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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Dead between arrogant and ruination! A+ * Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Well 7th anniversary and you would think it would get better, but I found this beer to be quite flat and lacking the stone's flavorable tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Head was small but good. Dissipated quickly with some lacing on the glass. Orange/amber in color. Hoppy nose with a bit of a bite from the alcohol. You can taste the alcohol a little, and it has a healthy dose of hops. Nice malt flavors find their way in also. Good balance with great taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
I love all Stone Ales, but this one probably the least. I had it on tap at the 7th Anniversary Open House and in bottle. Color was ok, and although the palate was nice - it is rather smooth for such a hoppy brew - I was a little confused by the combination of citrus and caramel. I think I tried it on cask, although I cannot be sure. I did a mixed taster with this and IPA, and that was yummy. My friends loved it more than I, so I think it will be more popular with some people than others.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 22 oz. bottle. Pours a warm, lively amber with copper edges. A puffy tan head starts out well, at a full finger thick, then fades to a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing. Well balanced aroma with a hefty dose of West Coast high alpha acid hops (lots of citrus and a touch of a floral note) on top of a sweet, slighty caramelly and bready malt base. The first thing on my palate is pine resin, then the rest of the hop flavors open up: grapefruit, lemon peel, orange zest... The malts are quite sweet, which contrast well with the hop bitterness. Faint suggestions of earth and bread. There's a small flush of alcoholic warmth that grows on the tail end. Finishes cleanly bitter, with a considerable sweet undercurrent. Medium in body, with a rich fullness that is aided by Stone's typical undercarbonation that lends a syrupy mouthfeel. My only complaint is that the malt sweetness borders on cloying once it warms up a bit. A well done, and decidedly 'Stone-tasting,' pale ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Damn, this brewery is good ! An amazing deep orange American Imperial Pale Ale, but yet softer. Toasty, hoppy, with an indescribably firm malt foundation. Run out and see if there is any left. Superlative !

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomW (35) - USA - AUG 16, 2003
A great anniversary ale by Stone. Great looking, smelling and tasting. A little stronger than their Arrogant Bastard Ale and just as pretentious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopalotCassidy (12) - Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2 years later. A very memorable beer. Take an Arrogant Bastard, turn it down a notch, add a bit of vanilla and drink it just below room temp. This beer is what I think makes Stone great. @ years later and the balance is even greater. Such a treat! Share this with a friend. Great malt sweetness, striking aroma and a finish that lasts for days. Cheers!


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