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RATINGS: 960   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours a clear, fizzy gold, lacking much of a head - aroma of banana, pineapple, and some phenolic character, with a fairly strong, earthy simcoe hop presence and a peppery quality - the flavor profile is bookended by a pretty strong hop flavor and a bit of dry floral notes - I normally like hoppy belgian ales, but it doesn’t quite work here - some tropical fruits, yeast/bread, and belgian-ish esters run through the middle, but they finish and end abruptly, never trying to integrate with the hoppiness - a little but of alcohol heat in the finish - the hops work well in the finish, though, as if becomes dry and light, more like a belgian golden ale - decent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 22oz. botle. Darkish gold color, quickly dissipating head. Spicy/citrus aroma, not bad. Sweet flavor to it, slight hops in the backround, a little too sweet for me, still an alright brew. Hid the alcohol really well though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2008
bottle from southbay. Nice, but, like the other ve’s, nothing special. Spicy, fruity, hoppy, and peppery with a bubblegum sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5720) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2008
22 oz bomber purchased at EZ Liquors. Aroma on this one had lots going on, hoppiness, yeastiness, pepper, corriander, doughy notes, tropical fruit(especially banana). Flavor is yeasty, spicey and finishes bitter. Some tropical fruit notes in the flavor as well. This one finishes on the dry side which I have never been a big fan of. This beer is strange in the sense that it has lots of bitterness from the hops but then lots of pepper and spice almost like a saison. Not really caring for this one right now so I will have to see how it ages.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Clear golden color with a foamy white head, it’s a nice looking pour. Aroma is a touch yeasty & fruity, while the flavor starts out w/ a bit of fruitiness and finishes dry and hoppy

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Pours a clear pale yellow with a bigish foamy, quickly descending head. The nose is full of hops and fruit and alcohol and bubblegum. Light syrup sweetness over an otherwise dry body. Straw and bigger juicy hops, making more astringency than tropical fruit. Creamy lighter body, with higher carbonation. There’s spicy belgianness to this, but even more so big old American hops, giving this something very fruity and spicy to peppery. Some wheaty esters. Some herbal hop notes for sure too. Straw. Alcohol. Not a ton of sweetness, which is nice. Lingering peppery finish. A big creamy in the finish. My second favorite of the series after 05.05.05.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5616) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours gold into a snifter. White head quickly subsides leaving no lacing. Woody rum and alcohol aromas. Sweet banana and clove upfront. Flat with a lasting, slightly sour citrus and pepper finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Golden pour that is clear with almost no carbonation and a frothy white head. Nice American hop aroma with grass and citrus notes predominantly. Pleasant, if not unique, Belgian not of candy and yeast. Very interesting brew. Ive got to say that in 4 more years, youve got to believe that this will have none of the current American hop profile. Right now you get nice clean and powerfully present earth and spice (almost pine) but the Belgian golden flavors are also pronounced. Yeasty spice, pepper, green pepper, rubber and booze as it warms. The mouth feel is medium and the finish is dry. With some age, I doubt Ill like it. Right now, better than HopIt!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BallyLoser (136) - Redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle. Spicy aroma.Thick white head. Gold colour. Peach flavor up front, bitter spice finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Lemongrass wheat aroma, clean yellow and a sticky head. Lemon zest, lemongrass, and a sour wheat tart kick. Quickly dry, more zest, less hops than I expected but still tasty.


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