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Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011 - Epic Brewing Company

Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011

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BA SCORE
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.78%


Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The essence of NZ craft beer is here. We travelled. We filmed. We took the passion and musings of Kiwi craft brewers. We put them in this bottle. Enjoy.

Special thanks to: NZ Hops, Cryer Malt, Gladfield Malt.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 07-16-2011)
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an exceptionally clear yellow gold colour with 1-2 fingers of white head. Traces of fine, delicate lacing covering the sides of the glass.

S: Noticeable fruit presence of pear, apple, grapefruit, lychee and pineapple with notes of sweet honey malts, yeasty bread and citrus peel. Scents are fresh and juicy.

T: Surprising amount of fresh pine on the tongue which was not present on the nose together with tropical fruits and hints of yeasty bread. Hops are much more pronounced in the taste than the scent. Alcohol esters are apparent mid palate.

M: Medium bodied which pleasantly coats the mouth.

O: Tropical juicy fruits dominate the nose while piney hops contrasted and dominate the mouth which results in an interesting mix.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:57:42 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light coloured body with small lasting head. Mildly funky lagerish taste, with some heads. More of a blonde, bit of a dirty blonde. Smooth mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, as long as you do not wexpect it to have that tasty New Zealand hops. Basic expectations were met.
Bottle from Steve in Warren.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:39:48 | More by Sammy
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OF001


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL btl served chilled, a little too cold actually, maybe 5C.

Crystal clear golden pour with hints of amber depending on the light. Thin head that dissipates into an ever so slight ring and some wisps of foam that is maintained by generous but not over abundant continuous carbonation. No lacing what so ever.

Smells of sweet tropical fruits and gentile citrus peel, lemon and ruby grapefruit. Some meaty-leafy hops.

Very mild. Light pale malts with a kick of acidic tropical fruits and again, light on the citrus that is nicely balanced. Some caramel and mild bitter hopping rounded out by a undercurrent of herbal alcoholic that rises to the finish.

Medium-light body with average carbonation that gives some levity and helps the semi-dry, semi-bitter, and semi-sweet (no residual sugar notes) finish.

It is somehow less than its parts. While it is balanced in the best way, it lack umph and body. It lack a bold distinctiveness that I was expecting. very good but very basic. Not sessionable but not good enough for a one off during any point in the night. Frankly I'm struggling to give it a 3.75 overall despite the individuals.

Makes me sad.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 05:50:49 | More by OF001
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, floral, and spicy hops with lemon zest, and sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of pineapple, lemon, and other tropical hops with some mild bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and spicy hops come through with a bit of biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and spicy hops with some sweet bready malts.

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

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy APA with a good hop profile, bitterness and overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 08:11:14 | More by ngeunit1
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours clear gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits and some stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits with a decent grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale. Kind of unique flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:39:00 | More by Beaver13
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a thick snow white head that last a long bit and sticks to the side of the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The juicy tropical fruit hops aroma has a papery green hop quality to it with some dried citrus hop notes in the finish.

T- The slightly dry tropical fruit hops are nicely supported by some pale malt flavors and the soft dry finish has some grapefruit pith hops that linger without much real bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz that grows as the beer opens.

O- The nice hop flavor and depth help up pretty well to the boat ride. As the beer opens up the hops flavor fades a bit but the fizz and grapefruit pith notes grow stronger.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 12:40:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a moderate head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. It does leave some webby lace, though. The broth is gold and nearly clear.

Oddly, I initially smell cold slaw--a slightly sour and creamy aroma. Grapefruit hop is the predominant nose.

Very bitter from an overabundance of hop. This is particularly strong in the swallow and the aftertaste which reminds me of sucking on a hop pellet. Not well balanced--nearly no malt presence. Light bodied with a high carbonation, it seems thinner that it might be.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:36:23 | More by smcolw
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a somewhat clear golden color. Fluffy white head, good lacing.

S - Hoppy, citrus and pineapple.

T - Somewhat sweet malt beginning with a bitter ending. No real flavors shining through.

M - Great carbonation along with a medium body.

O - Probably held onto this beer too long. Seems past its prime. All my fault and not the beers fault.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 17:38:06 | More by cvm4
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok beer. Poured at a good temprature with a smallish, off-white foamy head that settles to some swirls, a ring, and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, pale yellow with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, bit of skunk that might've come from the store under flor. lites. Flavor's like nose, dry, lots of carbonic tang and hop bitter, bit of lemon. Body's a bit thin and has good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, no sign of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 02:26:38 | More by drpimento
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Blackhearts and Sparrows shared with Volcanicbeat. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a light golden colour. One finger of white head left spotty lace and film retention.

S - Kiwi hops, boozy pineapple, cool aroma. Juicy hop.

T - NZ hops, tropical fruit. Boozy for 6%. Honey as well.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, good bitterness.

O/D - A nice hoppy golden ale. Not particularly special and a little boozy but otherwise pretty tasty and decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 10:37:42 | More by tbeckett
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emerge077

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Something I hadn't seen on shelves before, and sadly didn't see that it had a BB 02.12.12 date in black on the neck until after opening it.

Pours a bright glowing orange, with a healthy dose of foam that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace behind in broken circular rings.

Smells a little faded but still kicking out a little NZ funk, green herbals and mellow grapefruit citrus rind, some light pale malt behind that in the background.

Bitter herbal eucalyptus and grapefruit notes, generic light caramel sweetness in the middle, finishes dry. Light to medium bodied.
An overpriced imported pale ale that was likely better a few months ago...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:52:29 | More by emerge077
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, soft orange color, with a foamy, rocky white head. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a bit malty with a crisp floral and slightly sweet citrus note. Taste is much nicer, with a nice spicy, floral hop note, slight sweetness from the pale malts, and a pronounced but not over done bitterness. The feel has a nice oily finish, maybe bordering on the medium side of things. Nice and drinkable. In the end, it's a fairly good pale ale, but at $7+ a bottle, you really don't get a very good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 22:56:21 | More by EgadBananas
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose show fruity, NZ hops with peach, grapefruit and gooseberry notes. Underneath is bready, cookie dough-like malt in large quantities - nice!
Very similar flavours, once again theres a fair bit of expressive malt. Finishes with a bold, sharp bitterness.
Nice med-light body, carbonation could be a bit higher.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:38:50 | More by CrazyDavros
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shanblur

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in St. Louis. 01.07.12 printed on bottle. Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass. A - Clear golden color with a white head which leaves spiderweb lacing and a thin layer of foam on the beer. S - Aromatic hops with a blend of herbal and floral. Malts show through some. T - Fairly hoppy but has a mix of some sweet malts. Earthy, with a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. An enjoyable beer, great aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:11:29 | More by shanblur
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bum732

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Very floral, apple blossoms, ripe cantaloupe, pils like richness, bready, roses.

L: Crystal clear straw yellow, creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Wine and grape like sweetness with a bready component. Medium high herbal and spicy bitterness leading to a somewhat harsh dryness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

Unique, like the hop flavors. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:14:16 | More by bum732
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that settles very quickly to a thin crown on the surface. Lacing is minimal and carbonation is subtle.

S: Some grainy malt character, but hops dominate with pineapple, grapefruit, kiwi, and some floral notes.

T: Starts off with some toffee and fresh bread hints, then malt flavors give way to a plethora of various hop characters. Grapefruit at first, followed by flavors of kiwi, passion fruit, fresh herbs, and just a touch of honeysuckle. Finish is floral, and drying.

Notes: Medium bodied and complex with hop character. For as dominant as hops are in this beer, the malt profile balances it out nicely. I haven't had many beers from New Zealand, but this one is solid. Quite easy to drink, and very tasty. This is a thirst-quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:23:42 | More by WYVYRN527
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flexabull

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of New Zealand craft beers, so I was pleased to see this on sale at Davis Beer Shoppe. I just wish these weren't so expensive...

Pours a bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of lemon, white wine, resin, and hard candies. Smells nice.

Taste has a nice lemony bitterness up front, some creamy sweet, doughy and spicy malts give a nice backdrop. Finish is dry, with mineral bitterness. Taste like a British Pale that has been amped up with New Zealand hops. Pretty nice beer.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation and body, but is a bit fleeting,

All in all, this is a nice take on the Pale Ale style. I'll happily finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:41:47 | More by flexabull
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crossovert

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear, bubbly gold with a creamy white head.

The smell is decent some citrus but some muddled malts.

The flavor is okay. It tastes like a mash up. Some nice lemony bitterness, some herbal character, but the malt bill is pretty crappy. It tastes like a run of the ill pale ale.

I guess that might be expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:40:37 | More by crossovert
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the aroma, with some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of hops (not too heavy), citrus (grapefruit), and some malt. Fruitier than I expected, but not obnoxiously so. A pretty flavorful beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, well made, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 14:44:26 | More by avalon07
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spicelab

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Stained orange, near crystal clear with a sudsy white head of about one finger. Decent lacing and a slow bead

Passionfruit, cut grass, kiwi fruit, sav blanc grapes and a very refined floral perfume. Moderate savoury malt backbone.

Somewhat less tropical. Moderate pine bitterness and sweaty Simcoe-esque character (no Simcoe in it as far as I'm aware) Some candied citrus and plenty of peppery grass clippings.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation that is unfortunately rasping and somewhat metallic.

Plenty to like but doesn't seem to integrate all that well and instead comes across pretty much as the name suggests. Starting to get a bit of age on it so I might have been a tad unkind.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 11:11:10 | More by spicelab
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a shiny golden colour. Head is white, fairly thin but desne. Lacing is sticky and thick and glorious. It's the only thing, though, that is glorious. Other than that a bit uninspiring.

Smells like popcorn - grainy but slightly savoury with a touch of citric hop and plenty of saltiness and earth to it. Woody maybe? And hoppy; yeah, fresh and pleasant.

Taste lags a bit. Fairly golden ale style - wheat and barley notes, quite savoury with a touch of salt and metallic hops. Citric on the mid that sort of diminishes by the end of the palate with a kind of drop-off of flavour, slight honey note at the end. A bit confused; nutty, grainy not quite sweet or bitter and not quite a synergy in the middle either.

Drinks alright, bit of a pull on the back from the hops. Yeah, quite dry but otherwise not too bad, fairly smooth.

This beer reminds me of a TV weatherman who's employed because he has meteorological gravitas rather than nice tits. I feel like I should trust him and enjoy him more, but I can't help wishing he just had bigger tits.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:07:40 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear and very bright golden colour, with a full and frothy head of pure white. This dissipates after a while, leaving a fine film across the top of the glass. Lacing is pretty ragged and anarchic. That's a good thing in my book. Looks pretty good.

Nose is bright, but a little coarse. It has some lovely, fresh citric New Zealand hop characters, but also a little woody or earthiness, and a touch of slightly generic Australian lager yeast (although I can't believe they'd deign to use such a thing). Mostly though, it's fresh, bright and crisp. Not bad.

Taste is lighter, but reasonably enjoyable. Flat opening with a crispness midpalate and a bitterness on the back that is not entirely pleasant. It's not a fresh and tight crispness, more of a generic lingering bitterness that suggests some old hops or something a bit tired.

Fresh and very drinkable, but with enough characters to make me wary. It's a real shame, because I'm a huge, huge fan of New Zealand beers—I honestly believe they currently brew the best beers in the world. But evidently, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts, and this is a rare miss from the heights I expect from our friends across the ditch.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 06:38:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
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dgilks

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a foamy white head. Nice head retention.

Bright floral and tropical fruit aroma with some grassy aroma that suggest dryhopping. Very light malt. Great.

Bright hop character with some hard fruits and grass alongside mild passionfruit and pineapple flavours. Really unique hop character and a lovely light malt profile that shows off the best of NZ.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid APA packed full of delicious NZ hops and some truly unique varieties that impart a hard fruit flavour I've never got out of NZ hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 09:48:31 | More by dgilks
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dansmcd

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big craggy white head. Pale, clear yellow body. Spotty lace. Beautiful.

S - Very fruity as expected. Kiwifruit, pineapple, grapefruit.

T - Big hop tang, then the hop bitterness. Grapefruit is the primary flavour Im detecting. Has a faint metallic taste which detracts.

M - Oily and nicely carbonated.

O - I just love the NZ fruity, estery stuff. Unfortunately, I think there were too many chefs in the kitchen with this one. Nice drop, but there are better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 12:54:30 | More by dansmcd
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass.

Pours a pure golden colour, clear appearance and with a white head of fluffy foam which sits just above film. Some lacing.

Aroma is very floral, some hop resin coming through as well. Very hop forward with a bit of pungency as it warms. Aroma stays around and stays strong for the entire serving.

Taste is quite floral, the NZ hops used are quite noticeable. Resiny, pungent hop finish at the end.

Mouthfeel is good, body matching the style well, no harshness that you'd expect from the smell and aroma present.

Overall it matches expectations, very much a NZ APA. Drinkability is hurt quite a bit just with the floral and also pungent flavours that come through. You probably wouldn't want to start a session with this as you mightn't go to the fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 11:30:13 | More by MrKennedy
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Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011 from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.