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:
896
Reviews:
496
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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44
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Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Therealfootball
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MykeJ
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hophead101
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed on 9.16.08 at home.

A: poured into a wide mouth snifter type glass (no tulip edges). a very nice hazy golden peach color - good frothy head that immediately dissapeared. had a nice gradual tone change - light at the bottom and became darker at the top of the glass beneath a small layer of lingering bubbles from the dissipated head.

S: first reaction is WOW. full of enery and full of so much stuff. one of the better aromatic beers I have had in a long time. lemons, peaches, flowers, citrus in general. also has a sweet candy maltiness, fantastic. it took me a while to recongize the smell, but to me it smells of grapefruit (probably a result of all of these things put together).

T: strong, crisp and carbonated, but not overly so. the taste matches the smell almost to a tee. so all of the nose scents mentioned above transcend into the taste of this fine beer. as it warms up, the hops really come out and compliment the citrus and create the grapefruit. the hop accent is simply fantastic.

M: spread throughout the mouth like cockroaches being uncovered in light - but smooth and balanced. really hits all parts of the mouth.

D: while this is a superb beer, one of the best that I have had, you can only have a few.

All in all, this is one heck of a beer. I have never been dissapointed with the Epic beers, and this one is no different. This beer over-delivered on my expectations which were already high to being with. There are some that say this 'hoppy belgian' style that brewers are coming out with disrespect them (even though Belgian brewers are making it themselves), I say bring it on. It comes the best in what the Belgian style has to offer with some hops to go with it. It is like when peanut butter first met jelly and you know the end to that story.

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

Decanted into my Sam Adams glass.

The pour produced a brilliant yellow-copper coloured brew, with a one fingered white head which was somewhat short lived, though some hung around the edges to the end. Little or no lacing noted.

The nose was a bit surprising to me, with the hops coming to the fore, and cloves pushing their way to be recognized. Nevertheless, the nose cannot be mistaken for anything but a Belgian.

Taste is big time hops, but the clove spices are right behind, pushing to the top. It's a neck and neck match all the way to the bottom of the glass. Alcohol presence only detected by a slight warming in the tummy. Mouthfeel can be described as light to medium, but definitely refreshing. Were it not for the alcohol content, this could make a good session brew. The finish is dry, but not astringent.

Final notes: I really liked the combination of the big hop presence along side the Belgian style; nose, taste and flavors. Quite an interesting combination. It will be interesting to see how this one ages, as the hops fade. This is a beer you can enjoy now .. or later. Buy more than one bottle and TRY to age it to 2012 (don't know if mine will make it).

Na Zdravje

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a slight white cap and not much lacing.

S - Wow! Serious grapefruit.

T/M - Beautiful how the soft grapefruit and clove creeps into the sip. The hops and alcohol are there in perfect alignment and I can see how this can age gracefully. The softness and carbonation makes for a rather elegant ale that I'm really enjoying.

D - Wonderful to drink hindered only by the high ABV. Beautiful for year 'round consumption with or without food. I'm thinking shellfish.

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Photo of tetu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...I was really thrown off guard with this one. It is much lighter than the 07, and is blatantly much hoppier. The aroma is awesome , it's hoppy yet has the sweetness of a Belgian. The taste sweet and fruity and has a nice hop bite that lasts the whole sip...it's kinda weird because it's plays with your senses, in a good way though.

Awesome beer, cool to do the vertical taste test.

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Photo of corey0212
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden-orange color, big fluffy white head slowly fades, settling into a nice foamy layer on top of the beer, clingy sheets of lacing. Smell is outrageously hoppy, big citrus notes, piney, grassy, some peppery spice in the mix. Taste is heavier on the pepper and spice, juicy pear, some spicy alcohol, bitter green apple, and a sticky honey sweetness. Really crisp and quenching, but with a slight mouth-coating sweetness, and nice lingering bitter flavors. This is excellent, something I'll be drinking plenty of in the coming months (and years!).

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Photo of berkey
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this fresh several months ago. Thought I'd see what some age has done to it. Something seemed appropriate about having an 8/8/8 at almost exactly eight months old.

Appearance: Clear golden body. Large, beautiful, white head formed when poured into an oversized tulip pint glass. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, spice, floral hop notes, alcohol sugars, some citrus. .

Taste: Alcohol sweetness, citrus. Much less hops than I remember from when I had a fresh bottle. When I first tried this the Belgian yeast and hop combination vaguely reminded me of Het Anker Hopinsjoor but at this point the two beers have very little common. This is unfortunate as I really enjoy that beer. Good news is the malt profile has become much more complex with age. As this warms alcohol notes evolve into tropical fruit, thought I caught a flash of kumquat in there actually.

Drinkability: Drinks even stronger and sweeter that the listed 8.6 Abv suggests. Can't imagine having more than one bottle.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter to reveal a rich golden body and tall, airy head that dies off pretty fast. It smells very funky with a little citrusy sour. Kinda like a concentrated... farmhouse... funk. After that, though, there is some pleasant sweetness to it.

Tastes a little like it smells with the same funk flavor. After that, gentle hop character with orange notes, a little floral honey and a little light malt. The bitterness is not at all overwhelming, and if not for the little kick of it at the end, I would have pegged this one a saison. Carbonation is very precise but makes up enough of the mouthfeel to be present. Light body. Medium smoothness. Quite warming. Fairly drinkable too, except the smell for me is a bit off-putting.

I don't remember the other vertical epic tasting quite like this one. It will be interesting when it comes time for the actual vertical.

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Photo of detroitpat
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradExtreme
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An American twist on the style. Less spicy and more citrus than expected, but it works out nicely. Lemon peels, toasted bread, and smooth caramel round out the flavors. There are some spices and black pepper flavors as well, but they're a bit subdued.

Very crisp and clean. Great feel, fairly dry, and very easy to drink. If money permits, I may get another to save for 12.12.12.

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Photo of maxk
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of AlphaKingKegger
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DavidRose
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of SoCalStout
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of valdieu2
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of klikger
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 oz pour in standard pint glass

A - Cloudy-white, w/ little to no head or lacing

S - Sugar & white grapes

T - Honey, cardamom, and earthy grains compose the sweet tastes found up front. A very slight level of hops (this is a couple years old, anyway) help to balance this out. The taste is pretty complex and certainly enjoyable.

M - Medium-bodied, lightly carbed.

D - Very drinkable for 8.6% - I thought it was in the 5 or 6% range prior to being informed.

This is my first Vertical Epic, and I liked it quite a bit. I'm a hop nut, so this doesn't match up with hoppier Belgian IPAs from that respect, but the mixture of flavors is well-crafted, and this does stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this guy at my hometowns liquor store last week. Why this hole-in-the-wall have a two-year old Stone... I'll never know.

A: Cloudy bright yellow with a very slight orange tint, medium white head, lots of lacing.

S: Smooth and dry malt sweetness, large fruity body, and lots of honey sweetness. Yeast and Belgian hops are strong, but not heavy in the nose.

M: Fruity sweetness, and a boat load of bready pilsner malts, both dry and bitter yet rich and flavorful. Fruits consist of maybe apples, oranges, bananas; definitely on the lighter side. Floral notes are noticed, along with some grain and wheat undertones. Finishes syrupy and sticky.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Moderately nice finish. I have to admit i feel like there is something missing, but i can't put a finger on it.

D: definitely a great tasting brew, but not my favorite out of the VE Series.

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Photo of macster
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orangish color. Pour creates a thin 1/2" bone white head which fades to a paper thin layer of foam. Just some spotty lacing adheres to the glass.

Aromas of light and ripe fruit such as apples, apricot, orange backed by a touch of toasted malts and fresh honey and spice.

Mouthfeel presents a touch of slickness and body, but is overall on the thinner side with a slightly elevated level of spritzy carbonation.

Flavor profile begins with a sweet and slightly tart presence of green apple, apricot and citrus backed with hints of coriander, honey and clove. A smooth biscuity malt flavor is also perceived. Finishes with a typical Stone citrusy hop presence of orange peel, lemon drops and red grapefruit.

A nice lighter, but warming and spicy beer for winter imbibing.

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Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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