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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

218 Reviews

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 255
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 255
Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lustrous, hazed honey color with a thick, creamy head and solid lacing. Basically smells like a quality IPA...very hoppy with slightly tart fruits and a hint of spicy alcohol. Some dry, bready malts. Flavor is a big wave of floral hops - a little spicy with a smooth bitterness. Pleasantly sweet. Juicy, lively flavor yet, a little dry - smooth and medium-full bodied.

This is pretty much a double IPA...at least the bottle I got. Very well-rounded overall, but there's a lot of delicious hop flavor. Try it while you can...six or so months after its release seems to be the right time to be drinking this.

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Photo of Overlord
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always sad when you know you're extraordinarily unlikely to ever try a beer again. I picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port a few weeks ago along with several other anniversary editions. Doubt another will ever cross my path again.

Golden color with a slight haze. Maybe a faint orangeish hue. Smells fainly of hops and grapefruit. Taste is ... unexpectedly complex. Some sweetness balancing out the hops, more tangerine/orange than grapefruit. This is really excellent, and displays a bit more balance in terms of the "hop bomb" effect one sees from a lot of Stone brews. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Great light amber, more like morning honey hue. Great, small bubbles come forth with a steady pace amidst some very light suspension. Great two finger head after pour with a strong film throughout.

Smell- Aroma of spring with some holly hop, hopping. A little sweet but overall a slight piney hop aroma.

Taste- Makes me think of hops and honey. Mostly hops though. A light heavy hop bitterness with some caramel, honey sweet malts mixed with this pungent hop juice. A springy brew for almost wintertime. Fresh tasting hops for a beer thats a year old.

Mouthfeel- A little drying but still great with the slightly coating hop syrup. More like a hop honey.

This beer is more of an American Double IPA than an America Strong ale in my opinion.

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Photo of nvsblman
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear copper color with plenty of pillowy head. A little bit of sticky lacing too. The aroma is citrusy with some fresh cut grass and floral notes. Taste is sweet, with some grassy hops. Almost a cereal sweetness to it. The hop flavor is strong, but not overpowering. It is fairly full bodied and well carbonated. Very easy to drink and hides its strength well. For the price, I will probably not stock up on this, but it's a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with autumnaldave! Cheers

Poured this brew into my glass and a massive head exploded. As I wait for this head to die down I will watch some football.

okay, well a full five mins later and its ready to release its drink.

The smell of this 2 year old beer is so rich and strong. It smells of sweet fruits and a little bit of alcohol.
I think this brew is or has developed a creaminess thats rich and full. I really enjoy this beer. Compare to a year before (8th Ann) this beer has really stepped up.

Overall this beer is still full of flavor, creamy notes, and a little booze. Its super drinkable and I would love to have another.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - straw colored pour with a tint of red. Dense foamy head settles unevenly and sticks to the glass. A casual but busy bead level from below.

Aroma - deep aroma of pine and pineapple, smells sweet. Intense aroma reaches me as it sits off to the side.

Taste - a sweet, hoppy start. Bitterness is immediate but light to moderate, allowing more of the floral aspect of the hop to come through. The citrusy part is temporary though, and at the swallow the beer becomes more intensely bitter, all hops now. In true Stone style, the aftertaste and finish are a hop-filled mutha. It doesn't blast the taste buds like Ruination but it'll wake 'em up! With a little acclimation it starts to go down a little smoother than normal. Mmmm...

Mouthfeel - oiled up to a nice smoothness, it glides down as if on Autopilot.The carbonation is lively and the body is a bit big.

Drinkability - gets better as it gets warmer, for sure, and becomes quite the enjoyable glass of suds.

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Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September of 2005, Consumed September of 2009.

22oz bomber pours a slightly burnt orange with honey folds into a pint glass. A khaki 1 finger foam crown appears but shows little retention before receding back into a rocky ring around the top of the surface.

Smell: A very nice malt that is fruity, slightly perfumy, and a touch boozy still. Most of the residual sugars have been depleted and the hops have definitely faded so the fruity quality lacks the vibrant pineapple and the brew lacks the amarillo kick it had when fresh.

Taste: Oh wow this one has blended quite nicely! Subtle pineapple meets a hint of toffee sweet malt and finishes with a wee bit of amarillo hops! This is at peak cellar condition IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful! Crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied, yet a touch oily!

Drinkability: The slightly boozy flavor profile keeps this one at 4.0 but this is a fairly sessionable example of the style.


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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was sampled and reviewed in March 2006. 22 oz bottle.

This beer poured a hazy, peach color with tall, creamy, off-white foam that persists a while and clung a bit as it settled. The smell was fruity and malty. A very nice aroma. The taste was hoppy with flavors of mangoes and slightly astringent "aspirin" from the hops (Amarillo). There was a good, balanced malty backbone behind the hops. There was a pleasant bitterness coupled with a fruity tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation. The finish and aftertaste had lightly sweet malt and tangy, fruity hops lingering. This was quite an enjoyable beer! Among my favorites from Stone.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally found some of this beer. I had been searching for awhile. Read the BeerSpy report to find out where you might be able to get some. Anyways I poured a bomber of this into a snifter. It pours a cloud deep golden, light orange color with a very nice white, frothy head that was over an inch thick upon being poured. Head was about 1/3 of an inch thick upon settling. Good retention and very nice lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel and some floral hops are present along with some fruit, such as some orange, grapefruit or lemon. The taste is mildly sweet up front with hints of malt and caramel, followed by some spice, hops, and a touch of the aforementioned fruit. The hop bitterness certainly becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Has a sort of dry and bitter aftertaste. Has a smooth, frothy, and creamy mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink in the manner that craft beer should be. Another winner from Stone!

4/13/08 app-4 smell-4 taste-4.5 mf-4.5 'ability-4.5

I also drank this again on 4/13/08. Split a bomber I had sitting in my cellar with a friend because I decided it was time to crack this baby open! Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a cloudy, light brown, golden color. Nice white head is a good 1/2 inch when poured and settles to a decent white surface layer lining the inside of the glass. Definitely has a citrus hop aroma and some caramel malt as well. The citrus hops are certainly present upfront tastewise followed by some sweet malt caramel notes. I was certainly pleasantly surprised how apparent the hops presence still was after this had been aging in my cellar for 14 months and 2 1/2 years since it was originally released. I can only imagine how hoppy this beer must have been when it was fresh. The hops certainly linger in the aftertaste. Has a crisp and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink


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Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yea, of course it is a strong ale; Stone brewed it. It tastes more like an IIPA. It has plenty of earthy, grassy, pine-ey and herbal spiciness--enough to justify the IIPA. It has a healthy helping in the malt character too. Big syrup flavors from the barley--enough to offset the hopping. I also detect a modest level of wheat that adds to the body, head retention, and slightly murky appearance. It is complex with over-ripened oranges, mangos, and a hint of bubble-gum. Complex spiciness and hop flavor. Not as dry as expected through the alcohol and hops. A tasty beer. Another good job Stone.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light tangerine color with a good amount of frothy, white head. Spectacular pour and head retention.

The nose was strong with roasted malts and grapefuit.

It tasted similar to the nose, very roasted with heavy malts and hops. Quite a refreshing beer for a full bodied strong ale with very like alcohol detected. In my opinion, it tasted more like a DIPA.

I enjoyed this beer, keep up the fantastic work, Stone...

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle Pours a nice clear golden color, some carbonation, thick huge head, tons of lacing throughout. Scents of hops and a grassy hint. Awesome sweet tasting brew with a real nice hoppy bite. Medium body. When I first poured this I thought it was an IPA, still think it is, but what do I know. Very drinkable at the ABV, I really like this brew, another awesome brew from Stone. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of Beerhandy.

Pours a golden coper color with a fluffy slightly off-white head. Lacing and retention are very good.
Smell is caramel, toffee, mild hops, which is kind of surprising because this one looks like an IPA. Plums, pears, green apples, etc. A very well rounded aroma.
Taste is similar to aroma. Loads of caramel, toffee, and fruity flavors. Hops are dialed up quite a bit in the flavor (as to be expected from Stone), and balance out the sweetness quite well.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing to complain about one bit here.
Overall, a very drinkable and highly enjoyable beer from Stone. I really can't find much wrong with any of their beers, and this one is no exception. It strikes me more of an English IPA than an American Strong Ale, but hey, what's in a name? Still a damn fine beer.

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Photo of Callenak
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big Stone drinker so I may be a little biased, but I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. Not sure what it is classified as but sure smelled/tasted like an IPA to me. Great hoppy, floral smell to it that you can tell they emphasized more on the finishing (cascade?) than the bittering hops on this bad boy. The alcohol % sneaks up you too. With such a crisp golden color and taste you'd never know this was over 7%. I honestly enjoyed it more than Stone's IPA and Ruination. If you can get your hands on some, give her a pour.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - One finger creamy eggshell head on a hazy orange / yellow body; looks like a belgian with whisps of carbonation and little visible sedement

S - Tangerines, sour pears, candy malts

T - Stark alcohol presence - vodka, candy / belgian malts, a touch of brown sugar and phenolic notes finishing

M - Creamy into a thin, carbonated bite

D - Whew, lots of alcohol present on this one; definitely a sipper. Aged well, paired this well with a robust cigar and good conversation.

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Photo of scooter231
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy slightly rusty golden color- tons of off-white creamy looking head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smells hoppy and lightly lemon. And oh yeah- hoppy. And just in case you're confused- hoppy. American Strong Ale? Not an IPA? Okay, if you say so... now, to taste...

Hoppy, once again. Sliiiightly muted hops- not too intense, but certainly hoppy. Similar to their IPA and Ruination IPA- in a blind taste testing I would have sworn this was an IPA. As an IPA, lovely. As an ASA? I don't know... it's... NOT one.

Mouthfeel is good- a tad too watery for me, but overall easy to swallow. I am definitely hunting this down again- they need to make this stuff in 6packs. I'd be a happy, happy girl.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a big, thick, dimpled dirty white head of small and medium bubbles. Loads of staying power with gorgeous lacing. Beautiful burnt gold with ample carbonation streams rising to the surface. The smell is big and hop-filled, piney and citrusy, juicy hops with hints of alcohol underneath. There are some citrus notes up front, but mostly the mouth is initially loaded with alcohol, and I find myself asking "where are those hops I just smelled?" Then they surface in the finish, fighting their way through the alcohol. Seems to gain balance as the bottle is consumed, and there is plenty of pine and citrus lingering, coating the mouth and off-setting the alcohol. It has a big mouthfeel, but relatively light body with vibrant carbonation keeps everything moving. Plenty drinkable.

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Photo of nephlim
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a one pt bottle. Colour is a hazy pale light orange. A Very nice head, and the smell is wonderfull. First taste was somewhat surprising, as it was a bit more bitter than I had expected. Though, I could live off of Stone's Ruination, so that's not exactly a bad thing.

Nice finish, leaves a bit a of a coating, much like a nice Spanish red will. Very lip smacking, and easy to drink.

Here's to 9 awesome years, and many more to come!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy, apricot colored beer with an off-white head. Wonderfully hoppy, piney odor. citrus undertones. Taste is dry, bitter, a bit malty, but mostly hoppy. Grapefruit-like citrus flavors too. finish is more hops. An aggressive, bitter drink. Want to have another but i would get smashed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber back in September for $4.79 from AJ's. Brew poured a golden color with a nice 2 finger head that is sustaining very well. Nose is malty and of floral hops. Taste starts with a good dose of malts and finishes with a blast of hops. The style was initially hard to put my finger on it but I have concluded this is a turbo charged ESB. Mouthfeel is full and nice and lively on the palate. Overall drinkabilty is very good as the abv is very well blended. This brew is a nice change of pace from one of my favorite breweries!

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Photo of jhammerly
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this special elixir into my Arrogant Bastard glass from a 22 oz. bomber.Deep golden liquid filled the glass about half way, then an off-white head shot up the rest and retained its composure for a little while. A light citrusy aroma hit my senses as I stuck my nose to the edge of the glass. I attempted to take a sip while waiting out the head to settle down and as I got a little bit of nectar...I let out a big sneeze (hoppy beers always make me sneeze). I knew that this was going to be an experience. The beer wasn't as hoppy as I anticipated, but it was still bitter to the end. There wasn't much lingering afterwards either. A very nice balance of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is sort of medium, kind of chewy, but very drinkable despite its 7.8% alcohol. Hopefully I can get my hands on their tenth anniversary release.

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Photo of bashiba
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice shade of hazy orange with a huge super creamy head that left so much lacing down the side it looked like meringue.

Smell as full of nice citrus hop odor.

Taste had a great balance of slightly sweet malt flavors and sweet orange citrus taste mixing in with a just a touch of alcohol taste and then finishing with a huge grapefruity hop finish..

Mouthfeel had a very heavy creaminess to it with a bit of oilyness as well.

Overall extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

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