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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

150 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StoneGreg on 08-01-2003)
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Photo of PSUDREW
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone.
7th Anniverary
What more do I need to say

much of a hoopy flavor to it, Gerg wasn't kiddin'. Lots - o - lace. No distguishable alchohol charecter, hidden by hops. Store it is you can, cane get greater if you give it a chance. I really am amazed thatr I got this beer. Has a thick and chewy mouth feerl, but that isn a good thing. Has a better drikngablity thn most stones, and that is going some. If yuo can, get this, it is worth it

PSUDREW, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of xymyl
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a rare one from the deepest darkest parts of my cellar. Stored at 55 degrees in total darkness all this time. As you pour, it looks pale copper. In the glass it is a dark hazy copper/amber, the thin off white head falls quickly to a ring, leaving a good amount of lace.

The aroma is gentle and unified, a sweetly spicy blur with mandarin oranges and toast. Relaxing.

The taste is buttered wood chips followed by a caramel and brown sugar that slowly fade into another vanilla/wood/butter note that finally releases a perfect bitterness. A sweet slightly butterscotch note stays along for the whole ride.

Overall: Medium full to full, this beer has lost something and gaind something as is typical of aged beer. Certainly, since I hade a few when they were young, it was great to taste the changes in this beer tonight. Funny how so many of the stone beers age gracefully, but still keep so much life in them. I only have one of these left now. Even though this one was somewhat oxidized, and looks very different, I love the uniformity the flavors have achieved. This is a great testament to cool dark cellaring. My lower score merely reflects imperfections of time that you can expect in a well cellared bottle. If you find one, you probably don't want one that has been kept in anything less than the best conditions.

xymyl, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev -3.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another good one from stone, but the first brew of theirs that i have sampled that is more malty than hoppy. it pours an ever so slightly cloudy amber colour, quite bright actually and quite nice. it holds a 1/2 inch thick frothy off white head and has a nice lacing to it. the smell is very much malt, bread and earth. all of which are intensely present, yet highlighted with hops throughout, along with a touch of sweetness. the taste is also very bready and earthy, then gets to be a bit hoppy, onto a bit of citrus sweetness and back to a nicely balanced hop/malt finish. alcohol is definitely present throughout as well as is a distinctly tasty bitterness. smooth and complex, but maybe a bit too bold at times. regardless, it's still quite tasty.

SixpointJMH, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice coppery color-good carbonation level though no real head. Some malt/hop aroma but nothing really to note.The flavor on the other hand is right there in your face.Big big hop flavor.Almost comes across as an Imperial PA.Big,malt flavor with a slew of hops bleeding thru it-silky smooth in flavor and mouthfeel.Nice, oily body.A very quaffable beer-bigger then your average US Pale but then again it IS a Stone product.This one is a year old and a real humdinger.

lackenhauser, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color wiht a fluffly white head. Head recedes fairly quickly but has a very nice lace.

Smell: A nice nose of citrus hops, caramel and bread malts, and a slight sugary sweetness.

Taste: Notes of caramel, a little biscuit, and other sweet malts dominate the profile of this beer initially. At the end this beer finishes with a citrus hop flavor and a slight spice, followed by a nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A full bodied beer that is almost chewy with a nice medium to light carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is pretty damn big for an APA but for its size is still drinkable. I would have liked a lil more of a hop kick for how big the malts are.

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of freed
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gift Beer, cool 22oz bottle.

dull golden color with significant haze, slight crown of foam with small white bubbles. Aroma is comparatively bright when matched to its complexion. Citrusy boquet of hops on top clean out the evil nose spirits.

Taste combines a fairly nice round maltiness with a bright and complex bittering hop profile. Not overbearing by any means, but the sensation of alcohol is apparent. Stands out against the solid malt profile though.

Fortunately my wife was there to help me finish the 22oz. It was more than I had wanted, but 12oz of the stuff hit the spot.

freed, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey copper color with a thick tan head of bubbles of many sizes. It sinks quickly, but leaves a thin layer atop, with big bubbles all around the edges. Aroma is thick, and full of pear and apple, some cinnamon and vanilla. I can also tell from the sweetness in the smell that this one's got some pouch. Initially sweet, biscuity, a little buttery. Sweet malts come through, plus a little toffee. Some hops in the finish, but wow, the alcohol jumps out too. The sweetness and the alcohol dominate. I find with many Stone brews that there is depth of flavor waiting to be unleashed, but is being held back by the alcohol flavors.

far333, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of sfoley333
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle stored refrigrated since the release into a duvel snifter. Poured a reddish orange color with thick white head and great lacing. Smell sweet tropical fruit and malt with faint pineapple scent. The taste grassy earth bitterness with a semi sweet malt taste. Mouthfeel is medium body with a great mellow carbonation level that isnt prickly or flat. The grassy bitterness makes this a one 22oz for me. I have tried this one when first released then again in 2004 and then now. I have to say for a double pale ale ( what lee once called it) it aged fine. Most of the tropical flavors and aroma are not as bright, only a grassy hoppiness remains and the sweetness mellowed out a bit more but a fine drinking beer that might be able to go even longer.

sfoley333, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice shade of amber. Somewhat cloudy and difficult to see through. A very large head that is foamy and thick leaves a sticky large rounded lace behind. Very nice.

Very nice sweet malty aromas. Some hop is still present as well. Floral and somewhat fruity. Hints of toffee, and some nut accents as well.

Still drinking very well. I'm surpised it has held up this well. A burst of malt at the entry with a very thin yet fruity, flowery mid palate, finishes fairly short with a hoppy bitterness that dries the tongue significantly. Some diacetyl is present as well.

Mouthfeel I think is the big hit. The lack of any mid palate presence along with the thin body really hurt it. However it is still enjoyable and drinkable.

mcallister, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of nomad
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ambered-orange, with an off-white colored foamy head sitting well from lots of carbonation underneath. Its slippery lacing fell apart, though. Darn.

Smelled of caramel – big time – and some sweet floral scents, a first time combination (sweet and floral) for me. Also detected, barely, some sweetish grapefruit, an almost barleywine-like grainy ripple, and faint butteriness. Taste was of some rosy malt though more definite caramel malt. Threw out some alcohol tinges and a slightly grainy and salty bitter, too. Though it was a very sweet and caramelly beer at first, there were some mixed hop flavors: citric, grainy, mild Cascade-like flavors, and some apple hints. Also slight salty cheese flavors came up every once in awhile. Reads like a strange mélange of flavors, but actually tasted quite well. Definitely complex.

Great moderate but easy mouthfeel for a pale ale, luxurious on my tonguge, and the flavors were very drinkable. Much more malty, and caramel malt at that, for a typical Stone offering.

nomad, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin white head which dissipates very quickly.

S: The nose is sweet and caramelly with stale hop aromas (primarily oranges) and a touch of toffee.

T: Despite the near death of the hops in this beer, it is still quite nice. The sweet and bready malt is the main attraction with some toasted biscuit flavors coming into play. There isn't much bitterness to speak of, but this isn't much of a surprise.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat light carbonation.

D: Despite the disappearance of any real hop character, this beer has not turned into a sweet mess. While I wish I could have tried it fresh, it's still a decent beer.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of marburg
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange hair gel, poured with a big gob of sticky-ish off-white head. Little visible carbonation, though swirling the glass releases a streaming rush and ushers in a renewal of the frothy head.

Caramel and syrup are undertones in the nose; the hops are fairly obvious here. Smells like an aggressively hopped pale ale. Such a deceivingly simple aroma can't prepare anyone for what's to come, however. Fairly syrupy and on the heavier side of medium bodied. Sap texture and flavor come together with citric and drawn out throbbing bitterness in the finish. But the thickness and sugary nature of this brew is dominant. The alcohol isn't noticeable, per se, but no one can doubt that some of the sweetness in this brew isn't from it's mental haze inducing component.

Good stuff. Interesting. Not terribly user-friendly in some ways. But good stuff nonetheless.

marburg, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2005.
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.

Gueuzedude, May 21, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been saving this one for a while and is probably past it's prime, but it is still pretty good! Pours a clouded copper to amber color and makes a very thick offwhite head. Aromatics are mostly of buttery toffee. The flavor follows the suit of the smell, rich buttery toffee and caramel malt, moderate bitterness up front. Very subdued hops from the aging of this one but there is a tiny presence of orange zest hiding in the background. Alcohol bite is rather noticable. Mouthfeel is medium to full, thick, creamy and leaves a very sticky coating on the throat. Too strong to be a session drinker and too aged for the style to really grab my attention, however it is still fairly enjoyable.

kmcnair, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the 11th anniversary but more recently out of the bottle at winter storm. The beer pours a cloudy orange color. It looked cool but the haze was a bit of a let down. The foam was fairly tall and fluffy but it disapeared quickly and left nothing behind.

The smell was of a strong pale ale with plenty of aged malt. There was a moderate hop aroma and it was of piney hops but it was balanced well with the sweet malt smell. The flavor was very nice for an aged pale ale. Personally I liked it better than the 8th and 9th anniversaries. There was surprisingly some hop flavor in this 4 year old beer. The malt flavor was a bit on the dark end of the spectrum for a pale ale and there was also the slightest hint of alcohol.

This beer was a bit thin but its still in the acceptable range for a pale ale. There wasn't a lot of carbonation in the beer but it was very smooth and delicious. Can't imagine that this beer will age much more for the better in the coming years though.

t0rin0, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Painted bottle giving up a hazy copper pour and quickly dissipating head. A huge citrus aroma wafts from the swampy liquid. The first sip is offensively malty, it is a good thing that a heaping crap-load of hops balances the scales of creation to form a well-balanced, hugely flavorful ale. The malt and citrus hops blend and wage war on the palate ending with a throat-warming finish.

beernut7, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a date of August 2003 on the front.

Appearance: Tawny iced tea colour, the lacing is as expect from any Stone Brewing product with its intense lacing.

Smell: Orange juice aroma, fruity alcohol and some malt dust in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A hard fist to the chin with the hops, bitter with a resin that won’t let go … metallic and pungent. A small spinning maltiness stays small or at least slightly hidden. Bitterness still pounds away and then the alcohol kicks in and lets loose a pummeling of fruitiness and ester warmth … dare I say fusel?

Notes: All whacked out on Scooby snacks. It was like a kick in the teeth yet I would not mind trying it again. Between the alcohol and bitterness from the hops it pretty much decimated my palate for the night.

Jason, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a decent white head a quarter of an inch deep; a swirl reveals the beer to be visibly viscous. The liquid seems to be lit from within by its own chemoluminescence, a glowing heavy bronze haze diffusing and blurring the surrounding light. Huge malt aroma like dark, cereally mutigrain bread crusts slathered in honey, with hints of lemon and shortbread emerging with warmth, vies for control with brutal hop bitterness. This is what it must smell like inside a hop cone. Massively earthy, dry, almost pollen-like nosefeel pushes its way clear through to the back of the sinus and practically leaves it black-and-blue. Taste is punitively bitter... something like a sandwich of spruce needles on rosemary bread washed down with a glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice. After ravaging the tongue with this heavy, bodily bitterness, mouthfeel extends well into the gullet. Seemingly endless aftertaste wears out its welcome and compromises the drinkability... some crispness in the finish to cut through the hop sludge would have helped a lot here, IMO. I would have appreciated a bit of restraint with certain aspects of this brew, but when drunk with patience, it was still quite rewarding.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of mikeys01
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber bottle acquired from Table & Vine in Northampton, MA, the 7th Anniversary Ale turns out to be something of a bold pale ale, though I wouldn't call it an IPA. It doesn't seem to be nearly as out there as some of the other Stone brews such as Ruination, however it is much more balanced. Pours from the bottle a dark yellow/amber, with a moderate amount of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of fruit, hop flowers, and a healthy dose of pale malt. Taste is very full of fresh hop oil flavor blended with citrus ester and a more malty signature than expected. The 7th goes down very easily and warm alcohol notes become more apparent as the beer sits a bit. Over all, a very good pale ale, but not stellar, I think perhaps a bit immature. It might develop quite a bit of character with a little aging....

mikeys01, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of MrSeth
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a tumbler with a very murky orange-brown color, opaque towards the center. Just a small tan head forms, little lace and a small ring of suds.

The nose is full of zesty orange and various other sweet citrusy aromas. The overall effect of the malt and hops is like marmelade on well done toast.

The taste.. is this a pale ale? May-be. But it is the fullest tasting pale ale that I've ever had. Rich, rich malt coats the palate. Starts fairly sweet, but ends very clean and dry. The hoppiness has become subdued, it shows some stand alone bitterness here and there in the taste briefly.. but it has become mostly a citrusy element.

This is a very fun example of the style. Usually I'm looking for an APA that is a bit lighter in body and taste. But considering the magnitude of the rest of Stone's offerings this one makes sense as their American pale ale. I still can't believe how much meat there is on these bones!

My thanks to Nick at Bauer Wine for the hook up.

MrSeth, May 30, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull bronze with restrained carbonation underneath a thin and sticky bleached khaki head.
Nose is suprisingly muted. Hoppy yes, piney and mildly resinous, with a toasty malt underbelly, but lacking in aromatics compared with many of Stone's other brews. Significantly lacking.
Taste begins with a toasted muffin malt base. Quite dry, and English-leaning. ESB-like. Sweetens considerably by the midpoint, as pear-skins and caramel-drenched apples appears. The conclusion is hop-centric, as would be expected. Pine and raw leaves and juicy orange rinds. Not to IPA levels (at least not to Stone IPA levels). The hop bite has hints of earth and smoke to boot.
Full bodied, but quite drinkable. A fine pale ale, but not the earth-shattering moment I had expected. This is nevertheless a worthy brew and one well worth seeking out.

cokes, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually Stone bias. I love their beers but this one didn't do much for me.

Poured an orange copper with a creamy white head. The lacing was poor and crawled back into the head. The lace fell apart each time, at this point my heart fell apart.

The aroma was full of grapefruit. Grapefruit was huge along with some other citrus flavors., sweet malts and caramel.

The taste was full of tropical fruits. Grapefruits mostly and some oranges as well. Nice hop flavor with some sweet malts that leads to a nice caramel flavor on the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Pretty tasty but poor for stone.

Crosling, Dec 14, 2003
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.