Epiphany Ale | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

Epiphany AleEpiphany Ale
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Epiphany AleEpiphany Ale

Brewed by:
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mentor on 01-03-2007

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a mixture of amber and red, good 3/5" head formation and impressive lacing left behind. Aroma has substantial bitterness, red caramel malt notes.

Super bitter stuff here. Its all bittering hops. They didn't come out in the nose, and the mouthfeel isn't particularly flavorful. Cascades and caramel, cascades and caramel. Bomber format, cheap for that, but ultimately not a memorable beer.

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Photo of MIrvine
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdog707yo
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

This pours a dark caramel color. There’s a light orange/pine hop character with a pronounced edge. The beer has a malty hoppy orange citrus character with a drying finish. Not too sweet, lots of sticky hops, this is my favorite kind of amber ale.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of f_raud
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of welleshadow
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of tomb_ride
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, herbal hop, and slight celery aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but is a bit too malty in my opinion.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a very hazed brown-amber hue, with a fine, somewhat insubstantial head of yellowish white, that forms nicely when poured, but eventually subsides to film. Some speckled lacing. Body looks surprisingly strong for the ABV. It's not great looking, but it's not bad.

Nose is, again, not great, but not bad. Blind, it seems like what you expect from the style. Generic slightly piney US West Coast hoppiness, with a touch of sweetness and turbid malt. The sweetness forms perhaps as a little too strong for the hops, which are middling at best, but it ticks the boxes for the style at least.

Taste is similar, in that the two characters are quite generic. However, they sit quite disparate from each other, with the malt providing a chalky caramel and carob character that dominates the front, before a strikingly bitter, oily hop presence comes through on the back. It's not unbalanced as a result, but it sure is pretty ordinary.

Yeah, it's not great. It's not bad. It's not much of anything, except that it doesn't wildly deviate from style. I'm certainly not a huge fan, but I can't really fault it either. And maybe that's what's annoying me about it.

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Photo of tizride
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red amber in the glass. Not very foamy, but a nice slush in the mouth. Seems to fit the mold for this hoppy, earthy style. Fairly malty with a slight sweetness, but also on the acidic side. Aroma can only be described as beery, with a little roast malt in the nose. Lots of bitter hops with a tickle of grapefruit peel. Warm and buttery, but mostly hops. I don't know what they do to the malt to get this dirty flavor.

22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of leprakhan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of avaldivia
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Whole Foods in Novato, in their tasting area. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark amber appearance. Thick head about 2 fingers wide. excellent lacing left on glass.

S: Very hop forward. I definitely get citrus and caramel. it is a bit sweet but not cloyingly.

T: Wow, very hop forward for this particular style. I get a lot of hops upfront and then a lot of caramel. Very rich flavors that do not muddle or meld into each other.

M: Thick. Rich. Great carbonation.

O: I was familiar with this beer, but I had never tried it until today. I was happy I did because this is a great unique beer in this style. It is very affordable and one I will pick up again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep ruby-copper, hazy enough to be opaque, with a small off-white collar of head. Aroma is crystal malty with a slight toasted note and some resiny citrus hops. Flavor is much the same with a classic iced tea crystal malt base and a rather subdued herbal hop profile. Pretty typical amber but too light on the hop flavor.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An odd duck, stylewise - malty and amber, but with a citrusy hop-forward flavor and a powerful bitter hop finish. It teeters toward out of balance, but somehow manages to keep it together. It gets points for being unusual.

Pours beep amber with an enormous tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is deep caramel and toffee with some walnut and a fairly restrained citrusy hop edge. The flavor, however, is extremely hoppy - bitter orange citrus with a powerful orange rind bitterness laid over a modest background of dark caramel malt. The finish is powerfully bitter, almost shocking so. But somehow it all works.

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Epiphany Ale from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 57.5% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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