Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
01-23-2006 17:37:57 | More by bennetj17
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-22-2006 06:03:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-22-2006 05:23:10 | More by GClarkage
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-18-2006 04:47:51 | More by klewis
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
01-14-2006 05:32:55 | More by tavernjef
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
01-12-2006 09:37:35 | More by Tupperwolf
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
01-10-2006 02:54:13 | More by hero27
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
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...
slightly cloudy golden, ample carbonation, moderately sticky off white head, dissipates at a decent paste, nothing spectacular... nothing outwardly awfull
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.
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.
nothing special for a 9th anniv beer... not bad but nothing I will go out of my way to ge again
01-08-2006 04:36:52 | More by Ego
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-06-2006 21:26:33 | More by germaniac
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-31-2005 10:19:31 | More by blackie
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
12-31-2005 01:14:23 | More by masikon
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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?
12-30-2005 18:33:45 | More by sacfly
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-25-2005 22:56:01 | More by DrJay
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
12-18-2005 03:05:20 | More by weeare138
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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 havent 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.
12-16-2005 16:46:34 | More by taez555
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-12-2005 03:05:50 | More by silenius
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
12-08-2005 21:13:24 | More by Viggo
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-07-2005 22:53:47 | More by DogFood11
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-07-2005 04:29:08 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
12-03-2005 03:01:10 | More by hopsaplenty
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
12-01-2005 21:17:23 | More by Hunter
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
11-29-2005 23:30:42 | More by shbobdb
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
11-29-2005 16:13:09 | More by nvsblman
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a warm coppery-orange body that is clear with a light airy off-white head. It has a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The smell of sweet malt and a hint of graham is balanced with a faint hint of green floral hops.
T- The taste of pale malt has a slight toasted quality to it and a faint sweet orange hint. The bold green hops taste and bitterness finish the sip. The soft hint of tangerine or more apricots are very faint but more noticeable as it warms. The taste of hops in the finish has a slight honey character to it but it is not sweet and it is not a fermented honey taste.
M- The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full but there is no alcohol warmth or astringency.
D- The complexity in this beer is very subtle but very nice. It has a soft malt character with a nice hop finish, but it is the fruit qualities in the middle that really give it its nuances. From what I hear this is what a Brewing Colophon should taste like?
11-27-2005 02:57:41 | More by rhoadsrage
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
22 oz. bottle Pours a nice clear golden color, some carbonation, thick huge head, tons of lacing throughout. Scents of hops and a grassy hint. Awesome sweet tasting brew with a real nice hoppy bite. Medium body. When I first poured this I thought it was an IPA, still think it is, but what do I know. Very drinkable at the ABV, I really like this brew, another awesome brew from Stone. Would highly recommend.
11-24-2005 21:03:09 | More by Wasatch
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.