Stone 9th Anniversary Ale | Stone Brewing

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86
very good
255 Ratings
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Stone 9th Anniversary AleStone 9th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a nice fluffy white head that sticks like glue to the glass,oh the Amarillos oh sweet Jesus this hop varietal has made me a hop head fresh herbal hop hits the nose and wakes the senses.This baby has a kick alcohol with big herbal and citrus notes no aspirin here.Somewhat sweet but not overly so to me this would be the Amarillo hop fans dream and Iam one of them I will get more I have a few more to share with friends but I will try to get more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick, off-white head, which remains for a good amount of time, but doesn’t leave very much lace on the glass.

S: The smell isn’t very strong, but you detect citrus & malt first, then you get a decent whiff of hops.

T: Hops flavor and bite prevails from beginning to end, not a lot of sweetness but there’s a bit of malt and citrus and it definitely has the Stone signature. Seems like an IPA, but I’ve yet try Stone’s IPA to compare it.

M: Very crisp, medium body. The carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: Let’s face it, this beer is from Stone Brewing Co. so you really can’t “forget” that you’re drinking beer. However this beer is drinkable from the standpoint that you KNOW that you’re drinking good beer.

I enjoyed this beer, but like I mentioned previously I haven’t had the Stone IPA to compare it to, nor have I had any of their other anniversary ales to know if they trend towards the IPA realm each year. That being said, I’ve never been disappointed by Stone.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright golden-orange in color. Partial haze. Good carbonation allows the bubbles to organize a fluffy white head.

Smell: Sharply citrus notes yield to a dominating bitter aroma. There's some contrasting sweet fruitiness, but its got a somewhat sour twang to it.

Taste: Predominant floral hop bitterness shadowed by some sour, pear-like flavors. The already sparse malts are squashed by the astringent bitterness. Finish is initially dry, but warmth brings forth some displeasing medicinal qualities.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sleek with a light oiliness.

Drinkability: Not overly so, as it was a bit hard to supress myself from grimacing at the end of each swallow. It takes three times as many muscles to frown as it does to smile. My face is definitely worn out by now. I'll admit I found last year's anniversary ale to be infinitely more appealing...

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thiss sept 2005 version poured with a bubbly white head & retention to spare with impressive lacing down the glass. Slightly hazy honey color, suggests higher ABV

Smell: Some maltiness attempts to break through the hops assualt (grapefruit & pines

Taste Hoppy lemongrass &pepper& maltiness on the tounge competing with all the hops

MF Too bitter/carbinated, which in turns slows down the enjoyment.

Needs to laid down for a year or two,,,Where's the curry??

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy pineapple with a significant contribution from juicy orange. Lazy, superfine bubbles eventually make their way up to a tremendous looking cap of cream colored foam. Although the glass isn't completely coated with lace, it's pretty damn close. Stone beer usually looks fantastic in the glass. 9th Anniversary Ale is no exception.

The nose isn't the Amarillo-fest that I hoped it would be. Even though it isn't overwhelmingly hoppy, it's hoppy enough to suit me. I'm reminded of a less ingredient-intensive DIPA. If the aroma is any indication, the flavor profile will be relatively well-balanced between malt and hops.

That's exactly what it is too. Sturdy pillars of sugar cookie-like pale malt support a moderately bitter tropical fruitiness (pineapple, orange, grapefruit) that comes close to being considered resinous. The thing that keeps me from absolutely loving the beer is the incompletely masked alcohol. A little aging would probably do wonders, but I couldn't accept the inevitable fading of the hops.

Along those same lines, the flavor itself, while good, is a little too raw and unrefined to be considered anywhere near great. I'll test my theory that a mellower 9th Anniversary Ale is a better 9th Anniversary Ale by buying another bottle and stashing it away for a year or two. Balance is maintained throughout the lengthy finish, despite my hope that the hops will throw off their malty shackles and dance a little jig on my tongue.

The mouthfeel, which is medium-full, lacks any creaminess whatsoever. It's more like highly polished, finely cut crystal than it is creamy, silky or lush. I like it just fine, but like the rest of the beer, age is needed to bring about some amount of softening.

Stone 9th Anniversary Ale is good beer without a doubt. I only wish that one wasn't forced to choose between drinking it too early (hoppy, but brash) or too late (mellow, but probably hop-deficient). Perhaps there's a magical nexus when all elements come together to produce a transcendant ale. I doubt it, though. It's a tribute to Stone that with all of my misgivings, I still enjoyed the hell out of the bomber.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jason
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber with a 9th Annv. label denoting the year it was brewed in.

A- Deep mildly hazed golden orange glow, amazing head ... good retention.

S- Dusty white pepper, light citric, white pepper aroma. Big citric show. Orangina?

T&M- Medium body, creamy smooth. Suggestions of steamed grape leaves, boiled citric zest, white tea and a lingering aspirin bitterness. Heady alcohol throws gobs of fusel alcohol at the taste buds. Maltiness rolls out a light maltiness middle to end.

D- Just for shits and giggles I tried this brew again ... sorry, game over. This one just does nothing for me. I love Stone Brewing but they went too far with the god damn hops ... and you know what hops I am talking about. Better with age, and not so bad on tap. Beer geeks cheer because there is more left over for them.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orangesol
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance, it has a copper orange slightly hazed hue forms a nice billowing off white cream head, leaves behind nice full even lacing not bad atall. Aroma here is somewhat of a Hop bomb I noticed Amarillo hops with the strong citrus grapefruit and hints of pineapple / insert tart tropical fruit here tones. Malt base is compromised of some wheat tones but overall plays second fiddle to the somewhat brash hop profile. Flavor consists of lingering hops with levels of hop bitterness and flavor intermingling with an undertow of a malt base brings a tart mildy sweet tone to the whole thing, interesting. Mouthfeel is medium body with some of the chunky hop character making it feel a bit oily at times the lively carbonation helps things move along. Drinkability if your big on hops and you like Stone give it a try, but it's not the most easy going drinkable brew your going to encounter pretty challenging to the senses, I think I liked it.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a floral hop aroma that adds a fine balance to the aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice pale and light crystal malt flavot that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly warm. It's not as intense as a double IPA, but it packs a decent punch. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but it's not the best these guys offer. It could use a bit more body to go along with the heavy load of hops. All in all, a good brew.

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Stone 9th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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