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Copper Cone - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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Travisnin

Idaho

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

09-13-2012 06:20:37 | More by Travisnin
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Had a chance to give this a go, given that I had never tried anything from Epic before. The name was a bit intriguing and even though I've had enough examples of this style before, I thought that this was a pretty good APA. The name was appropriate since the hue was indeed copper and there was a bit of pine cone in the taste. The dry-hoppiness really shone through without being overshadowed by the alcohol. It wasn't quite like anything I've had before and for novices, this would be a good beer to start off with!

The pour was true to form as this had a good copper hue to it and the head had a good amount of froth as well. The aroma wasn't that strong but it had some earthy pine to it which came out much more in the taste. For a beer that was so dry up-front, this went down easily as the hops faded away to a more wet back. There was a hint of lemon and citrus here with a little bit of tropical fruit underneath it. Not a lot of bitterness here but just enough of a reminder of what style this fell under.

This could have been a bit weaker but the alcohol didn't detract from the taste or session at all. While this wasn't bad, I didn't rate it higher only because there are so many beers like this on any given shelf at the moment. While not a bad choice, this didn't stand out from many of those and as a bomber, this is just fine on it's own. Just a bit more body and a resin to it would make this really rise above its peers.

09-09-2012 12:30:53 | More by JerzDevl2000
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%

08-28-2012 02:47:19 | More by mcsauter82
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ngeunit1

California

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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-04-2012 03:06:14 | More by swetsastonic
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-31-2012 01:11:38 | More by RoryOMoore
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-18-2012 20:34:47 | More by bluckbeyes
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mactrail

Washington

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
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evilkorova

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-20-2012 22:53:45 | More by evilkorova
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JohnLynch


4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-05-2012 19:03:50 | More by JohnLynch
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guzzleacoldone

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-05-2012 01:36:01 | More by guzzleacoldone
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-29-2012 05:10:56 | More by carrollmel7
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Chou

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-18-2012 21:13:54 | More by Chou
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DrWalterWhite

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-02-2012 22:39:07 | More by DrWalterWhite
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -27.8%

Served this 22 0z. brown bottle in a Sierra NevadaHops glass. Release #13 is stamped on the label. The body was cloudy. Caramel-orange in color with a tan head that left some lacing in the glass.

The smell was bready with a hard candy sourness.

The taste was Jolly Rancher tartness. Some bread sweetness with a gentle bitter aftertaste. A nondescript fruitiness. Not a "clean" tasting APA. Maybe this is an older bottle, pretty disappointing really.

The mouthfeel was medium to light and had mild carbonation. This is not one I would seek out again.

Addendum: Researching on their website show this beer was brewed April 22, 2011. Eleven months old, past it's prime.

03-31-2012 14:22:02 | More by Cresant
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-26-2012 23:24:33 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Ego

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4%

stamped release #12, about 1 year old, cellar kept

eyes...
the smell already hit me but let me stick to my retarded anal retentive way of reviewing and go eyes first... (a toast to OCD!)

a nice orange hue, about one finger of slightly off white head forms on the surface, soapy-ish lace is well represented, ample carbonation jiggles up the insides of the cylinder which does lead to good head retention, and who doesn't like some good head retention ? A very nice looking brew.

nose...
not over the top citrus (specifically grapefruit) and pine with a belly of floral notes mixed with honey, slight malt haunting in the back. consistent upon every sniff, solid, just like the appearance

taste etc...
good bitterness from the hops, oddly enough the carbonation doesn't feel right, it doesn't "pop" like you want a pale ale to, this makes for a bit heavier feel than I like. The hop character is pretty varied - all over the tongue but nothing out of place. Slight warming from the ABV. There isn't anything bad here but it just seems to miss the mark a touch.

verdict?
in fairness it was probably better when released but even now it is a good PA.

listening to: WTF podcast

03-19-2012 04:30:56 | More by Ego
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-05-2012 18:28:13 | More by UpToMeBeer
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Release #12

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
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metter98

New York

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
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Meathead1965

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-17-2012 22:50:43 | More by Meathead1965
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oberon

North Carolina

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
Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.