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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

684 Ratings
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 167 | FT: 10
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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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stephendedalus

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer. I have not picked up a Vertical Epic for a couple years, so I was a little curious as to where this year's release would take me. What's that? A Belgian Strong Pale Ale? Yes, please. And I was not disappointed...

Appearance: golden, honey-in-apricots sort of hue. Perfect, with some lively but overly animated carbonation. A legitimate head and some good lacing (esp. considering the ABV).

Smell: Floral, hoppy, slightly spicy.

Taste: Just like it smells, with a touch of sweetness, and j-u-s-t a hint of the alcohol bite. A really well-rounded beer. Dangerous, actually.

Mouthfeel: Starts smooth, fills the mouth -- smooth at the end, too, but with just enough body and hoppiness to qualify as a quality pale ale.

Drinkability: Wish I had more than one...

Another very good offering from Stone -- one worthy of being enjoyed by itself or paired with a meal. Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:18:50 | More by stephendedalus
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the chilled 22oz into a goblet + pint

A - A burnished golden that is resplendent and has excellent clarity. A rocky bone white cap crowns the ale of approx 3/4 inch w/ a very tight bead. The lace is like a doily in its symmetric pattern sticking to the glass. The second glass has a gentle haze, but you can see the minute bubbles rising to the surface.

S - The smell is a blend of herbal hops and subtle spice notes from belgian yeast almost like fresh cut sweet grass in its floral citrus element w/ a vegetal green bell pepper sweetness mixed with pear essence.

M - The texture is moderately full carbonation w/ a grainy herbal hop blend and a mild rush of alcohol warmth w/ hop astringency, but a mild malt sweetness combines w/ the medicinal texture

T - A grainy, bready malt taste at first w/ a hint of biscuit is paralleled by a candy-like sweet taste and a spicy, astringent american hop flavor. The hops have subtle citrus and there is a dry aspirin note w/ a navel orange mixed w/ white pepper. The taste continues to evolve with more grapefruit-like hop taste as it warms and mellows. Light toasted grain flavor and mild alcohol as it finishes w/ a taste like chewing on a sweet radish.

D - One of Stone's finest beers in the vertical epic series I have had and I love the combo of Belgian yeast and west coast hops. The taste is great and I especially enjoyed how it changed over time (6 months) from the time I first tasted it. This ale went well with my puple rice cracker topped with bavarian blue brie. I am looking forward to attempting the homebrew recipe on stonebrew.com

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 20:22:13 | More by Slatetank
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billshmeinke

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Delirium Tremens Tulip.

A: Finger and a half head. Resides to and eighth of an inch head.

S: Orange rind, lemon zest, bready belgian yeast, I even get a hint of vanilla.

T: Very light, sweet malt flavor. Lots of citrus flavors going on orange, lemon, grapefruit hop flavors.

M: Really well carbonated. Dry, champagne like finish. Really good.

D: Very drinkable, 8.6 abv hidden well.

One of my favorite Belgian Style IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 08:36:16 | More by billshmeinke
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head. It had a fruity aroma, mainly apple, with a nice malt background. I also detected a bit of a floral aroma. Taste was the fruit and malt up front, a little yeast funk, some spice, finishing with a bit of hops. Fairly dry.
A likeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 13:46:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white head that settles into a persistent ring. Good lacing.

Aroma is oranges, Belgian yeast, floral hops and a slight soapiness.

Flavor is much like the smell, but more assertive. Spicy, hoppy orange juice. I can only imagine what this tasted like when it was fresh.

Good carbonation and a bone-dry finish makes for good mouthfeel.

I can only go as high as a 4.5 on drinkability simply due to price and availability. Other than those two factors, this is a wicked-tasty Houblon clone.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 06:03:35 | More by BigJim5021
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Had a nice yellow color with the slightest bit of haze. Great thick and foamy head.

Smelled predominantly of belgian yeast with a touch of citrus hops. Sweet malt comes through.

The taste was outstanding. Again, the yeast comes through in typical fashion and is backed by orange, banana, and cloves.

Medium crisp body with moderate to heavy carbonation.

This is a nice, clean, refreshing beer that has loads of flavor.

I had never heard of this offering from Stone when I saw it, but wish I had. I would have bought a couple and aged one for comparison. Unfortunately, Stone doesn't distribute in Illinois and there may not be a "next time" to purchase the 8.08.08. I would definitely buy it again if the opportunity arises, as well as future releases.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:58:01 | More by Vonerichs
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium tangerine orange with light golden hues. A 1 finger, frothy, dull white head sits atop lasting for a minute or two before dissipating to a thin film covering. A near full ecompassing lacing sticks well around the glass perimeters while a faint and lazy visible carbonation was observed.

S: sweet, fruity, with a spicy hop zestiness. Beautiful tangerine and grapefruit scents linger about against a soft spicy hop backing.

T: spicy with a dried tropical fruitiness of pineapples, and kiwi. Soft grapefruit notes with a light sugar presence sweetens things up a bit. Theres a nice spicy hoppiness with oranges, dried lemon peels, and a peppery touch that rounds things out. The finish was crisp, with a dried fruitiness leaving you wanting more.

M: a light-medium viscosity, very smooth in texture with a light carbonation presence. A big beautiful and dried tropical fruitiness with a spicy and zesty hopping provide a nice lingering fade on the tongue with just a slight hint of peppery nature.

D: Drinkability was perhaps its strongest point. A very nice and enjoyable drink. Crisp, dry with tropical fruitiness that was almost to easy to consume. Case worthy for future consumption and perhaps aging is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:05:35 | More by beerthulhu
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Padron4KM

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw with a thick creamy head that quickly collapses to a thin cap. Streams of tiny champagne like bubbles rise to the surface.

Aroma is complex to say the least. Definitely banana up front with subtle tones of clove spice, layered with citrus and pine, - "You got IPA in my Belgian Golden ALE, no, you got Belgian Golden Ale in my IPA!"- Whatever happened it's interesting.

Flavor is complex as a well, peach, apricot, spice, followed up by some pine and light citrus.

Finish is long, lightly dry, piney hops and fruity malts. Nicely balanced. This one should hold up well.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 08:17:13 | More by Padron4KM
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Tdizzle

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter, this beer pours a clear deep golden color with a tiny white head that rapidly dissipates. Each sip yields only a few spots of lacing.

S- Sweet aromas of pears, green apples, bananas, and clove are backed up by spicy Belgian yeast and piney hops. There is a very grassy and floral essence to the smell of this beer, and the alcohol becomes only slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The initial taste is of sweet fruits and spicy yeast. The expected hop bitterness kicks in as the sweet and spicy flavors fade away, all of which yields a surprisingly not-so-dry finish and a lingering bitterness on the palate. There is a slight alcohol presence on the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, with very mild carbonation.

D- The 8.6% ABV is very well-integrated, and the moderate hop bitterness is pleasantly unobtrusive in the flavor profile of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 02:58:17 | More by Tdizzle
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear straw gold with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and a mere hint of lace.

Scent is citrus hops, apple and pear fruit, and yeast.

Taste is very dry. Pear and apple flesh. A peppery spice note. Spicy and mildly citric (lemon, lime) hops. A hint of grapefruit. Lovely firm hop bitterness. Some crusty bread. Long bitter astringent finish.

Mouth is crisp and dry, yet somehow a bit juicy as well.

Drinkability is excellent.

Really a nice ale. Hard to believe it has a year of aging. I wish I'd bought two and enjoyed one fresh; I'm really curious how it tasted with the fresher hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:45:54 | More by sethmeister
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed apricot with a pretty nice head. The smell is a bit of sweet malt, spices, and citrus. THe taste was quite the same with some more Belgian yeast in there, with the citrus flavors coming a bit to the front. Mouthfeel was pretty big as a result of the sweetness. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 19:40:52 | More by Thorpe429
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up this summer at merchants in dearborn, MI.

22oz bottle. sampled dec 28/08.

pours crystal clear golden amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. nice belgian spice. bit of orange peel. touch of honey and caramel. cracker and white bread. light alcohol. i get just a hint of something toasty in there too. light floral character, a touch perfumey.

taste is great. belgian strong pale with a dash of american ipa thrown in. medium-high bitterness level. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of pine. light belgian spice. big floral character. light alcohol. cracker and white bread. bit of biscuit. touch of caramel and honey.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. just over medium carbonation level. nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. BSPA is a good style, but not my favourite. i welcome the american twist on this one. it seems to work well. the hops probably push it more towards tripel territory, and the bigger malt base gives it that american ipa slant. still, it never loses sight of its BSPA roots. nicely balanced. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:38:32 | More by grub
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Douglas14

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...I was really thrown off guard with this one. It is much lighter than the 07, and is blatantly much hoppier. The aroma is awesome , it's hoppy yet has the sweetness of a Belgian. The taste sweet and fruity and has a nice hop bite that lasts the whole sip...it's kinda weird because it's plays with your senses, in a good way though.

Awesome beer, cool to do the vertical taste test.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 16:19:02 | More by Douglas14
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color. Mediocre white head formation, but the retention was excellent. Some lacing present.

(S)- Seriously sweet citrus with significant hop strength. Lemon, orange, peach, and apricot finish.

(T)- Interesting orange and apricot fruits with a respectable hop strength. Light honey sweetness in the background. Almost has a bubblegum flavor to it.

(M)- Fairly thick in texture. Sweet with slight bitterness and puckered citrus. Good carbonation.

(D)- Great flavors with an interesting citrus twist from your run of the mill IPA. The bomber didnt last long and neither will the next!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 03:01:43 | More by sweemzander
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber split between two pint glasses.

Semi-clear golden color, with a few floaties, and a thin white head without a lot of lacing. Aroma of ripe pear, some Christmas spice, citrus and even some white pepper. Taste is laden with alcohol, mixed with over-ripe pears and some papaya or other melon. This is pretty complex and tasty.

Big body, alcohol burn not a terrible lot of carbonation. This is pretty good, I bet it gets better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 20:10:06 | More by ZimZamZoom
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange color with a white head that fades leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smells of lemon zest, clove and some orange.

Taste starts out with a orange lemon mixed flavor, coriander, some tobacco notes, belgian yeast, spice, hoppy bitterness (not as much as you would expect) Chewy and dry finish. Lot of stuff going on in this one. Some flavors I can't seem to put a name on. Very interesting beer. Much different then others I've had but similar to Houblon Chouffe.

Many thanks to ditmier for an awesome trade!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 22:12:18 | More by weissbierdrinker
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: 22 May 10

This bottle is almost 2 years old.

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some hop notes, and spice. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter still, with some malts, slight hop note, yeasty, and some spice note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, not hot at all. Very Drinkable, still enjoying this brew, holding up very well.

Poured into my Stone Ruination glass a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some hops, and spices. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter, with some malty, hops, yeast, and some spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, I really like this one, it has a nice hoppyness to it. Well done Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 19:34:16 | More by Wasatch
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Wildman

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear light medium amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. The aroma was of malt, caramel, candy and a touch of yeast and hops. The flavor was like, wow, where were all those hops hiding in the aroma. The hop flavor dominates over the malt, whereas in the aroma it was the other way around. Flavors of pine and citrus with a small amount of candy and pepper sneaking through. A good beer, just not sure where it fits.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:11:08 | More by Wildman
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle bought at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI. This one pours a hazy orange and this particular pour(probably my fault) didn't have much of a head but the beer shines like an autumn sunset.

Hops are all over the nose on this one. This is a being a hopped up belgian only the way Stone could do it. Slight citrus tones as well.

Taste is belgian triple like yeast mixed with a boatload of hops. This beer has a bitterness to it with a slight fruitiness. Citrus, hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel has a bit of tang and a slight hoppy bite but very subdued for how much hops are in this. Nice balance between the two styles.

Highly recommend this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 09:05:00 | More by midnite2sixman
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy bright golden color; not much head or carbonation, but a solid ring of lacing.

Scent of citrus, bready malts, yeast, candi sugar, and bananas. A slight scent of alcohol actually helps the scent by giving it a sharpness that makes it seem lighter than it really is.

Taste of yeast and candi sugar initially with a rush of citrus flavor coming in and blending very well. After the initial taste is some bananas and a bit of alcohol that again helps the beer by making it lighter; even with the presence of the alcohol it does not seem like it is that strong.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a bite from the alcohol making it refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:01:00 | More by paco1029384756
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in NJ a couple of weeks ago. Time to try this year's VE.
Poured a clear gold with a short white cap. The foam settled fast, leaving fine bubbles in a collar and covering the top of the beer with a few larger bubbles clumped up around the sides. Very sticky lacing, sheets at first followed by small spotty clumps at the bottom of the glass. Fruity aroma up front, tropical (not quite pineapple) and lemony with clove spiciness. As it warmed, there were earthy notes, along with grassy hops, light bread and bubblegum, mellow alcohol and white pepper. Flashes of grapefruit and pine emerged from time to time. Bitterness was present throughout, but really just formed a base for the other flavours to build on. Malt character was straightforward, a little biscuit and bready towards the end. Fruity up front, juicy fruit gum and citrus for the most part, a bit of apple and berry. Phenolic and spicy starting mid-palate and carrying through the finish. Lingering combination of bitterness, cloves, sweet fruits, and warm alcohol. Medium bodied, off-dry, carbonation added a slightly creamy texture. This is a nicely balanced beer, quite drinkable yet with a fair bit of complexity. One of the VEs that I've enjoyed the most fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:41:21 | More by DrJay
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gford217

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that hung on for ages and left good lacing.

The aroma is very fruity up front with some lemons leading the way and giving way to some apples and pears. There are lots of sweet yeasty aromas with hints of spice in the nose as well.

The taste follows the aroma and kicks the spiciness up a little bit, especially in the finish. Overall, lots light bready malts, light fruits and light citrus hops.

The mouthfeel is fairly dry with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good Belgian style beer from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 02:31:56 | More by gford217
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very golden color with no head what so ever. There is a slight haze with this beer.

S- I smell hops, clove, anise (very faintly), and the sweet smell of BBQ pork strange?!?

T- There is a strong taste of grapefruit, clove, salmon berry suckles, and yes that BBQ pork taste. It has it complexities.

M- Feels good in the mouth, makes the mouth water for sure.

D- Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

I think Stone is way above the curve with this series. For those who have all the beers in this series they will have a treat for a side by side tasting. It is a great way to release a beer with the same style. I do wish they had a higher ABV so the beer itself could stand the test of time a bit longer. I wonder how long the 2.2.2 will stand in 2012. Another great beer by a great brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 04:04:49 | More by Wetpaperbag
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - 1st pour was clear orange/yellow color with a white head that left some sticky lacing.

S - light fruit, candy and malt aromas with a good dose of Belgian yeast.

T - taste follows the smell, very good tasting brew.

M - medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:35:16 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear gold with foamy two finger head. Head is sticky and produces a decent amount of lacing. Head diminishes to a small white cap after a minute or so.

Smell: Bubblegum, unripened bananas, Belgian yeast, some citrus (orange, lime), and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Bananas and cream, loads of bubblegum, cotton candy, and a touch of citrus. A very interesting flavor. A tiny bit of alcohol in the finish, but the ABV is masked extremely well (8.6% Holy Shit!). Reminds me of the circus - lol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of a warming effect is felt down in the belly, but otherwise I would not guess that this is 8.6%. Really smooth and fairly light with a low carbonation. Once again, the masking is unbelievable.

Drinkability: I've read about beers tasting like bubblegum before, but I had never actually experienced that taste until now. This almost seems like a novelty beer. Even though the taste may sound incredibly sweet, it's pretty toned down and enjoyable. I would drink these all day... but I would get F*#KED UP! I still can't believe how they mask teh alcohol so well. Way to go Stone!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:48:21 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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