Stone Encore 08.08.08. Vertical Epic Ale

Val came home with this beer and I saw that Stone re-released it for their 20th anniversary. I didn’t get to try the original one, but this provided me a chance to give it a shot.


ABV: 8.6%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2008, Stone Brewmasters Steve Wagner and Mitch Steele traveled to Belgium, where they enjoyed a number of hop-driven Belgian tripels, pale ales and IPAs—beers that had taken a cue from the U.S. craft brewing movement and inspired us in return. It’s a big reason 2008’s summer season came to be known at Stone as our ‘Summer of the Triple.’ Upon their return, they crafted Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, the seventh beer in the 11-beer Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Packed with floral, spicy essence from Belgian yeast plus plenty of hoppy New World character, it’s our West Coast take on hop-driven Belgian beers.”

Random: I’m curious to see if the re-release any other years.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that left no lacing on the glass. It left a slight crown on top of the body. The body itself was a clear, golden-yellow with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with honey, Belgian yeast, clove, and golden raisins. Peach came through as well. The taste had a lot of fruity esters up front. I picked up banana, peach, apricot and golden raisins. Belgian yeast came through too, along with light clove spice. The alcohol was well-hidden. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet with honey and golden fruit. This was $7.99 for the bomber, which came to $.36 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer, although I wouldn’t have guessed it was a Belgian IPA, since I didn’t pick up many hoppy characteristics from it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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