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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
How is this considered APA? Should be Am. strong ale. Pours deep copper/red color like an amber ale with a large frothy off white head which dissipates slowly. Lots of crystal malts here, with huge additions of NW hops. Flavor is almost resiny due to the high amounts of bittering hops.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Cloudy, thick orange. Thin, even head, even with a fairly careless pour. Very fragrant - Kind of floral, but also cinnamon and toffee. First taste is ever so slightly candyish, and then herbal and bitter, but an earthy and musty bitter. Somewhere a little citrus pops up. Rich, full mouth coating finish. lingering smoke taste, but just a tiny bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Light copper color with a smaller off white head. Earthy toasted malt along with very aromatic hops for the age. Full and smooth feel. Lots of sweet malt and balance by sharp citric hops balance. Lingers long with lots of malt again. A typical brew from Stone. Lots of malt, lots of hops, lots of good drinkin.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Fort Wayne event. The fourth brew of the day. This brew poured a small head of finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a hazy light brown colored semi-hazy body. The aroma was a medium strength hoppy one and its mouthfeel was tingly from the hops. The flavor was also all hops and some spice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
From old tasting notes back when this one was fresh. Sampled from a 22 oz bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was strong sweetish fruity hops. The flavor was all about the fruity hops but with an underlying harshness that put me off a bit. Very one dimensional and this one did not really stand out to me.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Copper in color, with a decent lacing - sweet citrus aroma - malts and hops in wonderful abundance - big time grapefruit and other citrus flavors (I swear I can see pulp in this beer) - highly sweet at first, but the hops swell up out of the maltiness to dominate the toasty finish - great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4625) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Copper colour with a thin white head. Strong hoppy aroma with a bit of alcohol and some pears. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Sweet taste with a mild fruit flavour and some complex spiceyness noticeable. Overall, decent but really not the best APA i've had. I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003. Many thanks go out to KimChee for bringing this one to the party as it turned out to be one of the best from the show!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: Lots of caramel with a light hop balance in the aroma. Pours a transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and light banana bread up front. Hops are very subdued at this point but are still present. Reminds me a lot of an aged barely wine. Would have really like to have tried this a little more fresh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(650ml bottle) Orange body and a quick dissipating head. Nose of rubbing alcohol, apples and hops. Smooth whiskey, hops, grapefruit, vanilla and clove. Excellent! Thanks Kimchee!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Has an interesting mix of that old-ale aroma with hops, but okay. Taste has some bite throughout, but not too much. Definitely mellowing (or so I’m told) but still pleasant enough for me.


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