Epic Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Pale AleEpic Pale Ale

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 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 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 BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 oberon
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - A nice, spicy/floral hop aroma with notes of pine.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with some bread and toffee notes. Spicy hops in the middle with a bit of floral character. The beer finishes with more thick malt, spicy hops, and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well balanced and very drinkable, I enjoyed this but can't help but think that the hop character is only a shadow of what it would be when served fresh in the land of its origin. It is a nice pale ale, but as an obscure import its high cost limits it to a one time experience for me, which is unfortunate because this is obviously meant to be a staple beer and it probably fits that role quite nicely when it is available fresh and competitively priced.

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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 Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
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 jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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 ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and spicy hops.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with pineapple, grapefruit, and mango hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some spicy and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and a touch of biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of tropical and spicy hops with some bitterness and some sweet lightly bready malts and a bit of pepper.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced APA with a good hop profile and bitterness.

Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 heygeebee
3.66/5  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 brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of dansmcd
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of joecast
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.