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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 RedDiamond
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of TripelJ
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Stone 7th Anniversary Ale ~ 650ml

Pours an "iced tea" brown with some light, but not much clarity through the glass. The tan head is medium and consists of very fine bubbles which later contributes to the cream mouthfeel. Spider webs lace the glass as the head recedes, but there is always a thin layer all the way down. Aroma is like cutting into a fresh ruby red grape fruit with a definite sweetness accompanying the hoppiness. Each sip begins with a velvety smooth mouthfeel and well-placed malts and ends with a citrusy, piney hops, and just the right amount of bite. Alcohol isn't detectable in the taste, but there is definitely a nice warming effect with this one. Personally, this was my first experience with Stone and I was very impressed as I hoped I would be.

TripelJ, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first limited edition beer.

Pours like gold on the best pollution sunset you could find. Reddish gold with a light tan, almost white, head.

Smells hoppy, which I guess is what you would expect from "despots of the hop." (quote from the back of the verbose bottle)

The hop tang jumps out at you, with a slighty alchohol kick at the end. A hint of apple and caramel teases the palate.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, and that kick of alchol at the end gives it a pleasant tang. Overall a very drinkable beer, a good companion for sitting and watching a movie.(in this case, lost in translation)

hustlemuscle, Mar 08, 2004
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.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 03, 2004
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..

ZAP, Feb 22, 2004
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.

benmiliron, Feb 21, 2004
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!

Shiredave, Feb 09, 2004
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.

Bighuge, Jan 28, 2004
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!

feloniousmonk, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of bigbubba
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful dark orange pale ale. The head was substantial but didn't stick around very long. The friuty and hoppy aroma is great and the flavor is delicious, including a very spicy American hop bite. The alcohol is evident but not so strong that you can't have a couple. I'm definitely looking forward to Stone's 8th Anniversary.

bigbubba, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange-copper-amber with a three finger rocky khaki colored head.
Very hoppy aroma developed as soon as I started to pour. Piney and citrus laden notes.
Malty, bitter and hoppy taste, caramel, citrus (grapefruity), pine.
Surprisingly a fruitiness shows through all that malt and hop power.
I didn't notice the alcohol despite a 7.7% ABV.
Medium feel, I wish this wasn't a limited release, I could drink it all the time. A pale ale??? well it doesn't pale in comparison to anything, it's like beer concentrate.

mschofield, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I found a bottle of this the other day. It pours a brownish gold color with a thick head. It tastes of cascade hops (but not overpowering) and of caramel. There is an interesting smokey or burnt caramel aftertaste that is slightly noticeable. Very interesting and bold malt taste. It's a heavy ale but great for sipping.

ChappyCubsFan, Jan 12, 2004
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.

Gavage, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

CRJMellor, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Painted bottle giving up a hazy copper pour and quickly dissipating head. A huge citrus aroma wafts from the swampy liquid. The first sip is offensively malty, it is a good thing that a heaping crap-load of hops balances the scales of creation to form a well-balanced, hugely flavorful ale. The malt and citrus hops blend and wage war on the palate ending with a throat-warming finish.

beernut7, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had to pull really hard not to give this beauty straight fives.

This was the most beautiful golden amber I have seen on a beer crowned by an off-white head.

Huge nose with grass, pine and tangerine, with the tangerine most prominent. There is whole grain bread crust aroma upholding the these hop aromas. Totally complex aroma.

Bursting with citus hops and hop bitterness. Light malty sweetness with the whole grain biscuit structure in the mid-palate. This is relatively light in body with godzilla rampaging for flavor. Brilliant. Complex orange and minty.

Amazing in that I had 4 asahi super dry fans raving that this was the best beer they have ever had.

Naerhu, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another good one from stone, but the first brew of theirs that i have sampled that is more malty than hoppy. it pours an ever so slightly cloudy amber colour, quite bright actually and quite nice. it holds a 1/2 inch thick frothy off white head and has a nice lacing to it. the smell is very much malt, bread and earth. all of which are intensely present, yet highlighted with hops throughout, along with a touch of sweetness. the taste is also very bready and earthy, then gets to be a bit hoppy, onto a bit of citrus sweetness and back to a nicely balanced hop/malt finish. alcohol is definitely present throughout as well as is a distinctly tasty bitterness. smooth and complex, but maybe a bit too bold at times. regardless, it's still quite tasty.

SixpointJMH, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely an imperial pale ale. Big in alcohol and flavor. It had a creamy butterscotch initial flavor. Crisp pine taste comes in and a hit of bitter hops follow. Next chance I get I am going to buy every Stone beer available (can't get it where I live). The Stone brewers have amazed me twice now with the quality of beer that they make. This is one world class brewery.

granger10, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Crosling, Dec 14, 2003
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.

Jason, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pellucid, brilliant copper hue. Frothy, pitted vanilla white leaves rough, muddled lace. Pungent wafts of citrus peel and spicy, pine laced ethanol heat hit the nose at first, then are quickly bolstered by deep caramel and syrup drenched biscuit tones. As the volatile hop oils dissipate, a persistent impression of sugary, candied tangerine remains. Assertive, yet balanced and quite appetizing aromawise. Combination of bready malt and burnt toffee bathes the palate initially. Sharp, yet unastringent hop bitterness ensues and is complemented by notes of marmalade and browned butter. Understated hints of ethanol and hop derived spice lend an agreeable, dryish black pepper undertone. Bitterness fades slowly, leaving a static malt suggestion of bourbon soaked Werther's Original. Fairly full bodied, with ample dextrins lending a creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes bittersweet and soft, with fading notes of brown sugar and citrus pith. 7th Anniversary is quite a unique brew, being akin to a Double Bastard and standard American pale hybrid. The buttery characteristics and malt dominance are unusual for a Stone brew, but are highly enjoyable. Delicious, although it begins to weigh heavily on the palate over time.

marc77, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Boto, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a pillowy white head. Aroma is of piney hops. Taste is piney with a very slight caramel character. The hops are the focus here. Another big beer from Stone. Usually it would be a turn off for a brewery to have so many big beers, but they do it so well. Happy 7th anniversery Stone.

dmarch, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is copper, with a film of white head. The smell is decent floral hoppiness. The taste starts very maltish, and then the hops take over as the beer warms in the mouth, and the alcohol then becomes noticable. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily. Drinkability-wise, could probably have a few.

Though it's not my favorite Stone, this isn't a bad beer. I wondered how a 7.7% beer could be a pale ale without crossing into IPA territory, and now I know. Here's to Stone, and waiting for the 8th Anniversary!

beergeek279, Nov 27, 2003
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.

winomark, Nov 24, 2003
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.