Copper Cone - Epic Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +19%
A solid pour, though not overly aggressive, into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a billowing, four-finger-thick, pale tan colored head. The head leaves some wispy, layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a rich amber color that shows some copper notes around the edges; when held up to the light the beer shows a lightly hazed, pale red hued, dark copper color. The aroma is very, very, nicely hoppy; aromatic notes of fruity flower nectar, candied bergamot, ample lychee, super-fruity tangelo notes, bright-concentrated peach and interesting tropical fruit notes. Just behind the juicy fruitiness lurks the more herbal hop notes, there is a light, hemp-like dank quality to the nose that mixes in with some pine-sap aromatics and a herbaceous, raw hop character that lightly peppers the finish. A very, very nice aroma, any hop love will really enjoy the nose of this overtly hop aromatic brew.
Pretty light bodied, actually a bit lighter than I perhaps expected because the aroma was so rich with sweet hop notes, but it is perfectly in line with this being in the alcohol range of an IPA; the hop and alcohol certainly indicate a lot more than the Pale Ale this beer is labeled as. The bitterness is quite present, but incredibly smooth and integrated; despite all the hop character here this does not have any astringency to it, which keeps this even more drinkable. Holy crap, this is 8.5% alcohol, it hides it quite well, though there is a hint of alcohol warming in the finish. The hop fruit flavors lead the way in this beer, though they are not quite as concentrated or loud as they appear to be in the flavor; flavors of lychee, apricot and floral peach lead the way with a strong backbone of tangelo and super fruity citrus notes almost here in equal amounts. There is just enough herbal, dank hop character to provide an anchor (the bitterness also contributes to the balance) to the up front hop-fruit character. This is very quaffable, dangerously so given the alcohol, but it does have enough viscosity and malt character to carry the ample hop notes.
I was expecting this to be sweet, thick and not at all the type of IPA that I prefer, and I have no idea why, but this is straight up, West-Coast mold, stretching the line between IPA or Double IPA, type beer. Despite how hopped up this beer is, the recipe could certainly take on a few more hops. This will certainly be very enjoyable to the hop heads out there, but the hop-whore in me craves a bit more; more dank, more fruit and more over the top hop levels. Ok, having complained, I need to say that I am really, really enjoying this beer. This is definitely scratching that hop itch. I am now even more excited to try the Hopulent.
06-28-2010 03:18:52 | More by Gueuzedude
4.47/5 rDev +18.3%
Another awesome bomber thanks to Kevin and Eric. Pours a cloudy copper color with a large beige/white head. The aroma is loads of citrus hops, caramel. A hoppy smooth flavor; rich citrus, orange, loads of fresh flavors. Light caramel. Smooth and tasty. Very drinkable. Nice!
01-04-2011 05:18:51 | More by Douglas88
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
Pale amber color, fairly clear but not brilliant. Pours a decent sized just off white head, tightly bubbled and creamy, and with good retention.
Wonderful sweet, fruity hop aroma with some pineapple and a little bit of pine. Caramel malt shines through as well.
Some caramel malt sweetness at first, but quickly met with the citrus and pine of the hops. Hop bitterness in the finish is assertive, but not harsh or overpowering. Nice well rounded hop character, but the malt is present as well.
Medium (or slightly fuller) body, and medium carbonation. Surprising amount of warming for a 6.7% ABV beer (per my batch's label), and feels like a bit of a fault.
Overall the aroma and flavor are off the charts nice. Aside from the alcohol warming, this approaches perfection as a bigger APA.
01-07-2012 20:49:21 | More by mpyle
4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel and bready malts.
T - Starts off with grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hop come through with some more bitterness and some bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with grapefruit and pine hops and some bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy APA. Good hop profile and bitterness with a good malt and hop balance.
08-23-2012 06:43:50 | More by ngeunit1
District of Columbia
4.23/5 rDev +11.9%
I have had this beer before, and continue to grab another whenever I see it on the shelves.
A: cloudy light copper (shocker), mild creamy head
S: inviting malty and bitter nose, a little bit of some brown sugar notes, earthy with maybe a touch of fruit (mango or maybe a little orange)
T/M: only a little bit of malt up front, not really sweet, maybe a little like orange marmalade. The bitterness is mostly citrus, orange or lemon, but combined with some dryness from a woody/piney undertone. The final combined taste lingers on the tongue, tugging lightly in the back.
O: Even though this beer overall leans towards the bitter, there is some malt notes up front that combine well into a balanced beer where you don't get too sweet, and you don't get too bitter. This item might be tending towards IPA, so might be worth a try if you are an IPA fan who avoids "regular" pale ales.
11-27-2013 22:03:40 | More by cjgiant
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
#6 and the final bottle.. Wow!! Glad I saved this one for last... Thanks Sam!!
Big foamy khaki head... great retention and lacing... the brew is a hazed copper...
Nose is really nice.. big fruity hops practically jump out of the glass... citrus and tropical... even floral.. tons of stuff going on here... I would guess Amarillo or Simcoe..
Flavor is fantastic... verging on mild DIPA territory for sure.. mirrors the nose with a good malt backbone.. sooo fruity... reminds me of the Flintstone vitamins my mom would make take as a kid... toasty malts play toward the finish and then the lingering hop bomb comes back out swinging.. Body is a very solid medium with a lite and smooth carbonation.
If this had more of a bitter bite out front, I would lobby for DIPA categorization... very impressive.
Thanks again Sam.. I know I am gonna be dumping out alot of cool beer tonight, but I guarantee, I will be finishing this bomber.
For Sam and his boss.... Soooo.... My opinion of Epic Brewing is that it is very solid and if what I hear about the price point is right, then I say definitely get them in... I will be picking this bottle up regularly and pimping it hard in trades.
06-10-2010 09:14:44 | More by JohnGalt1
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Sampled this one a couple times & came away impressed, so time to put fingers on a bottle & bring it home. Split with my wife on our return from the girl's first Boundary Waters Canoe trip. Good fun! Batch #11, which per Epic's website was brewed in March 2011.
Pours true to the name, a murky copper, plenty of headiness. Smells good, pale malts very evident along with a dry, patchy earth dose of hops.
Copper Cone is my kind of pale ale. The pale malt base is paired up with a nice bill of hops, so while the pale malts are in Capricorn rising, the hops contrast well. A nice shot of bitterness comes in mid-course, along with piney hops, bit of distant fruitiness, wheat chaff. Malts bring sweetness to the finish. Somewhat sticky, hellaciously drinkable.
Great beer, just excellent. One of the best pale ales I've had in...well, maybe ever. Deliciously balanced. Epic, please consider giving your rivals & friends some pale ale brewing lessons. This one's a keeper.
07-30-2011 02:46:10 | More by maximum12
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
22oz bottle to stemless oversized wine glass.
Release #5 - 6.4%
Pours a dark copper/amber color with a full frothy head. Retention is average and the lacing is good. Smells wonderful and complex. Lots of juicy citrus and pine hops and a potent earthy undertone. Tastes very hoppy with a mild bitter finish. The piney hops and caramel malts pair nicely. Very much an west coast IPA in flavor and smell and more of a APA in bitterness and strength. Moderate body and dryness. Very flavorful and drinkable brew. A poster child for the new generation of APA/IPA hybrids.
10-23-2010 14:43:12 | More by JunkYardJake
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
Great burnt orange pour with a initially sturdy head that left about half way through the pint. Beige lace left behind. Hop/citrus aromas apparent upfront. Carbonation was light but great hop flavor, not too harsh. Nice body and finish no slick, syrupy, sweetness. Aftertaste is pleasant and doesn't linger for hours. Overall very refreshing on a hot Spring day.
06-03-2011 19:45:44 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured into an imperial pint glass a slightly hazed burnt orange with a tight formed one finger white head that left a solid ring of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.A mix of caramel/biscuit malt and sharp grapefruit-like hops in the nose,good balance.Sweet biscuit malts play a big role on the palate up against a healthy doe of citri and piney hops,a well balanced beer to me true to APA form.This a solid pale with a great hop profile that doesnt get out of control,a very nice beer in my opinion.
02-05-2012 22:56:56 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Release #9 on side of front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.
A: Hazy amber with thick, frothy beige 2-3 finger head with several layers of lace.
S: Big blast of pine, citrus, and floral aromas and a subsantial base of pale malt and caramel.
T: Copper Cone is a great tasting beer with big malty toffee and caramel flavors coupled with generous hopping with pine resin, orange and grapefruit citrus, and floral notes. A solid to very good APA.
M: It walks the line between body and dryness very well. Very drinkable despite ABV 6.7% with medium-body but a good crisp, dry edge that keeps it easy to consume.
O: A very good pale ale but very steep pricewise.
12-02-2011 04:09:26 | More by argock
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
candied copper color with a nice billowing, slightly yellowish head. not a creamy-looking head, but firm with medium-sized bubbles. pine cone resin kind of aroma, hence (I assume) the name.... stickiness on the sides, with the yellow foam clinging to the glass.
hop bitterness on the front with some malt in the middle. finishes with a little sweetness. very level in the taste though.
overall, an alright brew although not my preferred style or taste. it has its place in the evening (or in the morning, as today's case would be), and holds its own.
12-25-2013 19:53:52 | More by pkalix
4/5 rDev +5.8%
A: A dirty orange is dense in the glass offering some cardinal red highlights. The head is sandstone in color, a finger high, with a initial one part creamy, one party frothy head that was fairly withstanding. A light slow rise of effervesce is detected within.
S: For aroma there are strong indications of fresh pine scents mingling with a caramel sweetness. Good show of strength.
T: The flavor was dry pine, grapefruit peel set against a dry toasted grain backing. Toasty dry, strong hop offering, flowery citrus that has some oily resin moments. The beer starts dry and toasted and finishes much the same way while there are intermittent instances of caramel sweetness that peeks out mid-way.
M: fairly sharp, but not crisp, rather oily with a malty fullness that left a good bite of bittering citrus behind.
O: Overall a high level of hops, bordering on ipa standars, big malty body makes for a fulfilling pale. Not your typical crisp summertime offering, but rather more suited as a fall beer with a slightly high 6.9%abv that will limit this in numbers no doubt. Worthy by the bomber.
10-13-2011 23:06:49 | More by beerthulhu
Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
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