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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of Orrshow
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slightly orange tinge. The head is generous and frothy.

Smell – Fairly heavy on the citrus aromas to begin. Oranges seem to stick out. There is a decent malty smell as well with hints towards alcohol. Bitter hops are present as expected.

Taste – This one is fairly robust. The citric flavors are quite large. Alcohol makes itself very present indeed. Strong bitter hop flavors are dominant as well. There is decent malt flavor as well with slight spicy hints. Not bad but it seems unbalanced as some flavors stick out heavily for short amounts of time as others take over.

Mouthfeel – Good here. Nice smooth carbonation with a fairly viscous body.

Drinkability – Well it’s not bad. I felt a few flavors really stood out a bit too hard. It wasn’t hard to drink but it wasn’t all that easy either.

A good beer which I am happy to have tried…but not something I’ll go looking for.

Orrshow, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: The nose is sweet with caramel, mild grapefruit, and orange aromas along with some toffee and bready malt. The signature of a once hoppy beer...

T: The flavor has retained some of the signature Stone hop bitterness, but it is somewhat tame. The malt is now the primary flavor component, giving the beer a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a light-to-moderate carbonation and a touch of lingering bitterness.

D: Obviously well past its prime, but still some good flavors going on here. I would have loved to try it fresh.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of karengarys
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very slightly hazy amber, leaving very light bubbles - few stick to the glass.

Smell is sweet, hoppy, and dark sweet. Somewhat fruity. Dark fruit. (which I love)

Taste is not of alcohol, which is a good thing. Somewhat fruity, but I'm picking up a little too much hop or something that may even be oxidization. DARN! I'll have to get another and try it to compair and confirm. I'll update the review when I try it again.

Update, 5/16/2006: The ickey taste is still there, but nowhere near what I experienced before. The fruityness is like mandarin orange or mango, something dark. I am bumping up the taste from 3.5 to 4 because the re-tasting shows it is worth 4.

Update 8/24/06 - that ickey taste. It is there. I've got to bring the taste back to a 3.5 because of it.

Mouthfeel isn't that bad, somewhat creamy.

This brew has some body.

Finish is a bit bitter.

I'll give this another try, and update this review as necessary.

5/16/2006: this is worth a try. yes, it does have a tad bit of bitter edge I don't think should be there, but it is sweet, balanced, and hides the alcohol VERY well unlike many American brews. Give it a try.

karengarys, May 05, 2006
Photo of beerinator
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden amber beer with solid white frothy head. Decent retention.

Aroma: Sharp citrus with sweet fruity notes. Candied lemon, dipped in caramel. Slightly spicy and everything nicey.

Taste: Bitter, citrusy bitter. Slightly sharp in bitterness, finish lingering and tingleing the tongue after the swallow. The mouthfeel is good. As usual, as the drinking goes on the bitterness fades a bit, which leaves you with hints of spice, sweetness and citrus flavors.

Notes: Not my favorite beer, but it is very drinkable.

beerinator, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark gold. A proud head of white foam with good retention and thick lacing.

Smells fruity: pear, cinammon apples, orange peel. Nice.

Fruity hops kick things off - I taste the fruits in the aroma unravel. Finish is sweet and buttery. Aftertaste is soapy.

Nice mid-carbonation levels, mouthfeel is pretty light and buttery.

For Stone, this one is average. But in the grand scheme of things, a good drinkable beer.

grindcore666, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden ale with some sediment. Nice, thick head of dense bubbles, some lacing.

Aroma: High hops, lemongrass.

Taste: No terribly complicated, but there's a beauty in simplicity when it's done right. Hoppy, sharp flavor.

Mouthfeel: Clean and biting.

Drinkability: The high ABV suggests caution using this as an everyday quaffer, but a fine brew all around. Well crafted, simple, and sound.

Hunter, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a light copper color with three fingers of fluffy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. Excellent lacing throughout the sample as well.

The smell was of hops and slight malt. Pine, orange and other citrus and flowery aromas.

The hops great the palate first with a floral blast of bitterness with sublte orange, grapefruit, and assorted citrus flavors. Bitter to the end of each sip but also smooth and some what balanced to the finish. Alcohol is apparent and becomes more so as the beer warms slightly. Crisp to the finish and highly carbonated.

Medium body with bright crisp carbonation.

This beer was enjoyable but certainly not earth shattering. Balance favored the hops (like just about all Stone beers). At times, hop flavor just overpowering everything else leading to some balance issues for me, but overall the beer was drinkable and enjoyable. The alcohol makes itself known as the sample goes on and tends to really "kick in" just as the bomber finishes.

Sycodrummer, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey for their Stone Total Tap Takeover.

a - Pours a clear golden color with
no head and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, citrus, fruity malts.

t - Taste follows the nose; mostly caramel malts, sticky sweet fruit, and some citrus.

m - Medium body and low carbonation; goes down very easy.

d - A decent strong ale. It was very easy to drink and I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

mdfb79, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of beersarang
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with light head that leaves sticky lace all over the place.

Grapefruit aroma, with some other citrus as well.

Caramel malts are strong contenders and a alcoholic pineapple grapefruit flavor comes and pervades the entire brew. Hops are definitely citrusy. A slight solvent/medicinal flavor detracts from this brew towards the finish. Overall unique and interesting.

Medium to full bodied, fine carbonation.

I find this to be exceptionally interesting, and I look forward to aging it out a little to tame to flavors. Worth a try for sure.

beersarang, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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 taez555
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small white head with a hazy, yet bright, orange body.

Nose was a mix of malt, mild very dulled citrus, and some mild fruit juice.

Taste was very grainy and even chalky. Not so much an aspirin like quality, more of a moldy citrus peel, chalk, or like that taste of lettuce leaves that haven’t been cleaned before eating them. A HUGE hop taste though. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, lime juice, citrus peel. STRONG, STRONG, STRONG citrus peel.

This is a bizarre beer. My notes make note of the fact that it tastes like it has way too much Amarillo hops, yet…. I liked it. How odd.

taez555, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of Beervis
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 22oz bomber a pale gold with fluffy white head.

Smell is lightly floral hops and a bit of a tangy-ish flavor, probably from the wheat.

The taste in my opinion, was a surprise based on the smell. The bitter and grapefruity hops kick you in the butt, even though I didn't really smell them that strong in the nose. The body is lighter than expected as well. Light malt and pungeant hops dominate this brew from start to finish.

As for being drinkable, yeah, I guess it's pretty drinkable. I am a hop-head, but this was almost too much of a one trick pony for me. I prefer complex hop interplay, but this seems very one-sided. It's still a great brew, just don't know how much of it I could handle.

Beervis, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of boelker62
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Monk's Cafe's "Everybody Must Drink Stone" Tasting 5/22/07...

A - amber color with a thin, white head. Slightly cloudy, especially being this old.

S - an appropriate hop bite right up front with some pine tinges in the background. I didn't pull the maltiness out of it as some other have commented.

T - you don't notice the alcohol at first, but when you do, you pay no mind, and just keep it going. The hops are well-pronounced without dominating this brew. I couldn't pull any citrus notes from the hops, as they are long gone from this one. No worries though. The mature taste remaning fills the void.

M - Lower levels of carbonation that are appropriate to the style, and a nice alcohol warmth.

D - moreso than some of the other offerings from Stone, just pace yourself, as with most.

boelker62, May 24, 2007
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ralphw56, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle in trade from UncleMeat - many thanks!

Slightly hazy, gold color. Lots of orange in there. Large, off white, creamy head which dropped fast. Very still, but not unexpected given age.

Sweet and malty. Bananas? Fruits, mainly tropical. Coconut. Not much in the hops department. Some earthiness.

Sweet more than bitter, initially and overall. Hops still shine through a bit in the aftertaste, grassy and herbal. Caramel and biscuity. Alcohol and medicinal notes.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Relatively dry. Very smooth in texture.

Interesting, enjoyable, gone...

This was bottled just as I was getting into craft beer. Glad I was able to reach back and try it. Get some if you can!

, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

harpus, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly foggy apricot with a few streams of individual bubbles rising from the bottom to sustain a small creamy white head.

Smelled of oats, pale malts, brown sugar, play dough and mandarin oranges.

The flavor starts absolutely neutral, much like water, but then picks up some light tingly sourness like peaches, and then fades into oats and a woody pine.

The mouth feel is light but dense with a medium tingly carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this bomber with my good budaaay, known around these parts as beandip1229. Has the typical Stone hop aroma before I even pour it. Sunrise golden color with w fluffy white pillow top head. Aroma is quite floral, like a fresh bouquet of roses, sweet malt, herbal hops and alcohol.

Very grassy and herbal; hay, corn (in a Stone brew? yeah weird) flowers. Very dry, hops are light and don't provide a whole lot of bitterness - certainly not what I expect out of a Stone beer. Nonetheless, who says a change of pace isn't good sometimes? Still, this lacks the hoppy goodness and huge malt backbone that make Stone beers so well balanced and delicious. Certainly not a beer to be ashamed of, but Stone has done better. Thus, in comparison to other beers of its kind, its pretty good, yet it pales in comparison to the brethren of its brand. Not one I'd go seeking out again, but certainly one I'd have another of if available. Respek, Stone.

IrishRedRock, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of MrTopher
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a few of these at a bottle shop in Thousand Oaks (CA), they looked to have a lot of sediment, but I went for them anyway.
Served in a Duvel tulip from the 22oz bottle.

A – A golden orange color, getting close to cooper but not that dark. The beer was very cloudy also, but I wasn’t scared, I was more intrigued. Had a decent off white head that held its retention very well, but wasn’t lacing like other Stone beers.

S – Pine, citrus and a little grass hop smell, shocking because this beer is 6 years old and I was expecting all of the hop smells to have dissipated. There was a mild malt sent also, but also a booze smell, light a higher alcohol content beer.

T – This had a strong alcohol flavor, but doesn’t downplay the rest of what’s going on, a lot of bitterness, some citrus hops, and some floral hops. There was a very mild malt flavor, but it was overshadowed by the hops and the booziness.

M – Good carbonation, which I wasn’t surprised about. Very medium in the body.

O – I never had this fresh, heck I wasn’t even into craft beer 6 years ago. So I have nothing to compare this to. I was impressed at how much of the hop flavor is still present in this beer and it hasn’t gone the path of a barleywine. All in all I am impressed, and for calling this a Wheat IPA (read from the Stone book that’s just been released) I see nothing wheaty about this.

MrTopher, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color with a two finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is sticky with citrusy, fruity hop notes that remind me of grapefruit, tangerines, candied orange peel, apricot and a backbone of herbal pine. The beer is lightly sweet up front, and the finish is long with a note of herbal astringency and a bit of alcohol. This beer is of course dominated by the fruity hop notes that is dominated by candied notes of orange peel and apricots. This beer has a sharp bitterness that follows this beer from start to finish. The candied note that is in this beer is quite prevalent, really the apricot note is becoming more apparent as this beer warms up a bit. At this point (about a quarter done) this beer is definitely a bit one dimensional in its aggressive hoppiness; this is all good for someone who likes hops. The alcohol is the one detracting note at this point, though it is not that noticeable and in fact actually begins to become quite a bit more tame as the beer warms up. This beer actually probably needs another month or so to calm down and let the hops really shine.

Gueuzedude, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Brent
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ruination's little brother - that's the thought that immediately hit me on first sip. Whereas Ruination is the 300 lb. gorilla that grabs you by the neck and flings you across the room, 9th Anniversary jumps on your back and hangs on for dear life. Hoppy, to say the least, with a pronounced green, herbal, leafy character that made me wonder if there were some fresh hops stuffed in the bottle. The raw nature of the hops and a noticeable alcohol presence give the beer an immature character that is still rather engaging, in a rough-and-tumble sort of way. I would have pegged this in the IPA range, and I didn't really get much sense of the wheat component in the beer.

Brent, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have been holding onto this for awhile so i can't remember where i got it. oh well, that won't influence my tasting

the head is very tight and creamy. it's big and poofy, leaves good lacing on the way down. clear light amber. hop aromas fill my small-ass apartment: citrus, pine and some floral elements. some sweet caramel sweetness pokes through as well

moderate bitterness follows a brief a toffee/butterscotch flavor that i recognize from old guardian '05. it's tasty, but doesn't hold a candle to hibernation or nosferatu

bruachan, May 01, 2006
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.