Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-25-2005 20:00:29 | More by smcolw
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
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy orange color with yellow highlights on the glass edges. Thick 2" fluffy white head. A few tiny bubbles slowly rise from the glass bottom.
Smell: surprisingly mild citrus and grass tones. Nice, but not up front.
Taste: very malty, balanced with strong fruit tones and floral bitterness. Green grapes, apples, pears, oranges, and tart grapefruit are all noticeable on my tongue. Some grassiness lingers in the background. Alcohol lightly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. Medium-heavy in body and this beer seems to leave a thick coating feeling on the tongue after swallowing. Flavor tones last long into aftertaste.
Drinkability: Decent, but this beer leans towards enjoying one bottle in a session.
02-08-2006 13:39:55 | More by Gavage
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
Bomber dated September, 2005. Sampled on 2/12/07. Poured a very cloudy golden, almost hefeweizen in color with a white head that dissipates immediately. The smell has notes of wax, earth, apricot, and a light bitter hops smell. The taste has more waxiness, and a somewhat faded hop bitterness. Some floral hops are still there as well as some cherries and toast. Spicy notes as well. The aftertaste has notes of wax, bananas, and apricot jam. This has changed quite a bit since it was fresh. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated and coats the mouth a bit, but has good body. Interesting flavors have developed, definitely worth drinking if you can find some.
02-16-2007 01:44:03 | More by Georgiabeer
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
Its been in the bottle a year now and today seemed like a good day to try it again and review it. Pours cloudy dark peach, light tan fine head, with good retention, leaving ungodly amounts of fine sheeting. Nose is of sweet, fruity, spicy goodness. Tasty, fruity, yeasty, spicy brew, with a year in the bottle, its now soft, rounded and complex. the spice is still there and there is pleanty of intrigue and interest. Bold and favorful with notes of lime, perfume, gin and pepper. I'm a big Stone fan so it's hard not to use all the usual superlatives, but this is some tasty beer! Seems a year in the bottle has done this one well, the complexity and subtleness is better then I recall 6 or 9 months ago.
10-02-2006 00:44:46 | More by Billolick
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
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber colored ale with an off white head.
Smell is hops, prominent citrus scent with pineapple as a strong secondary note. Lemons, faint pine, and mild malt round out the scent.
Taste is nearly nothing in the first taste two flavor notes canceling out each other. Bitterness and sourness hit your tongue on the second sip. Woody flavor and tongue numbing starts soon after. Flavor hits your tongue hard and then disappears except for a lingering bitterness. Citrus flavor appears after your tongue adapts a bit. There is a strong sourness in the hops here I have not encountered before, not really offensive, more alien like a language I can't identify. After about 5 minutes you can taste the sweetness of the malt. This is a beer that is all about hops and is a Hop Sadomasochist wet dream; this beer really beats you up!
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability isn't really in this one. A powerful kick your ass beer here but I can't really call it drinkable...yet. I will age the others and see what this beer becomes by next year. As it is right now it is a knife fight with your tongue.
09-16-2005 03:04:29 | More by Zorro
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
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" off-white head above the dark golden brew. Head holds steady, with nice sticky lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops, with malt evident as well. Taste is palt malt sweetness upfront, and nicely balancing citrus hops that soon take over the show, in a good way. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. This would seem more a DIPA to me, what with little to no obvious alcohol character apparent, although I'm sure it's in there... A yummy treat.
10-31-2005 23:05:21 | More by ppoitras
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
September 2005 batch. Poured with good head, soapy foam, dense orange in colour. Mouthfeel hits first as smooth water undertone then amarillos take over leaving a coarse and chalky finish. Aroma dominated mostly by the Amarillos. A good finish. Fairly light and unagressive. Crisp and warming. This sample has had some time to sit and it has settled quite nicely into what I would consider a great 'social pint' ... (though you might wanna watch it at nearly 8%)! Ultimately, I couldn't find much to say but plenty enough to enjoy. Thanks Grub for the pleasent surprise!
07-23-2006 22:41:58 | More by biegaman
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%
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Reviewed back on 12/10/08 during the retired beer reviewing hiatus...
I know this is retired.. I am not trying to influence the rating.. I am just reviewing it because it is there... sorta like Mt. Everest.. Right??!!
22 picked up through Kahn's Fine Wines more than a year ago.. One of a few.. down to a couple.. tonight is the night.
Crystal clear honey orange.. surprising thick head.. meringue like.. beautiful lace.. Head took probably 3-4 minutes to die back...
nose is bready malts with a great smack of caramel.. it still has a confident citric and floral hop aroma.. but everything is melding very well..
Well.. the flavor is where it's at.. so here it goes.. still has a good bitter backbone.. with thick but not overwhelming bready malt and descent caramel notes .. fairly large toasty malt presence.. hop flavors are not really citric.. more of a muted spicy pineapple.. still no oxidation.. everything is very balanced and lends itself to a very mild English BW.. very smooth medium body with a tiny bubble carbonation.. finish is spicy .. reminds me of a BSPA...
really pretty good.. still.. it amazes me... I loved this one.. and I first had it way more than a year after it came out... and here we are.. at least 16 months later.. and this is still a damn fine beer. I like.... I wish I had more than the 1 left.
12-29-2008 08:45:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-03-2005 18:19:32 | More by Gusler
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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
10-08-2005 01:55:56 | More by dirtylou
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Appearance- Great light amber, more like morning honey hue. Great, small bubbles come forth with a steady pace amidst some very light suspension. Great two finger head after pour with a strong film throughout.
Smell- Aroma of spring with some holly hop, hopping. A little sweet but overall a slight piney hop aroma.
Taste- Makes me think of hops and honey. Mostly hops though. A light heavy hop bitterness with some caramel, honey sweet malts mixed with this pungent hop juice. A springy brew for almost wintertime. Fresh tasting hops for a beer thats a year old.
Mouthfeel- A little drying but still great with the slightly coating hop syrup. More like a hop honey.
This beer is more of an American Double IPA than an America Strong ale in my opinion.
11-01-2006 03:26:39 | More by scruffwhor
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours a nice orange-gold that is semi-clear and produces a good sized head that fades fairly rapidly leaving lacing around the edge and in the center.
The smell is very fruity(grapefruit) mixed with a strong hop aroma.
The taste is more of the grapefruit with some malt tones but this brew has a decidedly bitter flavour that I don't find all that attractive.
I'm a fan of many of Stone's offerings and I'm glad I tried this one but once is enough, thank you.
11-20-2005 19:56:22 | More by Bitterbill
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.