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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 150
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
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:
Beer added by: StoneGreg on 08-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7th Anniversary Ale, August 2003 - Sampled at just over 3 Years Old.

Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 6th, 8th and 9th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the next few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.

Appearance: Wow, this one is still as cloudy as ever – it just never seems to clarify. Ever. This has been in my fridge quietly settled for well over 3 months in anticipation of own little Stone Anniversary 5 year Vertical tasting. With all that time this pours like muddy murky pond water. Light brown body fuses with a candy orange when backlit to produce a shining rust bloom torso. Head is lively and forms a dirty off-white rocky mass. Carbonation is high, no loss at all, and a gentle swirl reinstates a cracking looking ½” thick head that laces nicely. Despite the turbid body this ones still looks good, especially when backlit, the deep orange sunset hue adds depth and style.

Nose: Oily hops have a thick toffee background. The hops punctuate the nose, but the caramel malts coat them before they escaped in their elemental format. Chewy stuff for the nasal passage!

Taste: Malty start with a lightly toasted feel that quickly gets consumed by a rich Devon toffee middle. Hefty caramel coated hop oils leach into the cheeks and weight the tongue down. Finish is bitter with some pine residue which has a minty freshness. Bitterness has some coniferous liquorice tones which seemingly linger around for ever. Quite strange but nonetheless very appealing.

Mouthfeel: A hefty brew, big, brash, overweight almost – it drinks way above its stated 7.7% strength. The texture is chewy and toffee like, the feel is of a slightly rough edged IPA with some warming malts to keep things balanced.

Drinkability: Tends to suffer from a raw feel at times, even after 3 years the earlier harsh character is still here, but it is diminished and the Drinkability is still an easy 4. That said, one 22 ounce bottle is more than enough for me.

Overall: Amazing to think that this is now 3 years old. It started a tad rough with raw edges but the toffee malts have rounded out and the oily hop aspects have mellowed a little, but the strength of the flavors is definitely not diminished. The superb conditioning also means that this feels as fresh in the mouth now as it did 36 months ago. Not one of my favorites, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Stone 7th Anniversary Ale ~ 650ml

Pours an "iced tea" brown with some light, but not much clarity through the glass. The tan head is medium and consists of very fine bubbles which later contributes to the cream mouthfeel. Spider webs lace the glass as the head recedes, but there is always a thin layer all the way down. Aroma is like cutting into a fresh ruby red grape fruit with a definite sweetness accompanying the hoppiness. Each sip begins with a velvety smooth mouthfeel and well-placed malts and ends with a citrusy, piney hops, and just the right amount of bite. Alcohol isn't detectable in the taste, but there is definitely a nice warming effect with this one. Personally, this was my first experience with Stone and I was very impressed as I hoped I would be.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is copper, with a film of white head. The smell is decent floral hoppiness. The taste starts very maltish, and then the hops take over as the beer warms in the mouth, and the alcohol then becomes noticable. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily. Drinkability-wise, could probably have a few.

Though it's not my favorite Stone, this isn't a bad beer. I wondered how a 7.7% beer could be a pale ale without crossing into IPA territory, and now I know. Here's to Stone, and waiting for the 8th Anniversary!

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: The 6th anniversary Porter was a bit of a letdown, but this beer is more along the lines of what I was hoping for. Pours a rich amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Decent lacing and mildly effervescent. Nice citrusy/hoppy aroma. More hoppy flavor than their regular Pale which is a good thing, and it retains a good balance. The finish is very resolute in the amount of hops as well. The finish is thorough and hoppy all the way. Well done.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppery red color with a big, creamy light tan head.
Aroma is somewhat subdued. Piney hops and sticky sweet malt.

Taste seems to lie somewhere between a pale ale and a barleywine. Smooth, sweet, barleywine-like malt flavor balanced by a hefty dose of piney hops. Balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and sticky.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good beer. Would you expect anything less from Stone?
Big thanks to Blatzman for bringing this one over.

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Photo of dmarch
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a pillowy white head. Aroma is of piney hops. Taste is piney with a very slight caramel character. The hops are the focus here. Another big beer from Stone. Usually it would be a turn off for a brewery to have so many big beers, but they do it so well. Happy 7th anniversery Stone.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed pumpkin-amber with almost no visible carbonation. The head is generous in size, orangish ecru in color, dense, pitting and sticky. As with most Stone beer, 7th Anniversary Ale looks great in the glass. The super-stiff head stays at a solid one finger for the life of the bomber, growing larger with each pour. The lace is laid down in not-quite-solid sheets and is beautiful.

The nose is full of both citric and earthy hops, matched step for step by toasted caramel malt that is more prominent than expected. Upon drinking, it's readily apparent that the nose did not lead me astray. There's a huge amount of malt in this beer, a rock solid backbone with big, meaty ribs. I hope that the ten months that the bottle spent in the back of my beer fridge didn't weaken the hops significantly, but I fear that it might have.

The hops are grapefruity, but not bright and juicily grapefruity. They're more caramelized brown sugar-covered grapefruity, a flavor that always makes me think Columbus, maybe even a little Chinook. There's also a significant amount of pine sap to go along with all the fruit. I'd much prefer a throttling back of the sweet, caramel-toffee flavor and a ramping up of the hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is impressively long thanks to a body/mouthfeel that is full, sticky and slick.

Stone 7th Anniversary doesn't drink like an APA at all, but like a big ass IPA. I'm enjoying it a great deal even though I keep wishing that the malt-hop balance was tilted more heavily toward the good guys. Again, age probably has a lot to do with it, but I had a reason for waiting until today to crack the crown. Even though this is yet another solid beer from one of the best breweries in the country, I won't shed any tears over the fact that it's a limited edition.

I would like to dedicate this bomber of Stone 7th Anniversary Ale and this review to my dad (the only hero that I've ever had) who died 7 years ago today. R.I.P.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear orange colored body with a small white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Nice citric hops jump right out at you with a base of sweet caramel and fruits. Hops are still fairly strong for the age of this. Flavors of sweet fruits with a solid bitter citric bite start this off. Some caramel before it finishes with more bitterness. Pretty thick stuff, almost like a light barley wine at this point. Great drinkability here, I only wish I got to try this fresh because its tasting pretty good right now.

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Photo of marc77
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pellucid, brilliant copper hue. Frothy, pitted vanilla white leaves rough, muddled lace. Pungent wafts of citrus peel and spicy, pine laced ethanol heat hit the nose at first, then are quickly bolstered by deep caramel and syrup drenched biscuit tones. As the volatile hop oils dissipate, a persistent impression of sugary, candied tangerine remains. Assertive, yet balanced and quite appetizing aromawise. Combination of bready malt and burnt toffee bathes the palate initially. Sharp, yet unastringent hop bitterness ensues and is complemented by notes of marmalade and browned butter. Understated hints of ethanol and hop derived spice lend an agreeable, dryish black pepper undertone. Bitterness fades slowly, leaving a static malt suggestion of bourbon soaked Werther's Original. Fairly full bodied, with ample dextrins lending a creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes bittersweet and soft, with fading notes of brown sugar and citrus pith. 7th Anniversary is quite a unique brew, being akin to a Double Bastard and standard American pale hybrid. The buttery characteristics and malt dominance are unusual for a Stone brew, but are highly enjoyable. Delicious, although it begins to weigh heavily on the palate over time.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone 7th Anniversary Ale was served from a 22oz. bomber...labeled August 2003. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a hazy reddish-orange, and was topped by a smallish off-white head that left decent lacing. The nose had a sweet candi sugar maltiness with tones of musty dried peaches, and mildly citric hoppiness. Tasting the brew revealed a lively orange-citric tinged sweetish peachy and smooth malt base, with zingy lemon accents that lead to a nicely bittered finish. Flavors of dried peach bitterness linger on and on. I found the overall flavor profile to be fairly original and well exectued. The body of this brew was full and somewhat heavy, but with adequate carbonation to keep it aloft. A very nice beer and worthy of the occasion...another solid entry from Stone.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep orange with a great full head that let off a citrus aroma. Great hops with a small under-tone of malt. I swear I can taste hints of orange and (?)Apple(?) maybe I'm off. I know the caramel is there and it left with the hoppy bite that is really starting to change my mind about pales! Chewiness and finish left me with a desire for more. I'll be back!

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is translucent deep amber to burnish copper color, the head gigantean in size and spumescent in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it dematerializes the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, with an underlying hint of the hop flowers, citrus crisp and fresh, quite a treat. Start is ambrosial and thickly malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate and the finish ferine in its acidic bite, tart, hops are magnificent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer and a winner in my book. Think I will lay down a few bottles to sample over the next several years.

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Photo of mschofield
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange-copper-amber with a three finger rocky khaki colored head.
Very hoppy aroma developed as soon as I started to pour. Piney and citrus laden notes.
Malty, bitter and hoppy taste, caramel, citrus (grapefruity), pine.
Surprisingly a fruitiness shows through all that malt and hop power.
I didn't notice the alcohol despite a 7.7% ABV.
Medium feel, I wish this wasn't a limited release, I could drink it all the time. A pale ale??? well it doesn't pale in comparison to anything, it's like beer concentrate.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Opening this bottle, I was very stoked. I happen to love what Stone has to offer, especially their little write-ups about their beer on the bottle..always make me laugh.

As I poured it, it poured an amber color which left very little head. It did give some nice lacing on the glass, but not much to it. The scent was by far the most impressive part of this ale. As I sat a good foot away, I could get good hints of caramel and a bit of fruit (undistinguishable to me however). Also, the hops were apparent in odor as well. I could definitely taste the caramel on the initial sip, and the hops also hit well towards the back of the sip, which was a nice thing! The malty caramel taste stands out the most to me. Carbonation was not overbearing, especially drank at room temp, and mouthfeel was pretty good...slightly creamy to me somehow....
Overall, this beer I rate as good...not the best ale I have ever had. I'd much rather have an Arrogant Bastard though.

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Photo of Darkale
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, folks, I'm sorry, but this is not a pale ale. This is an Arrogant Bastard hiding behind a pale ale mask. I love this beer, but it is really Arrogant Bastard lite, and not too damned light at that.

Copper-orange body, slightly cloudy. Creamy, off-white head. Good lacing. Sweet aroma, with a hair of yeastiness and some grapefruit.

Taste is, well, yikes! Pale Ale from hell! Very strong and hoppy. I like the taste, but I'm only going to mark it as good, and probably ought to rate it lower, because this is no pale ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a good mix of sweetness and raspiness. The bottle goes down fast, but you don't want more than one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a head taht leaves as fast as it comes. Heavy citrus hop note dominates aroma with minor malt nuances. Taste is great dark caramel malt, followed by a huge avalanche of hop bitterness. Both sides of this beer fight your taste buds but the balance produces a very pleasurable drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle, pours reddish amber. tiny bubble film and lacing evident. Hoppy nose. Another high quality, hoppy ale from my heros at Stone. This one is nicely balanced, malty/hoppy. well done. Warming and strong, medium bodied, sticky/creamy mouthfeel. Finish is long and tasty. Get some of this stuff while you still can.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy copper/orange, almost pumpkin pie or apple cider colored with a thin tan head. big malty toffee aroma, with brown sugar, resinous citrus hops, and a dark fruitiness. faint alcohol. apple cidery aromas pop out as it warms. as for the taste the maltiness has attained an almost grainy texture. toffee and caramel maltiness, with molasses, spices and a rich candied fruit flavor. subdued but omnipresent earthy grapefruit hop bitterness. pretty damn complex. nice smooth and full bodied with crisp carbonation. very enjoyable, i feel like this beer has been softened with age, i wish i had had a chance to try it when it was new.

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of these Stone beers I'll probably never get to try again.

Pours a beautiful light, orange-ish amber. Surprising amount of carbonation given this beer's age. It's a sweet tasting beer. Surprisingly, the current brew I'd most compare it to would be the Alesmith '06 Decadence (which is a much better beer, but taste-wise, it's reminiscent). There's some hops, but mostly this is delicious sweet malt with orange, mango?, papaya?, and other tropical fruits.

Really, really great. Settled in nicely after a very spicy meal.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at winterstorm 2010.

Pours a Belgian trippel color. Head dissapated fast. No lacing. Nice color though.

Not much smell to this one. Sort of citrusy caramel.

Taste is wonderful though. Still pretty hoppy and bitter and even a good hop flavor. Lots of citrus hops. Nice caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is quite thin with a nice carbonation.

Overall I would say to drink up your bottles if you have any. This beer is goin down hill from here on out.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone is quite humble to call this a pale ale. It's almost comical.

The sweet, honeyed, malt-laden nose and palette along with the supportive, but unaggressively resinous hop backbone suggests old ale all the way. And were it an old ale, perhaps it'd be a tad weak -- especially since Stone's sick interpretation of an old ale is Arrogant Bastard. I guess 7th Anniversary is a hybrid of old and pale ales, managing to show off the complexity of the age-worthy malt without deflating the nuance of a classic American pale ale. And I guess Stone could give a fuck what I think of how well they fit a style. "If you want consistency, drink Bud," I'm sure they'd say.

Glorious hopping reminiscent of SN Celebration in its complexity and distinction. Way too much malt for a pale ale.

But really this is classic British old ale with a wonderful fresh citrus kick. Sweet of fresh morning pastries. It even picks up the tiniest hint of sherry-like almondine nuttiness. A little buttery diacetyl late in the finish. 15 minutes later, this finishes with the dry fruitiness of a pale ale; I don't understand.

Stone 7th Anniversary has what I would expect out of a well aged old ale. Only 6 months into it, this beer's destined for something really special. It might be too thin to really be a great vintage ale some day, but it'll make the best run a simple "pale ale" ever could.

As a young BA, I knocked the site and said that the BAs missed the complexity of more delicate brews -- that their tongues were charred with high-octane stuff, primarily from Stone. Now that I've earned some stripes, I see the error of my ways, but also have noticed how burnt my own tongue has gotten. Stone 7th Anniversary is a pale ale for experienced BAs; for those who said that pilsners and amber ales were the cat's meow until they found out about barleywines and imperial everything. It reminds me of what I loved when I started, what I love now, and how much I have changed. This special release is my coming-of-age in a bottle.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BierReise
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle Deep amber ale with an orange hue. Big rocky head of foam. Aroma is super hoppy with a nice bready malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth medium bodied with a velvety texture. Flavor is big on hops with a sharp bitterness. This is similar to the Ruination but with a better malt balance. Flavor is great, blended malts and bitter flavorful hops. Another winner from Stone.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle aged damn near two years.

Nice APA pour from a cool bottle. Dark orange with a nice head.

Smells of big hops and yeast. Lots of bread with hints of pine and dough. Bold.

Tastes even bolder. Raw bread dough upfront, followed by spices and pine, ending in very dry hops. Tastes like a double pale ale, more than anything.

This is a tounge killer. Incredibly hoppy, lots of complexities. Goes down smooth despite its high ABV, too.

(Thanks to beerislove for the trade)

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this sitting in the fridge of a local liquor store and pounced on it like a buzzard on a roadkill. Couldn't wait to try it but had to drive home first (damn open container laws :-) !).

Anyway, poured from a rather non-descript 22oz bomber (except for the big-ass "7" on it), it's a great coppery color with a thick, sticky tan head and lots of lace.

Smell: whoa, hops, lots of hops. Citrusy hoppy aroma abounds. Had me worried as I don't care for having my tastebuds blasted by hops.

Taste: wow, not as hoppy as expected after smelling it. Sweet malty tones followed up by the inevitable hops flavor. Citrusy, grapefruit-like taste comes on strong but not out of control. Warming alcohol bite at the end.

Feel: Full, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: holy crap, that was good! Only downside keeping this brew from a "5" is the rather high % ABV. It's not outrageous, but insidious and will have you tuned in short order. That being said, this is an elegantly crafted beer that's got me itching to try it on tap next weekend at Stone's 7th Anniversary Open House. Another home run brew from Stone.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer this, but what Stone isn't. The neon copper body is crowned by a modest but lace-happy tan head. The nose is citrusy, a bit foresty, and laced with lovely malt backing. This malt sense increases as the beer warms, a happy characteristic of most brews with a substantive malt presence.

The taste is, well, Stone's. The citrus flavor jumps in followed by that lovely malt backbone following. The body is full and creamy but modulated by that nice hop presence which cuts the syrupy sweetness and makes the body appear 2 shades lighter.

A wonderful new addition to the Stone repertoire. When will they stop brewing hoppy, delightful beers?

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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.