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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing Co.

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85
very good
382 Reviews
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74
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
575
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.2%
 
 
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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by taez555 on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 382 | Ratings: 575
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange golden with a reasonable head that is fine and white and settles to a thin swirly cap. Nice aromas of candi sugar, pears, cardamom, bananas, and some light alcohol. Very integrated and pleasant aromas. The taste is also a seemless blend of Belgian yeast flavors and fruit. Apple, pear , and banana pair with some light clove spiciness and some residual sweetness as well as some citrusy bitterness. Delicious. This beer is smooth, creamy, and lightly spicy, and drinking beautifully right now.

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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had this on tap at the OBF, but for a variety of reasons couldn't do a review based on that (palate overload being the primary one). However, if anything the bottled version is even more impressive, which is what I had the other night.

Pours a rich, honey gold color, with creamy looking head and great lacing. The beer has a very complex nose, funky nose, with honey, butter, ginger and possibly even coriandor all intermingled. In other words, this beer smells fantastic. On the palate the beer is every bit as good. This is a big, almost viscous beer, with flavors of honey, cherry and ginger. It's pretty sweet, and the beer comes across as very, very rich, with a very long lasting, rich smooth finish. Just delicious. The abv. is noticeable, but is not the least bit obtrusive. However, given the abv. and sweetness of the, a little bit of this goes a long way.

A very impressive effort from the talented folks at Stone.

Edit from 3/15/13. Tasted recently during a vertical epic event at Pacific Coast Brewing. Unlike other recent reviews of this beer, I was impressed by how well this beer has held up. I got considerable tropical fruit, citrus (tangerine) and light butter, and I was frankly amazed by how tasty and rich this beer still was. Granted, my current score was no where as high as what I gave it back in 2007, but nevertheless, this beer has held up very well, and was a very tasty beer. There was even still some hoppy bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light golden with an orange tone and a 2 finger, fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. A few tiny particles fall out of suspension in the bottom of the glass. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruits with notes of orange, pear, vanilla, peaches, grapefruit, cardamom, and mild spices and phenols.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with hints of a saison but leaning more towards a Belgian Gold with spice additions.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy up front, mildly sweet, enticing, and dry on the finish.
A youngling that will do better with some aging. Definitely nice enough to drink now though for those who can tolerate complex yeast phenols, along with spices.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased ay Wine Expo in Santa Monica
Poured a light orange color w/ a dirty white head. Nose was yeast, spices and some citrus.
Taste was a nicely hopped brew with good malts. Well balanced. Hints of orange peel some spiciness. Lots of Belgian yeast. Overall pretty drinkable and good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank 1/25/13

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a deep apricot body with a touch of haze and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a thick ring of antique white head. The second glass has a micro-jetsam suspended in the body.

S- The spun sugar aroma has some bright lemon tartness to it with a mellow more full dry spice in the finish. There is some cardamom aroma with ginger warmth and a pale malt sweetness as it opens along with a cream aroma.

T- The jelly marmalade orange flavor takes on some lemon flavors that grow. The mellow cardamom is still strong with ginger heat growing stronger aswell, and some tangerine zest in the finish. The ginger heat shows up in the after taste. The finish is dry but the citrus gives it some perceived sweetness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol heat only on the exhale.

O- This beer improved a bit with age but the flavor profiles are a bit awkward together and has sort of a old time aftershave quality to the flavor. I was hoping for more yeast character to push the spice and citrus into secondary flavors, but it wasn’t there.

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(Served in a tulip glass)
drank 7/20/2007
A- This beer has a crystal clear light amber body with a snow white head that fades to a thin ring around the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The note of perfume and flower petals comes through with a dry spice note like that of cardamom and frankincense. There is a light green vegetation note in the finish but it is not specifically hops. The hints of pale sweet malt come through lightly as the beer warms but it has more corn sugar than malt qualities.

T- The taste of dry candy sugar comes through with a very light white wine note and a note of perfumed spun sugar. The note of cardamom is soft but increases as the beer warms. The finish has a soft grapefruit rind note with slight snap of ginger without the ginger taste. The green notes of hops are soft in the finish but are present with the other flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a light alcohol heat in the finish.

D- The spice flavors are a bit off and stronger than the sugar/malt flavors. I think some age could improve this beer and hopefully quiet the spices a bit. The hops are soft already so it might be a totally different beer in 5 years.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another VE on tap at Alewife.

A: The ale is a golden tea color, a bit of brown balancing things out. Not much in the way of head, just a thin band.

S: The nose has plenty of spice, lemon and ginger with cardamom dominating with its ususal zeal.

T: The ale is spice-laden, having held up nicely over the years. The cardamom drives a bold profile that is lively and (almost) excessively sweet.

M: I like this kind of spice profile, bold and assertive, domineering even.

D: A little on the strong end, VE07 is a sipper.

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Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy-bronze with floaties, white head, very little retention, light lacing.

S: Candied pineapple, gingerbread, spice & a slight fruity tartness.

T: Spicy gingerbread, tropical fruit, cloves, grain, light bitterness, slight tartness, light alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Something to sip with dinner.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:

A: Pours a clear golden orange color. Labeled as a "Golden triple/saison" hybrid at 8.4%.

S: Big lemon peel on nose with some fruitiness and lots of ginger.

T: Flavor is sour oranges and apples, caramel malt, citrus, and ginger spicing. Palate is dry and full of ripe fruit and dry floral hops. There is some sweet candi sugar and dried apricot hints as well.

M: The texture is slick and slippery on the tongue.

D: Overall a decent brew that would of probably come off better with aging and without the label or comparison to the authentic Belgian styles golden triple and sasion.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, wow, 5" of foam over 1" of beer. Transitions back to beer nicely, but takes awhile. White froth laces the glass excellently over the clear dark golden brew. Aroma is sweet and spicy, but also seems tinged of soap. Taste starts sweet as well, zings with some citrus zest, and then mellows toward the close with moderate spicing, and closes with acceptable levels of warmth. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit flat, but that's not surprising with the foamy start, with drinkability that is reasonable as well. Not wowed by this one, but seems to have the room and character that may improve. Have to check again later.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color with a fizzy off-white head.

S- The aroma is light fruity esters (apple and pear) with some spices, orange peel and Belgian yeast. The nose is pretty solid, the spices in particular make it rather interesting.

T- The taste features much of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. The apple/pear combo is enhanced with a good amount of spices in the taste. Reminds me more of a Tripel than a Saison, but does have characteristics of both.

M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Not too bad, not a session beer by any means but it is a nice drinker.

Overall, Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07 is another great beer from this outstanding brewery that is recommended.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros to sharing. Did a 07-12 vertical.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a crystal clear light copper hue with a half finger head that faded quickly to leave a nice thin halo and no side lacing.

S - Aromas of tons of yeast esters very tripel-es.

T - Taste is nice with lots of caramel, banana, and light Belgian esters. Very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is very solid with a sharp, prickly mouthfeel.

O - Overall I was impressed by how this held up. Very nice Belgian pale. Sweet.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass (unfortunately no other glass available) and received a cloudy, orangish body with slight amber hues. A solid, two-finger head that stuck around for awhile and left good sheath lacings.
A good combo of cirtic and other fruit notes along with some spices. Picked up pear, apple, orange and banana, along with pepper and maybe clove. Not a strong hoppy or malt smell, but there was some sugar in it also. A definite fruit taste comes first, mostly orange and lemon (all the ones I listed above, for the record), and then some spices hit. But this beer also has a sweetness to it, like bubblegum, and is also balanced with caramel and/or honey to give some taste on the sides of the mouth. Has some nice hops in it to finish it out so it goes down even and not like a fruit/dessert beer. It's hard to pinpoint the mouthfeel, it is full-bodied, sweet, fruity, but also contains some spices and can be a little crisp. Bottom line, this is one of the most complex brews I've had in a long time - it is almost a combo of Belgian Ale and German Hefe, to bastardize it a tad. The price and high ABV restrict its sessionability, but this is a must have for anyone to try and a must cellar brew also.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed, golden orange colour with a white cap of foam. The fine bubbles produced lots of pretty lacing and showed pretty good head retention. The aroma was full of spicy cloves and sweet candy sugar, backed up by a tart fruitiness. The flavour was quite sweet with low bitterness. Sugary and spicy (cloves), the finish had a peppery character. Medium bodied and carbonation, slightly sticky, with a nearly airy texture. Quite nice overall, but there cloves were sort of out of control. Not as balanced as last year's offering.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a half inch white head. The aroma is sweet and spicy (mostly spicy). It smells like pepper, cloves, coriander, ginger, yeast, apricots and citrus fruit peel. The taste starts off very spicy, mostly cloves and pepper. Then a sharp fruity/hoppy/spicy bittersweet taste kicks in and it leaves a long-lasting aftertaste. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of zippy carbonation which doesn't hurt the beer at all. Drinkability is good, but I think aging the beer would help mellow it out some. Still, I think this is a good brew.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color with plenty of sediment floaters. Some white froth formed but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A zesty spice up front. The coriander and cardamon are obvious with bits of a grassy lemon and orange zest.

(T)- A zesty spicy orange and a clove/ginger kick. A yeasty profile overall just with an extra citrus and spice punch to it.

(M)- The carbonation level has held up nicely with still a crispness to it. The spices definitely liven things up. Does get a touch bitter for me as it warmed.

(O)- I like the play of spicy esters with the citrus. Perhaps the better of the "lighter" vertical epics at this point, but debatable.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep golden copper, with frothy half inch cream head that dissipates into minimal lacing.

Ginger and citrus pith and sprite, of all things, form the aroma, with confectioners sugar pulling things together.

Almost herbal in character, lots of ginger, orange, and grapefruit pith complement the estery Belgian yeast character well. There's confectioners sugar sweetness and tea-like hops at the finish. Brown sugar sweetness dominates as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate to low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Fairly spritzy and herbal. Lots of ginger and tea flavor. I'm not a ginger fan. A bit too herbal.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Buffalo, always enjoy these vertical epics.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, medium sized off white head forms, settles to a thin layer, nice sticky lace. Smell is sweet/sour, caramel, some citrus, yeasty, oranges, buttered bread, some spices in the finish, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, sweet/sour feel up front, fruity, caramel/butter, spices and yeast, oranges, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. My least favourite of the Vertical Epics, but we'll see how it ages.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is slightly hazed and throws out a deep golden hue. The head is thin and white. Lacing sporadic. Pretty nice aroma with belgian yeast apparent. Nice little sweet doughiness. The spices are not overbearing on the nose. I get a little cardamon. On the palate I get alcohol, sweetness and fruits. Tropical punch like. The alcohol is really evident and acts as the buzzkill in this context. Otherwise, I also get some lime notes, ginger and lemon. Too much stuff going on here and it doesn't mesh all that well....right now. Don't know about the future, but some age can't hurt this. I don't forsee cracking another for years....possibly till 2012. My least favorite of the Epics so far.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that I bought at Norm's in Vienna right around the time this beer was released. Back in the day, there used to be a 2-bottle limit on this stuff. Wow.

The first pour is clear copper/amber with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a thin disk leaving some lacing. This does look nice. The nose, however, is worse for the wear (I think). Honey, some oxidized/stale sugary malt character, potent spice character, surprisingly so for the age of this beer, are present. Green cardamom, allspice and mace are most noticeable, as is some crystallized ginger. A little bubblegum as well. Decent.

The palate opens moderately sweet and with quite a bit of ginger. This is more of a Belgian braggot than a cross between a saison and a tripel IMO. Sweet, candied ginger, cardamom, sugar, syrup and honey are all present. Medicinal, I can't say I get much yeast character, at least from this clean pour. Alcohol appears on the finish, adding some burn. Medium-light in body, this beer is highly carbonated and this lends a scrubbing, carbonic acid character to the finish. Despite its heavy-handedness and lack of subtlety, this beer is moderately enjoyable, more so than my notes would lead you believe.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a Stone bomber into an Orval glass for me and St. Bernardus chalice for her. The beer is a light copper color, just a touch hazy, with a very thin head. The aroma is a little pepper spicy, kind of tripel-like, it has a Belgian-esque yeast quality. The flavor is reminiscent of some American tripels such as Golden Monkey or Final Absolution, but with a noticeable alcohol bite. Maybe it will mellow out as it ages towards 121212, but for now this is among my least favorites from Stone. On the plus side, my wife likes it. But she's got a taste for raw alcohol...

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy orange amber with a very small head that bubbles up and disappears rather quickly.

Scents of grapefruit, candied fruit, honey, ginger, and coriander. More broad than deep, rather appealing.

A citrus ginger flavor pops you in the jaw and then leads way to a spicy clove finish. There is a consistent lemon flavor throughout the experience. A nice clean, refreshing flavor, not as sweet as the nose lets on, slightly bitter.

Medium bodied and refreshing with a crisp, dry finish. A nice alcohol warmth rears its head on the backside.

I can see where some people might struggle with the spiciness of this bad boy, but I like it.

Going to need to stash one of these guys away for safe keeping, maybe it will make it until 2012.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours forth from the 22 ounce bottle a crystalline gold, the head is monumental in size, the color a bright white and the texture creamy, the resultant lace a tight skirt to obfuscate the glass. Nose has a nice hint of citrus and fruit, with malt to back it up, the Cardamom is also quite noticeable, just a plethora of aromas to treat the olfactory senses. Start is nicely malted; sweet and spicy, top is moderate in feel. Finish has sparkling wine crispness, the hops dynamic in their spicy bite, the alcohol evident, as it warms your tummy, very dry and lingering aftertaste. What can I say, I’ve been a “Stoner” since the very first day I quaffed one of their brews, and will be still the day they shovel dirt in my face.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber contributed by the darkness, blackie

appearance: pours into a medium wine glass, glowing apricot-orange body, bubbly, light beige head...very clear

smell: sweet and fruity, orange peel, lime, white pepper, clove

taste: this beer is spiced in all sorts of interesting ways that make it an interesting try even this early before maturation...i get a fair amount of pepper, clove, lime juice, orange peel, light booze, bready, nice yeast presence

mouthfeel: syrupy and full bodied, high sweetness, sugary

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of ccrida
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a St. Feuillien goblet, the 07.07.07 is a clear orangish bronze with a 1 finger eggshell head that quickly subsides to a thick collar and skim, leaving scattered lace. Not pale, and an uninspiring head, this reminds me of all the failed, malty US takes on the style. However, I hesitate to dock it much on the color, as the label cites it's a mix of tripel and saison (my two favorite styles BTW), which I afford a wider range of color.

The nose is strong, yeasty, spicy and sugary sweet. I might have guessed I was picking up on coriander, but it's not listed on the label with the other spices, although the phrasing of 'including' hints that it may not be an inclusive list. If it is, maybe it's the cardamom, or just the Belgian yeast. I also found the ginger really reveals itself as it warms. Inviting and complex, I'm impressed.

The taste is a bit thick but nice. Lots of Belgian yeast spiciness, clean candi sugar, and a noticeable bit of alcohol. Also, there's a nice punch of the citrus mentioned on the label, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, although I couldn't detect it on the nose, but enjoy it's presence here.
I've had a few mediocre US made BSPAs lately, and it's nice to have a decent one again. However, I question just how well this would hold up over the next 5 1/2 years. I don't generally think BSPAs are made for the long haul, and I assume that the citrus I really enjoy here will quickly fade. Also, I found it odd that there was no yeast on the bottom of the empty bottle, and both pours were clear. Still, this is good enough that I'll get a few more, to enjoy on the short term as well cellar. I'm guessing this will peak between 6-12 months...

The mouthfeel is maybe a tad heavy, but there's enough effervescence to keep it from getting syrupy.

This was quite drinkable, because it was really pretty tasty. While it didn't blow me away with the first sip, I was really loving it by then end. A little less heat and more digestibility would make this a 5, possibly for the taste as well. But I really enjoy the SoCal twist on the style, appreciate the dominance of the yeast, and the depth, yet subtleness of the spices.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore

A-pours a hazy golden amber color with a thin white head.

S-the nose has light notes of yeast, banana, clove, some green apple with hints of spicy alcohol in the back.

T-the yeast flavors are light and don't seem to have that some belgian style kick to it, light banana notes with a fair bit of green apple in the flavor. some spicy alcohol and phenols sit in the back.

M-light body and smooth on the palate. low carbonation with a clean soft finish.

D-pretty straight forward and simple, a little sweet and lacks the spice and yeast flavors to balance, still relatively drinkable and refreshing.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.