Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bobhits:
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A. pale and fairly thin. The head comes up and goes away pretty quickly. Fizzy yellow beer?
S. Hops. No...Belgium yeast. No, some sweet malt and alcohol? Ok this beer is like a good pitcher, it keeps throwing me different signals.
T. I thought the smell was weird. Wow, first taste it's stone IPA, but with something a bit off in the back ground. Second taste, it's a Belgium triple (only not terrible like most Belgium beers). This beer honestly played with my mouth all night long. Flavors from banana, piny hops, to who knows what. This is one of the most complex and varied beers I've ever had. I still don't feel like I can make heads of tales of this.
M. Thin, but with some spices which as they warm seem to slow down the consumption of it. A good bite from the carbonation, but still overall a bit on the thin side.
D. See above. It's drinkable, not a sipper, but not a session. It's a beer that starts off and finishes differently.
I might edit my review 20 times if I drink this beer 20 times, but either way for those that don't like belgiums this is worth giving a shot. If you don't like IPA's give this a shot. If you don't like either...well just avoid it.
No change to the score. Just tasting notes a bit over 2 years in.
The stone IPA with belgium characteristics is gone. This a belgium with some american hop pretense. It's dry finishing as hell and dominated by the yeast flavors. I'll be interested to see how the hop flavors work in this in a few years once the final hop bite is completely gone and only the fruity flavors remain. It almost has a white grape flavor with a campaign like carbonation. Good? Well...I'm not loving this beer, but I'm fascinated by it.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2008 01:10:13 | More by bobhits
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2.71/5 rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22 oz. purchased about a week ago poured into an Ommegang goblet. Not sure of how well this bottle was conditioned, but here we go.
A: Hazy, yellow and orange. Some visible sediment at the bottom of the glass. Not a problem. Being a home brewer, I am used to seeing sediment in my beer.
S: It smells like a year old IPA. Tons of stale malt and a slight hint of whatever hops remain.
T: Taste like it smells. It just taste like a really old IPA where the malts are dominant but stale and the hops are non-existent. Yeast flavor is prominent at the end. Brings up some fruit flavors at the very end to help alleviate the awful stale taste. Pretty bad.
M: Light to medium bodied; slight carbonation but pretty faded.
O: Overall, this beer has not aged well. I remember having an 08 vertical in the summer of 09 and it was phenomenal. Also had a fresh one in 08. This, however, has just turned to a stale, bitter, tasteless beer. I saw this for 9$ and figured what the hell. Glad to have tried it, but will never seek anything besides a 12 vertical at this point ever again.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 23:07:36 | More by BoardwalkBock
3.38/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.
A: Copper colored with a thin head.
S: Apple and cinnamon smell.
T: Orange sweetness and slight bitterness from orange peel.
M: Creamy mouthfeel that is short lived and is dried about by bitterness of the peel.
O: Fell flat in the taste and mouthfeel departments.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2014 20:35:22 | More by blindtiger24
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Five year old Eight pours with a bright orange coloring and a sizeable foam cap.
This bottle was stored properly but it smells like plastic. Lots of phenolic and alcohol make it very off-putting.
The phenolic quality holds in the taste for the beginning but subsides quickly to give a nice fruity orange, tangerines and nectarines flavor.
The feel is sprite and bubbly but smooth and full.
Fresh this may be a fantastic rendition of a Belgian IPA but time seems to have been hard on this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2013 21:12:16 | More by KYGunner
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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