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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

150 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StoneGreg on 08-01-2003)
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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh...my lone bottle of this brew. I've been holding onto it for long enough and am ready to enjoy it. Pours from the bomber a viscous deep opaque dark orange with hint of dark red. A nice inch of eggshell foam forms and then leaves some spotty lacing in its wake. Aromas are deeply malty upfront with sweet caramel, raisins, citrus and dark fruits. Sticky pine bough hops are resiny and forward. Subtle alcohol. Sweet candied bread. Wow...after over 2 years the nose is still enchanting...reminds me of a barleywine.

First sip brings a big massively caramel maltiness upfront. Notes of citrus and dark fruits abound. Hints of raisins, molasses and brown sugar. Flows down with a big helping of piney, resinous hops that leave a nice bitter trail. Alcohol is there as well but does not detract from the overall brew. This has really aged quite nicely. I wish I could have tasted it fresh! Rich and tasty.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and chewy with a nice stable carbonation that works well. Fills the mouth and takes hold...I like that. I wouldn't mind having another bomber lying around here. I have no clue how this will age from here on out but I'd say it's pretty tasty right now! Well worth trying if you can still find it or if you still have some lying around. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity to sample this one.

Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is starting to show its age. In other words, if you have it, drink it. It’s a deep amber with a dense, small head. There’s a slight haze to the beer that gradually clears as it warms. There’s 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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly dark amber, but with a great looking filmy head. The aroma is of hops, but becomes across as very piney. The taste reminds me of holiday Christmas brews. The taste is also very Christmas-like, but the hops hops are more mellowed with the malts than what I expected. It is a bit over-carbonated though. While this is definitely a good beer, the piney flavor kind of takes away from the overallexperience for me.

Photo of Wildman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of taez555
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!! There’s a firm in your face bitterness. A slight citrus peel, earth hop flavors really comes through. It’s very present but perfectly balanced the big malt.

Basically I’ve found a new favorite beer. It’s not an IPA, it’s not a barley wine. It’s 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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Slightly hazy cider colored brew with a generous creamy off white head.

S: Caramel, minor red fruit, pine cone, butterscotch and vanilla.

T: Begins like vanilla custard with hints of butterscotch and loads of honey. Lots of toffee and caramel, the trademark of an aged ale. Then a buttery citrus expression pops up, but the citrus has been muted over the years. The bittereness remains though and is a constant reminded what this beer was years ago. Finishes desert like with long lingering toffee

M: Medium body with a silky mouthfeel. The carbonation has chilled over the years.

D: This beer has aged remarkably well for a pale ale. This is a good example of what a hop bomb can become with some time on its hands.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured, it had a reddish/orage color to it with tight bubbles in the foam. For me, this was not an excetiona beer, but could have been. I could taste the citrusy fruit and hops, along with the roasted malts. But, I thought it tasted a little flat. Nice balance of bitter/sweetness, but again al little to flat on the taste buds. If not for the flatness in the taste I would have rated it a point higher on the taste. Will try it again later!

Photo of mschofield
4.13/5  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.

Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: A hazy honey brown pour with a densely carbonated and soapy tan head.

Smell: Carmel, brown sugar, and light citrusy hop notes. The hops are definitely muted on this but I'm guessing this would have been a "punch in the face" when it was fresh.

Taste: A strong malt backbone, brown sugar, carmel, maple syrup, and finishing with a bitter hop edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This tastes like an American Barleywine. That being said, it should continue to age well. This is still a great beer. It reminds me of Old Guardian in that if I keep drinking it, I keep thinking "barleywine". It's not that powerful but it's more along the lines of a BW. I'll continue to try it as long as it's available. Strongly recommended.

Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this sitting in the fridge of a local liquor store and pounced on it like a buzzard on a roadkill. Couldn't wait to try it but had to drive home first (damn open container laws :-) !).

Anyway, poured from a rather non-descript 22oz bomber (except for the big-ass "7" on it), it's a great coppery color with a thick, sticky tan head and lots of lace.

Smell: whoa, hops, lots of hops. Citrusy hoppy aroma abounds. Had me worried as I don't care for having my tastebuds blasted by hops.

Taste: wow, not as hoppy as expected after smelling it. Sweet malty tones followed up by the inevitable hops flavor. Citrusy, grapefruit-like taste comes on strong but not out of control. Warming alcohol bite at the end.

Feel: Full, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: holy crap, that was good! Only downside keeping this brew from a "5" is the rather high % ABV. It's not outrageous, but insidious and will have you tuned in short order. That being said, this is an elegantly crafted beer that's got me itching to try it on tap next weekend at Stone's 7th Anniversary Open House. Another home run brew from Stone.

Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear orange colored body with a small white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Nice citric hops jump right out at you with a base of sweet caramel and fruits. Hops are still fairly strong for the age of this. Flavors of sweet fruits with a solid bitter citric bite start this off. Some caramel before it finishes with more bitterness. Pretty thick stuff, almost like a light barley wine at this point. Great drinkability here, I only wish I got to try this fresh because its tasting pretty good right now.

Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Warroirsoul for picking this one up for me after the horror show I had in finding it myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange copperish color with an intial cream colored one finger head. Dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a slight film on top.
S: An orangey citrus smell is noticeable at first. Slight bready notes also fill the nostrils. Spicy smell too.
T & M: Huge spicy hoppyness taste up front with a sizeable malty background. Bitterness is also noticed here. Gritty and resiny mouthfeel sticks to the roof of the mouth. Gets softer on the plate after it warms up a bit. Abv is noticeable in the spicyness.
D: Drinkable beer, but I wouldn't sit on it any longer. Seems to be losing some ground so if you've got this one in your cellar, drink up!

Photo of aaronh
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of marburg
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.