Cinco Plantas - Epic Ales
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
1.4/5 rDev -44.4%
Although I have had a couple of good beers from Epic Ales that were drinkable. Cinco Plantas was not. It was dominated by a sour, ester, and band aid flavor. I would guess that fermentation temperatures were too high and that the fermenter may have been contaminated.
I will usually finish a beer, even if it is bad. This beer I had to dump.
I respect Epic Ales direction of trying new things and brewing with Sake yeast. But this beer was not drinkable.
08-22-2012 15:29:12 | More by jellikit
1.25/5 rDev -50.4%
22oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
A - Pours a nice semi-clear yellow/orange with a white head.
S - Oh god. Burnt rubber and melting plastic.
T - Slight citrus notes with an overwhelming rubbery plastic finish. A little bit of nail polish remover in the aftertaste.
M - I can't really drink enough to get a good take on the mouthfeel.
O - Wow. Terrible is the first thing that comes to mind. I'm sure behind the rubber and plastic there is some semblance of a beer, but I can't get past a few sips to find out. Avoid this like the plague.
12-08-2011 02:39:46 | More by mrandypandy
1.68/5 rDev -33.3%
I purchased a 22 oz. of Cinco Plantas, pouring it into a 10 oz tasting glass at home. The bottle says that Cinco Plantas is brewed with epazote, which is a central American herb with anise-like qualities.
Color: The beer was deep golden color, opaque, with moderate head retention.
Smell & Flavor: There was an overwhelming ester smell and taste to the beer. This manifested as an awkwardly sweet, mildly banana-like odor, that typically indicates that the beer was fermented at too high of a temperature (or, sometimes, insufficient aeration). I believe the brewer may have done this intentionally to balance the sourness of the epazote, but for me, it did not work. I could not escape the esters, and I did not notice much complexity from the epazote. (Was the epazote added to the boil too early?)
Overall, I could not drink the beer. The fermentation was just flawed. Though I do highly support Epic Ales in their exploration of new styles and flavors, and I hope their future brews are more successful.
08-01-2011 09:55:32 | More by panacea
3.35/5 rDev +32.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an 8 oz. tulip at Epic Ales tasting room (this review is from my notes taken on 7/02/11).
A - Poured a hazy orange and brown hue, with a 1/2 finger of small bubble head. A bit of retention, leaving patchy lace.
S - A candied orange nose punctuated with spice like BBQ sauce. The candied orange gives way to tangerine, and an herby/briny base becomes apparent.
T - Immediate briny flavor, with notes of spicy peat, followed by the tangerine sweetness. This is followed by spicy tea herbiness, finishing with a sour ale tang amidst more peaty spiciness.
M - Twangy sharp sensation, but with mild carbonation. Smooth texture witha medium body, and a dry finish.
D - A very unique flavor, spicy but not in a "cayenne hot" kind of way. It's a great sipping beer, but not very sessionable. Worth a try because you'll be hard-pressed to find a flavor profile like this anywhere else.
07-14-2011 04:36:54 | More by Sky2625
3.93/5 rDev +56%
22 oz. bottle poured into an 8. oz tulip at Epic Ale's taproom. July, 2nd 2011.
3-grain Saison made from wheat, oats, barley, Falconer hops and epazote (Mexican cooking herb).
A: Cloudy golden color with a thin head.
S: Very briny aroma with a hint of orange.
T: Sour olive brine, rosemary, thyme with citrus and herb notes.
M: Medium carbonation.
O: Very unique beer, I've never had anything like it and I'm not sure if I'll ever see anyone else do the same. Very much worth seeking out.
07-04-2011 06:46:15 | More by distantmantra
Cinco Plantas from Epic Ales
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.