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Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

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88
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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 Jaredbuter
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious. Wonderful flavor and aroma. A milder two hearted.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of T-34-85
3.31/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of ph001c
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of RHB33
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Noodleboyg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Ravman29
1.77/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of brandonld23
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JohnnyRay
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mikelward
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of j-rod18
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.