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Copper Cone - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%


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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argock

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:09:26 | More by argock
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold to copper American Pale Ale with a nice dirty white head. Nice grapefruit, lemon, spice and caramel. Nice nose that makes me anticipate liking this beer more than some of the earlier Epic beers I've had. And...nope. Taste is adequate, but doesn't live up to the nose. Slightly thin body, good malty base but overwhelms the hops, and the bitterness and body are muddled. Some of the fruit carries into the body, but seems set a part from the rest. Perfectly good beer, but not going to go out of my way for it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:01:37 | More by FightingEntropy
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of 2dogbrew- thanks Russ!

Rather dark orangey amber color with a light tan head. Below average retention and lacing.

Bready, pale, bisctuit malt action hits up front-- just a touch sweet, but primarily pretty dry. The hops are big pine notes and a bit of citrus. Nice balanced flavor with a big old oily bitterness. Very dry finish.

Not a bad beer here, but seeing as how I LOVE pale ales, I tend to rate these a bit tougher than other people... Understand that with this style especially, I rate to a C average...
Very drinkable beer, but doesn't hit the flavor notes I look for most in a pale ale.... Good carbonation, good medium body, oily slick feel.

Overall, I would drink this again, but I won't be adding it to my wants or asking for it at all...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:14:48 | More by AleWatcher
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep, hazy, dirty orange, heck almost brown. 1-finger medium cream head, with very faint retention and very light lace. Like the color.

Nose is very intense right out of the bottle for a straight pale, but fades a bit with time. Earthy hops predominately, with a good bread malt backbone. Getting a bit of metal and pine as the bottle warms. Quite nice and somehow substantial.

Big bread malt slightly overshadows the pine/herbal hop flavor. Very heavy glass of beer. Light resin and a touch of oil. Good flavor for a pale.

Heavy body, only slightly oily.

Overall, a very nice glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:22:36 | More by beer2day
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:06:49 | More by beerthulhu
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I'm done with a tough week at work, I'm looking to a three-day weekend, and what better way to start off than with a beer I haven't tried before? Away we go...

Looks like an IPA, actually; burnt orange color, orange rind-colored head, a good 3 cm in height, holds a couple of minutes before dissolving into lace. Off to a good start.

Smells largely of pine, then grapefruit/orange, then a light peppery sensation, not sweet at all in the nose. Okay...

It's first bitter, then sweet. Very piny with the hops up front, then grapefruit, some orange, an unexpected biscuity feel, with some roasted malts there as well. Some clove and a hint of pepper at the back. I wish the proportions were slightly different, but that's just personal taste. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is not to my general liking, but I'm not going to bash it. Medium-bodied, good on the carbonation, swims decently over the palate, but man, is it hoppy and bitter at the finish.

My overall impression is good, not very good. If I'd had a good piece of chicken or fish with this, perhaps my opinion would have been different; something is needed to smooth out the bitterness of this beer. Still, not bad. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 01:04:09 | More by bogus564
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cbarrett4

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into taster (4 oz) at Belmont Station:

This is somewhat between a Pale ale and IPA. The hops are more aggressive than most American Pales but the malts are definitely in line with pale ale. All in all a very good beer if you are expecting a more intense pale ale or a baby IPA style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 21:39:35 | More by cbarrett4
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.49 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Hazy but bright red orange body, topped by four fingers of rocky white foam, good lacing.

Inviting aroma of oranges and apricots.

Opens with a smack of sweet caramel, followed by a big dose of oranges and apricots. Mild bitterness at the swallow. More juiciness in the afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel.

Overall, an enjoyable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:17:22 | More by RonfromJersey
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:52:45 | More by Gavage
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark copper color with a thick, one fingered creamy, sticky head.

S - Semi-fruity citrus and pine jump right out of the glass accompanied by a crisp, but mild malt backbone and floral bouquet. Compared to many of the pale ales I've had, it has alot more fruit character going on in the nose. I can best describe the aroma as "crisp".

T - Semi-fruit sweetness, mild pine resin, and sweet caramel are up front and stay evenly balanced throughout the entire sip. There's some earthy character and very mild spice from the hops, everything blends together quite nicely and makes for an enjoyable pale ale. (although it's a on the dark side for a "pale ale".

M - Medium body that's slightly on the thicker side for the style. Mild pricklies on the tongue up front but quickly dies down to a smooth and velvet like finish on the tongue.

O - I've purchased a bunch of beers from Epic lately and have been impressed overall. There's been a few I haven't enjoyed so much but you can't expect to love every batch a beer artisan brews. That being said, as a brewery, Epic gets a thumbs up...check this particular one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:18:18 | More by jzeilinger
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:46:10 | More by maximum12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 05:55:10 | More by corby112
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 15:26:20 | More by trappistlover
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:27:53 | More by jera1350
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 03:33:09 | More by yemenmocha
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 19:45:44 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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IMPERALEVERYTHIN

Utah

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:53:54 | More by IMPERALEVERYTHIN
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 07:19:32 | More by Beaver13
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Douglas88

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:18:51 | More by Douglas88
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:00:28 | More by pokesbeerdude
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 14:43:12 | More by JunkYardJake
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:18:52 | More by Gueuzedude
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 09:14:44 | More by JohnGalt1
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 21:16:55 | More by Wasatch
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Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
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