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RATINGS: 768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer!


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2009
hazy gold with white head. aroma was sweet and flowery. slightly thick and sticky with yeast and dry hoppy finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Clear pale golden body with a thin layer of white head that leaves delicate lacing. S: Citrus hops, honeydew, ginger, light banana phenols, spices, pippali pepper sprinkled on honey, and lemon zest. T/M: Dirty earthy taste. White grapes, bitter apple peels, pippali pepper, pears, powdery yeast and a more vibrant flavor than the others in the series. The fresh ness really shines. Dry crisp full body with good carbonation and a clean finish of fruit rind bitterness. O: The amarilo hop character was surprisingly vibrant and brilliantly aged. The intense flavors offered a nicely developed golden ale. Very nice and great drinkability. Serving type: bottle

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2008
First whiff was definately not what i was expecting. a Big time hop nose with a massive candy sugar sweetness. The first sip comes across with a typical belgian with light cloviness, and super carbonated. It does not finish too bitter, but has a certain dryness to it that its hard to put my finger on. All in all a good brew, but nowhere near the flagships that Stone usually has .....

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Clear golden, light white head, gone immediately. Light, flowery herbal hoppy nose. Herbal and earthy, spicy, relatively mild. Light and playful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 5, 2008
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

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
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.


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