Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 9
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of waldowin
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle labeled September 2005.

Pours a clear honey color, with an extremely dense, sticky white head almost an inch thick. Good lacing, visible carbonation.

Smells very strongly of bananas and lemongrass. Slightly sweet, not too complex.

Tastes of bananas, mandarin oranges, pears, and grapefruits, with a hint of cloves in the finish. Crisp, tasty, thoroughly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, thanks to the brisk carbonation and hops.

Tasty stuff! Be nice to see where it's at in a year.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich copper color, with a full finger of antique white head that doesn't quit right away, moderate carbonation

S - strong pine-hoppy IPA type smell, that overpowers all other aspects of the bouquet

T - I drank this before i looked it up here on BA, it doesnt say the style on the bottle, I could've sworn this was an IPA, tons of hoppiness with a slight milky sweetness in the background

M - bitter, but a smooth down brew

D - high if you like bitterness in your beer, otherwise moderate

Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Flowery citrus hops, orange, a definite carmel sweetness. Very West Coast hop and IPA-like.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange with yellow edging. A densely carbonated white head and little floaties in the bottom.

Flavor: Pine, peppery, candied oranges, some malt sweetness accentuated with a firm hop punch.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and prickly. Just a touch oily on the finish.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable and drinkable. Definitely slanted towards the hop end of the spectrum but very easy and not palate fatiguing. Maybe a year plus has helped settle this a bit. Definitely recommended.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a hard review....why in the world Stone would choose a wheat based strong ale for their Anniverary Brew is beyond me, but here it goes...trying to review to type...American Strong Ale.
Poured a light reddish amber like an American Red/Amber ale...much lighter than I would expect.
Head is strong and a definate finger and a half that melts slowly to thick, thick lacing.
Aroma is predominately sweet malt with alcohol and a bit of bready yeast.
Taste is sweet malt with a bitter hop and medicinal alcohol aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is sort of thin for a strong ale, but still has plenty of carbonation and lots of alcohol burn.
Aftertaste is very VERY drying from the wheat and definately alcohol. The bitterness is not pleasant to me.
I don't want another...don't want to finish this one, so drinkability is poor.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber bottle.

Pours a light amber color, good head, attractive. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, bold. Flavor is a good balance of malt sweetness and hops with a nice finish. Bit of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and not too carbonated. Very drinkable considering the decent strength with well balanced flavors.

Photo of karengarys
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very slightly hazy amber, leaving very light bubbles - few stick to the glass.

Smell is sweet, hoppy, and dark sweet. Somewhat fruity. Dark fruit. (which I love)

Taste is not of alcohol, which is a good thing. Somewhat fruity, but I'm picking up a little too much hop or something that may even be oxidization. DARN! I'll have to get another and try it to compair and confirm. I'll update the review when I try it again.

Update, 5/16/2006: The ickey taste is still there, but nowhere near what I experienced before. The fruityness is like mandarin orange or mango, something dark. I am bumping up the taste from 3.5 to 4 because the re-tasting shows it is worth 4.

Update 8/24/06 - that ickey taste. It is there. I've got to bring the taste back to a 3.5 because of it.

Mouthfeel isn't that bad, somewhat creamy.

This brew has some body.

Finish is a bit bitter.

I'll give this another try, and update this review as necessary.

5/16/2006: this is worth a try. yes, it does have a tad bit of bitter edge I don't think should be there, but it is sweet, balanced, and hides the alcohol VERY well unlike many American brews. Give it a try.

Photo of mochunk
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. 9th Anniversary Ale, September 2005.

Copper orange with arid off white head, good to great lacing.

heavily floral hops greet the nose. slight hints of cloves and barley.

First sip is medium in feel and flows down the throat clean, not quite oily, not quite dry. Tastes of the floral hops, some citrus seems to want to make an appearance but can't quite get through. Spicy clove with a slightly malty barley finish. The hops dance on the palate long after, and there is a bit of a phenol bite, warming all the way down. This almost reminds me a spicier slightly hopped but low abv barleywine. Theres more going on here than I have the vocabulary to describe. Oh@! I got it. Butterscotch. Ok, so I read some other reviews to see if anyone described what I couldn't, and that's what it was. Definite butterscotch note permeates throughout. I'd like to try one cellared another 6 months so it's a year old. I can probably get more so maybe I'll try that.

This is a complex enough brew to please just about anyone yet is quite drinkable. Surely worthy of celebratory anniversary, good on ya Stone. Here's to 10 more.

Besides, how can you not like a brew that uses "antidisestablishmentarianism" in it's labeled description?!

Photo of bruachan
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have been holding onto this for awhile so i can't remember where i got it. oh well, that won't influence my tasting

the head is very tight and creamy. it's big and poofy, leaves good lacing on the way down. clear light amber. hop aromas fill my small-ass apartment: citrus, pine and some floral elements. some sweet caramel sweetness pokes through as well

moderate bitterness follows a brief a toffee/butterscotch flavor that i recognize from old guardian '05. it's tasty, but doesn't hold a candle to hibernation or nosferatu

Photo of yelterdow
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in a nonic. 22 oz. bottle purchased from Cable Beverages, Bardonia, NY.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy pale gold into my glass, a rough pour results in four full fingers of well constructed bubbles. After about 8 minutes, the head settles leaving behind webs of sticky lacing and a creamy, whipped topping.

Smell- Instantly, the first aroma that hit me was lemon poundcake. As that fades, big citrusy hops come forward, gradually getting deeper and more malty. The smallest notes of alcohol are buried deep in the beer, along with a gingerlike spiciness.

Taste- Holy crap... this is seriously gonna take some fortitude to get through all by myself...
...an almost syrupy sweet caramel maltiness concedes to a blast of hops, the fierce West Coast kind (aka Bigfoot), then stumbles across the mouth and tongue leaving a destructive path of hatred. This beer is the closest resemblance of the proverbial "bull in a china shop" that I've ever come across. It's messy and uneven, and leaves a burning bitterness that even I find unpleasurable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The thin, watery weight in the mouth simply doesn't carry the intense, aggressive bitterness here... frankly, it falls flat. I haven't struggled this hard with an open mind on a tasting in months, it's just next to impossible to get through.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a huge pure white creamy and foamy head with good lacing and retention. Aroma of citrus hops is quite dominant but also enjoyable. Taste is quite different from other beers I’ve tasted before and can be describe like a wheat Indian ale. Dominant citrusy hops over a light wheat base beer. Very interesting concept that could have been even more interesting if the beer had been less dominant on hops.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Painted bottle loaded with pablum nonsense.

Pours out with an inocuous straw hue loaded up with floaty sea monkey scrod floaters leading up to a quickly settled craggy off white head leaving spotty lace in the glass.

Light cnady like scents of Spree candy.

First swigs: Signature house flavors of Stone are the first impression. Ther is a solid wheat-wine characteristic here that really holds down the fort. Some vanilla ice cream aspects and a bit of cream soda. A bit oily in the end.

Medium bodied and tacky with the residual sugar. The yeast mustv'e had a feild day eatin' up this. Wow! Soft restrained carbonation. Fluffy slick feel. Too bad I only have one bottle 'cos I could go for another. Maybe I'll trade for another.

Last swigs: This really doesn't fall into a category properly, so the American Strong Ale is correct. If I had to choose a specific category, I'd say wheat wine. Reminds me a tad of Allagash Curieux.

Beer is good. Happy wheat beering.

Photo of jhammerly
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this special elixir into my Arrogant Bastard glass from a 22 oz. bomber.Deep golden liquid filled the glass about half way, then an off-white head shot up the rest and retained its composure for a little while. A light citrusy aroma hit my senses as I stuck my nose to the edge of the glass. I attempted to take a sip while waiting out the head to settle down and as I got a little bit of nectar...I let out a big sneeze (hoppy beers always make me sneeze). I knew that this was going to be an experience. The beer wasn't as hoppy as I anticipated, but it was still bitter to the end. There wasn't much lingering afterwards either. A very nice balance of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is sort of medium, kind of chewy, but very drinkable despite its 7.8% alcohol. Hopefully I can get my hands on their tenth anniversary release.

Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Sept '05, poured into a tulip, a gorgeous glowing golden amber with three fingers off dense off-white head and some pretty nice retention. Smell is fairly big and spicy citrus hops over a nice doughy malt. Taste hits you with hops right away, citrus and grapefruit, gives a hint of a solid biscuity malt in the background and then blasts you with a spicey, bitter, and slightly alcoholic finish. Medium/full bodied with a smooth slightly slick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a nice anniversary ale, but nothing really jumps out about it to make it stand out from the regulars.

Photo of orsulacp
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looks good and smells good but it doesn't taste or sit in the mouth as well. It pours a cloudy yellow-orange with some sediment floating around beneath a small white head. The smell is dominated by the piney oily hops, I can feel the oils in my nose after a deep inhale. The taste is a little peppery and then a good bitter kick. The body is oily and it leaves a chalky residue on my teeth. I am a bit bummed from this beer; I thought it would be better. I just didn't like the chalky aftertaste, it really turned me off from this beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer leaves glass and fills my chalice with a peachy-hued, opaque liquid, only shadows seen through, 'neath a solid cap of lace-leaving foam, thick, solid, puffy white...very, very attractive, quite nice.

Aroma is pleasing, rife with citric, hoppy flavors, and plump in yeast content, farmshouse-esque, and plenty funky, too. Lemon and straw, with a generous blast of spice.

Taste is full and fruity, evenly balanced, nicely split between herbal, hoppy, malty quarters...wait, that's only three...let me get back to you...tangy, snappy, a big bounce on the palate...liking this...zesty, beautiful, just gritty enough to give and take pleasantly in the mouth.

Full bodied, long, citric, hoppy finish...Good beer, here.
Ah....I'm liking it!

Photo of Xadoor
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear golden colour with a frothy white head. Not a lot of lacing, but instead a thin layer of foam clung to the inside of the glass. Pretty high carbonation with an full, steady flow of bubbles. Aroma was light, but has a slightly sweet malt and citrus fragrance. Higher ABV is noticeable right from the beginning of the first sip and contributes to an overall warming affect. Sweet malt flavour to start which is quickly replaced by a bitter grapefruit taste. Finsish was very bitter and dry, almost a little harsh, with a lingering aftertaste.

Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lustrous, hazed honey color with a thick, creamy head and solid lacing. Basically smells like a quality IPA...very hoppy with slightly tart fruits and a hint of spicy alcohol. Some dry, bready malts. Flavor is a big wave of floral hops - a little spicy with a smooth bitterness. Pleasantly sweet. Juicy, lively flavor yet, a little dry - smooth and medium-full bodied.

This is pretty much a double IPA...at least the bottle I got. Very well-rounded overall, but there's a lot of delicious hop flavor. Try it while you can...six or so months after its release seems to be the right time to be drinking this.

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant glowing orange color with very nice dense white head. Great retention and lace. Very appetizing. Very IPA like in taste and smell, but who doesn't love a good 'double IPA'. Aroma of sweet nectar, butter, and floral with a bit of citrus and pine. Tastes very nice with nice hop character. Pine, floral, grapefruit and lemon. Nicely bitter. Suprise bitter, dry elongated finish breaks through. Semi syrupy mouth, sticky and textured. Quite drinkable, and once again....nice extended bitter dry finish.

This bottle from Sept, 05 (drank in March 06) is nicely hopped and suprisingly balanced as well. Very yummy.

Photo of carln26
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light copper color, slightly hazy with a think, chunky white head. Subtle stream of champagne bubbles up the side of the glass that refreshes the head. BANG! Big Chinook citrus hop punch when I take a whiff of the beer. Sweet back, maybe a little banana ester. Nice flavor. Sharp sweetness up front. Light caramel, maybe a little mandarin orange. The real grapefruit bitterness comes midway through the drink. A bit of apple pear on the finish along with pretty mean alcohol warming. The mouth feel is full, but slightly slick. Drinkability is good, but not great. The alcohol heat hurts the beer overall. Still, very interesting beer.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly foggy apricot with a few streams of individual bubbles rising from the bottom to sustain a small creamy white head.

Smelled of oats, pale malts, brown sugar, play dough and mandarin oranges.

The flavor starts absolutely neutral, much like water, but then picks up some light tingly sourness like peaches, and then fades into oats and a woody pine.

The mouth feel is light but dense with a medium tingly carbonation.

Photo of bashiba
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice shade of hazy orange with a huge super creamy head that left so much lacing down the side it looked like meringue.

Smell as full of nice citrus hop odor.

Taste had a great balance of slightly sweet malt flavors and sweet orange citrus taste mixing in with a just a touch of alcohol taste and then finishing with a huge grapefruity hop finish..

Mouthfeel had a very heavy creaminess to it with a bit of oilyness as well.

Overall extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange copper. Head is a thick and creamy white mass.

Smell is strongly of floral hops, lightly malty, fruit and spices.

Taste is dominated by grapfruit hop pineyness and spice character. Some balancing with sweet malt. Alcohol is present but it doesn't distract. Finish is quite dry with lingering bitter and orange flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very carbonated.

Overall this brew makes me think of an APA. Quite full of citrus hop character. Stone is such a great brewery. However, I feel that this one is a bit sharp and one dimentional for my taste.

Photo of chilidog
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After six months in the basement, I thought the brew was real good if not just right as it aged alittle.
It poured a nice orange, very little haze, with a one inch, frothy, off white head.
The aroma had alcohol notes with citric & tropical hop.
The taste carried that tropical, sweet grapefruit sweetness balanced well with a hop over citric finish.
The medium bodied beer left the mouth crisp and tangy.
I found thisone very drinkable. I liked it!

Photo of kgotcher
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orange color with some head a lacings, nothing spectacular.

Of course its Stone so super hoppy right away on the aroma but still a huge base of malt in there. Reminds me of a Chirstmas tree also some Citrus/grapefruit with a strong sweetness of grainy malt.

Medium to full body, quite syrupy with no bitter aftertaste, hides the alcohol very well, no alchohol warming really to speak of. Taste is big on malt AND hops, no hiding what is going on in there. Quite tasty and for a strong ale and I would say quite drinkable. However for the asking price of $4.99 for a 22 oz bomber I would have to limit my intake.

Photo of RedHaze
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear ornag color with a one inch frothy head that slowly settles to a thin spotty cap and thick ring, and leaves a very nice looking web of lace.

Smell; smells strongly hops with grapefruits and oranges, and some other fruits that I can't quite place (maybe apricots?). There's a pretty good malt presence in the nose to go along with the hops.

Taste; strong alcohol notes hit right away. Bitter hops with some sweet grapefruit and oranges following. This has a petty solid malt backbone to counter thos hops some. I just wish the alcohol didn't have such a pronounced presence in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and to syrupy for me, and the drinkability takes a big hit due to the alcohol taste.

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.