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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

141 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 150
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 150
Photo of SheepNutz
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first 5 to review this, woohoo! 22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. There is lots of lace left on the glass. The smell is rich in hops, citrus, and even a hint of coconut. The taste starts with sweet malt, almost a caramel taste to it, then finishes with a powerful bite of hops. Hell, this beer has more hops than most IPAs! The body is smooth and fairly heavy for a pale. The drinkability is very good for a 7.7% brew. Greg, you've done it again. You are a beer god. (554 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a beautiful mahogany colour was a decent head floating on top. The nose was a not as big as I expected but the taste was dead on for such a special beer. This is very hopped ale with a nice rounded finish that sits this brew somewhere between Old Guardian and Double Bastard in flavour. What impressed me about this beer was the refined aspects which show Stone to be true craftsmen. (396 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, it's that time of year again: Christmas in August. Poured from (surprise!) a brown bomber. It's an absolutely beautiful orange that almost looks like it would glow in the dark. The head foams up nicely but fades quickly. The smell of hops certainly makes itself known, but it's on the light side compared to other Stone offerings. It's not the usual pale ale by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to more intense hopping than most PAs, it packs a punch in the alcohol department, though it's well-hidden in the taste. A hint of grapefruit comes through. Everything comes together nicely, and it's great to see Stone put together a really good beer that's not as "big" as its others. (695 characters)

Photo of goz
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper, with a large white head, mostly lasting and lacing fantastically on the way down. Many tiny bubbles lazily make their way to the top through the coppery brew. Aroma is very floral, some citrus, and some pine - pretty much all hops, but as it warms, a bit of cookie dough and some caramel join in the fray. Flavor is slightly sweet to start, then comes the various forms of hoppiness - lightly floral, strongly bitter, and a good amount of spiciness all play parts. Full bodied, light-medium carbonation, long and lingering flavors, fairly dry ending. (573 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge nose but there are some sharp hop smells as well as a hint to roast malt and earthy smells. Beautiful lookin' brew. Thick beige rocky sticky head that clings like spidermans ass to that red head. Lots of fine bubbles and carbonation in the clear red ale. Just beautiful beer in the glass. The inital smooth malty biscuit taste and feel is crushed by a big bad hop/abv monster taste on the tongue. Your palet is left punished lovingly with plum skin and orange peel notes. It looks good.. it tastes good, it is good. Get some while you can. It is rich and smooth and balanced with aggression. (602 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit some worry about this one. Sure, 77 IBU, 7.7% ABV, 7th anniversary thing is cute. But numerology hardly seems a good guide for determining the contents of a beer. But damn! As soon as I'd finished pouring, the sheer attractiveness of this brew was enough to put me mostly at ease. We're talking sunset-over-the-Tucson-mountains kind of pretty here. Clear, with lots of orange, hints of red, amber, and a huge off-white head. Citric hops dominate the aroma and speak up right from the start in the flavor as well. But this isn't just another Ruination. Mid-palate, the hops yield toward a surprising and really lovely sweetness, kinda caramel-like but combined with a nice toastiness that hits you on the back of the tongue. The finish is quite aggressively hopped -- lots of grapefruit citric flavors but a bit herbal as well. A sharp, piney aftertaste lingers pleasantly subdued. There's a surprising amount going on, on all areas of the tongue. Truely a beer to take one's time with. (998 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber feels nice in the hand with the silkscreened label. Pours a reddish amber with small off white head. Citrusy hop aroma, very pleasing. Thick mouthful, medium bubbles. Taste is more citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple. good fruity malt balance. Alcohol actually hit me on the first few sips, but was gone after that. Tangy hops in the finish. Fresh hop burps ensue.

Pale ale? IPA? Don't know, don't care. This is one excellent brew. Kind of like a Junior Bastard. (489 characters)

Photo of bigbubba
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful dark orange pale ale. The head was substantial but didn't stick around very long. The friuty and hoppy aroma is great and the flavor is delicious, including a very spicy American hop bite. The alcohol is evident but not so strong that you can't have a couple. I'm definitely looking forward to Stone's 8th Anniversary. (338 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 22oz bottle poured into 2 Pint Glasses

A - Poured a nice deep and murky amber with a small, maybe one finger high head of thin foamy lace. No real side glass contribution and the overall look was kinda bland, aside from some nice hazziness. Some carbonation could be seen streaming toward the top.

S - Aroma was obviously aged as it was very malty and most ogf the hops had been mellowed and gone by now. Very sugary and sweet in smell, there was quite a bit of earth tones and a touch of some light grass at the end. A subtle bread like malt came over the top.

T - The flavor was very unique. This held up well over the last few years despite being only 7% abv. Very very sweet and sugary. Reminded me alot of DFH Burton in the flavor. Had that almost candy like sweetness to it. Lots of malts here, good earthy tones and a touch of hop still left at the finish, just enough to let you know what it once was.

M- Super smooth and rich. It had almost a syrup like quality to it. This was rather thick and the carbonation seemed to die off in it as it went down the session. Still an overall good feel and was not thin in the least.

D - A very nice sessionable ale for me honestly. There was no hint of the alcohol at all and most of the dominant flavors have mellowed and left behind a rather nice subtle malty masterpiece. Its nice to see this held up so well.

Overall very nice. And suprise this was my 700th beer review! I figured how fitting to have a stone 7th for the 700th review. It lived up to my expectations and I really thought it held up very well with age. It took on almost an old ale like appeal now and the finish was very long with the hops, but that was really the only place I picked it up. Overall it is probably gonna hold up for another year as it is still mighty fine and still a really good pick to try. Happy 700th!! and a great brew. (1,873 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local AJ's. Pours a nice copper color finishing with a fine head. I am taking in the usual Stone smell. Big floral hops and perhaps a hint of toasted malts. I could enjoy this taste all night long. This beer is as smooth as the day is long. The mouthfeel is full, along the lines of a barleywine. This is one fine beer! (341 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dusky, hazy, yet bold orange hue, graced with a slim, cream-toned head of foam.
Aroma: big, fresh, abundant fruit, (peach, apricot, some citrus), lovely, sweet and rosey.
Taste: great, initial bitterness greets the tongue, then backs away pronto, leaving it all mild and mellow.
Tasty, tasty, tasty, a pale ale that never quits with the flavor...I had some conception that this was supposed to be an IPA, but it's not, though it is a thoroughly outsized pale ale. Somewhat candyish in the flavor, with hints of toffee, perhaps from the malt. Full-bodied, full-flavored, excellently balanced. Hop bite never quits, either.
Very, very nice, Stone, looking forward to the 8th anniversary!
And enormous thanks to Mr. Long of the BeachBums, for this bottle! (769 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2003.
Has a tight creamy beige head, clear amber/gold liquid. Nose is lots of aged hops with a sugary sweet malt underpinning with some alcohol sensed too. Fruity flavors abound in the taste, with intense maltiness that fills the mouth without the cloying mouthfeel, and a nicely balanced blast of mellowed yet still potently bitter hop smack...can also taste a bit of the 7.7 percent alcohol. Finishes flowery, bitter and bready, good stuff! Easily the best of the Stone beers I've had to date.
Thanks Craig once again! (537 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Pours a warm, lively amber with copper edges. A puffy tan head starts out well, at a full finger thick, then fades to a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing. Well balanced aroma with a hefty dose of West Coast high alpha acid hops (lots of citrus and a touch of a floral note) on top of a sweet, slighty caramelly and bready malt base. The first thing on my palate is pine resin, then the rest of the hop flavors open up: grapefruit, lemon peel, orange zest... The malts are a bit on the sweet side, which contrasts well with the hop bitterness. Faint suggestions of earth and bread. There's a small flush of alcoholic warmth that grows on the tail end. Finishes bitter, with a considerable sweet undercurrent. Medium in body, with a rich fullness that is aided by Stone's typical undercarbonation that lends a syrupy mouthfeel. My only complaint is that the malt sweetness borders on cloying once it warms up a bit. A well done, and decidedly 'Stone-tasting,' pale ale.

Thanks to winomark for the bottle! (1,021 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper to amber color, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head that settled quickly, and became a light clingy lace. The aroma is a toffee hops smell with a mild doughy character. Hops do show up mildly in the form of a bit of citrus in the aroma. This is a fine APA smell. The flavor has more of the doughy taste, caramel toffee flavors from the malt along with an interesting mix of hop bite an alcohol warming. This definitely has more alcohol than many APAs I’ve tried. It doesn’t overpower, but it does change the character some. The mouth feel is slightly slick, not much carbonation, still this is very drinkable. (628 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber to copper color with some orange highlights. Beige head is minimal, but leaves good lacing. Big biscuity and caramelly malt and piney, citrusy, and hoppy nose. Blast of ruby red grapefruity west coast hops backed with malt sweetness and subtle notes of caraway seeds, molasses and anise. Carbonation is fair, but introducing a higher level of carbonation would probably produce a metallic twang consistent with carbonic acid. Just the right amount of bitter to sweet. Very enjoyable and unique. Can't say it's really an APA, more like an souped up English IPA with west coast American hops. A bit of iced tea-like tannins as it warms. One year later and it's cellared nicely. (695 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released into a pint from a signature style painted STONE double-deuce with a "can't get any bigger" number seven on the front indicating, in case you couldn't guezz? 7.7% ABV. Pours a clear golden coppery hue with a scant bubble here and there, capped by a sticky looking off white thin but prescent head that leaves tight lattice lace. A few swirls erupt a quickly dissapating froth.

Ripe red apple malt aromas and other sweet mixed fruit scents i.e. peaches and bananas, round out this STONE nose with plenty of olfactory offering. As a bit of warmth enters in, awl-kee-hawl esters are released.

First swigs: Bold complex cornicopia fruit scents and sticky acidic sizzle. Plenty of STONE house flavors. Massive malts and huge hops blend big. Bitter citrous tongue with plenty of varying flavors that make this an interesting taste. Caramely malts blend well with those STONE signature orange grapefruit slices flavored hops. Notes of raisins, fruit cake and mince meat pie.

Seven's syrupy savoring becomes a bit cloying. Tons of tongue sizzle, remeniscent of even Ruination.

Last swigs: Palate pummeler. Despite the well built style, Seven is a bit too sizly and bold to be a session offering. Personally, a different beer over another one would be my choice. An adventurous choice for my first beer of the day. A twinge estery and malty, but beyond that, it gets my wallet vote.

Beer is good. Happy big bold California beering. (1,446 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Slightly hazy cider colored brew with a generous creamy off white head.

S: Caramel, minor red fruit, pine cone, butterscotch and vanilla.

T: Begins like vanilla custard with hints of butterscotch and loads of honey. Lots of toffee and caramel, the trademark of an aged ale. Then a buttery citrus expression pops up, but the citrus has been muted over the years. The bittereness remains though and is a constant reminded what this beer was years ago. Finishes desert like with long lingering toffee

M: Medium body with a silky mouthfeel. The carbonation has chilled over the years.

D: This beer has aged remarkably well for a pale ale. This is a good example of what a hop bomb can become with some time on its hands. (763 characters)

Photo of wofat
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (477 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (396 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.34/5  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. (380 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (612 characters)

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