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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

680 Ratings
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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
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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Arenbeer

Connecticut

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

22oz bomber into a snifter glass

A- Poured a cloudy golden yellowish orange with a thin white head on top that dosen't last to long and leaves little lacing.

S- Floral earthy citrus hops dominate with a tropical fruity backround. Little bit of alcohol spicyness.

T- Caramel malts with a strong citrusy hop backround. Tropical fruits and slight alcohol is apparent as it warms. Very sweet overall.

M- Meduim bodied with lower carbonation and a solid bitter dry finish.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 05:44:46 | More by Arenbeer
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev 0%
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
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

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

Let's face it, I couldn't hold off another two years!!

A: Pours a vibrant straw gold with slight haze, a creamy white head on top, leaving behind very nice lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and spicy smell, but also a bready and buttery pie crust smell in there, as well. Not much of a hop scent, unfortunately, but after this long, what do you expect?

T: Just as the nose leads on, nice blend of citrus and spice: cinnamon, coriander, delicious. There is also that buttery crust taste, similar to that in ST Pumking. Very enjoyable. A touch of bitterness and alcohol at the end.

M: Pretty thick and bready, almost syrupy; decent carbonation.

D: Very good, easy to drink a bomber, despite a pretty high ABV. I'll have to try this again in 2012.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 01:53:22 | More by mostpoetsdo
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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
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goalie33

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-13-2012 02:27:10 | More by goalie33
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flannelman808

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the bottle is a typical stone anniversary bottle, with a wordy description of the beer on the back which is somewhat insightful.

It pours a light amber color and has a frothy bone white head. The beer keeps a good head retention as well, despite being high in alcohol.

This beer has a really nice smell, I get some sweet citrus and grass/vegetation. It also has a detectable yeast characteristic.

taste is well balanced, and the alcohol is well disguised. I get a good amount of spice, and earth along with the yeast. But the beer has a nice hoppy (but not over the top) finish, which keeps the taste crisp and refreshing. overall this is a really nice beer and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 00:55:41 | More by flannelman808
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Greg for the bottle. I didn't think this beer would hold up like it did, but it was very enjoyable. I'm reviewing this as a Tripel as the bottle says, instead of a Belgian IPA.

It looks like honey in the glass, with a gold color and a complete haze. The head is solid and white and leaves great lacing on top of what turns in to a thin cap of foam.

I smelled the bottlecap after opening and it had a good amount of hops stuck to it. The beer itself lost most of these hops after 1.5 years in the bottle. There is a touch of citrus to the nose, but I'm not sure if it's from the hops or yeast. At this point, it's still less hoppy than a fresh, more conservatively hopped Belgian tripel. It does have a strong, sweet bouquet of light colored fruits like apples and pears.

The flavor is intensely sweet with pale malt and Belgian sugar. The bitterness at this point is lower than any tripel I've had, and the aged hops add a slightly medicinal bitterness in the finish. Some sweet, apple like candy flavors linger in the finish.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a medium body. The finish is a bit sweet because of the lacks of hops at this point, leaving a finish that isn't quite as dry as the label says. The drinkabilty is good, even though the ABV sneaks up on you. I was glad I had another pour left in the bomber. Good example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:35:20 | More by jeffthecheff
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Beerzebub

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Bright golden color with haze. Small white head and spotty lace.

Smells like peach, white grape, berries, fresh hops like orange rind and alpine herbs, biscuit, and mild bubblegum. There's also a yeasty note that's quite sharp at first but blows off after the first minute or two; some spicy yeastiness remains. Quite fresh and pleasant.

Tastes fruity and bittersweet. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Hops are certainly noticeable and pleasant, but fairly restrained. Hop flavor is oily citrus rind, along with some fresh young pine and flowers. Finishes with lingering bitter citrus rind. Tasty.

Appears to be barely carbonated, but the tiny bubbles reveal themselves on the palate. Smooth, with some oiliness. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 08:13:24 | More by Beerzebub
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2011 06:57:01 | More by Jstark5150
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-09-2013 00:49:53 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce brown bottle.

Pale golden colour. Thin white head. Patchy lace clings nicely to the glass.

Nose is pretty interesting. A unique blend of grassy, herbal, & citrus when first poured. As it warms tropical fruit notes open up along with some notes of pine & spruce.

Really a great blend of herbal, grassy, and citrus flavours from the abundance of hops. Some spicy pepper and cloves come along as accents. Hints of something similar to anise ... but not quite. Again tropical fruit notes open up as it warms.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A dry finish, that is noticeably astringent after a few sips.

While not exactly blowing my mind, this is certainly unique. I can't recall ever have a Belgian Golden Ale all decked out with American hops. Absolutely worth trying at least once.

Will be curious to see if this makes it to 12.12.12 for the big vertical - as the hop flavours are such a big part of the profile, I have doubts - but I would love to be proven wrong.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 03:01:14 | More by xgrigorix
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hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-31-2011 17:27:01 | More by hawkmage
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obywan59

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden to orangey copper in color with a pure white 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a bit of nice sticky lacing. First glass was perfectly clear, but the second was rather cloudy with large sediment particles suspended throughout, but more thickly towards the top.

A little Belgian funk. Spicy citrus or faint mulled cider with honey. Spice is mainly clove. An occasional whiff of bubblegum and alcohol.

Faintly sweet but fairly dry. Cloves seem more distinct here. Some light tart citrus and a bit over balanced by a somewhat harsh bitterness in the first glass. In the second glass, the bitterness was less obtrusive.

Faint prickle from the light carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Drying to the point of astringency. Decent burn of alcohol.

The taste was the worst aspect for me, the bitterness was a detraction. The carbonation was weak, but the alcohol still seemed potent. Maybe it suffered for being in the fridge for 4 1/2 years?? I first drank this before I started doing reviews, but I'm pretty certain it was a lot better back then. It's not without merit, but If were still made, I wouldn't buy it again at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:09:34 | More by obywan59
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Kevlee722

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-24-2012 07:30:29 | More by Kevlee722
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jerz

California

3/5  rDev -24.6%

11-18-2011 05:17:02 | More by jerz
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

05-07-2013 09:43:42 | More by beertardis
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bca115

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-06-2013 15:16:55 | More by bca115
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-31-2013 01:38:12 | More by RandyBoBandy
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umustdrink

Minnesota

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

A - Yellowy orange color, visible carbonation. White head settles at an eighth inch. Small bits of lacing.

S - Pungent bubblegum, lemony citrus, peppery spice.

T/M - Starts out thick feeling with an initial citrus hop bite, then a creamy yeasty flavor. Citrus becomes sweeter with more hoppiness and a greatly increased spicy bubblegum yeast flavor. Finish leaves a long lasting spicy yeast flavor with a bit of citrus.

D - Thick mouthfeel with strong flavors, this is one to savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:37:13 | More by umustdrink
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Amerikon

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-21-2013 05:37:02 | More by Amerikon
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-03-2013 06:21:06 | More by muchloveforhops3
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m1ked

California

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden straw yellow with multiple visible streamers that are in no hurry. Thin white foamy head that fades almost into nothing. Looks like a pilsner.

S- Definetly does not smell like a pilsner. Big fruity whiff here. I get peach, honeydew, mango, pineapple. Very tropical smelling. I get some candied sugar, slight clovey yeast.

T- Iget the tropical on the tongue but with more yeasty overtones. A slight metallic astringint note in there and a slight bitter finish....the finish reminds of Le Freak a tad.

M- Seems mils bodied to me with good carbonation and a slickness on the tongue.

D- I had this when it first came out, but I forgot how tropical this one is. I don't how "true to style" it is but I don't care...I like it alot.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:57:24 | More by m1ked
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MrGone

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-06-2014 04:18:27 | More by MrGone
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

Life is short, why wait until 2012. This is a re-review with a more favorable outcome.

A-pale straw with a copper tinge, with a thin white head with nice lacing.

S-Belgian yeast, grass, musk, saddle, and a hint of lemon and bananna and a bit of alcohol in the background. Very little hop aroma detected.

T-Belgian tripel yeast, fresh green apple, a hint of green grape juice, pear and corriander. Dry finish with herbal peppery hops leading the way out. The watchword here is "crisp". ABV is well hidden, and the complexity of this ale begins to shine as it warms. I expected this to be a much more highly hopped ale, and perhaps it was when it was young. It has mellowed into a very nice tripel, however, and while this is not my favorite style, I can appreciate that this is well done. In any case, this is much better than it was a year ago

M-Medium mouthfeel and carbonation

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer, and one that could sneak up on you given the ABV. .I think the Cali-Belgique hits closer to home for the West Coast meets Belgian thing, but this is a pretty nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 01:03:08 | More by caddybuyer
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 in a pretty things wine glass.

Very cloudy orange color. The cloudiness I view as just a sign of healthy yeast. It was not cloudy three years ago. mild head. Still tastes exceptional. Cheers to the brewers!

Smells of booze, pine trees and oranges. Booze is not intimidating smelling, but quite notable.

Taste is delicate, and very similar to smell. Resinous, piney, acidic, and very drinkable. The hop and yeast flavor are mended nicely. I have a hard time telling what flavor came from what. Either way it tastes delicious. After taste of American hop resin - Oranges and Spruce.

Thin mouthfeel. Acidic from either carbonation or fermentation. I like the bite though.

Someone once told me when cooking for others; make them wait an extra 30 minutes and the wait will make your meal taste that much better. I don't know if that is in play, but it an honer to drink this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:52:44 | More by mlazzaro
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.