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RATINGS: 973   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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4.2
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.

3.7
Nicke80 (750) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
65 cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours amber with big white head. Yeasty caramel with hoppy notes. Sweet after taste.

3.8
Funknmilla (745) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pretty copper in color, when light shined through its absolutely beautiful...smells of sweet yeast, spices, and a complex citrus character...distinct clove and some banana....ahhh.. the citrus orange-like scent drifts up to the scent glands, then as you further inhale this wonder, give the glass a swirl and the yeast enhances the mix...very nice...:)....In the first sip, its like citrus rinds soaked in alcohol then mixed with a sweet sugar ; slightly dry syrup....palate is creamy and slightly thick....The extended finish is topped with spices and bitter fruit rinds...overall well balanced and easy to drink for a higher percentage brew, I like it and cant wait to try it when its aged a bit more

3.6
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing. A hazy golden orange beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel and spicy yeast. Medium to thin body with soft carbonation. Flavor is sugary and spicy with notes of fruit, clove, and pale malt. Dry somewhat bitter finish.

3.1
screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Pours a hazy golden color like a wheat beer color. No head at all. Aroma is sweet, bready and a hint of saison. Taste is a little tart, peppery and again a little like a saison. Bitterness sticks around and a definite alcohol when you breathe. I tasted this thing blind, not knowing at all what style it was until I read the description here. I immediatly placed it as some Belgian style and it caught me off gaurd. I cannot taste the Amarillo hops at all. A decent beer but not a style I care for.

3.8
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle. Clear golden pour supporting a tall white head. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Crisp flavor with apples, a touch of caramel and spice. Very restrained hop profile for a Stone. Mildly sweet but dry finish that warms slightly at the end. Not a traditional Stone and a significant departure from the most recent Verticals but I really enjoyed it.

2.7
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Pours a gold-orange with a large head. Aroma is of citrus and spice; A little weaker aroma than expected. Flavor is boozy, fruity, and then boozy again, with room for little else. I was hoping for more hop bitterness. Palate is slightly oily, with low carbonation, thin overall. I’m sorry but this is so overhyped. Not bad, but just not the messianic figure that it’s made out to be. My humble opinion. Overall, fair to good.

3.5
Scottishchris (723) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle from beerhive. Pale gold, small white head. Yeasty hoppy Belgian spritz. Medium body, light fizz. Sticky. Sweet bready front. Citrus and bitter hops. Dry. Hefty.

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.

3.9
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a smoggy sunshine color with a small foamy head. Flavor is initially a bit chewy and yeasty, but quickly forms a bouquet of fresh hops with lots of citrus zest. Finish is complex and lingering with hints of spice. Medium bodied, a bit chewy. Nicely done.


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