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RATINGS: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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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3.7
DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours a golden color with a large white head. Smelled of citrus and sweet malt. Hoppy beer with a hint of spice. Full bodied beer with a bitter finish. Good beer.

3.7
Nik925 (795) - USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bright and crisp. Def. not a Belgian IPA (which is a good thing). The hops actually play well with this bold yeast. Tartness and some citrus mingle with the pine - hoppyness. This is not what you think of when someone says Belgian Strong Ale. This is more like a Heffe yeast-IPA-something else. I’d have to call it unique.

3.5
OminouSC2 (794) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Orange color, clear. Sweet fruit aromas, oranges, spices. Spicy taste, yeast, alcohol and fruits. Spicy finish.

3.6
mbgrayson (787) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Pours a beautiful gold, with white head. Aroma of hops and sugars. Taste is hoppy with a mix of complex sugars. A Belgian IPA...very interesting. Thumbs up.

3.4
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Clear golden yellow with nice swatch of creamy white head that sustains with moderate lacing. Crisp bread malts, yeast, spices, light fruits, and floral hops. Initial taste of biting pepper and spices along with dry earthy hops; candy, citrus, bananas, pears enter midway with a moderate alcohol presence; pepper and hop dominated finish. Slightly chewy with moderate carbonation exacerbated by the spice profile. Plenty of hops here, but almost overwhelmed by the pepper and spice nuances and hot alcohol, might balance out better with aging.

3.6
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours a hazy (just slightly) lemon yellow with white head. Aroma an herbal citrus with banana and honey. Flavor is piney hops with banana undertones. Sounds like an odd combination but it’s good. The subtle sweetness lingers after each sip. Body is medium with equal carbonation.

4.1
Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Taster at Neighborhood in SD at the ASA. Missed most of the vertical series... Glad for the reboot... Aroma of banana, spice, Belgian yeast... Hops enter on the palate, citrus and floral notes. Balanced, sweet, dry bitter finish... Unique and tasty... Well done!

3.5
DWestrick (774) - 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

3.6
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Clear yellow/gold. Has a yeasty/floral note with some malts and fruit. Also has a light grape/spice note. Medium bodied and smooth with a light bitterness.

3.9
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2008
22 oz bottle, shared. Pours a cloudy gold color with a small and quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma is very hoppy, which surprised me, though I also detected banana, citrus, and Belgian yeast. Taste is Belgian yeast, banana, and citrus up front, dissolving into a wonderful pine hop bitterness toward the end. It tastes like a cross between a Belgian ale and a pale ale, and I like it a lot. Well-done, Stone. You are rapidly becoming a go-to brewery for me.


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