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%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
255
For Trade:
14
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Photo of despond
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Photo of scootny
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brilliantly clear honey amber brew with a clean and attractive white head. Lacing is nice and constant. Nose instantly tells you that a Belgian IPA is in your hand. Very hoppy nose. Belgian yeast and light honeyed fruit esters fold into the mix. Banana and light apples.

Taste is Belgian IPA but at a nine tenths scale. It is drinkable and quenching. Big sweet malt backbone is broad and graced with a note of honey. Hops are big without overwhelming the Belgian character. The size of this beer is perfect for the vision. In three years it should be bigger in honey and rounder in hoppiness while allowing the yeasty fruituness to blossom. It finishes clean and dry.
The significant abv is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is dry and lightly thick. A slickness is broken up by light carbonation that scrubs the mouth.

Drinkability is deceptive. For while this brew strong, it acts like a session beer in your mouth and throat. The spicing of last years bottle is not here to help you out. This stuff just flows and flows.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The midway point, my VE hump day.

A: The Belgian IPA is a pale golden color, quite translucent. Very little in the way of head, a few wispy strands.

S: The nose, ahh the sweet blend of tripel botanicals, strong hops and a twang of Belgian yeast. The best smeller of the night.

T: The hops are off a step, this being 2 years old and all. Luckily the tripel spices are lively and sharp. Coriander, pears and pepper create a complex flavor that coaxes the last remaining citrus oomph out of the hops. The yeast strain adds additional sweetness that, along with the hops and tripel, lend a gritty bite to the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts, the bite of the hops, the sweetness of the yeast, the strength of the tripel. My favorite of the night.

D: Another whopper, too strong for its own good. I wouldn't hesitate to have a few more pints, a Belgian IPA that has aged nicely.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Half a fingers width of white headed foam, with a golden copper, cloudy, dense looking body to it.

S: Apricots, with a touch of grapefruit, followed by a grassy, malty presence. Then there's a bit of unexpected funk, followed by more fresh fruit.

T: At first there's a rush of grapefruit zest, and sweet apples. Then comes a balanced transition to a strong creamy toffee like backbone that finishes off dry, but elegant.

M: Smooth medium bodied, with light carbonation, very refreshing.

D: Goes down easily, extremely smooth. Could definitely see us drinking a couple of these in one sitting.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy yet clear (if that makes any sense!) golden color with a one-finger, off-white head that leaves some ropey lace behind.

S: Interesting aromas of mango/apricot, grass clippings, apple, white grape, pineapple, pear, and a hint of tangy citrus.

T: See above. Spice, white pepper, Candi sugar, fruity yeast, fresh cut grass, citrus, mango, pineapple, and alcohol.

M: Sweet and slippery at first, then abruptly astringent. Nice mix of sweet, spicy, bitter, and dry.

D: Pretty good. I liked the cut grass caracteristics of the smell and taste.

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Photo of Vendetta
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
August 30, 2008

Pours a bit darker than a typical Belgian. Smells banana, yeasty, bready. All of the good notes that a Belgian has, with some American notes such as a much higher rate carbonation, more citric fruitiness. The high carbonation almost makes me question whether or not it's natural, but I doubt Stone would rape this brew with added CO2 like the macros do. Clearly an American take on the Belgian style, a bit of a step below pure Belgians but surely an interesting beer. Fun to drink, complex. As it warms the banana, honey, and yeastiness really comes out. There's a lot of clove punch in here also now that it's warmed. The aroma is actually more noticible now than when I opened the bottle. Very enjoyable, clearly a good deal of effort has been put into brewing this edition of Epic. Highly recommended. Get it soon before you can't find it anymore!

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 9/6/08 Stone Brewing Co. Vertical Epic 8-8-08 from a 22 oz. Bomber 8.6% abv.

-1 Finger head w/a vigorous pour, head eventually dissipates
-Belgian upon entry, hops and less sweetness on the finish
-Can smell the Belgian yeast and hops at the same time
-I like it. Well balanced i think between the two styles
-A little bubblegum on the nose and tongue
-Very light in color, yet not yellow
-As it warms you can taste a little alcohol
-Overall a winner. I have 6 laying down as we speak for further review...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of ppoitras
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the clear light amber brew. Head dwindles down to a skim of small bubbles, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Taste follows the nose, sweet maltiness upfront, spices with some citrus in the middle, and complementing hops on the close. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, with good drinkability. Doesn't differ much from what I remember of the last 07 I had, but anyways, still good stuff here.

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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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