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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 150
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
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:
Beer added by: StoneGreg on 08-01-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 150
Photo of cokes
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1094th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz Taster

WinterStorm 2012

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is an almost clear, copper color. There was a little bit of a white head, which dissapated quickly. Minimal lacing. The aroma has a blend of pine and citrus hop aroma. As with all their beers, there is a big blast of hops to the taste, without being overdone. A fairly good balance of the hops, with some malts in the background. Still, it isn't quite up to some of their other brews. Better than most, but I wanted maybe a little more.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a mostly dulled orange pour. One heavy finger of foam, creates a ring of lace at the top of the Belgian glass, leaves off-again on-again lace elsewhere. There is a very thin surface of bubbles around the edge of the glass, and a thicker pile in the center where the beading is concentrated.

Aroma - sweet. hoppy, boozy. Smells like a big beer. Settles to a sweet, boozy aroma.

Taste - starts out sweeet and citrusy, the fruity side is intense. On the swallow, it turns decidedly bitter with grapefuit and pine becoming dominant. The flavor level stays constant as the flavors develop and change, very nice. Alcohol magnifies the flavor further, a very enjoyable beer to taste. The aftertaste is still ruled by the bitterness but some sweetness is there too. Finishes with a little orange burst. Quite the APA.

Mouthfeel - first sip is fairly viscous, but appears to thin out as my mouth adjusts. Definitely heavier than average, active carbonation keeps it lively and enhances flavor.

Drinkability - tastes stronger than 7.7 abv but still a fine brew even two and a half years after release.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed August 2003. 77 IBU, 7.7% ABV.

Pours to a honey-colored amber with orange accents, forming a sticky, yellow/dark-beige head with good retention and sparsely delicate lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is semi-pungently citric and piney with hefty doses of caramel, honey, a suggestion of orange (Amarillo), and a cookie-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and even, with a pleasantly semi-dry finish and medium-dense body. Taste begins with a sizeable amount of resinous flavor hops, walking a fine line between being pungent and over-the-top, followed by a medium-strong grapefruit rind bitterness barely kept in balance by a bunch of sticky crystal and light amber malts with a pleasant sweetness lingering into the semi-dry, spicy hop finish. Persistent grapefruit rind bitterness lingers and lingers. As it warms, the sweetness of the malt comes out from under the guise of the hops and helps balance things out a bit. Alcohol is barely perceptable in flavor...perhaps a peppery flourish towards the middle quickly drowned out by the hops. No off-flavors noted.

A quality brew. Despite being one of the more drinkable efforts from Stone, it's a little too intense in the bitterness to make me want more than (1) 22oz. bomber. I love the intense hop flavor balanced by the caramel malt body, but the bitterness level is just a tad inappropriately high. Almost there.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well ive had this brew sitting around for about 6 months, guess it is time to crack it. I am drinking at room temp in a snifter. Thearoma is all hops with sour citrus notes and also some piney scents blended. I get a nice 1inch offwhite head to foam up easily while it fades to a robust surface layer. The color of the brew is a clear red-orange and there are a few particles floating around that appear to be hop flower remnants. The carbonation is soft and rolling and the body is actually fairly thinner than expected. The flavor is dominated by hops with piney and sour bitey grapefruit notes dominating. The bitterness rolls from start to finish on this crisp brew. It is a nice beer if you like hops but I found it a little one-dimensional.

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Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local AJ's. Pours a nice copper color finishing with a fine head. I am taking in the usual Stone smell. Big floral hops and perhaps a hint of toasted malts. I could enjoy this taste all night long. This beer is as smooth as the day is long. The mouthfeel is full, along the lines of a barleywine. This is one fine beer!

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Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

8 ounce glass at the Stone Winter Storm for four dollars, shared with my girlfriebd

Color was a light orange with an obvious golden tint when held to the light, 3/4 inch white soapy head that mellowed extremely fast, minimal retention and no lacing

Smell had sweet apples, pears, peaches, white grapes, bready malt aromas, sugary scents, small amount of earthy hoppiness

Taste was pretty chewy off the bat with a hint of grassy hoppy flavors, when it warmed some fruit came to the surface, apple in particular was evident, probably more along the line of golden delicious rather than a more sour granny smith, some raisins later on when this one became too sweet for my palate, not balanced because the majority of the hops have probably died down, this one needed to have a more dry feel to be really enjoyable

Body was pretty thick and fairly syrupy, not much carbonation, taste did not last very long, mouthfeel was a too sweet and creamy for a pale ale

Could drink a couple more ounces of this, it has a somewhat mellow taste, the alcohol percentage is not too high, fairly light on the stomach expect when it gets warm and much sweeter, taste does not really keep you coming back for more

Had been looking forward to trying this one and I was not too impressed overall, one of the worst anniversary beers I can remember having, probably tasted significantly better fresh but I will never know, I prefer Stone's standard pale ale over this one, cannot recommend this to anybody attending the event because there are so many other great beers to try before this one

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice amber color with a tinge of red with a finger of head that falls quickly. The nose is very earthy, both in the malt and the hop. The flavor is very nicely balanced between the roasted malts and the earthy hops. I like it. Mouthfeel is very thick and very nice. Drnkability is good. I could easily finish one of these. This is one of my favorite Stone offereings I've had recently.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, fruity and slightly sweet. A full to medium bodied pale ale. The hops will assault your taste buds, take no prisoners and you will be lucky to only have to walk the plank, stripped don to your undies. Your taste buds are then rescued by the really big nutty malt sweetness. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and a touch resiny. This beer goes from being hoppy to malty then back to hoppy again, all while staying in balance. Smooth tasting. This is a very nice beer, Stone has done it again, produced a very familiar style beer, but in a way that is unique and very definitely Stone. I wonder what this beer will taste like with some bottle aging, its still a little young. Very cool artwork on the etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of these Stone beers I'll probably never get to try again.

Pours a beautiful light, orange-ish amber. Surprising amount of carbonation given this beer's age. It's a sweet tasting beer. Surprisingly, the current brew I'd most compare it to would be the Alesmith '06 Decadence (which is a much better beer, but taste-wise, it's reminiscent). There's some hops, but mostly this is delicious sweet malt with orange, mango?, papaya?, and other tropical fruits.

Really, really great. Settled in nicely after a very spicy meal.

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Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice shade of amber. Somewhat cloudy and difficult to see through. A very large head that is foamy and thick leaves a sticky large rounded lace behind. Very nice.

Very nice sweet malty aromas. Some hop is still present as well. Floral and somewhat fruity. Hints of toffee, and some nut accents as well.

Still drinking very well. I'm surpised it has held up this well. A burst of malt at the entry with a very thin yet fruity, flowery mid palate, finishes fairly short with a hoppy bitterness that dries the tongue significantly. Some diacetyl is present as well.

Mouthfeel I think is the big hit. The lack of any mid palate presence along with the thin body really hurt it. However it is still enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Crosling
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice coppery color-good carbonation level though no real head. Some malt/hop aroma but nothing really to note.The flavor on the other hand is right there in your face.Big big hop flavor.Almost comes across as an Imperial PA.Big,malt flavor with a slew of hops bleeding thru it-silky smooth in flavor and mouthfeel.Nice, oily body.A very quaffable beer-bigger then your average US Pale but then again it IS a Stone product.This one is a year old and a real humdinger.

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Photo of portia99
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Stone Bistro...poured into a stemmed glass. A ~10yr old American pale ale...hmm - not sure what to expect.

A - Pours very clear with a neutral amber color and a low white head that leaves marginal lacing on the glass.

S - Fruity with oranges especially, sugary malt with touches of caramel. Not much for hops.

T - Tons of oranges, caramel, toasted malt and some brown sugar. Most of the hops are gone. Smooth drinking and malty but balanced beer now. Still tastes good, but you need to suspend your thoughts on what an APA is.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, tingley on the tongue. Toasty and caramelly sweet malt dominate thru the swallow and linger well after.

O - Been a long time since I had this one fresh and really don't have any recollection of it from that time. Still a very enjoyable beer - smooth and more malt forward - almost like an amber in character. Went well with food at the pub. Not flashy but solid...probably the oldest APA I've ever had.

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Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released into a pint from a signature style painted STONE double-deuce with a "can't get any bigger" number seven on the front indicating, in case you couldn't guezz? 7.7% ABV. Pours a clear golden coppery hue with a scant bubble here and there, capped by a sticky looking off white thin but prescent head that leaves tight lattice lace. A few swirls erupt a quickly dissapating froth.

Ripe red apple malt aromas and other sweet mixed fruit scents i.e. peaches and bananas, round out this STONE nose with plenty of olfactory offering. As a bit of warmth enters in, awl-kee-hawl esters are released.

First swigs: Bold complex cornicopia fruit scents and sticky acidic sizzle. Plenty of STONE house flavors. Massive malts and huge hops blend big. Bitter citrous tongue with plenty of varying flavors that make this an interesting taste. Caramely malts blend well with those STONE signature orange grapefruit slices flavored hops. Notes of raisins, fruit cake and mince meat pie.

Seven's syrupy savoring becomes a bit cloying. Tons of tongue sizzle, remeniscent of even Ruination.

Last swigs: Palate pummeler. Despite the well built style, Seven is a bit too sizly and bold to be a session offering. Personally, a different beer over another one would be my choice. An adventurous choice for my first beer of the day. A twinge estery and malty, but beyond that, it gets my wallet vote.

Beer is good. Happy big bold California beering.

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Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangey copper color with a thick tan head of bubbles of many sizes. It sinks quickly, but leaves a thin layer atop, with big bubbles all around the edges. Aroma is thick, and full of pear and apple, some cinnamon and vanilla. I can also tell from the sweetness in the smell that this one's got some pouch. Initially sweet, biscuity, a little buttery. Sweet malts come through, plus a little toffee. Some hops in the finish, but wow, the alcohol jumps out too. The sweetness and the alcohol dominate. I find with many Stone brews that there is depth of flavor waiting to be unleashed, but is being held back by the alcohol flavors.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh...my lone bottle of this brew. I've been holding onto it for long enough and am ready to enjoy it. Pours from the bomber a viscous deep opaque dark orange with hint of dark red. A nice inch of eggshell foam forms and then leaves some spotty lacing in its wake. Aromas are deeply malty upfront with sweet caramel, raisins, citrus and dark fruits. Sticky pine bough hops are resiny and forward. Subtle alcohol. Sweet candied bread. Wow...after over 2 years the nose is still enchanting...reminds me of a barleywine.

First sip brings a big massively caramel maltiness upfront. Notes of citrus and dark fruits abound. Hints of raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Flows down with a big helping of piney, resinous hops that leave a nice bitter trail. Alcohol is there as well but does not detract from the overall brew. This has really aged quite nicely. I wish I could have tasted it fresh! Rich and tasty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a nice stable carbonation that works well. Fills the mouth and takes hold...I like that. I wouldn't mind having another bomber lying around here. I have no clue how this will age from here on out but I'd say it's pretty tasty right now! Well worth trying if you can still find it or if you still have some lying around. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to sample this one.

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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.