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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Excellent. Pours a nice reddish/orange amber. Aroma is very hoppy, as is the taste, but it’s a bit more balanced than some of Stone’s hoppier brews. Bitter hops, roasted malt, rich and complex. Great brew. One of their best.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2006
(03.12.06) Stone 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling at DiCarlo’s, special gift of Scott L. Brown 22 oz bomber bottle. 2003 Vintage (release date 08.04.03). 77 IBU. 7.7% ABV. Identified as pale ale version. Pours hazy orange with very light syrup-like consistency and yields an average sized white head. Good carbonation. Toasted malt aroma. Medium bodied pale ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and rich toasted malt/hop flavors. Finishes with lingering bitterness and malt fade. Well-balanced malt and hop flavors with an edge towards hoppy flavor. Richly flavored beer with a smooth palette similar to a barleywine. Though the bottle was nearly 3 years old, the hop component held up remarkably well, probably due to excellent cellar storage conditions. Of the 7th, 8th, and 9th anniversary vertical sampling, the 7th anniversary version was the best of show. One outstanding giant beer. Thanks Scott!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2006
22 oz. bottle dated 08/04/2003. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to try this at the time of its initial release, so I can’t truly judge what 3 years of age has done to this. An ever so slightly hazy pour producing a rather large yellowish head with excellent durability and good lace. There is a caramel sweetness in the aroma, complemented by some earthiness, alcohol, and just a hint of floral, spicy hops. The mouthfeel of this is fantastic - rich, smooth, mellow, and just very light carbonation, rather surprising given the durable head. Sweet dried light fruit and caramel is nicely balanced by a persistant undercurrent of spicy bitterness, leaving the lengthy finish dry and satisfying. In looking back on the early reviews of this beer, I would have to say that it has aged well. It appears that the hops are not nearly as prominent, as one would expect. The best news is that I still have one bottle left!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Beautiful deep orange-amber color, ample head. Citrus sweet with (of course) a big bite of hops. Like an amplified version of their pale ale , should actually be kicked up to american strong. Very, very enjoyable. Kudos to Stone for making a more drinkable anniversary offering - though don't get the impression that they wimped out with this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2003
Pineapple and resin laden hops with silkey smooth carmel malts. Body is deep amber with a tight sswathy white head that lingers and leaves a fillagree of lace. Sweet carmely bitterness with pineapple and NW hops, sugar cookie and some dough. Solid flavor and mouthfeel, what a pale ale should be. Finishes nicely resinous and bready.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Pours a clear deep orange color, big grapefruit hops aroma, with a slight sweet malt backing it up. It's Stone hoppy, but with a strong nutty malt taste that pits sweet against the bitter hops. Thick mouthfeel, aftertaste is long and slowly turns sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Poured a dark reddish amber color with a very small head. Citrusy hop aroma, possibly a hint of roast, could be smelled 2 feet away from the glass. Strong citrus hop taste up front, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Hops sting your tongue real nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Nice amber color,Medium sized off white head with a decent amount of hang time.fairly hoppy aroma,malty ,with hints of fruit,spice and sweet as well.The taste was malty and very well hopped with the usual citrus fruit and a decent spice character it likes to teeter a bit between bitter and sweet but the bitter definately wins out the after taste comes off as bitter and citrus with a mild maltiness to it,and the feel is medium feeling,the alcohol does make itself known pretty much throughout the brew and alot more on the way down.As some of the other raters have stated,this brew may just improve with a little more time but for now it is a bit young but still a damn fine brew from these guys.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5000) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Brilliant red-orange in color. Pillowy white head leaves tons of lace. Nose is surprisingly malty with a floral note and a slight hint of cloves. Slightly oily and slick on the tongue with subdued carbonation. Exceptionally well balanced--sweetly citric with a rising hop presence in the finish. Delicious.


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