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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by dansmcd:
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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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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-22-2014 23:42:07 | More by afsdan
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-03-2013 22:30:03 | More by WDJersey
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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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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-22-2013 01:06:26 | More by tbryan5
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-14-2013 23:56:34 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-14-2013 23:18:34 | More by djrn2
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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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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2012 00:54:44 | More by st9647v3
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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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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-29-2012 03:42:26 | More by duceswild
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freduardo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-25-2012 01:41:38 | More by freduardo
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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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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-23-2012 06:35:49 | More by GRG1313
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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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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-08-2012 22:35:53 | More by kaelingirl
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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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Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011 from Epic Brewing Company
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