Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours with a decent white head a quarter of an inch deep; a swirl reveals the beer to be visibly viscous. The liquid seems to be lit from within by its own chemoluminescence, a glowing heavy bronze haze diffusing and blurring the surrounding light. Huge malt aroma like dark, cereally mutigrain bread crusts slathered in honey, with hints of lemon and shortbread emerging with warmth, vies for control with brutal hop bitterness. This is what it must smell like inside a hop cone. Massively earthy, dry, almost pollen-like nosefeel pushes its way clear through to the back of the sinus and practically leaves it black-and-blue. Taste is punitively bitter... something like a sandwich of spruce needles on rosemary bread washed down with a glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice. After ravaging the tongue with this heavy, bodily bitterness, mouthfeel extends well into the gullet. Seemingly endless aftertaste wears out its welcome and compromises the drinkability... some crispness in the finish to cut through the hop sludge would have helped a lot here, IMO. I would have appreciated a bit of restraint with certain aspects of this brew, but when drunk with patience, it was still quite rewarding.
09-08-2004 03:41:45 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Nice coppery color-good carbonation level though no real head. Some malt/hop aroma but nothing really to note.The flavor on the other hand is right there in your face.Big big hop flavor.Almost comes across as an Imperial PA.Big,malt flavor with a slew of hops bleeding thru it-silky smooth in flavor and mouthfeel.Nice, oily body.A very quaffable beer-bigger then your average US Pale but then again it IS a Stone product.This one is a year old and a real humdinger.
08-27-2004 00:38:37 | More by lackenhauser
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Released into a pint from a signature style painted STONE double-deuce with a "can't get any bigger" number seven on the front indicating, in case you couldn't guezz? 7.7% ABV. Pours a clear golden coppery hue with a scant bubble here and there, capped by a sticky looking off white thin but prescent head that leaves tight lattice lace. A few swirls erupt a quickly dissapating froth.
Ripe red apple malt aromas and other sweet mixed fruit scents i.e. peaches and bananas, round out this STONE nose with plenty of olfactory offering. As a bit of warmth enters in, awl-kee-hawl esters are released.
First swigs: Bold complex cornicopia fruit scents and sticky acidic sizzle. Plenty of STONE house flavors. Massive malts and huge hops blend big. Bitter citrous tongue with plenty of varying flavors that make this an interesting taste. Caramely malts blend well with those STONE signature orange grapefruit slices flavored hops. Notes of raisins, fruit cake and mince meat pie.
Seven's syrupy savoring becomes a bit cloying. Tons of tongue sizzle, remeniscent of even Ruination.
Last swigs: Palate pummeler. Despite the well built style, Seven is a bit too sizly and bold to be a session offering. Personally, a different beer over another one would be my choice. An adventurous choice for my first beer of the day. A twinge estery and malty, but beyond that, it gets my wallet vote.
Beer is good. Happy big bold California beering.
08-25-2004 01:53:14 | More by blitheringidiot
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a hazed amber to copper color with some orange highlights. Beige head is minimal, but leaves good lacing. Big biscuity and caramelly malt and piney, citrusy, and hoppy nose. Blast of ruby red grapefruity west coast hops backed with malt sweetness and subtle notes of caraway seeds, molasses and anise. Carbonation is fair, but introducing a higher level of carbonation would probably produce a metallic twang consistent with carbonic acid. Just the right amount of bitter to sweet. Very enjoyable and unique. Can't say it's really an APA, more like an souped up English IPA with west coast American hops. A bit of iced tea-like tannins as it warms. One year later and it's cellared nicely.
08-17-2004 17:54:30 | More by crookedhalo
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Opening this bottle, I was very stoked. I happen to love what Stone has to offer, especially their little write-ups about their beer on the bottle..always make me laugh.
As I poured it, it poured an amber color which left very little head. It did give some nice lacing on the glass, but not much to it. The scent was by far the most impressive part of this ale. As I sat a good foot away, I could get good hints of caramel and a bit of fruit (undistinguishable to me however). Also, the hops were apparent in odor as well. I could definitely taste the caramel on the initial sip, and the hops also hit well towards the back of the sip, which was a nice thing! The malty caramel taste stands out the most to me. Carbonation was not overbearing, especially drank at room temp, and mouthfeel was pretty good...slightly creamy to me somehow....
Overall, this beer I rate as good...not the best ale I have ever had. I'd much rather have an Arrogant Bastard though.
08-16-2004 03:28:22 | More by Fish113d
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Hazed pumpkin-amber with almost no visible carbonation. The head is generous in size, orangish ecru in color, dense, pitting and sticky. As with most Stone beer, 7th Anniversary Ale looks great in the glass. The super-stiff head stays at a solid one finger for the life of the bomber, growing larger with each pour. The lace is laid down in not-quite-solid sheets and is beautiful.
The nose is full of both citric and earthy hops, matched step for step by toasted caramel malt that is more prominent than expected. Upon drinking, it's readily apparent that the nose did not lead me astray. There's a huge amount of malt in this beer, a rock solid backbone with big, meaty ribs. I hope that the ten months that the bottle spent in the back of my beer fridge didn't weaken the hops significantly, but I fear that it might have.
The hops are grapefruity, but not bright and juicily grapefruity. They're more caramelized brown sugar-covered grapefruity, a flavor that always makes me think Columbus, maybe even a little Chinook. There's also a significant amount of pine sap to go along with all the fruit. I'd much prefer a throttling back of the sweet, caramel-toffee flavor and a ramping up of the hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is impressively long thanks to a body/mouthfeel that is full, sticky and slick.
Stone 7th Anniversary doesn't drink like an APA at all, but like a big ass IPA. I'm enjoying it a great deal even though I keep wishing that the malt-hop balance was tilted more heavily toward the good guys. Again, age probably has a lot to do with it, but I had a reason for waiting until today to crack the crown. Even though this is yet another solid beer from one of the best breweries in the country, I won't shed any tears over the fact that it's a limited edition.
I would like to dedicate this bomber of Stone 7th Anniversary Ale and this review to my dad (the only hero that I've ever had) who died 7 years ago today. R.I.P.
08-05-2004 16:39:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
1 Pint, 6 Fl. Oz. bottle that says Stone 7th Anniversary Ale August 2003.
OK I have to be honest, I poured this one into my "Big Ass Beer Dick's Last Resort Glass". I'm a bouncer there and the glass was free, and tonight it was clean...what's a BA to do?
Light amber/ copper color with a nice head that took its sweet time to fizzle down to the liquid below. White, bubblly rings lace the glass while a thin white tarp remains over the beer.
The smell...it got me right away. The smell screams Stone Product and is one of the reasons I'm a fan of their beers. That sweet, malty aroma draws me in every time and this Anniversary Ale delivers big time.
Even though the hops in this bad boy punch you in the mouth as they journey down your gullet there is a nice maltiness in there as well that is somewhat comforting as you can actually taste something other than hop oil (not that one needs to ever taste anything more than hop oil mind you).
Feels good in the mouth and going down. Very smooth and tasty, but leaves you smacking your lips after it's made its way down to your innards.
No way I'm going to drink more than one at a sitting, but I'd love to have another, and soon. The fact that I drank this a year after it was put out didn't seem to diminish it's taste and certainly not my love for this beer.
08-04-2004 02:06:43 | More by fdrich29
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
This one was a beautiful mahogany colour was a decent head floating on top. The nose was a not as big as I expected but the taste was dead on for such a special beer. This is very hopped ale with a nice rounded finish that sits this brew somewhere between Old Guardian and Double Bastard in flavour. What impressed me about this beer was the refined aspects which show Stone to be true craftsmen.
07-15-2004 03:36:45 | More by canucklehead
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Appearance: Pours a copper amber color wiht a fluffly white head. Head recedes fairly quickly but has a very nice lace.
Smell: A nice nose of citrus hops, caramel and bread malts, and a slight sugary sweetness.
Taste: Notes of caramel, a little biscuit, and other sweet malts dominate the profile of this beer initially. At the end this beer finishes with a citrus hop flavor and a slight spice, followed by a nice lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A full bodied beer that is almost chewy with a nice medium to light carbonation.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty damn big for an APA but for its size is still drinkable. I would have liked a lil more of a hop kick for how big the malts are.
07-10-2004 04:11:21 | More by bigbeerdrinka
4.65/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: Rosey malt colored, pinkish tones. Almost orangish. Cream colored retentive head.
Aroma: 'Stone-y'. Hard core citrus hop aroma. Heavy malt smell. Aroma is a bit floral. Buttery crackers in the aroma, to go along with the heavy caramel smells.
Taste: Heavy malt, with tingly hoppiness. Balanced beer, with a nice mouthfeel. Sweet up front, with tingly hops kicking in in the middle. The grapefruit jumps in early with hints of a vegital hop taste during the finish of the beer.
Notes: Balanced bliss. This is a super big quality IPA. Unfortunately it's probably all gone on the store shelves. Steal one of these bottles from a friend or enemy if you can.
06-15-2004 02:01:22 | More by beerinator
3.4/5 rDev -18.1%
This one is starting to show its age. In other words, if you have it, drink it. Its a deep amber with a dense, small head. Theres a slight haze to the beer that gradually clears as it warms. Theres 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.
06-11-2004 08:26:54 | More by aracauna
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
This beer poured a thick but small tan head with a lovely ruby/tan body.
The nose was pure rich sweet malt. Caramel, malt, alcohol. A slight sharpness, but basically just this huge rich malt smell.
The taste was medium to full bodied. Rich and very delicious. Caramel, malt, malt and more malt. Fresh 2 row barley taste. Sort of reminds me of being in a brewery. Yum!! Theres a firm in your face bitterness. A slight citrus peel, earth hop flavors really comes through. Its very present but perfectly balanced the big malt.
Basically Ive found a new favorite beer. Its not an IPA, its not a barley wine. Its just a really good beer. When I was drinking this I kept thinking it was double bastard with the volume turned down a bit. A must try beer, if you can still find it.
06-03-2004 07:15:28 | More by taez555
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
bomber bottle, pours reddish amber. tiny bubble film and lacing evident. Hoppy nose. Another high quality, hoppy ale from my heros at Stone. This one is nicely balanced, malty/hoppy. well done. Warming and strong, medium bodied, sticky/creamy mouthfeel. Finish is long and tasty. Get some of this stuff while you still can.
05-22-2004 15:52:42 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
05-20-2004 17:36:16 | More by ark57
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Bottled August 2003.
Has a tight creamy beige head, clear amber/gold liquid. Nose is lots of aged hops with a sugary sweet malt underpinning with some alcohol sensed too. Fruity flavors abound in the taste, with intense maltiness that fills the mouth without the cloying mouthfeel, and a nicely balanced blast of mellowed yet still potently bitter hop smack...can also taste a bit of the 7.7 percent alcohol. Finishes flowery, bitter and bready, good stuff! Easily the best of the Stone beers I've had to date.
Thanks Craig once again!
05-16-2004 14:05:44 | More by beerluvr
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head on top of an orangey-amber hued brew. Nose is predominantly of spicy hops, but backed up by a reasonable amount of malt, as indicated by the darker color than most pale ales possess. Taste is upfront and immediate of a heavy hops shot, but mellows through the middle of the flavor with smoothing malt, and then bounces back with a parting bite of hops again. Quite interesting and artistic flavor profile. Excellent mouthfeel, and makes you want to come back for more.
05-04-2004 22:59:11 | More by ppoitras
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a bright funky orange/copper color with a slight haze and a medium sized creamy off white head. Good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, citrus fruit and big floral/spicy hops.
Taste starts heavily malty and almost cloying in its sweetness. The caramel and tangy orange fruits show up in the middle along with a toffee note. Just when it seems to reach the verge of being too sweet...the citrusy, resinous, slightly perfumey hop bitterness shows up to balance it out. Great job!
Medium to full bodied with a rich, creamy semi oily mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation. Good balance and mouthfeel along
with no noticeable alcohol makes this a highly drinkable ale.
I really liked this beer!
04-28-2004 22:03:00 | More by rkhaze
3.45/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
04-27-2004 02:37:52 | More by sulldaddy
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
Orangey copper color with a thick tan head of bubbles of many sizes. It sinks quickly, but leaves a thin layer atop, with big bubbles all around the edges. Aroma is thick, and full of pear and apple, some cinnamon and vanilla. I can also tell from the sweetness in the smell that this one's got some pouch. Initially sweet, biscuity, a little buttery. Sweet malts come through, plus a little toffee. Some hops in the finish, but wow, the alcohol jumps out too. The sweetness and the alcohol dominate. I find with many Stone brews that there is depth of flavor waiting to be unleashed, but is being held back by the alcohol flavors.
04-24-2004 23:33:55 | More by far333
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
04-18-2004 21:57:57 | More by Mitchster
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Orange hair gel, poured with a big gob of sticky-ish off-white head. Little visible carbonation, though swirling the glass releases a streaming rush and ushers in a renewal of the frothy head.
Caramel and syrup are undertones in the nose; the hops are fairly obvious here. Smells like an aggressively hopped pale ale. Such a deceivingly simple aroma can't prepare anyone for what's to come, however. Fairly syrupy and on the heavier side of medium bodied. Sap texture and flavor come together with citric and drawn out throbbing bitterness in the finish. But the thickness and sugary nature of this brew is dominant. The alcohol isn't noticeable, per se, but no one can doubt that some of the sweetness in this brew isn't from it's mental haze inducing component.
Good stuff. Interesting. Not terribly user-friendly in some ways. But good stuff nonetheless.
03-23-2004 19:27:33 | More by marburg
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Copper color with a slight off-white head. Bitter hops, strong with citrus notes and bits of pine. Very bitter tastes of hops hit all over the palate and kill the tastebuds. This delicious none the less and should be labeled a double or imperial in my mind. Crisp tastes with bits of orange and spices. Complex and outstanding. Leaves a piney taste on the tongue. The aftertaste is strong and makes it tough to appreciate anything else that night. This is a great brew but I would expect nothing else from Stone.
03-23-2004 02:15:31 | More by stewart124
4.65/5 rDev +12%
This brewery does nothing but amaze me and they always fit with what I'm looking for out of a beer...time to move to sunny Cal. eh? Well... thank goodness xlperro was nice enough to hook me up with this fine 7th Anniversary Pale Ale by Stone!
Super clouded, deeply golden bronzed yellow color in the glass, a creeping smallish off-white head just sits there a while before it decides to melt away leaving a bubbly edged collar and the lace sticks in small spots and strings.
Aroma is oh so yummy, soon as I wiffed this in I knew I was gonna like it. Malt laden caramel candy-refic nose. The caramel malt here is fantastic, its nearly undescribable; besides, just saying that its super fine yummy nice is enough! Totally reminds of Double Bastards' nose with nearly the same roaring axiom over the hops. What hops I do detect (tangerine, dried grapefruit, citric, woody) seem to realm very meagerly compared to what most pales are and should be. But I'll throw that to the weighside as Stone always seems to push the envelope in all styles neither true nor erroneous.
Love those malts! It never fades. It never gives up. It just cinders like a cinamatic memory.
On your mark... sip...no wait...gulp...WOW, how easy is it to love this beer is beyond words. I can say this "Stone brews rock my world!" Yum, yum, yummy times ten! This is emaculate stuff! Pale ale, or what ever they want to call it, I want more! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...I'm one happy lad this day! Hello caramel! Hello hops! A beautiful meadly of the miraculous malten heavy yet hop filled brigade of a beer! Caramel malts strongly covers the front (yum), mixing with a salad of fruits intreguing grapefruit, tangerine, plum, fig, and dulled raisin to boast, but as it settles a toasty effect takes over with major crusted bread and toasty grainy malts becomes the center, melding with the caramel (delicish). Perfect bitterness for me in the hops, which float and stay steady across the finish with mild yet giving citrus and wood dryness...lingers...lingers some more, yields both the malts and hops together to bring a grin to thee lips. Oooh yeah, thats the stuff...caramel, candy, toffee, citrus, wood... everything Stone has ever offered has risen through to torment you to think, " What could possibly be next by these guys?" Holy shit this is good stuff!
Feel is way to smooth, full, and malty for a pale, yet it gives and gives, never letting go of your expectations, nor your buds, nor your memory. Great start, great finish. What else is neeeded? This has everything; malts in the front which carry through to the finish, and the finish is hop laden and lingering both on the palate and the memory.
The 7.7 ABV catches up to ya pretty quickly, even though it takes nothing to drink it out of the bomber, which is gone before you know it, and your craving strongly for more...and I need more! I can only think of a cross between Old Guardian and Dbl. Bastard, but without all the alcohol, but believe me, this still has a worldly effect on the noggin'. The Levitation and Smoked Porter are the brews to be sessioned by the guys at Stone. Try to session this stuff and it'll be a short evening. Still drinkable beyond commensense and you'll continue to convince yourself as I did that it is.
03-20-2004 00:35:27 | More by tavernjef
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Stone is quite humble to call this a pale ale. It's almost comical.
The sweet, honeyed, malt-laden nose and palette along with the supportive, but unaggressively resinous hop backbone suggests old ale all the way. And were it an old ale, perhaps it'd be a tad weak -- especially since Stone's sick interpretation of an old ale is Arrogant Bastard. I guess 7th Anniversary is a hybrid of old and pale ales, managing to show off the complexity of the age-worthy malt without deflating the nuance of a classic American pale ale. And I guess Stone could give a fuck what I think of how well they fit a style. "If you want consistency, drink Bud," I'm sure they'd say.
Glorious hopping reminiscent of SN Celebration in its complexity and distinction. Way too much malt for a pale ale.
But really this is classic British old ale with a wonderful fresh citrus kick. Sweet of fresh morning pastries. It even picks up the tiniest hint of sherry-like almondine nuttiness. A little buttery diacetyl late in the finish. 15 minutes later, this finishes with the dry fruitiness of a pale ale; I don't understand.
Stone 7th Anniversary has what I would expect out of a well aged old ale. Only 6 months into it, this beer's destined for something really special. It might be too thin to really be a great vintage ale some day, but it'll make the best run a simple "pale ale" ever could.
As a young BA, I knocked the site and said that the BAs missed the complexity of more delicate brews -- that their tongues were charred with high-octane stuff, primarily from Stone. Now that I've earned some stripes, I see the error of my ways, but also have noticed how burnt my own tongue has gotten. Stone 7th Anniversary is a pale ale for experienced BAs; for those who said that pilsners and amber ales were the cat's meow until they found out about barleywines and imperial everything. It reminds me of what I loved when I started, what I love now, and how much I have changed. This special release is my coming-of-age in a bottle.
03-18-2004 04:24:26 | More by ngandhi
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
22oz. Bottle Deep amber ale with an orange hue. Big rocky head of foam. Aroma is super hoppy with a nice bready malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth medium bodied with a velvety texture. Flavor is big on hops with a sharp bitterness. This is similar to the Ruination but with a better malt balance. Flavor is great, blended malts and bitter flavorful hops. Another winner from Stone.
03-14-2004 06:04:03 | More by BierReise
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.