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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic AleStone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

674 Ratings
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%


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

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer!

(Beer added by: froghop on 08-04-2008)
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buffettfan

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, into my Allagash slim tulip glass.

Poured a clear yellow, with very nice head. Much lighter looking then I was expecting.

Smelled like bread, yeast, with some citrus, and pretty strong hop presence.

Tasted of hops, not too bitter, with some sweetness to balance it out.

Very drinkable beer! I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 18:38:45 | More by buffettfan
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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.