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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: 872
Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Vertical Epic glass (don't you just love correct glassware). Beer is yellow, nearly no head at all, carbonation is steady with larger bubbles, minimal head falls away quickly to reveal almost no head at all, does not cover the surface of the beer.
Smell is interesting, there are combinations of Belgian style yeastiness and pine (from the hops I presume). The pine is understated, there is another spice in the aroma, almost cloves, it is hard to pin down.
Beer is thin in the mouthfeel, there is almost no forward flavor, everything is in the midpalate and finish. There is hop bitterness but it is no overstated. There is a slight aftertaste. I am curious how this beer will age. Belgian IPAs are not my favorite style, the brightness of the high alcohol often is pourly balanced with the bitterness of the hops. This beer is neither too bitter or too bright from the alcohol. It is roughly 8.5 %, I think that was a good call. Pushing 10% with a beer like this would have been too much. Enjoy.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice golden color. Not a lot of head though a decent level of carbonation can be seen. Very clean looking beer. Quite the freshly mown grass aroma. A touch of sulfury, Belgian quality to it. Big hop bite up front flavorwise. Quite malty and an almost caramel quality to it. Lingering metallic flavor but in a good way. Yeasty and earthy qualities tend to linger. Nice body-finish is rather dry overall. Very drinkable and enjoyable, even a year later.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Delirium tulip. Exhibits a moderately-sized, white head atop a yellowish (in the light)/amber-ish (in the non-light) body. Plenty of carbonation rising like a spigot from the bottom. Very pretty.

Aromas are intense and VERY complex. Belgian spices, orange peel, citrus, sour candy, breadiness, etc. It's all in there and man o man is it lovely. Like hanging out in a pine forest while the smells of a cottage bakery are seeping in from nearby.

Flavors are hoppy, spicy, citrusy, with a bit of booziness on the back end. The phenolic/alcoholic aspect is definitely pulling the taste down a bit; however, the balance between the hops, malts, and everything else Belgian is quite wonderful.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, with plenty of hop bite (not surprising, it's Stone brewing this).

Overall, the Vertical '08 is epic indeed, but I also acknowledge it could use a year or two more of aging to get the alcohol aftertaste out of the palate. All in all, it's good. Just drink it about 10 minutes post-removal from the 'fridge.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Maredsous chalice. VE 08 appears a hazy bright straw yellow color with about a finger of bone white foam. Aromas and flavors consist of white grape, crisp apples, pears, spicy yeast esters, sweet biscuits, lemon peel, alcohol, mild pine notes. Excellent body with adequate carbonation, quite effervescent. The ale has a very dry and clean finish and the spiciness of the yeast leaves the tongue tingling. Very nice.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very good beer but it defintely looks and smells better than it tastes.

Smell: Spicey with a hoppy background. The spice reminds me of the Stone Russian Imperial in character.

Taste: This beer is very spicey followed by a lighter hop taste which is once again reminiscent of the Stone Russian Imperial. However, this beer is much hoppier.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and lighter than you would expect given the overall spicey character of the beer.

Drinkability: It drinks smooth and finishes dry. This beer definitely has a taste that keeps you reaching for back for another sip. However, compared to the other IPAs of various styles from Stone Brewing Company I think they have let themselves down as far as drink-ability goes.

I will definitely be grabbing one of these to save until December 13th 1212.

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Photo of clvand0
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden color with a tall head that falls quickly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The first thing I get from the aroma is a pine and citrus hop character along with a touch of Belgian spicy yeast character. The flavor has big pine and citrus hops at the first, followed by the standard spicy Belgian character. Some bready malts and lingering bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is ok. I'm not a huge fan of mixing Belgians with US hops, but that's just me.

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Photo of y2j2280
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a typical Belgian style brew. Nice head, that disappears quickly. Lacing is decent.

S- Alcohol is present with some citrus notes and West Coast hops.

T- Taste is very unique, unlike any other Belgian I have had, but expect this from Stone. A very interesting mixture of the Belgian style and the West Coast IPA style. I get a crazy bubble gum after taste.

M- Thick and well-carbonated.

D- Drinkability is good, but not a session beer. The 8.6 abv hits you head on.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.3/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of thekanna
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous gold bordering in amber; small head dissipated quickly.

S: Strong citrus smell (I detect grapefruit) with some fresh-cut wood. Hops definitely pervade the aroma and become dominant after a few seconds.

T: Strong grapefruit bitterness followed by a nice juicy (almost lemonade or limeade-like) taste. A sweet malty backbone rears its head only slightly before the grapefruit taste dominates again, leaving a bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation and a nice, juicy body.

D: Great sipper; cuts through even the strongest flavors and a good beer to whet the appetite.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle split with a friend.

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden amber color. Got a nice 1 finger head that died away very very fast to say the least. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass the entire beer. Still looks good after a year in the cellar.

S- Still nice piney hops smell to this along with a sweeter smelling malt backbone. Also pick up some fruit smell most oranges. Belgian yeast can be detected but nothing over the top crazy smelling which I remember there being when it first came out. I enjoy the nose of this beer more now.

T- Sweet citrus hop taste upfront that I missed in the nose. Nice suprise to say the least. Slight bready underbody in this thast sneaks up right in the middle of this beer. A sweet malt makeup with a Belgian yeast pairing balance out the middle of the beer leaving a piney hop finsh on this beer. The tail end of the ending seems a little watered down to me.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this. Nice carbonation still after the year in the cellar. Brings a rush of hops and Belgian yeast in the mouth. Leaves some hops resin on the tounge but a Belgian taste on the rest of the mouth.

D- This is a damn good drinker still after all this time in the cellar. I can't wait to let this sit some more before I go crazy and crack them all open. After I had this one I actually wanted to open a couple more. Very nice drinker to say the least.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.
A- Almost no head and what did appear was gone before I knew it. 08.08.08 is a golden, semi clear beer.

S- The nose is somewhat weak in my case. Im getting some apple juiciness, slight pineness from hops and a citrus rind bitter sweetness.

T- Similar to the smell. Apple, citrus rind, piney hops. The suspended yeast lends some doughy, bready malt notes.

M- Thin at times, but mostly its a medium body over all.

D- Drinks quite well, nothing unappealing or out of line here. A solid brew.

This is a quite balanced brew, as the Belgians do best. The term IPA is somewhat deceiving, all though this is a lot hoppier than most Belgian styles.

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Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vertical 08.08.08 is my first Belgian IPA. Nice. The color was clear golden with a two finger head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was sweet citrus with a little alcohol as it warmed. The taste was a bittersweet citrus too, but I detected a sour taste that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but liked. Mouth feel is medium bodied and a little oily for an IPA. Drinkability: Good, I had a bomber and would have happily downed another.

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Photo of stcules
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber color, a bit hazy. Right perlage, one finger of foam.
In the smell a lot of hop, a good malt background, with a bit of honey. Citrussy, piney, resinous, grapefruit.
At the taste a malty base, and then the hop. Mint, pine, almost sharp, resinous.
Quite dry, and still drinkable.
Average body, drinkable.
Hop aftertaste, resinous, and piney.
Not bad at all, but in the end, a bit monotone.

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Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Bright, golden body with a thin white head.

S- Sweet with notes of orange and floral and piney hop aromas.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Citrusy sweetness up front with some bready notes underneath. The floral and slightly piney hops come in then after.

M- Pretty crisp finish on a medium body.

D- A very easy-drinking beer. It's pretty much exactly what I thought a Belgian-IPA would be like. Very nice sweet-malt/hop balance.

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Photo of turboedtwo
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with some lacing on the sides of the glass, very golden in color. Smells sweet and piney. Tastes mildly of hops and some yeast before moving on to almost a BMC aftertaste. I hate to say that too. Feels light and crisp on the tongue. Drinks easy, it's light and refreshing.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.3/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mynie
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pour! Deep, dark orangehoneysuckle gold with a giant white head.

Smells not quite as gorgeous. I mean I know it's a year old but the word "vertical" is right on there; you'd think it'd age well. Nice yeast, if a little dull. Good blend of pepper and light fruit. But just a bit too tame.

Tastes a little more adventurous than it smells but still really smooth and drinkable. Big pepper and spice profile, lots o' yeast, backed against a regular fruit basket of pears and plums bananas and grapes. Still, a little bit tame.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow. small bubbly white head that dissipated quickly leaving an oily foam and great lacing.

A super hoppy Belgian. Lemon peel, orange, and piney/herbal notes. Belgian fruity funky spicy estery yeast. Slight bread below the powerful hops and yeast.

Tangy lemon peel. Funky fruity estery citrus. slightly bready pale tripel malts. Spicy herbal and resinous. Crisp floral estery bitterness and aftertaste. A small alcohol taste that melds nicely in the hoppy belgian tripel, without being very noticeable.

Dry, crisp, smooth, light to medium bodied.

Very drinkable. A great Belgian style tripel, loaded with west coast hops. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light brown with a frothy white head that settles to a thick cover. Decent lacing and retention.

Nose has bready malts, fruity Belgian yeast and lots of herbal and floral hops.

Taste also has a generous hop presence which is a nice surprise. More creamy malts and peppery Belgian yeast as well.

Medium body is well carbonated. Great stuff. Can't believe this is my first VE.

Even though the label says it's made to age, it was probably best fresh.

Stone should have released this as their Belgian IPA as it is much better than their so called Cali-Belgique.

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Photo of david18
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a great fan of the style itself but it delivers well on the stone taste you get in all of the brewery's beers. It's a little too hoppy to be considered a straight belgian strong but a great california style clone of the style. Would recommend.

This has turned into one of my favorite beers and is also very reasonably priced. I will be bumping up some of my numbers.

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Photo of armock
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of spice fruity and citrus hops

T - Starts off with some spice then gets sweet and fruity

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Another great beer from Stone thats very enjoyable to drink shared a bottle with some friends and they all agreed worth trying if you can still find it

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Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Da Stone pours a semi-hazy amber / orange into the Corsendonk tulip. Small head pops up and quickly dies, not leaving much lace, but a small smattering of sheet around the top.

Spicy fruits in the aroma, lingering well into the quaff. Dry and crisp brew, full of malt backbone with those dried fruits of apple and pear appearing in the finish. Aged just about right during the last year. Tasting great this low temperature summer day.

Way to go once again, Stone Brewing.

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Photo of wd40
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Foam died pretty quickly in the glass. The taste was nicely hopped, but was not particularly rich or creamy. In fairness, I may have acquired this beer when it was already past its prime (seemed like it had been sitting in this store a while).

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Photo of yesyouam
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic is a very clear, dense golden ale with a thin off-white film of a head with a few oily bubbles on it. It leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. There is banana/clove in the nose, along with some fruity and grassy notes. It's medium bodied and very smooth, with a clean, quick finish. It tastes tart and fruity. There are flowery hops flavors and notes of apple, banana and cherry. It's pretty phenolic. The finish and aftertaste are hot and boozy. It tastes boozier than it is.

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