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RATINGS: 950   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Wow was I pleasantly surprised by this one! Not only is the Belgian golden base great, but I love the addition of extra hops. It rounds out what is normally a bit too sweet of a style for me. Pours a classic gold color, though the head is smaller than most true Belgians. The aroma is more hops than golden ale - it smells more like an IPA. The flavor brings spices (cardamom and cloves), mild citrus fruits and a great bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry and clean, while still retaining a strong flavor. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 <i>22 oz bottle</i>

Another year and another Stone Vertical Epic release has come. I let this one sit for about a month while digging through a backlog. Finally it was time to see how it compared to the previous two years. A slightly different style than what I was expecting it was nice nonetheless. Once again this is probably a release best enjoyed fresh; the shelf life on this is probably no more than four months before it goes downhill.

<b>Aroma / Appearance</b> - The carbonated bronze body was decorated by a foamy white head which took a long time to settle. White pepper, wheat, bananas and malt blended into a hoppy and fruity Belgian. It wasn’t quite what I expected but still very pleasant.

<b>Flavor / Palate</b> - The bitterness was not as intense as I first expected but soon made an appearance on the throat. Spicy with an orange base it turns sweet towards the middle. The dry finish wrapped up a blend of Belgian and IPA that turned out quite nicely. Much more aggressive than it smells I think this is best enjoyed fresh. If you have one open it as soon as possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit, yeasty aroma. Sweet malt flavor with yeast, bubblegum, and grapefruit. Medium body. Sweet malt lingers with spice, yeast, and grapefruit. Refreshi8ng and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9998) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours deep gold toward orange with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is grainy pale malt, lemongrassy hops, mild florals, funk. Tastes grainy sticky malty, lemomgrassy hoppy, with floral, spicy yeasty estery, and funky notes. Palate is rich initially, but falls off late, and isn’t terribly complex, but I got this new, and I think it will age well. Not great as a tripel, but as a Belgian style IPA, it will satisfy hopheads and floral heads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with hoppy notes. Sweet yeasty flavour with ripe fruits and hoppy notes. Ends bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick820 (69) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
pours golden with barly any head, aroma is very nice, pepper, little bannana and spices. Flavor is fruity, then flows very nicely into a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 17, 2008
yellow pour, little to no head. Slight malty hoppy aroma, resinous. Taste is peppery, resinous. citrus, banana, spiciness. a nice mellow beer, but not really what i was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Pours a crystal clear, pure golden color. A small, foamy, eggshell colored head settles to a thin but lasting layer. Scant, spotty lace marks the glass like soapy water. The aroma is a cross between a sweet, fruity Belgian tripel and an American pale. Notes of pine resin and citrus hops are spiced with orange peel, coriander, clove, and cracked pepper. The malt base smells of candy sugar, with distinctly Belgian, floral, funky yeast and strong banana esters. The alcohol shows a little hot, almost like a spiced banana liquor. Flavors follow suit, basically resembling a robust, semi-dry Belgian tripel with a healthy dose of pine and citrus hops. Banana, coriander, citrus rinds, and pepper again show strong, while a dose of fusel alcohol burns on the finish. The medium-plus, sugary body is sweet up front, but finishing dry from the Belgian yeast. This is not my cup of tea. Too much like an overly sweet and alcoholic tripel for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear golden with a fluffy three finger bright white head, good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy, with citrus, banana, light cracked pepper, and cloves that I hope stay in the background. Flavor brings things together nicely, and gladly the cloves maintain a background role and allow dried banana, spice, and citrusy hops to do their thing. Overall not too bad, and enjoyed more than the 07.07.07, my only other experience with the VE series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 15, 2008
First whiff upon cracking the bottle: HOPS!;!;!;!; So they didn&rsquo;t lie. Transparent yellow with active, quickly and mostly diminishing white head. Pine resin, honey, grapefruit, and a roll of new carpet. Reminds me of my first real big hop beer, which I think was Bells Two Hearted. Initially sweet flavor and sticky mouthfeel followed by prickly pine needles and light banana. Lightly alcoholic and acidic finish with lasting bitter and salty metal. I really like Stone. Another thumbs up.

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