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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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.
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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 255
Photo of Ego
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

music : arch enemy - "doomsday machine"

bomber for $5.79, working in manhattan isn't so bad sometimes.. I still don't get why you can't sell Stone brew here in jersey...goddamn laws...

slightly cloudy golden, ample carbonation, moderately sticky off white head, dissipates at a decent paste, nothing spectacular... nothing outwardly awfull

piney hops, citrus towards grapefruit.. yeah, amarillo hops, some of the alcohol is detectable if you really pry, not an explosively nice citrus smell like say 3Fs Gumballhead which is much more pleasant but this is nice enough, there is a slight dry moldy smell in there too, not sure how to mail the descrip on that aspect.. like the look it is not bad but not great.

taste etc..
the carbonation floats this one nicely across the bow of the mouth, some nice prickly sensation going on, not too bitter at all, but a nice little bitter after taste, there is a touch of cloying quality to this that makes me pucker on some sips... this takes away from the overall enjoyment. This isn't a hop monster but the ABV really does a courtsy in the stomach..I can feel that somnabitch warming my feet practically. Pretty light in the mouth and smooth, easy drinking.

nothing special for a 9th anniv beer... not bad but nothing I will go out of my way to ge again

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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 blackie
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour creates a moderate, off white head in the snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy, pale copper/amber color.

smell: Up front there's a big resinous hoppiness and plenty of tropical fruit. Nice mango, pineapple, orange, and sugar cookie aromas. Hop oriented, but with enought malt to keep it interesting. Smells most like a DIPA to me.

mouthfeel: The carbonation smooth, between medium and low. The body is just slightly less than medium.

taste: The hops seem like the dominant flavor, but there is just enough light maltiness to keep them in good balance. All of the flavors are subtle, yet the combine to form a good flavor. The malt character is light. A green, leafy, resinous...yet well conserved...hop bitterness starts just after the swallow and continues into the dry finish.

drinkability: definately full of character, and drinkable

Enjoyed half a 22oz. courtesy of dirtylou during my visit in Madison. The other half of the bomber met with a less than noble fate.

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Photo of masikon
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't sure what to expect when i cracked this open, the bottle gives no real indications as to style, and traditional stone typography on the back is entertaining, but mostly just nonsense. Poured a lighter yellow than I had expected with plenty of active carbonation and a fantastic dense white head that lasted forever and stuck to the side of the glass. Nose was fruity with suggestions of grapes and citrus. Taste hits the palate not unlike an IPA really, lots of piny hop flavors shine through with slight melon and citrus flavors which can easily be detected. This beer starts off well but for me the finish is a bit of a disaster, the alcohol really can be felt/tasted after the swallow in a bad way. I'm not against alcohol flavors in me beer when executed well but for me this was just a little too much, At 7.8 percent this is a fairly strong beer but it comes off like something above 10 percent at least. As others have suggested, this is a really good start to a great beer, perhaps if aged the alcohol will mellow a but and it will show more malt character. I probably would't have this again.

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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Brickskeller in DC

Poured a light, not quite clear, straw color. Looks a bit fizzy and light for a Stone! Head is huge and white with medium bubbles. Huge hop aroma, citrus and pine, a bit perfumey.

First taste is sweet and hoppy, citrus (orange) dominates. Long, bitter aftertaste.

More of what I expect from Stone, but an American Strong ale? Expect a different IPA and you will like it. I found it very easy to drink

And read the back of the bottle... WTF?

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold with a faint haze, this beer poured with a white head and produced a fair deal of lacing. The aroma was mostly citrus and pine, a bit of powdery hops, with mild wheat and orange character. Bitterness was assertive without being overpowering. It had some grainy wheat malt sweetness tempered by resinous hops. Earthy character grew into the finish. Overall it had a very clean yeast profile and orange flavours became more apparent as it warmed. Medium body with a slight stickiness, the carbonation was perfect for creating a pleasant smoothness of texture. Great tasting, nice balance - exactly what I expect from the good people at Stone.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#500 review...WOOHOO!
Appears a hazy light orange with a foamy white head that retains nicely and fades into a hearty white collar. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the inside of the goblet.
Smell is of biscuity sweet malt, along with vanilla cream with orange and pine hop resin jumping out and drawing my attention.
Taste is of the same aromas but not as enticing. A bit of bitter pineapple and pear seems more apparent.
Mouthfeel is slightly bitter and sweet but seems to be dragging out a little long. Not a bad thing. Definitley different but pleasant.

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Photo of taez555
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of silenius
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber with odd pinkish highlights. It generates a large fluffy head with nice lacing.

Smell is on the light side with some grapefruity hops and some mapley hops. Not much there at all.

Taste is somewhere around their IPA to me. A little lighter on the hops and a little maltier. A tad on the lean side.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily with nice carbonation. Very pleasant.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bright golden, small white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is grapefruit, floral and citrus hops, with wheat, caramel, and alcohol notes. Taste is citrus and caramel, then floral hops, and some wheat. Very hoppy beer, nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable, tastes like a stronger Gumballhead. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange color with a slightly unfiltered appearance and an off white head that maintains some clout.

Citrus, hops, and a subtle floral presence mix with a meaty malted smell and form an inviting aroma.

Hops take charge in the taste. Imagine a hop presence short of most IPA's but more than a Pale, somewhere inbetween lies this splendid hop profile which lends itself to being receptive of a orange citrus backdrop and eventually finishes on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel has some meaty structure and the bitterness is allowed to cut through to form a satisfying and dare I say refreshing experience.

This is a staple in my fridge for many reasons but mostly it has an incredible smoothness, alcohol is well hidden, and the ingredients come together without any odd transitions.

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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 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 Hunter
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Stone has been a hit-or-miss brewery for me. This beer falls within the near-miss catagory. I mean, it isn't bad, it just isn't good. It looks nice, like an old penny. It smells, well, like a beer -- malt, an assertive amount of hops, with a strong alcohol back.
The taste follows the smell, it tastes, well, like a beer. I mean that in the most generic way possible. I could had this to any BMC drinker, they'd have a sip and say, "Yup. It's a beer". I guess, there just isn't anything special about it. Mediocre through and through. Hops are present, but not really 'doing' anything. Malt is the same way, it's there, just not special or unique. It is also pretty overcarbonated.

If I wanted a beer like this, I would have gotten a nice clean lager. It would have done the job much better.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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?

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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 Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale
22 oz brown bottle
September 2005
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.

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Photo of Zithal
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone rarely disapoints and this baby is no exception. An agressive pour resulted in a foamy white head.

Aroma was nice and hoppy with some yeasty overtones. The beer itself is a pale-gold with a slight cloudyness to it.

The taste is wonderfully hoppy with some very minor uncomfortable mouth feel. After tasting, I expected the hops to linger for awhile, but them seemed to quickly subdue.

As the beer warmed, the flavour improved. I know it's listed here as an American Strong Ale, but it tastes more like an Imperial IPA.

In all a very good brew. Happy 9th aniversary, Stone!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma. Hoppy but the hops take a bit of a backseat to yeasty esters. A little bread-like. Some American Grapefruit hop aroma. There is also a pretty strong malt aroma after it settles and some of the other aromatics dissipate.

Pale gold, big, bubbly white head. Nice lacing. A little bit cloudy. Rising carbonation is big bubbles.

Very sharp hop bitterness. Strong citrus, more like orange in the flavor that the grapefruit in the aroma. Good malt in mid-palate. Seems like mostly pilsner or light base malt. Finishes with a nice hop flavor that lasts in your mouth but isn't plaque scrapping bitter. Really well balanced for a Stone product which tend to be over-the-top bitter and resiny (not that that's necessarily bad.)

Carbonation level is a little biting, maybe to strong. Scrubs away some of the flavor right off. Medium-full bodied and fairly creamy.

Pretty nice beer overall. Strong but not overpowering, same with the hops. Big but not too much.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy pineapple with a significant contribution from juicy orange. Lazy, superfine bubbles eventually make their way up to a tremendous looking cap of cream colored foam. Although the glass isn't completely coated with lace, it's pretty damn close. Stone beer usually looks fantastic in the glass. 9th Anniversary Ale is no exception.

The nose isn't the Amarillo-fest that I hoped it would be. Even though it isn't overwhelmingly hoppy, it's hoppy enough to suit me. I'm reminded of a less ingredient-intensive DIPA. If the aroma is any indication, the flavor profile will be relatively well-balanced between malt and hops.

That's exactly what it is too. Sturdy pillars of sugar cookie-like pale malt support a moderately bitter tropical fruitiness (pineapple, orange, grapefruit) that comes close to being considered resinous. The thing that keeps me from absolutely loving the beer is the incompletely masked alcohol. A little aging would probably do wonders, but I couldn't accept the inevitable fading of the hops.

Along those same lines, the flavor itself, while good, is a little too raw and unrefined to be considered anywhere near great. I'll test my theory that a mellower 9th Anniversary Ale is a better 9th Anniversary Ale by buying another bottle and stashing it away for a year or two. Balance is maintained throughout the lengthy finish, despite my hope that the hops will throw off their malty shackles and dance a little jig on my tongue.

The mouthfeel, which is medium-full, lacks any creaminess whatsoever. It's more like highly polished, finely cut crystal than it is creamy, silky or lush. I like it just fine, but like the rest of the beer, age is needed to bring about some amount of softening.

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale is good beer without a doubt. I only wish that one wasn't forced to choose between drinking it too early (hoppy, but brash) or too late (mellow, but probably hop-deficient). Perhaps there's a magical nexus when all elements come together to produce a transcendant ale. I doubt it, though. It's a tribute to Stone that with all of my misgivings, I still enjoyed the hell out of the bomber.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright golden-orange in color. Partial haze. Good carbonation allows the bubbles to organize a fluffy white head.

Smell: Sharply citrus notes yield to a dominating bitter aroma. There's some contrasting sweet fruitiness, but its got a somewhat sour twang to it.

Taste: Predominant floral hop bitterness shadowed by some sour, pear-like flavors. The already sparse malts are squashed by the astringent bitterness. Finish is initially dry, but warmth brings forth some displeasing medicinal qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sleek with a light oiliness.

Drinkability: Not overly so, as it was a bit hard to supress myself from grimacing at the end of each swallow. It takes three times as many muscles to frown as it does to smile. My face is definitely worn out by now. I'll admit I found last year's anniversary ale to be infinitely more appealing...

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange-gold that is semi-clear and produces a good sized head that fades fairly rapidly leaving lacing around the edge and in the center.

The smell is very fruity(grapefruit) mixed with a strong hop aroma.

The taste is more of the grapefruit with some malt tones but this brew has a decidedly bitter flavour that I don't find all that attractive.

I'm a fan of many of Stone's offerings and I'm glad I tried this one but once is enough, thank you.

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

Pours a hazy copper colour, with an off white head. Aroma is full of sweet fruitiness, citrus peel and tangy, piney hops. Mouthfeel is on the thick side with low carbonation. Lacks smoothness, but still pretty pleasant to drink. Finish is dry and bitter. Overall a pretty good ale.

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