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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
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:
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 quasimoto
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright gold color, with a big fluffy off white head. very odd for a ASA.

S - piney grapefruit hops, dominate the nose. Mellowed to incorporate a nice malt background. Maybe some pear or some brown sugar in there as well. Real citrusy

T - Mellow hops start out but then turn into a nice mellow hoppy caramelish flavor. Ends on a real spicy paperish note.

M - smooth and light. there is no alcohol burn, but it warms in the end.

D - Very drinkable. Aged rather nicely.

quasimoto, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of silenius
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Very drinkable.

silenius, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of karengarys
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

karengarys, May 05, 2006
Photo of Hunter
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hunter, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep yellow color with a medium sized pure white head. The head drops almost immediately leaving practically no lacing on the glass.

The smell is nice but nothing terribly exciting - there are sweet grain notes (I'm sure it's not in there but there's a note that's just like corn syrup) along with a rather floral hop bouquet. There are also piny and citrus hop smells as well but they're pretty far in the background.

Taste is quite nice - this is a surprisingly sweet strong ale and the hops really take a back seat to the grains and sugars. There are quite a bit of fruit notes including tangerine and peach. There's also a pretty pronounced alcohol note but it compliments the sweetness rather than distract from the taste. Hops are certainly present here but by most 'big' standards the hops are very well controlled. Stone seems to avoid the PNW hops (4C's) in favor of more floral, herbal hops and at least here it works. You come away with a sweet, lightly spicy experience without any real hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine - this is a medium to light bodied brew with (just barely) enough carbonation to clear the palate after each sip. No real bitterness or astringency at the end of each sip.

It's a drinkable beer and one of the better uses for the floral Stone hopping. Alcohol taste is a bit too present but it brings out the fruit notes, hopping is pretty well balanced. I'd be interested in trying this again next spring to see how well the hops have mellowed into the brew.

RedwoodGeorge, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of budsboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and golden with a fist-sized mound of white foam.

Smells like a Stone brew. Piney, citrusy hops and citrus fruit, but a more mellow, dark fruit laying low.

Hoppy flavor from the start. Some puckering lemon/acidic flavors, then finishing with a punch of alcohol and acrid bitterness. Interesting enough, and if you love Ruination, as I do, you'll like this one.

Thinner than I expected, but still smooth and nearly creamy.

I was hoping for this one to lean more toward Stone's Old Gaurdian than Ruination, but there it is. It's hoppy and good and I'll get some more to cellar, but it's just fine and dandy as it is right now.

budsboy, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tupperwolf, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

orsulacp, Apr 13, 2006
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 dauss
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Standard 22oz silk screened bomber. On the back is a blurb that I can't understand, because because it uses many words that aren't used in the US or in the English language on a daily basis. With the help of a dictionary, I was able to understand it.

Appearance : A large white head sits atop a very cloudy golden beer. Head retention is a bit weak.

Smell: Definitely lots of hops, citrusy, with a caramely nose with hints of toffee. It sorta smells like a barley wine. In the background you can smell the 7.8% ABV that lurks within.

Taste: A medium body with a load of citrusy hop flavors with a yeast nuttiness and a long lasting and strong bitterness in the finish.. It has this creamyness about it. The overall malt base is plain, and is hard to describe. Many of the beers I've had was easy to describe, but this one is has many things going on, and hard to pin point all the subtle flavors. Its like a wheat IPA.

Notes: Loaded with hoppy goodness, though as for the style of the beer, I'm not sure what to think. With all that alcohol and hops it should be like an IPA, yet its not. Its not quite an old ale either. This one is just a mystery to me.

dauss, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

kgotcher, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of lou91
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I tried this beer – the first time I was trying to put out a fire caused by the spicy mustard on my stuffed sandwich pastrami and it did the job well . Now as I taste it I wish I had some food to match this interesting brew. It looked like a standard American pale ale with muted hops on the nose. Three things make it different – a pronounced grapefruit flavor, an alcohol burn and a pleasant but unique aftertaste that grows on you the more you drink. There is some bottle sediment so this is one to try again in a few months.

lou91, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with autumnaldave! Cheers

Poured this brew into my glass and a massive head exploded. As I wait for this head to die down I will watch some football.

okay, well a full five mins later and its ready to release its drink.

The smell of this 2 year old beer is so rich and strong. It smells of sweet fruits and a little bit of alcohol.
I think this brew is or has developed a creaminess thats rich and full. I really enjoy this beer. Compare to a year before (8th Ann) this beer has really stepped up.

Overall this beer is still full of flavor, creamy notes, and a little booze. Its super drinkable and I would love to have another.

iconoklaztor, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of kmcnair
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounces in a bottle.

Pours a very middle of the road copper color, looks like an IPA, makes a fuffly cloud of head. American strong ale is such a vague category BJCP category, meh. Is this to style? sure, why the hell not.

Aroma is weird, like breakfast... seriously, this smells like fresh toasted bread or even pancakes hot off the griddle. There's some nutty character in there too. Light roasty caramel, subtle hints of citrus hops linger in the background, mostly subdued by toast.

Has an assertively sweet flavor all around, apricot & mandarin oranges, green raisin, nutty, but this was much better fresh... which is kind of a bummer because I didn't care for it too much fresh due to some powdery notes from excessive amarillo hops.

Medium bodied, leaves a sticky thick coating on the palate, finishes damp. Not really enjoying this...

IMHO, this doesn't age well at all, I have a couple bottles in the cellar... and I'm not excited about sampling them again.

kmcnair, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of beersarang
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with light head that leaves sticky lace all over the place.

Grapefruit aroma, with some other citrus as well.

Caramel malts are strong contenders and a alcoholic pineapple grapefruit flavor comes and pervades the entire brew. Hops are definitely citrusy. A slight solvent/medicinal flavor detracts from this brew towards the finish. Overall unique and interesting.

Medium to full bodied, fine carbonation.

I find this to be exceptionally interesting, and I look forward to aging it out a little to tame to flavors. Worth a try for sure.

beersarang, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden hue with a pure white thin head that holds surprisingly well. Thin random spots of lace.

Nose is floral and fruity hops. A lot more hops than I expected a year and two months after release. Bubblegum and maybe some peaches sneaking into this aroma. The wheat is there but hidden by tons and tons of hops.

Is this Stone 9th or Gumballhead? Wheaty with TONS of hops. Is Stone sure this one is only 50 IBUs? Lots of fruit and floral hops rocking the mouth and palate. It finishes dry (hoppy) and spicy (maybe from the wheat?). Gorgeous beer.

Many thanks to Mschae1017 for sharing a bomber of this bad boy. Mmmm mmmm mmmm.

timtheenchanta, Nov 13, 2006
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 kennyo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark gold color, not a lot of carbonation. Big white head that dissapates very quickly, Aroma is spicy/malt/cinnamon.

taste is malty/hops/spicy/bitterness/alcohol. very dry on the finish.

Pretty easy drinking beer.

I remember having this on tap and thought it was much better than the bottle.

kennyo, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

nvsblman, Nov 29, 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 Orrshow
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slightly orange tinge. The head is generous and frothy.

Smell – Fairly heavy on the citrus aromas to begin. Oranges seem to stick out. There is a decent malty smell as well with hints towards alcohol. Bitter hops are present as expected.

Taste – This one is fairly robust. The citric flavors are quite large. Alcohol makes itself very present indeed. Strong bitter hop flavors are dominant as well. There is decent malt flavor as well with slight spicy hints. Not bad but it seems unbalanced as some flavors stick out heavily for short amounts of time as others take over.

Mouthfeel – Good here. Nice smooth carbonation with a fairly viscous body.

Drinkability – Well it’s not bad. I felt a few flavors really stood out a bit too hard. It wasn’t hard to drink but it wasn’t all that easy either.

A good beer which I am happy to have tried…but not something I’ll go looking for.

Orrshow, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of ejquin
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Cloudy orange with thick white head, little lacing.

Smell: Yeasty and bready. You can smell the hops as well and some orange peel. Almost pilsner like.

Taste: It's balanced decently for a stone brew. Lots of hops. Clean dry finish. Touch of citrus. Not bad.


Mouth: A bit lighter than I'd like. Low carbonation but works well.

Drink: Decent. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste for a 7.8% abv beer.

Ovr: Not a bad offering but I don't think it's anything too special. It's blanced well, but a bit one dimensional.

ejquin, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of germaniac
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

germaniac, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of bigbubba
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a beautiful clear light orange beer with a thick white head. It smells great. There is a sweet fruity smell, and a citrusy hop aroma that is very inviting. The taste is nice and hoppy and not too sweet, nicely balanced in favor of the hops. The mouthfeel is good as well, not too thin but not syrupy thick like some people are making their hoppy higher alcohol beers. Drinkability is also good, the 7.8% is a nice compromise between a session beer and other big beers.

bigbubba, Nov 17, 2005
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.

waldowin, May 28, 2006
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.