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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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?

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber bottle.

Pours a light amber color, good head, attractive. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, bold. Flavor is a good balance of malt sweetness and hops with a nice finish. Bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and not too carbonated. Very drinkable considering the decent strength with well balanced flavors.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone winter storm 2010.

I have no idea why this beer only recieved a B+. It's drinking amazing right now.

Pours a very beautiful yellow. With a nice sticky white head. Nice lacing.

Smells wonderful for it's age. A lot of hop aroma going on for such an old beer. Pineapple, peaches, lemon and orange peel. With a nice sweet malt smell in the background.

Taste is awesome. All the same flavors above with a nice bitter finish. Nice sweet maltiness in the background. The hops are runnin the show here. But not without help of the malt.

Mouthfeel is actually a little under carbed but good still.

Overall I wish I could bring some of this home. If you have some drink it because this is at it's peak.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been aging this a bit, think it was worth it.

Into a pint glass, pours a deep orange, pour activating a swirl of bubbling activity just below the head, levelling off with a one inch head. A lovely head, off-white, fluffy and creamy, that collapses unevenly here and there till there is a good firm film left, with large splotches of lacing left high on the glass, and whole loads of it as I drain the glass. Aroma is actually kind of tame, some sweet fruitiness and floral hops, bubblegum, but really, this is a Stone.. wheres the magical whif I'm looking for?

Taste is an amalgamation of all good things in beer, sweet sugary caramel like pale malts, held in check by an almost coy hop profile, like it KNOWs its a Stone, but sits back and snickers, sends out some bitterness, some lovely floral spicy hopness, oils, but you get the sense that it could be more potent, arrogant even, but instead sits back and tell you what a fine beer it is, but still manages to be a little menacing.

Mouth is quite nice, full and lively, and quite warm from a noticable alcohol presence, warm through the finish. Overall, definitely worth the year, ages well, have read the reviews from the beginning and seems like it came our raw. Age it a year, and you have yourself a scrumptios beer.

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of scottoale
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought home a 750ml bottle which got slightly agitated in transit. This of course, stirred the sediment on the bottom a bit so I opted to let it sit a few days to settle (it settled a little). I don't recall any other Stone brews having quite this much sediment, and I've tried them all (except the Epic series which I drank the first 2 years, still sittin on the last 3).

Enoughf of that, un-capped pours a light gold ale with hues of amber. Not as dark as I was expecting. It has a thick frothy head that sticks around for sometime, leaving a nice sticky lacing behind, real nice looking stuff!

When I popped this thing open and took a wiff, the hops jumped out and bit me on the nose, literally. This was a bit more subtle after being poured yet still piney fresh hoards of sticky hop, a little orange peel and a note of yummy malt bringing up the rear.

Taste: same as smell, see above. Actually not quite as powerful as it smelled, just a hoppy, citrusy, super tasting ale with plenty of alcohol to warm your being.

Smooth, clean rinse mouthfeel with a hop bitter, semi sticky finish as you send it down the hatch...oooh,refreshing!

This is a highly drinkable ale, more so if your a hop-head (which I am) ;-)

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

September 2005 batch. Poured with good head, soapy foam, dense orange in colour. Mouthfeel hits first as smooth water undertone then amarillos take over leaving a coarse and chalky finish. Aroma dominated mostly by the Amarillos. A good finish. Fairly light and unagressive. Crisp and warming. This sample has had some time to sit and it has settled quite nicely into what I would consider a great 'social pint' ... (though you might wanna watch it at nearly 8%)! Ultimately, I couldn't find much to say but plenty enough to enjoy. Thanks Grub for the pleasent surprise!

Photo of chilidog
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After six months in the basement, I thought the brew was real good if not just right as it aged alittle.
It poured a nice orange, very little haze, with a one inch, frothy, off white head.
The aroma had alcohol notes with citric & tropical hop.
The taste carried that tropical, sweet grapefruit sweetness balanced well with a hop over citric finish.
The medium bodied beer left the mouth crisp and tangy.
I found thisone very drinkable. I liked it!

Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of burnstar
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone's huge version of their Heat Seeking Wheat from a few years back. Out of a big 25 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a huge thick persitant head. Very nice hoppy aroma- spicy and citrusy hop smells dominate. Definitely some fruity (bananas/raisins) estery aromas become very noticable as the brew warms. Taste is big citrusy hops upfront. From there it's all wheat with some banana undertones and it finishes very dry. Different but I like it Medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. Leave it to Stone to come up with a really crazy wheat beer. Nice experimental beer.

Photo of rallison
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a growler filled at Stone's "Winter Cleaning" growler fill. Or something like that. Don't really care what it was called - I just care I got to try this!

A: Cloudy amber/golden color with a nice fluffy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells of piney hops, alcohol and just a bit of sweet malt.

T: Interesting. For sure. Even after a year and a half, the hops are on the forefront. Piney hops at that. There is also quite a bit of alcohol warmth, which works nicely for this beer. Behind that, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, with a nice bit of spice. Finally, there is a bit of a wheat character, but it is very much in the background. All around, quite unique, and nice.

M: Nice and full, with a low to medium level of carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth.

D: Altogether, pretty drinkable - not the most sessionable of Stone beers, but still pretty good.

Recommended, if you can actually get your hands on this.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick, off-white head, which remains for a good amount of time, but doesn’t leave very much lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong, but you detect citrus & malt first, then you get a decent whiff of hops.

T: Hops flavor and bite prevails from beginning to end, not a lot of sweetness but there’s a bit of malt and citrus and it definitely has the Stone signature. Seems like an IPA, but I’ve yet try Stone’s IPA to compare it.

M: Very crisp, medium body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: Let’s face it, this beer is from Stone Brewing Co. so you really can’t “forget” that you’re drinking beer. However this beer is drinkable from the standpoint that you KNOW that you’re drinking good beer.

I enjoyed this beer, but like I mentioned previously I haven’t had the Stone IPA to compare it to, nor have I had any of their other anniversary ales to know if they trend towards the IPA realm each year. That being said, I’ve never been disappointed by Stone.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not afraid to say it, there will be Stone beers you will hate from time to time. Its a hell of a corporate philosophy, I think. If you don't like something from Stone, just try something else.

Or realize that you may be unworthy. It could happen.

I didn't like last year's big-ass brown ale. I'm in love with this year's, maybe a glance towards Gumballhead, actually, a tribute to the Amarillo hop in all its love-it-or hate it caustic bitterness.

Poofy head unceasing and Belgian in quality, this is a gorgeous looking light-colored ale. Give this to someone drinking BMC just to watch their face pucker up. Trust me, you'll enjoy it. Get a picture if you can.

There is a palate assault here on caliber with Ruination, some almost fiery twinges of metallic bittering and hop finishes as subtle as smoky scotch.

Somehow still refreshing, take this one as it comes because there's no suggestion of cellaring on the bottle, nor any sense at all on the label. Seriously, these are just not fun anymore. Or maybe i'm just still not Stone worthy.

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bigbubba
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, with the usual wordy print. Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick head. Pretty highly carbonated, with a notable haze. Huge aroma of alcohol, toasted malt, and citrusy, oily, resiny hops. I love the smell of this brew, especially its intensity. The taste is powerfully complex…lots of fruit (orange, peach, apple), toasted malt, alcohol, spice, sugar, and a subtle woodiness. Plus, lots and lots of hops…this brew gets seriously bitter by the mid taste, and had a no-nonsense bitter finish. The aftertaste hangs around forever. Considerable alcohol warming. Medium-full mouthfeel. Nice balance, although tilted toward the hops. Very drinkable. The alcohol on this one can give you a kick. All in all, this one is a keeper.

Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

The beer poured a light red amber and formed a huge off white fluffy head that left lattice lace as it slowly subsided. Medium carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, caramel and a buttery aspect as well. The flavor was of hops, caramel and butterscotch. A very sweet beer. The body was medium light and the finish was sweet. A good beer as always from Stone, but a little sweeter than I would like from this style.

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.