Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Presentation: 22oz. brown bomber; August 2003 etched beneath the big "Stone 7th"; $3.99 from the Beverage Warehouse near Culver City; crazed rambling on back ... no doubt an attempt at humor, but I was bored to tears after one sentence.
Appearance: Pours an unholy, amberish red ... my god, how did they brew such a color? Fat, two-fingered head; very good lacing; excellent retention.
Aroma: Thick, thick Caramel malts; loads of Cascades.
Taste: Are you kidding me? Sweet, vibrant Caramel malts upfront and throughout; robust Cascade bitterness in the finish. Thick, creamy mouthfeel.
Notes: To be honest, I was outright peeved when I heard Stone's 7th Anniversary brew was gonna be a pale ale. I mean, they've already got sixteen friggin' APA/IPA's in their year-round rotation, right? And their 6th Anniversary porter was so damned fantastic ... why couldn't they have gone down a more exotic road? Well, f*ck me. All I can say is that this is one kick ass pale ale. As much as I like Stone, never dreamt this would be my conclusion. Still, can we shoot for something outside the APA/IPA realm next year, guys? Perhaps a brown; or a scottish; or a weizenbock; or a hefeweizen; or a dopplebock ...
08-17-2003 11:05:09 | More by Mustard
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
Overall, a good beer. Would you expect anything less from Stone?
Big thanks to Blatzman for bringing this one over.
08-11-2003 02:59:44 | More by PhantomVodoo
4/5 rDev -3.6%
I agree with some other reviews that this is a very IPA like brew. I guess if you kick up a pale ale as Stone has bumbed thisone to 7.7, perhaps you get one in the same. And thats not all bad. This Anniversary pours a nice copper golden orange with a simple off-white head. It settles to a thin film though little on lace. The aroma is fruity and floral. Taste is of citrus, floral and a stones full of hop. Slight amount of malt rounds things out nice. The mouth is left with a citrus hop aftertaste and a smooth hop oil glaze. It is very smooth to drink or sip as I tend to do on a hoppy brew. A soothing 7.7% kick warms out the finish rather nice. I hope to find somemore for the cellar.
08-11-2003 02:12:02 | More by chilidog
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a dark orange hue with a very fluffy white head. Nice citrus hopiness similiar to the hops in Hog Heaven Barleywine. Enough malt to keep it balanced. Very smooth taste for a higher ABV beer. A very solid offering that stands on it own in the Stone Lineup. Too bad it's only a one time batch.
08-09-2003 23:33:05 | More by jtw5877
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: This beauty pours a clear dark amber color with a tan head.This is a nice looking beer.
Aroma: The nose of this arrogant brew is fruity and hoppy.
Palate: The tip of your tongue is hit by citric hops, but just as it seems like the flavors are headed toward grapefruit and over the top hops-land, the malts kick in and balance this baby out. Wow. I loved it. It goes down so smoothly
08-09-2003 04:17:36 | More by jcalabre
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
08-09-2003 00:58:34 | More by Indybeer
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
One of the first 5 to review this, woohoo! 22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. There is lots of lace left on the glass. The smell is rich in hops, citrus, and even a hint of coconut. The taste starts with sweet malt, almost a caramel taste to it, then finishes with a powerful bite of hops. Hell, this beer has more hops than most IPAs! The body is smooth and fairly heavy for a pale. The drinkability is very good for a 7.7% brew. Greg, you've done it again. You are a beer god.
08-07-2003 02:31:41 | More by SheepNutz
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: The 6th anniversary Porter was a bit of a letdown, but this beer is more along the lines of what I was hoping for. Pours a rich amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Decent lacing and mildly effervescent. Nice citrusy/hoppy aroma. More hoppy flavor than their regular Pale which is a good thing, and it retains a good balance. The finish is very resolute in the amount of hops as well. The finish is thorough and hoppy all the way. Well done.
08-06-2003 13:29:06 | More by Dogbrick
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
08-03-2003 22:41:10 | More by Ahhdball
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
This year's anniversary beer is a pale ale this time. It pourd an orangish amber color and formed a nice off white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, light fruity and/or light pastry aspect to it. The flavor was of hops, malt, caramel with some sweetness. Some bitterness, yet sweet in the finish. A good pale that borders on an IPA with some of the hop characteristics. It's a shame it's only for this year.
08-01-2003 02:25:26 | More by Wildman
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.