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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 252
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 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 Hunter
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Hunter, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of kennyo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark gold color, not a lot of carbonation. Big white head that dissapates very quickly, Aroma is spicy/malt/cinnamon.

taste is malty/hops/spicy/bitterness/alcohol. very dry on the finish.

Pretty easy drinking beer.

I remember having this on tap and thought it was much better than the bottle.

kennyo, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden body with a medium rocky beige head. Good lacing. Strong hoppy aromas with citrus dominating. A bit of a resiny bitterness, some piney characteristics, and a sweet fruit element. A grain astringency lies underneath. Taste is dominant on the alcohol. Alcohol seems to come in right at the start. A bit of a fruity sweetness like pears and pineapples come in. Pear brandy flavors. A wheaty flavor dries it out a bit along with some bitterness. The hop flavors from the aroma seem to be lacing in flavor and are almost stuck to the malts. Alcohol is strong but I don't think will age too well since the hops seem to be a diminished already. The sweetness really does coat the mouth and the beer stays with you for some time. A slightly heavy beer and one that doesn't have a lively carbonation. Decent all around but a bit overwhelming, esp for a wheat beer.

granger10, Feb 08, 2006
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 IceAce
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

IceAce, Sep 09, 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 Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Zorro, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Churchkey for the Stone tap takeover. Beer is golden in color but has no head, no carbonation, so of course no lacing.

Its mostly malty in the nose, minor fruit notes.

Beer is medium to light in body and no carbaontion follow up in the mouth. Its sweet with caramel but overall its really mild. This beer is a minor disappointment, I wish I could have had it fresh.

drabmuh, Oct 08, 2010
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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold/orange. Impressive white head with very nice lace left on the glass.

As typical of the Stone brewery, wonderful fresh hop smells are the major component of the aroma. I also detected a spoiled milk aroma on the initial pour, which was a little distracting.

Hop heads rejoice: here's another sampling from the finest heavy-handed hop brewery in the US. Malt, we don't need no stinking malt...malt is simply there to deliver the bitter hop wallop. Let's see, first sip: bitter hop. Mouthfeel: Hoppy fullness. Swallow: Yep, hop. Aftertaste: some dry hoppy bitterness that lingers a very long time. OK, I can find some of the oiliness of a heavily malted beer, but not much of the taste.

If your heart is into IPA's or double IPA's, you'll love this one. As a strong ale, the malt is overwhelmed. I still enjoy this, but that is my inclination.

smcolw, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

clvand0, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden colour with a frothy white head. Not a lot of lacing, but instead a thin layer of foam clung to the inside of the glass. Pretty high carbonation with an full, steady flow of bubbles. Aroma was light, but has a slightly sweet malt and citrus fragrance. Higher ABV is noticeable right from the beginning of the first sip and contributes to an overall warming affect. Sweet malt flavour to start which is quickly replaced by a bitter grapefruit taste. Finsish was very bitter and dry, almost a little harsh, with a lingering aftertaste.

Xadoor, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light orange/copper in color, it's somewhat cloudy and pours leaving a very small head that dissipates in a hurry. The smell is a nice balance of sweet malt and dank hops. Taste has a light sweetness up front, then is dominated mostly by herbal hops. There is some subtle spiciness here also. The hops really override this beer, and with this much hop flavor I expected a strong bitter finish, however the bitterness remained low. The beer has a medium thickness, adequate carbonation, and is pretty smooth. Very hoppy, but for me this kind of ruined it. The hops tasted a little funky to me, and it just didn't add up. I think it's still a unique beer and worth a try though.

bennetj17, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottoe courtesy of , and thanks to Immy! A slight hazy yellow pour pours with a good bleached white froth. Good lacing. Pretty straight forward hop profile in the nose, with some perfume and citrus fruits. A hoppy bread crust flavour is matched well with a mild citrus bitterness. Good pure hop leaf finish, with lots of bitterness lingering.Would do well on the patio in summer. Not complex, but still very enjoyable. A pleasure to try. Thanks so much Tim!

mrmanning, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Terp96
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a business trip to Denver. It was the last bottle they had so I grabbed it. $3.99 for the bomber.

I wans't sure what to expect but knowing it wasn't a Belgian style offering from Stone, I knew it would at least be hoppy. The pour was decent. Bright orange-light amber color and slightly hazy with a very nice one finger head.

Smells of pine and grass. Very aromatic. Even a hint of alcohol aroma as well.

Taste was okay. I expected a little more malt backbone for such a big beer. It had a slight hoppy finish but not as much as expected. The overwhelming theme here was the alcohol. The beer is not huge but the flavor profile of the beer did little to mask the alcohol taste. Almost like a shot of vodka was dropped in the glass. Not one of my favorite qualities in a beer.

Mouthfeel was okay as well. Not as full bodied as I would have hoped. It was slightly slick on the tongue but the warming of the alcohol was too overwhelming.

Needless to say this one was not the most drinkable beer I have had. I had this one at the end of the night and it salted away any thought of having another beer before bed.

I am glad I was able to try it but I won't be seeking out another bottle of 9.

Terp96, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of BrewMaster
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BrewMaster, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the 11th anniversary and then out of the bottle last sunday at winter storm. I think I am going to go against the grain with this one. It was a decent/good beer but it was very mild and not overly impressive.

The appearance was a bit hazy and reddish (almost a bit orange in the light). The color was neat but the lack of head and clarity were a bit distracting. This goes for both bottle and keg.

The smell was nice but very mild. I'd say even milder than the 8th anniversary. It was sweet and fruity but not from actual fruits. I'd guess it comes from the dark malts they use, probably similar to the ones used in the arrogant bastard. If you tried this beer recently and have ever tried an aged double bastard you'll know what I'm talking about. There was also the slightest touch of hop aroma here.

The flavor was very soft and pleasant. Here I could taste more of the fruity flavors that were noticeable in the aroma. There was a little hop flavor and bitterness but its diminished over the past couple of years. There was really no alcohol flavor to speak of which was nice, but there wasn't any kind of bite either.

Overall a very smooth very drinkable beer but lacking in some areas.

t0rin0, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber picked up at Mr. Kegs, looks like Stone sent them a case, bottled 9/2005, when I was 20,

A: Pours a clear light amber with a medium frothy white head, solid retention, no real lace.

S: Aged malt character, fermented lemons and oranges, still a really lovely smell.

T: Orange and pink grapefruit from the hops. A very light malt component is still there. I can see it's close to its last legs. Tastes thin, although a nice flavour for sure.

M: Still a nice vibrant carbonation, spritzy and biting. Oily. Medium-bodied overall.

O: Having had this in 2006 I can try to make some kind of a comparison. Though listed as an ASA this is really an IPA at heart, so it's impressive that it's held up as good as it has. Unfortunately it doesn't have the malt component to make it really interesting at 6 years. If you have any bottles drink them now, I don't see them getting better.

Halcyondays, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch white head. Some retention.
S: Pine, citrus, and grainy hops.
T: Loads of pine, citrus, and bitter grainy hops. Hint of malt...not well balanced.
M: Light feel. Soft and oily at first, then bitter and dry finish.
D: A decent brew, but certainly not up to the typical offering from Stone.

mwilbur, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jaxon53, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bigred89, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Naes
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 don’t think I will seek out another.

Naes, Sep 11, 2005
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.