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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Ratings: 578 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer appears dark orange and hazy with a small head. The aroma brings candied oranges, peppermint, malt. Sweetness makes its presence felt immediately. Spice character more evident in the flavor than the nose. Citrus soaked in alcohol. Fairly straightforward and one dimensional. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I like orange candies so it's entirely possible that I enjoy this more than the rest of the guys. Overall, Ok.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that I bought at Norm's in Vienna right around the time this beer was released. Back in the day, there used to be a 2-bottle limit on this stuff. Wow.

The first pour is clear copper/amber with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a thin disk leaving some lacing. This does look nice. The nose, however, is worse for the wear (I think). Honey, some oxidized/stale sugary malt character, potent spice character, surprisingly so for the age of this beer, are present. Green cardamom, allspice and mace are most noticeable, as is some crystallized ginger. A little bubblegum as well. Decent.

The palate opens moderately sweet and with quite a bit of ginger. This is more of a Belgian braggot than a cross between a saison and a tripel IMO. Sweet, candied ginger, cardamom, sugar, syrup and honey are all present. Medicinal, I can't say I get much yeast character, at least from this clean pour. Alcohol appears on the finish, adding some burn. Medium-light in body, this beer is highly carbonated and this lends a scrubbing, carbonic acid character to the finish. Despite its heavy-handedness and lack of subtlety, this beer is moderately enjoyable, more so than my notes would lead you believe.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros to sharing. Did a 07-12 vertical.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a crystal clear light copper hue with a half finger head that faded quickly to leave a nice thin halo and no side lacing.

S - Aromas of tons of yeast esters very tripel-es.

T - Taste is nice with lots of caramel, banana, and light Belgian esters. Very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is very solid with a sharp, prickly mouthfeel.

O - Overall I was impressed by how this held up. Very nice Belgian pale. Sweet.

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Photo of chefduff2
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tetu
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with some lacing and minimal retention on a golden orange head with floaters in it.

S: candied orange, bubblegum, lavender, juniper, caramel and light belgian yeast.

T: more candied oranges, artifical lemon, floral notes, some yeast, moderate amunt of booze, and ginger.

M: oily, semi dry with medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: interesting beer to have stored for over 5 years. not too sweet, borderline boozy even for its age. For the style it isnt that great but for what it is and the length of time it has aged I was surprised how much I liked it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At our 2013 vertical epic tasting...

A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A spicy, sweet aroma of malt, toffee, ginger, carsamom, and citrus.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with some phenolic yeast notes. Toffee, and candied ginger in the middle with a finish of pepper, lemon, clove, and a touch of sherry.

M - Medium body, slightly ow carbonation, and a bit of a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, it has held up surprisingly well for a five year old, light colored beer. The aroma is very nice with lots of fruit and spice and seems almost fresh. The flavor is a little flatter with kind of muddy Spices and lower carbonation than it should have. There is also a touch of vinous, sherry like character it he finish where the beer begins to show its age. Overall it is still a nice beer.

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Photo of hagbergl
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Timman87
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sailorastro
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Pours a golden tinted orange color again with good clarity but marred slightly by the fine suspended particles. A small white head forms briefly and manages to leave behind some traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet oranges stick out immediately in the aroma with some lemons coming thru also. A bit phenolic and alcoholic on the aroma with some spices. Gives a sweet and fruity overall impression.

T - Soft and smooth flavors of sweet oranges...a bit boozy with some peppery spiciness. To me this is what Grand Marnier would be if it was a beer.

M - Syrupy, sweet, citrusy, medium body with low carbonation.

O - Super citrusy - seriously, this really made me think of a slightly thinned out shot of Grand Marnier...which I happen to like, so this beer worked out rather well for me too.

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Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Orange
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Yesdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, mint, orange, peppermint, spices, pepper. Nice citrus but the mint is a little weird.

t - Tastes of citrus, lemon, oranges, pepper, mint, bready malts, Belgian yeast, fruit malts. taste is very slightly weird, with lots of pepper and mint. Not bad but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol heat, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer, though I preferred 07-07-07 and 09-09-09. This one is completely different as a tripel, with a lot of citrus and spice, probably wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head.

S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit.

T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness.

O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served on draft at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a golden honey coloring. No head was present, and only specks of white lacing were left around the glass. There was a faint haze to it, with light sediment. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma gave lemony hops, cardamom, ginger, and stark wheatiness, much like your robust wit. With warmth came deeper caramel malts, syrupy honeys, fig and apple fruitiness, nutmeg and light gingerbread spice, and raw rootiness alongside that original ginger bang. Our first impression was that there was excellent, robust flavoring, but it was kept very light and drinkable throughout. As we sipped, all of the aromatics and florals from the nose hit first, against a backdrop of lightly toasted pale and caramel malts. It tasted like a blooming Spring garden. Citrus hit to the peak, with pale malts, grassy lightness, and a light phenolic flash. The finish came with soured pseudo-oak, flashes of citric hops, apple sugars, and the fusel fire of booze. The aftertaste breathed of chalky dryness, toasty pale malts, crushed cherry sugars, earthy dirtiness, mineral, and the warming woodiness from a depth of malts. The body was lighter but airy, while the carbonation felt light to medium. There was decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth. Initially the mouth was coated with light oils, but this crisply dried with chalky astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the flavoring. Each element danced and skirted around the tongue airlessly, as if on little ballet slippers, but without first executing a full breadth of floral earthiness and nectary sweetness. The nose and the feel carried much in this same vein, keeping things light and super drinkable. All of the advertised flavors and aromatics were there in full, and this guy is a real treat for anyone who can find it.

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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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