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RATINGS: 961   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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3.8
GuilTTy (735) - 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.

3.3
Hoprider (726) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours orangy golden with a small white head. N: white gummybears from Haribo, light belgian yeast spice, light hops. T: sweet golden belgian ale on the tongue. Light herbal aftertaste. Drying and slight bitterness in the finish.

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.

3.7
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.

3.9
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.

4
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!!!!

3.7
brigg (704) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 (bottle - august 26, 2008) Clear golden orange with no head. Floral, fruity aroma with grassy, floral hops, grapefruit, ripe banana, bubblegum, clove. The flavor starts out semi-sweet with a slight tang, but bitterness kicks in on the way back and it finishes very dry. Citrus flavor (particularly grapefruit) and piney hops are the clearest characteristics. The alcohol is noticeable. Very interesting: the flavor seems to be constantly shifting from one thing to another. Medium bodied. (bottle - March 4, 2013) Clear orange body, a whisp of off-white head. Floral, honey aroma, allspice, clove, banana, mild hops. Medium body. Flavor of bubblegum, pepper, clove, honey, mild citrus hops.

3.6
scirtes (701) - POLAND - APR 19, 2016
Sample at BGM 2016. Golden beer with aroma of bubble gum, medium bodied, lots of malty sweetness.


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