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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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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 42
Gots: 167 | FT: 9
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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Photo of merlin48


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll preface this review by stating that I've found most of the VE series to be moderate disappointments. This one pours into a snifter a clear golden hued body,radiant in the alfresco evening sunlight. A vanilla cap tops it off with a sturdy head that laces generously in sheets and patches.

Aroma is fruity with notes of grapefruit and banana. Piney hops are noticed.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation with a yeasty chalk feel.

Taste is impressive. Grapefruit, a hint of bubblegum, dry hop bitterness of pine hops, and many IPA tendencies in the hop profile. Seems like a cross between a Belgian pale ale and a Belgian IPA. Finishes dry and hoppy bitter with just a hint of fruity sweetness.

Very enjoyable. First beer consumed and reviewed here on Tranquility Mountain in Claibourne County, Tennessee. This is my favorite of the Vertical Epic series. Wish I could stock up on a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 00:35:05 | More by merlin48
Photo of HomeRunBaker

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was a little disappointing. It looked good, a nice golden color. Smell was pretty average, I got mostly hops. The taste initially was of hops, with a citrus aftertaste. An okay beer, but not something I'd buy again, though I've got another kept to age. Hopefully the experience will improve.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 04:34:46 | More by HomeRunBaker
Photo of bcm119


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a frothy white head. Yeasty aroma with a hit of white grape/apple fruit. Fruity and vinous at first, with a nice surge of American hop bitterness towards the back. Full on the palate with some creaminess; malts are subtle and Pils-like. The yeast brings out lots of fruit flavors you might find in a stainless steel sauvignon blanc, while adding some musty funk of its own mid palate. Finishes semi-dry with clean hops. Refreshingly dry for a Stone beer, easily consumed and complex enough to keep it interesting to the bottom of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 03:50:19 | More by bcm119
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd love to save this, and pair it with its brethren on the final tasting, but I've come in far too late, and I'll be back in the land of Oz long before the time comes. So here goes with 080808.

Pours a very light yellow-gold with good clarity, although there is a slight hint of haze to the body. Head is initially creamy thick with tiny bubbles of pure white, but this dissipates to a collar of film around the edges. Lacing is good.

Nice Belgian yeast characters on the nose, and a hint of phenolic alcohol. Light notes of herbs and wintergreen, but certainly not a big hop presence like the bottle suggests was the inspiration for the brew. More sweet and round, like the Belgian ales in this way, slightly more subdued than say La Guillotine or Duvel for example.

The hop character is more pronounced in flavour, with a decent bite of hop oil coating the mid-palate. There's a sweetness as well, quite a dry sweetness, but like the Belgians in this regard. Fair amount of heat on the back palate as well, this may fade with age. Mouthfeel is light, suitable for the style.

I know I'm drinking this before its time, and perhaps it shows, but at the moment this is a pretty run-of-the-mill Belgian Pale to me. It's drinkable enough, but I'm not sure there's enough there to even make it last another four years.

Oh well, if I'm around for 12.12.12, and happen to chance upon it, I'd still give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 01:03:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of oscarsbrewmaster


4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


This is one of the most unique tasting beers I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. Distinct Belgium flavor with an explosion of American hops. This beer goes down extremely smooth, with a very clean finish. I dont think waiting for 12/12/12 is an option, this beer is too good now!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 13:58:29 | More by oscarsbrewmaster
Photo of Floydster


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's for seven dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into my Stone pint glass, could not resist drinking the 080808 for my 888th review, yes I am a dork

A-Golden yellow color that was surprisingly light, big 1 3/4 inch white foamy head that went away rather quickly, some retention, some lacing as well
S-Earthiness, bubble gum, perfume, sweet yeast, candy, bread, pepper, clove, banana, lots of citrus, stinky hops, grapes, malts, and pears
T-Starts off more like a Belgian with sugary yeast and a wide mix of fruits, bready with a fair amount of chewiness in the middle, hops dominated the finish and are both dry and full of citrus, tangerines stick out in the aftertaste to me, definitely some bubble gum later on to go with a good amount of spices, coriander is there but I could not smell it all which was weird, sweetens as it warms, hops fade a little bit towards the end but still nicely balanced with the malt for its style
M-Sweet, somewhat dry, spicy, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, looked slightly murky through the large amount of carbonation, tasted sparkling at times, taste lingers a little bit
D-Alcohol was hidden so well in this, thought it was like five percent while drinking it, smooth and not heavy on the stomach, could have drank the bottle and then some, enjoyable

Hoppier than the last few vertical epics, will be revisiting several times, this one will definitely mellow out with age but I do not know if that will necessarily be a good thing, makes it interesting to see American hops in a Belgian-style beer, would not believe how flavorful this is by looking at in a glass, recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 15:56:22 | More by Floydster
Photo of bkilpatr


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Chimay glass. 09/26/08.

Pours a bright clear golden orange color. A moderate pour produced about half a finger of beige head that quickly receded to almost nothing. Aroma is interesting and very nice. Belgian yeast, candied sugar, sweet malty biscuit, floral hops, and hints of citrus and banana.

Taste is similar to the aroma but the hops are much more pronounced. Tastes like a Belgian IPA. The Belgian yeast flavor is there, with candied sugar and sweet malt. That's followed by a somewhat bitter citrus hop flavor. Over time the bitterness begins to overpower the Belgian characteristics, and the nice Belgian yeast flavor gets lots under the bitter hops.

Feel is well-carbonated with a medium-full body. It doesn't feel too heavy though. The finish is bone dry. Drinkability is decent. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these, though finishing the bottle isn't a problem.

Overall, not bad. I'd like it much more if the hop bitterness were toned down quite a bit. Maybe in a few years...

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 02:37:06 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 1/26/13
(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a clear apricot body with a slow carbonation and a thin bubbly white head that is soon gone.

S- The green pithy citrus aroma lead to a soft dry spicy quality in the finish. Some apricot ester aromas grows to a soft hint with some candy sugar hints underneath.

T- The watery taste has a spicy finish that could be hops or alcohol but is to soft to tell. There is a dry finish that has a phenolic spice and some stale malt flavor in the back of the throat after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a big alcohol heat that grows, especially in each exhale.

O- This beer has some nice but very light apricot yeast esters and the spice hint would be nice as a secondary flavor but the big alcohol and watery taste just dominate. It does have that stale aftertaste that I have had in old abbey beers.

(Served in a chalice)
drank on 9/25/08
A- This beer pours a crystal clear apricot colored body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a lumpy snow white head.

S- There is a yeasty perfume nose that is followed by a slightly earthy hop note and a dry bubblegum hint to the finish.

T- This beer has a dry soft hop pungency with a club soda flavor followed by a grapefruit pith note. There is a light soapy flavor to the slight bitter finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight vinous alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms. There is a champagne fizz finish.

D- This beer has some yeasty notes and some triple and pale ale qualities but nothing that is really to interesting. I don't think this beer has much hope of improving in the next 4 years but we will see.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 18:54:23 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of paco1029384756


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy bright golden color; not much head or carbonation, but a solid ring of lacing.

Scent of citrus, bready malts, yeast, candi sugar, and bananas. A slight scent of alcohol actually helps the scent by giving it a sharpness that makes it seem lighter than it really is.

Taste of yeast and candi sugar initially with a rush of citrus flavor coming in and blending very well. After the initial taste is some bananas and a bit of alcohol that again helps the beer by making it lighter; even with the presence of the alcohol it does not seem like it is that strong.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a bite from the alcohol making it refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:01:00 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy bubbly pale orange with a thin frothy head that diminishes to a ring but leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is west coast hops slightly overpowering the usual Belgian yeast musk. The taste is a very complex blend of Belgian flavors such as sweet fruits, coriander, orange peel dancing nicely with citrus hops, that overpower in the finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with some warming alcohol and decent carbonation. This is certainly a unique and enjoyable beer, one I'd gladly try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 23:50:57 | More by atsprings
Photo of nickd717


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 05:14:36 | More by nickd717
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a little bit of white head.

Smells of bannna, grassy hops, candied sugar. Smells a little like gin. Very complex and nice.

Tastes follows the aroma. Sweet pale malts followed by some sugary sweetness. Notes of esters and fruits, bannana. Lots of hops, bitterness.

Very dry mouthfeel, thin bodied.

Very drinkable for the ABV, I'm going to cellar a few of these puppies and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:20:08 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Bomber split with friend into a pint glass. Fluffy head soapy white. Wonderful cathedral like lacing.

S. Bready and fruity. Hints of banana.

T. Hints of hops. Peppery. Light fruits appear and then recede into some malty notes. This is a very complex beer.

M. Light and crisp. Finishes on the dry side.

D. Highly quaffable, but this is meant for sipping. If it were more readily available, this would be a mainstay.

Final word: This is an amazing beer. Stone is a world class brewery. I need to secure some more to set aside for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:03:55 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Hophead101


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed on 9.16.08 at home.

A: poured into a wide mouth snifter type glass (no tulip edges). a very nice hazy golden peach color - good frothy head that immediately dissapeared. had a nice gradual tone change - light at the bottom and became darker at the top of the glass beneath a small layer of lingering bubbles from the dissipated head.

S: first reaction is WOW. full of enery and full of so much stuff. one of the better aromatic beers I have had in a long time. lemons, peaches, flowers, citrus in general. also has a sweet candy maltiness, fantastic. it took me a while to recongize the smell, but to me it smells of grapefruit (probably a result of all of these things put together).

T: strong, crisp and carbonated, but not overly so. the taste matches the smell almost to a tee. so all of the nose scents mentioned above transcend into the taste of this fine beer. as it warms up, the hops really come out and compliment the citrus and create the grapefruit. the hop accent is simply fantastic.

M: spread throughout the mouth like cockroaches being uncovered in light - but smooth and balanced. really hits all parts of the mouth.

D: while this is a superb beer, one of the best that I have had, you can only have a few.

All in all, this is one heck of a beer. I have never been dissapointed with the Epic beers, and this one is no different. This beer over-delivered on my expectations which were already high to being with. There are some that say this 'hoppy belgian' style that brewers are coming out with disrespect them (even though Belgian brewers are making it themselves), I say bring it on. It comes the best in what the Belgian style has to offer with some hops to go with it. It is like when peanut butter first met jelly and you know the end to that story.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 02:43:24 | More by Hophead101
Photo of Albinoh


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good initial looks, but the head disappears a little to fast with little retention. Nice hoppy aroma that combines perfectly with the initial sweet malty and alcoholic flavors. Some crispness. Bitter at the end, I guess i was expecting more bitterness due to the fact that most stone beers are particularly bitter which I though was actually pretty good, made the beer well balanced, rich and very drinkable. The beer leaves an alcoholic aftertaste similar to the one you get after a tequila shot, less, but similar.

Nice one... the bottle specifies the beer is supposed to be drunk until 2012 I guess if i put a beer that long in the fridge the wife will trow it away at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 02:09:01 | More by Albinoh
Photo of blakesell


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz low filled bottle into my favourite Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours clear and golden. Very clear, no hints of haze at all and very thin on the head, so thin that outside of the edges of the glass I was afraid I would have no carbonation and this was a botched bottle. Luckily after a swirl or two, this is clearly alright, just not as carbonated as expected. Lacing is even on the sides.

Smell- This has a very peculiar scent of Amarillo, soap, musty basement, dog piss, Belgian malts, I'm getting some oyster mushroom in here as well. This smells like a cheese pairing beer to me. I'll have to try that out after this review. A bit spicy as well, coriander, cardamom, and pear.

Taste- Banana and lightly spicy hops upfront and a very sweet Belgian flavor that I can't quite call candi. Perhaps a different kind of sugar? Turbinado? Now that I think back this tastes a whole lot like that Russian River Batch 23 I had last year. Just like that Batch 23 there are slight but hardly existent and probably just imagined oak characteristics. Very light and fruity with pears again on the flavor and a white peppery spice texture. Now that I think of it, I think I like this one better than that old Batch 23, although it's kind of unfair to judge that way.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light, warming but not overly so, spicy, low in carbonation, medium light bodied, and effervescent.

Drinkability- This one is quite smooth. I look forward to drinking another in about four years. I think it will age well.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 21:17:20 | More by blakesell
Photo of Redwood21


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 04:37:45 | More by Redwood21
Photo of rxdrewthejew


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at BevMo a few weeks ago. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Yellowish-orange with a huge 2-3 finger white, fizzy head. Head has little retention, leaving just some film and lacing. Plenty of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

S: Big fruity nose on this one with plenty of spice. Plum or perhaps fig mixed with cinnamon sugar and nutmeg. It actually almost smells a bit like bubble gum flavor.

T: Taste is more bready than the scent, with a nice mildly hoppy finish. There is a bit of the fruitiness there, and a great spicyness that really hits at the end.

MF: Fairly thin bodied, but in no way water, and a decent amount of carbonation. Plenty of warming to go with a nice dry finish.

D: This is much better than the 07.07.07, in my opinion. Lots of good flavor which blends well and is easy to drink. Maybe not as refined as some of the other strong pale's out there, but I really enjoyed this one and would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 02:39:03 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of Bierguy5


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, 8.6% ABV. Pours a clear, honey golden color. White rocky head disappears after a couple minutes.

Citrusy fruits in the nose up front. A bit of spices, some white pepper, and some Belgian-like yeasty notes. Seems to get a bit perfumey at the end.

Nice sweet malt character, pretty light on the caramel scale. Some spices, which seem to dry things out a bit. Nice amount of citrusy bitterness. Some fruity esthers floating around as well.

Full body, low carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol. I like this, and seems like it will age well.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 15:06:30 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear gold with foamy two finger head. Head is sticky and produces a decent amount of lacing. Head diminishes to a small white cap after a minute or so.

Smell: Bubblegum, unripened bananas, Belgian yeast, some citrus (orange, lime), and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Bananas and cream, loads of bubblegum, cotton candy, and a touch of citrus. A very interesting flavor. A tiny bit of alcohol in the finish, but the ABV is masked extremely well (8.6% Holy Shit!). Reminds me of the circus - lol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of a warming effect is felt down in the belly, but otherwise I would not guess that this is 8.6%. Really smooth and fairly light with a low carbonation. Once again, the masking is unbelievable.

Drinkability: I've read about beers tasting like bubblegum before, but I had never actually experienced that taste until now. This almost seems like a novelty beer. Even though the taste may sound incredibly sweet, it's pretty toned down and enjoyable. I would drink these all day... but I would get F*#KED UP! I still can't believe how they mask teh alcohol so well. Way to go Stone!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:48:21 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of DrJay


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in NJ a couple of weeks ago. Time to try this year's VE.
Poured a clear gold with a short white cap. The foam settled fast, leaving fine bubbles in a collar and covering the top of the beer with a few larger bubbles clumped up around the sides. Very sticky lacing, sheets at first followed by small spotty clumps at the bottom of the glass. Fruity aroma up front, tropical (not quite pineapple) and lemony with clove spiciness. As it warmed, there were earthy notes, along with grassy hops, light bread and bubblegum, mellow alcohol and white pepper. Flashes of grapefruit and pine emerged from time to time. Bitterness was present throughout, but really just formed a base for the other flavours to build on. Malt character was straightforward, a little biscuit and bready towards the end. Fruity up front, juicy fruit gum and citrus for the most part, a bit of apple and berry. Phenolic and spicy starting mid-palate and carrying through the finish. Lingering combination of bitterness, cloves, sweet fruits, and warm alcohol. Medium bodied, off-dry, carbonation added a slightly creamy texture. This is a nicely balanced beer, quite drinkable yet with a fair bit of complexity. One of the VEs that I've enjoyed the most fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:41:21 | More by DrJay
Photo of alexgash


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Deep, clear, bright golden body. Finger of loose, but persistent, off-white head. Nose of caramel and biscuit malts underneath fresh pears, fruit cocktail, and sweet cherry. Solid, herbal, resinous, grassy hop aroma sits above it all. Nice.

Toasted malt and spicy, peppery hop bitterness up front. Sweet, candy and honey malt quickly develops ripe pear and pineapple flavors. Resinous, herbal hop bitterness soon joins in and provides a nice balance for the sweet fruits and alcohol. Peppery, spicy, resinous, piny, and appetizingly bitter. Finish is long and balanced. Medium to full body with a slightly syrupy feel. Probably my favorite Stone VE so far (although I haven't tried all of them yet!).

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 00:35:28 | More by alexgash
Photo of pershan


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, straw-yellow with a thin, rapidly diminishing head into a pint glass. The aroma was sweet and slightly sour as well - definite Belgian yeast undertones. The taste was slightly sour and very dry - to me it tasted like a slightly astringent pilsner, with the addition, of course, of the Belgian yeast bite and ample hop bitterness. A good beer that will age very well, I suspect.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 17:32:49 | More by pershan
Photo of Goliath


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

Pours a fairly clear golden/amber color with a half inch slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention and some lacing.

The aroma is really nice. Some citrus hops up front, with a honey like sweetness. A belgian twist finishes it off showing a bit of spice, some yeast, and candy sugar.

The taste is pretty good. A nice citrus hop showing notes of sour orange and grapefruit peel that really dominate the palate, but I really dig it. However, the "Belgian" element can't be ignored. A nice spiciness and yeast quality are present as well. It's just a nice merging of styles.

Mouthfeel medium bodied with plenty of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Flavor is great to me, although not necessarily true to style. Alcohol is fairly high, but it's well hidden. Just a nice beer and I'd love to see what ages will do for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 03:21:04 | More by Goliath
Photo of kmo1030


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly orangey gold with a moderate white head that doesn't last too long.
the aroma has got banana, pear, grainy pale malts, corriander and a pervasive piney grapefruit hoppiness. the hoppiness isn't overpowering of the other aromas though.
the taste has got the same sort of things going on as in the aroma. you get a creamy banana, mellon and vanilla sort of flavor up front with a good dose of peppery corriander backing it up. a pear-like sweetness comes in towards the middle with some bready yeastiness in there too. middle to back the hops show up with some nice grassy grapefruit tones and a moderate bitterness. a touch boozy, but nothing to complain about. it'll even out with some time anyway.
the mouthfeel is a smooth medium to full with a moderate carbonation.
drinkability is good. one of the more pleasing epics to drink when new. this one seems like it will age well, but is very good right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:54:30 | More by kmo1030
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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