Vertical Epic poured a hazy, golden color with a thumb width, frothy, white head. The nose is amazing; light with a little malt and very pleasant fruity esters.
The body is delicate, yet layered and complex. There is a pale malt base with a touch of sweetness up front. The middle palate offers a nice touch of yeast and some fruit before moving to a few spicy notes. The yeast, spices, and fruit all die out on the finish leaving a lingering dryness on the palate.
There was some hanging lace left on the glass. Overall, this is a phenominal beer. Epic 08 is supposed to have used hops at "a fairly high rate", but they seem to have died down a good amount in the last two years. It is however balanced, easy drinking, and yet layered with flavors that offera new experience with each sip.