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Epic Mayhem - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
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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5/5  rDev +28.9%

pgofman, Nov 24, 2011
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 dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, orange copper colour with a fluffy, ivory head. Good head retention and lots of visible effervescence.

Typical big fruity hop aromas. Tropical mango, passionfruit and a hint of grape. Lots of aroma which is nice and it seems well rounded with the whole thing coming together very nicely.

Strong bitterness in the initial attack subsiding through the midpalate to with some malt balancing out the flavour profile. Good hop flavours with citrus, mandarin and passionfruit at the fore. Strong bitterness in the dry finish which lingers on for a while. The bitterness is almost a little bit harsh which detracts slightly from the beer.

A slightly lower than medium body and higher than moderate carbonation are good and accentuate the flavours of this beer. The overall package is quite creamy which is nice.

A great beer with heaps of flavour and at an alcohol level which doesn't kill you. A great beer that I would love to see more of.

dgilks, Dec 19, 2009
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 brendan13
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear dark orange colour with a 3cm off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Piney & citrus, fruity hops with a hint of caramel.
T - Along the same lines as the smell; piney & citrus hops at the front with some balancing caramel malt hints coming into play at the back.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation & bitterness.
D - This is a pretty tasty beer. On the pricey side but worth trying & something I'd buy again.

brendan13, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

tbryan5, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dcME, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and floral hops with some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and other tropical hops, some bitterness, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and piney hops come through with some more bitterness and some bready malts. The finish is a mix of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine hops with some sweet bready malts.

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

D - Very drinkable. Good hop and malt balance with some good bitterness and body for overall balance.

ngeunit1, Sep 01, 2012
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 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 Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color is clear dark golden and the head slightly tan and medium large, thick and creamy. Rich lacings after the slow dissipation.

S: Rich American hops, both floral and bitter. Citric notes and lots of pine. Sweet caramel malt.

T: Bready sweet malts. The hops are more floral than bitter, but still bitter; citric and piney.

M: Aftertaste is medium long – both sweet and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation the same – very smooth though.

O: The balance between the hops and the malt is great. This one is highly gulpable.

Evil_Pidde, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 04, 2011
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 laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

laituegonflable, May 25, 2010
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
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
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Cheld, Jul 25, 2014
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 jimmah120
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jimmah120, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a see through light copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and some sporadic spots of clingy lacing,the aromas are piney hops,orange zest,grapefruit and some caramel,it has a nice sticky medium bodied mouthfeel which is carbonated just right and allows the tastes of orange marmalade,boiled candy,pineapple and caramel to be noticed and this is followed by a nice passionfruit bitterness,overall its a tasty drop that if wasnt so exspensive i would buy more of but in saying that ill still revisit it for sure.

ADZA, Oct 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

SonicsLi, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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Epic Mayhem from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.