BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pellucid ruby with hints of golden orange on the sides. Beautiful color with large puffy head. A pungent floral hop aroma, not that musky hop that you sometimes get. A fragrant citrusy, piney aroma, yummy. Initially bitter but mellows into a dry sweet tribute to hops. Dry and bitter with an aftertaste than calls for more. A fabulous APA, one of the best, very fresh and yummy, this reminds me of how hoppy SNPA was when it first came out but a more modern take on the style. Give it to stone for this one and props to dmwhal for this fine specimine
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pineapple and resin laden hops with silkey smooth carmel malts. Body is deep amber with a tight sswathy white head that lingers and leaves a fillagree of lace. Sweet carmely bitterness with pineapple and NW hops, sugar cookie and some dough. Solid flavor and mouthfeel, what a pale ale should be. Finishes nicely resinous and bready.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral, citrus, and earthy hops collide! I'm always amazed at how Stone can do so much with hops and keep the "balance". An anti-pale ale, IMO. Deep golden orange, think NB Biere de Mars all wacked out on crank. It kept on giving me the mincemeat on Thanksgiving, in a good way, vibe. I debated whether to douse myself with it, wait for an hour and see whether I smelled more like Cascade or Centennial hops. Decided just to quaff and lick my chops instead.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark amber color with a gorgeous, pillowy head of tiny bubbles. I'm getting mostly bannana in the nose, with a hint of pine trees as if I was at my old summer camp in Maine. Taste is of rich, chewy malts with a big hoppy finish, typical Stone, but not redundant of all. I wish I had tried the Stone Pale Ale as a basis of comparison. So hoppy, it's almost an IPA, but it is too malty for that style. Once again, Stone has treated us to a tremendously balanced, big brew. Enjoy this one while you can.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massively floral, resinous, fruity hop aroma, juicy and citric, also some apparent caramel and honey sweetness. Medium rosy amber cast, with a fine, creamy, lasting head atop. Nicely balanced flavor profile, bittersweet, with a good blend of piney, citric, fruity hop and pure malt sweetness. Some very faint yeast esters on the finish. Creamy, almost luscious mouthfeel, somehow both drying and sugary, full bodied but still eminiently drinkable and refreshing. Seems especially fine on this sultry summer eve. A tip of the hat and glass to TAR.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful deep orange-amber color, ample head. Citrus sweet with (of course) a big bite of hops. Like an amplified version of their pale ale , should actually be kicked up to american strong. Very, very enjoyable. Kudos to Stone for making a more drinkable anniversary offering - though don't get the impression that they wimped out with this one.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 Bottle: man, what a beer! Deep copper color with a thick off white head. Such a flavorful beer. When I first heard the 7th Anny special was to be a Pale Ale I was a little disappointed - hoping for something different from them, but this is sooo good! Big hop nose - hello, it is Stone - but maybe some different hops from them. This beer reminds me of the beer that would be born if Arrogant Bastard and Ruination IPA had a kid. It is hoppier than AB, but maltier than Ruination. What could be bad about that?!?
ThomW (35) - USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great anniversary ale by Stone. Great looking, smelling and tasting. A little stronger than their Arrogant Bastard Ale and just as pretentious.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a pale ale? By far, it's the best one I've had. This smelled so hoppy it was almost reminiscent of pineapple. The hops weren't overbearing, though.