Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by speter:
3.25/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
05-18-2012 19:01:32 | More by speter
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
08-22-2010 20:36:55 | More by oberon
1.7/5 rDev -57%
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.
12-06-2013 11:24:01 | More by Ravman29
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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
12-04-2009 09:31:21 | More by jahsausage
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
11-27-2009 10:12:31 | More by CrazyDavros
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
03-28-2009 21:33:21 | More by tendermorsel
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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
10-09-2011 00:26:04 | More by vandemonian
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
07-13-2011 22:36:01 | More by smakawhat
4.72/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
09-04-2010 01:21:53 | More by eclaycamp
4.04/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-12-2013 00:00:07 | More by metter98
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
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!!
11-21-2010 10:28:30 | More by foles
4.7/5 rDev +19%
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
02-25-2010 08:12:14 | More by joecast
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-22-2009 01:36:09 | More by jwc215
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-26-2009 05:52:02 | More by rjimlad
4.6/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
09-06-2010 08:50:40 | More by dayvayen
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-25-2009 08:19:33 | More by Macca
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
05-13-2010 08:39:17 | More by juju7
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
05-31-2013 23:46:13 | More by soju6
Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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