Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
BA SCORE
3.77/5
578 Ratings
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices --- including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel (the latter three acknowledging our Southern California home) --- and a special Belgian yeast strain. All in all this is yet another case of us drawing from classic Belgian influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!

Added by taez555 on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
578
pDev:
14.06%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
148
Trade:
11
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #100 for me and my first Stone epic...cool.

Porus either a bright gold or a pale copper depending on your perspective. Good clarity and a some bubbling action. Less than an inch of off-white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving a thin and splotchy lace and really no stick on the sides of the glass. Was expecting better head and retention.

Smell is dominated by citrusy lemon zest and spice. There's definitely ginger in there and who knows what other spices, although some of that spice is hops, as well as some yeast and alcohol.

Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Lemon, ginger and spice are all there and there is a subtle malt sweetness present, as well. Finishes dry with a a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied and has a crisp carbonation.

I like the flavor but it gets to be a bit much by the time the bomber is through. I haven't had other epics to compare this to, and sadly I didn't buy another bottle to see how it ages, but I enjoyed this one here and now.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a pale golden color with some sediment floating around, small foamy white head reduces quickly eventually leaving nothing behind

S- spicy yeast aromas up front with some fruity berry and citrus notes, a hint of earthy must mixes with banana, clove, and ginger

T- spicy yeast with a kick of ginger up front, citrusy notes from the orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, banana and clove, with a hint of caramelized sugar on a sweet finish

M- medium body with spritzy moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- very drinkable but the notable characteristics seemed to have faded

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this 22oz beer out of one of the new fandangled Sam Adams pint glasses.

The first taste i thought "oh great another ginger ale." Then as i tasted it more i focused on the Saison character and citrus notes. Pretty nice. Not as good as 6-6-6 though.

When it warms up to room temperature it gets a buttery nose and a quite intense ginger flavor.

I assume this ginger will mellow as it ages.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 578 ratings
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