Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Poured into a large mug and let sit for a while

Half inch head that faded away pretty fast

Golden color like a saison

Smell was taken over by oranges, but taste had hints of banana

Not a bad beer and I cannot wait to see what happens to my other bottles while they age

My friend had a 2003 VE the other day and said it was amazing after aging for 4 years, way better than its intial tastwe

Try now and save one for later

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Photo of sfoley333
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Snifter.
The color is a wonderful golden orange with a nice lacy head that retains for a few minutes. The citrus hoppy aroma is mixed with a hint of spice but followed by strong presence of alcohol ( even though some stone beers have a higher alcohol content this one is more apparent). Taste at first overpowering citrus peel esters, with a warm alcohol aftertaste. Very bitter but not because of the hop flavor, needs more malt and hop flavor to support the flavored bitter effect of the oils of the citrus peel. Dont get me wrong this beer is meant to age, and out of all of the vertical epics I believe this one will benefit the most and might be mind blowing in 2012.

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Photo of tomParis
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange color, fairly clear.

Smells of ginger, orange peel (grapefruit according to the label), and Belgian candy sugar in no particular order. Also, some saison-y aroma and a hint of something weird that kinda reminds me of eucalyptus. The alcohol and esters are noticeable, but not overpowering.

Taste is dominated more by the ginger and citrus, with some nice sweetness to balance it out. But there is really a lot going on here. Good carbonation. Crisp, medium to medium-light body.

With all the bold flavors and aromas in this beer, I really think this could be one of the best of the VE's when 12-12-12 rolls around.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly clear decanting job, golden side of orange. The head is much lesser than I thought, as styles like BSPA, Golden Triple, and Saison were in my head. White soapy bubbles, leaving some okay lacing.

Quite spicy aroma, and a little weak. I didn't get much that suggested saison, while ginger, white pepper, and some fruits stole the show.

I rather enjoyed the juxtaposition of sweet candied tripel and spicy saison ale flavors. Slightly citric, as well as herbal and spicy, with a hint of vanilla; actually quite appropriate for the upcoming spiced ale seasons.

Finishes dry with a little lemon tartness. Gets to be a little much as it warms to room temperature, but certainly very interesting. Worth a look back in a couple of years for sure.

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Photo of benito
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm almost a full two months late in reviewing this one!

07.07.07 is a beautiful orange, well carbonated, and headed only minimally. Aromas of cinnamon-spice and alcohol, both of which stand out in the taste as well. The flavor is a jumble of non-distinct spices, a dry middle, and a strong alcohol bite in the finish.

I like the heftiness of this beer across the tongue; the spices have a nice interplay that reveals slightly different combinations of sweet and dry in each sip; unfortunately, it's hard to know what flavors are at the root of those impressions. The alcohol finish detracts from the overall impression and makes this a sipping beer.

Too strong for a saison, too spicy for a golden, 07.07.07 is an innovative hybrid that may be just a tad too forward and jumbled to really be anything at all. Mixing those two styles, I would have hoped for something that better balanced the spiciness of a saison with the sweet finish and (well-masked) strength of a Belgian golden beer.

Worth a look, but only one.

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Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer several times now. First I had it on tap at fests over the summer then at a tasting and now I am sitting alone with a bottle and my thoughts. This is an interesting beer. It is intensely spiced so that will hold up for the aging end of the vertical epic series. The body is not immense but it is substantial. I guess time will tel how the body will hold up to 5 more years of aging.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with an adequate white head with almost no lace.

Smell: It smells to me like a spiced ale more than a Tripel or a BSPA. It is absolutely loaded with ginger and cardamom, followed by cinnamon, pineapple, pear and white grape, and finally a dash of lemon.

Taste: It is sweet and spicy. The ginger is a bit too in your face at the moment but time will help with that and that is the whole idea with this series so ... On second thought it would go well with a proper food pairing. Tilapia and lemon juice maybe. The flavors are Belgian candy and honey sweetness, peaches, and then the spices with big ginger cardamom cinnamon pepper and lemon flavors with undertones of vanilla and nutmeg leading me to think of things like an imperial pumpkin ale. It finishes herbal gassiness and a pepper ginger on the cheeks.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium body beer that has a spice and alcohol crispness and a very long lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: I am certain this beer will improve in a year or 2 I am not certain that it won't be past it's prime in 5 years. I would certainly recommend giving it a shot.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of giblet
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

all credits due to Stone. The Rock! this is not my favorite style of beer and definately not my first choice at the retailer. this is the first beer from Stone that i will not buy again. with that said it looked good, smelled ok for beer - cloves come to mind. mouth feel and taste are cloves alcohol and more cloves.

ok, worth the notch in the belt.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep golden yellow, not quite orange, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. orange peel. clove. bit of cinnamon. corriander. cracker malts. bit of grain. alcohol. light phenols. the alcohol is almost harsh and burning the nose, but not quite.

taste is nice. warming alcohol followed by sweet tangerine and oranges. low bitterness level. spice isn't as strong as the aroma, but still quite present. bit of clove and cinnamon. corriander. cracker malts. light grainy character. phenols and regular alcohol. warmer than i expected, but this one is made to age for another 5 years until the 12.12.12 so that's ok. neat blend of saison and tripel, with the spice from a saison but the flavour closer to a tripel. no saison funk, and not quite the bitterness of a tripel.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation feels a touch low, but works ok. medium-light body fits well.

drinkability is ok. the alcohol is pretty warm right now, but i can see this one mellowing nicely. a bit too sweet right now too, which might mellow and mesh nicely with time. i expect the rating on this one to rise with age.

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Photo of bruachan
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an effervescent golden amber keeps a thick head afloat. as the foam subsides it applies some good lacing to the glass. the suds are pure white

the aroma is simple. that's not necessarily bad. soft hops allow a glint of sweetness to shine through. some heat

the flavor is a little unmotivating, however. reminds me of mad elf. forced, artificially spiced to emulate a belgian yeast. it's not bad; a little sweet, though

in the end not very endearing. i hope the money i'm paying to refrigerate another bottle of this is worth the final result

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

A mildly dark and slightly hazy amber with a big wispy head that faded in a flash. Little lacing left behind. The smell is really sweet, spicy with a hint of banana from the yeast. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is smooth yet adequately carbonated. The flavor is similar to the smell with a tingle of bitterness to the tongue and an extra shot of the coriander spice after the finishing breath. A nice beverage. The 8.4% ABV is well integrated.

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

Pours from the bomber a slightly hazy amber-orange color under a 1/4" bone white head. Just a slight wisp of foam retention with no apparent lacing as chalice drains.

Aroma is that of plunging your nose into a bowl of fresh cut fruits sprinkled in spices. Nice once you acclamate yourself to it, but a bit weird and distracting at first. Very different from what you would expect from the aroma profile of a Belgian Strong. Smells of fresh cut orange, mango, lemon, cherry, hard fruit candies and honey, along with ginger, cinnamon, bubblegum and a touch of clove are noted.

Palate is full, smooth and adequetly carbonated to the style.

Taste is much like the nose; quite fruity and spicy but seems a bit tamer and balanced. Lots of orange, lemon drop candy, ginger, cherry, black pepper, come to the forefront backed by some faint honey sweetness, clove, wheat bread and Bazooka Bubblegum. Alcohol is quite subtle and overall easy going down.

Although not a world-wide classic, gotta give Stone a lot of credit for creating some tasty Verticals throughout the years. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Graebner
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large bottle with a well-designed logo, typical of Stone. Pours a pale amber with hints of pink. Approximately the color of Woodchuck amber, and equally clear. A fair amount of bubbles, though little head. Appears a little viscous.

Smells of fresh ciabatta, blue cheese, orange rind, cardamom, cinnamon, light hints of other fruit. Alcohol barely evident.

Taste is fruit forward and sweet, followed by a rush of cardamom and cinnamon and cloves, some ginger. Alcohol noticeable. Hops almost not detectable, just a slight dry feeling a bit after a sip. Pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel is heavy and a little oil-like, but the ample carbonation helps out some. Finishes a bit woody, then cleans off.

Overall a tasty, if not refreshing, beer. Would be worth getting again, and I'm glad I picked up a few bottles. It will certainly be interesting to see how this ages. Much more like a fine wine that other Stone offerings, this could pair well with a pork shoulder or some delicately seasoned seasoned veal.

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Photo of atsprings
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip. The beer pours a crisp pale orange with a decent head that slowly diminishes to a ring. The aroma is sweet orange, citrus and spice. The beer is a wonderful blend of sweet malts, orange, citrus, spice, and just a hint of yeast. This is one of the best American Belgian styles I've ever had! The beer is light to medium bodied and the alcohol is somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this at Holiday Market in Royal Oak. Solid pour, with a finger of white head and a light amber color with some golden highlights. Looks good, although the head dissipates too fast. Nose is great - strong fruit, very sweet malt, and spices. Taste is solid, although not as uniquely sweet as the nose. Breadiness, hops at the end. Strong sourness shows up later, which is a bit odd for a Belgian Strong Pale. Unique hops as well. This one was good, although not great - it's a lot more sour than most BSPAs I've tasted, although I'm not sure if that's actually a good thing.

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Photo of mntlover
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color, lightly hazy with a small egg shell head that falls fast and leaves no lace.

Aroma is tart citrus fruits, lemon and orange mostly with some good spice thrown in. Ginger is dominates along with some yeasty notes all on a decent malt base. Aroma is nice gets your hopes up anyway.

Taste is malty orange to start moving more to tart lemon then lots of spice, again mostly ginger. Taste is a little too unbalanced tart and sweet combo along with too much spice. Just a good thing Stone didn't start out with the verticals or we wouldn't have them around today.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with mellow carbonation level, but it seems to be peppy also must be the kick from the spice.

Drinkability is avg. not great by any means, want be buying anymore until the 08 hope they get it right eventually.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed, golden orange colour with a white cap of foam. The fine bubbles produced lots of pretty lacing and showed pretty good head retention. The aroma was full of spicy cloves and sweet candy sugar, backed up by a tart fruitiness. The flavour was quite sweet with low bitterness. Sugary and spicy (cloves), the finish had a peppery character. Medium bodied and carbonation, slightly sticky, with a nearly airy texture. Quite nice overall, but there cloves were sort of out of control. Not as balanced as last year's offering.

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Photo of becktone
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: The color of the beer is an orangish with a splash of pink. Head retention is poor, though it could be this snifter. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Can't complain about the appearance because I know that I've never had great retention in this snifter with the exception of Duvel and La fin du monde.

Nose: Sweet malty and spicy aromas billow from this glass. There is also a fruity candy type aroma, reminds me much of gummi bears. Alcohol is hidden well. All in all this brew smells amazing.

Tongue: Very nice brew. Not what you expect for this style, however it "meets the characteristics" while adding a little bit of something extra, something that makes it stand out." The classic Duvel type of flavor is there but there is also a nice spiciness and fruitiness to this beer as well. Among the sweetness from the Duvel type flavor there is also another sweetness, can't quite put a finger on it though. All in all a very complex and unique brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy bodied with moderate levels of carbonation...this is just what the doctor ordered. Slightly warming as it goes down due to the alcohol, but it isn't all that noticeable. Leaves a very clean taste of spices on the palate-perhaps thats coriander in there... This brew is very easy to drink, in fact I look forward to drinking the rest of this. This is a brew that I'd most definitely buy again, unfortunately its only a limited brew.

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Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, pale, semi opaque fiery amber color. Poured with a nice off white head with a fluff to it that fades quickly into some slight, highly carbonated lacing.

Noce is full of fresh tropical fruit and clove with an afterthough of bubblegum. Pineapple and mango and moderate banane lead into a citrusy orange pear. RS seems like it may show it's face. Some floral hopping as well. Bright and lively acidity.

Again very fruity. With a large undermining of clove. Carbonation seems to be a little flat for this beer especially compared to the bottled sample I tried. Pear, peach, and orange, with less tropical activity than the nose. Still hints of banana and pineapple. A dry finish that is a little misleading considering the amount of fruit. Even a hint of corriander? A more acidic backbone with slightly more carbonation would have greatly benefited this brew. Still a sticky creamy mid palate and a beer I could drink one or two of.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to johnmichelson for sharing this.
Poured into a standard pint cool.

A - Golden higlights on copper w/ no head and lace is nil

S - Smell is mostly spice. A rush of cardomom sweetness and spice. Honey like earthy odors are also at play here.

M - Spicy, fruity, woody w/ nutty and warming aspects.

T - A real spicey and lively tasting ale with great complementary hops and spice w/ woody accents.

D - Goodness the pungent aroma is enticing. It is very peculier, and it allows the cardomom to dominate the nuttiness. A unique ale that impressed me as sort of barleywine-like w/ added spice. This is not one I would drink often, but full of flavor and pleasant. I am a fan of spice flavors in beer and you get a good dose of that here.

*Edit*- sample again 11/23 poured chilled into a goblet A-4 S-4 M-3.5 T-4 D-3.5

A - A ruddy amber w/ thick smooth foam of ecru, lace clins effortlessly w/ tiny bead supporting + chill hazed

S - A mild citrus + pepper note w/ mild ginger and citrus peel w/ slight clove-like aroma and mild fruit ester from yeast

M - A dry highly carbonated and mildly sour feel w/ acidic elemnent and slight malty, boozy finish

T - The taste has a crisp citrus -lemony taste w/ ginger's clean astringent note. The falvor has an earthy almost soapy clean taste w/ a mild caramel malt flavor and woody hop tinge w/ candy sugar and mild wheat in the middle. The taste has hints of orange peel and bitter tea w/ mild biscuit in the background. The flavor seems almost gin-like when you get into it and it warms slightly w/ botantical earthy elements from the spices and peels - lemon, orange and grapefruit. I found the grapefruit peel to emerge more toward the end of the taste w/ mild herbal notes and alcohol flavor in the finish

D - A strong saison, or Belgian strong pale ale as it is listed here, but it probably should be aged for more than 2 years to give it ample time to smooth out with the candy sugar sweetness still slightly cloying and I consider the drinkability just slightly above average at this point

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice orange color with a slight foamy head. Very clear though a fair amount of floaties in there. Nice aroma though a fair amount of pumkin pie type spices which I wasnt expecting. Malty flavor with a decent level of spiciness. Good orange/pepper spice going on. Trace of alcohol bite. Decent body-I was expecting more abv for the overall impression. Very nice and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a slight head. Some lacing and a gentle swirl brings this back up. Smells fruity, yeasty, and a Taste is more sweetness, big alcohol punch and something a Can't put my finger on it. Just a predominant taste to the beer that I cannot identify but I know I don't like. Some spice or other. And, bubblegum. Pink bubblegum. I hate it and its in there. Not as bad a La Fine Du Monde, but there all the same. Is that a characteristic of Belgian Strong Ales?

Drinks high on the tongue. Alcohol is not very well hidden either. This is a real sipper for me, and not one I will be coming back to either. It may just be that the style does not agree with me.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Deep orange, slightly cloudy, with a head that disipates quickly.

Smell - Fruity, spicy, and malty. Almost bready in its smell, there's a distinct hint of

Taste - Citrus, spice, with a little bit of maltiness. A certain biscuitty funk is picked up, but not as much as some Belgian strong ales. Clove and ginger seem to be the most dominant notes in the taste, but not overwhelming.

As it warms, notes of apple and clove become very apparent.

Mouthfeel - Crisp finish on a medium body, with a warming alcohol note to it. As the beer warms, the finish smooths out tremendously.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Should age well.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange almost brown with a off white head that disipates leaving no collar or lacing. The beer has a sweet fruity floral aroma with some slight booziness in the background. Fruit nose is of sweet cherries. I never would have guessed this was from Stone if I were to close my eyes, but have thought it was a Belgian import. It's a very pleasing and enjoyable scent. First sip was a little nondescript and thus I let it warm some more. After warming the fruity flavors come through although no with as much strength as in the nose. It's well balanced and finishes up with a slight hop bitterness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Highly drinkable given the abv and to style.

I'm not sure if I was expecting less from this one because some people were disappointed when comparing it to the previous vertical epics, but this was highly enjoyable.

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Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice big 22oz bomber with Stone's usual writing on the side. Says they took there inspiration for this bad boy from Saisons and Golden Triples. Hmmm... Intriguing. Drank from a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear reddish copper with subtle pinkish-yellow hues. It's actually a very pretty color that looks really good with the mild carbonation. Forms a nice frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a nice collar and very little lacing.
Smell- Nice and spicy! A lovely lemon and grapefruit fruitiness really blend well with the ginger and clove spiciness. Some doughy malt and light alcohol make an appearance.
Taste- Very sweet and sour up front. Reminds me of tart green apples that slowly meld into a bitter grapefruit. The lemon and grapefruit peel add a very nice fruityness that help the bitterness mild a bit in the middle. A very mild spice that is in the nose, is definetly in the taste. Ginger and clove add a little pop to palate and help to cover some of the alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with nice mild carbonation. There is a little bit of alcohol warming and a nice medium-dry finish.
Drinkability- I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this beer. I've heard it's a mess of flavors that don't seem to meld well and I've heard that it's a masterpiece (because it's a Stone beer I'm sure...). I think that it's a little bit of both. It's pretty tasty but only in small doses. One bomber is plenty!! There is a master plan behind this beer and I wish I had the patience to wait for it.

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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Stunning blonde color and crystal clear. a white frothy head is extracted upon pouring. Looks delicious.

S: The aroma is very upfront and complex. Honey, spice, citrus, and many other interesting aromas are present.

T: Wonderful layers of flavors work their magic on your pallete. honey, citrus, pale malt, and overall yumminess are all present.

M: Light body with a low carbonation. Compliments the flavors well.

D: Great brew at a great value. Big flavor, very drinkable,, and well worth the $6.50 for the bomber.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 577 ratings.
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