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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 Bierman9
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gots me a 22oz bomber, with Sep '05 painted on the label.... Into my Imperial pint glass she goes... a striking golden/apricot hued bier... has a touch of haze, but not a whole lot. Carbonation within is voluminous and steady, heading topside. Head it forms is frothy, with a light eggshell color. A few larger sized bubbles are interspersed amongst the plethora of fine foam, which is a solid 1/4" and holding... slowly but slowly ebbs, yet still covers the brew, with very nice lacing being left behind. Aroma has a touch o' toasty malt, with citrussy, rindy notes as well. Overall, a bit light coming forth. Body is a pleasing medium-plus, with a smooth, creamy passage over the tongue.

As far as flavor goes, some sugary sweetness initially hits the palate, with more toasty, yet light, malty notes appearing. Following forthwith are citrus-hop characteristics... plus some fruity aspects encompassing a bit of tangerine and cantaloupe. Has a bit of a resiny component as well, which nicely coats the oral cavity. Tasty stuff. Some alcohol-induced warmth hits the innards of the torso, but doesn't bowl you over. Very pleased by the quaffing of this bier. It works quite well.

Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

882

Bierman9, Jan 28, 2006
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 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - straw colored pour with a tint of red. Dense foamy head settles unevenly and sticks to the glass. A casual but busy bead level from below.

Aroma - deep aroma of pine and pineapple, smells sweet. Intense aroma reaches me as it sits off to the side.

Taste - a sweet, hoppy start. Bitterness is immediate but light to moderate, allowing more of the floral aspect of the hop to come through. The citrusy part is temporary though, and at the swallow the beer becomes more intensely bitter, all hops now. In true Stone style, the aftertaste and finish are a hop-filled mutha. It doesn't blast the taste buds like Ruination but it'll wake 'em up! With a little acclimation it starts to go down a little smoother than normal. Mmmm...

Mouthfeel - oiled up to a nice smoothness, it glides down as if on Autopilot.The carbonation is lively and the body is a bit big.

Drinkability - gets better as it gets warmer, for sure, and becomes quite the enjoyable glass of suds.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/21/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle. No freshness dating, but the 9th anniversary pretty much tells you what year it's from. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden hued liquid pour. Gleaming white 3/4 inch head with above average lacing.

Smell- Smells like a tropical fruit hop bomb. Peaches, oranges, sweet malt and grapefruit hops.

Taste- Lots of tropical fruit flavor. Orange zest in particular. Pretty heavy in the hop dept.as well. Spicy with some confectioniers sugar and maybe a touch or corriander. Maybe on the lines or a tripel? Although, this is a tad similar to El Toro Yo, which is a Strong Ale, so maybe it's correct.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation, not a real long aftertaste. Alcohol warms fairly quickly.

Drinkability- I like it. Not as much as their 8th anniversary, but drinkable and tasty. Recommended.

GClarkage, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of klewis
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark golden hue with a big frothy white head.

S: Lots of hops in the nose, along with some alcohol and aromas of Belgian yeast

T: There's a nice amount of hops in the taste mixed with an interesting pepper flavor. The presence of a slight alcohol taste makes this one seem more potent than its ABV advertises.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and sticky with a nice warming effect. The carbonation is a little agressive.

D: A very nice beer overall, however not stellar. I'd prefer a Belgian strong, but this one is an unusual change.

klewis, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly smeared medium golden yellow color with a medium white cap of froth that breaks down into a landscape of bubbled rockyness. Big sheet of lace coats all around the glass. This looks damn nice.

Hmmm...not a typical waft from Stone, a bit restrained here with a melony citrus of orange and lemon and some light wheaty snap behind it.

Taste is broad and withstanding in a short bittering but long oily hoppyness. Quite exquisite really. It seems quick at first but begins to lay the groundwork for a full-on citrusy construction on your palatable property. Orangey fluff, peels, piths, and pulp skip quickly into a short entrance of the wheat malt that seems very high rendered in flour, dryness, and partially parched in chalkyness. Thankfully and craftly, that area is just as brief as any other in this brigade of quickly happening nuances. Wow! The oily stuff, as mentioned above, begins to float forward in the finishing areas after every sip. So danty, yet obvious. Citrusy oils, hop squeezed bite, and peel-like girth, substain for a long duration of hinting grasses, more so hinting citrus pith, and high grain malt. Wonderfully complex hop profile along its length; which seems short at first, but alas, it grows and grows, from sip to sip. Somehow drying, yet oily and pungent. Sublime.

Feel is about medium, if not all together a slight lightish; somewhat. But man does it grow on ya quickly. Yeah, quickly as its very own hoppy characteristics and dryly set base of citric hops and malting. What a strangely awesome beer? Like Clint Eastwood, it's every way but loose. Tightly set in hops with drying parchness, hop citrusy tricks, and a fairly calm bitterness that just suits its overall ride through finishville.

I could drink this for a good long while. Everything about it screams...have fun, enjoy some hops, and get pummeled by our strategicly placed alcoholic punch. Uff-da, Stone knows me too well. Fine stuff!

tavernjef, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber-gold with a finger and a half eggshell white head; Fairly clear, perhaps just a bit of haze. The head fades after a few moments, leaving a nice wall of clingy tiny lace bubbles in its wake, and a very thin but complete covering.

Steaming hot biscuits with fresh honey in the nose, nice and fresh and sweet malts - there's a sleek, subdued but very Stone prescence of hops there too, tart and fruity.

A big tart swirl, followed by a very sleek little dance of honey, butterscotch and biscuits, and a definite hop kick to finish it off, grapefruity and balancing properly with its bitterness. Pretty tasty. The impression that I get is that this is a recipe between Stone's Pale Ale and their IPA - it's hoppy enough to be tasted, but in the end this beer is all about the malts, and they're cool enough to let the hops crash the party.

A slightly syrupy mouthfeel here, just a bit of swishy carbonation to make things interesting; It finishes relatively clean, with a few dollops of lingering honey on the back of the tongue.

Definitely drinkable. There really isn't anything about this beer that would make me pick it out over any other of Stone's various creations, but it's certainoly a tasty seasonal.

Tupperwolf, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. September 2005.

Pale gold. Off white head that holds pretty well and leaves nice lacing. mmm, hops that would make Amarillo, Texas proud. Floral & citrus hops are laid on pretty thick..and there is a biscuity malt flavor that helps smooth things out. Great hop character and nice smooth finishing bitterness. Finally an Anniversary Ale with some up-front hops..the pale malt is there to provide some support, but it knows who the boss is, and it's not Tony Danza (or even Mona) in this case.
I thought this was right on par with their 8th Edition, and I'll be looking forward to their Decade release.

hero27, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

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

nose..
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.

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

Ego, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of germaniac
3.93/5  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.

germaniac, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

blackie, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of masikon
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

masikon, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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?

sacfly, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

DrJay, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

weeare138, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of taez555
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

taez555, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

silenius, Dec 12, 2005
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!

Viggo, Dec 08, 2005
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.

DogFood11, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.33/5  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.

hopsaplenty, Dec 03, 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 shbobdb
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

shbobdb, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of nvsblman
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

nvsblman, Nov 29, 2005
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.