Stone 9th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
Hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head. Thin and stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, spice and hops. Light, zesty body with a crisp and peppery character. Grapefruit, hops and spice flavors dominate but there is a bit of sweet malt in the background too. The finish is spicy with more citrus. Pretty good hodgepodge style beer.
09-25-2005 04:03:08 | More by Dogbrick
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Slightly smeared medium golden yellow color with a medium white cap of froth that breaks down into a landscape of bubbled rockyness. Big sheet of lace coats all around the glass. This looks damn nice.
Hmmm...not a typical waft from Stone, a bit restrained here with a melony citrus of orange and lemon and some light wheaty snap behind it.
Taste is broad and withstanding in a short bittering but long oily hoppyness. Quite exquisite really. It seems quick at first but begins to lay the groundwork for a full-on citrusy construction on your palatable property. Orangey fluff, peels, piths, and pulp skip quickly into a short entrance of the wheat malt that seems very high rendered in flour, dryness, and partially parched in chalkyness. Thankfully and craftly, that area is just as brief as any other in this brigade of quickly happening nuances. Wow! The oily stuff, as mentioned above, begins to float forward in the finishing areas after every sip. So danty, yet obvious. Citrusy oils, hop squeezed bite, and peel-like girth, substain for a long duration of hinting grasses, more so hinting citrus pith, and high grain malt. Wonderfully complex hop profile along its length; which seems short at first, but alas, it grows and grows, from sip to sip. Somehow drying, yet oily and pungent. Sublime.
Feel is about medium, if not all together a slight lightish; somewhat. But man does it grow on ya quickly. Yeah, quickly as its very own hoppy characteristics and dryly set base of citric hops and malting. What a strangely awesome beer? Like Clint Eastwood, it's every way but loose. Tightly set in hops with drying parchness, hop citrusy tricks, and a fairly calm bitterness that just suits its overall ride through finishville.
I could drink this for a good long while. Everything about it screams...have fun, enjoy some hops, and get pummeled by our strategicly placed alcoholic punch. Uff-da, Stone knows me too well. Fine stuff!
01-14-2006 05:32:55 | More by tavernjef
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
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
Appearance This one poured a brilliant orange in color and was very thick. The head was orangish white, stubborn, and left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell Man, this is straight floral hopping up the nose. I think its Amarillo, but whatever they used they did it in spades. This is supposed to be an extreme version of the failed wheat beer that they did, but Im only finding a hint of wheat and maybe imagining that.
Taste Yes, a little more citrusy wheat finds its way to the taste, but this is classic Stone hoppification. The Amarillo is all over the place. Ive had this hop flavor mostly as a compliment to other tastes, but here its on steroids and defines the ale. The flavor is beyond classification, so dont compare this to other ASAs.
Mouthfeel This fella is well bigger than medium-bodied but I wouldnt call it full. The carbs are light but mature. Its not overly bitter or dry at all but it does manage to refresh.
Drinkability If Paul Bunyon was mowing Montana and wanted to take a beer break, this is what he would grab.
Comments I originally had this at release in 2005, but skyhand brought over a cellared 05 that we popped in May 2006. She is the Cellar Queen so I knew this was rightfully aged.
This was so much better after a year in the caring hands of skyhand. The body was a beautiful glowing orange, the hops at the nose were completely opened up, and the malt flavors just melted in your mouth. This was medium-bodied, well-balanced, and a terrific example of how a beer can improve under the right conditions and the right care.
I'm raising most of my ratings up by 0.5 and officially considering this a Stone classic.
09-20-2005 01:32:35 | More by RoyalT
2.58/5 rDev -32.8%
9th Anniversary Ale, September 2005 - Sampled at 1 Year Old.
Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 7th and 8th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the last few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.
Appearance: Top marks for the Catwalk looks, the off-white head is thick and crusty. High conditioning levels keep the head at least ½ throughout whilst leaving some clinging lacing that swirls in clotted patterns. The hazed orange body looks murky but the Marmalade frontage is nice enough.
Nose: Sharp, edgy, angulated and musty with a funky odor that reminds me of finding a three month old shriveled up Orange behind the Sofa. Shady yet pungent oily hesperidia are dominant and even repulsive at times.
Taste: Aggressive stance, like a swaggering drunk looking for any excuse for a fight, its hostile nature and I want to fight you if you catch my stare is hard to avoid. Incredibly astringent bitterness and sharp cutting hops are now distinctly way off balance ..the malts are sticky, the orange saturated hop oils are horrid. Heck this reminds me of Stoudt's DIPA, yeah its that bad.
Mouthfeel: Like that dive-bombing Bee around your head in the Summer, the bitter-orange astringency just will not go away ..not matter how hard I try to swat it ..that awful orange-bitterness runs rampant through this one. Euugrghhh.
Drinkability: I worked through it, but I think this is my last bottle of the 9th. Despite having a couple more left, Im in no rush to try them, and I may just fob them off as Crimbo presents to people that I dont like. If I cant rid my self of my last bottles, I may very well have my first drain pour from Stone if I decide to stray into one in the future.
Overall: One Year and this still looks good, but much beyond that, nothing remains to keep a long term interest, or even hint at any improvement given time in its glass prison. It fades quickly, the nose is arid and unfriendly, and the tangy overtly pungent orange sting is very off-putting. Its not gone bad, moreover it has just faded - the balance was never really there to start with IMVHO and now its sadly floundering like a Fat Elvis way past its best. This is not so much aging as just becoming annoyingly messy and a scattered collage of constituent elements.
By a mile, and several kilometres, the least favorite of the Stone Anniversaries to date for me, and Ive tried them *all* from the 3rd up. I think Stone went in the wrong direction with this, and Im glad to know that the 10th Anniversary DIPA is sat in my fridge right now, ready, willing and immensely able to get me back to my traditional hoppy Stone fix ..as well as getting Stone back to what they do best. The StoneWall is a truly great idea and highly commendable, the Stone folks are great people, and the Wall is the epitome of Stones heart felt passion for life and supporting all that is good - but the next StoneWall should be built at the top of the path that led down to the 9th, they really should not go back down this road. Chalk this one to experience, a bad experience.
08-25-2006 05:29:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
appearance: The pour creates a moderate, off white head in the snifter. The beer is a slightly hazy, pale copper/amber color.
smell: Up front there's a big resinous hoppiness and plenty of tropical fruit. Nice mango, pineapple, orange, and sugar cookie aromas. Hop oriented, but with enought malt to keep it interesting. Smells most like a DIPA to me.
mouthfeel: The carbonation smooth, between medium and low. The body is just slightly less than medium.
taste: The hops seem like the dominant flavor, but there is just enough light maltiness to keep them in good balance. All of the flavors are subtle, yet the combine to form a good flavor. The malt character is light. A green, leafy, resinous...yet well conserved...hop bitterness starts just after the swallow and continues into the dry finish.
drinkability: definately full of character, and drinkable
Enjoyed half a 22oz. courtesy of dirtylou during my visit in Madison. The other half of the bomber met with a less than noble fate.
12-31-2005 10:19:31 | More by blackie
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
1096th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster
App- A caramel brown with ambers and orange intermixed. A small 1/8" head of small tan head and zero cling.
Smell- Smelled just like a BW. Big malts with a lot of citrus and very smooth aromatics.
Taste- A bit of a good mix. Malty, spicy, and very DIPA like fruits. A bit peppery.
Mouth- A good medium bodty with a medium carbonation level. A good malty and citrus residual flavor.
Drink- I enjoyed this. Strong ales are pretty hard to mess up. This one was just a touch old for me.
02-06-2012 23:02:30 | More by FosterJM
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a cloudy orange with a small light tan head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, bitter hops, and slight dark fruit presence. Flavor is quite fruity- lots of tropical fruits, mango, apple skins, pear, and citrus. A little alcohol too, oddly. Quite sweet and fruity. I don't know what this was like fresh, but it's quite delicious right now with all those ester notes. Yum!
12-27-2008 23:04:19 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5 rDev -1%
Ruination's little brother - that's the thought that immediately hit me on first sip. Whereas Ruination is the 300 lb. gorilla that grabs you by the neck and flings you across the room, 9th Anniversary jumps on your back and hangs on for dear life. Hoppy, to say the least, with a pronounced green, herbal, leafy character that made me wonder if there were some fresh hops stuffed in the bottle. The raw nature of the hops and a noticeable alcohol presence give the beer an immature character that is still rather engaging, in a rough-and-tumble sort of way. I would have pegged this in the IPA range, and I didn't really get much sense of the wheat component in the beer.
09-12-2005 13:32:52 | More by Brent
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
22 ounce bottle, with the usual wordy print. Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a thick head. Pretty highly carbonated, with a notable haze. Huge aroma of alcohol, toasted malt, and citrusy, oily, resiny hops. I love the smell of this brew, especially its intensity. The taste is powerfully complex lots of fruit (orange, peach, apple), toasted malt, alcohol, spice, sugar, and a subtle woodiness. Plus, lots and lots of hops this brew gets seriously bitter by the mid taste, and had a no-nonsense bitter finish. The aftertaste hangs around forever. Considerable alcohol warming. Medium-full mouthfeel. Nice balance, although tilted toward the hops. Very drinkable. The alcohol on this one can give you a kick. All in all, this one is a keeper.
02-04-2006 13:39:10 | More by Suds
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Gots me a 22oz bomber, with Sep '05 painted on the label.... Into my Imperial pint glass she goes... a striking golden/apricot hued bier... has a touch of haze, but not a whole lot. Carbonation within is voluminous and steady, heading topside. Head it forms is frothy, with a light eggshell color. A few larger sized bubbles are interspersed amongst the plethora of fine foam, which is a solid 1/4" and holding... slowly but slowly ebbs, yet still covers the brew, with very nice lacing being left behind. Aroma has a touch o' toasty malt, with citrussy, rindy notes as well. Overall, a bit light coming forth. Body is a pleasing medium-plus, with a smooth, creamy passage over the tongue.
As far as flavor goes, some sugary sweetness initially hits the palate, with more toasty, yet light, malty notes appearing. Following forthwith are citrus-hop characteristics... plus some fruity aspects encompassing a bit of tangerine and cantaloupe. Has a bit of a resiny component as well, which nicely coats the oral cavity. Tasty stuff. Some alcohol-induced warmth hits the innards of the torso, but doesn't bowl you over. Very pleased by the quaffing of this bier. It works quite well.
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
01-28-2006 22:12:30 | More by Bierman9
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Been holding onto this for over a year. I finally decided to crack it open tonight. 22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/22/08.
A - Poured a very clear light amber/orange body with 1/2-finger bubbly white head that receded into a thin, patchy film. Sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Left some pretty decent lacing around the glass.
S - Strong caramel malt sweetness with some baked bread aroma. Hops are primarily citrus, but are quite subdued, probably due to the age of this brew. Some piney/resiny hops in the back. Whiff of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.
T - Lots of caramel sweetness is apparent immediately, followed by some oily hop bitterness and a faint bready maltiness with some alcohol tang.
M - Smooth, creamy body with a syrupy texture and prickly carbonation on the tongue, along with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Finish is moderately bitter, leaving some oily, sticky hop residue on the palate.
D - While I'm sure this has mellowed quite a bit since 2005, this still has a nice flavor and aroma, and a very smooth mouthfeel, making this quite easy to drink.
02-23-2008 00:52:26 | More by ffejherb
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
This beer was sampled and reviewed in March 2006. 22 oz bottle.
This beer poured a hazy, peach color with tall, creamy, off-white foam that persists a while and clung a bit as it settled. The smell was fruity and malty. A very nice aroma. The taste was hoppy with flavors of mangoes and slightly astringent "aspirin" from the hops (Amarillo). There was a good, balanced malty backbone behind the hops. There was a pleasant bitterness coupled with a fruity tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium body and good carbonation. The finish and aftertaste had lightly sweet malt and tangy, fruity hops lingering. This was quite an enjoyable beer! Among my favorites from Stone.
01-12-2007 04:14:29 | More by UncleJimbo
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Overall, I found this to be a very enigmatic ale that is far removed from the listed style.
Appearance: Served into an imperial pint glass, the body is a hazy, burnished apricot. The head is a modest sized, creamy, offwhite color that retains well and leaves considerable amounts of patch lace.
Aroma: Surprsingly subdued for a Stone brew, but still now slouch. Spruce pine, orange rind with a hint of marmelade, and a note of husky wheat.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Really nice feel, overall, with some inviting hop resin and warm alcohol presence.
Taste: Spruce and orange rind front an assertive hops bitterness that governs over the weak malt essences all the way through. A hint of tropical pineapple and coconut emerge briefly, at room temperature, but are immediately overcome by the bittering hops. Orangerind finish is very dry and bitter, leaving the same aftertaste.
Drinkability: I like this, and will enjoy it again. The style, however, is a mystery to me. No definitive malt presence, no obtrusive alcohol, no signicant wheat influence. This one puzzles me, but it's good...definitely worth a try. I will cellar a bottle and see what it's like in a year, or so.
11-03-2005 01:44:39 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Appearance - straw colored pour with a tint of red. Dense foamy head settles unevenly and sticks to the glass. A casual but busy bead level from below.
Aroma - deep aroma of pine and pineapple, smells sweet. Intense aroma reaches me as it sits off to the side.
Taste - a sweet, hoppy start. Bitterness is immediate but light to moderate, allowing more of the floral aspect of the hop to come through. The citrusy part is temporary though, and at the swallow the beer becomes more intensely bitter, all hops now. In true Stone style, the aftertaste and finish are a hop-filled mutha. It doesn't blast the taste buds like Ruination but it'll wake 'em up! With a little acclimation it starts to go down a little smoother than normal. Mmmm...
Mouthfeel - oiled up to a nice smoothness, it glides down as if on Autopilot.The carbonation is lively and the body is a bit big.
Drinkability - gets better as it gets warmer, for sure, and becomes quite the enjoyable glass of suds.
01-22-2006 06:03:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
The beer poured into the glass clear pale golden amber with an off-white, frothy, and moussy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was malty and strongly fruity and floral with a citrusy hop aroma coupled with an earthy hop component. The malt aroma was caramel and some slight spicy alcohol phenols.
The flavor was nicely malty with an aggressive bittering that immediately caused the malt character to fade to black. The bittering was extremely well done however and though impressions of citrus, earthy and slightly spicy hops were present, they never became overpowering or harsh. Some alcohol bite was present, but to me it did not detract from the beer.
The finish was dry with a lasting hop bittering long into the aftertaste which faded after a few seconds to a nice bittering impression. The body was medium full and nicely done. If this is wheat, it is more of a wheat wine than an American Pale Wheat and more of a barleywine crossed with an IPA than anything else. I like it quite a bit, kick the tires and give it a whirl.
22 ounce bottle, purchased at OUAV for $5.80.
09-12-2005 20:51:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a bright, clear, light orange color with a nice looking head.
Beers smells slightly dusty and sweet. Aromas are pretty faint.
Flavors are surprising subtle to me, but still quite tasty. Crisp, dry and a tad spicy up front, finishes creamy with a little bitter hop bite right at the end.
Mouthfeel is good on this one... long finish, and nicely carbonated.
This is a beer that is slightly different than other Stone Brews I have tried... It's not going to kick you upside the mouth like a lot of Stone brews do. I would have liked to have tried it fresh just to compare. But it is an enjoyable beer to drink right now.
12-09-2006 22:59:36 | More by flexabull
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
Time to bust this one out. Released September 2005.
Pours a dirty golden color with a creamy, long-lasting head. Active bubbles. Lots of lace. Looks great.
Caramel and candy sugar greet the nose first, followed by a kind of medicinal, menthol heat, most likely from the high-ish alcohol %. And the hops? Yep, they're dying to whip your tastebuds into shape.
Sweet candy-like flavors--caramel, peach, pear, peppermint, butterscotch, molasses--mixed with hot spices, sizzling hops and sharp herbs. A unique flavor that seems to have a lot going on, and somewhat hard to pin down. Tastes a little different each sip.
Like all Stone stuff, the mouthfeel is superb, this one being hefty, buttery, tingly...just right.
Overall it has a kind of Frankenstein-ish feel, seems to be a little bit of everything: sweet and spicy like a tripel, syrupy like a barleywine, hella-hoppy like a Double IPA, and as dangerously drinkable as a good lager. My hat's off to Stone. Again.
01-30-2007 23:10:56 | More by Metalmonk
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
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
22oz. bomber: I found this in the back of the fridge, and was surprised that I hadnt rated it yet. It pours an almost clear, darker golden color. Maybe a twinge of orange in it. The aroma is very good. A big shot of hops, like you would expect from Stone. Mainly grapefruit and pine, but also some grassy notes. The taste was solid. A fine malt body behind the beer, although perhaps a bit more delicate (for lack of a better description) than most of their other brews. Decent balance to the hops. I could drink a few more of these.
03-10-2007 13:20:41 | More by Boto
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.