Epic Mayhem - Epic Brewing Company

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86
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: VitBAficionado on 05-06-2009

This isn't your ordinary beer du jour. It is so packed with hop-fuelled flavour and aroma that it will invigorate even the hardest hop-head. Brewed as our special festival beer, only available for a limited time, Mayhem will alter your beer reality forever. Enjoy this road to hoppyness with caution.
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Epic beers from Zew Zealand have really hit home with me,Iam a hophead and their beer really seem to key in that old school left coast style,this beer was not quite as good as the others in my opinion.Poured into a imperial pint glass a clear lighter shade of amber with a very thin white head never really left.Aromas are the best trait of the beer,floral and resiny hops with a tinge of caramel.A bit sharp in the feel it takes away a little of the drinkability in my mind.Flavors are resiny and citric with a sweetish base.A pretty dood beer but not up to par with their other wares.

Go Blue!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orangish-yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very fruity with a lot of orange and grapefruit notes, as well as some toffee and yeast notes. The flavor is toffee, orange citrus, apples and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer filled with a ton of tropical fruit.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with an illegible BB date, though I'm pretty certain this is well past its best. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. Here's hoping it's still alright. The label describes it as a limited edition festival beer brewed with a ton of hops.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear coppery-orange hue with good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with notes of pine resin, weed, barley sugar, earthy yeast, stewed hops and mild cardboard. Due to its age there is a lack of finesse, but it still smells decent.

Tastes of intensely resinous pine with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, caramel malt, faint grain, stewed hops, earthy yeast and subtle cardboard. A slight malty sweetness and a twinge of booze in the background. A strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine resin, stewed hops and caramel malt.

Pretty good despite the age of the bottle. Looks alright - the colour is great. Aroma and flavour are dominated by piny hops and caramel malt, with some mild off-notes lurking in the background. Body is OK. Overall, the hop character of this brew has faded and lost its breadth and subtlety - all that remains are the most dominant notes. However, it retains balance and enough flavour to make it enjoyable. I dare say this is superb when fresh - give it a whirl if you come across it.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a good amount of head and gives off an orange hop scent. Yes, a palate killer, it's somewhat astringent. IBU is there, like a 1.5X IPA with lots of orange citrus,some papaya and mango, marmelade, even some lime.The Epic series have been nice, but a bit overated in my narrow view of the world.

Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle at City Beer in SF. $11.99 - what a ripoff! Good beer though.

This beer pours a mostly clear medium amber color with a clingy whitish head and good lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy, as expected. Citrusy, piney, and earthy with a little toffeeish malt presence.

Flavor is mildly sweet and strongly bitter, with loads of hops. Caramel and toffee malt balance orange, grapefruit, resin, and earth hop flavors. Hop resins abound on the palate.

Medium-high carbonation with very slight syrupiness and medium body.

Good stuff overall, just not worth the price at all. To be honest, I also expected more for a beer called something like "Epic Mayhem."

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a creamy lasting head leaving lots of lacing.
Nose shows lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange blossom. I'm guessing there's a fair bit of Nelson Sauvin in this from the passion-fruit as well. Malt is certainly not forgotten , lots of sweet clean crystal. Very nice!
The malt is stronger as a flavour with some toasty notes joining the sweet caramel. Similar hop character as in the aroma, but with more grapefruit and pine. Finishes quite sweet but with a matching bold bitterness.
Creamy carbonation, not too high, slick syrupy mouthfeel, awesome!

Photo of eclaycamp
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When you call your brewery "Epic" you'd better be able to live up to your own hype. Having tried the Epic Pale Ale (which, I'm happy to report, very much lived up to it's name), I'm onto Epic Mayhem, which, from the label, promises to destroy my palate with just one taste. Violent imagery aside, I'm willing to give this one a shot. Like the Pale Ale, this one pours an almost unnaturally clear, with a gigantic billowing head. Color is darker, more copper in nature. Very vibrant in my pint glass. Aroma is more on the pine side of things, but I'm getting some light caramel malt notes in the background. Mouthfeel is again similar to the Pale Ale in that it's very slick. I'd be very interested in knowing the malt bill, because I'm curious how they're able to get this mouthfeel into their beers. Nice moderate level of bitterness is immediately present, though not nearly as palate destroying as Epic would have you to believe. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The taste is bubbly, and I don't mean that in the traditional sense. I mean that the taste is front loaded, then fades away before there's all-to-brief coda of hop bitterness. Have to wonder if that was intentional or not. The malt is there in the middle, but it's underpowered. This beer is more hop forward than the Pale Ale. There's big pine hops up front with citrus and grapefruit in the finish. In between there's some mild malt sweetness that I wish played a larger role. Don't mistake that as a reason to skip trying the beer - it isn't. Because overall this beer is doing a number of things right. The price point on this prevents it from becoming a regular rotation favorite for me, otherwise I'd be all over it.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Deep amber color, crystal clear appearance. Off-white, creamy froth. Lasting & spotty head. Flowers, yeast & mildy malts to the nose. Gentle maltiness at first sip followed by dry bitter hoppiness. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some astringency & quince notes into the finish. Resiny aftertaste. Refreshing & nice drinkability.

Photo of megahurts4
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Epic Mayhem

Appearance: cloudy amber, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hoppy floral notes with a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: floral hops and faint fruit.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
I expected this brew to be much stronger flavored based on the smell. It is light in body and taste, but flavors are true. It has a slight bitter finish due to the hops. It's lightness makes it a worthy session brew.

Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the pale so am really looking forward to this.

Pours an inviting light amber color. Medium carbonation. Stable fluffy white head which leaves a good amount of lacing.

This is from NZ?! Impressive citrus, pine and floral hop aroma. Seriously intense stuff. A bit of underlying malt sweetness backs it up. It all comes together and makes a huge impact.

Smooth delivery of bitterness. This beer does very well to balance such large amounts of malt and hops. A steady hand and skillful brewer are evident (yes, I am a fan). The initial impression is one of a beer much bigger than what the abv states, but finishes as clean as your average pale ale.

Overall it's as well made and drinkable as any strong ale out there. Judging strictly by style and it might be the little brother of some of the others, but that by no means reflects the quality. EPIC!

Photo of rarbring
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear light amber, an off-white firm high head that settles slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

The smell is citric and floral, red grape-fruit, clementines, then herbs and nettles. Initially a toffee sweetness.

A light sweet start, some brown sweet bread, the sour and bitter grape-fruits, some pine resin presence.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, rather soft and a medium body, a dry finish.

Rather good and well-balanced, very AIPA-ish to me.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of large bubbles with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light to moderate amount of toffee malt sweetness with stronger aromas of pine/resin, earthy, and citrus/grapefruit/orange hops that have just a touch of bitterness and alcohol.

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of malts with some caramel and toffee sweetness. Following the malt sweetness there is a moderate to strong flavor of the hops - pine/resin, citrus/grapefruit/orange, and earthy hops are present in the taste. Light amounts of alcohol are also present near the finish along with a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very interesting blend of styles - American Strong Ale with a decent amount of hops to it which is more like an IPA. Unfortunately it is not the easiest to drink as the alcohol could be a little more well hidden and the mouthfeel is just slightly off (for me).

Photo of juju7
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

These guys can do wrong. To be honest, I was expecting a more aggressive, hairy kind of beer, but I was pleasantly surprised by what an elegant, smooth, classy beer this is. The tight head is exceptionally even, all the way to the end and laced beautifuly. Orange, marmalade, slight toffee-esque aromas are obvious but not flamboyant. Smoothness on the palate is awesome. Spot on balance of carbonation, bitterness, malt sweetness in a full flavoured gorgeous finish. This fits the profile of a beer I could drink everyday without wanting for too much else. I want more!

Photo of jdhilt
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger off-white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber/copper color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Resin/bready nose. Flavor is malty, bready, some caramel like an IPA without the hops. $8.92 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 1 pint 9 fl oz bottled beer out of a large snifter.

A: A hazy orangish color with a one-finger white head that dissipates into a white wispy lace. A long white trail descends the glass.

S: Strong sweet fruity aromas arrive first. Orange, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits fill the nose.

T: Hop resins are plentiful on the palate. Flavor is slightly sweet and robustly bitter, with loads of hops. Toffee, caramel, and malt are nicely balance with orange, grapefruit, and hop flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry on the mouth with the right amount of hops.

O: This was my first beer from EPIC, and I was mildly impressed. It is a well balanced beer and appropriate taste for the style.

Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright amber color with a good white head.

Aromas are a nice mix between sweet caramel malts, light pine, resin and citrus.

Taste is bright and toasty, with light caramel sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is not bad, crisp and snappy carbonation. But a touch thin.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. Reminds me more of a pale or an amber not a strong ale. Worth trying, but the price tag is pretty high for what you get. (understandable, considering the distance this has traveled)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight wood, hint of yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. A good beer, but a little light to be an American 'Strong Ale'.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of hops, something sweet and sugary, and a little malt.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything else, with some caramel, toffee and malt thrown in. Not as complex as you'd expect, but still tasty.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

Photo of TubaManJack
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle- B/B date of 16.01.10 (Jan '10). Winner of Best in Class @ Brew NZ 2006 as stated on the label.

Appearance: An IPA-style orange body with a full head. Good recension and lacing.
Smell: Hops, from the brewer I'd expect nothing less. The nose is of the traditional grapefruit and pine, but also oranges and sweetened cherries.
Taste: A great deal of hops, so I am confused as to why this is considered a Strong Ale, a bit of sweet malt to counteract the piney resin.
Mouthfeel:A nice resiny piney finish, similar to West Coast IPAs with the style of hopping and their presence. A slight dryness and residual feeling on the tongue.
Drinkability: I agree this is Epic's Pale Ale on roids. and I love them for it. Seek it out but be aware of its ~$10NZ per 500ml price.

Photo of bark
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is hoppy with lots of earthy-citric flavours. Some metal, lemons, grape fruits, gravy, grains and cereals. Medium strong to strong bitterness with some chemical flavours. It feels a bit heavy and dense.

The colour is amber (26 EBC) ; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale beige and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is dry and medium bitter. The dry flowery hops make me more think of the UK than the US. The tastes are a bit reserved, but at the same time they are clean, very balanced and they work very well together. Some alcohol, dried fruits and a medium strong bitterness in the aftertaste as well as a very light metallic note.

The carbonation is strong, but not very long-lasting. The bubbles are small. The liquid is dry and light.

An "American strong ale"? No. I would classify it as an hoppy English pale ale. A quite good one, too.

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky copper, thin near white head that leaves to disk fast. Good amount of cling lace.

S - Very briney. The cat pee hops smell is in the background, but mostly brine.

T - Not as sweet in the malt as I would have hoped. Piney for sure. Finish is very dry.

M - Medium body, good carb and coat, balance very dry and more hops than malt.

D - Not my favorite but fun to try.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusky bronze colour, nice cream head, leaves some beautiful thick lace. Head sinks slowly but surely. Slow bead up the glass, clea appearance. Pretty nice.

Lots of pleasant west coast hop character on the nose, notes of fresh pineapple and citrus zest. Slight resiny character, with a rich malty backbone indicating a touch of strength to it. But mostly fruity and sweet, smells very refreshing.

Taste is quite bitter and zesty. Starts with a tangy citrus character mingling with slight tartaric notes, then a distinct caramelised malt backbone that underlies the whole palate comes through. A bit of alcohol warmth emerges late but never bites, just adds a slight warmth and reminds me maybe that the bittering hops are not there in force - but then it's not an IPA so they shouldn't be. And there is a bitterness on the finish, slightly phenolic and comes through more as an afterthought than a distinct hoppy note. Nice clean finish makes this pleasant and refreshing.

Mostly smooth and pleasant texture, but a little bit sharp on the back. Not enough to put me off though, really.

Pretty much a cracker of a beer, not quite hoppy enough to be an IPA and not heavy enough for barleywine status, it's just nicely nestled in the middle of malty and hoppy. A good drinker, anyway.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still on the epic New Zealand beer trawl. This one seems a suitable addition.

Pours a very clear and quite light orange-golden colour. Head is firm, but large-bubbled, forming a little sudsy lacing, but not maintaining a particularly solid retention. Carbonation is fine and streaming. Body looks pleasantly heavy.

Nose is (and I can't help but describe it this way) classically Kiwi--those lovely hoppy but fresh and sharp aromas. This one perhaps owes a little more to the west coast of the USA, with some fruity citrus characters of Cascade and Chinook, but the freshness is delicious. A little sweaty grain grounds it, but it's all about the hops. Big props for that.

Nose is weirdly smooth and drinkable. It certainly doesn't have the robust hoppy bitterness I was expecting. Here, we get a smooth sweet and fresh fruit character, with a good dashing of toffeed sugar. Just enough bitterness comes through to balance it and stop it from being sickly. As a result, it ends up clean, light and supremely drinkable.

Great work on this one. A very nice late-hopped brew that gives plenty of hop flavour and a balanced palate that does not assault the senses. A clever and well thought-out brew from Epic, who are genuinely doing some exceptional things.

Photo of gford217
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours A clear golden amber with a big frothy white head hat sticks to the sides and leaves a soapy cap.

Aroma is great with lots of juicy citrus, oranges and pineapples come to mind. There is some biscuity malts in there as well.

The taste is far less citrusy though there is still some lighter lemon notes and more grassy floral flavors and caramel malts. The taste is actually a little watery.

As mentioned above, the feel is lighter than I was expecting, slightly watery, with low carbonation.

This is a decent beer but I liked the Armageddon IPA better. The aroma promised great things but the flavor was just too light and watery.

Photo of ralree
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Translucent orange, really fizzy, bubbles stick to the glass like soda, head retention pretty short, lacing basically non-existant. Not a great looking beer.

S: Wonderful fruitiness, hops are good and strong, vanilla.

T: Hops again come through really nicely. Malt is light and easy on the tongue, but a little lacking. Breadiness throughout. The front has a nice fruitiness, like apricot. It needs more at the end to finish it off - tastes pretty bad after swallowing. Just OK.

M: A bit astringent, watery, light body, a bit overcarbonated. Not a winner here.

D: Overall, it's drinkable, but not something I'd crave often. It is very light, and might go well with a meal where one wants a lighter and more refreshing beer.

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Epic Mayhem from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.