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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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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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed pumpkin-amber with almost no visible carbonation. The head is generous in size, orangish ecru in color, dense, pitting and sticky. As with most Stone beer, 7th Anniversary Ale looks great in the glass. The super-stiff head stays at a solid one finger for the life of the bomber, growing larger with each pour. The lace is laid down in not-quite-solid sheets and is beautiful.

The nose is full of both citric and earthy hops, matched step for step by toasted caramel malt that is more prominent than expected. Upon drinking, it's readily apparent that the nose did not lead me astray. There's a huge amount of malt in this beer, a rock solid backbone with big, meaty ribs. I hope that the ten months that the bottle spent in the back of my beer fridge didn't weaken the hops significantly, but I fear that it might have.

The hops are grapefruity, but not bright and juicily grapefruity. They're more caramelized brown sugar-covered grapefruity, a flavor that always makes me think Columbus, maybe even a little Chinook. There's also a significant amount of pine sap to go along with all the fruit. I'd much prefer a throttling back of the sweet, caramel-toffee flavor and a ramping up of the hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is impressively long thanks to a body/mouthfeel that is full, sticky and slick.

Stone 7th Anniversary doesn't drink like an APA at all, but like a big ass IPA. I'm enjoying it a great deal even though I keep wishing that the malt-hop balance was tilted more heavily toward the good guys. Again, age probably has a lot to do with it, but I had a reason for waiting until today to crack the crown. Even though this is yet another solid beer from one of the best breweries in the country, I won't shed any tears over the fact that it's a limited edition.

I would like to dedicate this bomber of Stone 7th Anniversary Ale and this review to my dad (the only hero that I've ever had) who died 7 years ago today. R.I.P.

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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has there ever been a more gimmicky beer? ... 7.7% abv, 7.7 fonts on the bottle... I'm just surprised they didn't release it on July 7th like the Vertical Epic beers! Greg cracks me up. BUT, and this is a big BUT, this beer rocks! It's not just about gimmicks and a collectable bottle... it walks the walk!


Although it's almost 2 years old, it still pours a cloudy orange-amber body (must be the hops!). In fact, it looks like a hefeweizen except that the head is limited to a creamy 1/8" of off-white foam. What is there, however, holds quite well and leaves superb wide rings of lace about the glass with each sip.

The nose is subtly caramelish and a touch piney, but the flavor is much bolder than that!

It may have lost some carbonation in the cellar, but it's now gently crisp with a dextrinous, medium-full body that's creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor delivers a lush, but not quite rich, softly caramelish, delicately toasty, and sweetly bready (think the innards of a Cinnabon without the cinnamon) malt that's oh-so-perfectly balanced by piney and lightly fruity/citrusy hops and a stiff bitterness. It finishes dry but with some short lingering sticky malt that fades to leave piney hops and bitterness behind.

I never tried this fresh so I'm not sure if it's mellowed and rounded, but I'd imagine the hops were a little bit more agressive 23 months ago. And if the alcohol was noticeable before, it's not now! So if you've got it, drink it.... I don't think it's going to get any better than this!

IN CONCLUSION - - - - - - - - -
In my best Spicoli voice: All I need right now are some tasty waves and a pizza to go with this beer and I'm righteous! I mean dude, I so totally regret not buying more of these bodaciuos brews!!! (slaps forehead) Gnarly!!!

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled May 2005.
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle, pours reddish amber. tiny bubble film and lacing evident. Hoppy nose. Another high quality, hoppy ale from my heros at Stone. This one is nicely balanced, malty/hoppy. well done. Warming and strong, medium bodied, sticky/creamy mouthfeel. Finish is long and tasty. Get some of this stuff while you still can.

Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered off-white head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Nose is hoppy with hints of alcohol. Starts with a hop-bitterness, and finishes with a lingering hoppiness - more than I expected with the high ABV. Light carbonation and medium - full bodied. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is translucent deep amber to burnish copper color, the head gigantean in size and spumescent in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it dematerializes the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, with an underlying hint of the hop flowers, citrus crisp and fresh, quite a treat. Start is ambrosial and thickly malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate and the finish ferine in its acidic bite, tart, hops are magnificent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer and a winner in my book. Think I will lay down a few bottles to sample over the next several years.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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..

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RoyalT
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous, deep, dark orange body with a beautiful orangish head that comes up slowly but will not go away.

Smell – The beauty of the Ruination hops are in this bottle along with a malt body of some type. There’s also a very fine orange sweetness to this one. It seems to be very complex.

Taste – This has the big, beautiful, hoppy Stone flavor that we know and love. Add to this a quality effort at balancing hops and a huge, perfect, fruity orange finish. This is the pale ale to end all pale ales.

There’s not a hint of alcohol in this one. The balance is perfect. These hops, which are just awesome, mix incredibly well with the malt backbone. Then comes the oranges. The finish here is sensational. My wife happened to be drinking a Ruination when I popped this, so I did an impromptu taste test and actually prefer this to that. Unbelievable.

Mouthfeel – Fairly flat in accordance with the style. This is a full-bodied ale that fills the mouth and refreshes the pallet.

Drinkability – Are you kidding me? They can’t make this fast enough for me to drink. I hate to seem like a band wagon jumper but this stuff is incredible.

Comments – I picked this up at Bottleworks in Seattle. I chose it for my 200th review, and boy was it deserving.

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.