RATINGS: 972   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 IPAsbeers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. Its a big reason 2008s 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, its our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cokemonkey11 (787) - - SEP 20, 2016
Giant brown American bottle. Little transparent. Accidentally aged. Pours weizen amber and opaque with a thin foam subsiding average. Scent is Bologna cold cuts? Taste is exceedingly mild with weizen or saison yeasts, garlic?, Pepper. Probably has gone off but very good anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 its good. The subtle sweetness lingers after each sip. Body is medium with equal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2008
I’ve had the 07 and the 06 but rated neither. This year’s version pours clear golden with a medium sized fluffy white head with pretty good retention and great lacing. Little yeast particles float around - it’s nice seeing a bottle conditioned Stone beer, wish all their stuff was. Belgian yeast is the first noticeable aroma. Lots of esters - bubble gum, pear, cotton candy. Clove also noticeable. The yeast definitely overtake the hops. I was expecting more hoppiness. Simcoe is noticeable underneath the yeast qualities, I definitely get some pine but it’s certainly not huge. Flavor is smooth, hoppier in flavor than in the nose. Mildly but pleasantly bitter - a clean bitterness. Somewhat dry finish with a little bready malt character lingering and a touch of the estery yeast character. This is just fine though like the other two epic ales I’ve had not a big standout. I like this well enough but it’s certainly not something I’m going to miss when it’s off the shelves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (759) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Slightly cloudy, golden yellow. Decent head and lace. Big aroma of tropical fruit, powdered sugar, citric hops, perfume and others. Medium bodied, slick, almost creamy, lots of spiciness, pale malts come out for a minute but the simcoes jumo all over the palate. Nice mix of flvors, the bitterness works here, nothing overdone. Extremley drinkable for a 8.4% brew and I must say i am liking it, one of my favorites of the VE series. No clue how it will age, have to assume hops will fade and hopefully yeast contiues to work to make this a big ,not too sweet estery bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured from a 22oz bottle and the color was a beautiful golden with a moderate white head.The aroma is extremely yummy with lemon, banana, tangerine, belgian yeast, and a bit of pepper spice. Almost Chardonay wine like.Nice and smooth on the palate with a medium body.Flavors of well balanced bitter hops, sweet malt. Long lasting hoppy finish a bit dry but not overly so. Great beer and can easily drink plenty of these.

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