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Epic Mayhem - Epic Brewing Company

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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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Photo of irongator
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

irongator, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ralree
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

ralree, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of VitBAficionado
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber orange with a medium off-white head. Nose and taste is all hops... grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, orange, grass and a little peach. Some caramel malt is there in the taste but pretty muted to my mind. VERY dry peppery finish, I'd go as far as to say harsh. Been described as an Epic Pale Ale on steroids and that's an apt comparison. Think I might actually enjoy this more with 6-12 months on it. Hopheads of NZ should rejoice however.

VitBAficionado, May 06, 2009
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

aztraz, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

bark, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this ale pours out a deep coppery amber with impressive clarity and a head of white foam.

S - a big yet balanced aroma of sweet caramel malts and bold citrusy hops.

T - starts out with a touch of caramel with a bright bitter orange peel flavor in the middle of the tongue which lingers long after the finish.

M - medium bodied with a slightly grainy texture and a light carbonation.

O - this is more of just a hoppy amber than a big american strong ale but it is still quite flavorful.

Teleweizen2, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ryanpj, Aug 25, 2012
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 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 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 TubaManJack
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

TubaManJack, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Close to two fingers of eggshell cream white, credible blend of smaller and larger bubbles, nothing special about its retention, skimps on the lacing. Transparent, clear brown to clay red influenced orange base, consistent hue throughout, only a few bubbles to be found. Grassy, herbaceous hops take over the nose quickly, with white pepper, pine needles and saline notes, rings metallic now and then too, the toffee, caramel maltiness weaves in and out, no steady presence, tart orange to white grapefruit citrus shaves off the sweetness of the apple, peach, apricot fruit, this latter a decidedly bit player. ends like someones crammed a handful of lichens and moss in your nostrils. Full-bodied, the carbonation broad, churns to fill your mouth as much as possible. Dry mouth feel, hops run the show but avoids herbaceousness per se, more raw grains, meadow scrub and tree bark with that same peppercorn and saltlick touch. Minor peach, red apple, pear fruit, the orange to lemon citrus drops back as well. In turn, maybe an uptick in florality. Cocoa and hard caramel candy helps to add diversity. Sheer density and forward momentum has it making a visceral impression but, flavor-wise, lacks nuance.

farrago, Sep 19, 2010
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 srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

srandycarter, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

gford217, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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 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 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 flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber & a foamy, centimetre thick and foamy white head with good retention.

Lots of bitterness upfront along with a sweet pine and strong hops smell. There is also a little vanilla and dark malts but the hops dominate along with a general bittersweet aroma.

Hops and pine kick things off here, along with some piney bitterness and a good malt presence. There is a little citrus and some summer fruits along with a lingering bitterness.

Light in body and as mentioned before there is tonnes of hops in this one. The feel is a semi-smooth one with medium carbonation and a lingering bitter finish.

Very hoppy and quite like an IPA is a some nice pine hops and a few malts thrown in for good measure as well. The taste is surprisingly refreshing and nicer than I had imagined.

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flyingpig, Apr 09, 2012
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 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 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 Offa
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, small off-white head soon thins to ring.

Aroma is caramelized brandy, candied orange and grapefruit.

Taste is dry caramelized bread crust, candied orange and grapefruit, juicy yeastiness, light mineral. It is lightly bitter and spicy, nicely balanced. It is like a good English IPA, with plenty of yeasty and hoppy character but balanced bitterness.

Offa, May 16, 2012
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Epic Mayhem from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.