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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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 HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

02/08/2011

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.

HopHead84, Feb 09, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

illidurit, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

sfoley333, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

t0rin0, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Floydster, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Stoneman78, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.22/5  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.

Overlord, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of xymyl
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

xymyl, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Near perfection. Had this on-tap at Stone's Winter Storm. My favorite beer I had that night. And I got to try many.

The taste was incredible. The hops had mellowed obviously, revealing a toffee like sweetness that was perfectly mated to the incredibly smooth, rich mouthfeel. It had basically turned into a dessert beer really. In a way. Well, it is definitely a beer I would love to drink after a nice meal.

Anyway, if you EVER have the chance to try this on-tap, do it. Yeah, I know the opportunity to do this now is not exactly possible for most people, but if it ever happens to pop up for some special event, shell out whatever cash is in your wallet and enjoy perfection.

rallison, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.33/5  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.

Westsidethreat, Dec 29, 2006
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice shade of amber. Somewhat cloudy and difficult to see through. A very large head that is foamy and thick leaves a sticky large rounded lace behind. Very nice.

Very nice sweet malty aromas. Some hop is still present as well. Floral and somewhat fruity. Hints of toffee, and some nut accents as well.

Still drinking very well. I'm surpised it has held up this well. A burst of malt at the entry with a very thin yet fruity, flowery mid palate, finishes fairly short with a hoppy bitterness that dries the tongue significantly. Some diacetyl is present as well.

Mouthfeel I think is the big hit. The lack of any mid palate presence along with the thin body really hurt it. However it is still enjoyable and drinkable.

mcallister, Oct 16, 2006
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.

BlindPig, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 24, 2006
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!

bjohnson, Jun 18, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

meathookjones, Mar 24, 2006
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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
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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 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
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.