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RATINGS: 948   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
golden body with a small white head.the aroma is a nice mix of citrus hops,belgain yeast,and allspice.the flavor is much of the same with some pepper thrown in.not bad stuff at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5726) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours a clear, fizzy gold, lacking much of a head - aroma of banana, pineapple, and some phenolic character, with a fairly strong, earthy simcoe hop presence and a peppery quality - the flavor profile is bookended by a pretty strong hop flavor and a bit of dry floral notes - I normally like hoppy belgian ales, but it doesn’t quite work here - some tropical fruits, yeast/bread, and belgian-ish esters run through the middle, but they finish and end abruptly, never trying to integrate with the hoppiness - a little but of alcohol heat in the finish - the hops work well in the finish, though, as if becomes dry and light, more like a belgian golden ale - decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 22oz. botle. Darkish gold color, quickly dissipating head. Spicy/citrus aroma, not bad. Sweet flavor to it, slight hops in the backround, a little too sweet for me, still an alright brew. Hid the alcohol really well though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at Brasserie V - Madison. Poured clear bright golden with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma was spicy with pears, mangoes, and passion fruit upfront followed closely by a bunch of white pepper and clovey yeast character.. quite fragrant with much more citrusy hoppage present at this point in time.. I think the elements will balance out (hops and yeast) in 6-12 months, and then the yeast will dry it out and change the beer greatly.. can’t wait to check that theory. The flavor had juicy passion fruit and pineapple at the core laced with banana and white peppery esters.. spicier on the back with white pepper leading. Medium-bodied and spicy on the palate.. solid feel and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Golden yellow hazy pour with a thin white head. Maybe I’m seeing things but I swear there’s a slight green tint to the beer. Very spicy aroma - peppery and floral with some lemon citrus. Spicy flavor - cardamom and clove. Malty with a touch of yeast and citrus hops. A bit of grapefruit on the finish and alcohol. Crisp and refreshing, although theres a very bitter alcohol finish which dries the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
bottle- overwhelming spicy notes dominate along with sharp bitterness. Hops are there in the background, in sort of a piney/resiny way, but they are totally lost by the yeast produced flavors. Would try again, but not as good as I was hoping.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2008
bottle from southbay. Nice, but, like the other ve’s, nothing special. Spicy, fruity, hoppy, and peppery with a bubblegum sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5586) - 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 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

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