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Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%


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.

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Ravman29

Alaska

1.7/5  rDev -57.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 11:24:01 | More by Ravman29
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alameda5

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:33:32 | More by alameda5
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Brad007

Vermont

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 01:38:15 | More by Brad007
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speter

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 19:01:32 | More by speter
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ADZA

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a amber copper colour with a nice frothy two finger creamy head that hangs around,it smells of a hoppy pine forrest full of grapefruits very hoppy indeed im keen to taste this beer,wow the taste is really full on even for me its definately an a experience it tastes so hoppy its not funny a real piney,grapefruit taste that finishes so bitter i dont know if i like it or not its definately a beer that i would only drink one of in a session and not a beer that i would share with someone who doesnt understand alot about beer as this beer would definately put them off microbrews,i gotta say if you dont like excessive use of hops avoid this one but for me i love the use of hops but the jury is still out on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 13:09:37 | More by ADZA
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:34:22 | More by Teleweizen2
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willjschmidt

California

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 04:05:40 | More by willjschmidt
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 12:15:29 | More by tbeckett
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 04:58:21 | More by BEERchitect
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 17:25:47 | More by jrallen34
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heygeebee

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 10:17:20 | More by heygeebee
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 10:12:31 | More by CrazyDavros
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lamarr04

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass (everything else is packed away at the moment)

A: Pours clear golden with hints of orange. big fluffy white head. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: It's been a while since I smelled a hop bomb. smells like sticking your nose in a freshly opened bag of hop pellets. big resinous pine with background notes of grapefruit.

T: Malt structure serves sole purpose of making bitterness palatable. not balanced, not intended to be.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Drinkability is a silly rating characteristic but for what its worth, after a stressful day, this is exactly what i needed.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 05:55:06 | More by lamarr04
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:26:04 | More by vandemonian
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femALEist

California

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

Made with 23 different types of hops. Made in Auckland. 5.4% abv. This poured a clear orange with a touch of sienna. On the nose, you get aromas of orange, light passionfruit, grapefruit skin and some resin. It tasted citrusy, bitter grapefruit and a piney aftertaste. This was the best hoppy beers so far that I have had in New Zealand.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 04:35:20 | More by femALEist
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange that falls away to a thin whisp quite quickly and leaves a bit of lace,
S - Floral and tropical fruit hops with some light maltiness.
T - Floral and fruity also in the taste with some light toasty and biscuity maltiness,
M - Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.
D - A very nice, approchable American style Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 12:38:49 | More by brendan13
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its an American Pale Ale for Pete's sake with imported US Cascade hops. Aside from that...

Appearance- Deep copper body with golden hues. There was a frothy hoppy head and decent lacing.
Smell- Ahh West Coast hops with grapefruit and pine sap aromas.
Taste- Strong Hop Flavors upfront and a balanced malt body. The malt was rather sweet to the hop bitterness providing a nice smooth transitions.
Mouthfeel-Slick and piney, a moderate dryness, lightly carbonated
Drinkability- Yup, it has left me craving more.

Summary- This APA is exactly what your craving for something hopped in a West Coast style for an upfront hop experience after months of APA/IPA withdrawal. In the States this beer would still be above average for a APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 02:29:51 | More by TubaManJack
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hunteraw

China

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

having this at brew quay in Auckland.

Appearance: fairly golden amber colour, a bit lighter than I might have expected. thin white head, leaves splotchy lacing.

Smell: Nice hops aroma, reminiscent of grass and citrus rind. Hint of soapiness as well, in the background. Maybe more like an english ipa than an apa but appealing nonetheless.

Taste: Ah, now you is an apa after all. Solidly bitter, American hops character. Citrus rind is the dominant note. Could use a bit more support from the malt, finishes on the same note that it starts.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit too sharp

drinkability: good, but wishing I had reviewed their Armageddon IPA when I had it a couple of weeks ago, which was all around a better beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2010 08:02:32 | More by hunteraw
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jahsausage

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4/5  rDev +1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 09:31:21 | More by jahsausage
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baggio

Sweden

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught@Brew on Quay in Auckland.

A: Nice copper color with a small white head.

S: Caramel, Pine, Grapefruit, Bread.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Caramel, Roasted malt, Fresh bread.

M: Smooth with plenty of carbonation. A very nice New Zealand APA. I enjoyed this immensely after drinking massproduced lager in the tropics for 2 weeks.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 07:39:26 | More by baggio
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-22-2009 01:36:09 | More by jwc215
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metter98

New York

4.04/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:00:07 | More by metter98
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 22:36:01 | More by smakawhat
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StJamesGate

New York

4.08/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 09:45:10 | More by StJamesGate
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:33:21 | More by tendermorsel
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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.