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RATINGS: 935   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 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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1296) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13825) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured hazy golden from a bomber. It had thin white head that dissapated into a very nice lacing. The aroma was very citrusy, with hints of pine, fresh bread, sage, and a little bit of honey. The flavor was a little wheaty, but the citrus came through. The finish was a tad bitter with a little bit of a hoppy wheaty after taste. I liked the 07.07.07 just a tiny bit better, but this was a better than average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a tulip. This beer poured a slightly hazy golden with a one-finger thick head of quickly fading foam. Not much lace to speak of. The aroma of the beer was made up of fresh oranges, pine, white pepper, cloves, bread, and a hint of honey. The flavor consisted of huge, sweet and juicy citrus hops. Mango, grapefruit, oranges, and also some herbal notes. A decent amount of spicy yeast was also present featuring pepper and cloves. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Very crisp. A pretty solid beer. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than last years 07.07.07.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
tap at some place in madison, day prior to GTMW....pours a clear golden yellow brown with a thin soapy white head.... citrusy grapefruit hops, a little bit more sweet in nature, make up the aroma.... fragrant citrus flavors with some residual sugars which sweeten things up a bit. good mouthfeel. not sure if i got too many of the spices that everyone is mentioning though.

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