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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Super Special Pale Ale. Amber-ish/dark orange color, quite hoppy with a fruity aroma and upfront flavor. There is a hop-bitterness sting on the tongue at first with noticeable malt reminiscent of a sweet pastry, more fruity hop flavors linger and blend into a toasty-malty balance that comes through in the finish. This full bodied ale is placed nicely on the high side of the scale.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
On tap at Stone - 2/1/08. Shows signs of nice aging - flavors blend and mellowed in harmony. No real signs of this on its way down. Nice lush mouthfeel...subtle flavors throughout with touch of pine hops and sticky caramel. Leaned toward the sweet side, but very graceful. Reminded me of a dumbed down version of the 05 Double Bastard that night. I liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
On tap at the Stone Winter Storm 2008. Very nice. Flavors were balanced and very easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap @ Stone winter Storm 2008. Poured a burnt orange with a wispy off white head. Nose was a good balance between both malt and hops. Finish was pretty sweet with some hop presence in the backdrop.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
On tap at W.S. at the Brewery. Thin whitish head on amber yellow colors.Not a unique aroma.Malty and semi sweet with alcohol on the finish. Fairly thin and not very complex. Would not search this one out. Pretty average for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (924) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at the 2008 Stone Winter Storm. Amber-yellow color with some light carbonation and barely any head formation. One of the more average Anniversary IPA’s in my book. Sweet hops aroma that is more difficult to pick up. Crisp and lively flavor of floral hops and well-balanced use of malts. Bitterness is quite subdued, and it finishes with a dry malt undertone. Nothing too special going on here, but enjoyable nevertheless.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Dark amber color. Medium carbonation. Light bitterness. Malty. Hint of oxidation. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Cloudy golden brown with no head. Grainy cereal and citrus aroma. Good tangy citrus taste with an alcoholic warmth to the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Had this on-tap at the Stone World Bistro 9/13/07. Poured into 8oz. snifter. Pours a cloudy deep yellow color. Frothy head that lingers and laces the entire glass. Smells sweet and malty or maybe that’s a hoppy sweetness, it is an IPA I guess. Tastes sweet, none of the hop bitterness that you’d expect. There are some hops there but they’re sweet, not spicy or citrusy or anything. Thickish, with just ok carbonation. Maybe a little too old by now. It’s novel now I guess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Dark orange with some brown hues. Malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness and some hop presence. Obviously aging has mellowed this one. Its got some pleasant caramel sweetness with a subdued fruity hops. The finish leaves a tingling hoppiness. A nice beer to sit, sip and enjoy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 On tap at Stone World Bistro during the XIth Anniversary Festival - 08/07. Burnished orange-copper-red with a thin, fine, light-tan head. Husky, grainy, light toffee/caramel aroma with some light oxidation characteristics and subdued light citrus hops notes. Smooth, lightly penetrating hops bitterness over light caramel sweetness. Some light, fruity hops flavors are present but definitely showing their age, albeit gracefully. Soft, well-rounded mouthfeel that is robust yet delicate, powerful yet graceful.


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