Epic Pale Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
epicbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
You can only drink so many beers in a lifetime, so you better make each one count. That's where we can help. Because at Epic we're obessed with creating big hop-fuelled beers. This takes a shed-load of skill. It also takes a shed-load of hops. In fact there are 23 crammed into this bottle. Many brewers would call that 'insane'. We call it flavour.

Added by Todd on 08-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
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7
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Epic Pale Ale is a nice pale ale with a slight artificial fruit flavour to it.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Piney hops with a grapefruit tang. 4.5

T: Pine and fruit/candy flavour. Like fake apple candy. The malt is there too. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hmmm, first review of a Epic beer, will it live up to its reputation?

Pours a light straw, dense cream head, which fades oh so quickly. Some lacing. Shame, not a good look.

Intense aromas of pine, citrus, passionfruit, all the usual hop suspects. Excellent so far. I suspect this might be what US Pale Ales would smell like if we got them fresh.

Taste is hop heaven, with serious bittering going on on my palate. Citrus and pine flavours are the go initially... but....

Mouthfeel, oh bugger. It's flat, non-carbonated, call it what you will, and as the bottle subsides I can see why the head didn't last. Not good.

Overall? Good experience, but, at 12 bucks a 500ml, compared to local brews, it's marked down 1 point, it just doesn't compete

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a crystal clear light orange. less than a fingers worth of white foam which leaves spotty lacing and has some staying power.

S - the nose is primarily spicy and fruity hops with notes of pepper, citus and apricot. the malt backbone has a light aroma of doughy bread and just a touch of caramel.

T - the flavors lean towards more of the malty side with notes of bread and caramel. as it warms on the tongue there is a bit of zesty hops for balance followed by a quick and dry finish.

M - on the lighter side of medium bodied with a slightly watery yet smooth texture. light yet zippy carbonation.

O - could use a bit more body but it it easy drinking while still being high on flavor. a nice offering from the southern hemisphere.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a light amber color, very clear, with a nice sized white head. Good lacing as well.

S: Herbal tea scents from the hops, pale grain.

T: Herbal, floral, tea-like hops well balanced over a pale grainy malt base. Just slightly bitter in the finish. A hint of sweetness throughout.

M: Medium bodied, very active carbonation.

O: A decent pale ale. Well balanced, very clean and easy to drink. I like my pale's with a bit more of a hop presence though.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great big light tan caramel colored very consistently made head is formed right out of the pour of this very long necked large bottle. Clumpy styro-foamy in appearance, with a cloudy orb orange amber glow. Stupid amounts of thick lacing and clumping on the glass. Looks great

Mild green and citrus hop. Fresh smelling, fantastic aroma, makes me incredibly thirsty smelling it. Hints of herbal tea as well.

Taste is fairly wet but brings the nose notes but only more subdued. Light bodied with next to no carbonation with a mild hop grass sense, but also little malt presence. A little thin in feel but easily drinkable, borderline English IPA tasting with less body and flavor.

Overall though still pretty darn good beer and a good simple Pale Ale. Looks and smells great!

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Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burnt orange in color with a finger-width of white small bubbled head that went down to 1/4 of an inch afterwards.

Smell: Clean with a robust scent of hoppy pine and citrus.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Man that is one smooth Pale Ale...very impressed with the first sip. First of all I sense a malty stone-like flavor that also belies a smoked wood taste, that gradually melds into a sweeter and less hop oriented flavor. The end has a wet feel that combines with a numbing characteristic that engulfs all of the mouth. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this beer....it's so gentle and velvet like and ends with a mouthwatering edge.

Overall: I've seen this one on the shelf for awhile around the neighborhood store and have always walked right by it thinking that it was going to be some generic beer from New Zealand. Boy, was I wrong, this is a first rate product that I'm looking forward to partake with in the future and share with friends. Can't wait to see if the other selections from this company are just as....Epic (yeah...I went there!).

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle drank at Bluebird, no freshness date that I can recall... A good looking beer with a dark peach pour, a little copper accent. The head is nice, a bright white cap of about a finger forms and stays awhile, good lacing. Looks good... The aroma is great, nice and restrained for a pale but flavorful, grapefruit on the nose, other citrus notes, caramel, a hint of pine on the finish.... The taste is just as nice as the nose, grapefruit, caramel, but the pine is now mostly grassy hops. It starts off nice but the finish is harsh and flat, really a disappointing finish after a decent start. This should be more drinkable, but it isn't.

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Photo of foles
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best american style pale ale I've encountered. Funny enough most brewpubs I visited in California and Oregon went straight for the IPA!

Showcasing fresh cascade in all its glory! Biting, aromatic citrisy piney hoppiness on the nose and palate, right through to the finish. You can tell this is a well crafted brew - I would get more of it if it wasnt A$11 a bottle!!

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Photo of drink1121
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a hotel glass in Auckland, will hopefully be visiting the brewery as well

A-pours a transparent copper with little to no head after a fairly agressive pour. What little head there is dissipates quickly, which is why I knocked it down pretty heavily

S- The smell is very similar to SNPA, but with more fruity hops in the nose. Hops hit the nose initially, not over powering, but prevalent. Some light malt in the background, but a good balance between the two for an APA. This is what I think of when smelling an APA

T-Again, very similiar to SNPA but with more fruity hops, rather than piney. There is some pine resin in the taste, but not much. Again, the taste is very to style of an APA.

M- Slight creaminess with light carbonation. I could go for a bit more carbonation for a lighter brew - this brings down the crispiness of the beer.

D- I almost downed this beer so quick I had to save the last few sips to finish the review. I have no idea how I drank it so fast. I guess a long day of load-in makes me thirsty. Overall great brew and its the New Zealand version of Sierra Nevada's beloved APA. Epic has done well

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Photo of baggio
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[email protected] on Quay in Auckland.

A: Nice copper color with a small white head.

S: Caramel, Pine, Grapefruit, Bread.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Caramel, Roasted malt, Fresh bread.

M: Smooth with plenty of carbonation. A very nice New Zealand APA. I enjoyed this immensely after drinking massproduced lager in the tropics for 2 weeks.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate and firm, this American Pale Ale performs admirably well, and with a bright citrus character to boot.

The beer pours a hazy copper/amber color with a mild haze. A froathy, sticky head forms a 1/2 head, retains very well with pockets of foam and the beer and lace on the glass. Impressive overall.

Bright citrus notes of orange zest and grapefruit lead the way with a modest caramel or graham cracker sweetness/spiciness. Pure and clean scent remains simple yet elegant.

Hop flavors fare every bit as well as they do in the nose, but with the added grassiness/leafy taste. Malt character still represents the caramel/graham cracker flavor but with low sweetness and hearty maltiness, the beer's flavor results in a partly grainy taste that proved distracting heading into the finish. Minerally/salty taste also hurts the flavor profile.

Early carbonated creaminess quickly turns astringent, weak, and ultimately thin in texture. Outside of the harsh grainy/astringent/bitey finish, the beer sets up for an inviting crisp clean mouthfeel. Too bad.

A promising early start waivers at mid palate with both flavor and mouthfeel and leaves the beer somewhat empty in body and taste late, allowing the harsher attributes of grain and hops to reveal themselves. A less than clean ending to such a great introduction.

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Photo of dayvayen
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very clear in the bottle. Citrusy hop smell with a bit of pine, but not a punchy overdone hop scent. Some malty backbone but mostly well-rounded hops. This beer tastes a lot bigger than its 5.4%, and comes across as more of an IPA than a pale. All in all, a very drinkable beer that I'll seek out again.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've seen this beer on the shelf a few times but I've avoided it considering that it's being imported from New Zealand and I live in Kansas. Still, I saw some today and figured I'd give them a shot. 17 ounce bomber. Pours a light amber to golden blonde with an impeccably clear appearance. Huge frothy two inch head. Impressive aroma; I have the beer sitting next to me and I am getting a clear whiff of hops - the glass is roughly 2 feet away from me. As the head dissipates the lacing is very clingy. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some light skunkiness in the background. Slick mouthfeel with some nice mild bitterness. Light to mild carbonation. Flavor is hops, up front. Floral hops abound up front, and there's a nice spicy pepper note in the middle of the beer, with lingering grapefruit in the finish. The malt profile is there, as you get breadiness somewhere in the middle before going back to hops. Where this beer breaks the rules is in the finish. I get this amazing caramel sweetness aftertaste, completely the opposite of what I expect when drinking a pale ale. Outside of that, the malt is subdued, which I like. It's a nicely understated counterpoint to all of the hops - and make no mistake, hops is what this beer is all about. More specifically, Cascade. Full Disclosure: I actually listened to an interview with Epic's brewer, and he stated the beer was only made with one hop - Cascade, which is just crazy. There's so much going on with the hop profile that you'd swear there's more than just that hop in it. But no, it's just Cascade. The best thing about this beer is how clean it is. It's super clear, very clean on the palate, and amazingly crisp when drinking. One of the best Pale Ales I have had in a very long time. Very impressive, especially for New Zealand.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam a huge fan of hopped up old school left coast pales,this one from New Zealand reminds me of that old school APA.Poured into an imperial pint glass a slight burnt orange with a great one finger creamy head that never completely settles,a great frothy/creamy mass is left behind with broken shards of lace in the aftermath.A mix of resiny/piney hop mixed with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus,a great play of hops,a lightly sweet doughy malt base gives a token appearance.Big citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors,slightly bitter in the finsh,the malt lends a light crispness and lighter sweetness.This is a standard pale ale but its freakin awesome,if you like the hops this is it!

Epic has caught my attention in a big big way.

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Photo of juju7
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balls to the wall-my favourite APA so far. Almost IPA-like in the amount of hop goodness jumping out of this fella. Beautiful hazy ochre with a creamy head. Upfront bitterness and a lengthy finish. Balance could be argued but I'm looking at this beer as something of a guilty pleasure. Brilliant.

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Photo of femALEist
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Made with 23 different types of hops. Made in Auckland. 5.4% abv. This poured a clear orange with a touch of sienna. On the nose, you get aromas of orange, light passionfruit, grapefruit skin and some resin. It tasted citrusy, bitter grapefruit and a piney aftertaste. This was the best hoppy beers so far that I have had in New Zealand.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, prominent hop aroma. Resinous pine, passionfruit, tangerine and mango come through. I also get a hint of cat's pee. Nice supporting backbone of crystal malts. Great aroma.

Slightly hazy orange colour with a nice, fluffy off white head. Good head retention.

Mmmm. Big hop flavour, lots of upfront tropical fruit, passionfruit and mango. The malt is only enough to support the hops and it does a great job. Tasty, tasty hop juice. Clean with a moderately high bitterness with lingers just a little too long.

Medium-light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't quite right for me with the carbonation being just a bit too much.

An eminently drinkable beer for my tastes. Lots of hops which keep on coming with a reasonable ABV. The only thing that detracts is the slightly harsh lingering bitterness.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

having this at brew quay in Auckland.

Appearance: fairly golden amber colour, a bit lighter than I might have expected. thin white head, leaves splotchy lacing.

Smell: Nice hops aroma, reminiscent of grass and citrus rind. Hint of soapiness as well, in the background. Maybe more like an english ipa than an apa but appealing nonetheless.

Taste: Ah, now you is an apa after all. Solidly bitter, American hops character. Citrus rind is the dominant note. Could use a bit more support from the malt, finishes on the same note that it starts.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is a bit too sharp

drinkability: good, but wishing I had reviewed their Armageddon IPA when I had it a couple of weeks ago, which was all around a better beer

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Photo of joecast
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

been hearing good things about this brew. lets hope it lives up to the $11 price tag.

good looker. bright, light copper color. medium carbonation. nice head formation and retention. some lacing.

big hoppy aroma, just what you should expect from an apa. this is really nice, so close to being a 5. resiny, sharp citrus. this must be seriously fresh. ok im doing it, 5. this really cant be much better.

after all that hop aroma, the bitterness is not as in-your-face as expected. really sessionable. good hop flavor up front with enough malt balance to carry it through. very well rounded.

best beer ive had in a while. and it was going to be tough after the sticker shock i got at the bottle shop. well done epic (and the brewery that has the contract). would love to try on tap closer to home. YUM

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 5.4%abv and reportedly 15 different varieties of hops.

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of rocky off-white head over a slightly hazy, amber-orange body. Good head retention.

Smell - 4.5
Like a fresh hop garden! Aromas of passionfruit, pine needles and citus.

Taste - 4.0
Unsurprisingly, this is a very hoppy beer with very little malt presence. Pine needle, grapefruit and herbal flavour dominate, assertively bitter and finishes bone dry. Tasty, but rather one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium bodied, getting a little syrupy with warmth, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not a session beer for any but the most dedicated hop head, but definitely worthy of repeated drinking.

OVERALL - 4.1
This beer reminds me of Little Creatures Pale Ale a few years ago, though even hoppier. A great, characterful APA.

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Epic Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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