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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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 MrSeth
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a tumbler with a very murky orange-brown color, opaque towards the center. Just a small tan head forms, little lace and a small ring of suds.

The nose is full of zesty orange and various other sweet citrusy aromas. The overall effect of the malt and hops is like marmelade on well done toast.

The taste.. is this a pale ale? May-be. But it is the fullest tasting pale ale that I've ever had. Rich, rich malt coats the palate. Starts fairly sweet, but ends very clean and dry. The hoppiness has become subdued, it shows some stand alone bitterness here and there in the taste briefly.. but it has become mostly a citrusy element.

This is a very fun example of the style. Usually I'm looking for an APA that is a bit lighter in body and taste. But considering the magnitude of the rest of Stone's offerings this one makes sense as their American pale ale. I still can't believe how much meat there is on these bones!

My thanks to Nick at Bauer Wine for the hook up.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mustard
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 ...

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Photo of mikeys01
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first limited edition beer.

Pours like gold on the best pollution sunset you could find. Reddish gold with a light tan, almost white, head.

Smells hoppy, which I guess is what you would expect from "despots of the hop." (quote from the back of the verbose bottle)

The hop tang jumps out at you, with a slighty alchohol kick at the end. A hint of apple and caramel teases the palate.

Slightly oily mouthfeel, and that kick of alchol at the end gives it a pleasant tang. Overall a very drinkable beer, a good companion for sitting and watching a movie.(in this case, lost in translation)

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Photo of sfoley333
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle stored refrigrated since the release into a duvel snifter. Poured a reddish orange color with thick white head and great lacing. Smell sweet tropical fruit and malt with faint pineapple scent. The taste grassy earth bitterness with a semi sweet malt taste. Mouthfeel is medium body with a great mellow carbonation level that isnt prickly or flat. The grassy bitterness makes this a one 22oz for me. I have tried this one when first released then again in 2004 and then now. I have to say for a double pale ale ( what lee once called it) it aged fine. Most of the tropical flavors and aroma are not as bright, only a grassy hoppiness remains and the sweetness mellowed out a bit more but a fine drinking beer that might be able to go even longer.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Stone 7th Anniversary Ale ~ 650ml

Pours an "iced tea" brown with some light, but not much clarity through the glass. The tan head is medium and consists of very fine bubbles which later contributes to the cream mouthfeel. Spider webs lace the glass as the head recedes, but there is always a thin layer all the way down. Aroma is like cutting into a fresh ruby red grape fruit with a definite sweetness accompanying the hoppiness. Each sip begins with a velvety smooth mouthfeel and well-placed malts and ends with a citrusy, piney hops, and just the right amount of bite. Alcohol isn't detectable in the taste, but there is definitely a nice warming effect with this one. Personally, this was my first experience with Stone and I was very impressed as I hoped I would be.

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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 Stingray5
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of xymyl
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a rare one from the deepest darkest parts of my cellar. Stored at 55 degrees in total darkness all this time. As you pour, it looks pale copper. In the glass it is a dark hazy copper/amber, the thin off white head falls quickly to a ring, leaving a good amount of lace.

The aroma is gentle and unified, a sweetly spicy blur with mandarin oranges and toast. Relaxing.

The taste is buttered wood chips followed by a caramel and brown sugar that slowly fade into another vanilla/wood/butter note that finally releases a perfect bitterness. A sweet slightly butterscotch note stays along for the whole ride.

Overall: Medium full to full, this beer has lost something and gaind something as is typical of aged beer. Certainly, since I hade a few when they were young, it was great to taste the changes in this beer tonight. Funny how so many of the stone beers age gracefully, but still keep so much life in them. I only have one of these left now. Even though this one was somewhat oxidized, and looks very different, I love the uniformity the flavors have achieved. This is a great testament to cool dark cellaring. My lower score merely reflects imperfections of time that you can expect in a well cellared bottle. If you find one, you probably don't want one that has been kept in anything less than the best conditions.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful coral amber in color, a bit murky and very pleasing in appearance.

Floral hops on the nose. A nice combination of sweet and bitter aromas on the nose.

Bold hops accompanied by candied floral sweetness on the tongue followed by starchy malts and well blended ABV. Very well balanced. Increasing flavors with temp.

Very pleasing mouthfeel with long lasting flavors on the palate. I truly enjoyed this.

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Photo of Jdiddy
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 wofat
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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