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RATINGS: 930   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (779) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours clear as a bell golden yellow into my tulip. nice white head with impressive lacing. aroma of spicy hops and crisp fruit (some alcohol too)). flavor is balance and a little dryfruity. nice finish with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours a hazy (just slightly) lemon yellow with white head. Aroma an herbal citrus with banana and honey. Flavor is piney hops with banana undertones. Sounds like an odd combination but it’s good. The subtle sweetness lingers after each sip. Body is medium with equal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Clear yellow/gold. Has a yeasty/floral note with some malts and fruit. Also has a light grape/spice note. Medium bodied and smooth with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (767) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2008
The color of this beer is great,rich golden like tupelo honey if you put the two next to each other you can not tell them apart.Off white head and leaves finger on a glass almost like red wine.Before I looked at the bottle I was thinking this is like a hoppy belgian then I read the bottle and found out than was the inspiration.All in all great beer must try if a fan of hops and or belgain beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2008
22 oz bottle, shared. Pours a cloudy gold color with a small and quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma is very hoppy, which surprised me, though I also detected banana, citrus, and Belgian yeast. Taste is Belgian yeast, banana, and citrus up front, dissolving into a wonderful pine hop bitterness toward the end. It tastes like a cross between a Belgian ale and a pale ale, and I like it a lot. Well-done, Stone. You are rapidly becoming a go-to brewery for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2008
I’ve had the 07 and the 06 but rated neither. This year’s version pours clear golden with a medium sized fluffy white head with pretty good retention and great lacing. Little yeast particles float around - it’s nice seeing a bottle conditioned Stone beer, wish all their stuff was. Belgian yeast is the first noticeable aroma. Lots of esters - bubble gum, pear, cotton candy. Clove also noticeable. The yeast definitely overtake the hops. I was expecting more hoppiness. Simcoe is noticeable underneath the yeast qualities, I definitely get some pine but it’s certainly not huge. Flavor is smooth, hoppier in flavor than in the nose. Mildly but pleasantly bitter - a clean bitterness. Somewhat dry finish with a little bready malt character lingering and a touch of the estery yeast character. This is just fine though like the other two epic ales I’ve had not a big standout. I like this well enough but it’s certainly not something I’m going to miss when it’s off the shelves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Slightly cloudy, golden yellow. Decent head and lace. Big aroma of tropical fruit, powdered sugar, citric hops, perfume and others. Medium bodied, slick, almost creamy, lots of spiciness, pale malts come out for a minute but the simcoes jumo all over the palate. Nice mix of flvors, the bitterness works here, nothing overdone. Extremley drinkable for a 8.4% brew and I must say i am liking it, one of my favorites of the VE series. No clue how it will age, have to assume hops will fade and hopefully yeast contiues to work to make this a big ,not too sweet estery bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing. A hazy golden orange beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel and spicy yeast. Medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Flavor is sugary and spicy with notes of fruit, clove, and pale malt. Dry somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Funknmilla (733) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pretty copper in color, when light shined through its absolutely beautiful...smells of sweet yeast, spices, and a complex citrus character...distinct clove and some banana....ahhh.. the citrus orange-like scent drifts up to the scent glands, then as you further inhale this wonder, give the glass a swirl and the yeast enhances the mix...very nice...:)....In the first sip, its like citrus rinds soaked in alcohol then mixed with a sweet sugar ; slightly dry syrup....palate is creamy and slightly thick....The extended finish is topped with spices and bitter fruit rinds...overall well balanced and easy to drink for a higher percentage brew, I like it and cant wait to try it when its aged a bit more

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