Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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 wasnt too bad though it would be better if was completely hidden. Pretty enjoyable stuff.
11-16-2005 19:41:58 | More by meathookjones
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
11-14-2005 15:05:33 | More by WVbeergeek
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
11-14-2005 05:57:09 | More by watermelonman
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-11-2005 20:28:56 | More by fisherman34
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
11-07-2005 22:15:45 | More by metallistout
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-03-2005 01:44:39 | More by merlin48
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
10-31-2005 23:05:21 | More by ppoitras
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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!
10-30-2005 23:35:34 | More by orbitalr0x
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
10-30-2005 01:57:07 | More by grindcore666
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
10-29-2005 14:28:36 | More by NEhophead
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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??
10-29-2005 04:58:27 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-27-2005 23:26:11 | More by kmo1030
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-25-2005 22:37:26 | More by WanderingFool
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-20-2005 02:40:14 | More by SixpointJMH
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a floral hop aroma that adds a fine balance to the aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt flavot that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly warm. It's not as intense as a double IPA, but it packs a decent punch. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but it's not the best these guys offer. It could use a bit more body to go along with the heavy load of hops. All in all, a good brew.
10-19-2005 22:45:53 | More by WesWes
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
22 oz bomber courtesy of Beerhandy.
Pours a golden coper color with a fluffy slightly off-white head. Lacing and retention are very good.
Smell is caramel, toffee, mild hops, which is kind of surprising because this one looks like an IPA. Plums, pears, green apples, etc. A very well rounded aroma.
Taste is similar to aroma. Loads of caramel, toffee, and fruity flavors. Hops are dialed up quite a bit in the flavor (as to be expected from Stone), and balance out the sweetness quite well.
Mouthfeel is good, nothing to complain about one bit here.
Overall, a very drinkable and highly enjoyable beer from Stone. I really can't find much wrong with any of their beers, and this one is no exception. It strikes me more of an English IPA than an American Strong Ale, but hey, what's in a name? Still a damn fine beer.
10-17-2005 01:14:36 | More by LuckySevens82
2.8/5 rDev -27.1%
Appearance is a deep hazy gold with good lace. Aroma has lemon zest and a musty leather with some apricot. PLEASE look at my past reviews: I LOVE Stone Brewing Co.! I have bought their coasters and the Arrogant Bastard beer glasses. But this is a major faux pas!
WAY too bitter, and way too much like Guardian.
The initial taste is good, but goes down hill from there! Stone should have road tested this beer before releasing it!
Slightly sweet malt is overwhelmed with under carbonated bitters.
And too much alcohol!
Finish makes one want to find some better beer to kill the taste!
10-14-2005 04:17:01 | More by palliko
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
Hazy slightly rusty golden color- tons of off-white creamy looking head that leaves a lot of lacing.
Smells hoppy and lightly lemon. And oh yeah- hoppy. And just in case you're confused- hoppy. American Strong Ale? Not an IPA? Okay, if you say so... now, to taste...
Hoppy, once again. Sliiiightly muted hops- not too intense, but certainly hoppy. Similar to their IPA and Ruination IPA- in a blind taste testing I would have sworn this was an IPA. As an IPA, lovely. As an ASA? I don't know... it's... NOT one.
Mouthfeel is good- a tad too watery for me, but overall easy to swallow. I am definitely hunting this down again- they need to make this stuff in 6packs. I'd be a happy, happy girl.
10-12-2005 05:02:01 | More by scooter231
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden amber beer with solid white frothy head. Decent retention.
Aroma: Sharp citrus with sweet fruity notes. Candied lemon, dipped in caramel. Slightly spicy and everything nicey.
Taste: Bitter, citrusy bitter. Slightly sharp in bitterness, finish lingering and tingleing the tongue after the swallow. The mouthfeel is good. As usual, as the drinking goes on the bitterness fades a bit, which leaves you with hints of spice, sweetness and citrus flavors.
Notes: Not my favorite beer, but it is very drinkable.
10-10-2005 23:34:09 | More by beerinator
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
A deep honey colored brew with a light off white head on top. Aroma of orange, pine needles and spice play in. Flavor is a bitter twang from the hops and nothing else. A bitter dry aftertaste left behind and that is about it. Mouthfeel is ok; drinkability is well, a bit low as this brew really doesnt have much going on, kind of one dimensional. There is something missing in this brew. Now, it reminds me of an IPA. It seems to be lacking any depth. Lets see how this will age Time will tell.
10-09-2005 23:18:37 | More by Stubbie1
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
22 oz bottle date 9/05. Pours a yellow-orange with a big fluffy white head that lasts forever and laces the glass. The second pour from the bomber some yeast floaties.
The aroma is caramel malts with floral, grapefruity, piney hops. It's awesome at first (9), but as it warms it becomes more floral, peppery and medicinal.
The flavor is sweet malts followed by a large but rather subdued floral/grassy hop bitterness with notes of melon. As it warms, peppery medicinal alcohol comes out. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a sticky bitterness.
Overall, it tastes like a decent mellow IPA. It reminds me some of Rogue's Brutal Bitter. As I go through the bomber, I like it less and less.
10-09-2005 06:12:31 | More by Beaver13
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
22oz bomber obtained as an "extra" in a trade from Px2GrafX ...Definately an unexpected treat
appearance: pours much lighter than I anticipated, a pale grassy peachy orange, a little hazy...some nice lacing in there
smell: grassy, heavy citrus aromas, peaches, some nice citrus hops in there
taste: grapefruit, peach, tangerine, a little alcohol, some fierce citrus hops, nice sweet malty backbone. definately a close relative the double IPA genre
mouthfeel: a little dry in the finish, quite hoppy and bitter
drinkability: i dont see the issue with the drinkability on this one
I actually really liked this, DIPA with a twist
10-08-2005 01:55:56 | More by dirtylou
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Yea, of course it is a strong ale; Stone brewed it. It tastes more like an IIPA. It has plenty of earthy, grassy, pine-ey and herbal spiciness--enough to justify the IIPA. It has a healthy helping in the malt character too. Big syrup flavors from the barley--enough to offset the hopping. I also detect a modest level of wheat that adds to the body, head retention, and slightly murky appearance. It is complex with over-ripened oranges, mangos, and a hint of bubble-gum. Complex spiciness and hop flavor. Not as dry as expected through the alcohol and hops. A tasty beer. Another good job Stone.
10-07-2005 20:28:23 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -18%
22oz. bomber into a tulip, accompanied by some Vermont sharp.
Poured a very bright golden yellow.
Thick, frothy, white head. Nice lacing.
Very nice aroma of sweet malt and hops. Scent of grapefruit/citrus.
First taste has a suprisingly sweet citrus fruitiness to it.
There is somthing in there that tastes like bubblegum to me.
Strong bitter finish that sticks to the palate.
Kind of a roller coaster of a beer, at first sweet and a rather bitter finish making it a little confusing on my palate.
Strong flavors, not the most drinkable of beers, It tasted much better to me at the 9th festival. I don't think I could pound these all night long, but it has a very unique taste to it if you're in the mood for somthing different.
10-07-2005 02:05:38 | More by SteveO1231
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Shared this bomber with my good budaaay, known around these parts as beandip1229. Has the typical Stone hop aroma before I even pour it. Sunrise golden color with w fluffy white pillow top head. Aroma is quite floral, like a fresh bouquet of roses, sweet malt, herbal hops and alcohol.
Very grassy and herbal; hay, corn (in a Stone brew? yeah weird) flowers. Very dry, hops are light and don't provide a whole lot of bitterness - certainly not what I expect out of a Stone beer. Nonetheless, who says a change of pace isn't good sometimes? Still, this lacks the hoppy goodness and huge malt backbone that make Stone beers so well balanced and delicious. Certainly not a beer to be ashamed of, but Stone has done better. Thus, in comparison to other beers of its kind, its pretty good, yet it pales in comparison to the brethren of its brand. Not one I'd go seeking out again, but certainly one I'd have another of if available. Respek, Stone.
10-07-2005 02:04:37 | More by IrishRedRock
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.