Epiphany Ale | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

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Epiphany AleEpiphany Ale
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:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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 Chambic
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 leprakhan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 SolomonGrundy
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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 brotherloco
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 tomb_ride
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 welleshadow
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of cdog707yo
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of f_raud
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 mentor
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 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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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Epiphany Ale from Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 40 ratings