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
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
Ratings:
577
Reviews:
382
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
146
For Trade:
11
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Photo of MisterClean
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grad

A - Poured copper with 2 fingers of white head which dies fast.

S/T - Honey, nectarines, bubblegum, and yeast funk.

M - Supersweet, very malty, full-bodied, and some funk yeast at the end.

D - Very good. Most people thought this beer was hit and miss.

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Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cbl2
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7/22/2007 $6.55 22 oz. 8.40% Best by 12/12/12.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear medium brown with pink highlights. Little to no head, with just a fringe of tan around the rim.

Aroma:

Highly spicy, with loads of ginger leading the way along with a nice cherry juice aroma.

Taste:

Rather weak mouthfeel, with lots of citrus peel flavors dominating the palate. Mild hints of ginger with a buttery cherry finish. By far the most ho-hum of the Vertical Epics. Very little complexity present in this one, and I'm worried that this might not be able to go the distince until 2012, though my fingers are crossed.

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Photo of yamar68
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey pear gold with a full finger of off-white carb... laces wonderfully with tons of activity below the head, which retains pretty consistently.

Yeasty sweet pear, lemongrass, pale grape skins, apple cider and lots of it... some lemon-lime notes, sweet grains, pretty mellow.

Apple juice, Belgian yeast, some mild citrus flavors... some spicy nutmeg type flavors surface in the finish. Overly sweet initially but it really does grow on you. Pretty good actually.

If you happen upon a bottle of this, go for it.

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Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Released and reviewed a bit early...but what the hey! 22fl.oz.brown bomber with silk-screened label resembling the previous V.E.'s. It pours a very bright golden amber with a thick creamy finger of white froth. Plenty good carbonation with the head settling to a solid 1/4" with staying power, leaving some interesting lace behind.

Smells like a Belgian...very sweet and spicy in the nose. I had to bump the smell up .5 as it improved with some warming. Nice and fruity with some yeasty aspects, peppery notes...sweet citrus and more rotten fruit...nice!

Subtly complex flavor wise, as this brew is only young and will no doubt age well, it still offers a great rep for it's style and also shows how an ale brewed with spices can add some dimension to the brew. The taste is like the smell, but a bit better...can't wait till it ages some as the overall mouthfeel will definetly benefit with this factor.

Nothin wrong with this brew right now...I'm enjoying it very much...the alcohol is very well hidden in the taste and nose but it certainly creeps up on you before the bomber is empty.

Good stuff that age will make better IMO...who's next?

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a nice fluffy off white head. The head has a slightly yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell coriander, cloves, and grains of paradise. This beer also has some grainy aroma. I can smell a nice mild citrus hop aroma as well. Some citrus notes are also present.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. It is mostly spicy, with some grainy flavor. I can taste the citrus hop flavor as well.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a clovey aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I think that this beer might make a decent session beer. It might be a little too spicy to enjoy a few bottles at a time. Also, the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This is a good beer. I have never had any complaints with the Vertical Epics, and I have had every one. Will this one mak it? I am not sure, but I am leaning towards no. I predict that this beer starts to develope a bandaid lik flavor after a little while. I hope I am wrong.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a crystal-clear, light amber/orange color. Thin layer of head, along with some lace at the top. It looks to be pungent, yet there isn't that much carbonation.

The telltale smell is there of a spicy Belgian/saison. Sour champagne smell. Also some orange peel that goes along with the spicy flavor.

There is an initial sweet orange flavor, followed by a heavy alcoholic taste. The flavor is Belgian/sour. Some ginger ale and champagne. A distinctly perfumey aftertaste. There is a sweet undercarriage which salvages an otherwise harsh flavor.

The feel is bubbly at first, then smooths out. It's a heavy, harsh swallow. It gets a bit creamier as the carbonation bubbles out and it mellows, but it's still fizzy. It's heavy, bubbly, fizzy, sour, champagney, alcohol-fueled and saison-esque.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Vertical Epic pours a light orangish amber color with a nice foam head that dissipates quickly. If you hold it up to the light it is very cool as it has thousands of particles suspending in air or liquid.

The smell is of of oranges and the usually Belgium aroma. Not knowing it is a Belgian beer when I bought it pouring release the familiar aroma.

The taste was of a strong ales with a nice spicy finish. It was chewy in the mouth and hid the alcohol well. I would definitely recommend this even to the non-Belgian lover.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

fantastic looking orangey gold, with a thick light tan head that sticks around.
while there is a thick head the yeast shines in the aroma. once that fades, ginger takes over with some of the citrus rind components and clove. grows vaguely plastic-y (soapy?) at times.
the taste seems yeast driven, but the spicing plays a big part as well. it's got a lot of that lightly fruity belgian pale ale yeast type flavor up front with banana, soft mango, peach(?) etc. and as it travels over the tongue the spices kick in in greater amount with citrus peel, clove and ginger being most aparent. bitterness at the finish cleans up the end before it can tunr into a trainwreck, which it might be without that bitterness and dryness at the back end. the heavy spicing grows a little tiresome though, 8 oz or so would be a more ideal size in it's present state. it can be pretty hot too. burps taste like ginger wrapped banana.
full bodied with middle of the road carbonation.
pretty good but a bit much at the moment. this was designed for a long rest though. should be good in a few years.

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Photo of Zraly
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Head on this golden ale disappears almost instantly. Given its age, I am not too surprised. I tried to pour gently but still managed to land some of the yeast beasts into our Teku glasses.

Syrup, honey and white grape notes predominate. A bit of ginger and citrus pith. A bit of creaminess but maintains dryness in the finish. Carbonation is crisp and tight; it feels really good on the palate. I wish a bit more fruit character would come out and play with the delightful carbonation. Medium to medium-full body.

Overall this is an interesting beer that I held onto for almost six years. I'm guess a year younger might have actually been its prime time as there is a hint of oxidization. This maybe would have been best for a 08.08.08 or 09.09.09 release? Some of the fruit and spice notes have been mellowed out too much in the aging process without much else to give way.

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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 Rothobinide
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of July2Nov
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Vdubb86
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with crap suspended within the beer itself. The smell isn't actually as bad as I had thought that it might be. The aroma is mainly of a mixture of sour and the typical belgian yeast characters (banana, clove, etc.). The flavor, while not nearly as sour as the nose had lead to believe, tasted like a mixture of belgian flavors and pumpkin spices. It was an odd marriage that only kinda worked. Oddly enough I must say that I really didn't pick up any distinct saison or tripel flavors, just generic sour and generic banana. It was a decent beer, but glad I didn't try for the entire vertical, due to the fact that my experience with these has been less than exciting.

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Photo of chilidog
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened on 7/7/07;
I don't usually open an epic till New Years eve but hey its Chistmas in July.

Thisone to me had Triple all over it. It poured a deep gold, almost copper like. The head was egg-wash white that was about an inch but maintained well. Carbonation was active, nice and busy. not much on the lace side of things.

The aroma pops at bottles open and that carbonation just treats the nose with the taste hints.

The taste is complex, very well done. Malts, hops that are well accented by citric grapefruits, lime and orange peel. Spice of ginger and pepper. I picked up hints of biscuit and more of sour dough. A mild hint of alcohol for toppers.

The mouthfeel is smooth, well aired. It dose leave a dry, wanting more feel. After awhile, it leaves a "dang, im thirsty feel".

Drinkability is very smooth and easy, for a complex brew.
For july, this went very well. And im sure it will bring in the new year great as well.

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Photo of oelergud
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper golden clear body with good carbonation. Slightly off-white head of mostly small bubbles. Low retention and lace.
Sweet bread and marcipan smell. Floral notes swirl on top of an alcoholic whiff with spice.
Taste is alcohol, spice, molasses and malts well balanced with velvety hops. Aftertaste of Lingering malts with some nutskin hops and faint alcoholic flavor.
Medium to full body, some coating and a dry finish. Abit of residual sugars.
Good drinkability.
Though this is a good brew it did not live up to Stone standards. Maybe this one needs to age abit.

-Oelergud

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Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden with light shades of orange. Clear. White fluffy head develops that dissipates pretty fast. Foamy head is very easily generated upon swirling.
S- belgian yeast (fruit/must) mixed with earthy hops.
T- Starts out with a little bite, then fruit rolls in, followed by earthiness in the end.
M- Carbonated generously, light-heavy body.
D- Easily drinkable. Better at its more colder temperatures in my opinion.

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Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of maddogruss
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent example of a good Belgian Ale.

A: Pours a golden body with a small head that dissipates after a few sips but a solid lacing is evident that hold thorughout the whole beer.

S: An excellent, sweet malty smell. Also, ginger, cardamon, grapegruit all seemd ot be evident in the smell as well.

T: The taste was just as exquisite. A nice, sweet malt taste with the spices noted above evident but not overbearing. The alcohol was barely noticeable except for in my bloodstream. Smooth, banana esters were present in the aftertaste that did well did balance the other spices and the malts.

M: A crisp, smooth mouthfeel that was bot anjoyable and refreshing.

D: A very drinkable beer. Good taste, great mouthfeel. The alcohol was barely noticeable and the beer was just fantastic overall. An exceptional brew.

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Photo of vma
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is one of the best, if not the best, fresh Vertical Epics that Stone has put out.

Pours a clear golden orange color. There's a thin white head that fades quickly to a fine sheet. Very light lacing remains.

Aroma is very nice blend of green apples, yeast, spices, candied sugars, and some citrus. I couldn't wait to dive into this one.

The flavor is almost as good as the smell. Spicy coriander, green apple, yeasty funk, just all of these great flavors melding together. Wonder if this will improve with age?

Spot on mouthfeel thats nicely carbonated. Only a very slight alcohol burn at the finish. This is a great choice for this very warm evening. I only have nine left from my case...I'm curious to see how long they last. I'll save at least one for each of the next five years.

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Photo of Piddmeista
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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