Stone 7th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
hazy copper/orange, almost pumpkin pie or apple cider colored with a thin tan head. big malty toffee aroma, with brown sugar, resinous citrus hops, and a dark fruitiness. faint alcohol. apple cidery aromas pop out as it warms. as for the taste the maltiness has attained an almost grainy texture. toffee and caramel maltiness, with molasses, spices and a rich candied fruit flavor. subdued but omnipresent earthy grapefruit hop bitterness. pretty damn complex. nice smooth and full bodied with crisp carbonation. very enjoyable, i feel like this beer has been softened with age, i wish i had had a chance to try it when it was new.
02-11-2005 01:38:50 | More by kmo1030
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
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
One of the first 5 to review this, woohoo! 22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a reddish-amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. There is lots of lace left on the glass. The smell is rich in hops, citrus, and even a hint of coconut. The taste starts with sweet malt, almost a caramel taste to it, then finishes with a powerful bite of hops. Hell, this beer has more hops than most IPAs! The body is smooth and fairly heavy for a pale. The drinkability is very good for a 7.7% brew. Greg, you've done it again. You are a beer god.
08-07-2003 02:31:41 | More by SheepNutz
4/5 rDev -3.6%
I agree with some other reviews that this is a very IPA like brew. I guess if you kick up a pale ale as Stone has bumbed thisone to 7.7, perhaps you get one in the same. And thats not all bad. This Anniversary pours a nice copper golden orange with a simple off-white head. It settles to a thin film though little on lace. The aroma is fruity and floral. Taste is of citrus, floral and a stones full of hop. Slight amount of malt rounds things out nice. The mouth is left with a citrus hop aftertaste and a smooth hop oil glaze. It is very smooth to drink or sip as I tend to do on a hoppy brew. A soothing 7.7% kick warms out the finish rather nice. I hope to find somemore for the cellar.
08-11-2003 02:12:02 | More by chilidog
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
4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
Near perfection. Had this on-tap at Stone's Winter Storm. My favorite beer I had that night. And I got to try many.
The taste was incredible. The hops had mellowed obviously, revealing a toffee like sweetness that was perfectly mated to the incredibly smooth, rich mouthfeel. It had basically turned into a dessert beer really. In a way. Well, it is definitely a beer I would love to drink after a nice meal.
Anyway, if you EVER have the chance to try this on-tap, do it. Yeah, I know the opportunity to do this now is not exactly possible for most people, but if it ever happens to pop up for some special event, shell out whatever cash is in your wallet and enjoy perfection.
01-27-2007 08:57:01 | More by rallison
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
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Imported from Indianna by cja711. Bright orange ruby pour with a 2 finger ivory head falling to a thin film and lacing. Aroma hop resin, pine needles and malt supporting the hops. The malt base is toasted, and biscuity. The pungent and resinous hops near perfect balance with bitter lingering and nice malt character in finish. A great pale ale with highest drinkability factor. Shared with 2 other BAs and we would have liked a half case for the remains of the evening.
06-12-2005 18:59:15 | More by karst
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
Oh yeah... 200th review! Hops to it! This is not a pale ale! This is a damn good ale! Hoppy as you may expect from Stone. Mmmmm hoppy! The taste is quite the nice and smooth. Such the great mouthfeel which moves me to suggest that Greg and co. got it right again. How do they make it happen like this? Gotta love them hops!
08-30-2003 06:15:20 | More by scottum
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Dull copper to amber color, slightly hazy with a thin off-white head that settled quickly, and became a light clingy lace. The aroma is a toffee hops smell with a mild doughy character. Hops do show up mildly in the form of a bit of citrus in the aroma. This is a fine APA smell. The flavor has more of the doughy taste, caramel toffee flavors from the malt along with an interesting mix of hop bite an alcohol warming. This definitely has more alcohol than many APAs Ive tried. It doesnt overpower, but it does change the character some. The mouth feel is slightly slick, not much carbonation, still this is very drinkable.
01-12-2005 00:38:20 | More by carln26
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
The beer was 3 years old (had it 10\06)
A- Thin off white tan head that went to basically nothing. Bit darker orange cloudy color.
S-Big citrus smell. Hints of alcohol and malts that were hiding in the back. Grapefruit and orange are pretty strong.
T-Bit stale taste but the grapefruit hops still very present after 3 yrs. Alcohol comes through and a malt background is also in there. Has lost most of it's bitterness but the citrus taste was still very present. Light bitterness in aftertaste.
M-Smooth, low carbonation, medium/full body, and a bit oily.
D- Pretty good but couldn't see me drinking a couple bottles of this. Wish I would of tried it when it first came out. I was surprised at how much the hops were still there though.
10-09-2006 20:28:47 | More by BlindPig
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
On tap at winterstorm 2010.
Pours a Belgian trippel color. Head dissapated fast. No lacing. Nice color though.
Not much smell to this one. Sort of citrusy caramel.
Taste is wonderful though. Still pretty hoppy and bitter and even a good hop flavor. Lots of citrus hops. Nice caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is quite thin with a nice carbonation.
Overall I would say to drink up your bottles if you have any. This beer is goin down hill from here on out.
02-07-2010 17:19:56 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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
4.28/5 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
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: This beauty pours a clear dark amber color with a tan head.This is a nice looking beer.
Aroma: The nose of this arrogant brew is fruity and hoppy.
Palate: The tip of your tongue is hit by citric hops, but just as it seems like the flavors are headed toward grapefruit and over the top hops-land, the malts kick in and balance this baby out. Wow. I loved it. It goes down so smoothly
08-09-2003 04:17:36 | More by jcalabre
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
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
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Ah, it's that time of year again: Christmas in August. Poured from (surprise!) a brown bomber. It's an absolutely beautiful orange that almost looks like it would glow in the dark. The head foams up nicely but fades quickly. The smell of hops certainly makes itself known, but it's on the light side compared to other Stone offerings. It's not the usual pale ale by any stretch of the imagination. In addition to more intense hopping than most PAs, it packs a punch in the alcohol department, though it's well-hidden in the taste. A hint of grapefruit comes through. Everything comes together nicely, and it's great to see Stone put together a really good beer that's not as "big" as its others.
08-23-2003 04:30:19 | More by mickeymac
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
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Peach colored with an off-white head, little retention and lacing. Smell is of apricots, peaches, flowers, and biscuits. Taste is of peaches, apricots, tangerine, orange rind, and some sweet malt. Medium carbonation and lighter than medium body. This beer has held up much better than I imagined it would. Would love to try it again.
01-03-2009 04:16:56 | More by badbeer
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours out a hazy orange color with a nice head that stays awhile. Some lacing was left on the glass when finished. Smell consisted of hops blending in with some fruit aromas with the malts hiding in the background. Some citrus tones also in the background. Taste was hops with full force hitting your taste buds and palate and ready to knock you out. But in the middle was some malts and citrus tones to balance this bad boy out. It's a tug of war between the hops and malts with the hops winning. The bitterness is all over the place and can be felt into the aftertaste and then some. Your palate will get a full blown work out from this beer. Luckily I saw a bottle of this stuff in MA and have to pick up a few more when I got back up there. Good stuff.
09-10-2004 00:02:39 | More by necoadam
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
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Reddish-golden cloudy amber body. One finger of thick white head. At first it looks like the head won't last long. But it sticks around persistently through most of my first pint.
Nose is sharp and hoppy. A touch of the piney, woody bite of a barleywine. Agressive!
Flavor is huge. Is this really only 7.7%? It has the massive bitter hop profile of an unabashed barleywine. Plenty of malt up-front to balance the hops, but without producing overwhelming sweetness. There are plenty of sweet notes present, though. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, it's in there. It's really, really good. Reminds me a little bit of SN Bigfoot (Lite, if such a thing existed). They should produce a regular product from this recipe, I would buy it.
Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, even chewy, but still smooth.
Drinkability is very good. The huge flavors please the palate, while stopping short of being overwhelming. I wish I had more of these, I will have to ration my last 3 bombers carefully.
12-02-2005 23:39:55 | More by ghostwalker
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.