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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.


4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (380) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Good stuff. Nice golden appearance. I think I'll be purchasing one next time I see it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
Viscosity and girth transmitted even to the nose hairs, the sweet honey caramalt portrays the wealth of a plentiful kingdom...Fat, resinous oranges dressed in gorgeous almond skins, sipping on a Peach Schnapps'...If King Kong wanted a pale ale, I'd give him this one...

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Pours orange with a nice off white head. Malty, yeasty aroma. First sip surprised me as overly sweet but finished bitter. Subsequent sips the sweetness wore off. Another big beer from Stone that is full of flavor and very satisfying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3860) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Very much seems to fall into the double IPA category; Powerfully bitter floral hops balances the bedrock of chewy, sweet maltiness and gives long life to the finish; Sweet and floral in nature, the nose matches the flavor; Bright amber/orange color and slightly cloudy; Off white head has good retention and some lacing

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2004
This is a powerful IPA, very smooth, and predominantly hoppy. Sweet on the lips and tongue, with lots of citrus, grapefruit and apricots. The flavor is nicely unbalanced, with the hops and the malts taking turns with the flavor dominance. A very good combination of Arrogant and Ruination.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Man was I excited to find this at The Party Source in Cincinnat!! Clear copper color. Seems to me that this is a mix of Arrogant Bastard and IPA, just like BigBastard suggested. Bitter, hoppy aroma. Very powerful taste. Kind of sweet, with a big hoppy and bitter kick to it. Great malt/hops balance. Quite enjoyable and very glad I found this!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
This beer is pretty freken awesome, a pale ale with some punch, strong malts make for good alcohol strength and taste. Thick feeling in mouth, very smooth and quite hoppy.


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