Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-05-2009 20:00:51 | More by magictrokini
2.7/5 rDev -29.7%
This is a hard review....why in the world Stone would choose a wheat based strong ale for their Anniverary Brew is beyond me, but here it goes...trying to review to type...American Strong Ale.
Poured a light reddish amber like an American Red/Amber ale...much lighter than I would expect.
Head is strong and a definate finger and a half that melts slowly to thick, thick lacing.
Aroma is predominately sweet malt with alcohol and a bit of bready yeast.
Taste is sweet malt with a bitter hop and medicinal alcohol aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is sort of thin for a strong ale, but still has plenty of carbonation and lots of alcohol burn.
Aftertaste is very VERY drying from the wheat and definately alcohol. The bitterness is not pleasant to me.
I don't want another...don't want to finish this one, so drinkability is poor.
05-07-2006 03:11:01 | More by IntriqKen
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-29-2005 14:28:36 | More by NEhophead
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Slightly hazy golden body with a medium rocky beige head. Good lacing. Strong hoppy aromas with citrus dominating. A bit of a resiny bitterness, some piney characteristics, and a sweet fruit element. A grain astringency lies underneath. Taste is dominant on the alcohol. Alcohol seems to come in right at the start. A bit of a fruity sweetness like pears and pineapples come in. Pear brandy flavors. A wheaty flavor dries it out a bit along with some bitterness. The hop flavors from the aroma seem to be lacing in flavor and are almost stuck to the malts. Alcohol is strong but I don't think will age too well since the hops seem to be a diminished already. The sweetness really does coat the mouth and the beer stays with you for some time. A slightly heavy beer and one that doesn't have a lively carbonation. Decent all around but a bit overwhelming, esp for a wheat beer.
02-08-2006 03:55:56 | More by granger10
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Light orange/copper in color, it's somewhat cloudy and pours leaving a very small head that dissipates in a hurry. The smell is a nice balance of sweet malt and dank hops. Taste has a light sweetness up front, then is dominated mostly by herbal hops. There is some subtle spiciness here also. The hops really override this beer, and with this much hop flavor I expected a strong bitter finish, however the bitterness remained low. The beer has a medium thickness, adequate carbonation, and is pretty smooth. Very hoppy, but for me this kind of ruined it. The hops tasted a little funky to me, and it just didn't add up. I think it's still a unique beer and worth a try though.
01-23-2006 17:37:57 | More by bennetj17
2.58/5 rDev -32.8%
Picked this up on a recent trip to the Cincinnati area. The year or so it spent sitting on a shelf in the light has not been kind, I'm sad to say. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a small flourish of creamy white head that strains to get up to a half-inch before sheepishly disappearing back into the body. Aroma is rough around the edges - grapefruity, piney hops blend with a funky Belgian-esque, brett type character that is not particularly pleasant. Palate is fully distracted by this same character, to the point of rendering it a bit of a chore to drink. The hop character is still there, but it is blunted significantly by the Belgian funkiness that I'm pretty sure wasn't there when this was fresh. Body is decent and creamy, at least providing a pleasant texture. I'm sad I didn't have a chance to try this when it was a serviceable and drinkable offering.
09-24-2006 04:57:12 | More by ElGordo
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
The beer poured a light red amber and formed a huge off white fluffy head that left lattice lace as it slowly subsided. Medium carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, caramel and a buttery aspect as well. The flavor was of hops, caramel and butterscotch. A very sweet beer. The body was medium light and the finish was sweet. A good beer as always from Stone, but a little sweeter than I would like from this style.
04-13-2008 20:42:24 | More by Wildman
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
Pours a hazy light orange color with a great head. Thick, foamy head on top of this brew. Signficant trails of sticky lace.
Floral hop aroma with freshly sliced citrus fruits.
Sweet blend of oranges and grapefruit. Puckering hops with a twangy citrus profile, mainly grapefruit juice. Resin and oil flavors. Interesting mouthfeel that reminds me of a wheat beer. Cool yeast flavors too.
My only concern is on the finish. There are rough flavors left on my tongue after I complete a sip. My tastebuds are spent with a strange rubbing alcohol kick.
Stone brewing has there own unique taste and brewing style. Another high quality offering. This beer will only age better as times passes. I may have had it premature.
11-23-2005 22:05:40 | More by Hibernator
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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
05-20-2006 12:47:11 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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 havent 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.
12-16-2005 16:46:34 | More by taez555
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
22 oz. bomber, released in September '05 - dry-hopped with Amarillo and Crystal; 50 IBUs. It pours into the tulip a very lightly hazed/sedimented topaz with medium carbonation and is topped with a two finger, fluffy, off-white head that is nice and sticky. The aroma is pungent yet nice, with notes of tart and nutty wheat backed by citric, American hops. It is similar on the palate with tart/nutty wheat, medicinal phenols, some orange, and a big bitterness - strong, yet pleasant with a candy-like sweetness. The body is medium, almost full, smooth, drying, with medium carbonation and finish. I rather enjoyed this one - I wish I had another bottle. But I would call it a wheat wine as opposed to the more generic term strong ale, especially because Stone, on their website, describes it as an amped-up version of Heat-Seeking Wheat.
02-13-2007 06:03:44 | More by mmmbeer
4.47/5 rDev +16.4%
A: Nice carbonation, this beer was in a hurry to get out of the bottle. Pours a cloudy orange peach color with a creamy light tan head.
S: Butterscotch candy, vanilla, tangerine and with floral notes.
T: Begins buttery with orange marmalade sweetness. Hints of lemon juice and minor grapefruit along with the orange add a mellow floral-like citrus personality. Continues on with more butterscotch and very caramely. There is some bitterness tingling the tip of the tongue but not nearly as much as I remember. Finishes sweet and spicy with a low level lingering dirty bitterness.
M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel. Only a touch of prickly carbonation.
D: With only a year under its belt, this beer is turning out really nicely. This one has at least two more good years before it will start going down hill.
12-30-2006 04:47:27 | More by Westsidethreat
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-17-2006 22:22:32 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
Pours orange copper. Head is a thick and creamy white mass.
Smell is strongly of floral hops, lightly malty, fruit and spices.
Taste is dominated by grapfruit hop pineyness and spice character. Some balancing with sweet malt. Alcohol is present but it doesn't distract. Finish is quite dry with lingering bitter and orange flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very carbonated.
Overall this brew makes me think of an APA. Quite full of citrus hop character. Stone is such a great brewery. However, I feel that this one is a bit sharp and one dimentional for my taste.
03-16-2006 02:23:40 | More by Blakaeris
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-20-2005 02:40:14 | More by SixpointJMH
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
hazy orange beer with tight head of foam, some sparse zigzag lacing lines left lingering. aroma is a cute citrus hop.. pink grapefruit flavored candy. some deeper light fruits like apricot and fig. subtle malts. tastes light for a strong ale.. explosively floral like lysol bathroom spray with super fresh herbal hop dominating. sweet without viscosity. something slightly off in the finish.. musky. mouthfeel is light, and bitterness is there, but super fresh and not at all chalky or affecting the beer's texture in a negative way. people seem to think this will improve with age, i really dig the fresh flavors. i'd like it fresh on tap... that would be the ideal 9 situation. once the hops mellow here, i can see the musk taking over and the sweetness way too far in the front of the beer's flavor.
not stone's best, but a decent effort and something i'll have again.
09-22-2005 04:16:44 | More by goodbyeohio
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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
05-01-2006 04:04:19 | More by bruachan
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-14-2009 02:32:44 | More by rowew
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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...
09-12-2005 03:30:54 | More by Dukeofearl
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
05-14-2006 13:50:17 | More by mattcrill
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
02-20-2006 14:48:09 | More by aforbes10
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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