Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Found a few of these at a bottle shop in Thousand Oaks (CA), they looked to have a lot of sediment, but I went for them anyway.
Served in a Duvel tulip from the 22oz bottle.
A – A golden orange color, getting close to cooper but not that dark. The beer was very cloudy also, but I wasn’t scared, I was more intrigued. Had a decent off white head that held its retention very well, but wasn’t lacing like other Stone beers.
S – Pine, citrus and a little grass hop smell, shocking because this beer is 6 years old and I was expecting all of the hop smells to have dissipated. There was a mild malt sent also, but also a booze smell, light a higher alcohol content beer.
T – This had a strong alcohol flavor, but doesn’t downplay the rest of what’s going on, a lot of bitterness, some citrus hops, and some floral hops. There was a very mild malt flavor, but it was overshadowed by the hops and the booziness.
M – Good carbonation, which I wasn’t surprised about. Very medium in the body.
O – I never had this fresh, heck I wasn’t even into craft beer 6 years ago. So I have nothing to compare this to. I was impressed at how much of the hop flavor is still present in this beer and it hasn’t gone the path of a barleywine. All in all I am impressed, and for calling this a Wheat IPA (read from the Stone book that’s just been released) I see nothing wheaty about this.
10-03-2011 18:08:58 | More by MrTopher
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
22 oz. bomber picked up at Mr. Kegs, looks like Stone sent them a case, bottled 9/2005, when I was 20,
A: Pours a clear light amber with a medium frothy white head, solid retention, no real lace.
S: Aged malt character, fermented lemons and oranges, still a really lovely smell.
T: Orange and pink grapefruit from the hops. A very light malt component is still there. I can see it's close to its last legs. Tastes thin, although a nice flavour for sure.
M: Still a nice vibrant carbonation, spritzy and biting. Oily. Medium-bodied overall.
O: Having had this in 2006 I can try to make some kind of a comparison. Though listed as an ASA this is really an IPA at heart, so it's impressive that it's held up as good as it has. Unfortunately it doesn't have the malt component to make it really interesting at 6 years. If you have any bottles drink them now, I don't see them getting better.
08-18-2011 03:37:42 | More by Halcyondays
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured from 22 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with high carbonation producing a 2 inch white head. Some retention.
S: Pine, citrus, and grainy hops.
T: Loads of pine, citrus, and bitter grainy hops. Hint of malt...not well balanced.
M: Light feel. Soft and oily at first, then bitter and dry finish.
D: A decent brew, but certainly not up to the typical offering from Stone.
08-02-2011 00:37:36 | More by mwilbur
3.03/5 rDev -21.1%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.
A: Golden yellow with a frothy white head.
S: Sweet bready malt with candied notes. Evident oxidation with some raisin and date. Alcohol has a decent presence here.
T: Moderately sweet with a prominent bready malt profile. The sweetness has a candied flavor to it. There's a little date and raisin. No hop character to speak of. This has a lot of oxidation, which seems fine at first but it gravitates a bit too far in the direction of cardboard near the finish.
M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and slightly syrupy.
Overall: Not one I'd drink again, but not a bad beer.
02-09-2011 03:49:11 | More by HopHead84
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
I had a draft of this at Rattle and Hum in Manhattan's mid town. It was among the many beers I hadn't tried. Among the many unique beers at this place, I'd have to say that a keg of the 9th anniversary was the most surprising. I had to ask two or three times to make sure this is what they were serving. Anyway, it was very good and had aged quite well. Great dark color, low in carbonation with a very complex flavor, mixing the typical Stone malt and hops.
11-01-2010 22:12:03 | More by david18
3.15/5 rDev -18%
On tap at Rattle N Hum earlier tonight.
Light orange, dense white head with good retention and lace. Nose has plenty of fruity oxidation, with golden raisins, plums,candy and a little citrus. Palate has a lot of oxidation with raisins, plum,cardboard and almost fatty, rancid mouthfeel. Flabby and loose, the finish is sweet with fruity oxidation. Medium in body with moderate carbonation , this decent.
10-31-2010 08:54:58 | More by DefenCorps
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
At Churchkey for the Stone tap takeover. Beer is golden in color but has no head, no carbonation, so of course no lacing.
Its mostly malty in the nose, minor fruit notes.
Beer is medium to light in body and no carbaontion follow up in the mouth. Its sweet with caramel but overall its really mild. This beer is a minor disappointment, I wish I could have had it fresh.
10-08-2010 18:27:07 | More by drabmuh
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey for their Stone Total Tap Takeover.
a - Pours a clear golden color with
no head and little carbonation evident.
s - Smells of caramel malts, citrus, fruity malts.
t - Taste follows the nose; mostly caramel malts, sticky sweet fruit, and some citrus.
m - Medium body and low carbonation; goes down very easy.
d - A decent strong ale. It was very easy to drink and I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't seek it out again.
10-06-2010 17:48:39 | More by mdfb79
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a good looking bright tangerine color with a tiy bit of a brownish hue. Thin why'd head and some lacing. Nose brings forward some sweet caramel along with a bit of citrus rind. Taste is about he same without much sticking out. I would say this is past its prime. Feel is okay with a medium body and some carbonation to carry what flavors there are. Drinks okay, but I think this one is done.
10-06-2010 11:55:49 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
On-tap at Churchill's
A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head.
S: The nose is sweet with caramel, mild grapefruit, and orange aromas along with some toffee and bready malt. The signature of a once hoppy beer...
T: The flavor has retained some of the signature Stone hop bitterness, but it is somewhat tame. The malt is now the primary flavor component, giving the beer a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor.
M: The body is on the full side of medium with a light-to-moderate carbonation and a touch of lingering bitterness.
D: Obviously well past its prime, but still some good flavors going on here. I would have loved to try it fresh.
03-27-2010 18:09:16 | More by womencantsail
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Bottoe courtesy of , and thanks to Immy! A slight hazy yellow pour pours with a good bleached white froth. Good lacing. Pretty straight forward hop profile in the nose, with some perfume and citrus fruits. A hoppy bread crust flavour is matched well with a mild citrus bitterness. Good pure hop leaf finish, with lots of bitterness lingering.Would do well on the patio in summer. Not complex, but still very enjoyable. A pleasure to try. Thanks so much Tim!
02-15-2010 00:13:07 | More by mrmanning
4.85/5 rDev +26.3%
On tap at the Grad.
A - Light copper, 2 fingers of off-white head, and nice lacing.
S/T - Grapefruit, citrus, flowers and carmelized honey.
M - Moderate-full bodied, hop dominated, very sweet, and slightly dry finish.
D - Great overall. Really fing good. Wish they brewed this one more often.
02-11-2010 06:26:01 | More by MisterClean
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-07-2010 17:58:22 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
Bottled September of 2005, Consumed September of 2009.
22oz bomber pours a slightly burnt orange with honey folds into a pint glass. A khaki 1 finger foam crown appears but shows little retention before receding back into a rocky ring around the top of the surface.
Smell: A very nice malt that is fruity, slightly perfumy, and a touch boozy still. Most of the residual sugars have been depleted and the hops have definitely faded so the fruity quality lacks the vibrant pineapple and the brew lacks the amarillo kick it had when fresh.
Taste: Oh wow this one has blended quite nicely! Subtle pineapple meets a hint of toffee sweet malt and finishes with a wee bit of amarillo hops! This is at peak cellar condition IMHO.
Mouthfeel: Beautiful! Crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied, yet a touch oily!
Drinkability: The slightly boozy flavor profile keeps this one at 4.0 but this is a fairly sessionable example of the style.
CRACK EM OPEN AND DRINK EM NOW IF U STILL HAVE THEM!
09-26-2009 16:20:19 | More by koopa
3.8/5 rDev -1%
A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed deep amber color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. Nice head retention and lacing on my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose is full of citrus notes such as grapefruit and lemon, sweet caramel, somewhat earthy. Tastes of resinous pine, bready malt, slightly sweet, a touch of tropical fruits such as pineapple, some citrus (lemon). Bitter and oily from start to finish. Smooth medium body with adequate carbonation. Glad I had the chance to try this one.
06-22-2009 03:50:02 | More by ClockworkOrange
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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