RATINGS: 961   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 IPAsbeers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. Its a big reason 2008s 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, its our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13442) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2008
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is Belgian yeast spiciness. Taste is medium sweet, Belgian yeast, fruity/melon, light pepper. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2365) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. The ale is colored as a solid golden hue with a dense appearance and a fluffy patch of foam. The nose is a spicy aroma of Belgian yeast with a slight notice of perfumed hops as well as soap in a distant background. The flavor is sweet nectar of hops blended so well with the strain of yeast that its just incredibly tasty and well spiced. As for the palate, its a war of carbonation occurring across the tongue yet easily quaffable. The drink earns a strong score with me and reminds me a little of the vertical epic 2004 which I so longed to taste fresh again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6863) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Pours a clear gold hue with a small white head that never quite goes away. Aroma is full of yeast, honey, and clove. Throw in a dab of pepper. Nice! Flavor offers more pepper spice and more bitterness than the aroma would indicate. Likewise with hops. This is a well hopped beer bringing pine flavor and bitterness. Clove and banana show up as the beer warms. Finished peppery. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4279) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008
beautiful pour into my duvel tulip! Wicked aroma! lots of spicy american hops, some nice citrus notes, and some subtle pepperiness. There is also a nice creamy sweetness that mixes very well with the citrus from the hops. The flavour is so nice, lots of nie hops, spicy, and lots of citrus, but there are nuances of cloves, and some slight wood notes. Incredibly drinkable, such a nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Thanks to Dkachur for this bottle. Hazy pale gold pour with fizzy white head. Spiced aroma. Fruity flavor mostly banana and pineapple upfront. Spicy hoppy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden in color with a nice fluffy white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Spicy yeasty hoppy aroma. Citrusy sweet peppery notes. Peppery hoppy yeasty flavor. Citrusy piney notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is bitter and dry. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle at chris_o’s pre beer exposed tasting. Alround rating: Pppery, dry, quite a bit of raw bittering hop, pale sweet malts, to be honest i found it a pritty boring belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 Pours a clear golden with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Aroma similar to a tripel with that peppery/yeasty goodness, but with a citrus hop smell added in. The taste was similar with a surprisingly full body.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (661) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
Bomber. Pours clear golden, with a moderate-sized, dense white head. Aroma is Belgian-style yeast, American hops, spices, hint of alcohol, and some light honey-sweet malt. Flavor is a mixture of sweet and ever-so-slightly tart fruits, various spices, yeast, hint of alcohol, and fresh-citrus hops. Less hoppy than expected, even this early in the recommended aging period, and a bit cloyingly sweet. However still quite good.

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