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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
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by froghop on 08-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 873
Photo of byronic
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden haze with minimal head. A nice floral nose followed by some fruity crisp flavour with a touch of bitterness. A really nice take on a Belgian IPA.

Easily one of the best Stone beers I've had. Don't pass this one up it's a real treat.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fizzy two-finger white head. The head settles into a small ring leaving some spotty soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is candied sugar, banana, and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste is Belgian yeast, banana, orange peel, and clove. There are bitter hops and white pepper in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A solid offering from Stone.

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Photo of puck1225
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft into a tulip glass. Nice clear yellow with a thick white head and good lacing. Sweet smell and nice crisp feel. Slightly bitter, but also fruity with tastes of lemon and orange. A good beer.

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Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the rare brewery provided beer descriptions that actually tells you what you will taste in a manner more succinctly and accurately than what most of us would come up with in a review. I tend not to gravitate towards assertively hopped Belgian styles but I thought this one was rather tasty and highly drinkable. Almost makes me wonder why Stone doesn't experiment more with Belgian yeast strains and malt bases.

While I wouldn't normally recommend letting a highly hopped beer age, those who are really seeking out more of a Belgian strong pale in this one can achieve that by sitting this on a dark cool shelf for three to six months to let the Amarillo and simcoe fade out a bit.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased yesterday and poured today from growler.

L: Amber with great clarity
S: Floral with a hint of citrus - maybe grapefruit? Also a slight hint of cinnamon
T: Far less bitter than expected, but perhaps that's the 'Belgian' part of the IPA. Slightly sweet upfront with the bitterness following.
F: Bigger body than expected, but still crisp. Would not describe as heavy or full bodied, but one of the heavier IPAs I've tried.

Overall, it's a great beer. There's some taste missing upfront, but overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ORIGINAL 08.08.08, cellared and poured into a wine glass. I had this side-by-side with a new ENCORE 08.08.08

The biggest difference between the two beers was color. This one was much darker than the ENCORE version. Picked up a slight bit of dark fruit over the last 7 years, as well as losing some carbonation.

Overall, the differences were surprisingly subtle. Without the side-by-side comparison, I'd have trouble tell these two beers apart.

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Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit darker than I expected with an orangey golden color. It's extremely clear, there not a hint of chill haze or cloudiness. Thin white head with moderate retention.

The Belgian yeast shines, while the banana notes are present, the concoction of yeast and hops gave me a bit of peach in the air as well, mixed with a strong note of alcohol.

A bit more hoppy than I'd have guessed. For being a Belgian knock off, it had an American taste as the hops were the star. I swear I got some peach in the taste as well.

It was a bit on the bitter side. The alcohol made a pretty good hit as well. The finish was very dry as the alcohol seemingly burned the tongue dry.

A typical good beer from Stone. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed form the growler via Jungle Jim's labeled as 8.8.8 ENCORE in a snifter.

This fine ale pours a luminous deep golden hue with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and modest lacing. Nose of heavy citrus fruit notes of pineapple, lemon zest, light spice of white pepper, spicy hop notes, and yeasty goodness. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy sugars to the front followed by juicy spicy hops with citrus and light pine notes that fade to a light pepper and clove note like a fresh baked spice cake. Finish is medium dry with good carbonation. Substantial and VERY good.

Glad to see Stone re-release some of these treasures.

Cheers

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Photo of JRed
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange in color with thin white head that fades. Aroma of candy oranges, cotton candy, apples, grass, citrus. Tastes of citrus, bobbing for apples in booze, grass, mint, watermelon, and bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz "encore" bomber bottled 9/1/15 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Mainly clear with a touch of haze, orange/gold with a one finger head that moves to creamy ring of lace.

S - Banana, clove, tripel like yeast.

T - Bubble gum, citrus/peach, banana/clove, mild spices.

M - Carbonation is medium, somewhat smooth. Stays crisp, not drying.

O - I missed this the first go around, so I am glad they revisited it. A good blend.

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at PreFunk. From first sniff, this an excellent Belgian. Big herbal, yeasty bouquet, follows with snappy, spicy taste. Silky golden body brings the whole thing together. Awesome!I

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Photo of jsprain1
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glad they brought this one back, as this was originally before I really got into craft beer and never had a chance to try it.
A- Goldenrod, clear. Head is thick and white. Retention is fair. Lots of lacing.
S- leaning more toward Belgian than "west coast hopped" on the nose. Banana, peach, slight must.
T- Fruit ester forward. Banana, canned peach (in a good sense), and honey up front. Consistent through the taste with just a really faint booziness in the finish.
M- very smooth. Low carbonation. Interesting toeing of the line between slightly syrupy and creamy, on the tongue but dry in the finish.
O- loved it. The vertical epics I've had (I believe 10-12) were hit or miss. This one was a hit for me

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is being pored from their 20th Anniversary Encore Series, bottled on 8/27/15.

A - Pours a dark gold color with generous amounts of carbonation and minimal lacing.

S - Yeasty aroma, some funk, cloves, bananas, and some citrus buried in there.

T - The citrus really comes through on the palate with some peppery character (more so than the nose), banana, clove, somewhat yeasty. Coats the mouth with yeast, cloves, and peppery citrus.

M - Heavy medium body to full bodied, slippery, a little sticky on the lips, and the alcohol pokes through a little bit but more noticeable at the beginning.

O - Glad Stone brought this one back because last time I cellared the bottle too long, pretty happy to re-visit this beer and know how it should taste fresh.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly golden yellow with a frothy, foamy, white head. The nose is nice. Candied sugar up front worth some earthy citrus notes peaking out from behind. The flavor is really nice too. Dry and crisp with a delightful backbone of bitterness. It has a really nice, full mouthfeel. Normally I don't like belgian ipas, but this one is nice.

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz crowler into snifter.

A: Golden honey yellow with 2 finger frothy white head. Decent retention and leaving a fair amount of sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove mixed with some floral hops. Light spiciness that reminds me of black pepper. Some earthy funk almost reminensent of a saison.

T: Hoppy and fruity with a fair amount of spices. Banana, clove, pepper and some honey sweetness.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp.

O: Enjoyable beer. Really glad they brought the back around and I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Stuft Pizza in Milpitas CA. Served in a standard pint glass that was chilled prior to serving.

A: Hazy golden color, not much head due to how high it was filled. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom.
S: Bananas is the first scent to hit the nose, lots of banana. This is followed by yeasty spices, cloves and coriander. Bready malt in the background as well.
T: Follows the nose. Banana is very present, some hints of citrus and lots of yeast imparted spice. Some sweet malty backbone in the mid-mouth and finish. Leaves with an aftertaste of banana and rum
M: Medium mouthfeel, decent body but not too heavy. Lots of carbonation helping scrub the palate. Finishes dry.
O: Pretty decent, a little more banana dominant than I normally like in my beers. I'd get it again, but not if there's other options.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is bananas, citrus, fruit/berries and very slightly perfumed Belgian yeast. The flavor is bubblegum, citrus, hops/mild hop resin, malts and a mix of sour, bitter and heat in the finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(please bear in mind that this review is for a beer that is almost seven years old and was stored in a bar's back fridge)
Poured a cloudy orange body with good head and left a lace ring down the glass. The aroma really lets out yeast as well as honey, some tropical fruits and basically a candi sugar and/or malt based sweetness that a little kid would love as well as some flowery, spicy esters. Medium bodied, fluffy thickness thanks to yeast, and quite frankly this beer is not necessarily mead but it is much more honey, fruity, flowery sweet and thick than a balanced IPA b/c the hops are minimal at best. Finishes spicy and crisp and I really enjoyed this beer after so long and I like sweet beers with little hops but not everyone does, nor would I consider this an IPA now, more of a Belgian Pale or something in that vein. Still, I don't regret buying a bottle.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.0 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Not much of a head formed.

4.0 S: Smells like its not really that old. Still quite hoppy with pleasant floral and citrusy notes. Sugary with peppery spiciness. Pineapple, mango, and orange stick out.

4.0 T: Tastes as good as the nose. Super surprised at how hoppy this is. Again, lots of citrus and floral. Peppery spice. Quite nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation.

4.0 D: This one is actually good.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a clear golden color with some floaties swimming around, small fizzy white head disappears quickly, leaving nothing bend

S- the hop bitterness has subdued after six years, giving way to some nice fruity aromas with an emphasis on apple, there's a hint of spicy peppery spice left from the addition of the yeast, notes of apple as well

T- the hops are completely gone after six years, but there are some nice fruity notes of apple, pear and berry. Very subtle spiciness remains from the yeast, finishes bone dry with more fruit on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and creamy dry finish

O- as expected, hops are gone, but the yeast lends some nice fruity notes. Still very drinkable but nothing like a Belgian IPA at this point

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

A: Clear orange color with a thin white head. Nice lacing and good bubbles.

N: Caramel, toffee, mandarin orange, some oxidation, leafy hops, esters.

T: Well balanced by the bitter and sweet elements. Tastes more like a barleywine/old DIPA than a BSA

M: Sticky, medium body. Alcohol is prevalent.

O: Not too bad. Hops have faded significantly and the oxidation level is light. Still solid, but not my favorite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, spice, alcohol, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting aromas and flavors that have held up fairly well since this was brewed.

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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.