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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 FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

FosterJM, Feb 06, 2012
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 skar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC 10/22/03 2nd Annual VSK

Appearance/Head: Rich amber color. Moderate haze with a nice head.

Aroma: Rich hops, some caramel, malt, and alcohol.

Taste: Sharp, powered, and lingering hops. Some malt flavor, but not enough to balance the hops. Reminds me of a cross between Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Three Floyd's Alpha King.

Bottom line: A great, intense beer for hopheads like myself. The only downside is that this beer isn't very moreish (a term used my Michael Jackson to describe beers whose taste invite another sip), probably due to a lack of balance.

skar, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Warroirsoul for picking this one up for me after the horror show I had in finding it myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange copperish color with an intial cream colored one finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a slight film on top.
S: An orangey citrus smell is noticeable at first. Slight bready notes also fill the nostrils. Spicy smell too.
T & M: Huge spicy hoppyness taste up front with a sizeable malty background. Bitterness is also noticed here. Gritty and resiny mouthfeel sticks to the roof of the mouth. Gets softer on the plate after it warms up a bit. Abv is noticeable in the spicyness.
D: Drinkable beer, but I wouldn't sit on it any longer. Seems to be losing some ground so if you've got this one in your cellar, drink up!

bjohnson, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of ArchitectBrewCo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ArchitectBrewCo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of portia99
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

portia99, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured, it had a reddish/orage color to it with tight bubbles in the foam. For me, this was not an excetiona beer, but could have been. I could taste the citrusy fruit and hops, along with the roasted malts. But, I thought it tasted a little flat. Nice balance of bitter/sweetness, but again al little to flat on the taste buds. If not for the flatness in the taste I would have rated it a point higher on the taste. Will try it again later!

BeerManDan, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Mitchster, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of Jdiddy
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't say I was too blown away by this. It seemed like a weak Arrogant Bastard to me. Lacey head that quickly dissolved. Nice smell, sweet and hoppy. As the beer sat a bit it became very weak. Just lost some of what it had at first. Definitely had a biscuit/maly flavor going on. I didn't hate this but I would prefer an AB.

Jdiddy, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Poured a deep amber/orange color with a moderate head that didn't stick around long. Some moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma is predominately hops, with just a hint of maltiness in there. Taste starts out slightly sweet, then the hops kick in and take over. This is more like a IPA than a pale ale. Moderatly light carbonation, but with all the hops there is little else to be seen.

Indybeer, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was 3 years old (had it 10\06)
A- Thin off white tan head that went to basically nothing. Bit darker orange cloudy color.
S-Big citrus smell. Hints of alcohol and malts that were hiding in the back. Grapefruit and orange are pretty strong.
T-Bit stale taste but the grapefruit hops still very present after 3 yrs. Alcohol comes through and a malt background is also in there. Has lost most of it's bitterness but the citrus taste was still very present. Light bitterness in aftertaste.
M-Smooth, low carbonation, medium/full body, and a bit oily.
D- Pretty good but couldn't see me drinking a couple bottles of this. Wish I would of tried it when it first came out. I was surprised at how much the hops were still there though.

BlindPig, Oct 09, 2006
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 22, 2012
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.

ark57, May 20, 2004
Photo of durwood64
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

durwood64, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

sulldaddy, Apr 27, 2004
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.

illidurit, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of clvand0
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

clvand0, Aug 26, 2003
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.

xgrigorix, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly dark amber, but with a great looking filmy head. The aroma is of hops, but becomes across as very piney. The taste reminds me of holiday Christmas brews. The taste is also very Christmas-like, but the hops hops are more mellowed with the malts than what I expected. It is a bit over-carbonated though. While this is definitely a good beer, the piney flavor kind of takes away from the overallexperience for me.

MuddyFeet, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is starting to show its age. In other words, if you have it, drink it. It’s a deep amber with a dense, small head. There’s a slight haze to the beer that gradually clears as it warms. There’s a distinct cookie-like aspect to the malt in the aroma and the flavor and maybe some slight oxidation. The hops are mainly present in the bitterness in the back of the flavor.

aracauna, Jun 11, 2004
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

Stoneman78, Jan 29, 2008
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.

HopHead84, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
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

Floydster, Jan 29, 2008
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.

jdhilt, Nov 07, 2003
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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.