Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-21-2005 04:13:52 | More by Gueuzedude
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-11-2004 14:51:10 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-22-2004 15:52:42 | More by Billolick
2.83/5 rDev -31.8%
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.
11-07-2003 23:23:43 | More by jdhilt
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
05-04-2004 22:59:11 | More by ppoitras
4.58/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
01-28-2004 04:01:49 | More by Bighuge
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011.
A: Slightly opaque yellow gold with an enormous frothy white head that lingers for an impressive length of time. Lacing is pretty nice.
S: Lightly sweet bready malt with biscuit notes. Oxidation is complimentary, more sherry-like than cardboard. I'm surprised to find this slightly estery. I get a dash of banana and a little booze.
T: Taste is less impressive than the aroma, with a decided cardboard oxidation note and a touch metallic. Malt is bready and lightly sweet and there's a decided yeast character. There's a very mild bitterness but no real hop flavor. Alcohol is evident and there are some dried dates in the finish.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.
Overall: This has fared quite well considering the style and age.
02-09-2011 03:14:58 | More by HopHead84
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
09-07-2003 22:25:38 | More by Gusler
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
4.65/5 rDev +12%
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.
03-20-2004 00:35:27 | More by tavernjef
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
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..
02-22-2004 00:45:53 | More by ZAP
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
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. Theres 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.
Theres 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 cant 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.
09-22-2003 03:45:37 | More by RoyalT
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Gold-amber color with a small white head. Aromas of oxidized hops, overripe apple, and caramel. Light caramel flavor with a lingering tannic finish as the once-prominent hops struggle against age. Sticky/dirty palate.
08-06-2008 21:09:14 | More by illidurit
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
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-24-2006 06:42:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
3.78/5 rDev -8.9%
1094th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster
App- A good mix of some pale yellows and rich oranges. Had about a 1/4" of bubbles that left immediately and left no cling or lace.
Smell- A bit malty and for some reason a bit soapy. Think this one maybe headed for the end. A little bit of a mix of oranges and lemons as well.
Taste- A bit of a muddled flavor with more a pure malt flavor which wasn't overly vibrant but a bit damp and thick.
Mouth- A good bit of a medium body and a medium carbonation level. Residual malts and orange zest
Drink- For an 8year old keg still not 1/2 bad. Probably wont have again but not the worst beer in the world either.
02-06-2012 21:52:56 | More by FosterJM
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle aged damn near two years.
Nice APA pour from a cool bottle. Dark orange with a nice head.
Smells of big hops and yeast. Lots of bread with hints of pine and dough. Bold.
Tastes even bolder. Raw bread dough upfront, followed by spices and pine, ending in very dry hops. Tastes like a double pale ale, more than anything.
This is a tounge killer. Incredibly hoppy, lots of complexities. Goes down smooth despite its high ABV, too.
(Thanks to beerislove for the trade)
07-15-2005 04:50:09 | More by mynie
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
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
03-13-2004 00:39:10 | More by RedDiamond
4/5 rDev -3.6%
For a 7.7 abv beer, the alcohol was amazingly well-integrated into the flavor - very stealthy. Big, bold malt and hops profile that is the signature of Stone brews, but here the hops is less of a sledgehammer on the palate (not that I mind a good sledgehammer, mind you). Some caramel and a hint of smokey chocolate waaaay back in the flavor. Quite drinkable for the high-octane nature.
11-01-2003 19:26:27 | More by Brent
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
This one was a beautiful mahogany colour was a decent head floating on top. The nose was a not as big as I expected but the taste was dead on for such a special beer. This is very hopped ale with a nice rounded finish that sits this brew somewhere between Old Guardian and Double Bastard in flavour. What impressed me about this beer was the refined aspects which show Stone to be true craftsmen.
07-15-2004 03:36:45 | More by canucklehead
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
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.