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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 taez555
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick but small tan head with a lovely ruby/tan body.

The nose was pure rich sweet malt. Caramel, malt, alcohol. A slight sharpness, but basically just this huge rich malt smell.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Rich and very delicious. Caramel, malt, malt and more malt. Fresh 2 row barley taste. Sort of reminds me of being in a brewery. Yum!! There’s a firm in your face bitterness. A slight citrus peel, earth hop flavors really comes through. It’s very present but perfectly balanced the big malt.

Basically I’ve found a new favorite beer. It’s not an IPA, it’s not a barley wine. It’s just a really good beer. When I was drinking this I kept thinking it was double bastard with the volume turned down a bit. A must try beer, if you can still find it.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice amber color with a tinge of red with a finger of head that falls quickly. The nose is very earthy, both in the malt and the hop. The flavor is very nicely balanced between the roasted malts and the earthy hops. I like it. Mouthfeel is very thick and very nice. Drnkability is good. I could easily finish one of these. This is one of my favorite Stone offereings I've had recently.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Stones new 7th anniversary pale ale pours a glwoing orange colour from it's 22oz bomber bottle. The aromas are of some nice pale malts, and bittering hops. You can definately tell that this beer has been dry-hopped for extra juicy hop aroma. This beer tasted wonderful. A big-A$$ Pale ale, that does not cross over into the IPA boundaries. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick, or cloying...just right! The drinkability is excellent as always.

Can stone do no wrong?

cheers to JCalabre for the fresh sample!

F

Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with a slight off-white head. Bitter hops, strong with citrus notes and bits of pine. Very bitter tastes of hops hit all over the palate and kill the tastebuds. This delicious none the less and should be labeled a double or imperial in my mind. Crisp tastes with bits of orange and spices. Complex and outstanding. Leaves a piney taste on the tongue. The aftertaste is strong and makes it tough to appreciate anything else that night. This is a great brew but I would expect nothing else from Stone.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle. 'August' is printed on the front of the bottle.

Wowza! What flavors. This is a confident ale. Very complex.

This is perhaps the most beautiful looking beer I have ever seen. Devilish amber with red hues. Awesome rendition of a liquid sunset. Big cloudy head with nice lacing. Hold it up to the light and watch the bubbles slowly float to the top. The smell is deep malt and hops. A nice floral sweetness. I also detected, unfortunately for me, there was an oily sensation on the nose. Also a bit of bitter alcohol.

The flavors are many, complex and varied. A mix of bold stead fast flavors. The malts are very strong and then there is the hops to give it wonderful balance. A nice grapefruit bitterness but do not think of this as a hop head ale. The flavors definately balance out. There is a molasses and pine finish to the flavors. The after taste is mellow and nice as well. Like I said a very bold and confident ale. This one has a personality. Bravo.

For all of its complex flavors this ale is smooth and crisp. Medium bodied in the mouth with a quick surge of carbonation and then easy street. Great direction for an ale to take.

Excellent! Tip our hat and raise our glass to Stone. If you love ales that is. Sad to say since this is an anniversary ale it is here for a limited time. Stock up.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from Stone....to be honest my expectations were high to start, considering the wide variety of unique beers Stone has put out. The bottle is marked August 2003. It pours a reddish amber color with a solid one finger head. Little dissapation of the head and nice lacing on my new Ruination mug. Time to take a smell...wow! There is so much in the aroma. Hops, sweet bread, honey, brown sugar. Incredible...I wish they made an air freshener out of this. The taste is similar...sweet and sugary, bready malt, hoppy bitterness, some flowery esters. There is warmth from the alcohol, but the actual booze taste is fairly well disguised. Very full, heavy mouthfeel, very nice. I fully recommend this brew.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a nice jewel like glow. Large rocky light tan head.

Sweet pine candy and caramel malts in the nose.

Medium body with a sticky mouth coating. Big snap from the resinous piney hops and lingering alcohol. Malts are caramel sweet and juicy.

Was that a pale ale? Not if you ask me, but I wouldn't mind it if other PA's were as assertive or complex. Thanks Joe (aka cja711).

Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had to pull really hard not to give this beauty straight fives.

This was the most beautiful golden amber I have seen on a beer crowned by an off-white head.

Huge nose with grass, pine and tangerine, with the tangerine most prominent. There is whole grain bread crust aroma upholding the these hop aromas. Totally complex aroma.

Bursting with citus hops and hop bitterness. Light malty sweetness with the whole grain biscuit structure in the mid-palate. This is relatively light in body with godzilla rampaging for flavor. Brilliant. Complex orange and minty.

Amazing in that I had 4 asahi super dry fans raving that this was the best beer they have ever had.

Photo of aaronh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper color topped by a modest cream head. The aroma about knocks you out. Great maltiness, with a hop floral sweetness that just screams "Drink me! Drink me now!!!". Actually surprised by the level of malt in the aroma. The flavor is also very malt laden, but there is a very prominent level of hop bitterness up front. A bit of hop floral chimes in as well. Then a resiny, oily finish. This one warms you from the inside out pretty quickly. The hops talk back pretty quickly as well. Balanced in brashness, this is both assertively malty and assertively hoppy. Mouthfeel is thick and rewarding. Drinkability is pretty good. I'll have to hold a bottle for aging to see how much this improves, as it definitely seems that it could. This pale is not for the pale at heart. Another great ale from Stone.

Photo of vma
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DESTRO
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a beautiful sunset orange with a tiny white head that leaves a perfect sticky lace throughout the entire drinking experiance. smells of hops, malt and caramel drift up my shnoz and put a grin on my face. the taste? oh man, im glad ive finally grown to enjoy the assault of hops because this brew is awesome. not only does it have a great hop flavour but its matched against a strong malt sweetness that makes the perfect balance, this is heaven. the alcohol character is hidden amazingly and this is so drinkable its deadly. the mouth feel it slightly heavy, slightly chewy and sticky and wonderful. damn this beer is great. good thing the store down the street got in a bunch of cases so ill have to hit it up tomorrow and swoop some up. maybe sit on a few and see how they age. ill throw up the goat for this brew.

$3.99 a bomber.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-golden cloudy amber body. One finger of thick white head. At first it looks like the head won't last long. But it sticks around persistently through most of my first pint.

Nose is sharp and hoppy. A touch of the piney, woody bite of a barleywine. Agressive!

Flavor is huge. Is this really only 7.7%? It has the massive bitter hop profile of an unabashed barleywine. Plenty of malt up-front to balance the hops, but without producing overwhelming sweetness. There are plenty of sweet notes present, though. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, it's in there. It's really, really good. Reminds me a little bit of SN Bigfoot (Lite, if such a thing existed). They should produce a regular product from this recipe, I would buy it.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, even chewy, but still smooth.

Drinkability is very good. The huge flavors please the palate, while stopping short of being overwhelming. I wish I had more of these, I will have to ration my last 3 bombers carefully.

Photo of Mustard
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber; August 2003 etched beneath the big "Stone 7th"; $3.99 from the Beverage Warehouse near Culver City; crazed rambling on back ... no doubt an attempt at humor, but I was bored to tears after one sentence.

Appearance: Pours an unholy, amberish red ... my god, how did they brew such a color? Fat, two-fingered head; very good lacing; excellent retention.

Aroma: Thick, thick Caramel malts; loads of Cascades.

Taste: Are you kidding me? Sweet, vibrant Caramel malts upfront and throughout; robust Cascade bitterness in the finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: To be honest, I was outright peeved when I heard Stone's 7th Anniversary brew was gonna be a pale ale. I mean, they've already got sixteen friggin' APA/IPA's in their year-round rotation, right? And their 6th Anniversary porter was so damned fantastic ... why couldn't they have gone down a more exotic road? Well, f*ck me. All I can say is that this is one kick ass pale ale. As much as I like Stone, never dreamt this would be my conclusion. Still, can we shoot for something outside the APA/IPA realm next year, guys? Perhaps a brown; or a scottish; or a weizenbock; or a hefeweizen; or a dopplebock ...

Photo of beerguy101
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, fruity and slightly sweet. A full to medium bodied pale ale. The hops will assault your taste buds, take no prisoners and you will be lucky to only have to walk the plank, stripped don to your undies. Your taste buds are then rescued by the really big nutty malt sweetness. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and a touch resiny. This beer goes from being hoppy to malty then back to hoppy again, all while staying in balance. Smooth tasting. This is a very nice beer, Stone has done it again, produced a very familiar style beer, but in a way that is unique and very definitely Stone. I wonder what this beer will taste like with some bottle aging, its still a little young. Very cool artwork on the etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of winomark
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with a wispy tan head. Almost crystal clear.

Aroma: Good hop citrus blends effortlessly with rich malt and alcohol sweetness. I wish I had a cologne that smelled like this.

Taste: Malt attacks the front, but hops jump in and dominate the middle and finish. Alcohol warms the finish. Amazingly complex palate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating, but still has a dry, crisp and refreshing finish. Extremely flavorful.

Drinkability: Too bad this is a one-time release. I will have to have lots of willpower to restrain from drinking my last bottle. One of my favorite Stone beers this year.

Photo of mattcrill
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: A hazy honey brown pour with a densely carbonated and soapy tan head.

Smell: Carmel, brown sugar, and light citrusy hop notes. The hops are definitely muted on this but I'm guessing this would have been a "punch in the face" when it was fresh.

Taste: A strong malt backbone, brown sugar, carmel, maple syrup, and finishing with a bitter hop edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This tastes like an American Barleywine. That being said, it should continue to age well. This is still a great beer. It reminds me of Old Guardian in that if I keep drinking it, I keep thinking "barleywine". It's not that powerful but it's more along the lines of a BW. I'll continue to try it as long as it's available. Strongly recommended.

Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was able to try this on tap and on cask, and I liked the tap version slightly more. I thought that the taste was better, more complex, and bigger in this version, not to mention more carbonated (duh!). And I found it to be just as drinkable as its cask conditioned friend. Now I just need to get this in the bottle...

Photo of jtw5877
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange hue with a very fluffy white head. Nice citrus hopiness similiar to the hops in Hog Heaven Barleywine. Enough malt to keep it balanced. Very smooth taste for a higher ABV beer. A very solid offering that stands on it own in the Stone Lineup. Too bad it's only a one time batch.

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprize to find this bier at the Wine Society in Tyngsboro. Had only one left, and you're mine! Come to Papa!! Poured a rich copper color, with just a touch of haze. Head was light tan, thin and very fine, and lasted throughout the quaffing. Also had a creamy appearance to it. Lacing was quite nice as well. All in all, a very inviting look to #7. A whiff gave me some caramelly malt, along with a whack o' citrussy hops. Mouthfeel? Oh yeah! More than medium yet not quite full-bodied, and silky smooth on the tongue. Mmmmm! Taste was top-shelf! Some malt, (yes, just some) again with a caramel lean to it. Gives way to a barrage of hops! And more hops. Oh, this is Stone? I'm shocked! Shocked to find hops going on in a Stone Bier! Very citrussy, piney, resiny...they infiltrate your mouth and leave a hop-coating that lasts and lasts. I love it! As the liquid pleasure warms, the maltiness builds and melds oh-so-well with the hops. Another winner from Stone! Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh...my lone bottle of this brew. I've been holding onto it for long enough and am ready to enjoy it. Pours from the bomber a viscous deep opaque dark orange with hint of dark red. A nice inch of eggshell foam forms and then leaves some spotty lacing in its wake. Aromas are deeply malty upfront with sweet caramel, raisins, citrus and dark fruits. Sticky pine bough hops are resiny and forward. Subtle alcohol. Sweet candied bread. Wow...after over 2 years the nose is still enchanting...reminds me of a barleywine.

First sip brings a big massively caramel maltiness upfront. Notes of citrus and dark fruits abound. Hints of raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Flows down with a big helping of piney, resinous hops that leave a nice bitter trail. Alcohol is there as well but does not detract from the overall brew. This has really aged quite nicely. I wish I could have tasted it fresh! Rich and tasty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a nice stable carbonation that works well. Fills the mouth and takes hold...I like that. I wouldn't mind having another bomber lying around here. I have no clue how this will age from here on out but I'd say it's pretty tasty right now! Well worth trying if you can still find it or if you still have some lying around. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to sample this one.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head on top of an orangey-amber hued brew. Nose is predominantly of spicy hops, but backed up by a reasonable amount of malt, as indicated by the darker color than most pale ales possess. Taste is upfront and immediate of a heavy hops shot, but mellows through the middle of the flavor with smoothing malt, and then bounces back with a parting bite of hops again. Quite interesting and artistic flavor profile. Excellent mouthfeel, and makes you want to come back for more.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a mostly dulled orange pour. One heavy finger of foam, creates a ring of lace at the top of the Belgian glass, leaves off-again on-again lace elsewhere. There is a very thin surface of bubbles around the edge of the glass, and a thicker pile in the center where the beading is concentrated.

Aroma - sweet. hoppy, boozy. Smells like a big beer. Settles to a sweet, boozy aroma.

Taste - starts out sweeet and citrusy, the fruity side is intense. On the swallow, it turns decidedly bitter with grapefuit and pine becoming dominant. The flavor level stays constant as the flavors develop and change, very nice. Alcohol magnifies the flavor further, a very enjoyable beer to taste. The aftertaste is still ruled by the bitterness but some sweetness is there too. Finishes with a little orange burst. Quite the APA.

Mouthfeel - first sip is fairly viscous, but appears to thin out as my mouth adjusts. Definitely heavier than average, active carbonation keeps it lively and enhances flavor.

Drinkability - tastes stronger than 7.7 abv but still a fine brew even two and a half years after release.

Photo of Siggy125
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful coral amber in color, a bit murky and very pleasing in appearance.

Floral hops on the nose. A nice combination of sweet and bitter aromas on the nose.

Bold hops accompanied by candied floral sweetness on the tongue followed by starchy malts and well blended ABV. Very well balanced. Increasing flavors with temp.

Very pleasing mouthfeel with long lasting flavors on the palate. I truly enjoyed this.

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish copper color....Nose is big on the caramel at first...then a herbal/leafy hop presence invades....Nice caramel maltiness completed by some excellent hopping...leafy/tobacco like on the taste...finish is more of a piney bitterness....very full bodied for pale ale...seems more of a strong ale to me....substantial beer with a lot of dimensions....as always a top notch beverage from Stone...Prefer a few of their others more but this is outstanding in its own right..

Photo of fdrich29
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 Fl. Oz. bottle that says Stone 7th Anniversary Ale August 2003.

OK I have to be honest, I poured this one into my "Big Ass Beer Dick's Last Resort Glass". I'm a bouncer there and the glass was free, and tonight it was clean...what's a BA to do?

Light amber/ copper color with a nice head that took its sweet time to fizzle down to the liquid below. White, bubblly rings lace the glass while a thin white tarp remains over the beer.

The smell...it got me right away. The smell screams Stone Product and is one of the reasons I'm a fan of their beers. That sweet, malty aroma draws me in every time and this Anniversary Ale delivers big time.

Even though the hops in this bad boy punch you in the mouth as they journey down your gullet there is a nice maltiness in there as well that is somewhat comforting as you can actually taste something other than hop oil (not that one needs to ever taste anything more than hop oil mind you).

Feels good in the mouth and going down. Very smooth and tasty, but leaves you smacking your lips after it's made its way down to your innards.

No way I'm going to drink more than one at a sitting, but I'd love to have another, and soon. The fact that I drank this a year after it was put out didn't seem to diminish it's taste and certainly not my love for this beer.

Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.