RATINGS: 973   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.

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blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2008
bottle, golden colored pour with a cotton candy sweet nose, flavors of pine, refined sugar, fruit and white pepper, finished hoppy and sticky

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009
Date: August 23, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: clear dark gold, wispy off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: big sweet malt aroma with a candy sweetness, lots of spicyness mixed with a big floral hop presence
Flavor: well balanced flavor with the malt sweetness matched by the spicy phoenolics and spicy hops

Date: May 15, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.1
sweetness has dried out a lot, hops and spicyness has come out a bit but still well balanced,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

argo0 (14127) - 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.

SDalkoholic (2393) - 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 it’s just incredibly tasty and well spiced. As for the palate, it’s 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.

Strykzone (7362) - 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.

robinvboyer (4674) - 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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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