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RATINGS: 959   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
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bright, golden/yellow appearance with a small, off white head and spotty lacing. Subtle yeasty aroma yields to well spiced hops, Well carbonated, full bodied mouthfeel. Spicy taste takes on characteristics of pitted fruit and resinous hops. Dry, bitter, lingering finish. This may be a good one to lay down for about a year.

3.9
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Bomber. Pours hazy pale gold with a medium off-white head. Aroma is straight up peppery hops, some mango makes it’s way through, as well as slightly funky barnyard. Flavor isn’t in-your-face or extreme at all, especially considering Stone’s fondness for hops (which I’m not ragging on at all). Instead it’s a very well blended quite Belgian tasting creation that is moderately hopped. Citrusy fruits, a bit of caramel-like sweetness, Belgian yeast, and lots of pepper and clove are nicely balanced together. Mouthfeel is fitting for the style, and the finish is really dry. The more I drink of this, the more I like it.

3.6
dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
found this at Bev Mo (beverages and more) and then was fortunate to make it to the brewery and enjoyed it there also. another great one from Stone!

4
milewide (2261) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Wonderful bitter after taste, with Belgian yeast tastes upfront. Solid body and head. Gold color. Stone could enter the Belgian segment if they would brew this on a regular basis!

3.7
theisti (4142) - Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2008
22 oz bottle generously given to me by csbosox. Pour is a slightly hazed yellow golden with a one inch white head. Sporadic carbonation bubbles lift to the surface. Falling head leaves behind nice lacing. Aroma of fresh resin hops, floral aspects, lemon grass, and some interesting sweet Belgian yeastiness. I also get some faint nuttiness, peanut shells almost. Interesting nose. Taste is pretty sharply bitter initially, with the resin hop, and some orange peel sweetness. I get the same nuttiness mid-palate, and this follows through to a dry and dusty finish. As it warms, I get more rock candy Belgian yeastiness out of it. Some black pepper spiciness too. The palate is medium to thin, pretty slick. There isn’t a lot of sweetness in this beer, yet something was quite cloying in the finish. It’s almost a metallic grassiness (I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either). Overall, this was a creative, interesting beer that was well made. Thanks for bringing this one back for me Chris.

4.5
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle. Wonderful beer! Pours a hazy blond with aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Heavy hop smell that equates to heaven. Taste lasts long and the perfect amount of bitter.

3.9
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottled. Brilliant yellow-gold color with fizzy carbonation and a developing rocky white head. Sweet malty aroma with a sappy, hoppy bite. Ginger spice and a bit of grapefruit citrus follow. Flavor leans sweet with some clove and mango tones above the malty tripel base, finishing crisp and bitter. Tastes pretty good fresh, not sure what this will be like in a few years. Reminds me of Signature Ale.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Pours a transparent bright golden with a wispy-lacing froth of clingy white head. Aroma of rich, sweet biscuity pale Belgian malts and light fruity esters with a good clove spice. Body starts with a good sweet doughy malted wheat and caramel flavor balanced with resiny piny hops and mild citric grapefruit. Finishes slightly warming and crisp. Should age fairly well and smooth out a bit.

3.6
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber - Poured golden amber in color with a medium whitish head. Slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy with plenty of bready Belgian yeasts... clove/banana and citrus hops. Flavor is rich with bready yeast, clove/banana, spices and resinous hops. Medium bitter in the finish, which was short and clean. Really good...

2.3
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bomber at the rip and run. Pours a nice golden with minimal lacing and head. Light carbonation. Nose of salt and spices. Mouthfeel is twisted and quite yeasty, to a distracting level. the salt lingers into the undefinable body and ends with a flat alkaline finish. I will not be puchasing any more of this vertical epic series. I di not think I will partake in this series at all in future years. As in my last year’s review it only seems to take money from my pocket while the rest of this brew gets poured down the drain.


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