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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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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-23-2010)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

09-26-2012 02:47:04 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:27:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:31:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

03-22-2014 04:55:02 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 17:18:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:45:50 | More by mactrail
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:56:02 | More by corby112
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Zorro

California

3.19/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:00:38 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.29 ea.

Pours a cloudy pale copper color, some carbonation, one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight caramel malt, very slightly sweet, with some citrus/grapefruit. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slight sweetness, slight citrus note, grapefruit, slight malt. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Would not buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 17:47:41 | More by Wasatch
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 13:08:34 | More by beerthulhu
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 00:09:55 | More by tdm168
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#5 of my flight of Epic Ales.... Thanks Sammy.

Nice creamy looking off white head... great retention.. big sheets of lace drape with every sip... The brew is slightly hazy orange.

Nose is mild for most Western APA's... but it is certainly within style .... pithy citrus hops... probably Cascade... pale malts shine with touches of toast.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a good pale malt backbone... plenty of hops throughout... pretty standard pale ale... not going to blow your socks off, but this is a pretty good beer... good body and carbonation.

Would I buy this? Sure, assuming it isn't too expensive.

Thanks again buddy.

4/3.5/3.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 08:51:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-19-2014 04:44:13 | More by dmorgan310
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-03-2014 19:59:42 | More by GraduatedCashew
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:19:20 | More by drpimento
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-09-2011 06:03:40 | More by mhaugo
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:36:38 | More by DavoleBomb
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-23-2011 15:20:00 | More by jenray
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warnerry

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:12:52 | More by warnerry
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:41:11 | More by emmasdad
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-26-2013 15:12:42 | More by petermethot
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birchstick

Colorado

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-18-2014 14:29:55 | More by birchstick
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-18-2013 04:12:44 | More by Hopmodium
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Lantern


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-09-2012 20:13:14 | More by Lantern
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:22:58 | More by hopsolutely
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Capt'n Crompton's Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.