Stone 7th Anniversary Ale

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

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (7290) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2003
Thick white head, copper-amber. Malt, creamy -sweet aroma. Composed in typical for stone style. Big hoppy front, clean middle, some sugar. Pleasant, very refreshing ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2003
On top of the copper hue is a off-white frothy head which produces outstanding coating of the glassware. Aroma hints of ripe fruit, roasted buttery malts, aromatic hops, and earthy yeast esters. Started caramel and toffee sweet but then developed a biiter bite. I noticeable alcohol presence to detected but not overpowering. Also got a bit of spice on the finish. Balanced out pretty well and should get better with time. The mouthfeel is moderately metallic and lush, again this will also improve in time. This brew is very drinkable now and then you should save yourself a bottle for 6 months down the road.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle: Lots of caramel with a light hop balance in the aroma. Pours a transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and light banana bread up front. Hops are very subdued at this point but are still present. Reminds me a lot of an aged barely wine. Would have really like to have tried this a little more fresh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6371) - Pennsburg, 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of caramel and amazingly hints of hops are still present. Tastes of caramel, orangey and slightly earthy. Finishes with a light peppery note.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Cloudy, thick orange. Thin, even head, even with a fairly careless pour. Very fragrant - Kind of floral, but also cinnamon and toffee. First taste is ever so slightly candyish, and then herbal and bitter, but an earthy and musty bitter. Somewhere a little citrus pops up. Rich, full mouth coating finish. lingering smoke taste, but just a tiny bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Dark orange with some brown hues. Malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness and some hop presence. Obviously aging has mellowed this one. Its got some pleasant caramel sweetness with a subdued fruity hops. The finish leaves a tingling hoppiness. A nice beer to sit, sip and enjoy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Pretty clear dark amber robe with a generous off-white head, very sticky to the glass. After one sniff: "We've got a winner of the day!". The nose is more reminiscent of an IPA, hops are certainly there, reminding of oranges, but what manages to impress here is the BIG caramelic malt presence. The Body is full, round, almost visquous with above average carbonation. I found it to have not only a definite hop character (while it's an attack, it's not overly agressive in its bitter) but also an algae feeling. The malt plays games with the tongues, one minute it's honey, the other it's maple. Chewy! Thank you Jazz88 !


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