Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.78/5 rDev -30.2%
If you go online Stone publishes the recipes to all their vertical epics--that's nifty. Cloudy gold color with a thin, white insta-vanish head.
Smells like Capri Sun, light tropical fruit, bready yeast, peach rings, and sharp, but timid, citrus hop.
Heavy fermented sugar malt, clumpy citrus hop, and toasted plantains. Tropical fruit character (from yeast, not hops). Effervescent carbonation.
The hops have already faded out of this a whole lot and I can't imagine this beer holding up until 12/12/12.
Update: 6/30/13. The review above is from 2010. Now that we're going through all the Epics this was by far my favorite of the series. It doesn't hold as an IPA but there's tropical fruit out the yin yang and it makes for a great triple/bspa.
06-30-2013 14:44:53 | More by donkeyrunner
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
Opened June 2013
A - Bright gold body with a light haze. Nice, fine white head pours about a finger high. Ok retention and nice lace.
S - Unusual amount of dark dried fruits more typically found in dark belgian strong ales. Raisin, dried pear, dill, rosemary, muscat, amaretto. Little to no hop character - possibly due to age.
T - Herbal opening with thyme and rosemary. Pear and grape center with warm white booze. Touch of dry wood and a twang of cider-like acidity on the backend.
M - Silky smooth, light frame. Low carbonation, but it isn't much of a distraction.
O - More belgian light strong ale than belgian IPA, but the brew shines with a nice, well balanced flavor profile and a solid mouthfeel.
06-15-2013 02:04:54 | More by vfgccp
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.