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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 ngandhi
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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

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.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good beer. Would you expect anything less from Stone?
Big thanks to Blatzman for bringing this one over.

Photo of vma
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ark57
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy copper/gold with a head that dissipates and settles into a thin wisp. I never had this beer fresh, but I can imagine that it was very nice. The aroma is actually not too strong. Sweet malt and some herbal and citrus hops ceom into the nose, but it is a fairly clean smell. Fruity, sweet malt starts out before I am taken for a ride by the hops. Yes there is plenty of kick in this beer from both the hops and alcohol. There is some caramel, and possibly a slight hint of oxidation. The finish is very bitter and dry.

Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Jon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of xgrigorix
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twentytwo ounce brown bottle, marked August 2003.

Brassy amber colour. Topped by a perfect 2 fingers of off white foam. Head recedes slowly, leaving plently of lace behind.

A nice dose of hops hits the nose with hints of pine & grapefruit. Some malt aromas lurk in the background.

Pine, grapefruit, orange zest, & bitterness. Overhopped & unbalanced. Some interesting fruit flavours swimming around in there, but the whole thing seems unfocused.

Moderately full bodied, gentle carbonation.

Photo of PSUDREW
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone.
7th Anniverary
What more do I need to say

much of a hoopy flavor to it, Gerg wasn't kiddin'. Lots - o - lace. No distguishable alchohol charecter, hidden by hops. Store it is you can, cane get greater if you give it a chance. I really am amazed thatr I got this beer. Has a thick and chewy mouth feerl, but that isn a good thing. Has a better drikngablity thn most stones, and that is going some. If yuo can, get this, it is worth it

Photo of hyuga
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber brew with a rocky off-white head, typical of a pale ale or IPA. Leaves some lace, but settles thinner than I'm used to with Stone beers. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a bit of spiciness and fruitiness along with some grainy malt, the malt reminds me of something English. Nice crisp and hoppy flavor, dominated by rind-like bitterness but balanced out well by sweet grain-like maltiness. Hops are rather spicy and bit floral as well, especially in the middle. Biscuity malt is present as well. Finishes with a good mix of the hops and malt. Very flavorful beer, kind of like a pale ale taken further than usual, as I guess you could expect since this had its basis in their pale ale recipe. I can't wait to get more! Probably only this year too since it's probably not something that will hold up for as long as the previous years' Anniversary Ales. But who knows? The others have done extraordinarily well, so this one may hold up for a while as well, we'll just have to see...

Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MJR
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Dmann
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At first glance, I was expecting this to be very similar to the IPA due to the bumped up ABV, but was I wrong or what! This beer poured a beautiful reddish orange color with a good off white head and had a great citrus and carmel smell. The first thing that came to my mind regarding the taste was that it reminded me of the 2001Old Guardian that I had a few weeks back. The first thing that hits the palate is that great citrus flavor, then that is followed by a hint of sweetness then it finnishes with a healthy hop bite. This is definantly a good beer and I would get a lot more if only it were not $6.00 a bottle.

Update 6-24-04:

This beer has turned into something very different indeed in the 9 months since its release. The hop character has been quite subdued and the malt character has taken over quite a bit! This reminds me of the Old Guardian Barleywine even more now, but with less of an alchohol flavor of corse. Still, a very good beer and my review numbers stand.

Photo of goz
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper, with a large white head, mostly lasting and lacing fantastically on the way down. Many tiny bubbles lazily make their way to the top through the coppery brew. Aroma is very floral, some citrus, and some pine - pretty much all hops, but as it warms, a bit of cookie dough and some caramel join in the fray. Flavor is slightly sweet to start, then comes the various forms of hoppiness - lightly floral, strongly bitter, and a good amount of spiciness all play parts. Full bodied, light-medium carbonation, long and lingering flavors, fairly dry ending.

Photo of DESTRO
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a beautiful sunset orange with a tiny white head that leaves a perfect sticky lace throughout the entire drinking experiance. smells of hops, malt and caramel drift up my shnoz and put a grin on my face. the taste? oh man, im glad ive finally grown to enjoy the assault of hops because this brew is awesome. not only does it have a great hop flavour but its matched against a strong malt sweetness that makes the perfect balance, this is heaven. the alcohol character is hidden amazingly and this is so drinkable its deadly. the mouth feel it slightly heavy, slightly chewy and sticky and wonderful. damn this beer is great. good thing the store down the street got in a bunch of cases so ill have to hit it up tomorrow and swoop some up. maybe sit on a few and see how they age. ill throw up the goat for this brew.

$3.99 a bomber.

Photo of rkhaze
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright funky orange/copper color with a slight haze and a medium sized creamy off white head. Good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, citrus fruit and big floral/spicy hops.
Taste starts heavily malty and almost cloying in its sweetness. The caramel and tangy orange fruits show up in the middle along with a toffee note. Just when it seems to reach the verge of being too sweet...the citrusy, resinous, slightly perfumey hop bitterness shows up to balance it out. Great job!
Medium to full bodied with a rich, creamy semi oily mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation. Good balance and mouthfeel along
with no noticeable alcohol makes this a highly drinkable ale.
I really liked this beer!

Photo of Darkale
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of winomark
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with a wispy tan head. Almost crystal clear.

Aroma: Good hop citrus blends effortlessly with rich malt and alcohol sweetness. I wish I had a cologne that smelled like this.

Taste: Malt attacks the front, but hops jump in and dominate the middle and finish. Alcohol warms the finish. Amazingly complex palate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating, but still has a dry, crisp and refreshing finish. Extremely flavorful.

Drinkability: Too bad this is a one-time release. I will have to have lots of willpower to restrain from drinking my last bottle. One of my favorite Stone beers this year.

Photo of Shiredave
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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

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!

Photo of Rumrunner
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of fdrich29
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 Fl. Oz. bottle that says Stone 7th Anniversary Ale August 2003.

OK I have to be honest, I poured this one into my "Big Ass Beer Dick's Last Resort Glass". I'm a bouncer there and the glass was free, and tonight it was clean...what's a BA to do?

Light amber/ copper color with a nice head that took its sweet time to fizzle down to the liquid below. White, bubblly rings lace the glass while a thin white tarp remains over the beer.

The smell...it got me right away. The smell screams Stone Product and is one of the reasons I'm a fan of their beers. That sweet, malty aroma draws me in every time and this Anniversary Ale delivers big time.

Even though the hops in this bad boy punch you in the mouth as they journey down your gullet there is a nice maltiness in there as well that is somewhat comforting as you can actually taste something other than hop oil (not that one needs to ever taste anything more than hop oil mind you).

Feels good in the mouth and going down. Very smooth and tasty, but leaves you smacking your lips after it's made its way down to your innards.

No way I'm going to drink more than one at a sitting, but I'd love to have another, and soon. The fact that I drank this a year after it was put out didn't seem to diminish it's taste and certainly not my love for this beer.

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of benmiliron
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding beer for New Beer Sunday. Bottle has been cellared for quite a while and been in the fridge for about a month.

A: Cloudy murky orange/tea color. Head was about 1" initially (using an oversized wine glass for the aroma) Now just a collar that is leaving wispy traces of lacing.

S: Pine sap hop aroma explosion. Alcohol smell promises a nice warmth. Less malt aroma than I'd like, but what is there is a faintly sweet doughy aroma.

T: Big hoppy flavor, nice piney hop flavor that isn't too over the top, maybe due to the aging. Nice solid malt base. There's a very interesting spicy flavor going on that's hard to pin down. If I had to describe it, I'd describe is as a hot cassia bark flavor (cassia being the more macho manly tree bark version of cinammon). The flavors on this beer have melded beautifully. Yayy for aging! Aftertaste is just a quick flash of bitterness.

M: Carbonation is low and this beer is a bit full in body, lending it a mouthfeel that is almost cask-like in it's smoothness. The carbonation is there but seems almost soft if I may call it that. Nice big alcohol warmth here, this beer feels like one brewed to give you that warm fuzzy feeling and make you happy and life more lovely.

D&N: Soooo glad I have one more precious bottle of this godly elixir in my cellar. Smooth but with a punch, the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Wonderfully tasty. I don't have Seventh Son in my play list (sorry Venom, a good album, just don't have it at the moment to compare it), but it is matching up quite nicely with the first album. As I sit here swirling the last few milliliters in my glass, I'm glad that a bomber doesn't fit in it, so I have a little more left. Do I recommend it? Of course, but it may be a little hard to find. Worth the effort, though.

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