Epiphany Ale | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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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

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Added by mentor on 01-03-2007

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 40
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
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 elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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 UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -12%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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 avaldivia
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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 -11.8%
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%
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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Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at City Beer in San Francisco just because the store clerk said it was good and it wasn't overly expensive. Pours an amber-brown colour with thick off-white head. Smells of big hops, piney, mineral and floral. Nice mix of bitterness mixed with the amber sweetness. Medium carbonation. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle. I liked this one, think its over 60 IBU which went with a strong malting tomake a most drinkable beer. Average mouthfeel. Cloudy reddish tinged body, three-eighth inch head, and lacey with lace rings. Decent hoppy flavour, a little complex, and a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber in the most recent with james...cheers to you

a-deep copper color...small lacy head....carbonation appears lively...

s-sweet malt and bitter twangy hops...nothing more

t-starts sweet then follows with bitterness...not unrelenting but the most bitter ive had in the amber category...finishes well...bitter

m-creamy and smooth...slightly oily from the hops...carbonation is spot on from what i can tell

d-no problem with finishing the bomber

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark red and amber appearance, excellent lacing left halfway down the glass. Aroma, mostly astringent bitterness, maybe some of that peat moss feel you get in red ales. Psychosomatic I figure.

Taste, jeez, this is about the most bitter beer I've ever had in this style. A little thin in the malt, leaves this relatively light on the heft side of the palate, and crushingly bitter on the other. Not a big dry hop feel to this, if at all.

Anything with this amount of bitterness tends to have the inevitable metal twang. Seems to be very Cascade hop forward. Caramel forward is the next most prevalent flavor.

Can't complain about drinkability when this is $4 a bomber. Nice. Raiders just scored a TD, eat it Niners.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Talk about Bitter and Hoppy!!! Pours a brilliant reddish brown. About one finger of tannish head, that settles quickly into a wisp-thin lace. Nose is lacking - some hops and not much else. Maybe a little candy corn in the nose. Flavor is like an epic naval battle. Both sides - hops and malt - lobbying shots back and forth. It's the hops that win out, though. Huge blasts of hops cavalcade over you, and then vanish beneath the waves of a somewhat short, surprisingly dry finish. Crisp and punchy, this one. Drinkable too at 6% ABV.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a murk brownish-orange with a white head. The aroma is malt with some citrus and pine. The flavor is a good mix of hops and malt. Lots of citrus and pine. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours dark amber with a medium-sized off-white head.

Aroma is grassy/citrusy hops, earth, and some caramel malt.

Flavor is more of the same: caramel malt, earth, grass, and citrus. A little hoppy, but the hops are more on the bittering side rather than the aroma/flavor side.

Medium body with a somewhat rough mouthfeel.

This is a very average beer overall, one that is highly unlikely to cause one to have an epiphany. Meh!

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Photo of chickencoop
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up at a Marin County Whole Foods, good stuff in supporting the locals.
The beer itself was good but nothing special. I've had a few to get a better feel for the beer, but overall it was kind of a dissapointment. It was more hop-bitter than I personaly like, so that's on me. I would have liked a little more balance. I liked the pour, a dirty amber, but besides that nothing to bring me back, sorry.

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Photo of Chambic
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

02.02.10 at Toronado

A: nice amber color

S: very floral

T: straight up tastes like flowers; a bit hoppy with a malty finish

M: pretty unique, like it's oily

D: it was worth trying, but I wouldn't have more than one of these in a sitting, especially given the choice

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 5.9%.

A-Pours a really nice reddish brown with a one finger off white head that just does not want to reduce.

S-It has a very SN like nose. They use a ton of Cascade in this one and the citrus it gives off is quite noticeable. There is also a little bit of sweet malt being picked up.

T-The citrus taste from all of the Cascade hops hits first. There is a nice malty backbone that blends the two together which results in a minimal level of bitterness.

M-On the larger side of the medium spectrum. Creamy and smooth from being force carbonated.

D-Went down easily. Lots of hop flavor without the bite.

This has always been one of their featured ales and I had not tried it until last night. Reds and ambers are not always my favorite stlye, but this one won me over with all of the Cascade goodness inside.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very good looking Amber. Dark amber colored liquid (spot on color match for SN Bigfoot) with a dense creamy head.

S: Rich caramel malt with a good deal of citric/floral hops.

T: It's almost great, but the bitterness gets a bit acrid in the finish. I'm not sure if it's yeast or hop acridness, but I definitely haven't kicked up the settled yeast with my pour (I haven't even poured the second half of the bottle). Except for this fault, the beer is pretty great and I'd bump the score up a half point otherwise. Anyway, the hops are strong and provide excellent balance to the malt.

M: A bit undercarbonated plus the previously mentioned off flavor hurts the feel.

D: Good, drinkable Amber.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy autumn leaf red that has been in the leaf pile for awhile. White head that disappeared quite fast. No lacing.

S- Cascade Hops and a generous amount at that

T - Cascade Hops and a solid malt backbone. This beer is very well balanced and tasty.

M - Nice and thin. I enjoy a hoppy thin amber over a thick malty amber any day.

D - I would like to hang out this beer all day long.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a tight head that fades somewhat quickly but leaves great lacing. The smell is of fruity, floral hops with orange predominant which ipens up to more earthy grapefruit citrus. Beefy hop taste up front, like I've noticed before with Simcoe hopped ipas. Don't know if that's whats in here, but it tastes of them. This is followed by an intense lingering hop bitterness with deep citrus flavors. Mouthfeel is substantial, and overall this beer is a pleasure. I've gotten to the point where I'm starting to seek this brewery's beers out. Very nice offerings on the whole. Beside the brewery, I've now had their beers at Barclay's on College, and at Lanesplitters in Berkeley as well.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this beer in my fridge, its been there since fall of 2006 (about 6 months).
Pours an orange/amber body, big head for an amber ale. Thinking this might some hops in it.
Smells of hops, citrus, grass and malt. Malt becomes more powerful as it warms.
Taste is a nice crisp thrush of hops at first. A bit of pine, but some fruit as well. Metal a bit. Malt holds off the confrontation between the citrus and metal. Smoothes it out a bit.
Good beer. Forgot I had this bottle (stupid me, d'oh)

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Photo of mentor
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Iron Springs for the opportunity. Entered into judging in category #41 (American Amber/Red).

Hard pour earns a thin layer of off-tan head over a very clear rust/reddish liquid. Smells piney hops with some rough co-humulone. Oranges also from the hops and some caramel from malt to support.

Tastes quite hoppy with a delicious malt sweet and fruity esters mixing very well with the hops. Whoa, that first sip was great. Hop flavor is more oranges than pine with strong grassy co-ho and appropriate bitterness for the style. Floral aromatics rise up the throat into the sinuses. Light fruit characters mix with the hops to distract from the grassy and the hop/ester interplay is supported by a reassuring malt sweet. Not so much caramel as I was expecting from the nose. A touch of iron in the aftertaste to dry things out in a refreshing way. This is a well balanced beer that is likely a touch hoppy for the style. Well done, I'd like to try others that they have made.

Medium heavy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Medium carbonation is a touch stingy for my preferences but did serve to clean the palette.

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Epiphany Ale from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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