DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2010 Draft sample at Finnegan’s of Plainfield. My 100th California beer! More of an American hop smell than the 07.07.07. Even clearer gold color. I taste a lot of catty Amarillo type hops, which I didn’t know where there until now reading the description. Slick but chewy Belgian pils malts, with a backing of some citrus and plum, and little yeast bite compared to the 07.07.07. Did I mention it’s yummy, and a notch above the older vertical? Yes, it is!
solidfunk (2797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer, just opened. Taste a touch on the watery side but overall superior. Pours hazy dark amber with great head and lacing. Smells of tangerine and some hay-like musk. Taste slightly bitter and sour. Some peel like astringency. Bottle thanks to Boutip.
Hopswagger (178) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
NeoHippie2 (752) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden pour with a small white head. Doughy yeast aromas. Sweet malty flavor with some subtle spice character on the palate. Notes of clove and banana add a nice complexity to this one. Very drinkable. Props to StFun and Sloth for this one!
BOSSbrewer (1248) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Brown sugar. Spicy. Sweet. Nice beer. No head.
yngwie (12531) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 22oz, from trade with Papsoe. It’s a lightly unclear golden colored beer topped by a small, off-white head. There’s still a lovely hoppyness in the aroma, even though it’s close to five years old. Citrus peel, pine cones, alcohol and a nice maltyness too. The flavor has a nice bitterness, it’s slightly sweetish, with pine cones and citrus peel. Some alcohol and a malty backdrop. Full body, a tad too much carbonation. Bitter and fruity finish. A pretty pleasant and moreish one. Perhaps a bit unbalanced, but I like it anyway. 130607
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured to NB globe during an 06-10 VE tasting.
A: Golden, hazy with single finger fine white foam which sticks around. Decent spider lacing. Golden butterscotch look.
S: Peppercorns, green apples, belgian yeast. Floral qualities, jasmine. Decent, but not great.
T: Cloves, apples, bananas over a slightly sour amberesque ale. The beer also evolves to reveal a slight alcohol flavor. Not really a taste I would anticipate from an IPA (even belgian).
M: medium body with fine, assertive carbonation. Leaves the palate dry.
D: This is a decent beer, but not nearly as good as some of the other offerings from the series I sampled.
Serving type: bottle
EithCubes (4575) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bomber from Sahara Mart back in the day, for $7.99. Nose is sweet, predominately Belgian yeast with lemon and golden malt, some vanilla/meringue. Poured a hazy orange edging golden, with a short bright white head. Spicy taste, faintly tangy with light bitterness, moderately dry, lots of golden malt with earthy, spicy gentle hops swirling around, a very full body with medium carbonation and plenty of nice oily, resinous, citrus-heavy hop elements. Strongly phenolic (clove most of all) with some faint pepper and medium-strong orange peel. Very lightly woody. The yeast is nice but not particularly showy; at this point, you could have poured this from a blank bottle and told me it was a standard Tripel, and I would have absolutely believed you -- have to imagine the fresher hops would have imparted a very different character instead of lurking in the bg, though they do still provide some chewy resin. Alcohol is very well-integrated, an impressively uniform achievement across this series.
burg326 (3086) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an orangish color out of the bomber with aromas of caramel, resin, light banana, and some sweetness. Flavors match the aromas, pretty easy drinker overall.
ajnepple (1458) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber from Evergreen Discount into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark orange/amber and cloudy appearance with an off-white head and sticky lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, fruity esters, herbal/floral notes, resinous hops, alcohol, Belgian yeast, pepper and light spices. Similar flavor adding toffee and a touch of vanilla, the hop flavor seems to have mostly faded. Medium plus malty sweetness and light earthy bitterness. Pretty full body with soft carbonation and a sweet, light boozy finish that mellows out as it warms. My favorite of the series so far, better than 10, 11 and 12.
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Citrus and belgian yeast with some caramel. Not bad.