Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic AleStone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a Strong Golden Belgian style ale highly hopped with American hops (Ahtanum, Amarillo and Simcoe). The beer pours pale golden with a thick and creamy white head of foam. The aroma is full of depth: nuances of pepper, clove, and banana from the Belgian yeast strain, and the resiny citrus notes from the American hops blend together nicely to provide a complex aromatic character. The taste is spicy, hoppy and fruity, with a very dry and a pleasant bitter end. The bitterness lingers nicely, and provides a refreshing finish that leads you to want to drink more and more of this beer!

Added by froghop on 08-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 496 | Ratings: 896
Photo of h0wdy
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: A fairly deep orange to brown that I can see my fingers through as an even darker hue. There was little to no head with a soft pour and as the beer sits I can see a hefty amount of carbonation to this.
Smell: This fills my nose with spices and a solid kick of alcohol to it.
Taste: The taste presented here is full of a wide range of fruits with a gentle finish of spices.
Feeling: Light on the alcohol but the carbonation is VERY present throughout this drink.
Overall: A good beer but wasn't anything to write home about.

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Photo of TerryMills
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into globe glass.

2 finger thick creamy white head with lots of thick lacing, head doesn't fade either.

Smell is mostly citrusy malt with some alcohol smell.

Taste is pretty disappointing , taste like too many spices to even describe and overwhelming rotted orange flavor.

Feel is very nice, medium body with a creaminess .

Overall I do not like this beer, wouldn't buy again or recommend .

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened November 2016
Look - cloudy copper color with a good lasting head
Smell - sweet Carmel strong booze. Smells like a strong ale
Taste - sweet Carmel but with some hops left even though it's been aged.
Feel - fairly light but expected with aging.
Overall - fantastic beer!

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Photo of zeppedled
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fantastic copper color, light head, smooth taste and a great aftertaste. Tastes like a smooth lager, mixed with a smooth belgian ale and a taste of hops. Great beer, must try it!

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Photo of BWood
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: great head from a hard pour. Lacing is nice..

S: smells nice. Yeast and earth.

T: after 2 bad beers today this is refreshing. Solid ale taste. Belgian taste without the spice. Yeast ale dominated.

F: slight bitter linger. Nothing extraordinary here.

O: another great showing from Stone. They never disappoint. Try this .

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Photo of dabeerbuddha
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to @Byronic.
Served chilled in a tulip.
Easy pour with a generous and steady ivory head.
Slightly muted aroma. Sweetness and breadiness.
Flavour is banana with spice, with yeast notes.
Firm and solid mouth feel.
A solid beer for its style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer has been aging since i purchased it many years ago.
The beer opens with a pop and I worry a little about gusher potential, but all is well.
The beer is a clear copper hue with an eggshell white creamy head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer soon after the beer is poured into my glass. Several lazy streams of carbonation rise up to the surface.
the aroma is lots of light fruit with melon and white grapes mixing with just a bit of biscuity malt. Any hops have long since faded and I also dont pick up any alcohol scents either.
The first sip reveals an average body and mild rolling carbonation. Smooth texture makes this beer easy to drink.
Flavor is also sweet and fruity with melon and some pear and white grape.
Some bready yeast and a bit of pepper does show some booze on the finish. It is a tasty brew and although it is pitched as an IPA, the hops are faded and I find all fruit and malt throughout.
this one aged well and another bottle would be good to open now in my opinion.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fizzy two-finger white head. The head settles into a small ring leaving some spotty soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is candied sugar, banana, and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste is Belgian yeast, banana, orange peel, and clove. There are bitter hops and white pepper in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A solid offering from Stone.

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Photo of puck1225
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft into a tulip glass. Nice clear yellow with a thick white head and good lacing. Sweet smell and nice crisp feel. Slightly bitter, but also fruity with tastes of lemon and orange. A good beer.

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Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the rare brewery provided beer descriptions that actually tells you what you will taste in a manner more succinctly and accurately than what most of us would come up with in a review. I tend not to gravitate towards assertively hopped Belgian styles but I thought this one was rather tasty and highly drinkable. Almost makes me wonder why Stone doesn't experiment more with Belgian yeast strains and malt bases.

While I wouldn't normally recommend letting a highly hopped beer age, those who are really seeking out more of a Belgian strong pale in this one can achieve that by sitting this on a dark cool shelf for three to six months to let the Amarillo and simcoe fade out a bit.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased yesterday and poured today from growler.

L: Amber with great clarity
S: Floral with a hint of citrus - maybe grapefruit? Also a slight hint of cinnamon
T: Far less bitter than expected, but perhaps that's the 'Belgian' part of the IPA. Slightly sweet upfront with the bitterness following.
F: Bigger body than expected, but still crisp. Would not describe as heavy or full bodied, but one of the heavier IPAs I've tried.

Overall, it's a great beer. There's some taste missing upfront, but overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ORIGINAL 08.08.08, cellared and poured into a wine glass. I had this side-by-side with a new ENCORE 08.08.08

The biggest difference between the two beers was color. This one was much darker than the ENCORE version. Picked up a slight bit of dark fruit over the last 7 years, as well as losing some carbonation.

Overall, the differences were surprisingly subtle. Without the side-by-side comparison, I'd have trouble tell these two beers apart.

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Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit darker than I expected with an orangey golden color. It's extremely clear, there not a hint of chill haze or cloudiness. Thin white head with moderate retention.

The Belgian yeast shines, while the banana notes are present, the concoction of yeast and hops gave me a bit of peach in the air as well, mixed with a strong note of alcohol.

A bit more hoppy than I'd have guessed. For being a Belgian knock off, it had an American taste as the hops were the star. I swear I got some peach in the taste as well.

It was a bit on the bitter side. The alcohol made a pretty good hit as well. The finish was very dry as the alcohol seemingly burned the tongue dry.

A typical good beer from Stone. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed form the growler via Jungle Jim's labeled as 8.8.8 ENCORE in a snifter.

This fine ale pours a luminous deep golden hue with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and modest lacing. Nose of heavy citrus fruit notes of pineapple, lemon zest, light spice of white pepper, spicy hop notes, and yeasty goodness. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy sugars to the front followed by juicy spicy hops with citrus and light pine notes that fade to a light pepper and clove note like a fresh baked spice cake. Finish is medium dry with good carbonation. Substantial and VERY good.

Glad to see Stone re-release some of these treasures.


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Photo of JRed
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange in color with thin white head that fades. Aroma of candy oranges, cotton candy, apples, grass, citrus. Tastes of citrus, bobbing for apples in booze, grass, mint, watermelon, and bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz "encore" bomber bottled 9/1/15 poured into a tulip glass.

A - Mainly clear with a touch of haze, orange/gold with a one finger head that moves to creamy ring of lace.

S - Banana, clove, tripel like yeast.

T - Bubble gum, citrus/peach, banana/clove, mild spices.

M - Carbonation is medium, somewhat smooth. Stays crisp, not drying.

O - I missed this the first go around, so I am glad they revisited it. A good blend.

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at PreFunk. From first sniff, this an excellent Belgian. Big herbal, yeasty bouquet, follows with snappy, spicy taste. Silky golden body brings the whole thing together. Awesome!I

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Photo of jsprain1
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glad they brought this one back, as this was originally before I really got into craft beer and never had a chance to try it.
A- Goldenrod, clear. Head is thick and white. Retention is fair. Lots of lacing.
S- leaning more toward Belgian than "west coast hopped" on the nose. Banana, peach, slight must.
T- Fruit ester forward. Banana, canned peach (in a good sense), and honey up front. Consistent through the taste with just a really faint booziness in the finish.
M- very smooth. Low carbonation. Interesting toeing of the line between slightly syrupy and creamy, on the tongue but dry in the finish.
O- loved it. The vertical epics I've had (I believe 10-12) were hit or miss. This one was a hit for me

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is being pored from their 20th Anniversary Encore Series, bottled on 8/27/15.

A - Pours a dark gold color with generous amounts of carbonation and minimal lacing.

S - Yeasty aroma, some funk, cloves, bananas, and some citrus buried in there.

T - The citrus really comes through on the palate with some peppery character (more so than the nose), banana, clove, somewhat yeasty. Coats the mouth with yeast, cloves, and peppery citrus.

M - Heavy medium body to full bodied, slippery, a little sticky on the lips, and the alcohol pokes through a little bit but more noticeable at the beginning.

O - Glad Stone brought this one back because last time I cellared the bottle too long, pretty happy to re-visit this beer and know how it should taste fresh.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly golden yellow with a frothy, foamy, white head. The nose is nice. Candied sugar up front worth some earthy citrus notes peaking out from behind. The flavor is really nice too. Dry and crisp with a delightful backbone of bitterness. It has a really nice, full mouthfeel. Normally I don't like belgian ipas, but this one is nice.

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Photo of richj1970
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz crowler into snifter.

A: Golden honey yellow with 2 finger frothy white head. Decent retention and leaving a fair amount of sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove mixed with some floral hops. Light spiciness that reminds me of black pepper. Some earthy funk almost reminensent of a saison.

T: Hoppy and fruity with a fair amount of spices. Banana, clove, pepper and some honey sweetness.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Finish is dry and crisp.

O: Enjoyable beer. Really glad they brought the back around and I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Stuft Pizza in Milpitas CA. Served in a standard pint glass that was chilled prior to serving.

A: Hazy golden color, not much head due to how high it was filled. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom.
S: Bananas is the first scent to hit the nose, lots of banana. This is followed by yeasty spices, cloves and coriander. Bready malt in the background as well.
T: Follows the nose. Banana is very present, some hints of citrus and lots of yeast imparted spice. Some sweet malty backbone in the mid-mouth and finish. Leaves with an aftertaste of banana and rum
M: Medium mouthfeel, decent body but not too heavy. Lots of carbonation helping scrub the palate. Finishes dry.
O: Pretty decent, a little more banana dominant than I normally like in my beers. I'd get it again, but not if there's other options.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is bananas, citrus, fruit/berries and very slightly perfumed Belgian yeast. The flavor is bubblegum, citrus, hops/mild hop resin, malts and a mix of sour, bitter and heat in the finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(please bear in mind that this review is for a beer that is almost seven years old and was stored in a bar's back fridge)
Poured a cloudy orange body with good head and left a lace ring down the glass. The aroma really lets out yeast as well as honey, some tropical fruits and basically a candi sugar and/or malt based sweetness that a little kid would love as well as some flowery, spicy esters. Medium bodied, fluffy thickness thanks to yeast, and quite frankly this beer is not necessarily mead but it is much more honey, fruity, flowery sweet and thick than a balanced IPA b/c the hops are minimal at best. Finishes spicy and crisp and I really enjoyed this beer after so long and I like sweet beers with little hops but not everyone does, nor would I consider this an IPA now, more of a Belgian Pale or something in that vein. Still, I don't regret buying a bottle.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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: Mildly hazed light orange color. Not much of a head formed.

4.0 S: Smells like its not really that old. Still quite hoppy with pleasant floral and citrusy notes. Sugary with peppery spiciness. Pineapple, mango, and orange stick out.

4.0 T: Tastes as good as the nose. Super surprised at how hoppy this is. Again, lots of citrus and floral. Peppery spice. Quite nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation.

4.0 D: This one is actually good.

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