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RATINGS: 775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1146) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2008
bright clear amber liquid, lightly carbonated with a thin and hardly present head. yeasty and spicy belgian aroma, and it would be easy to skip over the other elements of the aroma if i hadn’t known that it was highly-hopped. citrus and pine hops surface eventually, but this ale is clearly belgian first. slightly acidic and slightly alcoholic; not that dissimilar from bell’s batch 8000, perhaps less sweet. medium-bodied, and a drier finish. will probably mellow out over time - possibly by 12/12/12!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Lemongrass wheat aroma, clean yellow and a sticky head. Lemon zest, lemongrass, and a sour wheat tart kick. Quickly dry, more zest, less hops than I expected but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours golden with a small white head and good lacing. The aroma is of hops, bananas, yeast, and a bit of citrus. The flavor is of bananas, citrus, yeas, hay and a hint of lime. The palate was watery. The second half of the bottle was much yeastier than the first, but there weren’t any dregs. I’d say its a decent beer, easy to sip...nothing special though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 Medium towards light gold, slight head, quite clear. Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast notes including pepper and faint clove, alongside a big shot of grapefruit and grassy bitter hops. Pretty typical of this newly emerging hoppy Belgian style. Enjoyable, as all the components played nicely with each other. One slight complaint - every bottle in the case at the store I go to was a short fill. It concerns me for the aging potential. RERATE: Oxidized. Very little flavor of any sort left at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Not so strong for a strong ale but a well crafted beer. Nice mid strength hoping with white grape stone drug and grass the yeast is present and presents a bit of spice and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft @ Stone bistro. Mild hoppy flavor. Sweet taste to it. Would like to try these with some age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BallyLoser (136) - Redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Spicy aroma.Thick white head. Gold colour. Peach flavor up front, bitter spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22 oz purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. Aromas of clove and yeasty dough. Light sweetness, with some pear or apricot, pepper, hopps. A little hot. Can’t wait to try this on 12/12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22oz - Purchased at Perfect Pour. Dark gold, creamy white head. Spiced grassy aromas warm to notes of powdered sugary citrus. Sweet hop candy flavors balance over notes of spiced pineapple. Light swirls of abv heat emerge as it nears (beach temperature). Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite epic...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (699) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
1st tasting 8/23/08

Golden straw with a thick creamy head that quickly collapses to a thin cap. Streams of tiny champagne like bubbles rise to the surface.

Aroma is complex to say the least. Definitely banana up front with subtle tones of clove spice, layered with citrus and pine, - "You got IPA in my Belgian Golden ALE, no, you got Belgian Golden Ale in my IPA!"- Whatever happened it’s interesting.

Flavor is complex as a well, peach apricot, spice, followed up by some pine and light citrus.

Finish is long, lightly dry, piney hops and fruity malts. Nicely balanced. This one should hold up well.

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