1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

71 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 44
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SonicsLi

New Caledonia

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-15-2011 09:41:39 | More by SonicsLi
Photo of ponyfizz

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

5/5  rDev +26.6%

12-10-2011 10:54:16 | More by ponyfizz
Photo of mosesiamnt

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

04-19-2012 04:58:44 | More by mosesiamnt
Photo of eclaycamp


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
Photo of joecast


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
Photo of dayvayen


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
Photo of tedho21


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-28-2012 22:29:35 | More by tedho21
Photo of mikelward


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-24-2013 23:43:21 | More by mikelward
Photo of VitBAficionado

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours a crystal clear copper-golden with a fluffy eggshell off-white head. Lots of lace. Nose dominated by hops: passionfruit, fresh-cut grass, pine. Hops throughout with apricot and citrus hitting first, then a more herbal taste in the middle and end. Despite all the hops, surprisingly balanced with a nice malt presence in the middle. Astringent, clingy body leads to long bitter hop aftertaste. Definently more of an APA on steriods than an english pale. Label claims 15 different hops in this and I actually believe it.

09-16-2007 09:32:42 | More by VitBAficionado
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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
Photo of juju7


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
Photo of foles


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
Photo of dgilks


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Big, prominent hop aroma. Resinous pine, passionfruit, tangerine and mango come through. I also get a hint of cat's pee. Nice supporting backbone of crystal malts. Great aroma.

Slightly hazy orange colour with a nice, fluffy off white head. Good head retention.

Mmmm. Big hop flavour, lots of upfront tropical fruit, passionfruit and mango. The malt is only enough to support the hops and it does a great job. Tasty, tasty hop juice. Clean with a moderately high bitterness with lingers just a little too long.

Medium-light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't quite right for me with the carbonation being just a bit too much.

An eminently drinkable beer for my tastes. Lots of hops which keep on coming with a reasonable ABV. The only thing that detracts is the slightly harsh lingering bitterness.

03-13-2010 03:25:51 | More by dgilks
Photo of July2Nov


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

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!).

05-16-2011 00:54:12 | More by July2Nov
Photo of drink1121


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

poured into a hotel glass in Auckland, will hopefully be visiting the brewery as well

A-pours a transparent copper with little to no head after a fairly agressive pour. What little head there is dissipates quickly, which is why I knocked it down pretty heavily

S- The smell is very similar to SNPA, but with more fruity hops in the nose. Hops hit the nose initially, not over powering, but prevalent. Some light malt in the background, but a good balance between the two for an APA. This is what I think of when smelling an APA

T-Again, very similiar to SNPA but with more fruity hops, rather than piney. There is some pine resin in the taste, but not much. Again, the taste is very to style of an APA.

M- Slight creaminess with light carbonation. I could go for a bit more carbonation for a lighter brew - this brings down the crispiness of the beer.

D- I almost downed this beer so quick I had to save the last few sips to finish the review. I have no idea how I drank it so fast. I guess a long day of load-in makes me thirsty. Overall great brew and its the New Zealand version of Sierra Nevada's beloved APA. Epic has done well

11-21-2010 07:17:57 | More by drink1121
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-01-2014 14:14:37 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
Photo of jaydoc


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-16-2013 04:09:55 | More by jaydoc
Photo of JohnnyRay

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-26-2013 10:49:23 | More by JohnnyRay
Photo of j-rod18

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-03-2013 22:49:34 | More by j-rod18
Photo of Noodleboyg

Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-15-2014 06:53:14 | More by Noodleboyg
Photo of brandonld23


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-01-2013 01:24:04 | More by brandonld23
Photo of dansmcd


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

01-05-2012 13:56:37 | More by dansmcd
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%

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

03-15-2014 22:27:24 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Macca


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
Photo of Offa


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

08-26-2012 06:50:24 | More by Offa
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.