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Epiphany Ale - Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Epiphany AleEpiphany Ale

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mentor on 01-03-2007)
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Marco_Gtz

California

3/5  rDev -19.1%

06-30-2014 16:59:22 | More by Marco_Gtz
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welleshadow

California

3/5  rDev -19.1%

06-17-2014 04:05:42 | More by welleshadow
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tomb_ride

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-26-2014 04:36:21 | More by tomb_ride
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-15-2014 03:48:15 | More by 2beerdogs
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight celery aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but is a bit too malty in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 06:47:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

10-15-2012 01:53:06 | More by t0rin0
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-26-2012 22:37:00 | More by rbrefbeerman
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a very hazed brown-amber hue, with a fine, somewhat insubstantial head of yellowish white, that forms nicely when poured, but eventually subsides to film. Some speckled lacing. Body looks surprisingly strong for the ABV. It's not great looking, but it's not bad.

Nose is, again, not great, but not bad. Blind, it seems like what you expect from the style. Generic slightly piney US West Coast hoppiness, with a touch of sweetness and turbid malt. The sweetness forms perhaps as a little too strong for the hops, which are middling at best, but it ticks the boxes for the style at least.

Taste is similar, in that the two characters are quite generic. However, they sit quite disparate from each other, with the malt providing a chalky caramel and carob character that dominates the front, before a strikingly bitter, oily hop presence comes through on the back. It's not unbalanced as a result, but it sure is pretty ordinary.

Yeah, it's not great. It's not bad. It's not much of anything, except that it doesn't wildly deviate from style. I'm certainly not a huge fan, but I can't really fault it either. And maybe that's what's annoying me about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:48:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tizride

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-01-2012 02:57:59 | More by tizride
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +28%

03-29-2012 01:27:34 | More by gleemonger
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brotherloco

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-26-2012 00:50:26 | More by brotherloco
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TGS

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-09-2012 17:26:31 | More by TGS
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mactrail

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red amber in the glass. Not very foamy, but a nice slush in the mouth. Seems to fit the mold for this hoppy, earthy style. Fairly malty with a slight sweetness, but also on the acidic side. Aroma can only be described as beery, with a little roast malt in the nose. Lots of bitter hops with a tickle of grapefruit peel. Warm and buttery, but mostly hops. I don't know what they do to the malt to get this dirty flavor.

22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 04:26:35 | More by mactrail
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leprakhan

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-28-2011 05:32:42 | More by leprakhan
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-25-2011 15:40:04 | More by jenray
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avaldivia

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark amber appearance. Thick head about 2 fingers wide. excellent lacing left on glass.

S: Very hop forward. I definitely get citrus and caramel. it is a bit sweet but not cloyingly.

T: Wow, very hop forward for this particular style. I get a lot of hops upfront and then a lot of caramel. Very rich flavors that do not muddle or meld into each other.

M: Thick. Rich. Great carbonation.

O: I was familiar with this beer, but I had never tried it until today. I was happy I did because this is a great unique beer in this style. It is very affordable and one I will pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:13:02 | More by avaldivia
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illidurit

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep ruby-copper, hazy enough to be opaque, with a small off-white collar of head. Aroma is crystal malty with a slight toasted note and some resiny citrus hops. Flavor is much the same with a classic iced tea crystal malt base and a rather subdued herbal hop profile. Pretty typical amber but too light on the hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 06:20:30 | More by illidurit
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An odd duck, stylewise - malty and amber, but with a citrusy hop-forward flavor and a powerful bitter hop finish. It teeters toward out of balance, but somehow manages to keep it together. It gets points for being unusual.

Pours beep amber with an enormous tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is deep caramel and toffee with some walnut and a fairly restrained citrusy hop edge. The flavor, however, is extremely hoppy - bitter orange citrus with a powerful orange rind bitterness laid over a modest background of dark caramel malt. The finish is powerfully bitter, almost shocking so. But somehow it all works.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 20:23:58 | More by Seanibus
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at City Beer in San Francisco just because the store clerk said it was good and it wasn't overly expensive. Pours an amber-brown colour with thick off-white head. Smells of big hops, piney, mineral and floral. Nice mix of bitterness mixed with the amber sweetness. Medium carbonation. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:41:48 | More by kwjd
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle. I liked this one, think its over 60 IBU which went with a strong malting tomake a most drinkable beer. Average mouthfeel. Cloudy reddish tinged body, three-eighth inch head, and lacey with lace rings. Decent hoppy flavour, a little complex, and a dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 16:39:07 | More by Sammy
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber in the most recent with james...cheers to you

a-deep copper color...small lacy head....carbonation appears lively...

s-sweet malt and bitter twangy hops...nothing more

t-starts sweet then follows with bitterness...not unrelenting but the most bitter ive had in the amber category...finishes well...bitter

m-creamy and smooth...slightly oily from the hops...carbonation is spot on from what i can tell

d-no problem with finishing the bomber

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:34:33 | More by stoutfiend27
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark red and amber appearance, excellent lacing left halfway down the glass. Aroma, mostly astringent bitterness, maybe some of that peat moss feel you get in red ales. Psychosomatic I figure.

Taste, jeez, this is about the most bitter beer I've ever had in this style. A little thin in the malt, leaves this relatively light on the heft side of the palate, and crushingly bitter on the other. Not a big dry hop feel to this, if at all.

Anything with this amount of bitterness tends to have the inevitable metal twang. Seems to be very Cascade hop forward. Caramel forward is the next most prevalent flavor.

Can't complain about drinkability when this is $4 a bomber. Nice. Raiders just scored a TD, eat it Niners.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:04:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Talk about Bitter and Hoppy!!! Pours a brilliant reddish brown. About one finger of tannish head, that settles quickly into a wisp-thin lace. Nose is lacking - some hops and not much else. Maybe a little candy corn in the nose. Flavor is like an epic naval battle. Both sides - hops and malt - lobbying shots back and forth. It's the hops that win out, though. Huge blasts of hops cavalcade over you, and then vanish beneath the waves of a somewhat short, surprisingly dry finish. Crisp and punchy, this one. Drinkable too at 6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 04:58:18 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a murk brownish-orange with a white head. The aroma is malt with some citrus and pine. The flavor is a good mix of hops and malt. Lots of citrus and pine. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:55:33 | More by Mora2000
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nickd717

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber.

Pours dark amber with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is grassy/citrusy hops, earth, and some caramel malt.

Flavor is more of the same: caramel malt, earth, grass, and citrus. A little hoppy, but the hops are more on the bittering side rather than the aroma/flavor side.

Medium body with a somewhat rough mouthfeel.

This is a very average beer overall, one that is highly unlikely to cause one to have an epiphany. Meh!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 17:44:49 | More by nickd717
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Epiphany Ale from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.