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Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 82
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-26-2007

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No born on or best by date provided, but unfortunately this beer was old and had gone bad. I've had it in New Zealand fresh and it has a good hop punch, which is non existent here.

I'll have to try and get another bottle that is fresher to update my review.

A good malt bill present, so with the proper hop accompaniment, it should shine.

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Photo of ph001c
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: beautiful amber, reddish color. Head settles to 2mm head with small bubbles. Little lacing.
S: floral and fruit nose
T: sharp hops upfront, settling quickly to notes of caramel and cherry
F: dry with champagne like bubbles
O: very drinkable, going down easy. Good but not outstanding. Upfront hops a bit too strong to be representative of the style, more like a CA-style IPA. Pairs with mussels, preferably NZ green lips.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Ravman29
1.77/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great pale ale with nice well-rounded character.

Dark gold/pale amber, it has a big off-white head that steadily shrinks to a foamy ring and a little lace.

Aroma is pine, hint of grapefruit, pineapple, hint of leaf and grain - it's very hoppy and yeasty-juicy and has a mineral hint as well.

Taste is leafy-spicy-peppery hop with juiciness, mineral, bread. It has a nice, well-rounded juicy, lively, spritzy character. It's light but characterful.

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Photo of alameda5
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this at my local package store, plus read about it in "Brewed Awakening," so I had try it. Love the label design, I'm a sucker for good design.

Ok let's get into it. Poured into a pub glass, head faded quickly, beer itself is a nice orange color, typical of pale ales.

The nose of this beer is hard to detect. Very subtle, floral.

The taste of this beer is balanced between the hops and malt flavors but could use more punch.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, lightly carbonated, but I'm left feeling its to watery?

Over its. Of a bad beer, but nothing I was wowed by.

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Photo of speter
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from non-dated bottle into nonic.

A: Coppery gold with a two-finger fluffy off-white head that quickly fades to a virtual wisp with no lacing to speak of.

S: Slightly buttery toffee with a thin overlay of lemon. The hops have really faded on this one.

T: Well balanced between the malt and hops, but there is little development from front to back. The aftertaste does have a nice (aged) hop presence. I guess it's fitting that Epic describes this as an American Pale Ale, given that the original India Pale Ales were designed to be shipped across the sea to India, and this was shipped across the sea to America. Just as in principle the hops in an original IPA were designed to fade to the level of a standard bitter by the time the beer reached India, so too here have the hops faded.

M: Spot-on for a pale ale. Smooth, slightly bitter with a light tongue coating of hop resin in the finish.

O: I hate to factor price into my reviews, but it's reality. Given the price tag of this beer ($7.49/550ml), I can't say I'll be drinking another (not unless I visit NZ, in which case I'll seek out all the Epic I can find). This beer clearly has skill and passion behind it, but alas the trans-Pacific journey is too unkind.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Epic Lager was an Epic Fail. Will the Pale Ale out-do it?

Bland gold with a thin, almost non-existent head into my glass. Ok, it did fade.

Buttery malt and grassy hops. Smells the part. A little harsh still. I liken it to the big boys trying craft beer.

Ditto for flavor. Hops are ok, malt is ok but the overall feel is harsh/bland.

Lingering flavors mix with the aftermath of the carbonation. Too strong for my liking.

Another epic exaggeration.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - A nice, spicy/floral hop aroma with notes of pine.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with some bread and toffee notes. Spicy hops in the middle with a bit of floral character. The beer finishes with more thick malt, spicy hops, and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well balanced and very drinkable, I enjoyed this but can't help but think that the hop character is only a shadow of what it would be when served fresh in the land of its origin. It is a nice pale ale, but as an obscure import its high cost limits it to a one time experience for me, which is unfortunate because this is obviously meant to be a staple beer and it probably fits that role quite nicely when it is available fresh and competitively priced.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Three fingers of soapy head crest the effervescent clear orange amber below. The head has decent retention and the lacing at first is in sticky clumps and then broad sheets.

S - Nice whack of hops here, pine, passionfruit, mango, orange and citrus peel. Beautiful.

T - Hops all the way with flavours of passionfruit, orange and pine accompanied with some faint caramel and bread like malt.

M - Nice and oily medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry moderately bitter finish.

O - Another standout from a burgeoning star of a brewery. Make sure you drink it fresh though.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Epic Pale Ale is a nice pale ale with a slight artificial fruit flavour to it.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Piney hops with a grapefruit tang. 4.5

T: Pine and fruit/candy flavour. Like fake apple candy. The malt is there too. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hmmm, first review of a Epic beer, will it live up to its reputation?

Pours a light straw, dense cream head, which fades oh so quickly. Some lacing. Shame, not a good look.

Intense aromas of pine, citrus, passionfruit, all the usual hop suspects. Excellent so far. I suspect this might be what US Pale Ales would smell like if we got them fresh.

Taste is hop heaven, with serious bittering going on on my palate. Citrus and pine flavours are the go initially... but....

Mouthfeel, oh bugger. It's flat, non-carbonated, call it what you will, and as the bottle subsides I can see why the head didn't last. Not good.

Overall? Good experience, but, at 12 bucks a 500ml, compared to local brews, it's marked down 1 point, it just doesn't compete

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a crystal clear light orange. less than a fingers worth of white foam which leaves spotty lacing and has some staying power.

S - the nose is primarily spicy and fruity hops with notes of pepper, citus and apricot. the malt backbone has a light aroma of doughy bread and just a touch of caramel.

T - the flavors lean towards more of the malty side with notes of bread and caramel. as it warms on the tongue there is a bit of zesty hops for balance followed by a quick and dry finish.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied with a slightly watery yet smooth texture. light yet zippy carbonation.

O - could use a bit more body but it it easy drinking while still being high on flavor. a nice offering from the southern hemisphere.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a light amber color, very clear, with a nice sized white head. Good lacing as well.

S: Herbal tea scents from the hops, pale grain.

T: Herbal, floral, tea-like hops well balanced over a pale grainy malt base. Just slightly bitter in the finish. A hint of sweetness throughout.

M: Medium bodied, very active carbonation.

O: A decent pale ale. Well balanced, very clean and easy to drink. I like my pale's with a bit more of a hop presence though.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great big light tan caramel colored very consistently made head is formed right out of the pour of this very long necked large bottle. Clumpy styro-foamy in appearance, with a cloudy orb orange amber glow. Stupid amounts of thick lacing and clumping on the glass. Looks great

Mild green and citrus hop. Fresh smelling, fantastic aroma, makes me incredibly thirsty smelling it. Hints of herbal tea as well.

Taste is fairly wet but brings the nose notes but only more subdued. Light bodied with next to no carbonation with a mild hop grass sense, but also little malt presence. A little thin in feel but easily drinkable, borderline English IPA tasting with less body and flavor.

Overall though still pretty darn good beer and a good simple Pale Ale. Looks and smells great!

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Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt orange in color with a finger-width of white small bubbled head that went down to 1/4 of an inch afterwards.

Smell: Clean with a robust scent of hoppy pine and citrus.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Man that is one smooth Pale Ale...very impressed with the first sip. First of all I sense a malty stone-like flavor that also belies a smoked wood taste, that gradually melds into a sweeter and less hop oriented flavor. The end has a wet feel that combines with a numbing characteristic that engulfs all of the mouth. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer....it's so gentle and velvet like and ends with a mouthwatering edge.

Overall: I've seen this one on the shelf for awhile around the neighborhood store and have always walked right by it thinking that it was going to be some generic beer from New Zealand. Boy, was I wrong, this is a first rate product that I'm looking forward to partake with in the future and share with friends. Can't wait to see if the other selections from this company are just as....Epic (yeah...I went there!).

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank at Bluebird, no freshness date that I can recall... A good looking beer with a dark peach pour, a little copper accent. The head is nice, a bright white cap of about a finger forms and stays awhile, good lacing. Looks good... The aroma is great, nice and restrained for a pale but flavorful, grapefruit on the nose, other citrus notes, caramel, a hint of pine on the finish.... The taste is just as nice as the nose, grapefruit, caramel, but the pine is now mostly grassy hops. It starts off nice but the finish is harsh and flat, really a disappointing finish after a decent start. This should be more drinkable, but it isn't.

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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.