Stone 7th Anniversary Ale

 
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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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.

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2.8
JoeMcPhee (10135) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by eyedrinkale at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber beer with a lot of chewy sweetness. Some sweet fruitiness and some heavy, almost clunky malty sweetness. More stickiness on the back. Still isn’t all that good.

3.5
JorisPPattyn (10121) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
Reasonably bright orange-amber; no head. Real pine-wood, resiny hopscharacter already in the nose. Very hopbitter. Good underlying malt, but stops just short of balancing. Thick, oily hops keep filling the palate. One question. I have had the Arrogant B., Double ditto, IPA, etc. etc. And loved most of them. But aren't they never interested in changing it just that little bit to get something original?

4
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Bottle. Rich amber color with little head. Caramel flavors. Big hop flavors with a good malt presence. Warming presence from the alcohol. Lingering taste of grapefruit. A tad too much malt for the hops, but its a good beer and would be better in coolor weather.

3.6
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 Clear amber orange. Musty hopped caramel aroma. Thicker than most which are comparable. Caramel and honey hops with a big syrupy malt presence.

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Mmmm, Mmmm Good. This is one tasty beer. 22 oz bottle from Fine Wines & Cigars - Redmond, WA. Pours out light copper in color. The aroma is a bit on the mild side with citrus-fruity hops with a certain touch of spice. The taste is a nice mix of hop flavor, malt, hop bitterness and hint of some sort of un-knowable spice. Very nice, making this a refreshing and drinkable ale.

3.7
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, 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.

3.3
FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - 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.

3.9
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
On tap. Pours with a small, off-white head covering a hazy amber body. aroma of hops, fruits, sweet berries and caramel. Taste is caramel, hops, some coconut, and a touch of diacetyl butteriness. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick.

3.5
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, grapefruit, resin), moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of apricot and peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pleasant enough, but becomes a bit sticky and fatiguing as you work your way through the bottle. Aroma is nice but nothing special.

4
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
At first I was a little skeptical. How can a double pale ale be any different than their Ruination IPA? I was wrong...Pours a bright clear orange copper with a thick lacing off-white head. Aroma is mostly hops with a touch of crystal malt. It starts sweet with some caramel and toffee and turns into a hop factory full of resin, bitterness and floral aspects. Finishes tremendously dry, crisp, bitter and refreshing. No hints of alcohol in the taste. A good, very drinkable and distinct beer and a happy 7th anniversary to a great brewery!


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