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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 SixpointJMH
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

SixpointJMH, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

LuckySevens82, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of palliko
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

palliko, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

scooter231, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of beerinator
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerinator, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 doesn’t 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. Let’s see how this will age……Time will tell.

Stubbie1, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Beaver13, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber into a tulip, accompanied by some Vermont sharp.

Poured a very bright golden yellow.
Thick, frothy, white head. Nice lacing.
Moderate carbonation.

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.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IrishRedRock, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with a little lace on the head, it LOOKS like it's going to be a great beer.

S - Awesome smell of cascade hops and a fruit basket, the sheer amount a fruit is amazing.

T - Hoppy and incredibly refreshing, a stronger hop was anticipated but drew parrallel with the smell. Very light and clean taste with the slightest bitter at the end.

M - Super smooth and very clean, the fruit and cascade hops keep you very fresh, about as good as it comes with the mouthfeel.

D - I almost want to cry that it's both a one-ff and that we can't buy it in Illinois, I would be drinking this as a substitute, to well, fluids. At around 7% ABV and the refreshing character of this beer, drinkability is very high.

I need to find more of this beer, I may have to go to Three Floyds again, and grab a ton more of this on the way out of Indiana. I insist that everyone try this if at all possible.

Bumpon10s, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, dark golden body. Ganormous fluffy off-white head, good retention, nice lacing.

Smell: Huge hop aroma, slightly grassy.

Taste: Lots of amarillo? hops up front. Light sweetness. Some bitterness, but not as much as I was expecting with the aroma. Not really that complex. The taste has one or two punches that don't really blend.

I'd give this a try. It's a tastes ok, and the hop flavor is interesting, but I'll probably not have another bomber.

JackStraw22, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Guess this years Stone Anniversary could be called a like or dislike it beer, I found it drinkable, certainly not as good as the past versions, but likeable at any rate.

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce brown bottle a deep gold with a nice chill haze, the head ponderous and a creamy light tan, after its demise, the lace was a thick coating to conceal the glass. Nose had a pleasant hop floral spiciness, sweet malt, crisp and clean, hints of orange peel and maybe some coriander, start was sweet, the grain profile delightful, the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish was striking in its acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy presence, and a touch of alcohol bitterness also present, very dry lingering after taste, I liked, the best, certainly not the worst beer I have tasted.

Gusler, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone 9th anniversary Ale

Appearance- creamy nut brown with a decent creamy head.
Smell- alcohol, malt, and hops. In that order.
Taste- light smooth malt overpowered by alcohol. Strong grassy hops.

Overall- very bland very basic. Alcohol was too present. Won't buy again.

NJpadreFan, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of HokieNoPokie
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The light amber color of this one was a bit of a surprise. Sediment was suspended in the brew. A nice, thick head went away pretty quickly. A great hoppy aroma with a hint of alcohol and fruits of some sort - perhaps tropical.

Complex. I like that.

The taste is astringent, hoppy, alcoholic, and leaves the flavors lingering in your mouth. Almost Belgian, but not quite.

Overall, a very unique and well done offering from Stone.

HokieNoPokie, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of Beervis
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the 22oz bomber a pale gold with fluffy white head.

Smell is lightly floral hops and a bit of a tangy-ish flavor, probably from the wheat.

The taste in my opinion, was a surprise based on the smell. The bitter and grapefruity hops kick you in the butt, even though I didn't really smell them that strong in the nose. The body is lighter than expected as well. Light malt and pungeant hops dominate this brew from start to finish.

As for being drinkable, yeah, I guess it's pretty drinkable. I am a hop-head, but this was almost too much of a one trick pony for me. I prefer complex hop interplay, but this seems very one-sided. It's still a great brew, just don't know how much of it I could handle.

Beervis, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer with an identity crisis. It seems to not know if it wants to be a IPA or a wheat beer, and as it is it falls somewhere in the middle. The beer looked great with a nice thick white head and a nice golden color. The smell was quite hoppy but not in the traditional Stone way, and had a very citrusy tropical scent to it as well. The flavor was nice and pretty complex so I think a couple more tastings will be needed to figure this one out. There was a nice hop bite but that tropical sweetness tried to come through at the same time, coupled by the alchohol flavor. I think over time the alchohol flavor will fade farther into the background and this beer will be much better than it is today. Still recommended.

Dmann, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome beer from stone. Thanks to Liquid Solutions for providing the bottle. Pours to a light golden, semi hazy with a huge fluffy white head and an active carbonation. Poured into my weizen glass the carbonation caused a tornado effect while the head cascaded up the glass. Looks beautiful, and the head has some serious staying power.

Smells very hoppy, definitely amarillo. Very huge citric nose with a nice accompanying sweet malt. With enough sniffing, the alcohol becomes apparent.

The taste is quite bitter and citric the whole way through. Strange malty flavor, almost a belgian funk quality to it. The alcohol flavor is a bit much. Has a good bite to it. The hop flavor doesn't linger in the finish, though a dry bitter mouthfeel as well as some residual sugars stick around for a while. I really love those hops.

Drinkability would be much better if not for the strong alcohol presence and slight unexpected funkiness. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and would drink it again if offered a bottle.

neonbrown82, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

GreenWBush, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of ColForbin
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone 9th Anniversary is packaged in a 22oz bomber with a label containing a whole bunch of words that I don't know, and no description of the beer inside. It seems as if the thesaurus was applied liberally. Upon pouring, it is immediately apparent that the hops were applied liberally as well. Spicy citrus and pine dominate the nose of this golden brew. Taste is very hoppy, but not as aggressively bitter as a Ruination. Malt profile is quite low, perhaps due to the use of wheat in the brew, but this beer is full bodied. Little bit of wheat tang in the finish. Medium carbonation, I little hot in the finish.

As for style,even though it has some wheat, I would probably throw it into the Double/Imperial IPA category. At least, that is what you should expect when you drink it, even if it doesn't technically apply.

ColForbin, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of mentor
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple nights later. Pours a three finger yellow-tan head over a crystal clear golden pee colored liquid. Smells mostly hoppy but with some sweet undertones. Hops are piney and oranges, with a hint of pith. The pith mixes well with some alcohol sting and is 'talked down' by fruity esters and malt sweet. Caramel? Perhaps a hint. Tastes hop bitter mixed with alcohol sting. The alcohol is fairly smooth, but some rough fusels are present. Malt sweet rides beneath, taunting the hops and keeping the beer honest. Esters are light and syrupy, like the mouthfeel. Pear and peach syrup. Gosh, the ending is rough and dry, like I just got a mouth full of dried hay. Orange oil hangs on my tongue and apricot rises up the back of my throat. I feel my face somewhat cringing at the persistent bitter. Really thick mouthfeel and moderately carbonated.

I was thinking Imperial IPA for this beer. Strong Ale? I think not. Wa-aay too hoppy. Almost DIPA-land. My ratings are to style, which makes this beer seem much worse than it really is.

This beer is really pretty and has an interesting smell. Taste...this beer needs time to settle the alcohol and hops. Honestly, there are many other beers I'd rather cellar, as I *know* they will develop well. This one, I don't know how much it can improve. I'm certainly going to try, but I'm not sure how many bombers I'll risk.

mentor, Sep 26, 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 warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bombers at Colonial while in the Acton area...
Pours a clear golden amber w/ a full two fingers of bright white head, which sticks around for quite a bit...lacing is thick.
Tons of scents going on here...juicy fruit hops up front w/ some spice, citrus and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is very enjoyable...hard to believe this is a wheat beer at first, but as you get further and further into this bomber, it becomes more and more apparent.
A boatload of hops bittering this one up...w/ a nice malt backbone to add that sweetness. Alcohol is also noticable in the taste and the finish is quite bitter...Orange rind comes to mind as it warms.
Mouthfeel is above average and the drinkability is decent, but I would think twice before drinking this one all evening.

warriorsoul, Sep 25, 2005
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.