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Copper Cone - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Copper Cone Pale Ale is a special offering, aroma rich, pale ale that may vary the hops, malts and even sometime the yeast used. Typically this beer is an “over the top” Pale Ale with a deep copper color and loads of dry hopping going into each batch. The fresh hop aroma of this beer makes it a stand out.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 06-06-2010)
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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Batch 12, 6.8% abv ). Pours a hazy dark copper color with off-white head. Some lacing developing as the head dissipates. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma has some dank hops, resin, bread, and a touch of orange. Taste is malty sweet, but not overdone. There is also a bit of sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture. Bitter finish. Pretty nice beer, but I prefer Epic’s Spiral Jetty with a similar abv. If this was in the 5 percent range, this would be a good session beer. Still, I do like this beer.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly hazed copper color with a nice creamy cap of tan suds that produce some sticky lace.

Big hopped nose in the form of earthy and spiced hops. Almost fallen tree leaf smelling.

Oh, very nice flavor. Getting the earth and spice from the hops with a touch of spruce. A solid malt backbone as well. Light bitterness and a fairly long finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Smooth and chewy feel with a slightly dry finish. Medium bodied.

A very solid pale ale. Reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest or fall beer. Welcome to MN Epic. My first brew from you and it's a good one.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid pale ale.

Pours a very murky/hazy amber to brown color with thick, tan head. Lots of trub. Nose reminds me of a nice black tea, some breadiness or maybe toastiness, and a little citrus tingle. On the palate is a nice balance of toasty malt with citrusy hops, & some pine in there too. Medium to light bodied. Easy drinking. Pricey.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, still some yeast floating around, good lasting head

Smell: Piney pellet hops, with caramel malt

Taste: great hop malt balance, slight fruity yeast, sweet complex malt, nothing notable with the hop taste or smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation. The only thing holding this back is the lack of hop aromatics and hop complexity. I would be surprised if there were any fresh whole cone hops in here. Needs more time to clear, this yeast is like ex-lax.

Release #7

Poured into burgundy glass at 60f

Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, release #8 - 6.8%. Pours a hazy dark copper with a medium frothy creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is caramel and crystal malts with resiny piney hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with grapefruit and resiny hops leading to a pretty surprisingly big , slightly charred, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice Pale ale. Probably one of the hoppier and better ones I've had. This is probably more of an IPA.

Photo of Douglas88
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Release #5, direct from the brewery, around $4. Into an imperial pint.

A: Copper in color with an enormous two finger head that slowly recedes, large globs of lacing as it recedes. Head is quite dense. Slightly cloudy, but overall a nice looking beer.

S: Resinous hops, huge citrus and pine, slightly sulfuric smell underneath the initial notes that is pretty weird. Has a lot of west coast pale/ipa notes. Underneath that is a few sweet malt notes but the hops are the main focus.

T: When it hits mouth it kind of fades, some caramel malts and a decent citrus blast, but not nearly what I was expecting from the nose. Pretty juicy hops, but not much bitterness. I'd like a little bit more bitterness. Fairly sweet in the finish as well. Has a few boozy notes which should not be there in a 6.4% beer.

M: Medium thick body, maybe a touch on the thick side, and maybe a bit on the sweet side. A bit drier of a finish would really help this out.

D: Overall not bad, a little more bitterness would really help this out. Having that hop profile without the bitterness is pretty pleasant. Its definitely no Daisy Cutter, but it is the same general idea, a hoppy beer that won't destroy your tongue. Not too bad, but I think it might need a bit more tweaking. Will try again and hope for a super fresh batch.

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#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.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Elevated Series
Release #1
$5.89 ea.

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.

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Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.