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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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!

   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 .....

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
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.

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