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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 Jon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper/orange hue with a frothy, sticky off-white head. Leaves huge bubbly lace down the pint glass. Impressive. Nose is of strong citrus fruit, piney hops, and sweet malt. Taste is a true wonder. Initially, huge notes of assertive, sappy, resinous hops hit the palate in a big way. Loads of citrus fruit linger on the finish until a vastly complementary caramel malt profile shows its face providing extraordinary balance. This particular beer sets itself apart from Stone's IPAs especially with this excellent balance between the heavy-handed addition of Amarillo hops and copious amounts of sweet malts. Sure, it may break some "pale ale" style guidelines, but on its own, this is really good. Mouthfeel is smooth, palate-coating, and the carbonation levels are done right. The alcohol, though hard to detect, is certainly there, preventing this from becoming any kind of session brew, and thus inhibiting drinkability just a bit. Nevertheless, an excellent creation from Stone... like usual.

Jon, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beauty pours a clear dark amber color with a tan head.This is a nice looking beer.
Aroma: The nose of this arrogant brew is fruity and hoppy.
Palate: The tip of your tongue is hit by citric hops, but just as it seems like the flavors are headed toward grapefruit and over the top hops-land, the malts kick in and balance this baby out. Wow. I loved it. It goes down so smoothly

jcalabre, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely an imperial pale ale. Big in alcohol and flavor. It had a creamy butterscotch initial flavor. Crisp pine taste comes in and a hit of bitter hops follow. Next chance I get I am going to buy every Stone beer available (can't get it where I live). The Stone brewers have amazed me twice now with the quality of beer that they make. This is one world class brewery.

granger10, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's anniversary beer is a pale ale this time. It pourd an orangish amber color and formed a nice off white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, light fruity and/or light pastry aspect to it. The flavor was of hops, malt, caramel with some sweetness. Some bitterness, yet sweet in the finish. A good pale that borders on an IPA with some of the hop characteristics. It's a shame it's only for this year.

Wildman, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Is this ever a very close cousin of Geary's Hampshire Special!?!! It pours an orange-hued, deep amber with a full rocky beige head. Some sticky and trailing laces are present. Floral hop, sweet malt and alcohol fumes rise up and last a good long time before slowly fading. Abundantly malted with biscuity, doughy and sweet caramel flavors. Grapefruit, orange peel, ginger and light metallic tang make up a potent hop flavor. Pine and a faint flavor reminiscent of perfume provide an interesting background flavor. A Light oily mouthfeel and a degree of warming alcohol round out this well-crafted ale. Nice!

BeerResearcher, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of wofat
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wrapped in a 22 oz brown bomber bottle, the carmel and hop goodness is finally released! Pouring fourth a thick liquid burnt gold color, with a slight, thin crown of white, the brew breathes into the air notes of carmel and a pinch of powerful, potent hop goodness. As I swirl the brew in my mouth I am overcome by it's sweetness and revived by the pure power of hops. Oh, this viscous delight! Sing praise to the gods at Stone... for this truly unique and heavenly experience!

wofat, Sep 29, 2003
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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 29, 2005
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.

ppoitras, May 04, 2004
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 25, 2006
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.

Siggy125, Jul 10, 2011
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..

ZAP, Feb 22, 2004
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
602

Bierman9, Sep 07, 2003
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.

DESTRO, Sep 19, 2003
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.

ghostwalker, Dec 02, 2005
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 ...

Mustard, Aug 17, 2003
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.

beerguy101, Oct 13, 2003
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.

winomark, Nov 24, 2003
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.

mattcrill, Nov 06, 2005
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...

alexgash, Aug 25, 2003
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.

jtw5877, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of vma
4.44/5  rDev +7%

vma, Aug 18, 2014
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).

Shultzerdugen, Jun 09, 2005
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.

Naerhu, Jan 01, 2004
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.

aaronh, Nov 22, 2003
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.

stewart124, Mar 23, 2004
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.