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RATINGS: 868   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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In 2008, Stone Brewmasters Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele traveled to Belgium, where they enjoyed a number of hop-forward Belgian tripels, pale ales and IPAs—beers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. It’s a big reason 2008’s summer season came to be known at Stone as our “Summer of the Triple.” Upon their return, they crafted Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, the seventh beer in the 11-beer Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, it’s our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10472) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bread, citrus, candi sugar, and fruity. Tastes of bread, black pepper and other spices, fruity, citrus, and floral. Alcohol content hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Another great one from Stone! Pours a beautiful pale gold with a huge aroma of yeast and spice. Flavor is sweet malt followed by a crisp blast of yeast with clove and banana. Rich, complex, and delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (5810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
POured a somewhat cloudy golden color with a big white head. Aroma was of sweet belgian candi sugar, some spices, and nice piney hops. Flavor was just as interesting, nice sweetness to it with nice spicyness, cloves and some banana and a refreshing but not too bitter hoppy finish. YUMMY!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a bit darker than a typical Belgian. Smells banana, yeasty, bready. All of the good notes that a Belgian has, with some American notes such as a much higher rate carbonation, more citric fruitiness. The high carbonation almost makes me question whether or not it’s natural, but I doubt Stone would rape this brew with added CO2 like the macros do. Clearly an American take on the Belgian style, a bit of a step below pure Belgians but surely an interesting beer. Fun to drink, complex. As it warms the banana, honey, and yeastiness really comes out. There’s a lot of clove punch in here also now that it’s warmed. The aroma is actually more noticible now than when I opened the bottle. Very enjoyable, clearly a good deal of effort has been put into brewing this edition of Epic. Highly recommended. Get it soon before you can’t find it anymore!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a semi cloudy light golden with a medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet lime, lemon, grassy, malt and wheat. Flavor is big sweet wheat and malt initially then grass, herb and mint to finish. Citrus is more noticeable in the finish. Full bodied, thick texture.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2009 Re-rate: with a year of age on this thing, it smells like a smooth Belgian pale whose hops have grown fruity. Tatstes like an appley saison with sophisticated yeast. It’s no Fantome, but it is even and balanced and very tasty. Shockingly. Original rate: Bottle from Whole Foods Albuquerque. My God I hated this beer! Tasted like a rancid saison - imbalanced, with bitterotten hops, moldy fruit, and a very pungent end like turning lunchmeat. I am hoping I got a bad bottle because I enjoy a saisony flavor normally. Then again, I loved 07/07 and that is rated as the worst Epic, so maybe I carry ill programming.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Slightly hazy straw body, thin off-white head. Herbal nose with citrus rind. Bitter, grapefruity, rindy body with a peculiar bitterness, peppery and oily, with residual sugars. The upfront bitterness subdues the rest of the palate with unrestrained tannins. The harsh, hollow bitterness overwhelms any other elements in this beer. A big whiff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1257) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Courtesy dragonstout. Pours a mostly clear yellowish orange color with a thin white head that receds to a thin film with out much lacing. The aroma shows notes of piney hops, citrus fruit, banana, and some spices. The aroma shows more of the citrus fruits and a good dose of piney and citrus hops. There is a good amount of sugar sweetness in there as well to go with the fruits and spices. I like the nice sweet flavor blended with the piney hops. Medium bodied and pretty smooth mouthfeel. This one is easy drinking with a clean, bitter finish. This one was really nice and refreshing for those hot days. Nothing crazy, but a good solid beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13209) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Pours a light copper color with scarcely any head, but what there is seems white. Aroma is a mix of light stone fruit, citrus and candi. Flavor is indeed rather grapefruity, and the spice is hot, suggesting pepper. There is light roasted malt as well. Agree that there are some tropical fruit aspects. Finish is surprisingly dry - all things considered. I’m enjoying the heck out of it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Clear gold pour with a loose, 1 finger, white head. Aroma smells of fresh fruit, citrus, grapefruit and bubblegum. Very peppery grapefruit and mango flavors with a faintly floral bubblegum ester finish and just a hint of clove. Dry medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that cleans the palate nicely.


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