Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
11-23-2003 02:31:28 | More by arizcards
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
11-22-2003 06:30:40 | More by aaronh
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-11-2003 06:15:12 | More by IrishRedRock
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-09-2003 16:50:47 | More by skar
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
11-09-2003 01:51:02 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
2.83/5 rDev -31.8%
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.
11-07-2003 23:23:43 | More by jdhilt
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-04-2003 02:07:25 | More by freed
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
11-03-2003 18:00:49 | More by xgrigorix
4/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-01-2003 19:26:27 | More by Brent
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured a deep ambered-orange, with an off-white colored foamy head sitting well from lots of carbonation underneath. Its slippery lacing fell apart, though. Darn.
Smelled of caramel big time and some sweet floral scents, a first time combination (sweet and floral) for me. Also detected, barely, some sweetish grapefruit, an almost barleywine-like grainy ripple, and faint butteriness. Taste was of some rosy malt though more definite caramel malt. Threw out some alcohol tinges and a slightly grainy and salty bitter, too. Though it was a very sweet and caramelly beer at first, there were some mixed hop flavors: citric, grainy, mild Cascade-like flavors, and some apple hints. Also slight salty cheese flavors came up every once in awhile. Reads like a strange mélange of flavors, but actually tasted quite well. Definitely complex.
Great moderate but easy mouthfeel for a pale ale, luxurious on my tonguge, and the flavors were very drinkable. Much more malty, and caramel malt at that, for a typical Stone offering.
10-16-2003 19:46:51 | More by nomad
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, fruity and slightly sweet. A full to medium bodied pale ale. The hops will assault your taste buds, take no prisoners and you will be lucky to only have to walk the plank, stripped don to your undies. Your taste buds are then rescued by the really big nutty malt sweetness. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and a touch resiny. This beer goes from being hoppy to malty then back to hoppy again, all while staying in balance. Smooth tasting. This is a very nice beer, Stone has done it again, produced a very familiar style beer, but in a way that is unique and very definitely Stone. I wonder what this beer will taste like with some bottle aging, its still a little young. Very cool artwork on the etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
10-13-2003 03:33:17 | More by beerguy101
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bomber feels nice in the hand with the silkscreened label. Pours a reddish amber with small off white head. Citrusy hop aroma, very pleasing. Thick mouthful, medium bubbles. Taste is more citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple. good fruity malt balance. Alcohol actually hit me on the first few sips, but was gone after that. Tangy hops in the finish. Fresh hop burps ensue.
Pale ale? IPA? Don't know, don't care. This is one excellent brew. Kind of like a Junior Bastard.
10-11-2003 01:28:29 | More by Stingray5
3.65/5 rDev -12%
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.
10-10-2003 21:19:59 | More by Jdiddy
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
An amber brew with a rocky off-white head, typical of a pale ale or IPA. Leaves some lace, but settles thinner than I'm used to with Stone beers. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a bit of spiciness and fruitiness along with some grainy malt, the malt reminds me of something English. Nice crisp and hoppy flavor, dominated by rind-like bitterness but balanced out well by sweet grain-like maltiness. Hops are rather spicy and bit floral as well, especially in the middle. Biscuity malt is present as well. Finishes with a good mix of the hops and malt. Very flavorful beer, kind of like a pale ale taken further than usual, as I guess you could expect since this had its basis in their pale ale recipe. I can't wait to get more! Probably only this year too since it's probably not something that will hold up for as long as the previous years' Anniversary Ales. But who knows? The others have done extraordinarily well, so this one may hold up for a while as well, we'll just have to see...
10-01-2003 08:08:01 | More by hyuga
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
Not a huge nose but there are some sharp hop smells as well as a hint to roast malt and earthy smells. Beautiful lookin' brew. Thick beige rocky sticky head that clings like spidermans ass to that red head. Lots of fine bubbles and carbonation in the clear red ale. Just beautiful beer in the glass. The inital smooth malty biscuit taste and feel is crushed by a big bad hop/abv monster taste on the tongue. Your palet is left punished lovingly with plum skin and orange peel notes. It looks good.. it tastes good, it is good. Get some while you can. It is rich and smooth and balanced with aggression.
09-30-2003 02:20:04 | More by frank4sail
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
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.