not stone's best offering, but it is of the same quality that i've come to expect from stone. (845 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (937 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great anniversary offering from the folks at Stone and probably my favourite of their Anniversary beers that I have sampled thusfar.

It pours a lovely amber colour with a thick pillowy white head that leaves its residue oozing down the sides of the glass.

One sniff with your nose and you are immediately hit with floral, juicy hop goodness. That is followed by some sweet candy notes and an everso slight hint of alcohol.

The flavour is sharp and a bit more tart than the aroma would lead you to believe. Alcohol is more dominant as well. Aside from those nuances, the flavour falls in line with the aroma. The hop notes are there and there is a definite juicy feel at the finish and the hop burps are quite nice if I do say so myself. Mouthfeel was pretty much spot on overall.

Again, I definitely enjoyed this one. It's well balanced and falls in line nicely with the style. Grab a bottle if you can find it. (933 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought home a 750ml bottle which got slightly agitated in transit. This of course, stirred the sediment on the bottom a bit so I opted to let it sit a few days to settle (it settled a little). I don't recall any other Stone brews having quite this much sediment, and I've tried them all (except the Epic series which I drank the first 2 years, still sittin on the last 3).

Enoughf of that, un-capped pours a light gold ale with hues of amber. Not as dark as I was expecting. It has a thick frothy head that sticks around for sometime, leaving a nice sticky lacing behind, real nice looking stuff!

When I popped this thing open and took a wiff, the hops jumped out and bit me on the nose, literally. This was a bit more subtle after being poured yet still piney fresh hoards of sticky hop, a little orange peel and a note of yummy malt bringing up the rear.

Taste: same as smell, see above. Actually not quite as powerful as it smelled, just a hoppy, citrusy, super tasting ale with plenty of alcohol to warm your being.

Smooth, clean rinse mouthfeel with a hop bitter, semi sticky finish as you send it down the hatch...oooh,refreshing!

This is a highly drinkable ale, more so if your a hop-head (which I am) ;-) (1,228 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange color with a slightly unfiltered appearance and an off white head that maintains some clout.

Citrus, hops, and a subtle floral presence mix with a meaty malted smell and form an inviting aroma.

Hops take charge in the taste. Imagine a hop presence short of most IPA's but more than a Pale, somewhere inbetween lies this splendid hop profile which lends itself to being receptive of a orange citrus backdrop and eventually finishes on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel has some meaty structure and the bitterness is allowed to cut through to form a satisfying and dare I say refreshing experience.

This is a staple in my fridge for many reasons but mostly it has an incredible smoothness, alcohol is well hidden, and the ingredients come together without any odd transitions. (816 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright golden, small white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is grapefruit, floral and citrus hops, with wheat, caramel, and alcohol notes. Taste is citrus and caramel, then floral hops, and some wheat. Very hoppy beer, nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, tastes like a stronger Gumballhead. Thanks DrJay! (379 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

September 2005 batch. Poured with good head, soapy foam, dense orange in colour. Mouthfeel hits first as smooth water undertone then amarillos take over leaving a coarse and chalky finish. Aroma dominated mostly by the Amarillos. A good finish. Fairly light and unagressive. Crisp and warming. This sample has had some time to sit and it has settled quite nicely into what I would consider a great 'social pint' ... (though you might wanna watch it at nearly 8%)! Ultimately, I couldn't find much to say but plenty enough to enjoy. Thanks Grub for the pleasent surprise! (570 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After six months in the basement, I thought the brew was real good if not just right as it aged alittle.
It poured a nice orange, very little haze, with a one inch, frothy, off white head.
The aroma had alcohol notes with citric & tropical hop.
The taste carried that tropical, sweet grapefruit sweetness balanced well with a hop over citric finish.
The medium bodied beer left the mouth crisp and tangy.
I found thisone very drinkable. I liked it! (454 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, paid $5.99 in Boulder,CO. 50 IBU's, 7.8% ABV, OG=19 plato. Brewed with wheat, and hopped with Amarillo and Crystal. Bottles released Aug 29th, 2005. Labeled Sept 2005. Drank 2-1-06.

Pours out to a clear but slightly hazy orange copper, forming a rocky and creamy off-white head with superior retention and very nice chunky lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. The aroma is brimming with sweet orange-tinged juicy hops. I am really starting to love Crystal hops, and as always, that Amarillo has that beautiful skunky tinge to it. The mouthfeel is moderately dense and syrupy for a beer of this color. Coats the entire palate and leaves a sheen in the back of the mouth. The taste is punctuated by hops galore...there is a marked sweetness but not unpalatable and the bitterness is medium-light. Lingering resinous pine notes with a smidge of higher alcohols towards the tail-end. As it warms, orange intensifies, but isopropyl's definitely pop out and hamper it's drinkability. (994 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone's huge version of their Heat Seeking Wheat from a few years back. Out of a big 25 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a huge thick persitant head. Very nice hoppy aroma- spicy and citrusy hop smells dominate. Definitely some fruity (bananas/raisins) estery aromas become very noticable as the brew warms. Taste is big citrusy hops upfront. From there it's all wheat with some banana undertones and it finishes very dry. Different but I like it Medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. Leave it to Stone to come up with a really crazy wheat beer. Nice experimental beer. (585 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been aging this a bit, think it was worth it.

Into a pint glass, pours a deep orange, pour activating a swirl of bubbling activity just below the head, levelling off with a one inch head. A lovely head, off-white, fluffy and creamy, that collapses unevenly here and there till there is a good firm film left, with large splotches of lacing left high on the glass, and whole loads of it as I drain the glass. Aroma is actually kind of tame, some sweet fruitiness and floral hops, bubblegum, but really, this is a Stone.. wheres the magical whif I'm looking for?

Taste is an amalgamation of all good things in beer, sweet sugary caramel like pale malts, held in check by an almost coy hop profile, like it KNOWs its a Stone, but sits back and snickers, sends out some bitterness, some lovely floral spicy hopness, oils, but you get the sense that it could be more potent, arrogant even, but instead sits back and tell you what a fine beer it is, but still manages to be a little menacing.

Mouth is quite nice, full and lively, and quite warm from a noticable alcohol presence, warm through the finish. Overall, definitely worth the year, ages well, have read the reviews from the beginning and seems like it came our raw. Age it a year, and you have yourself a scrumptios beer. (1,284 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma. Hoppy but the hops take a bit of a backseat to yeasty esters. A little bread-like. Some American Grapefruit hop aroma. There is also a pretty strong malt aroma after it settles and some of the other aromatics dissipate.

Pale gold, big, bubbly white head. Nice lacing. A little bit cloudy. Rising carbonation is big bubbles.


Very sharp hop bitterness. Strong citrus, more like orange in the flavor that the grapefruit in the aroma. Good malt in mid-palate. Seems like mostly pilsner or light base malt. Finishes with a nice hop flavor that lasts in your mouth but isn't plaque scrapping bitter. Really well balanced for a Stone product which tend to be over-the-top bitter and resiny (not that that's necessarily bad.)

Carbonation level is a little biting, maybe to strong. Scrubs away some of the flavor right off. Medium-full bodied and fairly creamy.

Pretty nice beer overall. Strong but not overpowering, same with the hops. Big but not too much. (982 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with a faint haze, this beer poured with a white head and produced a fair deal of lacing. The aroma was mostly citrus and pine, a bit of powdery hops, with mild wheat and orange character. Bitterness was assertive without being overpowering. It had some grainy wheat malt sweetness tempered by resinous hops. Earthy character grew into the finish. Overall it had a very clean yeast profile and orange flavours became more apparent as it warmed. Medium body with a slight stickiness, the carbonation was perfect for creating a pleasant smoothness of texture. Great tasting, nice balance - exactly what I expect from the good people at Stone. (650 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone winter storm 2010.

I have no idea why this beer only recieved a B+. It's drinking amazing right now.

Pours a very beautiful yellow. With a nice sticky white head. Nice lacing.

Smells wonderful for it's age. A lot of hop aroma going on for such an old beer. Pineapple, peaches, lemon and orange peel. With a nice sweet malt smell in the background.

Taste is awesome. All the same flavors above with a nice bitter finish. Nice sweet maltiness in the background. The hops are runnin the show here. But not without help of the malt.

Mouthfeel is actually a little under carbed but good still.

Overall I wish I could bring some of this home. If you have some drink it because this is at it's peak. (715 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer emerged from the dedicated beer fridge and then from the bottle and into my pint where its lovely orange honey colour has lit up the room. It has a sticky tannish head that holds on like a champ before casting off clinging chunks to the sides of my vessel. It is nicely carbonated with both plump and high speed bubbles and some smaller and more relaxed springs of tiny ones.

The nose is bizzarrely lemon tinged to my whiffing. It has the charactertic uber sweet sugary malt crustiness as well. It has "that roughness" to it as expected. Only slightly dirty.

The taste is so much more delightful than I was expecting. Usually this style leaves me gritting sticky teeth and fetching for my insulin, but I think I may actually be able to deal with this. It is sweet and a bit lemony which is still throwing me. It has a fair degree of bitterness with a sort of leafy hop character. It dries out in the end which may be amplified by the alcoholic presence. Overall the malt sweetness is pronounced, but not cloying at all. I am assuming this lemon flavour is a mixture of the malt and the citrus properties of the hop oils. I am really at a loss. It reminds me of a dessert that mom used to make. Weird but alright somehow. Call me mad.

Mouthfeel is at the fat end of medium. Somehow Stone brews always seem to be magically more light and flitty than you would expect even with brutally powerful mixtures. I love this about the way they brew. Everything just feels so fresh and clean.

Drinkability is good. I am actually dropping this stuff down the shoot faster than I thought I could and faster than I know I should. I am truly shocked and delighted. This style as well as old ales are typically too sugary for me, but this baby is alright with me. I am glad I held onto this. I am glad it is still good. Now I have to wonder what was it like brand new. Oh the torure. It's good now, so I guess I will forget about it and be happy. Done. (1,959 characters)

Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Brickskeller in DC

Poured a light, not quite clear, straw color. Looks a bit fizzy and light for a Stone! Head is huge and white with medium bubbles. Huge hop aroma, citrus and pine, a bit perfumey.

First taste is sweet and hoppy, citrus (orange) dominates. Long, bitter aftertaste.

More of what I expect from Stone, but an American Strong ale? Expect a different IPA and you will like it. I found it very easy to drink

And read the back of the bottle... WTF? (485 characters)

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber bottle.

Pours a light amber color, good head, attractive. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, bold. Flavor is a good balance of malt sweetness and hops with a nice finish. Bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and not too carbonated. Very drinkable considering the decent strength with well balanced flavors. (339 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've used my standard tulip for this one. It is burnt orange with a decent head. The bubbles are larger than I would expect. The nose is that of a IIPA. Citrusy, somewhat piney hops abound, with a wheat-like malt bill.

The taste is quite hoppy. Citrus flavors hit me first, followed by bubblegum flavored malt (not too sweet), then I taste the wheat, followed by slight bitterness. This is like a Wheat IIPA.

The mouthfeel is thick with very good carbonation. I can taste this for several minutes after I swallow, due in part to the coating nature of the beer. I find this to be very drinkable. I don't think I will cellar many of these, as I dig the hops of this beer. (678 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly smeared medium golden yellow color with a medium white cap of froth that breaks down into a landscape of bubbled rockyness. Big sheet of lace coats all around the glass. This looks damn nice.

Hmmm...not a typical waft from Stone, a bit restrained here with a melony citrus of orange and lemon and some light wheaty snap behind it.

Taste is broad and withstanding in a short bittering but long oily hoppyness. Quite exquisite really. It seems quick at first but begins to lay the groundwork for a full-on citrusy construction on your palatable property. Orangey fluff, peels, piths, and pulp skip quickly into a short entrance of the wheat malt that seems very high rendered in flour, dryness, and partially parched in chalkyness. Thankfully and craftly, that area is just as brief as any other in this brigade of quickly happening nuances. Wow! The oily stuff, as mentioned above, begins to float forward in the finishing areas after every sip. So danty, yet obvious. Citrusy oils, hop squeezed bite, and peel-like girth, substain for a long duration of hinting grasses, more so hinting citrus pith, and high grain malt. Wonderfully complex hop profile along its length; which seems short at first, but alas, it grows and grows, from sip to sip. Somehow drying, yet oily and pungent. Sublime.

Feel is about medium, if not all together a slight lightish; somewhat. But man does it grow on ya quickly. Yeah, quickly as its very own hoppy characteristics and dryly set base of citric hops and malting. What a strangely awesome beer? Like Clint Eastwood, it's every way but loose. Tightly set in hops with drying parchness, hop citrusy tricks, and a fairly calm bitterness that just suits its overall ride through finishville.

I could drink this for a good long while. Everything about it screams...have fun, enjoy some hops, and get pummeled by our strategicly placed alcoholic punch. Uff-da, Stone knows me too well. Fine stuff! (1,947 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, screen printed label with the typical rambling Stone description. Obviously this has been around a while, but it has been kept refrigerated the whole time.

Appearance: Pours clear orange in color, average head and retention.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, lots of piney hops.

Taste: Hop flavors are fairly mellow, but they are definitely there - nice combination of citrus and pine. Malt flavors dominate though.

Overall impression: I suspect this may be a very different beer than it was fresh, but it is great aged - smooth and drinkable despite a high abv. (586 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (621 characters)

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.