TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Yellow gold. Vigorous poor yields merely a one-finger head which rapidly fizzles into an unattractive wispy ring. Notes of lemon cake, mango, candy sugar, and clovelike phenols invade the olfactory. Light whiff of white grapefruit and resin. Very muted aroma. Carbonation quickly disperses as it briskly pricks the palate. Very sodalike. Immediately-apparent medicinal sting of alcohol is intensified by spicy esters and clovelike phenolics. Rather raspy and graceless, particularly at the swallow, as a highly disharmonious combo of high-alpha hops and peppery fusels warm the gullet and burns the throat. Rigid dab of aspirin and resin further tarnish things at the core which is entirely hollow and devoid of depth. Poorly extracted malts lend absolutely no complementary qualities as they sorely lack vibrancy and softness. Alcohol and candy sugar remnants completely stymie any potential brightness. With the exception of some mild leafiness and citric rind flavors, the hops couldn’t possibly be duller or more lifeless. Quick finish comes and goes, revealing ghostlike notes of citrus and a gullet-warming mix of clove and fusel alcohol. Wow, something went horribly awry here. Four ounces were tough to stomach. Absolutely horrendous execution and riddled with flaws. Sorry, but until Stone can devise a quality recipe, and learn how to coax nuance from their yeast, malt, and hops, they should just abandon this style of beer (Belgian-style goldens) until they do more homework.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly pale golden color. Nice, spicy, hoppy nose. Taste is really nice, much as you would expect, a nice flavor of Belgian candy up front, with a bitter hoppy finish. I got a nice blast of simcoe from this one. I am pleasantly surprised. Probably the best Vertical Epic I have had thus far.
wajacobs (26) - USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pale golden ale with a strong amenican hop aroma (piney and grapefruit). The flavor decidely hoppy with some strong spicy notes and a light malt background. the overall mouthfeel is light but the spiciness lingers awhile. my bottle of 080808 suffered from poor head retention and could use more carbonation.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle and the color was a beautiful golden with a moderate white head.The aroma is extremely yummy with lemon, banana, tangerine, belgian yeast, and a bit of pepper spice. Almost Chardonay wine like.Nice and smooth on the palate with a medium body.Flavors of well balanced bitter hops, sweet malt. Long lasting hoppy finish a bit dry but not overly so. Great beer and can easily drink plenty of these.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber->tulip (early tasting): Pours an average, frothy, white, but diminishing head atop a hazy, lightly cloudy orange body. Malt is represented by caramel, hops by flowers and perfume and yeast by must. The body is full, the texture is thick, carbonation lively, and finish bitter. Flavor’s duration is long, moderately sweet, and lightly bitter--a good beer, but one to be enjoyed in small amounts due to its full bodied and filling nature.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had to rate this right away when I saw that this was rather hoppy. Pours out a clear, mostly orange color with a small lacing white head. Aroma is of citrus and some pine hops , with a touch of spice. Taste is of some hop bitterness, spice, banana, citrus, clove and very slight alcohol. Once again this will do well with age....like it was meant to....
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Light amber color with a nice head. Aroma is a mix of hops, yeast and fruit.Medium palate. Flavor starts out hoppy with a yeast middle with a fruity then lightly bitter finish.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden yellow hazy pour with a thin white head. Maybe I’m seeing things but I swear there’s a slight green tint to the beer. Very spicy aroma - peppery and floral with some lemon citrus. Spicy flavor - cardamom and clove. Malty with a touch of yeast and citrus hops. A bit of grapefruit on the finish and alcohol. Crisp and refreshing, although theres a very bitter alcohol finish which dries the mouth.
Ughsmash (6968) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brasserie V - Madison. Poured clear bright golden with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma was spicy with pears, mangoes, and passion fruit upfront followed closely by a bunch of white pepper and clovey yeast character.. quite fragrant with much more citrusy hoppage present at this point in time.. I think the elements will balance out (hops and yeast) in 6-12 months, and then the yeast will dry it out and change the beer greatly.. can’t wait to check that theory. The flavor had juicy passion fruit and pineapple at the core laced with banana and white peppery esters.. spicier on the back with white pepper leading. Medium-bodied and spicy on the palate.. solid feel and very drinkable.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured golden yellow out of the bottle with almost no head. Smells citrusy, lemons and fresh cut grass. Seems to remind me of a wheat beer at the start. Spicy sweet flavor and goes away a little bit bitter. Very hoppy, but balanaced well. this beer is fantastic now but will probably be top notch in about 2 years.