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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

547 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | FT: 12
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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SkunkWorks

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-16-2014 13:38:57 | More by Walkerjgt
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sandiego67

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-22-2012 04:23:39 | More by sandiego67
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-27-2011 21:35:05 | More by JAHMUR
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jaybrough

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-12-2013 03:47:25 | More by jaybrough
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-12-2013 02:34:49 | More by koopa
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-13-2008 20:41:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-31-2011 17:26:41 | More by hawkmage
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-07-2013 22:40:55 | More by DRTBrewster
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-14-2013 02:13:14 | More by jkball01
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tomParis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Light orange color, fairly clear.

Smells of ginger, orange peel (grapefruit according to the label), and Belgian candy sugar in no particular order. Also, some saison-y aroma and a hint of something weird that kinda reminds me of eucalyptus. The alcohol and esters are noticeable, but not overpowering.

Taste is dominated more by the ginger and citrus, with some nice sweetness to balance it out. But there is really a lot going on here. Good carbonation. Crisp, medium to medium-light body.

With all the bold flavors and aromas in this beer, I really think this could be one of the best of the VE's when 12-12-12 rolls around.

09-09-2007 00:42:18 | More by tomParis
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Orange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-29-2012 02:20:39 | More by Orange
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-05-2012 02:14:28 | More by RyanGoodman
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-08-2011 21:19:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

pours a nice dark golden color (if that makes sense!) with a white head that shrinks quickly but doesn't go all the way away. smells like a sweet belgian tripel to me. i'm not getting very much saison, but i do smell farmhousy, peppery when i take my time and let this thing warm up a little. grapefruit and orange for sure, a little banana. tastes like it smells, but even more comes through. pretty complex. a lot going on, and i will enjoy seeing how this tastes in abuot a year or so. medium body and nice carbonation. you could fool me in a blind taste test with this one. i might actually think it was belgian.

06-22-2007 00:18:13 | More by timtim
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-05-2011 22:08:49 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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ChillMike

Alabama

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Found a few of these buried away at my local generic "Liquor Store" and realized I hadn't properly reviewed it yet.

A: Pour a light amber color with a smaller head that fades quite quick but does leave some nice trace of lacing around the glass.

S: Very light on the hoppy scent that's oh so typical from the guys at Stone. That being said it has a nice spicey Belgian nose, with hints of clovesi, bubblegum, banana and I swear a smell a hint of strawberry in there. This is all capped off with a nice mellow caramel malt scent.

T: Very spicey initial taste that leads way to that caramel malt that was present in the aroma. A bit of an orange spice flavor is hidden in there, and then it finishes up with a nice sweet bubblegum flavor. Again not much hop presence (compared to other Stone brews of course). Pretty good tasting beer.

MF: Sharp is the first word that comes to mind on this one it really hits your tongue very quickly, but then subdues a bit, I don't remember while drinking the others but this one seems just a wee bit flat....again though I'm not sure if it's just this bottle or not. So if it sounds off, ignore my rating on this part.

D: Above average for sure, it's a very pleasant beer to drink and does hide the alcohol percentage quite well. I might have to go pick up a few more!

Cheers Stone guys!

01-31-2008 06:54:00 | More by ChillMike
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Amdy

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-08-2011 08:40:18 | More by Amdy
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-13-2012 03:36:48 | More by imperialking
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Clear amber color, slight , off-white head.

Aroma speaks citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and many spices...like a candied orange slice dipped in ginger. sweet, but dry.

Taste: more of the same all over the mouth, very slick and supple, easy drinking, despite the 8% abv, just plump full of juicy fruit, hops, yeast, ...some tartness, some mild astringency, a bracket of bitterness, but overall sweet fruit, some bitter, and spice is the order of the day, some cardamom, ginger, coriander...now and again, it feels hot, too, there's a fierce hop and booze heat that only squeaks up for a bit, before bowing...

A tasty brew, kind of in between a wit, a saison, and a Belgian golden ale, or even a tripel, sort of a mix of those, but delicious and good drinking!

12-20-2007 08:24:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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brheuer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2013 15:02:47 | More by brheuer
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OStrungT

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

07-17-2007 02:00:59 | More by OStrungT
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IntriqKen

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a pale yellow with a smallish head in the glass that disappeared all too quickly.
Aroma is mostly farmhouse earthiness with some sour fruits and citrus hops in the end.
Taste is unbalanced unless you let it warm to 55-60 degrees. Farmhouse earthiness...big saison qualities, belguim yeasts and breadiness....sour fruits...and then the bitter citrus peel hops to finish it off. Everything in this beer works once it warms and it becomes a very, very nice cross between a Belguim Pale Ale and a Farmhouse Saison. Wonderful complexities. Each sip seems to expose another subtle spice flavor. I look forward to seeing the evolution of this Epic Ale more than any of the others because I really believe it will change emmensely in time.

06-22-2007 03:17:00 | More by IntriqKen
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elmore

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice. A golden color with a brownish hugh - darker than most belgian pales. My first pour yielded a very thin head and translucent liquid. I let the last 10oz sit for 1.5 hours and warm, which produced a much thicker, creamier head and the yeast sediment gave it a much more opaque Trappist-like feel. The second pour yielded some nice sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Very spicey complex smell. Citrus rind, coriander, yeast, sweet biscuity malts, juicy fruit. Taste was similar. A very full tripel. Bold citrus flavor - more aggresive than most Belgian pales. A very bitter hops aftertaste - a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonation is very fine, champagne-like - good for the style. Pretty good drinkability.

I have real passion for Belgian ales and this is no exception. A very adequate, big, bold beer. Thanks to Stone for this one - alot of fun. I bought a few of these - will be interesting to see if they mellow a little bit with age. It will be fun to try these in 2012.

02-27-2008 01:14:35 | More by elmore
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Glowing orange, with a lot of floating yeast even though it was standing upright for weeks, and I poured slowly, keeping the bottom in the bottle. The head is disappointing, white, thin, very short lasting, with minimal lacing. It certainly does not look like a belgian.
The aroma, as well as the flavor, is not exactly complex, but very pleasant. Medium bodied, lots of oranges, yeast, cookie, spices.
Good, easy to drink, very far from great.

03-19-2010 22:32:20 | More by brdc
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.