Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

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88
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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 Ravman29
1.7/5  rDev -56.7%
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 alameda5
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of jrutigs
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of RHB33
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of speter
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of ph001c
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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 ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of terence
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of eux
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Teleweizen2
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.