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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic AleStone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

674 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%


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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jakon

Oregon

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

22oz bottle purchased for 6.99 on 8-10-08 at Whole Foods Tanasbourne.

This beer pours a light amber/orange color with a small sized head.

The aroma brings grassy, tropical fruit tinged hops, belgian yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is very nice. Very powerful hop flavor, but with a subdued finishing bitterness. Tastes like a fresh hop beer mixed with a SD IPA and a Saison. Well, I'm not so sure that would taste this good, but it's what I keep thinking as I sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and low on carbonation.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. Better than expected. Yet another unique, outstanding offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 07:07:56 | More by jakon
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:38:52 | More by athensbeermaster
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:37:55 | More by FtownThrowDown
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charlzm

California

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

ORIGINAL REVIEW WHEN FRESH (rating numbers reflect this):

Consumed 08/09/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Clear, light golden pour in a tulip glass with a two finger white head. The head subsides soon into a little layer of foam that provides moderate lacing.

The aroma is hoppy; odd for a Belgian of this style but not surprising considering the source. Muted pine and citrus mingle with cloves in the nostrils.

Flavor is somewhat sweet, dominated by clove. Hoppy notes appear near end as pepper. Only slightly dry on the palate. I'd say it compares favorably with Duvel, but doesn't equal that benchmark.

Took me a while to finish my smallish glass; this beer is heavier than it seems at first.

Very good beer and worth having if you can get it.
___

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Beer pours a light burnished gold. Slightly cloudy, it exhibits no head and lazy, minimal carbonation.

Aroma is floral and estery: mildly sweet.

Flavor has a marked wheat component and a juicy, melanoidin character. Sweet. Finish is a dash of bitter lemon.

Mouthfeel is still, thin and slightly astringent.

Seems to have held up well, but not gained anything from the aging.

APP - 2.5
SM - 3
T - 2.75
MOUTH - 2.5
OVER - 2.75

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 01:06:08 | More by charlzm
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dirtylou

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, $6.99 at riley's - had this on tap the other night at brasseri V

appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip glass, very light golden body, quite clear with active carbonation bubbles. There is a thin layer of beige foam with full retention. This beer shines in the sunlight

smell: this one has a pretty nice belgian nose (for some reason i thought it was more of a DIPA on tap but then again, i was trashed). Corriander, white pepper, and other belgian spices are huge and well pronounced in the nose. Lemon zest, other citrus, and potent yeast round out this powerful nostril invasion

taste: the flavor falls a little flat compared to the nose...the flavor profile is full of spice - clove, corriander, white pepper. the belgian yeast is evident immediately but finishes a little flat. Interesting, but i expected more based off the nose

mouthfeel: heavily spicy, medium body

drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 19:24:09 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard Stone bomber. This year's VE is golden colored, very clear, with a thin wispy head that disappears right after birth. The aroma is a hybrid (just as described on the bottle). Lots of American hops (maybe including Amarillo?) on top of Belgian yeasty esters. The taste makes me think this is a dry-hopped tripel. The flavors are nice but the after-taste has a bitter bite to it and there's a bit of ethanol apparent as well. Maybe with age the ethanol will tone down but then so will the hops I'm guessing. I'll probably age another bottle with my other VE's just to wait for 2012 but I imagine it won't improve the beer too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 16:06:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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Overlord

California

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

Certainly a more solid brew than the 7/7/07 incarnation, but still needs some aging/mellowing.

Pours a billowy amber gold with a white foam head. Smells of yeast and ... hops?

Taste is mostly citrus/yeast with a bit of a hoppy bitter twang. There's a lot going on with this beer, and you can focus on about five different flavors at once.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 07:45:40 | More by Overlord
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange-yellow, with a rather small white head even with an agressive pour, average head retention.

S: Strong peppery spice, definitely some ethanol that you can feel in your nose, light hops.

T: It is what it says it is, a strong Belgian pale with a brisk hop attack. Yellow apple with a big ethanol kick. Hops are there, not as overt as an IPA, but high for the style, very grassy, flavour of apricot and tangerine mix finishes the drink.

M: Light on the carbonation, phenolic, solventy, smooth.

D: A nice one from Stone, will be interesting to see how this ages, what happens with the hops and the flavours, I'll find out in 4 1/2 years. Good beer.

December 2012 Edit - Very cloudy, the head really came out here. Metallic on the nose, but blows off. Then it smells like a flower garden. The beer is very yeasty, lots of lemon and white pepper. The brisk hop attack of yesteryear is gone, but that is to be expected. Nice notes of orange, apricot, heavy spice. Still good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 05:12:01 | More by Halcyondays
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A very golden color with no head what so ever. There is a slight haze with this beer.

S- I smell hops, clove, anise (very faintly), and the sweet smell of BBQ pork strange?!?

T- There is a strong taste of grapefruit, clove, salmon berry suckles, and yes that BBQ pork taste. It has it complexities.

M- Feels good in the mouth, makes the mouth water for sure.

D- Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

I think Stone is way above the curve with this series. For those who have all the beers in this series they will have a treat for a side by side tasting. It is a great way to release a beer with the same style. I do wish they had a higher ABV so the beer itself could stand the test of time a bit longer. I wonder how long the 2.2.2 will stand in 2012. Another great beer by a great brewing company.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 04:04:49 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Haybeerman

Colorado

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

A: Orange/amber color; very slight haze. Generous two inch head white held held to a quarter inch. Medium lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Herbal and piney hops. Light fruits.

T: Hoppiness really opens this up. Estery yeast provides a solid fruity footing. Mild spices carry to a dry finish. Complex and tasty.

M: Nice medium body - in a good way balancing tastes and carbonation.

D: At 8.4 ABV its dangerously drinkable. If its one or several; this is a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 03:20:47 | More by Haybeerman
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Tdizzle

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter, this beer pours a clear deep golden color with a tiny white head that rapidly dissipates. Each sip yields only a few spots of lacing.

S- Sweet aromas of pears, green apples, bananas, and clove are backed up by spicy Belgian yeast and piney hops. There is a very grassy and floral essence to the smell of this beer, and the alcohol becomes only slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The initial taste is of sweet fruits and spicy yeast. The expected hop bitterness kicks in as the sweet and spicy flavors fade away, all of which yields a surprisingly not-so-dry finish and a lingering bitterness on the palate. There is a slight alcohol presence on the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, with very mild carbonation.

D- The 8.6% ABV is very well-integrated, and the moderate hop bitterness is pleasantly unobtrusive in the flavor profile of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 02:58:17 | More by Tdizzle
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The latest edition of the Stone Vertical Epic series. This one is a departure from the others Epics. The bottle notes say its their variation of a Belgian triple, inspired by the brewmasters 2008 trip to Belgium.

Pours a golden haze with a white head and good carbonation.

Nose is fruity & sweet with banana and pear.

Taste is fruity, yeasty, sweet & spicy with a good touch of alcohol. It has a spicy & nice bitter finish, giving it an overall complex taste. Kind of like a Belgian with a West Coast finish.

This one is well worth it, very drinkable, watch out for the 8.6 ABV!

With 06-08 sampled, I'd say this is best of the Epic series in that range.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:40:24 | More by FLBeerGuy
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best of the Vertical Epic series so far.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin white head.

Smell is a combination of fresh pears and green apple with a Belgian yeast in the background.

Taste features a solid hop presence with a fresh crisp fruit underneath.

Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Worth drinking several of these. I was not a fan of 07.07.07 and 05.05.05 was not aging well when I had it recently. This is great now, and will probably age well.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 00:51:33 | More by sholland119
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cjgator3

Florida

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

A- Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fruity malt (pears, mango and pineapple) with some spices. The belgian yeast is evident in the aroma producing the fruity flavors.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet and fruity with some spices dancing around on the tongue, along with the yeast and some alcohol warmth in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- A little boozy, but that is to be expected with a beer of this strength. Very good brew.

Overall, the 08 vertical epic is another fantastic beer from Stone. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 18:26:10 | More by cjgator3
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

From bomber to Alpine lager mug on 08.08.08 on camping trip to the Cape late nite...

Pours with very light lemon-honey body-lily white soapy head disspiates quickly.

Very bready with that silage hop ambiece-some coriander, a little citrus tang. Lots of yeast and deep yet crisp malt.

A little rough around the edges - 1/2 saison, 1/2 IPA feel. Nice bitter hop pucker and citrus tang with yeast, coriander and other spices. Needs a little time or warmth?

Bready, yeasty mouthfeel. Consistent from start to finish - good cleanliness, even with a blunt, heavy malt and boiled hop backbone.

Drinks very easily but am looking for more bountiful flavor profile to match weight. Not sure what time will do to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 13:01:58 | More by IBUnit63
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In keeping with tradition, 1st bottle on release day. (Yeah I know Stone's been releasing ahead of schedule the last few years but I hold out 'til the actual date. Superstitious I guess.)

Nice estery earthy spice nose and a great pilsner malt backbone. Hop aroma is really subdued (for Stone) but it's in there.

Golden and clear with tons of rising bubbles. Started with a light head that faded quickly to a little layer around the rim.

Drinking I get honey mostly and light hop flavor. Hop bitterness is pretty low so the malt backbone is what comes off mostly. Lots of spice and fermentation esters. I get pepper and anise. Overall though, it's kind of light on flavor.

Full bodied but the carbonation level is high enough that it isn't heavy. It feels lighter than it is.

Very drinkable now. Not overwhelming in strength or flavor. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 05:03:32 | More by czechsaaz
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this down the road at Brilbeck's already, just goes to show how good Stone's distribution is. Although I still can't find any 12th Anniversary, grr.

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear rustic gold with a fluffy two finger white head that falls to a soft layer of bubbles. A fair amount of stick is left on the sides of the glass. Smell starts off some fruits such as mango, papaya, and grapefruit. Yeast and spice graze the nose as well, a very interesting combination of aromas. Taste begins with oily hops and pepper followed by a piney zest. Spice and clove dominate midway and continue on all the way into the aftertaste. A touch of banana here and there throught on the tongue as well. Medium slick body with a flowing carbonation and slight bite from the hops. The alcohol is hidden quite well in this beer. I would classify this as a Belgian IPA. An up and coming style that is still a bit rough around the edges but still a very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:17:25 | More by BeerTruth
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

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

The next, and highly anticipated offering in the Stone Vertical Epic series. Pours golden- yellow, slightly hazy with nice fluffy white head. Retention and lacing were minimal. Smell is tricky. One sniff I'll notice amazingly fresh piney hops and the next I'll notice a pronounced citrus and fruity aroma. I would say the grapefruit dominate it the most but the subtle hops are splendid. Taste is about the same as the smell. At first I notice the yeast, bread, and fruit (banana, grapefruit, some melon) much like a "typical" Belgian, almost hefe like at times. Then at it goes down the hop bitterness hits you and you remember you're drinking a West Coast brew and not a Belgian. The carbonation is a little on the high side for a crips mouthfeel. Even though it was a little high I didnt seem to mind it. Although the alcohol is well hidden, I do notice a nice warming affect as it goes down. Overall a very nice beer and well put together. Its complex I think, at times a bit too complex for my palate, but another hit for Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 23:58:51 | More by bunnyhustle
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent yellow/orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly leaving some patching. Lots of visible carbonation and no yeast sediment to speak of. The nose is delightfully spicy balanced with a wonderful hoppiness. Most of the same characteristics come through while tasting. Notes of orange, chocolate, apricots, and lots of harmonious spice, the alcohol is present but definitely not dominant. The Belgian yeast plays a large role in the overall taste of the beer. The beers main character is mostly hoppy but is well balanced with some bold pale malt that really supports the flow of the beer. This one is killer, finally a Vertical Epic i will go back to! Its mouthfeel is medium/light with shy carbonation and a subtle, non offensive alcohol heat, making this one dangerously drinkable. A truly excellent beer.

***

i was lucky enough to sample this one on draught this weekend at BCTC up ant Ommegang. I took no notes on the draught offering but i remember saying, wow this is going to be awesome next week.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 23:26:07 | More by ATPete
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sevopie

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden color with actually a tad hint of a greenish hue. Very light head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell - Fruity and hoppy... almost vinegary.

Taste - Has a bit of the Belgian fruity yeast evident, as well as some spice. The hops are bit overboard though, but not heavily so.

Mouthfeel - Rather light on the tongue, but light on the carbonation for a Belgian. That being said, its very well rounded, as Belgian's typically have too much carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm typically not a fan of Belgian's and IPAs mixed together, I love each in their own right though. This beer is not a bad conglomeration however, and it goes down relatively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 05:31:39 | More by sevopie
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2LBrew

California

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had heard about this beer being released by another BA and went searching for it on Tuesday to no avail. I bought this from my local Bev Mo and brought home with the bottle still being a tad bit chilled. Upon popping the top, it had a fruity smell to it. At first it reminded me of a cross between a hefeweizen and a belgium beer.
The beer was a golden clear color. It had fruity smells as well as a little hop taste. At close to 9% it was a drinkable beer but defintely will take its toll after drinking itself multiple times or itself with other beers. I was surprised to see them make it a Belgian style beer after lasts years. However I am thinking about buying a few more of these to share with friends. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:38:14 | More by 2LBrew
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jamesm7485

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a very golden hue with a lighty white frothy head.

The smell has some fruit notes, honestly i cant smell much because i have a sinus infection right now.

The smell is very good light on the fruit with a belgian yeast tone

The mouthfeel is very light not too carbonated

The drinkability even with the abv is very nice

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 01:29:34 | More by jamesm7485
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scottoale

California

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

Ah yes, yet another Belgian-esque epic in a series of verticals. On to the pour.

From the 22oz. brown bomber (with a suggested cellar aging date past 12-12-12) pours a pale yellow-gold with a finger of white foam. Ample carbonation, with only a few flecks of lace left behind.

A very sweet and spicy nose, with a good follow-up of some sappy hops. Notable yeast, grapefruit, tangelo and mango.

Sweet, spicy and crisp on to the palate, smooth and spicy dry down to the finish with a nice little fruit aftertaste. A nice blended concoction here, with the hops throwing some nice bitterness to the finish as well.

Medium bodied with the alcohol going almost un-noticed...plenty easy to drink and a pleasure with it's crispy good flavor.

Should age just fine...interesting to see where the hops go with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 18:40:33 | More by scottoale
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Wildman

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear light medium amber color and formed a small bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. The aroma was of malt, caramel, candy and a touch of yeast and hops. The flavor was like, wow, where were all those hops hiding in the aroma. The hop flavor dominates over the malt, whereas in the aroma it was the other way around. Flavors of pine and citrus with a small amount of candy and pepper sneaking through. A good beer, just not sure where it fits.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:11:08 | More by Wildman
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guinness33

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid looking deep golden colour with a thin white head that leaves spotty markings on the glass.

The aroma is an excellent blend of grassy hops, generous spice, some sweet bubble gum and other candy. Come to think of it, this one's a bit bready too. Well balanced and well done.

Flavour echoes the aroma for the most part: grass notes blend a bit more with the sweetness for a welcome, slightly harsh, blended flavour. Bubble gum notes are definitely subdued quite a bit, but bread notes still come through toward the finish of each sip, where they mix with the spice notes. While there is a slight fruity flavour, I don't detect the abundance of citrus fruit that some have noted. If anything, I'd say any fruit notes seem to sway a bit toward a tart apple flavour, but that's just me. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of oomph to it and a nice warming effect overall.

This is once again another nice beer in the Vertical Epic Series. Well balanced and generously but not overly hopped for a unique twist on the style. Grab some while you can...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 03:47:32 | More by guinness33
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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