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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic AleStone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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690 Ratings
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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 172 | FT: 13
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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3/5  rDev -24.6%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

leodarko, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

djrn2, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

pixieskid, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

tommyguz, Aug 07, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

This one was a little disappointing. It looked good, a nice golden color. Smell was pretty average, I got mostly hops. The taste initially was of hops, with a citrus aftertaste. An okay beer, but not something I'd buy again, though I've got another kept to age. Hopefully the experience will improve.

HomeRunBaker, Oct 02, 2008
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3.08/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

KYGunner, Dec 14, 2013
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3.11/5  rDev -21.9%

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

Gusher! had to be decanted and served in a pitcherThe beer is radiant orange yellow hued. Fairly hazy with a small white cap. The aroma brings coriander, limes, crackers, malt, spice. The flavor is watery orange juice, light spice. Malty body and fairly light on the palate. Moderate carbonation. This was ok.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mendvicdog, Oct 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

dmsohyea, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

beerpirates, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

WanderingFool, Nov 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Light amber color. Very apple juice colored. Thin, light head laces the sides.

Aroma is very belgiany. Light whiffs of banana, clove, coriander, musty yeast, and herbal hop.

Taste is dry, but sweet. Herbal and citrusy hops meet dry malt backbone.

After taste is a bit watery, but as you drink warmer alcohol burn stays with you.

Not my favorite VE. Too sweet, and too dry in the after taste.

Freshie, Aug 20, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Sharp and fruity strong ale.

I would call it a "pungent' aroma. It is so sharp in the back of the throat I pause in mid sip. Definitely an overexuberance of Belgian flavors taking over, but unrestrained by the usual Belgian malty funk. I call it an IPA that's been jacked up with Country Time lemonade powder.

I wonder if these beers should be stored refrigerated? I bet there is a giant cooler chugging away somewhere in an industrial part of Escondido with a vast store of Verticals in suspended animation waiting for the big day. Me, I'm going to pull the ones I have left and drink 'em now. Well, not right this minute.

mactrail, Mar 23, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

orangesol, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.