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Solar Trans Amplifier - Epic Ales

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86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 02-23-2010)
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epic bills this vivid yellow beer as a variant on the Belgian wit style. I suppose it's useful to compare a highly original beer like this to something more familiar. But STA is brewed with sake yeast, rice, chamomile, and ginger. It makes no use of wheat, coriander, orange peel, or traditional Belgian ale yeast, and the wit comparison is challenging to sustain. It doesn't categorize easily.

Still, STA is a bold and notable beer both conceptually and in its delivery. Prior to fermentation, the beer is allowed to "sit horny" as they say, and accumulate some influx of local microbes. This accounts for the biting, sour aroma and sharp contours while the flavor and smell project notes of grapefruit and guava. The body is opaque and turbulent and the head is coconut white. The full effect is both complex and compelling making this a highly successful and innovative experimental ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 03:04:18 | More by RedDiamond
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-09-2014 18:30:37 | More by HoppySeb
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Eighty

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-20-2014 18:47:02 | More by Eighty
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trytoketchup

Arizona

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-07-2013 06:59:19 | More by trytoketchup
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SGToliver

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-23-2013 06:52:51 | More by SGToliver
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Smurf2055

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-08-2013 19:31:50 | More by Smurf2055
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-23-2013 00:35:39 | More by bluckbeyes
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Adamostella

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-15-2013 04:34:01 | More by Adamostella
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LittleDon

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Light copper with little to no head or lace, possibly due to age. Minimal carbonation. Aroma had me thinking Belgian, honey, cloves, very little grain. Flavor is nothing like the aroma. The camomile and sugars combine well, making for a flowery, somewhat earthy flavor. Slight sourness. and a surprisingly bitter finish. Should have tried this when I first bought it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:43:35 | More by LittleDon
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beertunes

Washington

3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a medium gold color, much darker than a typical Wit, but a very nice color. There was about 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

There was a nice base grain scent, a bit of yeast, and the Chamomile was solidly notable. The ginger was barely apparent in the nose, but had a brighter presence on the palate. The rest of the flavors were fairly close to the scents, and surprisingly didn't clash.

The body was decently medium, had a fair bit of effervescence, and a nice dry finish. Drinkability was good, depending on how you like the spices. Overall, a pretty nice little beer that's not going to be for everyone, but it's worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 03:50:12 | More by beertunes
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Telestic

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-19-2013 02:56:35 | More by Telestic
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sanford_and_son

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-11-2013 19:51:48 | More by sanford_and_son
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-27-2013 20:52:12 | More by KiMiRaiK
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match1112

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

thanks to Lazerlobe for the bottle, batch 4

a: heavy thick creamy yellow body, bottle starts gushing as soon as the cap is pryed off. three inches of bright white thick creamy head settles to a very thin cap of tight knit bubbles.

s: wheat, yeast, sourness, light ginger and camomille.

t: sour dough bread comes to mind, lucky for me i like it. subtle flowery presence that is quickly overpowered by the sour/tartness of it. yeast seems to be balanced out better in the taste than on the nose.

m: thick and chewy, maybe a tad much on the carbonation. tartness lingers on the tongue with a dry finish.

o: at first smell i didn't think i was gonna like this, but after a couple of sips it is really growing on me. not sure i would seek it out but really happy to of had the chance to try it. thanks again lazerlobe!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:35:03 | More by match1112
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stript

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-01-2012 18:45:17 | More by stript
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harrymel

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: earlier.
Batch 1
ABV %6

Pours a nice copper ale with little carbonation character. Smells strait ginger with lots of yeast and the chamomile sweetens it a bit. There's a PixieStik character. I think I like the smell. Tastes of soap and ginger and lemongrass and limes, and lots sour. The ladies around me are starting to dislike it, not me. This is really tasty. Thin with hi carb and a nice puckering finish. I like this beer. They think there is a metallic character, but I'm not catching that.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:08:45 | More by harrymel
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Lordkrystic

Washington

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-11-2012 05:37:33 | More by Lordkrystic
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-26-2012 02:40:31 | More by t0rin0
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iKrystin

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +24%

08-22-2012 07:43:37 | More by iKrystin
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-16-2012 06:45:49 | More by strongaf
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mrandypandy

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-07-2012 21:55:02 | More by mrandypandy
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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-11-2012 04:58:09 | More by Birdlegs
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-27-2011 01:41:45 | More by Exiled
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brotherloco

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. No date. Served in a lowball. Picked up on recommendation at Malt & Vine during a Seattle visit.

Pours a hazy unfiltered golden orange. Small light beige head. Mild lacing.

Ginger is predominant in the nose, spicy perfume as well. Can't pick out much in the way of malt, and hops must be contributing to floral and perfumy notes.

Surprising tartness in the initial flavor. Sweet and sour blossoms in the middle. Spicy and peppery. A touch of what I can only describe as hand lotion, I suppose that's the camomile. Long lingering sour and bitter aftertaste. Reminds me a bit of a RR sour.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Quite effervescent and refreshing on the palate.

I was told Epic Ales brews some unique beers, and as my first offering from them, this one does not disappoint. A great refreshing beer for a warm late-summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:05:53 | More by brotherloco
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HopHead84

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/8/2011

Thanks to pranaferox for the cool extra.

A: Hazy burnished yellow with a frothy white head.

S: Camomile, cinnamon, and ginger. Lots of apple and pear. Reminds me of cinnamon apple pie. Notes of gingerbread.

T: Tastes like camomile tea with ginger and apple. No astringency. Slightly spicy with a strong gingerbread profile as well as nutmeg. Reminiscent of cinnamon applesauce with a finishing spiciness.

M: Lower medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Sticky and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: An interesting and surprisingly enjoyable beer. 

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 12:01:03 | More by HopHead84
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Solar Trans Amplifier from Epic Ales
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