08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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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
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499
Ratings:
903
pDev:
10.35%
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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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08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 903 ratings