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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 ark57
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy copper/gold with a head that dissipates and settles into a thin wisp. I never had this beer fresh, but I can imagine that it was very nice. The aroma is actually not too strong. Sweet malt and some herbal and citrus hops ceom into the nose, but it is a fairly clean smell. Fruity, sweet malt starts out before I am taken for a ride by the hops. Yes there is plenty of kick in this beer from both the hops and alcohol. There is some caramel, and possibly a slight hint of oxidation. The finish is very bitter and dry.

Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some perfume-like hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it is showing some age.

Photo of Indybeer
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber/orange color with a moderate head that didn't stick around long. Some moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma is predominately hops, with just a hint of maltiness in there. Taste starts out slightly sweet, then the hops kick in and take over. This is more like a IPA than a pale ale. Moderatly light carbonation, but with all the hops there is little else to be seen.

Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was 3 years old (had it 10\06)
A- Thin off white tan head that went to basically nothing. Bit darker orange cloudy color.
S-Big citrus smell. Hints of alcohol and malts that were hiding in the back. Grapefruit and orange are pretty strong.
T-Bit stale taste but the grapefruit hops still very present after 3 yrs. Alcohol comes through and a malt background is also in there. Has lost most of it's bitterness but the citrus taste was still very present. Light bitterness in aftertaste.
M-Smooth, low carbonation, medium/full body, and a bit oily.
D- Pretty good but couldn't see me drinking a couple bottles of this. Wish I would of tried it when it first came out. I was surprised at how much the hops were still there though.

Photo of Jdiddy
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't say I was too blown away by this. It seemed like a weak Arrogant Bastard to me. Lacey head that quickly dissolved. Nice smell, sweet and hoppy. As the beer sat a bit it became very weak. Just lost some of what it had at first. Definitely had a biscuit/maly flavor going on. I didn't hate this but I would prefer an AB.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured, it had a reddish/orage color to it with tight bubbles in the foam. For me, this was not an excetiona beer, but could have been. I could taste the citrusy fruit and hops, along with the roasted malts. But, I thought it tasted a little flat. Nice balance of bitter/sweetness, but again al little to flat on the taste buds. If not for the flatness in the taste I would have rated it a point higher on the taste. Will try it again later!

Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed August 2003. 77 IBU, 7.7% ABV.

Pours to a honey-colored amber with orange accents, forming a sticky, yellow/dark-beige head with good retention and sparsely delicate lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is semi-pungently citric and piney with hefty doses of caramel, honey, a suggestion of orange (Amarillo), and a cookie-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and even, with a pleasantly semi-dry finish and medium-dense body. Taste begins with a sizeable amount of resinous flavor hops, walking a fine line between being pungent and over-the-top, followed by a medium-strong grapefruit rind bitterness barely kept in balance by a bunch of sticky crystal and light amber malts with a pleasant sweetness lingering into the semi-dry, spicy hop finish. Persistent grapefruit rind bitterness lingers and lingers. As it warms, the sweetness of the malt comes out from under the guise of the hops and helps balance things out a bit. Alcohol is barely perceptable in flavor...perhaps a peppery flourish towards the middle quickly drowned out by the hops. No off-flavors noted.

A quality brew. Despite being one of the more drinkable efforts from Stone, it's a little too intense in the bitterness to make me want more than (1) 22oz. bomber. I love the intense hop flavor balanced by the caramel malt body, but the bitterness level is just a tad inappropriately high. Almost there.

Photo of portia99
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone Bistro...poured into a stemmed glass. A ~10yr old American pale ale...hmm - not sure what to expect.

A - Pours very clear with a neutral amber color and a low white head that leaves marginal lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity with oranges especially, sugary malt with touches of caramel. Not much for hops.

T - Tons of oranges, caramel, toasted malt and some brown sugar. Most of the hops are gone. Smooth drinking and malty but balanced beer now. Still tastes good, but you need to suspend your thoughts on what an APA is.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tingley on the tongue. Toasty and caramelly sweet malt dominate thru the swallow and linger well after.

O - Been a long time since I had this one fresh and really don't have any recollection of it from that time. Still a very enjoyable beer - smooth and more malt forward - almost like an amber in character. Went well with food at the pub. Not flashy but solid...probably the oldest APA I've ever had.

Photo of skar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC 10/22/03 2nd Annual VSK

Appearance/Head: Rich amber color. Moderate haze with a nice head.

Aroma: Rich hops, some caramel, malt, and alcohol.

Taste: Sharp, powered, and lingering hops. Some malt flavor, but not enough to balance the hops. Reminds me of a cross between Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Three Floyd's Alpha King.

Bottom line: A great, intense beer for hopheads like myself. The only downside is that this beer isn't very moreish (a term used my Michael Jackson to describe beers whose taste invite another sip), probably due to a lack of balance.

Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Warroirsoul for picking this one up for me after the horror show I had in finding it myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange copperish color with an intial cream colored one finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a slight film on top.
S: An orangey citrus smell is noticeable at first. Slight bready notes also fill the nostrils. Spicy smell too.
T & M: Huge spicy hoppyness taste up front with a sizeable malty background. Bitterness is also noticed here. Gritty and resiny mouthfeel sticks to the roof of the mouth. Gets softer on the plate after it warms up a bit. Abv is noticeable in the spicyness.
D: Drinkable beer, but I wouldn't sit on it any longer. Seems to be losing some ground so if you've got this one in your cellar, drink up!

Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1094th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- A good mix of some pale yellows and rich oranges. Had about a 1/4" of bubbles that left immediately and left no cling or lace.

Smell- A bit malty and for some reason a bit soapy. Think this one maybe headed for the end. A little bit of a mix of oranges and lemons as well.

Taste- A bit of a muddled flavor with more a pure malt flavor which wasn't overly vibrant but a bit damp and thick.

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body and a medium carbonation level. Residual malts and orange zest

Drink- For an 8year old keg still not 1/2 bad. Probably wont have again but not the worst beer in the world either.

Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is an almost clear, copper color. There was a little bit of a white head, which dissapated quickly. Minimal lacing. The aroma has a blend of pine and citrus hop aroma. As with all their beers, there is a big blast of hops to the taste, without being overdone. A fairly good balance of the hops, with some malts in the background. Still, it isn't quite up to some of their other brews. Better than most, but I wanted maybe a little more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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