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Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
You can only drink so many beers in a lifetime, so you better make each one count. That's where we can help. Because at Epic we're obessed with creating big hop-fuelled beers. This takes a shed-load of skill. It also takes a shed-load of hops. In fact there are 23 crammed into this bottle. Many brewers would call that 'insane'. We call it flavour.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-26-2007)
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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Golden Amber color with a good white head that went down quick but leaves good lacing.
S - very earthy piny sweet taste
T - herbal floral slightly bitter some type of fruit taste that I can't pin point
F - medium carbonation with a creamy light body
O- ok pale ale but I think it looks and smells better than it taste.

drdiesel9483, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: enjoyed this at the Beervana Master Homebrewer Class. 250mL taster.

Appearance: pours a clear golden amber with limited visible carbonation. Quite viscous for a pale ale. A limited beige head settles to a thin cap.

Aroma: the nose is dominated by earth and resin, toffee and spice. Interesting.

Taste: strong resin and herbal characters on the palate, with toffee and caramel malts behind.

Aftertaste: the flavours hang around for quite a time, the resin becomes a bit cloying in its dryness.

Mouth feel: moderate- to-heavy in body with lower but sharp carbonation.

Overall: a nice pale ale with some different flavours to the norm. Per the Epic norm however it is nice but not mind-blowing, and for a price around AU$110-$120 a case of 24 x 330mL? You've gotta be dreaming.

SmashPants, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of RHB33
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of Noodleboyg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Noodleboyg, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 6/3/14 from notes

A clear copper with bubbles of all sizes feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves lots of random lace deep down the glass

S canned peaches, mango, apricot, sweet malt, butterscotch, and soft caramel with some faint spruce and floral notes, hopped up but there's some balance

T a hint of sweet orange rind to go with what I smell, slightly more caramel, tastes as good as it smells

M medium bodied, almost creams up from the bubbles, slippery on the palate after the fact

O great drinkable pale, lots going on in something I could drink for a while without getting board

I've had some great stuff from Epic and this one's no different, I ended up drinking this one a few times while in NZ

wordemupg, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Erik-P, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Ravman29
1.7/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I'm a bit new to IPA and found this beer way too overpowering. Poured well, but literally smelled and tasted like piss. Way way too bitter for me. I could not finish it. Yes I know lots seem to like it, but this one wasn't for me. Perhaps the beer had gone south. Worth a try, but be forewarned.

Ravman29, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of brandonld23
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of JohnnyRay
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

JohnnyRay, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of mikelward
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

mikelward, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +1.5%

KStark, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops and lychees are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of lychees and is accompanied by a light amount of bitterness form the hops. Hints of buttery malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy for the style but is very easy to drink. I really liked the hop aromas and flavors because they were reminiscent of lychees.

metter98, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brew on Quay, Auckland,NZ

A: Serve a deep copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some pine and citrus with a bit of malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus and mild malt sweetnbess with a bit of fruit. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, somewhat creamy with a rich flavor. Nicely balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Well worth checking out.

soju6, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jmccullough108, May 17, 2013
Photo of j-rod18
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

j-rod18, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Polasiuss, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

beerpadawan, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

terence, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale brass with lumpy eggshell head that fades to film but rims and speckles.
Big fresh herbal hop nose with lemon zest, underneath is oily flowers, tangerine and some caramel - deep.
Cookie dough and maybe apricot jam then clean grapefruit, evergreen and lemon sorbet hops.
Grapefruit zest finish with slight catiness and tingly linger. Light but chewy, salty, some oil.

Clean and bright APA. Nothing overpowering (or overly impressive) but the hops are layered a bit and it's all very well balanced. NS gives a bit of musty fruit, but nowhere near overpowering. Not much of a malt backbone together with the mineral content makes this lean and a bit unforgiving, very much of the San Diego out-of-balance-on-purpose school. Promising, for my first taste of Epic.

StJamesGate, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and spicy hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with pineapple, grapefruit, and mango hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some spicy and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and a touch of biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of tropical and spicy hops with some bitterness and some sweet lightly bready malts and a bit of pepper.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced APA with a good hop profile and bitterness.

ngeunit1, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a light copper colour and a one finger white head. Decent lace and good retention.

S - Tropical fruit, grass, fresh fruits.

T - Tropical fruit, grass, pine.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a nice bitterness.

O/D - A decent Kiwi pale ale. Odd twang to it but good stuff while being easy drinking too.

tbeckett, Aug 31, 2012
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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.