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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4356) - 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 Iím told) but still pleasant enough for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
poured a very hazy orange color. Aroma was sweet and fruity. Flavor was malty with some toast and caramel. Light citrus hop flavor on finish. Medium body

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
22 oz bottle. Consumed 09/11/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with no real head to it. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation. I will rate it *slightly* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing partially due to the age of the beer. But I can certainly see its strengths.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4085) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pours a golden amber color. Caramel, sweet malt, bitter hops, and hints of fruit and citrus. Itís alright.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
22oz bottle shared at DLD 08 by bbb63. thanks mike! pours amber with white head. nose and the flavor is a bit oxidized and the hops have really faded but they are still hanging on and its not bad at all. glad i got to try this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Well well. My palate just dosent agree with the norm when it comes to stone. Easily my favorite beer of theirs. Awesome aroma of juicy, sweet/bitter hops. Light pine, big caramel malt. Aroma stays til the end of the bottle. Very hazy, golden with light burnt red tones. Small yellow head. Incredibly lush, creamy mouthfeel. Juicy hops meets big sugary sweet malt. The malt probably wins for dominance but in the end, a near perfect balance is achieved. The hops flavor does not bore me, the malt does not cloy and the alcohol is not overpowering. Great quality in moderation. Yes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Clear caramel color body with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, some light hops. Sweet caramel flavor. Thanks to Numenor for his generous pour of this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 Sampled May 2005.
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.

Sampled Septemeber 2003
A nice clear copper amber color. Lightly carbonated and has a tan head that is not to thick but tends to stick around. Smells of malt hops and a hint of caramelized, or perhaps, roast malts. Has a pronounce hop flavor, they just hit the tongue as soon as this beer passes your lips. Finishes with a bitterness at the back of the throat. Fairly sweet, which goes well with the hoppy nectar flavor in this beer. There is a slight note of the alcohol in the finish as well. This is a fairly malty brew from Stone. Now don’t get me wrong there is lots of hops, but, compared to some of their other offerings, this is decidedly weighted on the malty end. This beer could be characterized as having lots of hop flavor, lots of malt, but surprisingly low on bitterness, for the amount of hop flavor. I must admit I like the way this beer has played out, It has all the hop flavor but not as much bitterness as one would expect.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Orange/golden color, hazy, mostly opaque at first then clearing; little head. Mint tea aroma, with some caramel. Moderate hopping. Curiously watery. Thanks Nuffield for sharing! (oh wait, thatís me.)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Thickishly amber with a decent head and lasting lace. Malts were thick and toasted. Woody and nut-like at times. Alcohol was noticeable and warming with sharp notes that carried into a burnt bitterness. Hops were big and bold, keeping up with the alcohol and malts without losing pace. Carbonation level complemented nicely. Bitterness built heavily in the aftertaste. Even though it's only 7.7 ABV, it seemed like more. Very enjoyable beverage.


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