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RATINGS: 972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear golden with a fluffy three finger bright white head, good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy, with citrus, banana, light cracked pepper, and cloves that I hope stay in the background. Flavor brings things together nicely, and gladly the cloves maintain a background role and allow dried banana, spice, and citrusy hops to do their thing. Overall not too bad, and enjoyed more than the 07.07.07, my only other experience with the VE series.

3.8
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 15, 2008
First whiff upon cracking the bottle: HOPS!;!;!;!; So they didn’t lie. Transparent yellow with active, quickly and mostly diminishing white head. Pine resin, honey, grapefruit, and a roll of new carpet. Reminds me of my first real big hop beer, which I think was Bells Two Hearted. Initially sweet flavor and sticky mouthfeel followed by prickly pine needles and light banana. Lightly alcoholic and acidic finish with lasting bitter and salty metal. I really like Stone. Another thumbs up.

4
BREWMUSKCLES (2673) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 VERY NICE INDEED. sweet with honey and fruit, berries, citrus with a hint of clove and banana. beautiful golden color. the aroma does not let you in for the really great beer you are about to experience. a hop infusion enters the palate and mixes so well to be such a strong hop presence. crystal pine, pine cone and needles. the beer is delicious now so don’t wait!

3.9
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head that is gone quickly. A pineapple Christmas tree aroma. Ridiculously fruity as well. The flavor is very spicy Belgian flavor with tons of piny hop goodness. A little bit of that pineapple flavor, but also some apricot doused in the overall sweetness. It is relatively light, but very drinkable and delicious for the high ABV. Finishes dry and bitter. I love it.

3.6
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
From bomber courtesy of dpjuart. Smells like a cat peed on my freshly cut Fraser fir Christmas tree. Wow! Not the nose I’d expect from a BSA. Spicy and piney with a bit of sugar and cooked corn. Otherwise, a great aroma. Dark golden amber clear with a thin white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts fruity with orange and grapefruit, apricot. Fresh. Good bitter finish.

4.2
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
bomber. banana, Belgian yeast, spice and hops... that pretty much sums it up (as well as the commercial description). quite an enjoyable beer, more so than 07.07.07. really nice full body over the top of the palate from front to back. the hoppy bitterness really shines through on the finish. wonderful spices, fruits and hops are present throughout this special release. grab some while you can and hold onto one.

3.6
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Bottle. One of the better beers from that series. Right now it is very drinkable, with some hops bite but also some spiciness and pepperiness. This gives it a long lasting bitter finish. At the same time is quite refreshing and really hides the alcohol well. I am not sure how weel it will age though since there is a very prominent hops component.

3.3
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2008
So where do you draw the line between beer styles. This is hoppy enough I could have pegged it as an IPA, but with a little extra sweetness and spice. Well, that is stone brewery for you. Everything has to have hops, hops hops, and a bit extra hops for good measure. There is some Belgian characteristics here, a small spice fruitiness. Mouth feel is clean and crisp, but I prefer a more robust beer.

3.5
DWestrick (732) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
bottle 22oz. a smooth ale - great citrus flavors and balance of hops and yeast. a good beer - enjoyable

3.2
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Clear light amber with a fleeting head. Nice aroma is citrusy tropical fruit with clove. Medium body. Yeasty, estery flavors of bananas clove, with pale malt that’s mixed with bitter hops that doesn’t really meld very well at all. Maybe this one will develop with some time in the bottle?


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