Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
08-08-2008 23:26:07 | More by ATPete
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
08-08-2008 05:31:39 | More by sevopie
4.58/5 rDev +15.1%
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!
08-08-2008 03:38:14 | More by 2LBrew
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
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
08-08-2008 01:29:34 | More by jamesm7485
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-07-2008 18:40:33 | More by scottoale
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
08-07-2008 04:11:08 | More by Wildman
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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...
08-07-2008 03:47:32 | More by SixpointJMH
4.3/5 rDev +8%
On tap at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Pours gold with a peach hue. Head is rather similar to that of fizzy yellow beers. Poor retention, little lace. Aromas of fresh tropical hops: mango, pineapple. Some banana in there as well, from the wheat. Flavors of Belgian yeast, banana, mango hops. Kind of like if someone made a fresh hop Belgian IPA. Mostly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Clean on the palate.
08-06-2008 21:35:27 | More by illidurit
2.93/5 rDev -26.4%
Yellow golden color with a quickly diminishing, heavily dense foam. Aroma is sparse, but shows some notes of banana and clove along with minor hop aromatics. Flavor is heavily sweet, boozy and is dominated by yeast (pepper, bubble gum, spice) and hops (floor cleaner, lemon, pine.)
Mouth feel is very heavy, firm and has lots of weight, unlike most Belgian styles. Had really high hopes for this one but it failed me. Overly boozy, forced, poorly balanced and it just seems very unauthentic. I was hoping for something comparable to Houblon Choffe, unfortunately, it's not even close.
08-06-2008 15:18:32 | More by Crosling
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Sampled at BCTC 2008.
Pours somewhat cloudy light amber color with an off-white head and moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet, fruity with some grapefruit and piney. Taste to match with a good hoppy assertiveness followed by a sweet maltiness. The Stone rep said this was a strong tripel; it was quite tasty.
08-05-2008 20:35:28 | More by TheBCrew
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +6%
BCTC 2008 Sample
A - Orange/straw in appearance, with just a tad bit of haze
S - Light touches of fruit (kinda like passion fruit to me) with some hoppiness
T - Wow, this was good stuff. A bit hoppier than perhaps a more traditional Belgian Pale, but holds all the characteristic yeasty flavor, with some fruitiness.
M - Not overly mouth-filling, with an almost creamy texture
D - The alcohol is completely hidden in this, and that makes for a dangerously drinkable brew. I could have kept drinking this all afternoon...
Thought this was a standout beer at the festival, and definitely worth a try when it comes out in bottles.
08-05-2008 19:34:42 | More by Nickls
4.75/5 rDev +19.3%
Sampled several times at BCTC, and then from a small growler and enjoyed 2 days later at home (now)
From the Stone website, "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 comment heard most often by samplers at the fest was simply "WOW"
Pours clear, medium honey amber, glistening with golden and light orange shimmers, head is off white, tiny bubble and leaving scattered fine lacing.
Nose picked up plenty of mint, pineapple, melon, berries and assorted fresh fruit nuances.
Absolutely delicious creation in brewing, Belgian yeasty notes, banana, citrus, piney hops, more pineapple, a plethora of fruity notes, dry spiced up/ light peppery finish...WOW...yummy...my favorite style...(hoppy Belgian strong pale ale/tripel/whatever you want to call it)
Stone rocks and this is another fine example of their craft
08-04-2008 19:47:42 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
pours a semi-hazy orange-yellow with a small dirty-white head, good lacing.
smell of light grapefruit, some caramel, sweet fruit, a little pine, malt hidden in the back.
taste of hops, earthy, pineapple, peach, some berry, touch caramel, some sweet malt, slight pine.
overall this seems like a cross between a belgian strong ale and a IPA.
08-04-2008 04:37:32 | More by froghop
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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