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Flying Nun Records 30 Year Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Following on from ROGERS RUIN and RED SKY, EPIC beer have brewed a celebration beer for the Flying Nun 30th Anniversary.

Pours golden in colour with an aroma similar to lychees, grapefruit peel and Turkish Delight. This beer is about sipping and enjoying. We wanted to develop something that oozed drinkability, lacked the massive bitterness that can sometimes scare people away from a good pale ale, yet deliver as best as it could when it came to hop aromatics and flavours.

Added by spicelab on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a fine, very bright golden colour, almost gaudily yellow in the glass. Head is gauzy with large bubbles, but persists as a film down the glass. Lacing is patchy, and the body is very light. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is fresh and bright with Kiwi hops giving it a bold crispness. Plenty of citrus, with a pithy rindy character, and the spicy character of ginger. It's very fresh and bright, while retaining a clearness that suggests it will be very drinkable.

Taste is excellent, light, slightly doughy malt forms a basis on which the flavours mingle over the top. Slight bitter citrus, some metal with a very restrained hop character on the back, that just lends a touch of menthol. Later characters of floral honey and a twang of mint round it out, while keeping the dance between sweetness and bitterness flowing.

Feel is clear and light, relying on the hop bitterness on the finish to add crispness.

Cracking good beer from Epic, making an interestingly complex but brightly drinkable combination. Great work.

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Photo of jahsausage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured well, the head was very long-lived. I was expecting a very subdued taste and was pleasantly suprised by the hoppy delights. The mildness of the bitterness really lets the flavours of the hops follow through. Im Wishing I had bought a second bottle now!

Flying Nun was/is a label which put out great offbeat music, not incredibly strange music which only a couple of people were obsessed with. Now I love my obscure music and extreme beers too but the point is that this beer is offbeat but poppy as all hell too. This beer would make someone a great introduction to pale ales. the rest of us can daydream about the day that all mainstream beers and music are as good as this.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a large, lasting white head.
Nose shows herbal and spicy hops with some faint bready malt.
Flavours are on the hoppy side, more herbal and spicy notes along with very soft caramel backing. Fairly hoppy finish with a bold bitterness.

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Photo of spicelab
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle thanks to [email protected]

Bright and clear golden orange. Two-finger slightly sudsy looking head. Retention is middling, and it falls without lacing to a slight ring.

Clean and vibrant hop aromas, with peppery herbs, apricot, passionfruit, lemon sherbet, cut grass, candied citrus and floral honey. Malts are fairly subdued, just a touch of light caramel and savoury notes smooth out any sharpness in the hops.

Taste brings more of a minty, piney bitterness, but there's still plenty of tropical and citrus hop character, passionfruit, honeydew melons, mandarin, kiwi fruit, white grapes and a hefty amount of white pepper.

Lightish mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation and a menthol-esque drying bitterness.

Really well constructed and deceptively complex pale ale that completely shows up the lacklustre efforts coming out of Australia.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a shiny golden amber, clear body with vivacious head bouncing around as it pours, settling out to a thin crown of tight bubbles. Lace is decent, but nothing special. Looks nice though; good PA.

Smell bursts to life with piney and tropical NZ hops - passionfruit, paw-paw, mango and pineapple with a slight citric tang and a piney backing. Bit subdued after a while but retains that fresh fruity appeal. Great NZ PA nose.

Early taste is dominated by those fresh aroma hops, that don't quite pop in the mouth like I expected. More citric and piney, with a pithy edge late-mid. Slightly tart and slightly fresh, and then quite dry leading into the finish. A light woody note on the back with slight nuttiness as well. Decent palate but really lacking in those delicious NZ hops; I just want more, as far as flavour goes.

Light palate but a decent texture, not too carbonated but there's a presence in the mouth.

Nice drinkable beer, but there was far more promise than it delivered.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a see through golden straw hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and little lacing.

S-Herbal hops,goosberries,a touch of pancakes and a touch of lychee.

T-Goosberries,lychee,a touch of vanilla,pale malts and finished with a nice NZ hop semi bitterness.

M-Light bodied and very sesssionable.

O-A nice and easy drinking APA without being way over the top cheers.

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Flying Nun Records 30 Year Ale from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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