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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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90
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694 Ratings
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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 41
Gots: 173 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

RyanGoodman, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's face it, I couldn't hold off another two years!!

A: Pours a vibrant straw gold with slight haze, a creamy white head on top, leaving behind very nice lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and spicy smell, but also a bready and buttery pie crust smell in there, as well. Not much of a hop scent, unfortunately, but after this long, what do you expect?

T: Just as the nose leads on, nice blend of citrus and spice: cinnamon, coriander, delicious. There is also that buttery crust taste, similar to that in ST Pumking. Very enjoyable. A touch of bitterness and alcohol at the end.

M: Pretty thick and bready, almost syrupy; decent carbonation.

D: Very good, easy to drink a bomber, despite a pretty high ABV. I'll have to try this again in 2012.

mostpoetsdo, Mar 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bluesplit63, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a distinctly clear pale yellow/slight orange with a good fluffy white head. Nose is alot of belgian yeast, and some wheat notes. Taste follows with intense yeast and spice character, also some pepper and european hops. a good spice hop profile. Unique yet subtle hop character. Some grassiness as well. interesting melding of flavor here. mouthfeel is good, but slightly dry for my taste. Drinkability is good, as it hides its abv quite well. Overall a good brew, but nothing terribly spectacular. Pick it up and see for yourself!

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 30, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly similar to a Stone IPA.

S - Great aroma of Belgian yeast, sweetness, and also some citrusy hops.

T - Interesting mix of a Belgian Golden Ale and a West Coast IPA. Starts with yeast, pale malt, and candi sugar. Finishes with hop bitterness, specifically Stone's typical Simcoe/Amarillo mix.

M - Crisp and dry, but the taste really lingers, leaving you with a sugary, hoppy residue.

D - Excellent beer, but after one I felt like moving on to something else. Maybe it's just that I've been drinking Belgians all day (a.k.a. it's been a good day).

nickd717, Sep 21, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The aroma is citrusy hops (orange peel), tropical fruit, cloves, peppery spice and candy sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some apricot and a bit of alcohol noticable too. Finishes bitter and fruity at the same time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating, dry and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's crisp, enjoyable and not hard to drink at all. I think this is a good brew, it'll be interesting to age a couple bottles of this and see how it changes.

bluejacket74, Jan 01, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold in color. No head forming on the pour, which struck me as odd, but anyway. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the typical Stone hopping, which is nice and appreciated. I think this is still a bit too fresh because the hops are covering up all the belgian characteristics of the beer. Will give a bottle a chance to age and settle down a bit. Very good mouthfeel, just waiting for more of the belgian traits to show themselves.

FtownThrowDown, Aug 11, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz pour in standard pint glass

A - Cloudy-white, w/ little to no head or lacing

S - Sugar & white grapes

T - Honey, cardamom, and earthy grains compose the sweet tastes found up front. A very slight level of hops (this is a couple years old, anyway) help to balance this out. The taste is pretty complex and certainly enjoyable.

M - Medium-bodied, lightly carbed.

D - Very drinkable for 8.6% - I thought it was in the 5 or 6% range prior to being informed.

This is my first Vertical Epic, and I liked it quite a bit. I'm a hop nut, so this doesn't match up with hoppier Belgian IPAs from that respect, but the mixture of flavors is well-crafted, and this does stand out from the crowd.

klikger, Jun 03, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass it produced a fingers worth of white head that trailed away to a thick lace. The body was a clear copper brown on this ale

Aromas of bananas and piney hops filled my nose, the more it sits the more the hops become forward

Big bitter hops flavors up front. I don't know but I think this brew is a great Belgian IPA. Maybe it is a stone IPA with Belgian yeast? Because this is the first hop bomb Belgian I have ever drank. A medium mouthfeel with good carbonation on this brew with a slightly dry finish

Yes this thing is drinkable and I will be grabbing a few more .I don't think I will hold on to many of these, I will drink these puppies fresh the hops is that dam good

joepais, Oct 05, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this beer has a nice golden sunset hue to it but with a head that dies off as quickly as it starts this was my biggest knock

S: floral notes semi herbal and fragrant but nothing that stood out as amazing.

T: this beer has a some spicyness and light carbonation but does not have the wow factor i was expecting. the taste somewhat trails off towards the finish

solid beer, yet uninspiring, its very drinkable and a solid example of a belgian strong pale ale, tis may just not be my style. give it a try but dont expect the moon

Redwood21, Sep 15, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours hazy, but clears up a little, which I am guessing is residual yeast from the bottle conditioning. Has a golden color with an off white head.

S: It smells of a yeast, has a grassy accents along with citrus and bananas. Also has a slight hint of hops

T: Tastes of fruits, wheat, and hops. The taste of hops stayed on my palate the longest

M: A dry, moderate carbonation. full bodied and smooth, slides across the tongue.

D: A great rendition of the belgian strong pale ale. very complex flavor I just wonder what it would taste like fully aged, but as the bottle says if you can wait that long which I couldn't.

azcat777, Aug 31, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a '06 - '10 vertical

This pours a clear yellow and a small head on it. Piney hops mixed in with some bready malts dominated the aroma. The taste had a nice combination of sweet citrus and caramel malts. Ended with a bit of spicy hops. Maybe I missed the belgian characteristics of this one or they faded away. My palate was starting to go at this point so this was the last one I reviewed, so who knows. This was a little think with a good body. This was a nice and sweet overall. The high abv was noticeable still and could use some more time, but then again this is a Belgian IPA so time definitely won't help it.

birchstick, May 06, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one in my Duvel glass the head was light and frothy and some small patches of lacing. The nose had that sour bubble gum smell with a hint of pine resin. The Belgian yeast gives this ale a slight sour taste that quickly shift gears into a hoppy citrus burst of flavor!
The mouthfeel is average for this style. The drinkabilty is nice not to strong on the abv.
This one will age well in time.

athensbeermaster, Aug 11, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick two finger foam head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.

Sweet estery golden fruit aroma with hints of golden apple, grape, pear and banana. Slight alcohol presence with some peppery zesty spice and earthy hops.

Spicy, yeasty medium body with a lot of sweet estery fruit notes, alcohol and citrus earthy hops. Sweet golden fruit notes, especially apple and pear with a decent amount of alcohol warmth and a nice dry hoppy finish.

corby112, Nov 10, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, into my Allagash slim tulip glass.

Poured a clear yellow, with very nice head. Much lighter looking then I was expecting.

Smelled like bread, yeast, with some citrus, and pretty strong hop presence.

Tasted of hops, not too bitter, with some sweetness to balance it out.

Very drinkable beer! I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

buffettfan, Sep 03, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden, brilliant, with minimal cream head that dissipates into nothing.

Caramel malt, belgian yeast esters, peach, and mango come to mind. There's some slight phenolic notes.

Good belgian yeast character, peach, more malt backbone than 7. No ginger, which makes me happy. Almost wine-like. Confectioners sugar sweetness. Fairly bitter finish. Floral hops add intrigue.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

More bitter and less herbal than the 7.

barczar, Mar 08, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer struck me as being quite like a tripel; but not an exceptional one. I enjoyed it quite a bit - it was spiced, mild mannered, and maybe a little more complex than is the norm in American-made tripels or Belgian golden ales, but I didn't find it to be anything spectacular.

Color was a gold/dark yellow with modest head and minimal lacing. Aroma was quite a bit hoppier than other Belgian style beers I've had, and had the requisite clove/coriander spiciness. The hops also drove flavor, which was a fair bit more complex than other beers of this style. Mouthfeel was a bit thick without losing its refreshingness. Pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

BeerBelcher, Aug 28, 2008
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.