Copper Cone - Epic Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky copper color with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with a slight malt aroma. Taste is very much the same with the citrus hop flavors being dominant. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a slight carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale that is tasty and easy to drink.
03-12-2012 03:33:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
A: The beer is very coppery orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of orange and grapefruit in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has notes of caramel. There are lots of hop flavors but only a slight amount of bitterness, which is enough to mask away any malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good drinkability and goes down easily. It’s a nice selection if you are looking for lots of hops but don’t want to settle for an IPA.
02-25-2012 13:11:48 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of pine and resin hops with light dry caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between some resin and pine hoppy notes with some dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and quite enjoyable with pretty good hops punch for an APA.
08-15-2012 19:26:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
Beer #45 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
Whew. I popped this one and it the fragrance from it was hitting my nose from a foot and a half away. (Literally.)
The only unusual thing about this beer is the color of it: much more of an amber hue than one would expect for the style. The head on it is really nice lookin' though. And since I mentioned style, you could label this an IPA and get away with it, I think. It's quite malty, but there is a thick body to it and a fair amount of hop spices as well.
A hearty beer, for an apa. But a nice beer.
09-26-2012 23:43:34 | More by RblWthACoz
3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
now this is what im talking about! epic doing what they do best, a well hopped rich pale ale. as the name suggests its clear copper in color, looking like an English pale ale with a caramel hue, but smelling like a decadent American ipa, with a huge nose of high alpha hops, stick and dank, fresh, more fruity than bitter, tantalizing. the malt gives it a lot of body and a real richness. a sturdy base for what is a beautiful hopping. not sure of the varietals, but its really tasty, slight citrus, slight vegetative, mostly just sappy sweetness high in oil. its really really good, with just enough malt balance. its fuller bodied but this is the kind of beer I like to session in the fall, stick to your ribs beer. beer drinkers beer. love the aftertaste, which is still hoppy, but some of the grain flavors creep in, just a great experience all in all. I will look forward to my next one. I have seen this in the bottle for around 5 bucks a bomber. its a steal at that price.
10-20-2013 18:30:16 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Quite an orangey tone to the amber brew, more like an IPA color. An earthy and flowery aroma.
A sweet and grainy stew of flavors. Lots of malt. Surprisingly warm and rich. It's more like a DIPA with a couple percentage points knocked off. It's not so amazingly bitter, it's just totally stuffed with hops. It ends up more on the fruity side with just a touch of spice. Some sharp hop acidic flavors after some sipping.
This is Release #28, packaged May 14, 2012, and 6.6% ABV. Epic's informative website lists the hops: Columbus, Zeus, Centennial, Amarillo, and Summit, and dry hopped Simcoe.
07-15-2012 04:03:33 | More by mactrail
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
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: pours a dark hazy orange color with a 2" head.
Smell: caramel and a hop bitterness are up front. Some citrus is a bit softer in the background.
Taste: caramel, orange, sweet grapefruit, and a bit of earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel : medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short-lived.
Overall: a nicely drinkable pale ale. Nicely refreshing and tasty. Worthy of a try.
09-17-2011 20:52:45 | More by Gavage
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Bomber, release #10.
Pours a cloudy dark amber/copper color with golden orange hues and a half finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Floral hop aroma with a dank, resinous presence countered by a sweet malt character. Earthy with hints of pine and really dank kind bud. It's amazing how strong the marijuana character is in the nose. I'm also picking up some sweet citrus and some grainy malts underneath.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a lingering dry finish. Very earthy with hints of dry, sticky pine. Pretty dry but this is countered by sweet citrusy hops with hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Underneath, there is a strong malt character with hints of caramel and toffee balancing things out a bit but this beer is still pretty bitter.
Overall this beer is insanely bitter for a pale ale and is hoppier than most IPAs that I've had recently. Decently balanced but could be a bit more so.
06-28-2011 05:55:10 | More by corby112
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
A: Slightly hazy copper to orange color with just a hint of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head which dissipates quickly leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Primary aroma is that of citrus hops with some hints of pine hops int he background.
T: Upfront it is caramel and malt sweetness followed by citrus & pine hops and a bitter finish. The hop bitterness I would describe as smooth or easy, not harsh.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - could be a very nice session beer. I really enjoy the way the hop bitterness is not too harsh making it more approachable. I would definitely get another one of these.
02-25-2012 15:27:42 | More by dbrauneis
3.54/5 rDev -6.3%
Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white colored head. Very dark amber color I can see how you could say it is red in color.
Smells malty and hoppy with a spicy scent to it something like a Cinnamon log. Pine and pine wood with some cedar plank and some eucalyptus. Grapefruit is in this but it leans toward the pine more than the citrus.
Starts out woody and a bit bitter. On the dry side with lots of woody tastes and tea. Stays dry with a medium level of bitterness. Not picking up much more than malt, wood and bitterness in this beer.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall a stout pale ale that tastes like a pale ale, nothing good or bad about that.
01-02-2014 01:54:21 | More by Zorro
2/5 rDev -47.1%
Pours a cloudy pale copper color, some carbonation, foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. 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 again.
06-06-2010 21:16:55 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +5.8%
I really like this beer right m'here. It seems today that more hops is the way to go. With this one being an APA I thought it would be more like Dales or something with a ton of hops. It was not.
Pours golden with a slight hint of amber. Nice thick white head, creamy and a bit rocky.
Soft but present hop aroma. Some grass and spice, some citrus and pine.
This is a well balanced APA with the malt laying down a nice, slightly sweet layer and the hops lifting it up and drying it out. The pine is less so in the flavor, which leans toward the grassiness and citrus.
Finishes dry and easy. I can drink this one all day and not get palate fatigue. Solid beer
09-27-2013 18:40:34 | More by Mebuzzard
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
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
3.86/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a nice medium red amber with a healthy two finger off white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of bready, lightly toasted malt with light spicy stone fruit. Flavor is biscuit malt with lighter toasted malt elements, sweet nuts, and light citrus fruit (grapefruit and orange). Finishes with pleasant grassy, somewhat citrus hops. Medium bodied. Flavors are nicely melded and balanced, with neither the malt or hops dominant until the finish. A biscuity, earthy, richly flavored pale ale that leans in color and profile towards a red ale.
07-08-2013 03:08:31 | More by LiquidAmber
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
Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.