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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 8
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Wasatch, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Hibernator, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Zithal
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Zithal, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

czechsaaz, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -31%
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...

ChainGangGuy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Bitterbill, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

baiser, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

TastyTaste, Nov 18, 2005
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 bigbubba
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a beautiful clear light orange beer with a thick white head. It smells great. There is a sweet fruity smell, and a citrusy hop aroma that is very inviting. The taste is nice and hoppy and not too sweet, nicely balanced in favor of the hops. The mouthfeel is good as well, not too thin but not syrupy thick like some people are making their hoppy higher alcohol beers. Drinkability is also good, the 7.8% is a nice compromise between a session beer and other big beers.

bigbubba, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange color body with a tall off white head and decent lace. Citric hops jump out of the aroma first with a bit of trailing sweetness. Some floral and spicy notes are present as is a touch of alcohol. Sweet fruits and citric hops lead off the taste. Plenty of hops packed into this with a touch of wheat and alcohol. Bitterness is too strong though as the sweetness balances it out perfectly. Good enough body to hold the flavor. The alcohol wasn’t too bad though it would be better if was completely hidden. Pretty enjoyable stuff.

meathookjones, Nov 16, 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 watermelonman
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a bright yellow and gold with a medium head that lasted fairly well. It left some nice lace too.

The smell is full of hops and nothing else. The taste is has a light malt profile but hops quickly take over. The mouthfeel is very sharp, while drinkability takes a hit for lack of balance although the alcohol remains hidden.

This kind of makes me think of an Arrogant Bastard without the hefty malt content. The hops could definitely use a stronger supporting cast.

watermelonman, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.83/5  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.

fisherman34, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of metallistout
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color, with a creamy white head, that actually stuck around for a while considering its alcohol content.

Smells of hops, citrus,malty, a little piney, maybe a wheat aroma.

Good mouthfeel, and taste of malt and hops and citrus, just like the aroma.A couple other spices I can't recognize, maybe a spruce and sage? Very good taste

I would drink this beer anywhere and anytime. I like another Stone brew!

metallistout, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

merlin48, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" off-white head above the dark golden brew. Head holds steady, with nice sticky lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, with malt evident as well. Taste is palt malt sweetness upfront, and nicely balancing citrus hops that soon take over the show, in a good way. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. This would seem more a DIPA to me, what with little to no obvious alcohol character apparent, although I'm sure it's in there... A yummy treat.

ppoitras, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Stone 9th Anniversary Ale pours from the bomber a vibrant deep orange hue with a creamy white two finger head that leaves some nice sticky lacing as well. Big aromas of grain husks and wheat with a mellow caramel aspect. Hops are big and resinous with tropical fruit tones and hints of pine and wildflowers. This comes off oddly phenolic, almost cough syrupy and detracts from my overall enjoyment of the nose.

First sip brings a pale, grainy maltiness with light hints of wheat husk followed by a big blast of fresh green, fruity hop flavors. Tropical fruits, wildflowers and hints of pine boughs overlap with each sip. A good blast of bitterness on the way down with a lingering phenolic medicinal flavor that really gets in the way of the rest of the flavors. A bit of peppery spiciness creeps in as well. This one just fails to grab me really.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess...definetly lighter than almost any other Stone brew I've sampled...but that just makes it all the more drinkable and refreshing. An interesting hopped up wheat brew...however the overall flavor profile just seems to miss a beat for me. I have a few more bottles so I'll see what a bit of time does to this one, but for now I'm just glad I still have an extra bottle of the yummy 8th Anniversary lying around!

orbitalr0x, Oct 30, 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 NEhophead
3.93/5  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.

NEhophead, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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??

russpowell, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange with a not quite white head that holds up and laces well. the aroma is very hoppy: floral, lemony citrus, slightly piney. there is a hint of baked bread. the taste contains tons of hops without being overly bitter (to me). lemon rind citrus is most apparent. it's clear amarillo hops are used as there is the signature aspriny taste is the at the back of the mouth. there is some caramel, wheat and a little yeastiness that balances a bit. light fruity flavors apple for sure, peach? maybe. a little alcohol in there that honestly only adds in my opinion. nice and dry with a medium body and pretty light carbonation. after reading some of the reviews it seems like this is a love it or hate it beer, you can group me with the former. it's not stone's best offering, but it is of the same quality that i've come to expect from stone.

kmo1030, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

WanderingFool, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SixpointJMH, Oct 20, 2005
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.