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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 7th Anniversary AleStone 7th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

149 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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marburg

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange hair gel, poured with a big gob of sticky-ish off-white head. Little visible carbonation, though swirling the glass releases a streaming rush and ushers in a renewal of the frothy head.

Caramel and syrup are undertones in the nose; the hops are fairly obvious here. Smells like an aggressively hopped pale ale. Such a deceivingly simple aroma can't prepare anyone for what's to come, however. Fairly syrupy and on the heavier side of medium bodied. Sap texture and flavor come together with citric and drawn out throbbing bitterness in the finish. But the thickness and sugary nature of this brew is dominant. The alcohol isn't noticeable, per se, but no one can doubt that some of the sweetness in this brew isn't from it's mental haze inducing component.

Good stuff. Interesting. Not terribly user-friendly in some ways. But good stuff nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 19:27:33 | More by marburg
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stewart124

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 02:15:31 | More by stewart124
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brewery does nothing but amaze me and they always fit with what I'm looking for out of a beer...time to move to sunny Cal. eh? Well... thank goodness xlperro was nice enough to hook me up with this fine 7th Anniversary Pale Ale by Stone!

Super clouded, deeply golden bronzed yellow color in the glass, a creeping smallish off-white head just sits there a while before it decides to melt away leaving a bubbly edged collar and the lace sticks in small spots and strings.

Aroma is oh so yummy, soon as I wiffed this in I knew I was gonna like it. Malt laden caramel candy-refic nose. The caramel malt here is fantastic, its nearly undescribable; besides, just saying that its super fine yummy nice is enough! Totally reminds of Double Bastards' nose with nearly the same roaring axiom over the hops. What hops I do detect (tangerine, dried grapefruit, citric, woody) seem to realm very meagerly compared to what most pales are and should be. But I'll throw that to the weighside as Stone always seems to push the envelope in all styles neither true nor erroneous.
Love those malts! It never fades. It never gives up. It just cinders like a cinamatic memory.

On your mark... sip...no wait...gulp...WOW, how easy is it to love this beer is beyond words. I can say this "Stone brews rock my world!" Yum, yum, yummy times ten! This is emaculate stuff! Pale ale, or what ever they want to call it, I want more! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...I'm one happy lad this day! Hello caramel! Hello hops! A beautiful meadly of the miraculous malten heavy yet hop filled brigade of a beer! Caramel malts strongly covers the front (yum), mixing with a salad of fruits intreguing grapefruit, tangerine, plum, fig, and dulled raisin to boast, but as it settles a toasty effect takes over with major crusted bread and toasty grainy malts becomes the center, melding with the caramel (delicish). Perfect bitterness for me in the hops, which float and stay steady across the finish with mild yet giving citrus and wood dryness...lingers...lingers some more, yields both the malts and hops together to bring a grin to thee lips. Oooh yeah, thats the stuff...caramel, candy, toffee, citrus, wood... everything Stone has ever offered has risen through to torment you to think, " What could possibly be next by these guys?" Holy shit this is good stuff!

Feel is way to smooth, full, and malty for a pale, yet it gives and gives, never letting go of your expectations, nor your buds, nor your memory. Great start, great finish. What else is neeeded? This has everything; malts in the front which carry through to the finish, and the finish is hop laden and lingering both on the palate and the memory.

The 7.7 ABV catches up to ya pretty quickly, even though it takes nothing to drink it out of the bomber, which is gone before you know it, and your craving strongly for more...and I need more! I can only think of a cross between Old Guardian and Dbl. Bastard, but without all the alcohol, but believe me, this still has a worldly effect on the noggin'. The Levitation and Smoked Porter are the brews to be sessioned by the guys at Stone. Try to session this stuff and it'll be a short evening. Still drinkable beyond commensense and you'll continue to convince yourself as I did that it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 00:35:27 | More by tavernjef
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.
ng

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 04:24:26 | More by ngandhi
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BierReise

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 06:04:03 | More by BierReise
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could live inside the fragrance of this beer for a week. It's like perfume. Almost a shame to drink it. Pours with a tall cream colored head on a body of bright garnet. It is clear with little carbonation or lace and no yeast in the bottle.

Everything about this beer is exquisite and refined. The mouthfeel is abundantly round. The flavor is sweetish with an aromatic infusion of hops that suggests bitterness, but only as a mime suggests being trapped in a phone booth. This is truly one of the best damn beers I've ever had though I wouldn't classify it as a pale ale. It is nectar. Like liquid silk.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 00:39:10 | More by RedDiamond
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TripelJ

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 01:40:37 | More by TripelJ
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first limited edition beer.

Pours like gold on the best pollution sunset you could find. Reddish gold with a light tan, almost white, head.

Smells hoppy, which I guess is what you would expect from "despots of the hop." (quote from the back of the verbose bottle)

The hop tang jumps out at you, with a slighty alchohol kick at the end. A hint of apple and caramel teases the palate.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, and that kick of alchol at the end gives it a pleasant tang. Overall a very drinkable beer, a good companion for sitting and watching a movie.(in this case, lost in translation)

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 03:11:12 | More by hustlemuscle
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 05:14:05 | More by HiroProtagonist
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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..

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 00:45:53 | More by ZAP
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.79 for a 22 oz. bottle. This is a great price for a beer of this caliber.

Damn near a clone of 3 Floyd's Dreadnaught, but not as pretty. Hops knocking you flat, great malt stickiness, this is a beautiful beer. If I had more money I'd buy a case.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 01:52:04 | More by benmiliron
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Shiredave

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug. '03 Bottling
Tis a richly golden amber color - clear, gilded butterscotch with a tall, firm cap of foam. The headress falls to a thin film, supported by casual carbonation, the bubbles seeming to enjoy thier rise to the top and subsequent joining the proverbial collective we breathe. Alas, no wistfull spatterings of lace are left on my festidiously cleaned, rinsed and properly air dried glass.
The aroma is an awe inspiring conundrum of deliciousness- honey drizzled over tangerines and smoldering lilac petals . Clean and intoxicatingly provocotive but not overpowering.
The aroma and picturesquness decry bugaboos they do, of what awaits the pitifully unprepared pallet.
This essay in flavorfull balance dances an elegant ballet starring a menage a tois of Malt, Hop and Ethel. Ale fruity candied sweet pirroets around the angry intensity of the Magnum/ amarillo Opus as covert attacks of brandy warmth infiltrates the complexity of this sensory overload.
The body is sexy and veluptuous - tight while at the same time soft and enveloping. Strong bones support the fullness that does not imply heaviness though definition is gloriously smoothed by the subtle and homogeneous blending of accentuated characteristics.
A controlled yet massive cocoction. I disagree with the claim that Stone displays no Ursine behavior as this is truly one Grizzly of a beer, if not a 900 pounder.
It is no insult to either to compare this libation to a Rogue Charlie '87, and to sit w/ one ( or more) of each and share thier profound hulabaloos in simutanious comparison would surely be an occasion to celebrate for anniverseries to come.
Outfrigginstanding!
Less everything than Double B, more sweet that Ruination, less roast than Arrogant B - this one deserves a Gargoyle of it's own!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 05:25:32 | More by Shiredave
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange ruby appearacne. Medium sized ivory white head sits on top. Retention is adequate. The head recedes to a thin film that has some staying power. Lacing is droopy and moderate in abundancy. The aroma is pretty raw. Cannibis, hop resin, pine needles. Yeah. And also a bit of malt underneath the hop vapors. When I approached this beer, I thought it'd probably be more like an IPA in nature. I was wrong. This is just a damn good pale ale which a Huge Drinkability factor. The malt base is a little toasted, a little biscuity. The hops are not subtle, but not over the top either. They lend a nice little pungency and resiny character. There's a bitterness lingering, but it's kept in check with the nice malt character. Once again Stone pulls off a highly drinkable, highly tasty and highly enjoyable Aniversary brew.

Thank you Mr. Long Beach Bum for this treat from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 04:01:49 | More by Bighuge
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 06:21:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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bigbubba

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 01:52:36 | More by bigbubba
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 22:48:09 | More by mschofield
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ChappyCubsFan

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I found a bottle of this the other day. It pours a brownish gold color with a thick head. It tastes of cascade hops (but not overpowering) and of caramel. There is an interesting smokey or burnt caramel aftertaste that is slightly noticeable. Very interesting and bold malt taste. It's a heavy ale but great for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 04:12:47 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber / orange color with a 1+ inch thick head. The head receded to some large bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass and some spotty remains on the surface. The aroma is full of hops and citrus. The flavor is wonderful, full hop blast with a strong malt level. The citrus tones are well behind the others and alcohol is barely noticable, but both add to the tremendous flavor.

There is a slight tingling mouthfeel that turns into a smooth aftertaste where the hops run long on the tongue. I was still tasting the bitterness for minutes after swallowing. I don't know why, but this remided me of a lower alcohol, less malty SN Bigfoot flavor. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 14:51:10 | More by Gavage
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 03:11:25 | More by CRJMellor
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Painted bottle giving up a hazy copper pour and quickly dissipating head. A huge citrus aroma wafts from the swampy liquid. The first sip is offensively malty, it is a good thing that a heaping crap-load of hops balances the scales of creation to form a well-balanced, hugely flavorful ale. The malt and citrus hops blend and wage war on the palate ending with a throat-warming finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 17:15:28 | More by beernut7
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Naerhu

Japan

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 14:24:02 | More by Naerhu
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another good one from stone, but the first brew of theirs that i have sampled that is more malty than hoppy. it pours an ever so slightly cloudy amber colour, quite bright actually and quite nice. it holds a 1/2 inch thick frothy off white head and has a nice lacing to it. the smell is very much malt, bread and earth. all of which are intensely present, yet highlighted with hops throughout, along with a touch of sweetness. the taste is also very bready and earthy, then gets to be a bit hoppy, onto a bit of citrus sweetness and back to a nicely balanced hop/malt finish. alcohol is definitely present throughout as well as is a distinctly tasty bitterness. smooth and complex, but maybe a bit too bold at times. regardless, it's still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 20:44:28 | More by guinness33
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 20:30:20 | More by granger10
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Crosling

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually Stone bias. I love their beers but this one didn't do much for me.

Poured an orange copper with a creamy white head. The lacing was poor and crawled back into the head. The lace fell apart each time, at this point my heart fell apart.

The aroma was full of grapefruit. Grapefruit was huge along with some other citrus flavors., sweet malts and caramel.

The taste was full of tropical fruits. Grapefruits mostly and some oranges as well. Nice hop flavor with some sweet malts that leads to a nice caramel flavor on the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Pretty tasty but poor for stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 07:25:44 | More by Crosling
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bomber with a date of August 2003 on the front.

Appearance: Tawny iced tea colour, the lacing is as expect from any Stone Brewing product with its intense lacing.

Smell: Orange juice aroma, fruity alcohol and some malt dust in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A hard fist to the chin with the hops, bitter with a resin that won’t let go … metallic and pungent. A small spinning maltiness stays small or at least slightly hidden. Bitterness still pounds away and then the alcohol kicks in and lets loose a pummeling of fruitiness and ester warmth … dare I say fusel?

Notes: All whacked out on Scooby snacks. It was like a kick in the teeth yet I would not mind trying it again. Between the alcohol and bitterness from the hops it pretty much decimated my palate for the night.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 05:56:04 | More by Jason
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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