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Copper Cone - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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 Ego
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Ego, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

UpToMeBeer, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

dbrauneis, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Meathead1965
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Meathead1965, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Mappies, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mpyle
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

mpyle, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of azdback
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 17. Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. Dark and cloudy orange color. A large explosion of carbonation leads to a huge three finger head. The head is rocky and just a bit off white in color. Lace is very sticky as well. Nice looking beer.

Smell is fairly musty yeast, bread or biscuit. There are also some mild citrus smells of maybe a blood orange or some other overripe citrus sweet smell.

Taste is similar to the smell, the dank/musty yeast tastes are much more mellow but still there. I wish they weren't. There are some dull citrus bitter. Maybe the taste of an overripe pink grapefruit with some sugar sprinkled on top. Tastes a lot like Hop Wallop, a beer I didn't like at all.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is from round to spritzy. Body is medium and the finish is average and a bit dry.

Overall I liked how this one started out but really didn't like much more than the appearance. If you like dank yeast then you might like this. I did not.

azdback, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

argock, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

richbrew, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

FightingEntropy, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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...

AleWatcher, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

beer2day, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of bogus564
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

bogus564, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

cbarrett4, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

RonfromJersey, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Gavage, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

jzeilinger, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

maximum12, Jul 30, 2011
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.

corby112, Jun 28, 2011
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.

trappistlover, Jun 26, 2011
Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.