yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic is a very clear, dense golden ale with a thin off-white film of a head with a few oily bubbles on it. It leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. There is banana/clove in the nose, along with some fruity and grassy notes. It’s medium bodied and very smooth, with a clean, quick finish. It tastes tart and fruity. There are flowery hops flavors and notes of apple, banana and cherry. It’s pretty phenolic. The finish and aftertaste are hot and boozy. It tastes boozier than it is. popiela (1016) - Poznañ, POLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Aroma is mostly yeasty, not very pleasant. Taste is also yeasty but fruity and complex. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours a clear pale yellow with a bigish foamy, quickly descending head. The nose is full of hops and fruit and alcohol and bubblegum. Light syrup sweetness over an otherwise dry body. Straw and bigger juicy hops, making more astringency than tropical fruit. Creamy lighter body, with higher carbonation. There’s spicy belgianness to this, but even more so big old American hops, giving this something very fruity and spicy to peppery. Some wheaty esters. Some herbal hop notes for sure too. Straw. Alcohol. Not a ton of sweetness, which is nice. Lingering peppery finish. A big creamy in the finish. My second favorite of the series after 05.05.05. hapjydeuce (1004) - 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. Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Surprisingly pale golden color. Nice, spicy, hoppy nose. Taste is really nice, much as you would expect, a nice flavor of Belgian candy up front, with a bitter hoppy finish. I got a nice blast of simcoe from this one. I am pleasantly surprised. Probably the best Vertical Epic I have had thus far.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 18, 2008
bomber. Unique brew – cloves, wheat, banana, and some earthy hops. Weird mouth feel – warm and coating/lingering on palate but yet a dry finish (seems kind of contradictory). Good, unique and not at all what I expected. This tastes like an imperial wheat beer. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2008
I am not sure that I see the point in aging this beer. It would, I think, only dull the remarkably fresh character of the hops. I found that the flavor of peach predominates in my sample of this beer, which I really liked. I noticed that, for a moment, the beer seems to want to end sour and ultra dry, but then it seems to turn away from this sort of finish. Good thing, too. All of that wonderful light peachiness would be ill-served by such an ending. The mildly bitter finish with lingering fruit is much, much better. Great stuff. HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Honey colored pour with barely a trace of head. Aroma is faded hops. Sweet flavor of golden brown sugar, and light corn syrup. Enough hops remain for it to be balanced and even leave a nice bitter aftertaste. I think this one has held up exceptionally well. Very enjoyable. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. Appley malt and bubblegum ester meet a floral and citric hop character in the aroma. Candied citrus hop flavors dominate up front. Sugarly apple juice malt character peer through. Tinges of phenolic spice mark transition to the finish. Vestiges of hops combine with bubblegum and dusty yeast characters in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly drying and hot. KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
A great beer. Cloudy orange in color. Not a hige head, but its white and slightly fluffy. Pretty malty in the nose. Had some belgian yeast, spices in the flavor.