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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

558 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 143 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007

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!
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Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter. This beer is a slightly cloudy medium golden/deep orange/copper color. Very nice color. The head is about an inch thick when poured. It settles to a quite thin surface layer about 10 minutes after pouring. Nice white ring lining the inside of the glass though. Good lacing. Aroma wise sweet spice galore and malt are certainly present as well as some banana. Sort of a fruity and floral aroma too. Very malty and sweet upfront tastewise. Spices such as clove and ginger are present among others. The taste is rounded out by some fruit and hop notes. Orange and lemon are certainly present along with a hint of banana. This beer has a dry, spicy and biting aftertaste. Has a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel with a full body and moderate to heavy carbonation. easy to drink in the manner that great beer should be. It took me well over an hour an half to finish a bomber of this stuff. Overall this beer is certainly different from any other Belgian style Strong Pale Ale I have ever had before. A lot about this beer reminded me of Stone's Barley Wine, which I like a lot. Another winner from Stone!

Eric

Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed Christmas Eve from bottle split with my brother (whose birthday is July 7th)

A- Clear rich amber pour with two fingers of soapy eggshell head. Quarter inch cap remains after several minutes and leaves chunky sticky lacing.

S- Cinnamon, cardamom, candy cane, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, grapefruit toffee and alcohol.

T- Ginger, cardamom, brown sugar, alcohol, yeast cinnamon and orange rinds.

M- Medium bodied, excellent carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth.

O- Really didn't know what to expect for a 5 year old beer. I did not like the 08.08.08 so when I cracked this and got my first whiff I was very happy and excited!

Photo of kkipple
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cracked out during 2007 to see what all the fuss was about.

A. Semi-clear light gold. Light carbonation, very few visible bubblies. Small head that hits the edges of the glass. Poor retention.

S. Ginger, sweet toasty malt. Citrus hops, floral. Appealing, but a little "flat".

T. Sweet and sugary with a ginger wallop and a tripel-like pepper flavor. A little toasted and caramel malt are a welcome addition here; the hops are citrus and a tad spicy. Finish is lightly tart with a lingering sweetness and spice and is very reserved.

M. Light, thin, lowly carbonated.

D. Decent, but nothing spectacular. Too thin and lacking in fizz for my tastes. Needs more of that elusive "oomph" -- especially if this is going to hold up another 5 years!

Photo of MisterClean
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grad

A - Poured copper with 2 fingers of white head which dies fast.

S/T - Honey, nectarines, bubblegum, and yeast funk.

M - Supersweet, very malty, full-bodied, and some funk yeast at the end.

D - Very good. Most people thought this beer was hit and miss.

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cbl2
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/22/2007 $6.55 22 oz. 8.40% Best by 12/12/12.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear medium brown with pink highlights. Little to no head, with just a fringe of tan around the rim.

Aroma:

Highly spicy, with loads of ginger leading the way along with a nice cherry juice aroma.

Taste:

Rather weak mouthfeel, with lots of citrus peel flavors dominating the palate. Mild hints of ginger with a buttery cherry finish. By far the most ho-hum of the Vertical Epics. Very little complexity present in this one, and I'm worried that this might not be able to go the distince until 2012, though my fingers are crossed.

Photo of yamar68
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey pear gold with a full finger of off-white carb... laces wonderfully with tons of activity below the head, which retains pretty consistently.

Yeasty sweet pear, lemongrass, pale grape skins, apple cider and lots of it... some lemon-lime notes, sweet grains, pretty mellow.

Apple juice, Belgian yeast, some mild citrus flavors... some spicy nutmeg type flavors surface in the finish. Overly sweet initially but it really does grow on you. Pretty good actually.

If you happen upon a bottle of this, go for it.

Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Released and reviewed a bit early...but what the hey! 22fl.oz.brown bomber with silk-screened label resembling the previous V.E.'s. It pours a very bright golden amber with a thick creamy finger of white froth. Plenty good carbonation with the head settling to a solid 1/4" with staying power, leaving some interesting lace behind.

Smells like a Belgian...very sweet and spicy in the nose. I had to bump the smell up .5 as it improved with some warming. Nice and fruity with some yeasty aspects, peppery notes...sweet citrus and more rotten fruit...nice!

Subtly complex flavor wise, as this brew is only young and will no doubt age well, it still offers a great rep for it's style and also shows how an ale brewed with spices can add some dimension to the brew. The taste is like the smell, but a bit better...can't wait till it ages some as the overall mouthfeel will definetly benefit with this factor.

Nothin wrong with this brew right now...I'm enjoying it very much...the alcohol is very well hidden in the taste and nose but it certainly creeps up on you before the bomber is empty.

Good stuff that age will make better IMO...who's next?

Photo of williamherbert
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a crystal-clear, light amber/orange color. Thin layer of head, along with some lace at the top. It looks to be pungent, yet there isn't that much carbonation.

The telltale smell is there of a spicy Belgian/saison. Sour champagne smell. Also some orange peel that goes along with the spicy flavor.

There is an initial sweet orange flavor, followed by a heavy alcoholic taste. The flavor is Belgian/sour. Some ginger ale and champagne. A distinctly perfumey aftertaste. There is a sweet undercarriage which salvages an otherwise harsh flavor.

The feel is bubbly at first, then smooths out. It's a heavy, harsh swallow. It gets a bit creamier as the carbonation bubbles out and it mellows, but it's still fizzy. It's heavy, bubbly, fizzy, sour, champagney, alcohol-fueled and saison-esque.

Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

fantastic looking orangey gold, with a thick light tan head that sticks around.
while there is a thick head the yeast shines in the aroma. once that fades, ginger takes over with some of the citrus rind components and clove. grows vaguely plastic-y (soapy?) at times.
the taste seems yeast driven, but the spicing plays a big part as well. it's got a lot of that lightly fruity belgian pale ale yeast type flavor up front with banana, soft mango, peach(?) etc. and as it travels over the tongue the spices kick in in greater amount with citrus peel, clove and ginger being most aparent. bitterness at the finish cleans up the end before it can tunr into a trainwreck, which it might be without that bitterness and dryness at the back end. the heavy spicing grows a little tiresome though, 8 oz or so would be a more ideal size in it's present state. it can be pretty hot too. burps taste like ginger wrapped banana.
full bodied with middle of the road carbonation.
pretty good but a bit much at the moment. this was designed for a long rest though. should be good in a few years.

Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a nice fluffy off white head. The head has a slightly yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell coriander, cloves, and grains of paradise. This beer also has some grainy aroma. I can smell a nice mild citrus hop aroma as well. Some citrus notes are also present.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. It is mostly spicy, with some grainy flavor. I can taste the citrus hop flavor as well.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a clovey aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I think that this beer might make a decent session beer. It might be a little too spicy to enjoy a few bottles at a time. Also, the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This is a good beer. I have never had any complaints with the Vertical Epics, and I have had every one. Will this one mak it? I am not sure, but I am leaning towards no. I predict that this beer starts to develope a bandaid lik flavor after a little while. I hope I am wrong.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Vertical Epic pours a light orangish amber color with a nice foam head that dissipates quickly. If you hold it up to the light it is very cool as it has thousands of particles suspending in air or liquid.

The smell is of of oranges and the usually Belgium aroma. Not knowing it is a Belgian beer when I bought it pouring release the familiar aroma.

The taste was of a strong ales with a nice spicy finish. It was chewy in the mouth and hid the alcohol well. I would definitely recommend this even to the non-Belgian lover.

Photo of becktone
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: The color of the beer is an orangish with a splash of pink. Head retention is poor, though it could be this snifter. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Can't complain about the appearance because I know that I've never had great retention in this snifter with the exception of Duvel and La fin du monde.

Nose: Sweet malty and spicy aromas billow from this glass. There is also a fruity candy type aroma, reminds me much of gummi bears. Alcohol is hidden well. All in all this brew smells amazing.

Tongue: Very nice brew. Not what you expect for this style, however it "meets the characteristics" while adding a little bit of something extra, something that makes it stand out." The classic Duvel type of flavor is there but there is also a nice spiciness and fruitiness to this beer as well. Among the sweetness from the Duvel type flavor there is also another sweetness, can't quite put a finger on it though. All in all a very complex and unique brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy bodied with moderate levels of carbonation...this is just what the doctor ordered. Slightly warming as it goes down due to the alcohol, but it isn't all that noticeable. Leaves a very clean taste of spices on the palate-perhaps thats coriander in there... This brew is very easy to drink, in fact I look forward to drinking the rest of this. This is a brew that I'd most definitely buy again, unfortunately its only a limited brew.

Photo of July2Nov
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with crap suspended within the beer itself. The smell isn't actually as bad as I had thought that it might be. The aroma is mainly of a mixture of sour and the typical belgian yeast characters (banana, clove, etc.). The flavor, while not nearly as sour as the nose had lead to believe, tasted like a mixture of belgian flavors and pumpkin spices. It was an odd marriage that only kinda worked. Oddly enough I must say that I really didn't pick up any distinct saison or tripel flavors, just generic sour and generic banana. It was a decent beer, but glad I didn't try for the entire vertical, due to the fact that my experience with these has been less than exciting.

Photo of jakecattleco
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chilidog
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened on 7/7/07;
I don't usually open an epic till New Years eve but hey its Chistmas in July.

Thisone to me had Triple all over it. It poured a deep gold, almost copper like. The head was egg-wash white that was about an inch but maintained well. Carbonation was active, nice and busy. not much on the lace side of things.

The aroma pops at bottles open and that carbonation just treats the nose with the taste hints.

The taste is complex, very well done. Malts, hops that are well accented by citric grapefruits, lime and orange peel. Spice of ginger and pepper. I picked up hints of biscuit and more of sour dough. A mild hint of alcohol for toppers.

The mouthfeel is smooth, well aired. It dose leave a dry, wanting more feel. After awhile, it leaves a "dang, im thirsty feel".

Drinkability is very smooth and easy, for a complex brew.
For july, this went very well. And im sure it will bring in the new year great as well.

Photo of oelergud
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper golden clear body with good carbonation. Slightly off-white head of mostly small bubbles. Low retention and lace.
Sweet bread and marcipan smell. Floral notes swirl on top of an alcoholic whiff with spice.
Taste is alcohol, spice, molasses and malts well balanced with velvety hops. Aftertaste of Lingering malts with some nutskin hops and faint alcoholic flavor.
Medium to full body, some coating and a dry finish. Abit of residual sugars.
Good drinkability.
Though this is a good brew it did not live up to Stone standards. Maybe this one needs to age abit.

-Oelergud

Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden with light shades of orange. Clear. White fluffy head develops that dissipates pretty fast. Foamy head is very easily generated upon swirling.
S- belgian yeast (fruit/must) mixed with earthy hops.
T- Starts out with a little bite, then fruit rolls in, followed by earthiness in the end.
M- Carbonated generously, light-heavy body.
D- Easily drinkable. Better at its more colder temperatures in my opinion.

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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