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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 7th Anniversary AleStone 7th Anniversary Ale

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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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 150
Photo of bigbubba
4.28/5  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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 beernut7
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of granger10
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 Jason
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of marc77
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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 dmarch
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of winomark
4.42/5  rDev +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.

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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 aaronh
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper color topped by a modest cream head. The aroma about knocks you out. Great maltiness, with a hop floral sweetness that just screams "Drink me! Drink me now!!!". Actually surprised by the level of malt in the aroma. The flavor is also very malt laden, but there is a very prominent level of hop bitterness up front. A bit of hop floral chimes in as well. Then a resiny, oily finish. This one warms you from the inside out pretty quickly. The hops talk back pretty quickly as well. Balanced in brashness, this is both assertively malty and assertively hoppy. Mouthfeel is thick and rewarding. Drinkability is pretty good. I'll have to hold a bottle for aging to see how much this improves, as it definitely seems that it could. This pale is not for the pale at heart. Another great ale from Stone.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jeeez, another great beer from Stone. Surprise Surprise. Before I say anything else, if you have not yet sampled a bottle of this beer and havent had the opportunity to read the back label, go to Stone's website and check it out. Stone's bottles are always funny, but this one is great. It's just over the top and really humorous.

Secondly, I noted the equal alcohol content to the Ruination IPA and thought, could it be a very similar beer? I also noted it has not been designated as an IPA despite a 7.7% ABV, high for a pale ale. I then questioned Greg Koch (Stone CEO) about the style, and of course received the exact answer I was looking for: "The style? Well, it isn't to any "style" really (other than "Stone 7th Anniversary Ale style")." Ah of course! I love these guys.

On to the beer. Slightly tannish orange with a thin lace head. The aroma, well I want my life to smell like this beer. It's perfect. Hops are dominant, but they don't overpower the citric and pine notes that it offers as well. I expected a hop explosion in the flavor, a mouth puckering, tongue numbing experience. It wasnt there! What I got was similar to a well aged IPA. The hops were flavorful and tangy, but quite mellow and subdued as was the alcohol character, which was hardly noticeable. Very piney notes precede a mild caramel malt middle, with a biting but rather delicate smack of hops in the finish. More like a lil love tap. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full and almost creamy. Drinkability? Please, this stuff is phenomenal. Not the hop/alcohol monster I anticipated, yet the hops are perfectly balanced with everything else while still being extremely noticeable. So well done, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of skar
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with a plethora of prodigious pontification screened on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured a hazy dull orange in color. Absolutely incredible sheeting action of descending froth on the side of the glass. It looked like a freshly-pulled Guinness! Just a never-ending cascade of sheeting action. Unreal. Immensely-thick and inhumanely sticky head dominates the top of the glass. S-T-I-C-K-Y lace covers nearly all of the glass. Easily of one the best-looking beers I've had in a long....LONG time.

Smell: Hops, baby! Freakin' HOPS! Citrus and spicy hops bludgeon the nasal passages. Malty sweetness rides shotgun to this juggernaut of aromas. You can hear it coming from miles away and it's everything you imagined.

Taste: (OldFrothingSlosh bows in front of the bottle, repeatedly chanting: "I'm not worthy!") Stone tees off and hits the long ball ("He's a big hitter, the Llama...long.") Avalanche of "You will respect my authori-TAR" flavors beat you about the head in a flurry of flavors. Amazingly balanced. The malts battle fiercely with the hops and manage to hold their own. The fierce and imposing wizard Humulus Lupulus fires lightning bolts of flavor across your palate, only to be countered by the high priestess Carmella Sugar. A battle to be remembered for all of time. Death squads of bitterness roam the battlefield once the main players have departed, only to be picked off at random by the crack sniper squad of the Sweetness Squadron. The human palate was not intended for this god-like battle and you can only hope to live long enough to fully savor the contents of this bottle.

Mouthfeel: Two huge flavor profiles wage a contest of supremacy on your palate. Despite the epic battle, this beer manages a very dignifed level of balance. Very, very smooth and definitely on the creamy side. Your palate abases itself for the little lady...and enjoys every minute of it.

Drinkability: One wouldn't think that a 77IBU, 7.7% ABV beer could be called "session", but that's exactly what I thought. Honestly, I could drink this all friggin' night, day, week, month, and love every drop. Must get more of this. Seek this out and try it, I beg of you.

Once again, I raise my glass to the true BA AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.86/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of freed
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gift Beer, cool 22oz bottle.

dull golden color with significant haze, slight crown of foam with small white bubbles. Aroma is comparatively bright when matched to its complexion. Citrusy boquet of hops on top clean out the evil nose spirits.

Taste combines a fairly nice round maltiness with a bright and complex bittering hop profile. Not overbearing by any means, but the sensation of alcohol is apparent. Stands out against the solid malt profile though.

Fortunately my wife was there to help me finish the 22oz. It was more than I had wanted, but 12oz of the stuff hit the spot.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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