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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
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
576
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.2%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
148
For Trade:
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this beer is as the label describes, golden. The head was a short oil slick on the surface. It smells kind of fruity, and kind of like a piece of bubblegum. This is a very good aroma. The taste has some spicy qualities but does not quite deliver on the aroma. The carbonation is a little prickly to the mouth and made the beer hard to down. It took me about two hours to finish the bottle. I will probably buy a couple more bottles for aging in the hopes that this improves. This wasn't a bad beer but the carbonation just made me feel bloated as I drank it.

04/21/08

Nine months has done this beer nicely. Apples, grapes abound in both the flavor and aroma. Sticky, sweet, not quite tart. Very interesting and complex taste. This is aging well (so far).

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

22oz bomber contributed by the darkness, blackie

appearance: pours into a medium wine glass, glowing apricot-orange body, bubbly, light beige head...very clear

smell: sweet and fruity, orange peel, lime, white pepper, clove

taste: this beer is spiced in all sorts of interesting ways that make it an interesting try even this early before maturation...i get a fair amount of pepper, clove, lime juice, orange peel, light booze, bready, nice yeast presence

mouthfeel: syrupy and full bodied, high sweetness, sugary

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of ccrida
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a St. Feuillien goblet, the 07.07.07 is a clear orangish bronze with a 1 finger eggshell head that quickly subsides to a thick collar and skim, leaving scattered lace. Not pale, and an uninspiring head, this reminds me of all the failed, malty US takes on the style. However, I hesitate to dock it much on the color, as the label cites it's a mix of tripel and saison (my two favorite styles BTW), which I afford a wider range of color.

The nose is strong, yeasty, spicy and sugary sweet. I might have guessed I was picking up on coriander, but it's not listed on the label with the other spices, although the phrasing of 'including' hints that it may not be an inclusive list. If it is, maybe it's the cardamom, or just the Belgian yeast. I also found the ginger really reveals itself as it warms. Inviting and complex, I'm impressed.

The taste is a bit thick but nice. Lots of Belgian yeast spiciness, clean candi sugar, and a noticeable bit of alcohol. Also, there's a nice punch of the citrus mentioned on the label, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel, although I couldn't detect it on the nose, but enjoy it's presence here.
I've had a few mediocre US made BSPAs lately, and it's nice to have a decent one again. However, I question just how well this would hold up over the next 5 1/2 years. I don't generally think BSPAs are made for the long haul, and I assume that the citrus I really enjoy here will quickly fade. Also, I found it odd that there was no yeast on the bottom of the empty bottle, and both pours were clear. Still, this is good enough that I'll get a few more, to enjoy on the short term as well cellar. I'm guessing this will peak between 6-12 months...

The mouthfeel is maybe a tad heavy, but there's enough effervescence to keep it from getting syrupy.

This was quite drinkable, because it was really pretty tasty. While it didn't blow me away with the first sip, I was really loving it by then end. A little less heat and more digestibility would make this a 5, possibly for the taste as well. But I really enjoy the SoCal twist on the style, appreciate the dominance of the yeast, and the depth, yet subtleness of the spices.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore

A-pours a hazy golden amber color with a thin white head.

S-the nose has light notes of yeast, banana, clove, some green apple with hints of spicy alcohol in the back.

T-the yeast flavors are light and don't seem to have that some belgian style kick to it, light banana notes with a fair bit of green apple in the flavor. some spicy alcohol and phenols sit in the back.

M-light body and smooth on the palate. low carbonation with a clean soft finish.

D-pretty straight forward and simple, a little sweet and lacks the spice and yeast flavors to balance, still relatively drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.46/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to Jeff for cracking this - my first taste of any Vertical Epic ever. For some reason I've always passed them up on the shelves, but I was excited to try one that was 5+ years old. Vertical Epic 07 pours the murkiest and swampiest shade of trudgy brown with a yellow-ish tint that I've ever seen. Completely opaque to any and all light and capped with a foamy, big-bubbled, quickly settling eggshell head. Looks like swampy butt juice, seriously what the hell?

Oh gosh, the aroma is even more strange and nebulous than the appearance of this beast. Tomato juice, bubblegum, belgian yeast, vinegar, pounds of ginger, sour-ish cardamom, highly vegetal... Is this a beer or a spiced V-8 splash? Not sure how you blend a saison and tripel and end up with this, though perhaps some of the disarray is induced by the added (and unnecessary) spices. This surprisingly gets a little better as it warms, but it's still a pretty awful smelling beer.

The taste is just a bit better, maybe because at first, the flavors are kind of masked. It still has the weird, vegetal-ish, V-8 flavor happening with more green hints (celery, lettuce?) and that's really killing things for me. The ginger is kicked up about ten notches as well, and it's mildly sour and does not play well with the also-copious amounts of cardamom. This brew is a pretty tough one to stomach, though I think I can make it.

The back-end brings some slight reprieve as there's finally a hint of something I recognize and like in my beer - Belgian yeast. Some bready yeast, clove, and just a bit of citrus peel. Once the strange tartness (seriously, where does this tart note come from) finally fades and the vegetal flavors have a chance to leave your palate, you can finally taste the Belgian influence and all hope is not lost. Unfortunately, I think it's too little, too late.

No complains on the mouth feel, and the carbonation was pretty good considering nearly six years of age was placed on this sucker. But for real, this was pretty awful. I managed to choke all of it down, so it did not enter drainpour territory, although it was getting awfully close. I think it might be a good thing that this beer will never be made again, for the sake of beer drinkers everywhere.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, subtle spices, and alcohol. The flavor was of red wine spices, subtle malt, and sweet hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was quite nice. The red wine spices were something I was not expecting in this one, but it wasn't a dealbreaker either. This one is drinking quite nicely currently in my opinion.

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

Blurry peachy gold. Thin capping of light white foam of tough strength as it lasts for good length before fading to a solid collar at the edge of the goblet. Lacing is stretched in large globby strings along the face of the glass.

Aroma is fair and light with a mildness bringing apple, melon, and berry fruityness over a soft sweet doughyness and a bit of Belgian yeast is evident with some hard candy factions of sugar.

Taste is pretty solid, nice even candish maltyness leaning in with rounded tones of soft fruits and dough. Good grab of candied yeast gives it an earthy yet sweetly spiced nudge of affection within the fruityness. Flavors are unique with the fruit, not really one fruit or another can be made out. Seems kinda orangey watermelon, pale peached, and a bit figgy. Some pithy citrus notes graze the back end adding some depth to the malts and fruits.

Feel is just over medium with a firm creamyness and yeasty carbonation bite to it. Holds its tone well as it stays pretty snappy and doesn't really have a finish. It lingers with fruity peels and yeasty things.

Another pretty solid offering from the Stone VE line up, not a favorite from what I've had other yeasr, but pretty solid and worth trying out.

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Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a below average head for Belgian standards. After a few moments the beer looks flat. The smell is fantastic, hits the tripel smell on the head. The aroma is medicinal, spiced with corriander, honey notes, candi sugar, everything that makes up the Belgian funk smell. The taste is of honey malt, corriander, medicinal, candi sugar, it finishes with a light hop taste and granny smith apple tartness. Has a nice earthy quality. The feel is light almost watery, lightly carbonated which is nice to see in this style. Perhaps the best American version of a Belgian beer sans the appearance. Great smell and great taste. Hit the good Beligan style right on.

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

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.0 A: Murky, light orange color. Not much of a head formed.

3.5 S: A pineapple entered the fighting ring, got beat up, put on a bunch of band aids, and jumped into the fermenter. Super fruity with mango, orange, and papaya backing up the pineapple. Peppery spiciness. Despite the band aids, it's not bad. It smells like an old tripel.

3.5 T: Like the nose. Stale pineapple with all the other fruits mentioned. Peppery spiciness, light banana, and peach. Lots of fruits and quite spicy.

3.5 M: Medium body. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Nice here.

3.0 D: Reasonably tasty. Not bad for an old beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing pour into my Duvel tulip results in liquid halfway up the Duvel emblem and gorgeous fluffy white head to the brink of overflowing. The beer is a dark orange color. The head reduces to a nebulous cap, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell is dominated by clovey phenols, reminiscent of organic chemistry where we had to isolate eugenol from cloves. Very spicy and sweet aroma.

Banana and clove phenols are prominent in the taste as though this beer was made with wheat. Peach, doughy yeasty bread, a ton of spices that I can't identify.

Great carbonation, very smooth. The finish is a bit tannic, making it pretty refreshing. I think this beer is underrated.

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

Part of a '06 - '10 vertical

Pours a golden bronze with a 1/2 finger head. The nose is very sweet with sweet grains and a bit of mint / herbal tone. It's taste was similar, sweet grain malt was dominant with a nice herbal sweetness too it as well. Fruity yeast added to the mix as well. The smooth bodied ale had low amounts of carbonation. This was really good and very interesting. One of the more unique beers I have had, especially for the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Like past VE releases, this one is another strong Belgian-style ale; but this year's twist is that it's a Saison/Tripel hybrid, brewed with four malts, Glacier and Crystal hops, and spiced with ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel.

Deep golden, with rich, bright amber hues, topped with a healthy-looking creamy white foam head that laces and sticks well. Smells like a fruit cup, with a powdery, slightly metallic background note, soft floral bouquet and some distinct cardamom. Creamy on the palate, smooth and medium-bodied, rounded, but a bit plain due to a thin carbonation edge. Up front there's a nice ginger zing and a smack of citrus. Kind of sweet, with some toasty and bready malt notes, a hint of caramel and a light fruity ester that sits on a somewhat tamed cardamom base. Some gummy notes in the middle. Spicy, peppery alcohol bite and warmth. Finish is really dry with a bready and earthy linger.

A most interesting combination of two very distinct styles--but not the strongest out of the series. Though the cardamom was probably used gingerly (sorry about that), it just doesn't work for us--cardamom is pretty damn aggressive. Removing it and allowing the nuances from the Belgian yeast to shine would have worked better; which, in turn, would have given the ginger and citrus more of a presence. It's also lacking the light-bodied effervescence and dryness found with both styles. Aging could prove beneficial.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

A - crystal clear, rich honey color with very little head. 3.5

S - hint of pear mead, caramel, and amber malt. Bit of alcohol as well. Fruity and light bouquet. 4.0

T - rich grape/raisin flavor with some sour apples. Slight bitterness of hops gets masked by lots of fruitiness and a warm finish. 4.5

M - medium bodied, well carbonated. Crisp and warming. 4.0

D - quite drinkable. I enjoy this thoroughly. 4.0

I was glad MacGregors had this on tap along with the 08 and 09. A cool vertical, even though it's not the same beer each year.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber. The painted label gives an in-depth description of the ingredients. Oddly, no stream-of-consciousness ramblings from Greg on this one.

This VE is a striking, rich, golden-hued bier. There's some fine particulate suspended within, watching the steady stream of carbo shoot topside. Head was initially a good 1.5", then ebbed back to about 1/4". It is off-white and quite creamy, almost mousse-like, and leaves top-shelf lacework behind. Aroma has a lot going on. There's some candy-ish action; some spiciness; a bit of light fruit, like orange peel; and mild ginger. Interesting. Medium bodied, though a bit airy and bubbly on the tongue. Still, a decent mouthfeel.

As with the nose, the flavor is an interesting melange of different offerings. It has a little light, crackery malt sweetness to start. Ginger is more noticeable here than in the aroma. Very Tripel-ish, with some tropical fruitage and spicy action holding court. Quite dry overall, and 7-7-7 possesses a subtle saison-ish earthiness. Hopping is lightly present in the background, appropriate for the style. The more I drink, the more apparent the ginger and the rindy character from the peels become. I feel a distinct warming in the belly, the 8.40% abv doing its work (well, I might add!). There is a considerable amount of yeasty residue in the bottom of the bottle; a hard swirl and addition to the goblet gives the bier a foggy, orange glow (as well as a bit more of a spicy bite).

All-in-all, I like this one. If it were a regular, year-round bier, it might be my go-to Tripel. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on falling in love with VE'08 at the recent Belgian Beerfest, my buddies and I set out to find a couple bottles of previous VE's Cheer's to Jimmy J for getting his hands on a couple bottles of VE'07. Major props for dropping me an extra bottle. I think I'll be aging that one to see how it evolves...

I have to say this, the '07 version is just not as good as '08... It's not bad, but clearly a step below this year's classic.

There was a foamy white head that formed atop the slightly cloudy golden beer. Like a very light honey. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma was sharp and fairly complex. Green Apple, spices, yeast and some citrus fruits.

Flavor did follow the aroma fairly closely. There was a lot of stuff going on here.
Again, green apple was present along with ginger, lemon and yeast notes. The beer finished with a note of mint. Very interesting.

Mouth feel was fairly light and this is a very drinkable beer.

As I mentioned, not as good as '08, but still a nice beer.

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

a: white head rolls up from the bottom, nice retention, and a rich bright copper color

s: Candied, well spiced orange upfront with a big backbone of sugary pale malts. Aromas of various fruity baked goods and liquor sauce.. Carries quite a few similarities to a tripel.

m: smoothly carbonated with a slick, full-medum body

t: Lots of spice, particularly orange and coriander. Big load of pale malts and a considerable sweet flavor. Big notes of apple pie with big cinnamon and clove. Subtly hopped it seems. Interesting now but should come together nicely with some time.

d: not bad

bottle from The Caboose in Ashland, carried to Madison

consumed 08/02/2013: Actually survived age quite well, my second favorite so far with the chipotle/pepper VE at the top. Sweet tripel malts, a little earthy oxidation but not much, and a nice fruity coriander spice. Enjoyable.

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

Appearance: It's an very light golden color (has a bit of an orange tint to it). Head is foamy and about one and a half fingers. Retention was a bit short and a light coat of lace remained.

Smell: Definitely has some Belgian qualities. It's most citrus sweetness blended with various spices. Citrus scents are pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and even a mild banana twist. Definitely has a nice malt presence.

Taste: This is pretty well done for a Belgian style brew. It's very spicy. Mostly peppery with some other herbal spices in the mix. Citrus flavors come through very nice and provide a sweet taste. A bit of caramel malt is noticeable, as well as a mild yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very well carbonated. Drinkability is good though I'd probably limit myself to one bomber. Overall, it's a nice offering from Stone. It'll be interesting to see how it ages.

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

1661st Review on BA
Bottle to VE Glass
22oz

Split with StarRaptor, Callmecoon & Smarcoly

App- This was the same color as liquid butter mixed with gold in the glass. A bit of an aggressive pour yielded a nice and bubbly head. The lace was okay. A bit of a semi dense center but like colored water with the way it looked.

Smell- A good amount of aromatics remained on this one. A bit more alive than the older bottles. More yeast came out and then a bit of a lemon malty balance. A bit of the spice is gone, but I do get some of the ginger. A nice nose but nothing aggressive.

Taste- When you take a sip on this one, it was a bit of a wheat like saison with a bit of a floral taste. Floral, light and airy. A bit of the spice is there but not much. A little bit of the malts come out and not much. A good amount of flavor still remains on this one.

Mouth- A nice medium bubbly body with a bit of a thicker medium carbonation. A bit slick and flavorful. Residual floral malts combine to leave a bit of a meadow feel.

Drink- A very nice and tasty beer. Holiding up quite well. I would like one more of these to sip on at some point. Glad I got to try all the beers. Now to wait till the drop the variants at an event to catch up!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Six year old Seven poured with a light caramel color and a fizzy head of lively bubbles.

The scent had a tinge of alcohol with a flowery perfume of lavender.

The flavors were sour with a flower, licorice, potpourri and carbonated water taste. The finish was genuinely tea like with a real herbal leaf flavor.

The feel was very carbonated but it had a good crispness.

Torn on this one as it had a natural perfumey flower and herbal tone but had little malt character to really round it out.

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

Picked up three bombers back at the end of June for $5.79 each.

Beer poured a reddish orange with a minimal white head. Nose is very pleasant, quite fruity with spices, and some belgian yeast hints. Taste is unique, it truly blends the dry qualities of a Saison with the spicy and slightly peppery qualities of a Trippel. Mouthfeel is good, somewhat spicy and peppery with a medium body. Drinkability is good. This brew has improved since the first one i tried. It is definitely more smooth this time around. I'll save the third bottle for next summer.

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

22oz bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, darker golden color. There was a bit of white foam on the top that settles down to a thin layer . The nose is nice. Yeastiness, breadiness, spices, earthiness, there is a lot going on here. Boy, this is smooth. A hint of effervesence on the tongue. Spicy taste, with some of the breadiness in the background. Nice body. Very Nice!

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

22 oz. bomber.

Mostly clear (slight haze) golden apricot body with a gauzy, tight-bubbled, off-white head. Decent lacing. Lots of spice on the nose. Cardamom, nutmeg, and fresh-cut flowers over powdered sugar, pears, and misc. fruit. Perfumy and wildflowery.

Taste follows nose. Spicy baking spice an floral notes up front. Tangy sweet sugar fruit malt follows. Grassy, herbal, spice edge throughout. Vegetal, herbal bitter finish, with some yeasty-ness and a hint of alcohol warmth. Not bad. Full-bodied with a syrupy feel. The spices may hinder the drinkability, but splitting a bomber isn't hard to do.

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

Reviewed on 8/30/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of vegetable stew (I think that's the ginger), pepper, and light citrus. Flavor of Belgian yeast and just tons of ginger, which really dominates the beer. Unfortunately none of the fruity notes really come out in this beer. I don't know if it's the age or not, but something went wrong here. It's not bad certainly, but a little too 1 dimensional.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know Stone added some citrus peel to give this beer a San Diego spin, but, to me, thought the beer hit the Belgian style dead-on. In a blind taste test, I don't think I could distinguish this from a native product. Also, unlike others in the series, I think this beer is ready to drink right now - and I'm curious to see what some age does with it. A little sharp at the front, with some yeasty, fruity notes in the middle. Alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Nicely executed.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 576 ratings.
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