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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

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam a huge fan of hopped up old school left coast pales,this one from New Zealand reminds me of that old school APA.Poured into an imperial pint glass a slight burnt orange with a great one finger creamy head that never completely settles,a great frothy/creamy mass is left behind with broken shards of lace in the aftermath.A mix of resiny/piney hop mixed with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus,a great play of hops,a lightly sweet doughy malt base gives a token appearance.Big citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors,slightly bitter in the finsh,the malt lends a light crispness and lighter sweetness.This is a standard pale ale but its freakin awesome,if you like the hops this is it!

Epic has caught my attention in a big big way.

oberon, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

virinow, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Ravman29
1.7/5  rDev -57%
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 Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of jahsausage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still waiting to drink an APA from the USA but this is surely the next best thing!

Pours a copper colour, the head is a bit heisitant but I think I may not have washed out my glass properly.

Apologies for stating the obvious but it smells of hops, reminds me of the smell of boiling hops before adding them to homebrew.

As for taste - am well impressed, covers all of the bases

jahsausage, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a large persistent head.
Aroma shows lots of fruit, grassy, and resiny hops. Grapefruit, orange blossom, nectarines. Behind this is a fair bit of sweet malt and caramel.
Very hoppy taste, but with less sweet fruits. There's still some grapefruit, grassy notes and peaches, followed by some sweet clean malt. Then a strong bitterness rolls through, growing bigger and bigger. However it is exceptionally well-balanced by the afore-mentioned malt.
Good medium body with a light, but refreshing, carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of tendermorsel
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I happened to run in to Luke (the brewmaster for Epic) while killing an afternoon in London. After a many pints and some serious beer talk he gave me a bottle to try. It was a great way to kill an afternoon.

The beer poured a clear light orange/brown. It had a nice foamy head. Not much hops in the nose of the beer but very forward in the taste. Appearently Luke is the "hop king of New Zealand" and this beer showed it. Very well balanced not over hopped at all. Not oily or overly bitter. Extremely drinkable. I could drink this all night long.

Overall a great beer that would stand up to any hoppy west coast pale ale.

Good luck to Luke fighting the good fight against bland lagers in New Zealand. After drinking this one I am sure he will be quite successful.

tendermorsel, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of vandemonian
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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

vandemonian, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

smakawhat, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've seen this beer on the shelf a few times but I've avoided it considering that it's being imported from New Zealand and I live in Kansas. Still, I saw some today and figured I'd give them a shot. 17 ounce bomber. Pours a light amber to golden blonde with an impeccably clear appearance. Huge frothy two inch head. Impressive aroma; I have the beer sitting next to me and I am getting a clear whiff of hops - the glass is roughly 2 feet away from me. As the head dissipates the lacing is very clingy. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some light skunkiness in the background. Slick mouthfeel with some nice mild bitterness. Light to mild carbonation. Flavor is hops, up front. Floral hops abound up front, and there's a nice spicy pepper note in the middle of the beer, with lingering grapefruit in the finish. The malt profile is there, as you get breadiness somewhere in the middle before going back to hops. Where this beer breaks the rules is in the finish. I get this amazing caramel sweetness aftertaste, completely the opposite of what I expect when drinking a pale ale. Outside of that, the malt is subdued, which I like. It's a nicely understated counterpoint to all of the hops - and make no mistake, hops is what this beer is all about. More specifically, Cascade. Full Disclosure: I actually listened to an interview with Epic's brewer, and he stated the beer was only made with one hop - Cascade, which is just crazy. There's so much going on with the hop profile that you'd swear there's more than just that hop in it. But no, it's just Cascade. The best thing about this beer is how clean it is. It's super clear, very clean on the palate, and amazingly crisp when drinking. One of the best Pale Ales I have had in a very long time. Very impressive, especially for New Zealand.

eclaycamp, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 foles
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best american style pale ale I've encountered. Funny enough most brewpubs I visited in California and Oregon went straight for the IPA!

Showcasing fresh cascade in all its glory! Biting, aromatic citrisy piney hoppiness on the nose and palate, right through to the finish. You can tell this is a well crafted brew - I would get more of it if it wasnt A$11 a bottle!!

foles, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

jmccullough108, May 17, 2013
Photo of joecast
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

been hearing good things about this brew. lets hope it lives up to the $11 price tag.

good looker. bright, light copper color. medium carbonation. nice head formation and retention. some lacing.

big hoppy aroma, just what you should expect from an apa. this is really nice, so close to being a 5. resiny, sharp citrus. this must be seriously fresh. ok im doing it, 5. this really cant be much better.

after all that hop aroma, the bitterness is not as in-your-face as expected. really sessionable. good hop flavor up front with enough malt balance to carry it through. very well rounded.

best beer ive had in a while. and it was going to be tough after the sticker shock i got at the bottle shop. well done epic (and the brewery that has the contract). would love to try on tap closer to home. YUM

joecast, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Weatherspoons, London:

Pours amber (slightly hazed) with a thin, white head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of lemon zest with a spicy touch.

The taste is of lemon, touch of lime - with a creamy sweetness, not unlike lemon-merangue pie. Grainy maltiness shows through with a bitterish balance. Slightly tart, minty, dry finish.

It has a creamy, medium body.

Slightly raw in the lingering bitter dry aftertaste, but still very drinkable.

jwc215, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of JohnnyRay
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JohnnyRay, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of rjimlad
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper colour that's clear and with a nice persistent head. Fantastic floral and fruity aroma. Flavour is a bit hollow and dominated by hops. Not much body outside the pronounced bitterness but still retains some complexity though not in its malt. Reminds me of Matilda Bay Alpha Ale. Nice and crisp but not awe inspiring.

rjimlad, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of dayvayen
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very clear in the bottle. Citrusy hop smell with a bit of pine, but not a punchy overdone hop scent. Some malty backbone but mostly well-rounded hops. This beer tastes a lot bigger than its 5.4%, and comes across as more of an IPA than a pale. All in all, a very drinkable beer that I'll seek out again.

dayvayen, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Macca
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really attractive looking beer. Dark golden with a generous head that lessens to reasonable covering.

Love the aromas. Sweet tropical fruits and florals. A little malt as well.

I'm sort of hesitant to actually taste it.

A big dose of hoppy bitterness. The maltiness continues. I knew I would be disappointed. Just not what I am into. That siad, some great length to the flavours. Very drying.

Medium bodied with a high level of carbo.

I think I would like this more with food. Something that will do battle with the hoppiness. A well made beer though.

Macca, May 25, 2009
Photo of juju7
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balls to the wall-my favourite APA so far. Almost IPA-like in the amount of hop goodness jumping out of this fella. Beautiful hazy ochre with a creamy head. Upfront bitterness and a lengthy finish. Balance could be argued but I'm looking at this beer as something of a guilty pleasure. Brilliant.

juju7, May 13, 2010
Photo of soju6
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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 RHB33
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate and firm, this American Pale Ale performs admirably well, and with a bright citrus character to boot.

The beer pours a hazy copper/amber color with a mild haze. A froathy, sticky head forms a 1/2 head, retains very well with pockets of foam and the beer and lace on the glass. Impressive overall.

Bright citrus notes of orange zest and grapefruit lead the way with a modest caramel or graham cracker sweetness/spiciness. Pure and clean scent remains simple yet elegant.

Hop flavors fare every bit as well as they do in the nose, but with the added grassiness/leafy taste. Malt character still represents the caramel/graham cracker flavor but with low sweetness and hearty maltiness, the beer's flavor results in a partly grainy taste that proved distracting heading into the finish. Minerally/salty taste also hurts the flavor profile.

Early carbonated creaminess quickly turns astringent, weak, and ultimately thin in texture. Outside of the harsh grainy/astringent/bitey finish, the beer sets up for an inviting crisp clean mouthfeel. Too bad.

A promising early start waivers at mid palate with both flavor and mouthfeel and leaves the beer somewhat empty in body and taste late, allowing the harsher attributes of grain and hops to reveal themselves. A less than clean ending to such a great introduction.

BEERchitect, Oct 18, 2010
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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.