Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
03-03-2013 16:06:39 | More by portia99
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
09-22-2012 03:28:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.78/5 rDev -8.9%
1094th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster
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.
02-06-2012 21:52:56 | More by FosterJM
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-10-2011 05:23:27 | More by Siggy125
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.
A: Slightly opaque yellow gold with an enormous frothy white head that lingers for an impressive length of time. Lacing is pretty nice.
S: Lightly sweet bready malt with biscuit notes. Oxidation is complimentary, more sherry-like than cardboard. I'm surprised to find this slightly estery. I get a dash of banana and a little booze.
T: Taste is less impressive than the aroma, with a decided cardboard oxidation note and a touch metallic. Malt is bready and lightly sweet and there's a decided yeast character. There's a very mild bitterness but no real hop flavor. Alcohol is evident and there are some dried dates in the finish.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.
Overall: This has fared quite well considering the style and age.
02-09-2011 03:14:58 | More by HopHead84
3.9/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-27-2010 08:40:30 | More by womencantsail
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-07-2010 17:19:56 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Peach colored with an off-white head, little retention and lacing. Smell is of apricots, peaches, flowers, and biscuits. Taste is of peaches, apricots, tangerine, orange rind, and some sweet malt. Medium carbonation and lighter than medium body. This beer has held up much better than I imagined it would. Would love to try it again.
01-03-2009 04:16:56 | More by badbeer
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Gold-amber color with a small white head. Aromas of oxidized hops, overripe apple, and caramel. Light caramel flavor with a lingering tannic finish as the once-prominent hops struggle against age. Sticky/dirty palate.
08-06-2008 21:09:14 | More by illidurit
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured from 22oz bottle stored refrigrated since the release into a duvel snifter. Poured a reddish orange color with thick white head and great lacing. Smell sweet tropical fruit and malt with faint pineapple scent. The taste grassy earth bitterness with a semi sweet malt taste. Mouthfeel is medium body with a great mellow carbonation level that isnt prickly or flat. The grassy bitterness makes this a one 22oz for me. I have tried this one when first released then again in 2004 and then now. I have to say for a double pale ale ( what lee once called it) it aged fine. Most of the tropical flavors and aroma are not as bright, only a grassy hoppiness remains and the sweetness mellowed out a bit more but a fine drinking beer that might be able to go even longer.
03-17-2008 05:58:15 | More by sfoley333
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Had this on tap at the 11th anniversary but more recently out of the bottle at winter storm. The beer pours a cloudy orange color. It looked cool but the haze was a bit of a let down. The foam was fairly tall and fluffy but it disapeared quickly and left nothing behind.
The smell was of a strong pale ale with plenty of aged malt. There was a moderate hop aroma and it was of piney hops but it was balanced well with the sweet malt smell. The flavor was very nice for an aged pale ale. Personally I liked it better than the 8th and 9th anniversaries. There was surprisingly some hop flavor in this 4 year old beer. The malt flavor was a bit on the dark end of the spectrum for a pale ale and there was also the slightest hint of alcohol.
This beer was a bit thin but its still in the acceptable range for a pale ale. There wasn't a lot of carbonation in the beer but it was very smooth and delicious. Can't imagine that this beer will age much more for the better in the coming years though.
02-01-2008 20:25:23 | More by t0rin0
2.98/5 rDev -28.2%
8 ounce glass at the Stone Winter Storm for four dollars, shared with my girlfriebd
Color was a light orange with an obvious golden tint when held to the light, 3/4 inch white soapy head that mellowed extremely fast, minimal retention and no lacing
Smell had sweet apples, pears, peaches, white grapes, bready malt aromas, sugary scents, small amount of earthy hoppiness
Taste was pretty chewy off the bat with a hint of grassy hoppy flavors, when it warmed some fruit came to the surface, apple in particular was evident, probably more along the line of golden delicious rather than a more sour granny smith, some raisins later on when this one became too sweet for my palate, not balanced because the majority of the hops have probably died down, this one needed to have a more dry feel to be really enjoyable
Body was pretty thick and fairly syrupy, not much carbonation, taste did not last very long, mouthfeel was a too sweet and creamy for a pale ale
Could drink a couple more ounces of this, it has a somewhat mellow taste, the alcohol percentage is not too high, fairly light on the stomach expect when it gets warm and much sweeter, taste does not really keep you coming back for more
Had been looking forward to trying this one and I was not too impressed overall, one of the worst anniversary beers I can remember having, probably tasted significantly better fresh but I will never know, I prefer Stone's standard pale ale over this one, cannot recommend this to anybody attending the event because there are so many other great beers to try before this one
01-29-2008 21:36:14 | More by Floydster
3.4/5 rDev -18.1%
On draft at the Stone Winter Storm
Appearance is amazing, cloudy light orange hue, off-white dense and creamy head sustains, big thick lacing all over
Smell is solid with subtle pine hops with a sugar coating, some apples and pears come through, very sweet overall
Taste is subtle hops and sweet malts, transitions to some grassy and earthy tones, finishes mild with slight alcohol, underwhelming flavors mostly
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture, moderate carbonation
Drinkability is low to fair, I found the flavors to be lacking and muted, with not much to get excited about, the 7th may have had some unfair competition at the Storm, so I would be willing to try it again for a re-evaluation
01-29-2008 07:21:23 | More by Stoneman78
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
12-06-2007 02:38:11 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
10-08-2007 04:57:34 | More by Overlord
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Here's a rare one from the deepest darkest parts of my cellar. Stored at 55 degrees in total darkness all this time. As you pour, it looks pale copper. In the glass it is a dark hazy copper/amber, the thin off white head falls quickly to a ring, leaving a good amount of lace.
The aroma is gentle and unified, a sweetly spicy blur with mandarin oranges and toast. Relaxing.
The taste is buttered wood chips followed by a caramel and brown sugar that slowly fade into another vanilla/wood/butter note that finally releases a perfect bitterness. A sweet slightly butterscotch note stays along for the whole ride.
Overall: Medium full to full, this beer has lost something and gaind something as is typical of aged beer. Certainly, since I hade a few when they were young, it was great to taste the changes in this beer tonight. Funny how so many of the stone beers age gracefully, but still keep so much life in them. I only have one of these left now. Even though this one was somewhat oxidized, and looks very different, I love the uniformity the flavors have achieved. This is a great testament to cool dark cellaring. My lower score merely reflects imperfections of time that you can expect in a well cellared bottle. If you find one, you probably don't want one that has been kept in anything less than the best conditions.
06-03-2007 03:57:40 | More by xymyl
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.