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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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randawakes

Alaska

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

IPA? wow, this is creamy and full of rich orange, faint apple and grape. This citrus abundance has some pine flavor with it. This is very sweet and will take you by storm. Pours bright opaque golden, smell isn't quite as fulfilling as the taste.

From what I recall not as good as the 07, but better than the 09.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:20:14 | More by randawakes
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billshmeinke

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Delirium Tremens Tulip.

A: Finger and a half head. Resides to and eighth of an inch head.

S: Orange rind, lemon zest, bready belgian yeast, I even get a hint of vanilla.

T: Very light, sweet malt flavor. Lots of citrus flavors going on orange, lemon, grapefruit hop flavors.

M: Really well carbonated. Dry, champagne like finish. Really good.

D: Very drinkable, 8.6 abv hidden well.

One of my favorite Belgian Style IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 08:36:16 | More by billshmeinke
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a Portsmouth tulip glass. A vigorous pour produces an ample white head, which eventually settles down to a thin film across a pale yellowish-orange body.

The nose contains some sweet malts, a bit of hops and a somewhat candied fruit rubbery smell. Not overly pleasant. I also get some apple juice concentrate in the aroma.

The first sip very sweet, spicy and warming. Lots of estery alcohol and fruits. For a 1 year old beer there is still some pleasant hop bitterness in the background, but it is not very strong. There is still some rubber like flavor in the taste as well.

The mouthfeel is spicy and little on the thin side. The 8.6% ABV is very apparent. Drinkability is on the low side for me.

This beer is a bit of spice bomb and overly sweet. I feel like it may have been better when it was fresh off the line, with a bigger hop profile. Either way, I've got another sitting in the cellar waiting for the vertical tasting on 12.12.12. Maybe I'll be more impressed then, but for now I'll have to pass. I've had much better from Stone than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 19:35:47 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter to reveal a rich golden body and tall, airy head that dies off pretty fast. It smells very funky with a little citrusy sour. Kinda like a concentrated... farmhouse... funk. After that, though, there is some pleasant sweetness to it.

Tastes a little like it smells with the same funk flavor. After that, gentle hop character with orange notes, a little floral honey and a little light malt. The bitterness is not at all overwhelming, and if not for the little kick of it at the end, I would have pegged this one a saison. Carbonation is very precise but makes up enough of the mouthfeel to be present. Light body. Medium smoothness. Quite warming. Fairly drinkable too, except the smell for me is a bit off-putting.

I don't remember the other vertical epic tasting quite like this one. It will be interesting when it comes time for the actual vertical.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 19:29:19 | More by abuliarose
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colts9016

Idaho

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

Poured into a my Tripel Karmeliet glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A nice white foamy two finger head that has some retention to it. The body of the beer is a medium straw color with hues of orange. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is hazy.

Nose: A very rich fragrant floral bouquet, citrus (mainly grapefruit), and some wood. The malt is slightly sweet.

Taste: A deep well rounded hop flavor with grapefruit, fragrant bouquet of flowers, and wood. The malt is toasted and slightly sweet. There are notes of phenols, cloves, and a hint of banana.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, creamy and slightly astringent. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer reminds me of a Belgium Tripel. It has the taste and characteristic of the Tripel, but not the complexity. It is a very good beer, and well made. Glad that I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:54:34 | More by colts9016
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Hazy golden, very active, thick white-ish head with great retention and lots of lacing. SMELL rich sweet maltyness hits first, fruity esters, and restrained grassy hoppiness follow. Sneaky Belgian yeastiness infuses throughout. TASTE Sweet rich caramel maltiness paired with light grassy hoppy flavors and mild bitterness. Fruity esters from Belgian yeast add complexity and depth. Smooth and balanced. FEEL medium/full body, pleasant slightly slick texture, alc warming, clean and dry finish. OVERALL should be savored and shared, and is fairly filling. But it looks, smells, feels and tastes great!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:54:36 | More by sprucetip
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 08:47:49 | More by corby112
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jeffjeff1

California

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

I picked this up at Cork and Bottle after getting comics. I was pleasantly surprised to find it.

Appearance- golden color, little head

Smell- fruit, hops, malt

Taste- very nice and dry, hops, spice, fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, i would love more

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:47:02 | More by jeffjeff1
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Half a fingers width of white headed foam, with a golden copper, cloudy, dense looking body to it.

S: Apricots, with a touch of grapefruit, followed by a grassy, malty presence. Then there's a bit of unexpected funk, followed by more fresh fruit.

T: At first there's a rush of grapefruit zest, and sweet apples. Then comes a balanced transition to a strong creamy toffee like backbone that finishes off dry, but elegant.

M: Smooth medium bodied, with light carbonation, very refreshing.

D: Goes down easily, extremely smooth. Could definitely see us drinking a couple of these in one sitting.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:00:54 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of an '07, '08, '09 vertical

A - Bright gold color with white foamy home and consistent bubble. Less visual carbonation than the '07, surprisingly.

S - The hop aroma definitely outlasted the year and a half of age. Alcohol is very apparent. Light maltiness gives way to some fruits.

T - Hop flavor is much less than in the aroma. Bitterness is quenching. Again, the alcohol is not trying to hide.

M/D - Smooth and slightly dry. Only the second beer in my vertical, but I much preferred the '07.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:43:34 | More by SirSketch
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bminor7

New York

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

22 oz bomber from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY.

A - straw orange. 1 finger of foam falls leaving some lacing. slightly turbid, something which i find refreshing.

S - just like a tripel, with hops, grapefruit, cloves...

T - tastes just like a tripel as well. definitely dry like the lab indicates, not sweet like Houblon. you can tell without reading the label up here on the page, which style this is trying to be (BIPA). it is subtle...some boldness would have benefitted it, for me, though you are rewarded with more esters as the beer gains some warmth. strong hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - high carbonation, pour generously. light and crisp. alcohol strong in the aftertaste.

D - ultimately very drinkable because of its balance. i remember being excited just to learn that there was such a style (BIPA) after I had Houblon, and i continue to love them...this beer is a good contender in the category...whether intended to be so 'light' or not, a heavier hand in this brew might have put it in the top 10 for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 15:52:49 | More by bminor7
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

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

After yet another great Stone experience with 13th anniversary, I decided it was time to try more of their brews. Thus, I popped into Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem and grabbed the '08 and '09 Vertical Epics.

A: Light golden color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S: Aromas of yeast, spices, apples/pears, and hops.

T: Starts with the sweetness of apples/pears and spices. This is quickly followed by the classic bite of belgian yeast, this could be a saison at this point. Then there's the strong finish of hops, very well done and balanced. A real nice flavor but I'm not sure it differentiates from a saison enough.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth and crisp.

D: A real nice offering from Stone, very unique and enjoyable. Stone really proved their chops by taking on a Belgian and delivering with such a solid brew. Still, I'm not sure this differentiates itself as much from classic Belgian styles as the bottle indicates (basically called a Belgian/ West Coast IPA). A solid choice (not quite a must try) and a commendable addition to the Vertical Epic lineup.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:51:33 | More by jdg204
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Vertical Epic glass (don't you just love correct glassware). Beer is yellow, nearly no head at all, carbonation is steady with larger bubbles, minimal head falls away quickly to reveal almost no head at all, does not cover the surface of the beer.
Smell is interesting, there are combinations of Belgian style yeastiness and pine (from the hops I presume). The pine is understated, there is another spice in the aroma, almost cloves, it is hard to pin down.
Beer is thin in the mouthfeel, there is almost no forward flavor, everything is in the midpalate and finish. There is hop bitterness but it is no overstated. There is a slight aftertaste. I am curious how this beer will age. Belgian IPAs are not my favorite style, the brightness of the high alcohol often is pourly balanced with the bitterness of the hops. This beer is neither too bitter or too bright from the alcohol. It is roughly 8.5 %, I think that was a good call. Pushing 10% with a beer like this would have been too much. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 20:55:26 | More by drabmuh
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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

Very nice golden color. Not a lot of head though a decent level of carbonation can be seen. Very clean looking beer. Quite the freshly mown grass aroma. A touch of sulfury, Belgian quality to it. Big hop bite up front flavorwise. Quite malty and an almost caramel quality to it. Lingering metallic flavor but in a good way. Yeasty and earthy qualities tend to linger. Nice body-finish is rather dry overall. Very drinkable and enjoyable, even a year later.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 02:15:14 | More by lackenhauser
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jminsc76

Texas

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

Poured this into a Delirium tulip. Exhibits a moderately-sized, white head atop a yellowish (in the light)/amber-ish (in the non-light) body. Plenty of carbonation rising like a spigot from the bottom. Very pretty.

Aromas are intense and VERY complex. Belgian spices, orange peel, citrus, sour candy, breadiness, etc. It's all in there and man o man is it lovely. Like hanging out in a pine forest while the smells of a cottage bakery are seeping in from nearby.

Flavors are hoppy, spicy, citrusy, with a bit of booziness on the back end. The phenolic/alcoholic aspect is definitely pulling the taste down a bit; however, the balance between the hops, malts, and everything else Belgian is quite wonderful.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, with plenty of hop bite (not surprising, it's Stone brewing this).

Overall, the Vertical '08 is epic indeed, but I also acknowledge it could use a year or two more of aging to get the alcohol aftertaste out of the palate. All in all, it's good. Just drink it about 10 minutes post-removal from the 'fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 04:00:37 | More by jminsc76
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Maredsous chalice. VE 08 appears a hazy bright straw yellow color with about a finger of bone white foam. Aromas and flavors consist of white grape, crisp apples, pears, spicy yeast esters, sweet biscuits, lemon peel, alcohol, mild pine notes. Excellent body with adequate carbonation, quite effervescent. The ale has a very dry and clean finish and the spiciness of the yeast leaves the tongue tingling. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 03:56:37 | More by ClockworkOrange
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TheFlern

Idaho

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

This beer is a very good beer but it defintely looks and smells better than it tastes.

Smell: Spicey with a hoppy background. The spice reminds me of the Stone Russian Imperial in character.

Taste: This beer is very spicey followed by a lighter hop taste which is once again reminiscent of the Stone Russian Imperial. However, this beer is much hoppier.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and lighter than you would expect given the overall spicey character of the beer.

Drinkability: It drinks smooth and finishes dry. This beer definitely has a taste that keeps you reaching for back for another sip. However, compared to the other IPAs of various styles from Stone Brewing Company I think they have let themselves down as far as drink-ability goes.

I will definitely be grabbing one of these to save until December 13th 1212.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 21:11:23 | More by TheFlern
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y2j2280

New York

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

A- Looks like a typical Belgian style brew. Nice head, that disappears quickly. Lacing is decent.

S- Alcohol is present with some citrus notes and West Coast hops.

T- Taste is very unique, unlike any other Belgian I have had, but expect this from Stone. A very interesting mixture of the Belgian style and the West Coast IPA style. I get a crazy bubble gum after taste.

M- Thick and well-carbonated.

D- Drinkability is good, but not a session beer. The 8.6 abv hits you head on.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 19:10:59 | More by y2j2280
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

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

Pours a bright clear straw gold with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and a mere hint of lace.

Scent is citrus hops, apple and pear fruit, and yeast.

Taste is very dry. Pear and apple flesh. A peppery spice note. Spicy and mildly citric (lemon, lime) hops. A hint of grapefruit. Lovely firm hop bitterness. Some crusty bread. Long bitter astringent finish.

Mouth is crisp and dry, yet somehow a bit juicy as well.

Drinkability is excellent.

Really a nice ale. Hard to believe it has a year of aging. I wish I'd bought two and enjoyed one fresh; I'm really curious how it tasted with the fresher hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:45:54 | More by sethmeister
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thekanna

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous gold bordering in amber; small head dissipated quickly.

S: Strong citrus smell (I detect grapefruit) with some fresh-cut wood. Hops definitely pervade the aroma and become dominant after a few seconds.

T: Strong grapefruit bitterness followed by a nice juicy (almost lemonade or limeade-like) taste. A sweet malty backbone rears its head only slightly before the grapefruit taste dominates again, leaving a bitter finish.

M: Good carbonation and a nice, juicy body.

D: Great sipper; cuts through even the strongest flavors and a good beer to whet the appetite.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 02:19:25 | More by thekanna
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle split with a friend.

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden amber color. Got a nice 1 finger head that died away very very fast to say the least. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass the entire beer. Still looks good after a year in the cellar.

S- Still nice piney hops smell to this along with a sweeter smelling malt backbone. Also pick up some fruit smell most oranges. Belgian yeast can be detected but nothing over the top crazy smelling which I remember there being when it first came out. I enjoy the nose of this beer more now.

T- Sweet citrus hop taste upfront that I missed in the nose. Nice suprise to say the least. Slight bready underbody in this thast sneaks up right in the middle of this beer. A sweet malt makeup with a Belgian yeast pairing balance out the middle of the beer leaving a piney hop finsh on this beer. The tail end of the ending seems a little watered down to me.

M- Medium mouthfeel to this. Nice carbonation still after the year in the cellar. Brings a rush of hops and Belgian yeast in the mouth. Leaves some hops resin on the tounge but a Belgian taste on the rest of the mouth.

D- This is a damn good drinker still after all this time in the cellar. I can't wait to let this sit some more before I go crazy and crack them all open. After I had this one I actually wanted to open a couple more. Very nice drinker to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 05:07:28 | More by alleykatking
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.
A- Almost no head and what did appear was gone before I knew it. 08.08.08 is a golden, semi clear beer.

S- The nose is somewhat weak in my case. Im getting some apple juiciness, slight pineness from hops and a citrus rind bitter sweetness.

T- Similar to the smell. Apple, citrus rind, piney hops. The suspended yeast lends some doughy, bready malt notes.

M- Thin at times, but mostly its a medium body over all.

D- Drinks quite well, nothing unappealing or out of line here. A solid brew.

This is a quite balanced brew, as the Belgians do best. The term IPA is somewhat deceiving, all though this is a lot hoppier than most Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:22:56 | More by MbpBugeye
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kegger22

Michigan

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

Vertical 08.08.08 is my first Belgian IPA. Nice. The color was clear golden with a two finger head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was sweet citrus with a little alcohol as it warmed. The taste was a bittersweet citrus too, but I detected a sour taste that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but liked. Mouth feel is medium bodied and a little oily for an IPA. Drinkability: Good, I had a bomber and would have happily downed another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 20:40:56 | More by kegger22
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stcules

Italy

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

Golden-amber color, a bit hazy. Right perlage, one finger of foam.
In the smell a lot of hop, a good malt background, with a bit of honey. Citrussy, piney, resinous, grapefruit.
At the taste a malty base, and then the hop. Mint, pine, almost sharp, resinous.
Quite dry, and still drinkable.
Average body, drinkable.
Hop aftertaste, resinous, and piney.
Not bad at all, but in the end, a bit monotone.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 11:06:46 | More by stcules
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TommyW

Massachusetts

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

A- Bright, golden body with a thin white head.

S- Sweet with notes of orange and floral and piney hop aromas.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. Citrusy sweetness up front with some bready notes underneath. The floral and slightly piney hops come in then after.

M- Pretty crisp finish on a medium body.

D- A very easy-drinking beer. It's pretty much exactly what I thought a Belgian-IPA would be like. Very nice sweet-malt/hop balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 19:27:55 | More by TommyW
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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