Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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.
Serving type: growler
08-23-2013 17:10:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.78/5 rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
If you go online Stone publishes the recipes to all their vertical epics--that's nifty. Cloudy gold color with a thin, white insta-vanish head.
Smells like Capri Sun, light tropical fruit, bready yeast, peach rings, and sharp, but timid, citrus hop.
Heavy fermented sugar malt, clumpy citrus hop, and toasted plantains. Tropical fruit character (from yeast, not hops). Effervescent carbonation.
The hops have already faded out of this a whole lot and I can't imagine this beer holding up until 12/12/12.
Update: 6/30/13. The review above is from 2010. Now that we're going through all the Epics this was by far my favorite of the series. It doesn't hold as an IPA but there's tropical fruit out the yin yang and it makes for a great triple/bspa.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2013 14:44:53 | More by donkeyrunner
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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