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RATINGS: 956   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle. One of the better beers from that series. Right now it is very drinkable, with some hops bite but also some spiciness and pepperiness. This gives it a long lasting bitter finish. At the same time is quite refreshing and really hides the alcohol well. I am not sure how weel it will age though since there is a very prominent hops component.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
So where do you draw the line between beer styles. This is hoppy enough I could have pegged it as an IPA, but with a little extra sweetness and spice. Well, that is stone brewery for you. Everything has to have hops, hops hops, and a bit extra hops for good measure. There is some Belgian characteristics here, a small spice fruitiness. Mouth feel is clean and crisp, but I prefer a more robust beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (657) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
bottle 22oz. a smooth ale - great citrus flavors and balance of hops and yeast. a good beer - enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Clear light amber with a fleeting head. Nice aroma is citrusy tropical fruit with clove. Medium body. Yeasty, estery flavors of bananas clove, with pale malt that’s mixed with bitter hops that doesn’t really meld very well at all. Maybe this one will develop with some time in the bottle?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle, pours a clear gold with a decent white head. Aroma of pepper and spices, banana, and a little bit of the belgian yeast. A little sweet, and easy to drink. I feel like there is still a little alcohol burn to it. Overall, a decent belgian strong. I was really hoping for a little more out of the Vertical Epic though since I always have high expectations for the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma. Smells of citrus, hops, Belgian yeast, banana, hop juice, resin, and spices. Poured dark gold/apple juice in color with a small, fizzy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Lightly sparkling. Slightly hazy. Small lacing. Light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter flavor. Very complex. Tastes of lemon, hops, citrus, resin, alcohol, yeast, caramel, and spices. Medium body. Thickish, sticky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Sweet, hop juice finish is a little chalky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bomber: Aroma big on citrus hops, pine needles, some bubble gum, light fruit almost apple aroma, and really nicely spiced. Appearance is a really carbonated golden color with a hint of amber, and a medium head that is around for a slight bit and then leaves. Taste is somewhat dry hoppy texture that lingers on throughout the taste. spices intermingle nicely, and an overall fruit texture on the back end. Overall, this stuff is quality brew in my honest opinion. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (7392) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours golden color. Aroma is a Belgian, spicy, citrus, hop flavor. The flavor is quite more hoppy than I had initally expected. As it warms it gets even better, a smooth, creamy, wonderful beer. It’s better than the 07 offering and as good as the 06 one. Alcohol presence is not very noticeable until it hits you a few minutes later - will see how it is in a few years!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Ahhh, 8/8/08- My wife’s birthday nonetheless.. 22oz Bottle. Pours translucent, honey-golden, with a rather light wisp of carbonation clinging to the edges of my St Feuillien goblet. A spicy, zesty, belgian yeast hits the nose- primarily clove ; and as this beauty warms, the american hoppy citrus, and tropical fruitiness start to come out much much more, as well as the banana lurking in the background. The initial burst of flavor is sweet grainy malt, candy sugar, spiciness, stone fruits (ironic?), melon, rich green hop flavor, a hit of alcohol heat ( I mean it is a well hidden 8.6, anyhow) with a well described "refreshing bitterness" .. Indeed.. A very delicious complex beer, that I’d argue might just bunk the myth of aging-The freshness will best serve the hop character that is so pleasant in this year’s version.. I suppose time will tell, but alas, CHEERS to Stone for another unique, delicious offering. The hop character alone on this one deserves some stocking up.. Underrated?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Jerc, Garthicus, GregClow, and Hogotwn Harry, Harry’s bottle. Medium to dark yellow, small white head. Nice aroma - very hoppy, lots of lemon, very fresh. Great taste! So fresh, so hoppy, solid strong refreshing Belgian. Loved it. #2300.

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