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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

535 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


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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gpogo

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden red body with a thin white head that stuck around as a foam cap and ring.

A- Dark fruity aroma, but at the same time with significant spice and ginger.

T- Very sweet body. Finishes spicy. Quite a lot of ginger flavor.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly warming beer.

D- Enjoyable beer, but quite a bit of ginger.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:59:57 | More by gpogo
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a '06 - '10 vertical

Pours a golden bronze with a 1/2 finger head. The nose is very sweet with sweet grains and a bit of mint / herbal tone. It's taste was similar, sweet grain malt was dominant with a nice herbal sweetness too it as well. Fruity yeast added to the mix as well. The smooth bodied ale had low amounts of carbonation. This was really good and very interesting. One of the more unique beers I have had, especially for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:39:01 | More by birchstick
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harrymel

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured during a 06-10 VE tasting.
Poured to NB globe.

A: golden, autumnal with little bubbles. Excellent clarity. Can agitate a transient head. No lacing.

S: Wow, complex beer here. Dominated by ginger, there can also be lemon peel, oak, mint, cardamom, other spice flavors. Very, very complex. Sweet. Further, the characteristics change and interweave as temp changes and beer breathes. So complex.

T: Ginger, and again, complex. The spices in here almost taste like a mulled compilation. The yeast finally makes an appearence here with bananas, belgo yeastiness. Would like to try again, warmed.

M: medium body with lower carbonation. Leaves mouth dry.

D: This beer is a sipper for sure. I wouldnt be able to drink more than an 8 oz pour of this one. Definitely the most complex of the group.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 18:09:27 | More by harrymel
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 20:00:22 | More by cpetrone84
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/07/07 Vintage Vertical Epic

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - White Lemon Ginger Truffle.

A: Pours a light amber/golden hue with an off-white fluffy head, leaving tons of lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet and herbal, faint hop, ginger, earthy and medicinal - very unique and pleasant.

T: Sweet and spicy maltiness, good bitter hop, citrus zest and a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied but definitely more on the lighter side of medium-bodied, dry and smooth with a good amount of carbonation that works well with the style.

D: This is one of my favorite Vertical Epics - such an easy and enjoyable drinker. I had the great pleasure of drinking this one out of an oak barrel last year at the Blind Lady. Just amazing!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 03:35:30 | More by DeanMoriarty
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 07:25:59 | More by Vdubb86
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nataku00

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass at the bistro's barrel aged beerfest. Dark orange, surprisingly clear, with a half finger of white fluffy head from the initial pour. The head dissipated quickly, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. Fairly easy to reform a bit of head from swirling, so carbonation is at a good level.

Nice aroma, complex mix of floral honey, light caramel, and vanilla. Despite all of these sweet aromas, it wasn't overbearing and was very pleasant.

Taste was slightly muted, but followed the nose. Malty backbone carries a nice floral sweetness, slight citrus acidity initially, but smooths out quickly. Not too much of an aftertaste. Oak is not present at all on the tongue.

Medium body beer had a good amount of carbonation for something aged this long. Not quite enough balance to the sweetness on this one, and further aging may only make it sweeter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 05:12:33 | More by nataku00
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 14:06:04 | More by akorsak
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:30:38 | More by beerthulhu
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and alcohol. The flavor was of red wine spices, subtle malt, and sweet hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was quite nice. The red wine spices were something I was not expecting in this one, but it wasn't a dealbreaker either. This one is drinking quite nicely currently in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 15:07:03 | More by thagr81us
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Tulip glass.

The color is cloudy orange/amber with two and half fingers of foamy white head and some slight lacing.

The smell is a good Belgian type aroma, something like a triple would be. It also has a nice spicy aroma that smells a bit like fruit flavored candy like sweet tarts.

The taste has a nice citrus kick at first with some nice Saison spice flavor. There is a nice grainy flavor that is keeping the flavor well formed.

The texture of this beer is pretty interesting and seems to lay on your tongue for just the right amount of time. It is smooth and very well balanced. This beer goes down well and is refreshing with a slight bite.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 03:11:31 | More by Duhast500
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a moderate amber color with a nice off white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down. The nose is a bit of a mess, but actually works a bit well. Lots of peppery spice along with some ginger. Miscellaneous citrus notes in there as well; not sure of those are from residual hops. Taste is much the same with the ginger and spice combo coming out a bit more than other flavors. Mouthfeel is one of a medium body with pretty good carbonation. It's a bit much, but drinks fairly well as it is quite interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 19:28:58 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the 05, 07 and 07 wine barrel all side by side at Churchkey the other night, and those three were all rather disappointing.

Beer is a little bit of a spice bomb but its probably my favorite vertical epic of the night. Beer is yellow and has a nice head of medium bubbles on it that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Beer smells like citrus and ginger. OK, this is what you wanted Stone.

Lead off for this beer is a medium to light body, moderate carbonation and ...oh yeah GINGER. Its ginger and coriander I think and that's about it. Its not very sweet, not a lot of malt to hold this one up but its spicy. That's about all. It was OK.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 14:47:12 | More by drabmuh
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SkunkWorks

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on the Total Tap Takeover Tour at Rattle n Hum in NYC. It was served in a flute glass.

Look: greenish, golden with a little haze and a little orange with a thick white head. It left lots of lace behind.

Smell: lots of spice in here along with some grapefruity hops. You can also smell the yeast.

Taste: very hoppy, which surprised me since its been aging for 3 years now. Lemon and orange flavors come out through the hoppiness.

Feel: light in body. Very crisp because the carbonation is pretty high.

Drink: very drinkable. If I didn't want to try everything on the tap list, I would've had a few rounds of this with no problem.

Overall, a good beer worth a try. In my limited experience with Belgians, I'd say this is a decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 13:00:12 | More by SkunkWorks
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a wine glass (wasn't my choice of glass but was just happy enough to try this beer)

It poured somewhat greenish to golden with a white head on it.

The smell was of citrus and spice notes.

The taste was heavy on the ginger right up front with the citrus notes of lemon and orange coming through. Quite far from the original tasting when the 07.07.07 was fresh because the original tasting were very hot on the alcohol and fresh spices.

The feel of it on the palette was nipping at your tongue because of the different citrus peels used. It was in true saison form but stepped up a bit with the spices.

This beer was refreshing and screams summer. Tasty and a nice relaxer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:55:24 | More by cjacobsen
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srandycarter

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty copper, somewhat murky, tonds of thick near white head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spicy. Belgian yeast and spice are about all I get.

T - Like when you use too much salt, there is no way home. Too much spice in this beer. Overpowering.

M - See taste, balance can't be achieved for me on this one.

D - See Taste and Mouthfeel, and obviously, not sessionable for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:16:03 | More by srandycarter
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ZX6Chris

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with my friend Armand. Unfortunately 07-09 were my least favorites.

A-Peach colored, great almost white head, tight bubbles great lacing.

S-Ginger, cardamom, citrusy.

T-Spicy in the tongue that dissipates quickly leaving a ginger flavor behind. The hops are still very present, especially for a 3 year old beer.

M-Great, unfortunately that's the only note I took.

D-Too fresh for me, I liked the others because the hops had faded and let the malts shine through, this hasn't happened yet on this one. Maybe I'll try it in another year and see where it's at.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:44:20 | More by ZX6Chris
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Another directive from V-to-the-Dubb. It pours a very slightly hazy orange amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, orange zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, and lemon pulp. The taste is heavy on the citrus, with large amounts of orange zest and coriander; the usual Belgian spiciness must have diminished over time, consisting now of only pepper, rye, nutmeg, and cardamom, all kinda light but blending together nicely. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, I'd say this brew has held up pretty well over the course of three years, and now stands as a more complex (and clearer) wit. Good stuff, no matter what you call it...I just wish I had been able to try it in '07.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:33:20 | More by TMoney2591
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: auburn. Colors of lacquered oak and light copper blend beautifully in a nearly-clear liquid. A one-finger head of silky gray quickly fizzes out to a sturdy ring and some filmy residue. Lace grips the walls in horizontal layers of sheen. Not bad for having lain dormant for three years.

Smells: mildly spicy with a bit of clove and pink peppercorns. Heavy pear aroma, with the subtlest tart kick in the back. I also get brown sugar, coriander and a tiny bit of sweet banana candy.

Tastes: like the nose, it's led mostly by the flavors of sweet pears, apples and banana, while a delicate tart splash kicks in before a mildly drying finish. The bottle says Stone brewed this one with peels of lemon, grapefruit and orange, but only the orange seems noticeable now, and only after some searching for it. As it warms, the citrus flavors emerge a bit more, blending beautifully with spicy cardamom and ginger. At moments I get mixes of alcohol and spices that reminds of gin. It's interesting.

Feels: peppery. A bubbly medium carbonation tickles the tongue while the medium-bodied brew slides silkily across the palate. Alcohol is noticeable as a distinctive warming in my chest plate.

Drinks: pretty damn well for a three-year-old beer. Having gotten into the Vertical Epic game late, I've missed out on several of these beers in their prime. But my loss is their gain; the 07 has complexity and depth now that likely wasn't present before. It just might be my favorite epic so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 06:42:41 | More by Phelps
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Like past VE releases, this one is another strong Belgian-style ale; but this year's twist is that it's a Saison/Tripel hybrid, brewed with four malts, Glacier and Crystal hops, and spiced with ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel.

Deep golden, with rich, bright amber hues, topped with a healthy-looking creamy white foam head that laces and sticks well. Smells like a fruit cup, with a powdery, slightly metallic background note, soft floral bouquet and some distinct cardamom. Creamy on the palate, smooth and medium-bodied, rounded, but a bit plain due to a thin carbonation edge. Up front there's a nice ginger zing and a smack of citrus. Kind of sweet, with some toasty and bready malt notes, a hint of caramel and a light fruity ester that sits on a somewhat tamed cardamom base. Some gummy notes in the middle. Spicy, peppery alcohol bite and warmth. Finish is really dry with a bready and earthy linger.

A most interesting combination of two very distinct styles--but not the strongest out of the series. Though the cardamom was probably used gingerly (sorry about that), it just doesn't work for us--cardamom is pretty damn aggressive. Removing it and allowing the nuances from the Belgian yeast to shine would have worked better; which, in turn, would have given the ginger and citrus more of a presence. It's also lacking the light-bodied effervescence and dryness found with both styles. Aging could prove beneficial.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:18:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
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chaz01

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass.

A: Medium amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice foamy white head.

S: Anise, licorice and pepper, very spicy in the aroma.

T: Heavy ginger flavor with a citrus fruity notes. Lots of spiciness, which I'm guessing is the cardamom, but the ginger dominates the flavor.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Picking up the orange peel and citrus flavors in the finish.

D: Very spicy beer, reminds me of the 04.04.04. Still less than 2 years old, but holding up well with time.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 17:59:02 | More by chaz01
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vacax

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07.07.07 was the first of the Vertical Epic series I tasted and I did not really care for it. I have had the red wine barrel, and it was not very good either. So coming up on three years later here it goes again. This one pours dark orange, bit of suspended sediment, not too big of a hard though some decent lace on the sides. In the aroma the ginger comes through wonderfully with a bit of cardamom, honey, and spicy clovelike notes. The flavor is ripe with ginger, candi sugar, brown sugar, and a spicy orange and cookielike malt finish. The flavor has plenty of ginger, with some Belgian sugar, then cardamom and lots of bready cookie malts on the finish. The spices have finally came out on this beer instead of being dominated by the Belgian yeast and it has improved. Medium to full body with matching carbonation, still doesn't quite feel natural even if it is bottle conditioned. This one has slowly improved, but it still isn't too much of a drinker for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:33:19 | More by vacax
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mactrail

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winey ale full of Belgian flavors.

Rich with malt and funky with yeasty flavors. Hops are not the feature but taste buds slowly awaken to the bitter edge. Very sweet with plain sugar taste. Maybe it's the color but it makes me think of golden raisins. All the flavorings make for an indecipherable fruit salad, but it's pleasing, like a good fruitcake.

I think this is one of the most "liqueur" tasting beers I have had. The sweetness mixed with the intensity of the Belgian flavors makes this good for a short pour in a big chalice to take it all in.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 04:33:08 | More by mactrail
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Cellar clearance yadda yadda. I purchased one of these locally and acquired another from tprokop7. Thanks Todd.

A: Pours a clear, glowing orange body with huge, fluffy off-white head that fills the Duvel tulip and threatens to overflow. It takes its sweet time retreating into a moderate collar, but it leaves no sticky lace in its wake.

S: Smells like a saison at first. Orchard fruits like apples, pears, and orange find their way to my nose. They're spiced by a nice blend of cardamom and clove.

T: Banana, apples, pears, orange peel. There's a light bitterness that accentuates the semi-dry flavor of this beer. The finish brings out cardamom, clove, and ginger -- the spice blend reminds me of a pumpkin ale, actually. Pretty tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied; fizzy. Semi-dry with a spicy warming effect.

D: I see some of the earliest reviews of this beer were... unfavorable. It seems the beer has improved since then. I find it drinking quite well, and seeing now that it's intended to be a saison-golden ale hybrid, I think it hits the mark pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:43:59 | More by Arbitrator
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masterhomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a stash of bottles recently at a small packy on the outskirts, so I decided to pop one.

A = Really pretty cloudy, rich pale body with an inch-high, fluffy, pure white head that lingers. Looks really nice.

S = Hmmm. Exactly like Vernors Ginger Ale, if you remember that one. Nice, but not what I want in a beer: sweet, spicy (ginger, coriander, nutmeg) and a touch of alcohol.

T = A lot like the smell. Fortunately, the Vernors taste -- very sweet ginger and spice -- though strong, fades fairly quickly, making room for some pleasant hop bitterness and a warming alcohol burn.

M = Really thick and luscious, just as I like my big beers to be. Smooth and warm with prickly carbonation that works in tandem with the soda-pop-like qualities of the beer.

D = There are a lot of good things in this beer, but perhaps a bit overdone in terms of spices. The sweetness and overdone spiciness combine to make only a moderately drinkable beer. One pint and I'm done with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:00:39 | More by masterhomebrewer
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.