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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
897
Reviews:
497
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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20th anniversary edition bottled on 9/1/15.

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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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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 897 ratings.
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