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RATINGS: 968   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 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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. Im sorry but this is so overhyped. Not bad, but just not the messianic figure that its made out to be. My humble opinion. Overall, fair to good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottishchris (719) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Pours a cloudy light haze with a thing. Some interesting notes of yeast and spice through in the nose. Flavor has tastey notes of tangy citrus, a bit of funk. The finish is rather dry and tangy. Overall, very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (715) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2008
pours nice gold,with white head,very nice fruity aroma,light yeast notes,banana.I really enjoy the nose on this beer.tast nice grapefruit,hopp notes. Very enjoyable beer.Can’t wait to try this one in a few years!!!!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (700) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pours a nice golden color with a smallish white head. Aroma is citrusy and yeasty. Taste is smooth and very citrusy, with a nice malt balance as well, really good.


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