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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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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my new Duvel tulip

Pours bright gold, crystal clear, with a two plus finger off-white head that hung around for a bit.

Aroma is very broad, tons of notes to pick up on. A herbal/medicinal and grassy aroma hits first, with sweet fruits (pineapple, peach, grapefruit, banana), spicy clove and a phenolic undertone. The hop profile here just kind of props itself up and sits on top of everything else. It's really unique.

A very sweet palate: bubble gum/cotton candy-like sweetness mixing with a phenolic spice give this a unique body. The bold, fruity hops really bounce off your palate and hold everything else in check. Which is just fine with this hophead.

Light body with medium-low carbonation. I like a little more carbonation from my triple's/bspa's, but in this example, there is no detraction.

If you don't like a sweet, hoppy belgian style ale, stay away. A definite sipper and pretty easy to drink at 8.4%.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 15:51:05 | More by ColForbinBC
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cxg231

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No time for a long-form review, as I have to rush off somewhere. But I had one of these last night, and I had to post a quick note:

This is quite possibly the best American-brewed beer that I have ever had. Some Belgian offerings may be slightly better in some areas, but this beer is truly off the charts. More than worth the price ($5.99 for 22oz).

Truly a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:50:23 | More by cxg231
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-ounce bomber bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, hazy, bright-golden colored hue with a minimal head and minor lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Strong, characteristic Belgian Strong Pale Ale Aroma replete with honey, sugars, yeast, and of course, alcohol...
Taste, likewise, had hints of alcohol in the finish, especially considering the hefty 8.4% ABV, along with candied sugars, vanilla, honey...
Creamy, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel along with a pretty decent level of drinkability considering the hefty ABV...
Not bad, but certainly not Stone's best... I actually prefer last year's 07-07-07 over this one...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 19:25:31 | More by dsa7783
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becktone

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: As it pours in the glass the body of the brew is clear and orange-gold in color. Poor head formation, the size of this thing is barely more than a thick blanket. Retention is pretty good though, at least the head that I have is staying put. Lacing looks to be good, the head is thicker closer to the edges of the glass where the lacing clings to it giving the head a meniscus type shape.

Nose: High levels of pine and citrus hops, for a belgian style. As the bottle states it was influenced by some type of Belgian IPA. Great malt backbone to this one. The aroma is warmer and less sweet than most belgian strong pales. This one is more earthy and herbal, but not from the yeast. The yeast is actually pretty clean.

Tongue: Pine, floral and citrus hops make up the majority of this beer's flavor profile. It is not nearly as complex as I would've liked. I'd say that this beer is imitating Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, however it is not nearly as complex or flavorful as the aforementioned. The malt backbone gives some support and a nice sweet flavor, but in my opinion there should be more from the yeast. There is some delicate malt flavor here, but I feel that the hoppiness takes away from it, either that or the delicate malts need to be more forward. Alcohol is in there as well, doesn't stand out but is noticeable after a while.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The finish is drying. Carbonation delicate and much higher than I expected. Alcohol is slightly warming when swallowed. Carbonation makes the body feel lighter than it actually is, I'd say medium bodied. This is one I'd drink again, though I'm not sure I'll want to pay for it. It's good but nothing special. I might pick up a few more just for the hell of aging them and seeing how they progress.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 18:12:36 | More by becktone
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Gmann

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange color with an average white head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of sweet Belgian candi sugar, tropical fruit, wild flowers, pepper, and alcohol. Oh yeah, and a good shot of piney hops. Whereas the Belgian qualities reigned supreme in the aroma, the hops dominate in the flavor. Nice juicy citrus and piney hop flavor that is nicely balanced with the candi sugar and Belgian yeast. There is some booziness that comes through in the end. Definitely an Americanized Belgian style IPA, a nice compliment to the style. The feel is fairly light with tingley carbonation; a little slick and sticky. I prefer this one a touch colder. A bomber of this is plenty, definitely want to sip on this one. It has some rough edges but it quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 21:26:55 | More by Gmann
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cooncat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into my Sam Adams glass.

The pour produced a brilliant yellow-copper coloured brew, with a one fingered white head which was somewhat short lived, though some hung around the edges to the end. Little or no lacing noted.

The nose was a bit surprising to me, with the hops coming to the fore, and cloves pushing their way to be recognized. Nevertheless, the nose cannot be mistaken for anything but a Belgian.

Taste is big time hops, but the clove spices are right behind, pushing to the top. It's a neck and neck match all the way to the bottom of the glass. Alcohol presence only detected by a slight warming in the tummy. Mouthfeel can be described as light to medium, but definitely refreshing. Were it not for the alcohol content, this could make a good session brew. The finish is dry, but not astringent.

Final notes: I really liked the combination of the big hop presence along side the Belgian style; nose, taste and flavors. Quite an interesting combination. It will be interesting to see how this one ages, as the hops fade. This is a beer you can enjoy now .. or later. Buy more than one bottle and TRY to age it to 2012 (don't know if mine will make it).

Na Zdravje

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 17:46:03 | More by cooncat
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JayQue

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this one!!! Poured a bright golden color with a small white head that faded to a covering of the glass. Smell was slightly malty and sweet.

Taste was very good...not the typical Belgian, but nice. This one is a slow sipper...there is malt, white grapes. perfume and sweetness. Everything balanced.

Mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is around average. The sweetness and high abv would keep this a one-and=out beer. I bought two....doubt if the other one is going to get the chance to age.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:39:54 | More by JayQue
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seaoflament

California

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with almost an inch of white foam.

The aroma is a bit spicy from the yeast and also a pleasant fresh hop aroma. Sweet orange, wild flowers, honey, Belgian candy sugar, apples, and a bit of strawberry and cherry. There's also a slightly toasted and bready aroma from the malt, a little nutty too. A bit of cinnamon begins to open up. It also has an odd, chalky, pez-like aroma which loses a bit of points for me. The nose on this one is very sweet too.

Surprisingly toasted malt flavor upfront with a bunch of sweetness and a light bitter finish. Some alcohol warmth in the end too. Quite a bit of ripe orange and grapefruit too. Fruity, yeasty and a little earthy.

Smooth mouth-feel, a tad syrupy but light and lively carbonation brightens things up.

Will be interesting to see what happens to this one in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:21:37 | More by seaoflament
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JBogan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light golden color with a small white head and very little lacing.

Smelled sweet and with a slight alcohol presence. Can't quite pick out the scents but I think there's a bit of grape in there somewhere along with some charcoal residue.

Tastes much as it smells. Nothing offensive going on here, but nothing to rave about either.

Mouthfeel was thin and slick, and with little carbonation.

Overall this was a somewhat drinkable brew. I'm going to finish this bottle now, and save another bottle for a few years from now and see what the difference (if any) there is. For now however, I'd day that it's a nice offerening from Stone, who's brews I usually find far too sweet and boozy, almost like a hyperactive cough syrup. This one is a bit toned down, although still not a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:36:01 | More by JBogan
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Murchmac

California

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

Another year, another VE.

This years offering pours with nice ring around the collar. Pretty clear, golden yellow.

Smells a fruity, white grape like almost. Very sweet.

Very fruity, hoppy, very carbonated. Dry, with a slight alcohol presence. Like a geworstameaner, (its a misspelled wine)

Sweet, fruity aftertaste, leaves the mouth dry with a heavy feeling in the middle of your tongue.

Stone is starting to slip in their anniversary beers and VE's in my opinion. This is more like a wine than beer.

In their defense, I think they achieved what they set out to do, I just dont like it...

EDIT: AFTER ONE YEAR OF AGE ON IT, IT'S FANTASTIC

At least we'll always have ruination...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:20:25 | More by Murchmac
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d0ggnate

California

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another year, another Epic. I've been anxious to try this year's version and can't wait to taste the variations Stone will quitely release this year.

A: A light golden/orange pour is topped with a 3/4" of pillow-like head. Effervesence is apparent.

S: A candied sugar, sweet, belgian-like smell pops out first. A hint of fruit, possibly kiwi, is noticed.

T: An intertwined flavor of hops and yeast. The light pine character of the hops mixes interestingly with the clear belgian style. Honeydew melon?

M: Great body and texture. Lasting flavor on palate and not completely overwhelming. Sofisticatedly "in your face."

D: My jury is still out on this one. While I enjoy it, I'm curious as to how it fits into my rotation. Delicious, but puzzling. I think this would best fit into a food pairing or an afternoon treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:10:54 | More by d0ggnate
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention& zero lacing

S: Piney, grapefruit & bananas & some appleskin as this warms

T: Grapefruit, a bit of booze warmth, apple & pear skins up front. Honey, dryness, more grapefruit& lemon as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, pears & citrussy hops in abundance, plus some fusel alcohol

MF: Slick, moderate carbonation, medium bodied & nice balance

Drinks pretty good for the abv, there is some west coast skewing on the style to be sure. Not bad, but expected more to be honest

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:01:59 | More by russpowell
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drseamus

New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice light amber body with a touch of white head.

S: Nice citrus aroma that blasts from the glass and almost completely masks the Belgian malt aroma.

T: Boy, the hops really pop out in this one. Right up front and super crisp. Right behind that after the shortest of pauses is the sweet malt. Great balance.

M: Nice and light initially with a touch more body when the malt hits.

D: Great, but I can't see how this will get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:52:55 | More by drseamus
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been truely seduced by the hoppy Belgian beers, so I was really excited to hear the news about this Stone brew. The sweetness of th Belgian base beer forms a nice backdrop for the sharp American hops- still the beer is not muddled or overly complex. The aromas exhibit only mild Belgian character and assertive pine and citrus notes. The maltiness and caramel sweetness shine above phenolic peppery notes, but allow a fruity ester profile to shine. Certainly more golded than a tripel, but not quite amber in color. The head formation is froathy and sticks to the glass nicely- no problems with retention and plenty of efforvescence. Flavors, as with the aroma, are heavily tilted toward a 2-row malty, caramelly, nutty, biscuity, profile rather than classic Belgian pilsner crisp profiles. This helps to tame the heat and spiciness, but also promotes the fruitiness- pears, peaches, appricots, and apples. Well attenuated and quite crisp makes the beer dangerously easy to drink, but would finish quite sweet if not for the clean dry pine and grapefruit flavors / bitterness from the hops. Overall, the beer is nice but I can't put it on the same plateau of Poppering Hommel, Houblon Chouffe, or De Rank XX Bitter because the Belgian character in this beer is too subtle and the malt profile is very different than classic base beers. Still quite nice and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 12:32:25 | More by BEERchitect
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chrisafari

California

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber/orange (dark golden) clear, with full white head. Sweet aroma of yeast, citrus and hops. Flavor begins with nice citrus on the palate. Flavor develops into herbs, spice and pepper. Finishes with a pleasant kick of hops. Throughout there seems to be hint of banana. Body is medium and smooth, head fades quickly. Easy to drink, very nice. Not sure how this will develop with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 07:42:43 | More by chrisafari
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ism

New Jersey

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

A pretty apricot color, topped with a dense, off-white head. The most noticable thing is the hop aroma, clean and crisp, citrus with pink bubblegum, tropical fruits, and a slight clove spice. The phenols give off a slight medicinal aroma, due to the yeast and the higher fermentation temperature.

Medium body, clean on the tongue, and a gentle carbonation is not too exciting. Citrus balances the sweetness, with a bit of grassiness thrown in, and that sublime clove spice rounding it out. Finishes crisp, with a wonderful blend of citrus and grassiness, and as it warms, an increasing phenolic character that contributes clove as much as band-aids.

This is a lot cleaner and hoppier than the style I'm used to, but distinctly Stone-like. I fully appreciate it as a hophead but am unsure if the phenols truly belong in here in this manner; they are just a little too distracting. Holistically, it's a good brew, and I hate having to deconstruct it this way.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 06:43:08 | More by ism
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Sampled August 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper hue as it sits in my glass but shows a brilliant, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has an expressively fruity, sort of children's aspirin like aroma to it that is magnified by a substantial sweetness. Weird is all I can really say, and not necessarily bad. Other aromas of juicy fruit gum, grassy grain, clean tropical fruit, ripe peach, just a hint of an herbal note, some phenolic clove. I think it is that there is a slight medicinal note in the aroma along with the clove phenolics and these, combined with how incredibly clean the hop character is (is it filtering that made the fruity hop aromas so clean?) is what gives this a children' aspirin aroma.

Tastes like bubble gum with the juicy, fruity hop notes and a clean, almost cotton candy like sweetness. This is actually surprisingly sweet tasting given the terminal gravity; I think that the fruity hop flavors tend to accentuate what sweetness is here and the fact that the fermentation profile is so clean means that the noticed alcohol note also seems to contribute to the perceived sweetness. Some phenolics and a spiciness contribute a touch of spiciness towards the finish that seems a bit turpene like and definitely has an expressive clove flavor to it. The hops contribute flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, ripe peach, and when combined with the perceived sweetness, some notes of honey-suckle are evident. While the hop character is quite dominant, there is, especially as this beer warms, a significant phenolic character to this beer, especially in the finish.

Despite being perceived as sweet this does have a nice, light body for a beer of this strength; I wouldn't call it a quaffing brew, but it does have a nice drinkability to it. It could use a bit more carbonation as I typically like my strong Golden Belgian'ish beers to be lively, though the lightish carbonation here really doesn't detract too much.

This is somehow incredibly clean, despite the noticeable fermentation character and hop notes; the malt seems almost naked somehow as it is lacking that chewy, grain note that I like to find in a good, pale, Belgian ale. This is still a good beer, it just seems to be a bit too filtered (even if it wasn't caused by the actual filtering process). I do like how this beer works as a whole, the entire experience is a bit more than a sum of its parts.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 03:54:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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TonyT

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz into a Belgian Glass...V:08.08.08

Just picked up a case, to split with two other fiends.

(If the Stone Army, from the State of California Invaded Belgium and hostily took over the country of Belgium...This would be the kind of beer that Belgium would brew...)

The first thing that hit me was the hop smell, they did boast it on the bottle, but very hoppy for a Belgian (in my amateur Belgian opinion). Since I'm a hop head, this was a plus. Also there were other smells that tickled the nose.

The head was apparent, but dissipated (I did not slam it into the glass, the first try). This beer will be great with a good dinner. This is a beer that sits well and you do not feel it in your gut.

There is alot of front end, but does not hit you in the back, which is good...nice and crisp. There is a sort of woody taste and smell.

The more I drink it, the crisper it becomes.

Stone Rocks...This is not a Belgian style that boasts alot of "fruity taste", but definitely breeds the perfect hybrid of a Belgian beer with the USA West Coast feel, which Stone does so well.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:39:04 | More by TonyT
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shroompod

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow in color. Smallish head , some lacing.

Slight apple fruitiness in nose. Caramel sweetness.

Again , some more apples in the taste. Hop bitterness is apparent, but toned down.

Medium body finishes dry. Decent carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, I'm not sure about agability though.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:10:48 | More by shroompod
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice deep gold or light amber hue into my glass and was topped off by a nice white head. The aromas of spicy hops are strongly intertwined with a the spice of the Belgian yeast. spicy vanilla, orange, vinous characters, and some alcohol make up this nose. The flavors of the above aromas turn into a well blended mouth tantalizing treat in flavor and mouthfeel as it warms and makes it very drinkable. I enjoyed this beer. Nothing over the top, and not mediocre. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:26:51 | More by quasimoto
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SMADMS

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A- pour a clear golden yellow no head ultra fine carbonation left slight lacing on glass
S- Sweet and fruity. spicy (cloves) Nice belgium yeasts
T-- hoppy, the sweets follow the nose and very clean nice dry finish
M-- very lite on palete, smooth and very well balanced
D-- shocked by the 8.4 wouldn't guess it that high and that could be an issue This is good for 2-3 bombers at a time..

Nice Belgian Ale cant wait to see how it ages...hopefully I can wait

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 18:33:14 | More by SMADMS
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chileman13

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bomber into stone pint glass.
a- golden color with 1" white head.
a- floral hops, fruit and a twist of belguim yeast smell.
t- hoppy, fruity, dry, belguim yeast. Though I'm not a real big fan of Belguim Beers. I am a fan of Stone & have liked the Vertical Epic series. I really like this beer.
M- medium light well carbonated. Like a "butter" smooth.
D- This is the best "Belguim" I have ever had. I'm wondering why I didn't buy 2...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 03:00:28 | More by chileman13
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PatronWizard

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I'm fairly new to true craft beers. Went with a buddy to BevMo on August 8, 2008 to find this little nugget waiting for me. Grabbed a few bombers...

It's now August 12, 2008. I've been patiently aging this puppy for 4 days and it's time.

Pours a pure gold. 24 karat baby. Frothy white head that hung out for a second, not too much lacing. First impression of appearance was good but not stellar.

Then I took a whiff. Smells like hops and dank ass green bud. And pine cones. Maybe a very slight fruity smell. Bananas? Maybe some cloves as well. Extremely pleasing! In my limited ultra-beer experiences, this is one of the best smelling beers I've had.

Then I took a sip. Tastes like hops and dank ass green bud. Truly tasty, me likey. That ever so slight bit of banana and clove may be present...or it may not. Trippin.

Extremely drinkable. I say that now, almost halfway through. Can't even tell that it's a monster 8.5%. I may be singing a different tune by the end. Next time I'll set out two of these because, hey, I'd be lying if I said I didn't appreciate a good buzz.

I think this beer is an awesome representation. Half the bomber and I'm feeling downright jolly! Call me an uncultured, ill-mannered lout, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Love it! And to think I have so many more treats waiting in my cupboard alone. CAN'T WAIT to hit all of the BA top 100.

OK, finished typing the above from my notes while continuing to enjoy this remarkable beast. Got about 3 or 4 ounces left and I feel like a champ. Opinion has only strengthened: this is good shit! And it still smells like dank ass green bud!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:42:11 | More by PatronWizard
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. pale and fairly thin. The head comes up and goes away pretty quickly. Fizzy yellow beer?

S. Hops. No...Belgium yeast. No, some sweet malt and alcohol? Ok this beer is like a good pitcher, it keeps throwing me different signals.

T. I thought the smell was weird. Wow, first taste it's stone IPA, but with something a bit off in the back ground. Second taste, it's a Belgium triple (only not terrible like most Belgium beers). This beer honestly played with my mouth all night long. Flavors from banana, piny hops, to who knows what. This is one of the most complex and varied beers I've ever had. I still don't feel like I can make heads of tales of this.

M. Thin, but with some spices which as they warm seem to slow down the consumption of it. A good bite from the carbonation, but still overall a bit on the thin side.

D. See above. It's drinkable, not a sipper, but not a session. It's a beer that starts off and finishes differently.

I might edit my review 20 times if I drink this beer 20 times, but either way for those that don't like belgiums this is worth giving a shot. If you don't like IPA's give this a shot. If you don't like either...well just avoid it.

8/27/10 update

No change to the score. Just tasting notes a bit over 2 years in.

The stone IPA with belgium characteristics is gone. This a belgium with some american hop pretense. It's dry finishing as hell and dominated by the yeast flavors. I'll be interested to see how the hop flavors work in this in a few years once the final hop bite is completely gone and only the fruity flavors remain. It almost has a white grape flavor with a campaign like carbonation. Good? Well...I'm not loving this beer, but I'm fascinated by it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:10:13 | More by bobhits
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet at Va Beach!

22 oz bomber poured into a pint.

A- pours a crisp and cold dry grassy yellow color. Reminds me of a BMC beer. Lets hope it doesnt taste the same. Virtually no head hits the top. My fiance makes fun about the finger heads.

S- hints of peach and it also smells like white grape juice. Very enticing and i am looking forward to the taste. a very strong sour smell radiates out as well.

T- a dry and sour berry taste. Unripened would bethe best to describe it. a nice hop to it. It is sour at the start and then sweet in the afteraste.

M- a thick and dry feeling. It feels more like i am drinking a dry wine than a beer.

D- i think the sourness takes away from being able to put some of these down. However, to me this beer seems more of a relaxer and a beer you have with dinner. Overall, it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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