Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
896 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
896
Reviews:
496
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
257
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 896 |  Reviews: 496
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of PhineasGage
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Loogs
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Hazy glowing golden amber with a puffy pure white head that fades but cathedrals. Funk, sour orange, apricot jam, and some sourness on the nose.
Tropical fruit compote, honey, papaya, and shortbread followed by slight resin and orange hops.
Gooey mango finish and funky linger. Medium, velvety, round, a bit of burn, flat, oily.

Mellowed out totally after 3.5 years. The hops are mostly gone, and the Belgian clove/phenols are not where I'd expect either. What's left is just smoothness. Not the best example of the style, but I don't mind a bit.

 548 characters

Photo of jdmandel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of towlea25
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of josssmith
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of MASPuros
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of hawkmage
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mag00n
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ROBSTARR
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 896 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe