Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
At first I thought, "A Belgian Pale Ale? Interesting." Now I think, "Where can I get more?"
Appearance: 2 finger head, which was very slow to dissipate; translucent gold/honey color; lively carbonation
Smell: Floral and citrus hops dominated the initial smell, but there was some sweetness floating around on the back end
Taste: Hops came through first, but then the sweet malt came out. There was also some citrus and herbaceous flavor
Mouthfeel: light and effervescent
Drinkability: Definitely something I'd like to have again. It's a surprisingly easy to drink beer, considering the name and alcohol content
One glass was not enough...
01-15-2009 22:23:27 | More by brianh78
5/5 rDev +25.6%
22 oz bomber from the sharon square fridge since the arrival poured into large snifter
A - thank god they kept it upright at the beer store all the sediment was caked on the bottom
poured thrice giving a slight bubbly head that dissapated quickly
S - awesome! in a nut shell...one could gather several aromas including angelfood cake, banana bread, cloves, lemon merenge, and pine.
T - perfection - probably atypical to a true Belgian lover but exactly what I prefer; balanced malt action with yeasty buttery notes that may be nutty and mildly peppery but mainly like a warm bath of the tropics with a side note of a breakfast cake or something perhaps of another world
M - just enough lingering to beg temptation for more yet so complex as to force the palate to wait and contemplate
D - give me more and more, the time needed to make notations is wasted in my need to get some more in my mouth - like a wet dream
I can't imagine what it would be like to wait until 12/12/12 to try them all.
I had it 07 and 08 and its better every time!
05-03-2009 01:21:40 | More by greshdoghophead
3.9/5 rDev -2%
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.
09-07-2009 19:10:59 | More by y2j2280
4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
I'm a beer geek but not very good with reviews, terminology, etc. In fact, I've only typed up a couple of reviews on this site (though I've had 100's of quality beers in my lifetime).
The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is one of my all-time faves. In fact, I bought twelve 22 oz. bombers a few months back with the intention of cellaring a few of them... only to disappoint myself by emptying the contents of the last remaining bottle just recently. I couldn't help myself.
Amazing brew with everything I love about beer. It's like a Belgian tripel on MLB steroids. Steroids = a buttload of quality hops.
Luckily, a local bar still has cold bottles available; which I purchase without hesitation and usually share with a friend. And that friend usually has never tried a Stone brew in his/her life before that evening. Lucky for that person, he/she is a Stone fan for life.
Keep up the good work Stone.
03-13-2009 01:27:57 | More by Chodite
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
A quickly vanishing, pinkie sized head, egg white which sat briefly upon the clear golden orange ale in the Duvel tulip. Some ring and lacing which lasted awhile. Bit of spice, bit of bannana,bit of sugar,nicely distributed in the nose. Taste for me, is a nice mix between the sweetness/floral notes of a Belgian with some balancing bitterness. Nothing stunning. Perhaps a bit more on the bitter side. Ends sweet more than dry.
Alcohol seems well hidden. Seems slightly confused though as to what it wants to be. Since it was designed to last till 2012, I imagine it might smooth out a bit and become its own creation. First one I have had in awhile. Not something I would drink more than 1 at a time,or with any great regularity. Definitely would prefer the Green Flash Le Freak at this time over this if one wanted to combine IPA and Belgian. Though I do have enough to get to 012 .
01-10-2009 02:07:23 | More by FrndthDuvel
4.97/5 rDev +24.9%
No time for a long-form review, as I have to rush off somewhere. But I had one of these last night, and I had to post a quick note:
This is quite possibly the best American-brewed beer that I have ever had. Some Belgian offerings may be slightly better in some areas, but this beer is truly off the charts. More than worth the price ($5.99 for 22oz).
Truly a masterpiece.
08-18-2008 01:50:23 | More by cxg231
3.98/5 rDev 0%
A: pours hazy, but clears up a little, which I am guessing is residual yeast from the bottle conditioning. Has a golden color with an off white head.
S: It smells of a yeast, has a grassy accents along with citrus and bananas. Also has a slight hint of hops
T: Tastes of fruits, wheat, and hops. The taste of hops stayed on my palate the longest
M: A dry, moderate carbonation. full bodied and smooth, slides across the tongue.
D: A great rendition of the belgian strong pale ale. very complex flavor I just wonder what it would taste like fully aged, but as the bottle says if you can wait that long which I couldn't.
08-31-2008 03:34:50 | More by azcat777
4.88/5 rDev +22.6%
I would introduce this beer to my mother. I wouldn't even be mad if it stood her up. Maybe for a few minutes, but I could never stay mad at this gem. If it came to take my lunch money, I'd give it my debit card. If it came to borrow some eggs, I'd give it a chicken that was organically raised in an open air pen that allows chickens to frolic.
This beer is made from the seed of Zeus and the tenderness of Aphrodite. It has the abdomen of Poseidon and the voice of a golden dipped cherub, and I just found one hiding in the back of a local liquor stores shelf.
A: Poors a golden color with about a finger of creamy head.
S: Although it is a Belgian IPA, not much hop aroma left to it after aging for 2 years. Hints of grapefruit and banana-like sweetness
T: As with the smell, the hop flavor has subsided over the years. I can taste the warmth of alcohol, but not too much, it's perfect. Fruity notes in the aftertaste as well.
M: Medium bodied, still a fair amount of carbonation
D: I could drink this until I shit my pants. It's absolutely delightful. Over the years it will taste more and more like a Belgian golden than an IPA as the hop flavor and aroma fades away. It was good the day it was released, and will continue to be as it's characteristics change over the years.
07-29-2010 02:32:51 | More by xaulzan
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
Growler fill from Stone Brewing in Escondido into tulip type glass...
A - Strong Pale/Straw. Minimal head retention.
S - As it opens up, very sweet floral notes appear with almost a sweet fruity essence very pleasing to the nose. Cloves are definitely present. Light alcohol appearance, however this was meant to be opened in 2012, so it was meant to balance over time.
T - Initially, you get a nice spice hop followed by a pale taste. which then blends into a nice subtle fruit sweet note. Alcohol slightly present, but will fade and mesh with the other flavors with time. Very Good. Not as balanced as one would hope for, but it a very young beer.
M - Very full body. Almost catches you off-guard. Great Carbonation.
D - Unbelievably drinkable. You would never think it was remotely close to 8.6% ABV. It drinks closer to a 6% if not lower.
This beer was damn good. This was my first time tasting any of the vertical epics and completely love the idea stone has. Come 2012, this beer is going to be absolutely mind blowing.
07-06-2009 06:04:20 | More by JOEYvegas
4.58/5 rDev +15.1%
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!
09-30-2008 13:58:29 | More by oscarsbrewmaster
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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