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Stone 7th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5087) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4959) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (4841) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2004
22 oz bottle. Pinkish-orange, luminous, thinnish ring of lasting foam. Nose is caramel malt with a hint of grapefruit. Very sweet on the tongue, drying out quickly in the finish, which is substantially hoppy. Has a certain oakiness which is attractive, but also seems rather "flat" -- not undercarbonated, just uninteresting flavor-wise. Drinkable, enjoyable, but nothing terribly special in my mind.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [22 oz. bottle] Poured a creamy amber color with a thin but lasting white head. Strong sweet and caramel aroma with a hint of hops and earth notes. Good initial malt taste that gives way quickly to a surprisingly sweet hoppy backbone with citrus notes and a smooth, sweet malt finish. Very nicely blended with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3971) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Deep amber in my Lager glass with a frothy, cream colored head that left good lacing. The nose reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake. Strong malt back bone but the flavor is all hop. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind and apple sauce. Very smooth mouthfeel even if it is a little syrupy. Sometimes you just have to ignore the verbiage on the bottle and just drink the beer. Greg, shut up and make more beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3940) - 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, that’s me.)

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