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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale

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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 Brent
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of david18
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a draft of this at Rattle and Hum in Manhattan's mid town. It was among the many beers I hadn't tried. Among the many unique beers at this place, I'd have to say that a keg of the 9th anniversary was the most surprising. I had to ask two or three times to make sure this is what they were serving. Anyway, it was very good and had aged quite well. Great dark color, low in carbonation with a very complex flavor, mixing the typical Stone malt and hops. (458 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been holding onto this for over a year. I finally decided to crack it open tonight. 22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/22/08.

A - Poured a very clear light amber/orange body with 1/2-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin, patchy film. Sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Left some pretty decent lacing around the glass.

S - Strong caramel malt sweetness with some baked bread aroma. Hops are primarily citrus, but are quite subdued, probably due to the age of this brew. Some piney/resiny hops in the back. Whiff of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.

T - Lots of caramel sweetness is apparent immediately, followed by some oily hop bitterness and a faint bready maltiness with some alcohol tang.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a syrupy texture and prickly carbonation on the tongue, along with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter, leaving some oily, sticky hop residue on the palate.

D - While I'm sure this has mellowed quite a bit since 2005, this still has a nice flavor and aroma, and a very smooth mouthfeel, making this quite easy to drink. (1,094 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: I found this in the back of the fridge, and was surprised that I hadn’t rated it yet. It pours an almost clear, darker golden color. Maybe a twinge of orange in it. The aroma is very good. A big shot of hops, like you would expect from Stone. Mainly grapefruit and pine, but also some grassy notes. The taste was solid. A fine malt body behind the beer, although perhaps a bit more delicate (for lack of a better description) than most of their other brews. Decent balance to the hops. I could drink a few more of these. (535 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

CRACK EM OPEN AND DRINK EM NOW IF U STILL HAVE THEM! (985 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear pale golden amber with an off-white, frothy, and moussy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and strongly fruity and floral with a citrusy hop aroma coupled with an earthy hop component. The malt aroma was caramel and some slight spicy alcohol phenols.

The flavor was nicely malty with an aggressive bittering that immediately caused the malt character to fade to black. The bittering was extremely well done however and though impressions of citrus, earthy and slightly spicy hops were present, they never became overpowering or harsh. Some alcohol bite was present, but to me it did not detract from the beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering long into the aftertaste which faded after a few seconds to a nice bittering impression. The body was medium full and nicely done. If this is wheat, it is more of a wheat wine than an American Pale Wheat and more of a barleywine crossed with an IPA than anything else. I like it quite a bit, kick the tires and give it a whirl.

22 ounce bottle, purchased at OUAV for $5.80. (1,126 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear, light orange color with a nice looking head.

Beers smells slightly dusty and sweet. Aromas are pretty faint.

Flavors are surprising subtle to me, but still quite tasty. Crisp, dry and a tad spicy up front, finishes creamy with a little bitter hop bite right at the end.

Mouthfeel is good on this one... long finish, and nicely carbonated.

This is a beer that is slightly different than other Stone Brews I have tried... It's not going to kick you upside the mouth like a lot of Stone brews do. I would have liked to have tried it fresh just to compare. But it is an enjoyable beer to drink right now. (636 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to bust this one out. Released September 2005.

Pours a dirty golden color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Active bubbles. Lots of lace. Looks great.

Caramel and candy sugar greet the nose first, followed by a kind of medicinal, menthol heat, most likely from the high-ish alcohol %. And the hops? Yep, they're dying to whip your tastebuds into shape.

Sweet candy-like flavors--caramel, peach, pear, peppermint, butterscotch, molasses--mixed with hot spices, sizzling hops and sharp herbs. A unique flavor that seems to have a lot going on, and somewhat hard to pin down. Tastes a little different each sip.

Like all Stone stuff, the mouthfeel is superb, this one being hefty, buttery, tingly...just right.

Overall it has a kind of Frankenstein-ish feel, seems to be a little bit of everything: sweet and spicy like a tripel, syrupy like a barleywine, hella-hoppy like a Double IPA, and as dangerously drinkable as a good lager. My hat's off to Stone. Again. (979 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 Floydster
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber picked up from Stuffed Sandwich a couple weeks ago during their Stone Days promotion where I had 8th Anniversary on tap

The bottle cost $16.95 plus tsx, but was worth every penny

This brew was probably even better when it was fresh and the hops were still all around

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

Color was a golden orange with a white foamy head, close to an inch thick, left lacing almost the entire time

Sipped on this beer for over two hours while catching up on some missed television shows, got even better as it warmed

Smell was great and comprised of mainly bananas and spices, a little citrus, maybe grapefruit or lemon, hard to tell, also reminded me of their 2004 Vertical Epic, just not as fruity

Taste was very good, nice fruity taste at first that fades into a bitter spicy herb, could not say what it was, then a nice dry finish, like a strong Belgian, sweet malt,I want to say caramel, but again hard to say, sweet then dry made this interesting and the taste lasted a goof fifteen to twenty seconds afterwards

Could have drank this all night if I wanted to, but will probably never get to drink again because next year it will go in price because it will be considered more vintage and not many bottles will be left around

I was a little skeptical about drinking these beer a little over two years after it was bottled, but the hops and mellowed and the malts really came out, making it yet another fantastic Stone brew

Look forward to trying their 11th Anniversary tomorrow night, the hyped Black India Pale Ale

If you ever get a chance to drink this beer, do not hesitate, but the sooner the better, because the hops will just keep disappearing and it will start to become sweet after a while (1,744 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle of Stone 9th Anniversary ale does not mention what type of beer you will be drinking, but once poured into the glass it's quite apparant. The beer pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thick creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick ring and sheet on the beer. Before each sip a strong hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit citrus greets the nose.

This thick bodied beer is smooth and chewy on the palate with a mild carbonation fizz throughout. The flavor is mainly citrus hops with some nice pine, grapefruit, apricot and apple flavors mixed in. There's a hint of dry malt and alcohol in the background. It finishes bitter leaving some citrus flavors behind.

Stone likes hops and this beer is no exception. It's not quite a hop monster, but comes close. (793 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (539 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours red and golden with an enormous dish soap head with small dots of lace on the glass.
Aroma of citrus, little bit of caramel and a perfumy, slightly soapy aroma.
Flavor of dark citrus, a little bit of dark malt and a hint of mediciney alochol.
Mouthfeel is sort of dry and somewhat abbreviated. Not unpleasant just rather bland.
Drinkability is very average. Easily the least attractive Stone brew that I've had. I'll chalk it up to being very young for the style but just doesn't seem to have the depth of character that I expect from Stone products. (560 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle date 9/05. Pours a yellow-orange with a big fluffy white head that lasts forever and laces the glass. The second pour from the bomber some yeast floaties.

The aroma is caramel malts with floral, grapefruity, piney hops. It's awesome at first (9), but as it warms it becomes more floral, peppery and medicinal.

The flavor is sweet malts followed by a large but rather subdued floral/grassy hop bitterness with notes of melon. As it warms, peppery medicinal alcohol comes out. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a sticky bitterness.

Overall, it tastes like a decent mellow IPA. It reminds me some of Rogue's Brutal Bitter. As I go through the bomber, I like it less and less. (701 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone 9th anniversary Ale

Appearance- creamy nut brown with a decent creamy head.
Smell- alcohol, malt, and hops. In that order.
Taste- light smooth malt overpowered by alcohol. Strong grassy hops.

Overall- very bland very basic. Alcohol was too present. Won't buy again. (279 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just around 6 months of age on this one. Pours a light hazy peachy color with a chunky 3 finger head that leaves incredible lace as it recedes. Nose is still dominated with earthyand lightly citrus hop aromas, sitting over a chunky caramel and almost apircot and raisin fruity sweetness. Flavor is not working for me. The alcohol is definately dominant in the flavor, really getting in the way of other flavors here. Behind it, there are earthy aged hop flavors that mix with light caramel and raisin, but not to form something that I am happy with. The flavor is not working for me. The finish is moderately bitter, but a little more harsh that I would like. Feel is moderate with a carbonation that is on the light end of moderate. This one is not holding up well with age. I'd have to say this one is past its prime, so either drink it now and cut your losses or hold in and see if it has a second coming. (908 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pale yellow colour with a thick white head. the head falls fairly quick, but leaves tons of thick lace behind.

aroma is very hoppy. rich and floral. citrusy, but more orange than grapefruit.

taste is good. it's nice and hoppy. floral and orangey citrus. nice finish of hop bitterness. just a hint of pine comes through in the finish.

mouthfeel is good. not too big and fairly nice.

drinkability is high on it. it's a fairly light and easy drink, but i found it a little one-dimensional. (506 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another from the amazing box I got from Px2Grafx in Beer and Gear.

Appearance: Clear medium gold, pretty average looking except for the magnifecent creamy off-white head, which fades to a rocky froth.

Smell: Very fruit and hoppy, sweet and strong smelling, IPAish, maybe.

Taste: Strong and large, alcohol sharpness, fruity and spicy hops presence, malt is slightly grassy. Clean but strong finish, this is a beer that is hard to pin down, and hard to know what it wants to make of itself.

Mouthfeel: No complaints, fits well.

Drinkability: Good, leaves a little graininess on the way down, but the alcohol has a nice tingling. (642 characters)

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