Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 141 | Display Reviews Only:
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Wrapped in a 22 oz brown bomber bottle, the carmel and hop goodness is finally released! Pouring fourth a thick liquid burnt gold color, with a slight, thin crown of white, the brew breathes into the air notes of carmel and a pinch of powerful, potent hop goodness. As I swirl the brew in my mouth I am overcome by it's sweetness and revived by the pure power of hops. Oh, this viscous delight! Sing praise to the gods at Stone... for this truly unique and heavenly experience!
09-29-2003 13:18:00 | More by wofat
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Wow! Is this ever a very close cousin of Geary's Hampshire Special!?!! It pours an orange-hued, deep amber with a full rocky beige head. Some sticky and trailing laces are present. Floral hop, sweet malt and alcohol fumes rise up and last a good long time before slowly fading. Abundantly malted with biscuity, doughy and sweet caramel flavors. Grapefruit, orange peel, ginger and light metallic tang make up a potent hop flavor. Pine and a faint flavor reminiscent of perfume provide an interesting background flavor. A Light oily mouthfeel and a degree of warming alcohol round out this well-crafted ale. Nice!
09-27-2003 14:28:24 | More by BeerResearcher
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-24-2003 00:55:57 | More by goz
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
4/5 rDev -3.6%
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
09-21-2003 04:38:57 | More by PSUDREW
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Lovely beer this, but what Stone isn't. The neon copper body is crowned by a modest but lace-happy tan head. The nose is citrusy, a bit foresty, and laced with lovely malt backing. This malt sense increases as the beer warms, a happy characteristic of most brews with a substantive malt presence.
The taste is, well, Stone's. The citrus flavor jumps in followed by that lovely malt backbone following. The body is full and creamy but modulated by that nice hop presence which cuts the syrupy sweetness and makes the body appear 2 shades lighter.
A wonderful new addition to the Stone repertoire. When will they stop brewing hoppy, delightful beers?
09-19-2003 19:32:09 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-19-2003 06:19:26 | More by DESTRO
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
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.
09-12-2003 05:23:54 | More by Dmann
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
I must admit some worry about this one. Sure, 77 IBU, 7.7% ABV, 7th anniversary thing is cute. But numerology hardly seems a good guide for determining the contents of a beer. But damn! As soon as I'd finished pouring, the sheer attractiveness of this brew was enough to put me mostly at ease. We're talking sunset-over-the-Tucson-mountains kind of pretty here. Clear, with lots of orange, hints of red, amber, and a huge off-white head. Citric hops dominate the aroma and speak up right from the start in the flavor as well. But this isn't just another Ruination. Mid-palate, the hops yield toward a surprising and really lovely sweetness, kinda caramel-like but combined with a nice toastiness that hits you on the back of the tongue. The finish is quite aggressively hopped -- lots of grapefruit citric flavors but a bit herbal as well. A sharp, piney aftertaste lingers pleasantly subdued. There's a surprising amount going on, on all areas of the tongue. Truely a beer to take one's time with.
09-11-2003 18:34:01 | More by mzwolinski
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
4.4/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
09-06-2003 02:52:20 | More by MJR
4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
The 7th Anniversary pours a ruby copper tone with a nice thicket of foamy cream hued head leaving full lattice forming rings of lace. Aromatics are deep sweet freshly baked doughy bread wih hops arising in a fine stream toward my senses sweet layer of plum and fig tones nice!!! Taste is full flavored smack you in the face wake up but yet not as hoppy as most of their brews mainly just incredibly balanced with a ton of malt and hops this beer brings it to the plate. Deep malty biscuit cinammon tones jut across my tongue wow, this beer is amazing especially as it warms the characteristic Stone flavor is awesome it just blends so well with most of their beers. Hops are citrusy sweet cookie dough esk with maple syrup and pine tones hitting me in several directions wow is this complex, but somehow completely smooth at the same time.
Mouthfeel is creamy as can be with a full body great texture can't beat this one, Stone at their best. Drinkability is bred from the pure fact that the beer is so flavorful and complex that you need another one to come down from the shock, and once you get past two of 'em your just hooked that's all there is to it.
09-05-2003 01:50:16 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber bottle acquired from Table & Vine in Northampton, MA, the 7th Anniversary Ale turns out to be something of a bold pale ale, though I wouldn't call it an IPA. It doesn't seem to be nearly as out there as some of the other Stone brews such as Ruination, however it is much more balanced. Pours from the bottle a dark yellow/amber, with a moderate amount of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of fruit, hop flowers, and a healthy dose of pale malt. Taste is very full of fresh hop oil flavor blended with citrus ester and a more malty signature than expected. The 7th goes down very easily and warm alcohol notes become more apparent as the beer sits a bit. Over all, a very good pale ale, but not stellar, I think perhaps a bit immature. It might develop quite a bit of character with a little aging....
09-04-2003 02:35:57 | More by mikeys01
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
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Oh yeah... 200th review! Hops to it! This is not a pale ale! This is a damn good ale! Hoppy as you may expect from Stone. Mmmmm hoppy! The taste is quite the nice and smooth. Such the great mouthfeel which moves me to suggest that Greg and co. got it right again. How do they make it happen like this? Gotta love them hops!
08-30-2003 06:15:20 | More by scottum
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
08-28-2003 05:16:19 | More by Rumrunner
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
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
08-26-2003 12:31:07 | More by clvand0
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
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
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!
08-25-2003 15:34:02 | More by BeerManDan
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-25-2003 03:11:19 | More by Jon
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Ah, it's that time of year again: Christmas in August. Poured from (surprise!) a brown bomber. It's an absolutely beautiful orange that almost looks like it would glow in the dark. The head foams up nicely but fades quickly. The smell of hops certainly makes itself known, but it's on the light side compared to other Stone offerings. It's not the usual pale ale by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to more intense hopping than most PAs, it packs a punch in the alcohol department, though it's well-hidden in the taste. A hint of grapefruit comes through. Everything comes together nicely, and it's great to see Stone put together a really good beer that's not as "big" as its others.
08-23-2003 04:30:19 | More by mickeymac
4.15/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-20-2003 19:46:02 | More by Darkale
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Saw this sitting in the fridge of a local liquor store and pounced on it like a buzzard on a roadkill. Couldn't wait to try it but had to drive home first (damn open container laws :-) !).
Anyway, poured from a rather non-descript 22oz bomber (except for the big-ass "7" on it), it's a great coppery color with a thick, sticky tan head and lots of lace.
Smell: whoa, hops, lots of hops. Citrusy hoppy aroma abounds. Had me worried as I don't care for having my tastebuds blasted by hops.
Taste: wow, not as hoppy as expected after smelling it. Sweet malty tones followed up by the inevitable hops flavor. Citrusy, grapefruit-like taste comes on strong but not out of control. Warming alcohol bite at the end.
Feel: Full, smooth and creamy.
Drinkability: holy crap, that was good! Only downside keeping this brew from a "5" is the rather high % ABV. It's not outrageous, but insidious and will have you tuned in short order. That being said, this is an elegantly crafted beer that's got me itching to try it on tap next weekend at Stone's 7th Anniversary Open House. Another home run brew from Stone.
08-17-2003 15:49:52 | More by Boilermaker88
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.