Capt'n Crompton's Pale Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Capt'n Crompton's Pale AleCapt'n Crompton's Pale Ale

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-23-2010

Made with classic Pacific Northwest Cascade, Centennial, Mt. Hood in the boil and dry hopped with more Cascade hops. Cascade aroma dominates the nose, so be sure to sniff it like a wine snob. Plenty of ultra premium Maris Otter malt and three specialty malts give the beer a nice smooth sailing biscuit like aroma and body, some sweetness, well balanced against 5.8% alcohol by volume.
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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 29
Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cap't Compton is a beer that I like...versus the rest of the field. My friend from Park City is supplying this morsel. The beer poured a clear copper with thick white head that is leaving a lace. The scent has mostly bitter hops with hint of orange peel. The taste carries mostly bitter hops that dominate. There is a slight citrus zeal and enough malt to make the beer drinkable. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer....not spectacular....but certainly sessionable

Photo of Braz
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy appearance, could be chill haze. Beefy, fluffy cloud like off white head. Large and small bubbles. Biscuity aromatics with subtle sweetness. Slightly herbal and tea like flavors. Very clean and light on the palate. Earthy, not bitter or sweet. Light carbonation with a crisp consistency. Light to medium bodied. Not dry but not a lingering finish either. Overall, not bad. I wouldn't seek this out again but for something easy drinking this works.

Photo of BrandonLBC
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A--Pours kind of a milky orange with a foamy head that settles into a light haze and leaves decent lacing around the glass.

S--Pine if the first thing that hits my nose, along with a bit of citrus. Not overly complex in the nose.

T--As in the smell, Pine is the thing that comes to me right off. The different malts follow that, and it resolves it into a well balanced bitter finish. Citrus pops up in the aftertaste for me.

M--Medium bodied. Lots of good carbonation making for a very refreshing drink. I could definitely have a few of these in a row.

O--Definitely one of the better pale ale's that I've had. I probably like Sierra Nevada's just a tiny bit better, but as I said, this one givers me more of pine taste/smell than some other pales, so it can definitely provide a nice change of pace. 22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, Part of Epic's Classic Series.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the hop qualities are slightly better in the aroma in my opinion.

Photo of Zorro
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored beer nearing the color red. Small white colored head doesn't stick around.

Smells fairly hoppy for a pale ale with a strong cedar wood scent. Malt syrup and pine but also fair grapefruit aroma. Some sandal wood and tea scents, but not strongly.

Starts out dryish with a woody after taste. Good solid hop bite.Flavors of cedar plank and pine with strong tea. Bitterness is in the top 15% for the style, stronger than a lot of AIPAs.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just an OK pale ale.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Although purchased recently in Michigan, unfortunately I can't tell how old this bottle is - so my "meh" impressions may be due more to its age than its true quality?

Pours a reasonably attractive golden edged amber, respectably cloudy with sediment at the end of the bottle. It has a decent cream coloured head with moderate retention and some light lacing. Aroma is sweet and of oxidized, faded hops - no sign of the fresh citrus I expected - which is a clear indication of age, despite there being no sign of bottling or brewing date on the bottle (that I can see). The taste has a decent bitterness, despite the caramelized malt forward body - any age is better hidden. Or if this a fresh bottle, it is definitely not displaying a wide hop portfolio.

Would like to re-visit a known fresh bottle or pint...

Photo of drpimento
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this at a good temperature with a colossal, cream-colored, foamy, frothy, fluffy head that lasts forever and loads of sticky lace. Color is a slightly hazy, medium amber with lots of bubble trails of many sizes. Aroma is fairly simple and fresh - Cascade hops and malt, with a bit of grass. Flavor’s like nose and likewise somewhat simple, fresh. Hops are more apparent and longer lasting. Body is great although the carbonation at first is strong. Finish is like flavor, but the hoppiness makes the aftertaste a little medicinal. Except for strength, it’s more like an IPA.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bomber at a liquor store across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for $4.99 and poured into a pint glass.

Pours an effervescent hazed apricot hue with a massive fluffy white head that gives way to good amounts of lacing from start to finish. A good amount of dry hopping is detected in the nose as soon as I poured this one into my glass - earthy, piney dried grass balanced well with bready pale malts. The taste is on point with the nose - the hop bitterness creeps up slowly as the flavorful pale malts fade out, along with flavors of herbal tea and dried apricots. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent, very crisp and refreshing with a mild lingering bitterness from the hops.

I would definitely revisit this one, especially on tap when it's fresh.

Photo of tdm168
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - murky orange with a huge, soft, foamy, pure white head that has great retention

S - bready with a faint citrus undertone

T - dark bread, some spicy hops, almost peppery, bitter finish, a bit of alcohol, some faint citrus throughout

M - a bit thin but medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a strange beer. It's complex but a bit unbalanced like the pieces don't fit right. The malt comes across as strange and is itself almost a bit spicy and then the hops are spicy and citrusy. And then under all that the tin body reveals the alcohol. If this were cleaner I would be a bit more excited about it. As it stands, I won't be getting this beer again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #55 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

An okay pale ale. Nothing really going on here outside the standard. Somewhat earthy overall, with minimal spice tones from hops and the bite that accompanies it. This would probably be interesting on cask. How it is now, it's okay. Nothing overly interesting, especially considering all the options out there.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight hint of pine on the nose against a backdrop of even lighter cereal grain. Not much else to say about this on the aroma.

Light clear orange in appearance with a fluffy white head that laces generously on the glass, often times leaving a whole heap of foam attached to the wall.

Capt. Crompton may want to look up the definition of a Pale Ale. Its more grainy like cereal than hoppy or bitter. It fits the category, but when I drink it all I can think is 'lager', when my mind should at the very least be saying 'ale'. Its light bodied with matching carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing help it out a little bit, but I'd just rather skip this one than buy it again.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by a student in town from Salt Lake City.

Pours a pleasant but unassuming orange/brown with 2 fingers of nice white head.

the smell is again pleasant but unassuming, some definite herbal/piney hops with a strong malt presence that seems more "english" style. Plenty of biscuit flavors colored with some caramel sweetness.

The taste is more of the same, definitely more malt forward than most pale ales on the marked but not in an overpowering way. Decent bitterness that suits the overall flavor nicely

The mouthfeel got a touch syrupy for me as it warmed up near the end of the bottle so I docked it slightly.

Overall this is a solid beer. Not one that I will seek out but I will definitely enjoy it if it is offered.

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, tall white head on the amber brew. Very inviting. Lovely nose of Cascades, my favorite old-school hop. Keeps pouring a big head. Kind of flabby mouthfeel, but lots of foam.

Light body with a crisp, hoppy attack. A bitter and tangy flavor takes over. Long and resiny aftertaste. Some malty sweet undertones with a touch of spiciness. This is not so bitter as many current Pale Ales, especially the California ones. I think this is more on the traditional APA style. Still has a bitter aftertaste, but hops don't take over the whole show.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at the friendly Utah State Liquor Store in Sugar House, SLC.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Three fingers of beige frothy head. Retention is good and moderate amounts of lacing are left.

3.0 S: Bready malts. Earthy and herbal hops with notes of cat piss.

2.0 T: Lots of yeasty breadiness. Not a lot of other flavor aside from a light neutral maltiness. Herbal hoppiness. Light bitterness. Nothing can get through the yeastiness and thus this needs to be cleaner. As it is, it sucks.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but also too chewy.

2.0 D: Not a fan of this. I'm finding out that pale ales need to be filtered for me to enjoy them.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a not very exciting pale ale here. pours almost clear darker yellow color with a small white head that fades out pretty quickly. smells just on the hoppy side of perfectly balanced, but unexciting. pale buscuity smelling malts make this feel like an english pale. flavor is okay, grassy hops and bready malts make a light and drinkable beer, but nothing im too enthusiastic about. good carbonation and a lighter than medium body give it a decent feel. overall this is the least epic brew i had from epic brewing. a good daily drink i suppose, but theres a lot better pale ales out there.

Photo of warnerry
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Even a pretty gentle pours yields five(!) fingers of dense off-white head on top of a clear light copper liquid. Head leaves quite a bit of lacing and persists for some time.

S - Aroma is grassy and citrus hops, and is quite floral with a nice toasted malt presence.

T - Taste is more malt forward, with toasted bread malt. Hops come in midway, with grassy, herbal and citrus tastes all coming through. Finish is quite herbal and has a decent spicy and bitter kick.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a touch resinous. Seems a bit heavy for a pale ale. Bitter on the finish.

O - Decent beer, but not what I would look for in a pale ale, and doesn't come close to competing with the many nice IPAs available, so it is kind of in a no man's land.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense oxidized orange color is filled with an aggressive carbonation factor. The head is large, frumpy with a beige sheen to it displaying a dominant presence in the vessel and good staying power. Excellent glass coverage.

S: Light toasted bread crust, soft flowery citrus. Not a lot of hop umph here for a dry hopped pale.

T: The flavor is flowery citrus, backed by a generous amount of toasted grain support. Grassy citrus cascade hops provide a decent amount of hop strength and west coast appeal while the hood hops provides a spicy touch of fruitiness of tropical-orange hints.

M: crisp and bright, well suited per style with a medium show of malt support but thins a bit on the hold turning a bit washy.

O: really liked how the spicy fruity hop bite of the hood hops played with the citrusy cascade mending well together. Good toasted malt support, decent drinkability.

Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Surprisingly hop forward for a pale ale with resinous oils, pine and tropical/citrus fruit notes. Subtle malt character with caramel, bread and toffee but smells more like an IPA with hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and some tight carbonation up front. Dry and resinous with bitter, sticky hops dominating the flavor. The citrus from the nose is faint, providing little balance but there is a decent malt backbone. Hints of caramel and toffee but the hop profile is one-dimensional making this beer kind of boring. That being said, it's not very pale and much hopper than expected. Decent but looks and smells better than it tastes.

Photo of stimulus
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger white head.
S: Light citrusy hops but not much else.
T: Fairly bready, malty, and sweet; some citrus hops show up on the finish, but they are very muted.
M: Light bodied, well carbonated, and smooth finish.
O: A good attempt at an introductory pale ale (I've tried and prefer their 'Elevated Series' Copper Cone Pale Ale) at an accessible price for someone new to the craft beer scene. Definitely worth drinking for something on the lighter side, but the hops definitely are too light to form any sense of balance.

Photo of plfahey
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color with good clarity. Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Fragrant hops open with notes of pine, juicy fruit, light citrus, and some definite cattiness. Malt is soft and mellow, with sourdough and light caramel notes. Simple, yet quite pleasant.

Flavor-Opens with bready malt and a dab of caramel, which is quickly followed by piney, herbal, earthy and almost woodsy hop flavor. Hop bitterness grows to slightly above moderate in the finish, and the hop flavor continues to evolve on the palate. Aftertaste is dominated by a green, herbal earthy hop note with soft hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately high carbonation which yields a light, effervescent tingle on the tongue.

Quite a good APA, I could drink this in volume. Good thing it comes in bombers, because I wasn't ready to be done with it after one glass.

Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah, based on the surprisingly low price (less than 4 bucks for the bomber). A pretty decent pale ale. Pale golden color with a little white head. Aromas of pine/citrus and light malt. Medium bodied, with light hops and sweet malt.

Photo of Douglas88
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle thanks to the guys. Pours a orange hue with a large white foamy head. The aroma is sweet biscuit, almost meaty, more malty than what I've had from Epic so far. A sweet flavor, lots of hops, citrus, smooth and malty flavors still dominate. A nice and clean flavor which seems to be throughout their beers which is a great thing.

Photo of chumba526
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

. It appears full bodied orange with a half inch white head.

It smells quite citrusy. I get an orange and lemon flavor. There is a bit of a grassy smell also.

It taste much like it smells. It tastes slightly citrusy, slightly grassy. It has a very nice hop flavor. It's a bit hoppier then the average Pale ale. It tastes very fresh.

The carbonation is around medium. It was a nice carbonation the beer had a creamy texture.

The drinkability is pretty good.

Overall I think this beer is a good introduction to the pale ale style. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It was smooth and flavorful. Epic brewing is a really solid brewery

Photo of geryeb624
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber received as an extra from kagent777, thanks a bunch!

A- Orange-amber in color with a respectable head. Decent lacing and retention.

S- Very hoppy in aroma, with citrus and floral notes dominating. A little bready malt in the background as well.

T- Nice hoppiness in the taste as well, with a bitter citrus component dominating and some nice maltiness as a complement.

M/D- Good mouthfeel and nice carbonation. Goes down very easily, could easily have a few.

A basic, no-frills APA. Very well-executed.

Photo of kagent777
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased form Epic Brewing in SLC, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Light hazy wonderful light golden. Slightly off-white head settles slowly to leave some patching with not much lace.

Aroma: Pine needle and herbal hops with some citrus mingled into the light malty notes.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Not as hoppy as the nose. Light sweetness with the alcohol balanced nicely. For a pale Ale, this one has a good amount of body. The texture is slightly thick with nice average carbonation. The finish is sweet and somewhat long. The bitterness of the hops diminish before the sweetness.

Overall: I am so glad that this brewery is nearby. One of my favorite beers from Epic!

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Capt'n Crompton's Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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