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Epic Mayhem - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: VitBAficionado on 05-06-2009)
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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

oberon, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

tbryan5, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Trashcat, Friday at 07:42 PM
Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

aztraz, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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."

nickd717, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

CrazyDavros, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Cheld
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Cheld, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of pgofman
5/5  rDev +28.9%

pgofman, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

eclaycamp, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, May 29, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

megahurts4, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

joecast, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

rarbring, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

dbrauneis, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of juju7
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

juju7, May 29, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

ckollias, May 19, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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)

flexabull, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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'.

Tone, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

avalon07, Jul 12, 2010
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Epic Mayhem from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.