Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours a light orange color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks like glue to the glass,oh the Amarillos oh sweet Jesus this hop varietal has made me a hop head fresh herbal hop hits the nose and wakes the senses.This baby has a kick alcohol with big herbal and citrus notes no aspirin here.Somewhat sweet but not overly so to me this would be the Amarillo hop fans dream and Iam one of them I will get more I have a few more to share with friends but I will try to get more.
09-22-2005 01:09:31 | More by oberon
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
Appearance This one poured a brilliant orange in color and was very thick. The head was orangish white, stubborn, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell Man, this is straight floral hopping up the nose. I think its Amarillo, but whatever they used they did it in spades. This is supposed to be an extreme version of the failed wheat beer that they did, but Im only finding a hint of wheat and maybe imagining that.
Taste Yes, a little more citrusy wheat finds its way to the taste, but this is classic Stone hoppification. The Amarillo is all over the place. Ive had this hop flavor mostly as a compliment to other tastes, but here its on steroids and defines the ale. The flavor is beyond classification, so dont compare this to other ASAs.
Mouthfeel This fella is well bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldnt call it full. The carbs are light but mature. Its not overly bitter or dry at all but it does manage to refresh.
Drinkability If Paul Bunyon was mowing Montana and wanted to take a beer break, this is what he would grab.
Comments I originally had this at release in 2005, but skyhand brought over a cellared 05 that we popped in May 2006. She is the Cellar Queen so I knew this was rightfully aged.
This was so much better after a year in the caring hands of skyhand. The body was a beautiful glowing orange, the hops at the nose were completely opened up, and the malt flavors just melted in your mouth. This was medium-bodied, well-balanced, and a terrific example of how a beer can improve under the right conditions and the right care.
I'm raising most of my ratings up by 0.5 and officially considering this a Stone classic.
09-20-2005 01:32:35 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
A lot of times you'll hear about a beer that is way hyped and turns out to not live up to it. Then occasionally you'll hear a beer get knocked, but when you finally try it, it's great. That's sort of the situation with this beer. I read that it was sort of a flop, but I decided to try it anyway and I'm glad I did. Appears a very vibrant yellow with orange amber hues, pretty cloudy, and a nice lasting head. Smells like when you stick your nose into a bag of hop pellets, nice and juicy. Taste is equally hoppy, providing a more fruity flowery citrus boquet rather than bitterness, although of course there's a big of that. I thought this beer might be too sweet from the smell, but it really is pretty well balanced. Less cloying than their Ruination. I'd almost call this an IPA, instead of a strong ale, but there's a nice warming alcohol quality to it, and nice fruity malts. Chewy mouthfeel and I found this one pretty entertaining to drink. I'd definately recommend it and I might even go pick up another bottle sometime to see what I think all over again. A good brew.
09-18-2005 22:21:38 | More by twelvsies
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
I got this bomber at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Nice painted label says September 2005.
Pours a hazy light copper/orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. Looks effervescent. Head is sticky, and there is great lacing on the glass.
Aroma is strong grapefruit, lemons, and tangerines, kind of piney, and yes, a little bubblegum. Amarillo hops. After a while, you can smell light toffe malts, and later some alcohol.
First flavor is grapefruit, very bitter, followed by lemons and tangerines. If you don't like Amarillo hops, this one isn't for you. There is a decent amount of residual sugar here, balancing this out nicely. It's pretty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is bitter, citrus, and sweet toffee. I like this beer.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with soft to medium carbonation. Bitterness in the throat, sweetness and hop resins on the tongue, and an alcohol warmth late.
I still like Amarillo hops, so this is very good to me. Well made beer, well balanced for the style, and quite yummy in my tummy. I could drink this all day long.
09-18-2005 16:39:31 | More by jakester
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
App: Cloudy orange with thick white head, little lacing.
Smell: Yeasty and bready. You can smell the hops as well and some orange peel. Almost pilsner like.
Taste: It's balanced decently for a stone brew. Lots of hops. Clean dry finish. Touch of citrus. Not bad.
Mouth: A bit lighter than I'd like. Low carbonation but works well.
Drink: Decent. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste for a 7.8% abv beer.
Ovr: Not a bad offering but I don't think it's anything too special. It's blanced well, but a bit one dimensional.
09-18-2005 01:03:00 | More by ejquin
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-17-2005 05:17:30 | More by RedwoodGeorge
3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale is a little hard to classify. It's pretty much an IPA with wheat and just enough malt to edge it over into the strong ale style.
The pour is clear orange/gold with a creamy head. The noise is much like a big IPA with orange peel (not in the way witbiers use fresh and zesty orange peel), dried apricot and a pinch of herbs. The flavor is pretty much the same, although the apricot trumps the orange. The impending bitterness has a spicy bite and it gets an earthy, malty backing. The carbonation is solid and I didn't get nearly as much over-the-top alcohol flavor as some of the other reviewers. Balance was never one of Stone's goals, neither was keeping within traditional style guidelines and this one is no exception. I'll give them an "E" for effort right now. Hopefully the earthy, herbal flavors will calm down and mature with age.
09-16-2005 08:14:41 | More by goschool
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber colored ale with an off white head.
Smell is hops, prominent citrus scent with pineapple as a strong secondary note. Lemons, faint pine, and mild malt round out the scent.
Taste is nearly nothing in the first taste two flavor notes canceling out each other. Bitterness and sourness hit your tongue on the second sip. Woody flavor and tongue numbing starts soon after. Flavor hits your tongue hard and then disappears except for a lingering bitterness. Citrus flavor appears after your tongue adapts a bit. There is a strong sourness in the hops here I have not encountered before, not really offensive, more alien like a language I can't identify. After about 5 minutes you can taste the sweetness of the malt. This is a beer that is all about hops and is a Hop Sadomasochist wet dream; this beer really beats you up!
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability isn't really in this one. A powerful kick your ass beer here but I can't really call it drinkable...yet. I will age the others and see what this beer becomes by next year. As it is right now it is a knife fight with your tongue.
09-16-2005 03:04:29 | More by Zorro
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color with a two finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is sticky with citrusy, fruity hop notes that remind me of grapefruit, tangerines, candied orange peel, apricot and a backbone of herbal pine. The beer is lightly sweet up front, and the finish is long with a note of herbal astringency and a bit of alcohol. This beer is of course dominated by the fruity hop notes that is dominated by candied notes of orange peel and apricots. This beer has a sharp bitterness that follows this beer from start to finish. The candied note that is in this beer is quite prevalent, really the apricot note is becoming more apparent as this beer warms up a bit. At this point (about a quarter done) this beer is definitely a bit one dimensional in its aggressive hoppiness; this is all good for someone who likes hops. The alcohol is the one detracting note at this point, though it is not that noticeable and in fact actually begins to become quite a bit more tame as the beer warms up. This beer actually probably needs another month or so to calm down and let the hops really shine.
09-15-2005 04:36:40 | More by Gueuzedude
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Presented in a 22oz bomber purchased (for $4.69) at A&J's Liquor in Covina, CA. Poured into my handy Pizza Port Real Ale Fest pint glass.
Has a transluscent apricot coloring, a lot of fine carbonation writhing up the walls, and a huge, densely packed and highly durable white head that left masses of thick lace behind.
Okay, I heard this called a variation on a wheat beer, even vaguely compared to Three Floyds' Gumballhead. Just by smelling it, I can safely say "no way". The aroma of this one-timer by Stone is all about the hops; heavy, hearty and all-encompassing citrusy, flowery and pine-laden all at the same time. Also a touch of spice and maybe honey. Smells like an IPA.
Hey, guess what? It tastes like an IPA, too! Not as brazen as Ruination; quite a bit sweeter, in fact. There is a mild, just-barely-there honey flavor under cover of the assertive hops character that keeps this brew from going completely over to the far side with Ruination. The flavors of hops oils, pine needles, and floral hops pretty much sweep aside the malt aspect. I certainly didn't encounter any of the wheat character I expected. The feel was full, lush, and creamy.
I enjoyed Stone's 9th anniversary offering though I don't think I'd call it a strong ale. A double IPA maybe? Doesn't matter too much as I like it more than last year's. A tasty mystery.
09-14-2005 21:14:47 | More by Boilermaker88
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-14-2005 05:05:22 | More by lou91
3/5 rDev -21.9%
22 oz bomber picked up at Bev Mo.
Glassware - Magic Hat Pint
Pours a light yellowish-orange...very similar to a pale ale. The head is bright white with a hearty thickness to it that clings nicely to the glass.
The nose has the typical Stone spice to it. I know I've smelt this before somewhere...hmmmm. Can't put my finger on what I'm picking up here but there's plenty of hops and the alchohol is not hidden well at all.
The taste is very different than what I was expecting. A very light mouthfeel, low on malt sweetness, a big hop bite, and a strong alchohol kick on the aftertaste. Almost like a Stone IPA mixed with Marin's seasonal Triple Wheat.
I honestly don't know what to think of this beer. It's not bad, but not that great either.
09-14-2005 04:55:53 | More by KingSlender
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
09-12-2005 20:51:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-12-2005 13:32:52 | More by Brent
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
3.15/5 rDev -18%
Pours out a clear orange/yellow with a small, quickly evaporating head.
Aroma is fruity and piney.
Flavor is pine and grapefruit pith with some malty sweetness. Wheat is there, but barely detectable.
Grapefruity tingle on the finish. Kind of like a watered down Ruination.
09-11-2005 08:24:54 | More by Padron4KM
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance is a hazy golden orange with a large frothy white head. The aroma is of grapefruit, hops and a hint of wheat and yeast. Its flavor starts off with grapefruit and citrus then moves into a mellow wheat taste, then finishes with hop bitterness. It is quite interesting, though I did not expect an APWA to taste like this.
Medium in body and a bit oily. Good, though I dont think I will seek out another.
09-11-2005 04:03:26 | More by Naes
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Slightly hazy straw / orange body capped with a rocky finger of foam with the consistency of egg whites. The nose is ripe with grapefruit and sweet fruits.
Entry is ruled by sheer upfront hoppiness which quickly dissipates into a mellow, fruity midtaste which shows the touch of wheat and lack of strong malts.
The finish begins with another charge of citrus hops which fades quickly into virtual nothingness...well, except for a lingering slickness on the middle and back section of the tongue.
This is certainly a different style for Stone and it stands up, well, a little differently. It's almost as though that wack-job Vinnie from Russian River temporarily took control of Mr. Chase's gray matter for awhile...know what I mean?
09-09-2005 06:41:24 | More by IceAce
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
I've used my standard tulip for this one. It is burnt orange with a decent head. The bubbles are larger than I would expect. The nose is that of a IIPA. Citrusy, somewhat piney hops abound, with a wheat-like malt bill.
The taste is quite hoppy. Citrus flavors hit me first, followed by bubblegum flavored malt (not too sweet), then I taste the wheat, followed by slight bitterness. This is like a Wheat IIPA.
The mouthfeel is thick with very good carbonation. I can taste this for several minutes after I swallow, due in part to the coating nature of the beer. I find this to be very drinkable. I don't think I will cellar many of these, as I dig the hops of this beer.
09-04-2005 07:06:21 | More by Sephiroth
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a slightly orange color with a tall head that has ok retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - reminds me of a double IPA with American hops. The flavor is much the same as the nose with lots of American hops and a strong caramel backbone. Something seems off in the flavor. I disagree with the style of Am. Strong Ale listed here. Body is moderate to thick and the drinkability is good.
09-04-2005 00:41:05 | More by clvand0
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Appearance: Poured from the 22 oz bottle to a Duvel tulip glass. The beer is a clear copper/orange with dancing carbonation. The head is a stiff white with excellent lacing and retention. Very nice looking beer.
Smell: The aroma is definately hoppy, fruity, and a bit bready. Some dry apricot too.
Taste: Light bitterness opens the flavor but it grows into a blast of floral hop bitterness. That bitterness gives way to a sweet and soft maltiness. That maltiness then fades to release a more potent hop flavor than the first. The end is very long and fruity with a slight spritzy citrus flavor. The aftertaste is sweet and bready.
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and clean. Sticky and a medium bodied.
Drinkability: Good but not great. I will sit on a bottle for a while and see how it ages. It's pretty well balanced but I could see the hop flavor mellowing out to give a more sweet and fruity character.
09-02-2005 05:12:50 | More by BrewMaster
2.95/5 rDev -23.2%
Somewhat unaware of the hoopla that surrounded the release of a new beer from Stone, I picked one up for no other reason than it was the first one that greeted my eye as I wandered through John's Market. I'm not a huge Stone fan -- they sort of seem like the Yankees of microbreweries -- but I'm always game for something new. Upon first impression, it's a mellower beer than I was expecting... is this a wheat beer? There's a nice wall of lace on the inside of the glass. It's got a sharp citric hop tweak, and some cutting bitterness, but it is short and over with quickly. There are some bready malts with peach and orange fruit flavors, Scottish shortbread, and what seems to me like a wheaty tang. There's also an underlying metallic quality that could be the sharp hops riding tandem with the excessive alcohol. I have to say, I don't see any way that the high alcohol helps this beer; it would taste much better without the "dead zone" that a high abv creates. There is almost a spoilt-Ringwood sour apple taste too... This is all too bad since my first impressions of the beer were totally favorable. The smell is still pretty good. And there's still a pleasant malt-and-hop interplay on the tongue before you take a wince-inducing swallow. But Jesus. This alcohol is too much. It makes the beer entirely unappealing.
09-01-2005 07:31:14 | More by Thrasher
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
This beer pours a golden orange witha fluffy white head. The head has slight orange tints in it. It fades slowly leaving a lot of laces. The first aroma I detect is hops. Lots of hops. It is slightly piney. Also, it has a good citrus aroma. Behind the hop aroma, I detect a very subtle, almost non existant malt aroma. This beer tastes a lot like it smells. It is quite hoppy, but not over hopped. It tastes piney. It definately has IPA like qualities. It has a refreshing citrus taste to it as well. Not much malt flavor, but some in noticable if you really look. The alcohol is not detectable in the flavor or the aroma. It is hidden quite nicely. This beer goes down smooth leaving a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well. This beer might not make the best session beer because it is just a little high in alcohol. I think this is another great produst from Stone. If you get the chance, you need to try this one. You wont be sorry.
09-01-2005 01:47:37 | More by OStrungT
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Stumbled upon this today at Once Upon a Vine. Kind of surprised no one has reviewed it yet, so I thought I'd jot down some notes.
This lists as an American Strong Ale, the same style as Arrogant Bastard, and it is definitely reminiscent of that Stone signature brew. Lighter in color, a golden yellow as opposed to the much redder Bastard, with a frothy white head that leaves some pleasant lacing in the glass. Like the Bastard, the hops are there but incredibly well balanced with what must be a ton of malt. Maybe a bit more of a piney nose than AB.
Slightly more alcohol than AB, but well hidden. You could session this if you didn't know any better. Strikes me as slightly lighter in the mouth, but that could just be mental because of the color difference.
This is another excellent beer from Stone and definitely worth picking up (what Stone isn't?). I'll probably be going back for more tomorrow, as well as for some AB to do a side-by-side comparison, just in case I'm completely misremembering and this review is all bullshit.
UPDATE: Finally got around to having this side-by-side with Arrogant Bastard, and while there is some similarity, these are definitely different beers. AB has a much more subtle hop profile than this, and the alcohol in AB much better hidden. The coloring is night and day (almost literally). Much harsher hops and alchohol. I still think this is worth picking up, but I don't think you need to lose any sleep if you miss it. Certainly far from undrinkable though -- I'm not sure what was up with the beer Jason sampled.
08-29-2005 23:43:36 | More by altctrlsdelete
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.