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RATINGS: 965   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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3.6
jsporrer (1144) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pours a clear golden yellow with a huge white foamy head. Nice crisp aroma and a very smooth texture. Very enjoyabl

3.6
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 12, 2016
clear golden... nice ribbons of lace. The aroma has a really fruity quality along with some pine...amarillos?? Flavor is bananas and pink bubblegum.. very fruity.. not as much pine and citrus as expected... actually fairly balanced IMHO. Dry finish.. tropical fruit as it warms.

3.6
DiarmaidBHK (6143) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle from Wegman's Fairfax. Pours golden with a thin white head. Biscuity on the nose. Lots of hop notes on the tongue combine nicely with the Belgian yeast notes. Finished clean. Hides it's booze well. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
fillepolo (1169) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget. Beer tasting @ fillepolo. Pours a golden colour beer with a medium head. Fruity and hoppy with herbs and spices. Dry finish

3.5
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
golden body with a small white head.the aroma is a nice mix of citrus hops,belgain yeast,and allspice.the flavor is much of the same with some pepper thrown in.not bad stuff at all.

3.5
notalush (5955) - Lakewood, 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
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
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at Brasserie V - Madison. Poured clear bright golden with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma was spicy with pears, mangoes, and passion fruit upfront followed closely by a bunch of white pepper and clovey yeast character.. quite fragrant with much more citrusy hoppage present at this point in time.. I think the elements will balance out (hops and yeast) in 6-12 months, and then the yeast will dry it out and change the beer greatly.. can’t wait to check that theory. The flavor had juicy passion fruit and pineapple at the core laced with banana and white peppery esters.. spicier on the back with white pepper leading. Medium-bodied and spicy on the palate.. solid feel and very drinkable.

3.5
EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Golden yellow hazy pour with a thin white head. Maybe I’m seeing things but I swear there’s a slight green tint to the beer. Very spicy aroma - peppery and floral with some lemon citrus. Spicy flavor - cardamom and clove. Malty with a touch of yeast and citrus hops. A bit of grapefruit on the finish and alcohol. Crisp and refreshing, although theres a very bitter alcohol finish which dries the mouth.

3.5
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2008
bottle- overwhelming spicy notes dominate along with sharp bitterness. Hops are there in the background, in sort of a piney/resiny way, but they are totally lost by the yeast produced flavors. Would try again, but not as good as I was hoping.


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