bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful pale strawberry gold. Taste like a perfectly balanced belgian/west coast IPA hybrid. Belgian yeasty funk, rounded out and cleaned up with true west coast IPA herbiness and floral freshness. The sweet malts combined with the bitter hops are a shock to your palate, and it’s awesome!
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle shared with awiseman and bro Eric.Pours light golden with fading white head. Aroma is light and fruity with some hops. tastes like apples, cinnamon, and cloves with lots of other things i cant quite pick out. Tastes like a hopped up version of the ’07.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Clear golden color -- beer produced the biggest foamy head of any in the series to date. Hoppy citrus aroma along with some musky pine notes. Pine flavors in the taste along with some musky orange flavor. More grassy hay and straw in the finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. This didn’t stand out in the series -- still a bit of hoppiness character to the beer which I would presume will fade over time.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duvel tulip. Clear coppery-golden body on a small, quickly dissipating head. Banana, spice and maybe some sweet orange aromas. Flavor is a lot of candi sugar and vague fruits with some a touch of bitterness. I also get strong notes of cooked corn with some sips. Thankfully, It does clean/dry up a little in the finish as I could see this being overly sweet. Hard to believe that this is supposed to be "highly hopped". Chouffe Houblon it is not. Some strong flavors and aroma but a bit dull and clumsy overall.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden, light white head, gone immediately.
Light, flowery herbal hoppy nose.
Herbal and earthy, spicy, relatively mild.
Light and playful.
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear shiny golden yellow with a nice tall white head of foam which looks like whipped egg whites. Very very attractive (Almost looks like a Duvel maybe little more golden)
Nose: Definitely hoppy citrus, resiny and some apricot like notes followed by some banana, pear and peppery esters are wonderful.
Taste: Really wonderful explosion of flavors tropical fruit notes (maybe apricot) peppery spiciness along with pear and some banana notes. Hop bitterness and flavors really meld with these complex flavors.
Palate: Has a long spicy and drying finish and the lingering hop bitterness makes the next sip quenching.
Overall: A very well made special ale from Stone. The interplay of hop notes and yeast esters make it a very yummy beer. It seems the beer is perfect to drink right now ... The carbonation is firm and the hop character is expressive - I wonder how this will hold till the end of Epic Series
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a tiny white rocky head. Aroma is fruits, maple, citrus, caramel, cloves, spices. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sugar, caramel, fruits. We’re expecting more from this one, but still worth taste it.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. a little over 2 years under its belt. Golden color and minimal white head. Citrus and pine flavor, hops have faded but still noticeable. The malts is more present leading to a bit more spicy and light fruit than when fresh. I enjoyed this more than I planned.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forgot that this was the IPA version,
Pours a nice golden slightly amber color.
champagney like bubbles, that simmer down like champagne.
Aroma much like expected, spicy fruity.
Taste, always a wow with these Belgian IPA’s, very complex, interesting spices, with the nice hop bitterness.
Tasted great with a barbecued wild caught salmon for dinner, nice.
Kinda like a dry champagne with some hops.
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!