02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.63/5
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02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. It's triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 04-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
83
pDev:
16.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of monkist
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the great thing about Stone: that they can make even a Belgian Ale that I hate taste great and enjoyable. Maybe this should be the last word but I think I had rather lay the cards on the table and start off with this, as it sets the mood and hints at the overall quality of the beer.
But apart from that, it is quite similar to your regualr yeasty Belgian witbeer but then you start paying attention to this semi-sweet fruitiness in the taste and you recognize hints of orange peel and spices this ale was brewed with. Smells also quite fruity which is awesome. Smells like some autumn early morning frost from the Eighties where you would watch f****in white ninja movies and stuff. Insane. And this deep this beer is! Come on...
Actually having read the story on the bottle amazed me how rare and sought-after this beer is/was, having earned $1200 bids on ebay? I guess then it's the reissue that I'm drinking because I didn't have to go that far to get a hold of it! Okay, I won't like Belgian any better due to it but at least Stone helps me with its beer-brewing mastery to have an amazong time, no matter what.
So once again, hail Stone, hail their talent of being able to brew beer like this, beers that you will remember.

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bb-magic
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bf_89
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vheissu15
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oooh, this was almost something special. I don't know what is missing but something is. The flavour is wonderful but then it dissipates into something watery. Even at 7.5 %. I am not enough of an expert to know why but you don't have to be an expert to know when something is in your mouth, only to have it all fall apart.
Not a bad drink to have, but at its current cost, I will probably skip it.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of StanleysCup
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is part of the 20th anniversary Encore Series.

Good start to the head, but it settles quickly. Minimal lace. Light gold color and clear.

Soured fruit aroma. I also get some wheat to the nose.

Reasonably smooth. Biting hop is present with a decent wheat base. There's a fruity finish with banana taking the lead role. Lots of esters. I like the balance the hop brings in the swallow and aftertaste. This is a bit of blend of a wit and a pale ale.

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3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bizarrely, on-draught @ a random sports bar in NYC. Hides its ABV well. Holds up well even after 14 years, drinking clean, crisp, and refreshing. Balance could be better.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 83 ratings