Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011 | Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011Epic Mash Up New Zealand Collaboration Ale 2011

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The essence of NZ craft beer is here. We travelled. We filmed. We took the passion and musings of Kiwi craft brewers. We put them in this bottle. Enjoy.

Special thanks to: NZ Hops, Cryer Malt, Gladfield Malt.

Added by ADZA on 07-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big craggy white head. Pale, clear yellow body. Spotty lace. Beautiful.

S - Very fruity as expected. Kiwifruit, pineapple, grapefruit.

T - Big hop tang, then the hop bitterness. Grapefruit is the primary flavour Im detecting. Has a faint metallic taste which detracts.

M - Oily and nicely carbonated.

O - I just love the NZ fruity, estery stuff. Unfortunately, I think there were too many chefs in the kitchen with this one. Nice drop, but there are better options out there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours clear gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits and some stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits with a decent grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent pale ale. Kind of unique flavors.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange body with a thick snow white head that last a long bit and sticks to the side of the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The juicy tropical fruit hops aroma has a papery green hop quality to it with some dried citrus hop notes in the finish.

T- The slightly dry tropical fruit hops are nicely supported by some pale malt flavors and the soft dry finish has some grapefruit pith hops that linger without much real bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp little fizz that grows as the beer opens.

O- The nice hop flavor and depth help up pretty well to the boat ride. As the beer opens up the hops flavor fades a bit but the fizz and grapefruit pith notes grow stronger.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light coloured body with small lasting head. Mildly funky lagerish taste, with some heads. More of a blonde, bit of a dirty blonde. Smooth mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, as long as you do not wexpect it to have that tasty New Zealand hops. Basic expectations were met.
Bottle from Steve in Warren.

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Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass.

Pours a pure golden colour, clear appearance and with a white head of fluffy foam which sits just above film. Some lacing.

Aroma is very floral, some hop resin coming through as well. Very hop forward with a bit of pungency as it warms. Aroma stays around and stays strong for the entire serving.

Taste is quite floral, the NZ hops used are quite noticeable. Resiny, pungent hop finish at the end.

Mouthfeel is good, body matching the style well, no harshness that you'd expect from the smell and aroma present.

Overall it matches expectations, very much a NZ APA. Drinkability is hurt quite a bit just with the floral and also pungent flavours that come through. You probably wouldn't want to start a session with this as you mightn't go to the fridge again.

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Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Very floral, apple blossoms, ripe cantaloupe, pils like richness, bready, roses.

L: Crystal clear straw yellow, creamy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Wine and grape like sweetness with a bready component. Medium high herbal and spicy bitterness leading to a somewhat harsh dryness.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

Unique, like the hop flavors. Not bad.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose show fruity, NZ hops with peach, grapefruit and gooseberry notes. Underneath is bready, cookie dough-like malt in large quantities - nice!
Very similar flavours, once again theres a fair bit of expressive malt. Finishes with a bold, sharp bitterness.
Nice med-light body, carbonation could be a bit higher.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Something I hadn't seen on shelves before, and sadly didn't see that it had a BB 02.12.12 date in black on the neck until after opening it.

Pours a bright glowing orange, with a healthy dose of foam that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace behind in broken circular rings.

Smells a little faded but still kicking out a little NZ funk, green herbals and mellow grapefruit citrus rind, some light pale malt behind that in the background.

Bitter herbal eucalyptus and grapefruit notes, generic light caramel sweetness in the middle, finishes dry. Light to medium bodied.
An overpriced imported pale ale that was likely better a few months ago...

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, soft orange color, with a foamy, rocky white head. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a bit malty with a crisp floral and slightly sweet citrus note. Taste is much nicer, with a nice spicy, floral hop note, slight sweetness from the pale malts, and a pronounced but not over done bitterness. The feel has a nice oily finish, maybe bordering on the medium side of things. Nice and drinkable. In the end, it's a fairly good pale ale, but at $7+ a bottle, you really don't get a very good bang for your buck.

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Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of spicelab
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle thanks to [email protected]

Stained orange, near crystal clear with a sudsy white head of about one finger. Decent lacing and a slow bead

Passionfruit, cut grass, kiwi fruit, sav blanc grapes and a very refined floral perfume. Moderate savoury malt backbone.

Somewhat less tropical. Moderate pine bitterness and sweaty Simcoe-esque character (no Simcoe in it as far as I'm aware) Some candied citrus and plenty of peppery grass clippings.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation that is unfortunately rasping and somewhat metallic.

Plenty to like but doesn't seem to integrate all that well and instead comes across pretty much as the name suggests. Starting to get a bit of age on it so I might have been a tad unkind.

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an exceptionally clear yellow gold colour with 1-2 fingers of white head. Traces of fine, delicate lacing covering the sides of the glass.

S: Noticeable fruit presence of pear, apple, grapefruit, lychee and pineapple with notes of sweet honey malts, yeasty bread and citrus peel. Scents are fresh and juicy.

T: Surprising amount of fresh pine on the tongue which was not present on the nose together with tropical fruits and hints of yeasty bread. Hops are much more pronounced in the taste than the scent. Alcohol esters are apparent mid palate.

M: Medium bodied which pleasantly coats the mouth.

O: Tropical juicy fruits dominate the nose while piney hops contrasted and dominate the mouth which results in an interesting mix.

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Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear, bubbly gold with a creamy white head.

The smell is decent some citrus but some muddled malts.

The flavor is okay. It tastes like a mash up. Some nice lemony bitterness, some herbal character, but the malt bill is pretty crappy. It tastes like a run of the ill pale ale.

I guess that might be expected.

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Photo of smcolw
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a moderate head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. It does leave some webby lace, though. The broth is gold and nearly clear.

Oddly, I initially smell cold slaw--a slightly sour and creamy aroma. Grapefruit hop is the predominant nose.

Very bitter from an overabundance of hop. This is particularly strong in the swallow and the aftertaste which reminds me of sucking on a hop pellet. Not well balanced--nearly no malt presence. Light bodied with a high carbonation, it seems thinner that it might be.

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Photo of flexabull
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of New Zealand craft beers, so I was pleased to see this on sale at Davis Beer Shoppe. I just wish these weren't so expensive...

Pours a bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of lemon, white wine, resin, and hard candies. Smells nice.

Taste has a nice lemony bitterness up front, some creamy sweet, doughy and spicy malts give a nice backdrop. Finish is dry, with mineral bitterness. Taste like a British Pale that has been amped up with New Zealand hops. Pretty nice beer.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation and body, but is a bit fleeting,

All in all, this is a nice take on the Pale Ale style. I'll happily finish this one.

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Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in St. Louis. 01.07.12 printed on bottle. Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass. A - Clear golden color with a white head which leaves spiderweb lacing and a thin layer of foam on the beer. S - Aromatic hops with a blend of herbal and floral. Malts show through some. T - Fairly hoppy but has a mix of some sweet malts. Earthy, with a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. An enjoyable beer, great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of cvm4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a somewhat clear golden color. Fluffy white head, good lacing.

S - Hoppy, citrus and pineapple.

T - Somewhat sweet malt beginning with a bitter ending. No real flavors shining through.

M - Great carbonation along with a medium body.

O - Probably held onto this beer too long. Seems past its prime. All my fault and not the beers fault.

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Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent amount of hops in the aroma, with some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of hops (not too heavy), citrus (grapefruit), and some malt. Fruitier than I expected, but not obnoxiously so. A pretty flavorful beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter, dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, well made, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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