jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Pours clear amber with a two-finger white head. Very spicy, musty aroma with a good amount of peach-apricot. Faint herbal hops and bitter rind. Flavor is sweeter, with a blast of pale malt to start things off. This is joined by a deep, almost cloying, fruitiness that gives way only at the very end to pepper and a light hop bite. The sweetness sticks at the back of the throat. A bigger yeast presence would have been an improvement, but good stuff nonetheless. thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Pours bright amber into a tulip. Fluffy off-white head with good retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Candi, banana, caramel and alcohol aromas. Sweet spritzy caramel upfront with a chewy fruit (orange, lemon and ginger) center and lasting finish that turns to an alcohol hop bite after a few seconds. Eventually leaves an unpleasant taste that lasts after the brew is finished. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
22 oz bottle via Roth’s. Pours a clearn amber with small off-white head. Nose is candy and spice. Taste is molasses, cardomom, ginger, orange, apricot, pineapple. pepper, earthy hops. There is a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish, although it isn’t hot. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Found a bottle before 7/7/7, but so did 67 other people. 13 months have passed and I’m immediately struck by the mellow nature of this year’s beer. Nothing about it is particularily strong, although now that I see the ingredient list I can understand why it seemed hard to grasp. VERY pretty beer, and very palatable. Aquilo (651) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Looks and smells like apple cider- with a very large foamy head. Just a hint of hops in the aroma. Equally fruity flavor, with lots of plum and pear as well as apple. Rather smooth going down. This is quite good.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Poured a deep tawny color with a gobby creamy head. Notes of banana found in some German Weiss brews. Fruity hops in the nose, too. Complex spice flavor that lingers and transforms as beer warms up. Citrus rinds and ginger quite evident in flavor. Usually I ain’t too fond of American brewers’ attempts at Belgian beer, but this one is prime! Yummy! pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2007
bottle....aroma: dark fruits, sugar with quite a bit of spice that included some ginger and pepper, some yeast as well....appearance: dark amber-brown pour with an light sand colored head....taste: sweet malts, yeasty, and spiced up with some ginger, cinammon, and pepper. it’s pretty sweet and sugary overall but i thought it was more than drinkable. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours amber/copper with a small comapact off-white head. Aroma of spices, lemon, citrus, slight fruitiness, and belgian yeast. The flavor is sweet, spices, fruit, lemon, and finishes with a light bitterness. Good brew. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2007
22 oz bottle.Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Deep golden with a spritzy head.
Aroma is fruity, apple, banana, peppery, ginger. Light notes of cardamom spice.
Ginger and cardamom are prominent in the flavor with light notes of citrus peel.
Finishes a bit sweet, and the ginger and cardamom are a bit heavy for my liking right now, we’ll see how it ages out.
Bottle: The aroma consists of yeast, light apple, banana, alcohol, pepper, and a hint of flowers. It pours a bright transparent amber with a small white head. The flavor is rather light overall. It starts yeasty with some watered down apple flavors. The finish has some hints of banana, alcohol, spice, and floral bitterness. Medium bodied with some lively carbonation that can be a tad prickly at times. I’d have verify previous ratings, but I’m pretty confident that so far this is my least favorite Vertical Epic.