Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +6%
What a pleasant surprize to find this bier at the Wine Society in Tyngsboro. Had only one left, and you're mine! Come to Papa!! Poured a rich copper color, with just a touch of haze. Head was light tan, thin and very fine, and lasted throughout the quaffing. Also had a creamy appearance to it. Lacing was quite nice as well. All in all, a very inviting look to #7. A whiff gave me some caramelly malt, along with a whack o' citrussy hops. Mouthfeel? Oh yeah! More than medium yet not quite full-bodied, and silky smooth on the tongue. Mmmmm! Taste was top-shelf! Some malt, (yes, just some) again with a caramel lean to it. Gives way to a barrage of hops! And more hops. Oh, this is Stone? I'm shocked! Shocked to find hops going on in a Stone Bier! Very citrussy, piney, resiny...they infiltrate your mouth and leave a hop-coating that lasts and lasts. I love it! As the liquid pleasure warms, the maltiness builds and melds oh-so-well with the hops. Another winner from Stone! Zum Wohl!!!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
09-07-2003 18:17:27 | More by Bierman9
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
09-06-2003 02:52:20 | More by MJR
4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
The 7th Anniversary pours a ruby copper tone with a nice thicket of foamy cream hued head leaving full lattice forming rings of lace. Aromatics are deep sweet freshly baked doughy bread wih hops arising in a fine stream toward my senses sweet layer of plum and fig tones nice!!! Taste is full flavored smack you in the face wake up but yet not as hoppy as most of their brews mainly just incredibly balanced with a ton of malt and hops this beer brings it to the plate. Deep malty biscuit cinammon tones jut across my tongue wow, this beer is amazing especially as it warms the characteristic Stone flavor is awesome it just blends so well with most of their beers. Hops are citrusy sweet cookie dough esk with maple syrup and pine tones hitting me in several directions wow is this complex, but somehow completely smooth at the same time.
Mouthfeel is creamy as can be with a full body great texture can't beat this one, Stone at their best. Drinkability is bred from the pure fact that the beer is so flavorful and complex that you need another one to come down from the shock, and once you get past two of 'em your just hooked that's all there is to it.
09-05-2003 01:50:16 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber bottle acquired from Table & Vine in Northampton, MA, the 7th Anniversary Ale turns out to be something of a bold pale ale, though I wouldn't call it an IPA. It doesn't seem to be nearly as out there as some of the other Stone brews such as Ruination, however it is much more balanced. Pours from the bottle a dark yellow/amber, with a moderate amount of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of fruit, hop flowers, and a healthy dose of pale malt. Taste is very full of fresh hop oil flavor blended with citrus ester and a more malty signature than expected. The 7th goes down very easily and warm alcohol notes become more apparent as the beer sits a bit. Over all, a very good pale ale, but not stellar, I think perhaps a bit immature. It might develop quite a bit of character with a little aging....
09-04-2003 02:35:57 | More by mikeys01
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
Dull bronze with restrained carbonation underneath a thin and sticky bleached khaki head.
Nose is suprisingly muted. Hoppy yes, piney and mildly resinous, with a toasty malt underbelly, but lacking in aromatics compared with many of Stone's other brews. Significantly lacking.
Taste begins with a toasted muffin malt base. Quite dry, and English-leaning. ESB-like. Sweetens considerably by the midpoint, as pear-skins and caramel-drenched apples appears. The conclusion is hop-centric, as would be expected. Pine and raw leaves and juicy orange rinds. Not to IPA levels (at least not to Stone IPA levels). The hop bite has hints of earth and smoke to boot.
Full bodied, but quite drinkable. A fine pale ale, but not the earth-shattering moment I had expected. This is nevertheless a worthy brew and one well worth seeking out.
09-03-2003 18:35:35 | More by cokes
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Oh yeah... 200th review! Hops to it! This is not a pale ale! This is a damn good ale! Hoppy as you may expect from Stone. Mmmmm hoppy! The taste is quite the nice and smooth. Such the great mouthfeel which moves me to suggest that Greg and co. got it right again. How do they make it happen like this? Gotta love them hops!
08-30-2003 06:15:20 | More by scottum
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
22oz. bottle. 'August' is printed on the front of the bottle.
Wowza! What flavors. This is a confident ale. Very complex.
This is perhaps the most beautiful looking beer I have ever seen. Devilish amber with red hues. Awesome rendition of a liquid sunset. Big cloudy head with nice lacing. Hold it up to the light and watch the bubbles slowly float to the top. The smell is deep malt and hops. A nice floral sweetness. I also detected, unfortunately for me, there was an oily sensation on the nose. Also a bit of bitter alcohol.
The flavors are many, complex and varied. A mix of bold stead fast flavors. The malts are very strong and then there is the hops to give it wonderful balance. A nice grapefruit bitterness but do not think of this as a hop head ale. The flavors definately balance out. There is a molasses and pine finish to the flavors. The after taste is mellow and nice as well. Like I said a very bold and confident ale. This one has a personality. Bravo.
For all of its complex flavors this ale is smooth and crisp. Medium bodied in the mouth with a quick surge of carbonation and then easy street. Great direction for an ale to take.
Excellent! Tip our hat and raise our glass to Stone. If you love ales that is. Sad to say since this is an anniversary ale it is here for a limited time. Stock up.
08-28-2003 05:16:19 | More by Rumrunner
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Excellent! Stones new 7th anniversary pale ale pours a glwoing orange colour from it's 22oz bomber bottle. The aromas are of some nice pale malts, and bittering hops. You can definately tell that this beer has been dry-hopped for extra juicy hop aroma. This beer tasted wonderful. A big-A$$ Pale ale, that does not cross over into the IPA boundaries. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too thick, or cloying...just right! The drinkability is excellent as always.
Can stone do no wrong?
cheers to JCalabre for the fresh sample!
08-26-2003 22:03:42 | More by francisweizen
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
This beer poured a red color with a little orange in it. The head was small and thin with a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little fruity (citrus mainly) and reminded me of pine needles. The flavor was fairly strong. I tasted some citrus, something "green", and some caramel malts. This is a little different from the normal IPA's that you might try and it is very interesting. Not my style, but I have to admit that it is a well made beer.
08-26-2003 12:31:07 | More by clvand0
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
I was able to try this on tap and on cask, and I liked the tap version slightly more. I thought that the taste was better, more complex, and bigger in this version, not to mention more carbonated (duh!). And I found it to be just as drinkable as its cask conditioned friend. Now I just need to get this in the bottle...
08-25-2003 17:17:55 | More by alexgash
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
When poured, it had a reddish/orage color to it with tight bubbles in the foam. For me, this was not an excetiona beer, but could have been. I could taste the citrusy fruit and hops, along with the roasted malts. But, I thought it tasted a little flat. Nice balance of bitter/sweetness, but again al little to flat on the taste buds. If not for the flatness in the taste I would have rated it a point higher on the taste. Will try it again later!
08-25-2003 15:34:02 | More by BeerManDan
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-25-2003 03:11:19 | More by Jon
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-23-2003 04:30:19 | More by mickeymac
4.15/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-20-2003 19:46:02 | More by Darkale
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
08-17-2003 15:49:52 | More by Boilermaker88
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber; August 2003 etched beneath the big "Stone 7th"; $3.99 from the Beverage Warehouse near Culver City; crazed rambling on back ... no doubt an attempt at humor, but I was bored to tears after one sentence.
Appearance: Pours an unholy, amberish red ... my god, how did they brew such a color? Fat, two-fingered head; very good lacing; excellent retention.
Aroma: Thick, thick Caramel malts; loads of Cascades.
Taste: Are you kidding me? Sweet, vibrant Caramel malts upfront and throughout; robust Cascade bitterness in the finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel.
Notes: To be honest, I was outright peeved when I heard Stone's 7th Anniversary brew was gonna be a pale ale. I mean, they've already got sixteen friggin' APA/IPA's in their year-round rotation, right? And their 6th Anniversary porter was so damned fantastic ... why couldn't they have gone down a more exotic road? Well, f*ck me. All I can say is that this is one kick ass pale ale. As much as I like Stone, never dreamt this would be my conclusion. Still, can we shoot for something outside the APA/IPA realm next year, guys? Perhaps a brown; or a scottish; or a weizenbock; or a hefeweizen; or a dopplebock ...
08-17-2003 11:05:09 | More by Mustard
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
Overall, a good beer. Would you expect anything less from Stone?
Big thanks to Blatzman for bringing this one over.
08-11-2003 02:59:44 | More by PhantomVodoo
4/5 rDev -3.6%
I agree with some other reviews that this is a very IPA like brew. I guess if you kick up a pale ale as Stone has bumbed thisone to 7.7, perhaps you get one in the same. And thats not all bad. This Anniversary pours a nice copper golden orange with a simple off-white head. It settles to a thin film though little on lace. The aroma is fruity and floral. Taste is of citrus, floral and a stones full of hop. Slight amount of malt rounds things out nice. The mouth is left with a citrus hop aftertaste and a smooth hop oil glaze. It is very smooth to drink or sip as I tend to do on a hoppy brew. A soothing 7.7% kick warms out the finish rather nice. I hope to find somemore for the cellar.
08-11-2003 02:12:02 | More by chilidog
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a dark orange hue with a very fluffy white head. Nice citrus hopiness similiar to the hops in Hog Heaven Barleywine. Enough malt to keep it balanced. Very smooth taste for a higher ABV beer. A very solid offering that stands on it own in the Stone Lineup. Too bad it's only a one time batch.
08-09-2003 23:33:05 | More by jtw5877
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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
08-09-2003 04:17:36 | More by jcalabre
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
22 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber/orange color with a moderate head that didn't stick around long. Some moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma is predominately hops, with just a hint of maltiness in there. Taste starts out slightly sweet, then the hops kick in and take over. This is more like a IPA than a pale ale. Moderatly light carbonation, but with all the hops there is little else to be seen.
08-09-2003 00:58:34 | More by Indybeer
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-07-2003 02:31:41 | More by SheepNutz
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-06-2003 13:29:06 | More by Dogbrick
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
08-03-2003 22:41:10 | More by Ahhdball
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-01-2003 02:25:26 | More by Wildman
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.