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Epic Mayhem - Epic Brewing Company

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 53
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.2%
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:
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 53
Photo of eclaycamp
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,691 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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." (657 characters)

Photo of juju7
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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! (570 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,292 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of TubaManJack
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of VitBAficionado
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (453 characters)

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Epic Mayhem from Epic Brewing Company
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