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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

543 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 46
Gots: 136 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices --- including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel (the latter three acknowledging our Southern California home) --- and a special Belgian yeast strain. All in all this is yet another case of us drawing from classic Belgian influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!

(Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007)
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Reviews by xymyl:
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xymyl

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know this will be much better in a few years, but I'm reviewing it now, so I'm giving it a lower rating than I will at some future date.

This beer has a great rich orange/gold color and a slightly offwhite head that has good structure at first but falls fairly quickly for this slow sipper.

When you first pour it, it wafts clean fruity and spicy saison notes. Put your nose to the glass and everything intensifies going from mouthwatering to mindnumbing. The initial aroma had set me up for something lighter than Stone. But we would all be disappointed if Stone really served us up a light bodied beer. There is a lot of spice and fruit to this.

The taste is just a lot of punching and kicking, scratching and biting and screaming between your malty fruits your bitter hops and your spices. Right now everything is shouting so loud it is difficult to care. But give this party a few years and there will be perfect harmony. You can tell this beer has talent.

Overall: Seems very similar to the 444 sans lime leaves. I think the 444 was perfect though. Thanks to oodeftone for making sure I got one of these. I was able to get some more to age.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 01:38:37 | More by xymyl
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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A- pours a pale golden color with some sediment floating around, small foamy white head reduces quickly eventually leaving nothing behind

S- spicy yeast aromas up front with some fruity berry and citrus notes, a hint of earthy must mixes with banana, clove, and ginger

T- spicy yeast with a kick of ginger up front, citrusy notes from the orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, banana and clove, with a hint of caramelized sugar on a sweet finish

M- medium body with spritzy moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- very drinkable but the notable characteristics seemed to have faded

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S: Rum raisin booze smell.

T: Apricot, molasses, clove, and honey flavors.

M: Sweet and slightly drying.

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A: A fairly odd shade of yellowish brown. Neither light nor dark. Neither yellow nor brown. I must say, it's not an overly appealing shade. Forms a small fizzy head that fizzes away quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Aroma is nearly non-existent. Swirling the glass, I am barely able to pick up anything beyond a fruity sweetness and some yeasty phenols.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.