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RATINGS: 868   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle: this beer rocks. A Belgian Ale meets an American Pale Ale. Poured clear golden yellow with a medium sized white dissipating head. All notes from each are present. Citrusy hops, mild banana, mild clove. Flavor is mildly hoppy with citrus and banana. Mild sweetness after the first sip and then it dried out nicely with a lingering bitter finish. Well done. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3161) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22oz. bottle, nice looking head which gradually disappears, lovely golden color, nose practically blew mine off with the complexity and layers, resin, floral, green all at the same time, very complex flavors with multiple spice tones, allspice, nutmeg, fruits. Bitterness was a bit too much, and lingered a little long. Not perfect, but WOW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1886) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2008
22 oz bottle found in PDX. A friend had already said this way a beauty, but I wasn’t expecting this! Wow! Light yet slightly hazed golden color with a big foamy white Belgiany head. Aroma brings out some banana clovey bit mixed around with familiar hop smells. Very yeasty aroma. Flavor is like a blend between a Belgian golden and pale...works quite nicely really! A nice and dry yeast filled malt blast starts it off, giving citrus to sugary notes, and moves swiftly into a very hopped up finish that blends beautifully with the flavor of the body. I was completely stoked I ended up forgetting to share the bottle! Ha! Definitely hit this one up...best VE in a few years!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3899) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Golden pour with fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruits, perfume, bubble gum. Flavor is mostly citrus, though some hops and spice shine through. Tastes like a hopped up version of the classic belgian golden with a slightly bitter finish, which ends almost a bit soapy at the end. Creamy body. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. I’m going to buy a few more bottles to cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeSammy (583) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Stone took a pretty good shot at a brewing a belgian IPA. A close second to Mikkeller/Struise Eliot’s brew. Golden with a fluffy white head. Belgian yeast with a lot of sweet spice, finishes a bit bitter. High drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours a clear pale yellow with a bigish foamy, quickly descending head. The nose is full of hops and fruit and alcohol and bubblegum. Light syrup sweetness over an otherwise dry body. Straw and bigger juicy hops, making more astringency than tropical fruit. Creamy lighter body, with higher carbonation. There’s spicy belgianness to this, but even more so big old American hops, giving this something very fruity and spicy to peppery. Some wheaty esters. Some herbal hop notes for sure too. Straw. Alcohol. Not a ton of sweetness, which is nice. Lingering peppery finish. A big creamy in the finish. My second favorite of the series after 05.05.05.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Clear golden color with a foamy white head, it’s a nice looking pour. Aroma is a touch yeasty & fruity, while the flavor starts out w/ a bit of fruitiness and finishes dry and hoppy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle… Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great retention. Fruity, spicy aroma imparts Belgian-style esters and phenols, such as clove, fuzzy fruits and light smoke. Full-bodied and creamy with tingling carbonation. Well-balanced, fruity flavor. Finishes with lingering fuzzy fruits, Begian spices and moderate bitterness. Bottle provided by scraff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2008
22 oz bomber purchased at EZ Liquors. Aroma on this one had lots going on, hoppiness, yeastiness, pepper, corriander, doughy notes, tropical fruit(especially banana). Flavor is yeasty, spicey and finishes bitter. Some tropical fruit notes in the flavor as well. This one finishes on the dry side which I have never been a big fan of. This beer is strange in the sense that it has lots of bitterness from the hops but then lots of pepper and spice almost like a saison. Not really caring for this one right now so I will have to see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
I am not sure that I see the point in aging this beer. It would, I think, only dull the remarkably fresh character of the hops. I found that the flavor of peach predominates in my sample of this beer, which I really liked. I noticed that, for a moment, the beer seems to want to end sour and ultra dry, but then it seems to turn away from this sort of finish. Good thing, too. All of that wonderful light peachiness would be ill-served by such an ending. The mildly bitter finish with lingering fruit is much, much better. Great stuff.

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