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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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 RedwoodGeorge
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep yellow color with a medium sized pure white head. The head drops almost immediately leaving practically no lacing on the glass.

The smell is nice but nothing terribly exciting - there are sweet grain notes (I'm sure it's not in there but there's a note that's just like corn syrup) along with a rather floral hop bouquet. There are also piny and citrus hop smells as well but they're pretty far in the background.

Taste is quite nice - this is a surprisingly sweet strong ale and the hops really take a back seat to the grains and sugars. There are quite a bit of fruit notes including tangerine and peach. There's also a pretty pronounced alcohol note but it compliments the sweetness rather than distract from the taste. Hops are certainly present here but by most 'big' standards the hops are very well controlled. Stone seems to avoid the PNW hops (4C's) in favor of more floral, herbal hops and at least here it works. You come away with a sweet, lightly spicy experience without any real hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine - this is a medium to light bodied brew with (just barely) enough carbonation to clear the palate after each sip. No real bitterness or astringency at the end of each sip.

It's a drinkable beer and one of the better uses for the floral Stone hopping. Alcohol taste is a bit too present but it brings out the fruit notes, hopping is pretty well balanced. I'd be interested in trying this again next spring to see how well the hops have mellowed into the brew.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed deep amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. Nice head retention and lacing on my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose is full of citrus notes such as grapefruit and lemon, sweet caramel, somewhat earthy. Tastes of resinous pine, bready malt, slightly sweet, a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple, some citrus (lemon). Bitter and oily from start to finish. Smooth medium body with adequate carbonation. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Painted bottle loaded with pablum nonsense.

Pours out with an inocuous straw hue loaded up with floaty sea monkey scrod floaters leading up to a quickly settled craggy off white head leaving spotty lace in the glass.

Light cnady like scents of Spree candy.

First swigs: Signature house flavors of Stone are the first impression. Ther is a solid wheat-wine characteristic here that really holds down the fort. Some vanilla ice cream aspects and a bit of cream soda. A bit oily in the end.

Medium bodied and tacky with the residual sugar. The yeast mustv'e had a feild day eatin' up this. Wow! Soft restrained carbonation. Fluffy slick feel. Too bad I only have one bottle 'cos I could go for another. Maybe I'll trade for another.

Last swigs: This really doesn't fall into a category properly, so the American Strong Ale is correct. If I had to choose a specific category, I'd say wheat wine. Reminds me a tad of Allagash Curieux.

Beer is good. Happy wheat beering.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich copper color, with a full finger of antique white head that doesn't quit right away, moderate carbonation

S - strong pine-hoppy IPA type smell, that overpowers all other aspects of the bouquet

T - I drank this before i looked it up here on BA, it doesnt say the style on the bottle, I could've sworn this was an IPA, tons of hoppiness with a slight milky sweetness in the background

M - bitter, but a smooth down brew

D - high if you like bitterness in your beer, otherwise moderate

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Photo of fisherman34
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange in colour with a medium amount of carbonation. Lots of citrusy c-hop aromas, with a bit of gloral and green hop contribution in the background. Loads of up-front hop flavors eventually fade into syrupy biscuit grains and a subtle tangy wheat finish. I would have liked to have seen the wheat aspects of this beer amped up as much as the hops, but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thiss sept 2005 version poured with a bubbly white head & retention to spare with impressive lacing down the glass. Slightly hazy honey color, suggests higher ABV

Smell: Some maltiness attempts to break through the hops assualt (grapefruit & pines

Taste Hoppy lemongrass &pepper& maltiness on the tounge competing with all the hops

MF Too bitter/carbinated, which in turns slows down the enjoyment.

Needs to laid down for a year or two,,,Where's the curry??

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at HiTime Wine Cellar, Costa Mesa, Ca., early Sept, 2005. Consumed 9/8/05.

OK, I have a real problem drinking this beer. Let's get the first part out of the way. It's good. I like it. Very tasty. Stone does it again.

But a wheat beer? A pale wheat ale? A strong ale? What is it? I'll tell you, to me, it is an IPA. Not necessarily Stone's IPA, but damn, it's an IPA. Is there wheat in the aroma and flavor? Maybe a little, but so what? It has nothing to do with wheat. It's hops. Good, flowery, citrusy hops, with an IPA light golden color (not dark like Stone's and some other west coast IPAs). Maybe some oily hops, maybe some honey.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant, maybe a bit thinner than an IPA, but damn it, how is this different? Alcohol presence is sronger than I like. Maybe I need to try it again, because I don't see it otherwise.

But still recommended...

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Photo of lou91
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I tried this beer – the first time I was trying to put out a fire caused by the spicy mustard on my stuffed sandwich pastrami and it did the job well . Now as I taste it I wish I had some food to match this interesting brew. It looked like a standard American pale ale with muted hops on the nose. Three things make it different – a pronounced grapefruit flavor, an alcohol burn and a pleasant but unique aftertaste that grows on you the more you drink. There is some bottle sediment so this is one to try again in a few months.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed 9/2005
Drank 12/2007
Reviewed 8/2008

Pours a nice reddish-orange. Clear at first pour but nicely cloudy afterwards with a 2" tan/red head. Dissipates to a thick film within a minute.
Smell is malt, hops/resin, orange peel, spice and hints of oak.
Taste is malt, alcohol, hops, orange & spice, oak with a hint of smoke/peat.
Medium full body, light effervescence, slightly dry finish with a mostly hop aftertaste that has a light malt note. Slightly warming in the throat. Very good brew, though the weakest of the Stone line I've had thus far.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on Super Bowl Sunday from a 22 oz. bottle.

You can't miss the orange in this beer with the white froth on top. It looks like an orange creamsicle.

The smell is like an aged orange rind. Slightly sweet but like it has been sitting out a bit, dulling the smell a tad.

As always, really good hops in this one. They give you a bitterness that definitely doesn't purse your lips. Hoppy, for sure but not as much as some other stones. The hops change and become smoother as it warms but you definitely can't ignore them. The spicy orange rind is there, too.

The alcohol content is high and very noticeable. You get some of it in the taste and with a bottle this size, one can hit you pretty quick so having more than one is not so certain if you want to keep your wits.

Another great Stone worth turning over.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bomber.

This beer pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head that holds nicely and leaves a good bit of lace. The smell is tons of sweet malts with a nice hop aroma to complement it. The taste is up front with sweetness from lightly kilned malts along with a flavorful but rather subtle hop profile. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with some residual stickiness and even carbonation. Overall, its a good beer but Stone has doen better.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a cloudy orange with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, bitter hops, and slight dark fruit presence. Flavor is quite fruity- lots of tropical fruits, mango, apple skins, pear, and citrus. A little alcohol too, oddly. Quite sweet and fruity. I don't know what this was like fresh, but it's quite delicious right now with all those ester notes. Yum!
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

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Photo of dauss
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Standard 22oz silk screened bomber. On the back is a blurb that I can't understand, because because it uses many words that aren't used in the US or in the English language on a daily basis. With the help of a dictionary, I was able to understand it.

Appearance : A large white head sits atop a very cloudy golden beer. Head retention is a bit weak.

Smell: Definitely lots of hops, citrusy, with a caramely nose with hints of toffee. It sorta smells like a barley wine. In the background you can smell the 7.8% ABV that lurks within.

Taste: A medium body with a load of citrusy hop flavors with a yeast nuttiness and a long lasting and strong bitterness in the finish.. It has this creamyness about it. The overall malt base is plain, and is hard to describe. Many of the beers I've had was easy to describe, but this one is has many things going on, and hard to pin point all the subtle flavors. Its like a wheat IPA.

Notes: Loaded with hoppy goodness, though as for the style of the beer, I'm not sure what to think. With all that alcohol and hops it should be like an IPA, yet its not. Its not quite an old ale either. This one is just a mystery to me.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold color, with a big fluffy off white head. very odd for a ASA.

S - piney grapefruit hops, dominate the nose. Mellowed to incorporate a nice malt background. Maybe some pear or some brown sugar in there as well. Real citrusy

T - Mellow hops start out but then turn into a nice mellow hoppy caramelish flavor. Ends on a real spicy paperish note.

M - smooth and light. there is no alcohol burn, but it warms in the end.

D - Very drinkable. Aged rather nicely.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A monster huge off-white bubbley foamy head erupts on top of this honey gold body. A nice lace remains as the head fades.

Nose is vibrant with wheaty hops also a bit of citrus zest. Very invigorating and penatrating to the nose. A pleasent eye opener.

Hard to classifu this one after first sip. First things that come to mind is the way this beer is both bold and mellow. Sharp hoppy bitter with long mingling of rich earthy malt. Not overpowering on any level. Very drinkable. Hop heads and wheat beer lovers should both enjoy this one. Mellows even more as it warms a bit. Wams the belly well also.

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Photo of germaniac
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden peach, hazy and unfiltered looking. Nice creamy pile of head sticks to the sides of my Stone IPA glass.
Sweet blast of hops in the nose, like grapefruit and orange rolled into one.
Taste is more citrus hops,sweet and lightly bitter with an aftertaste that mellows down into something approaching smoothness.
Something a little different, in kind of a catch-all category. It's an IPA, but more. It's a DIPA, but not an all-out hop monster. Fans of Stone's IPA's will find themselves enjoying this brew.
From the Gilroy BevMo.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright white dense foam that sticks to the glass' sides and holds as a semi-permeable sheet. Some thin and spotted lace with good strength. Glowing peach in color with a chill haze.

Moderately sweet honey with layers of hop resins and oils. Complex whaffs of alcohol make this ale smell like a double IPA-barleywine hybrid.

Sweet cream, honey, and vanilla met by a harsh and coarse hop bite. Pine-infused hop oils with a big, slightly immature flavor of alcohol. This is followed by a warming bitterness and an aftertaste of light grapefruit and hints of alcohol.

Medium bodied; slick and oily on the palate, yet a bit coarse.

Pretty complex in flavor, but quite young; this would probably be at its peak aged for another two years or so. This is quite a treat in terms of 'style'; not quite a barleywine, not quite a double IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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