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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.77%
Wants: 143
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. It's triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe:  http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202 

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-22-2002)
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Reviews by scootny:
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scootny

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to my Vertical Epic tasting that was supposed to happen New Years Eve last year. Avery clear golden amber ale crowned with a white head that quickly fades to a light covering. No lace. Little carbonation.

Nose is quite good for a twelve year old beer of this abv. Honey and Belgian yeast.

Taste is wonderful. The spices and orange held up nicely. Great hoppiness that brings out the citrus

smooth feel with firm carbonation, nice weight.

superb

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:48:37 | More by scootny
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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.