Fest Devious | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Epic's Fest Devious is a Marzen. It pours a beautiful ruby red with a thin, fleeting white foamy head. Clean aromas of fall including caramel, roasted nuts and a tiny bit of pine bark accentuate this easy to drink lager. Lagered for 21 days, flavors of caramel, malt and light hops combine with a slight warming from the alcohol to make for a wonderful beer for the cool nights of fall.

Added by Beernoisseur on 10-08-2010

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/amber colour. Smells like heavy malts, cereal, dark and sticky fruits, very sweet, very mch like a syrupy amber wort. Tastes like it smells, but much lighter initially, heavy sweet malts and the end; caramel, dark and sticky fruits, golden syrup aftertaste.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep, murky orange-brown. It develops a head just under a finger tall with fairly good retention that keeps a steady foam when it drops off. Lacing is moderate and spotty.
It's key to let this beer warm. It's completely different with a few minutes on it. Aroma's still light, but caramel and breads come out, more like biscuit than toast, and there's a note of herbal hops.
The flavor follows the nose appropriately, the chief differences being that the herbal hops note is strengthened a bit and added to by a floral note as well. It's got a good balance between the malts, with just a touch of sweetness, and the hops. A touch of alcohol sting goes into the finish.
The feel seems to work in three stages. Initially, there's a good smoothness but the crispness bites too hard. It goes into a sort of ideal zone when the crispness backs off. In the last stage, it thins a bit and fades a touch but the smoothness remains. The body is a sturdy medium.

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Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(my first review)

Lovely in the glass, darker and virtually no head.

Smell is smokey sweet, but not strong. Carmel comes through more than anything else.

Taste is light, a bit thin, and sweet.

Feels thin, but finishes with just enough bitter to offset the carmel. It's a decent beer but would be better later in the year. Feels like fall, and it's too early in the year for this. It's not something I would pick up again on purpose, but would gladly have another if offered.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Jesus H. Motherfucking Christ - how on earth is there not a generic entry for this offering, outside of the 'look at me' itinerant releases? #dontgiveashitaboutthereleasesnumbers.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some nice holey limestone cave lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of biscuity and grainy caramel malt, a touch of down with it toffee, some hard to really get it ashy smokiness, very subtle yeasty notes, and some sassy leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, the remains of a cigar aficionado's day, and more well-tamed leafy, weedy, and herbal noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the task at hand, via its basically supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a mild airy creaminess arising as time passes on. It finishes off-dry, the mix of semi-sweet caramel malt and sassy noble hops really hitting the spot right about now.

Overall, this is a veritable clone of the best of class Teutonic offerings for this specific style that I have yet to come across. Nice and malty, but pleasantly offset with a bit of spice and old-world hoppiness, not to mention the gently elevated booze quotient. Good, good stuff, ja?

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Photo of dacrza1
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 27, 2013... GLASSWARE: Schneider Weisen Edel-weisse pokal... OCCASION: Cavs/Heat Thanksgiving eve treat... APPEARANCE: thick, off-white three-finger head; excellent, almost decorative lacing; smoldering effervescence; cloudy, dense autumnal amber body... AROMA: caramel, toffee and generous pale malts; secondary pine hops balance the experience... PALATE: medium to full-bodied--teeth-chattering; surprisingly active early and late...TASTE: redundant to the aroma, caramel and toffee dominate the flavor; a zesty lemon hop spice intercedes for balance; a nuttiness reminiscent of a brown ale seeps in...complex and befitting of a waning Autumn night--a bit alcoholic late...OVERALL: the second beer I've had from Epic provides a similar experience to the first--rich, complex, almost challenging to evaluate or categorize, as the bottle suggests--a Marzen, yes, but much fuller of body and substantial of flavor...

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Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of plfahey
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Copper-mahogany hue with moderately high clarity and a wispy, beige head with fair retention.

Aroma-Oaky smoke, light bacon, and peaty malt, with sweetish, bready/toasty aromas, and a light kiss of caramel. Faintest hint of floral hops. Slight toffee aromas in the background, and a faint perfumy alcohol.

Flavor-Caramel, brown sugar, and toffee give way to light peat smoke, toasted oak, and peppery alcohol. Very low hop bitterness is present in the finish, and the alcohol is a bit harsh.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with a prickle of moderately low carbonation. A bit harsh at first followed by mellow alcohol warmth.

Decent aroma and flavor, but booze is a little bit harsh and the malt profile could use a bit more depth. Also, the peaty smoked tones are a bit overpowering, especially in the aroma. Not a bad beer necessarily, but doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dense oxidized orange shows no lighting through its body with a creamy oatmeal colored head sitting a finger high displaying a fair amount of resistance. A good show of carbonation bubbles lets us know its active inside, even with its dense nature, as effervesce rushes up the inner vessel walls. Strong lacing and a skim coverage through most of the drink rounds things out.

S: Fresh barley, nice light toastedness with some earthy fall leaves. Really has a fall type aroma and atomsphere to it.

T: The flavor is fresh and grainy, lightly toasted character and a light earthy noble fresh hopping follows, but it is the grain base that is the main feature here. Malty, lightly sweet and toasty, the flavor just beckons for more of it to be drunk.

M: Nice creaminess on the mouthful that sits full on the tongue. Fresh green noble hopping traces off the tongue with a good amount of carbonation backing. Nice toasted bread and nobel hop flavors linger behind after the swallow.

O: Overall an easy drinking fall style beer that isnt loaded with speciality grains, featuring a fresh graininess and small toasted sweetness to give it character along with a fresh noble hopping that is mug worthy in repeat form. Clean flavor, a bit heavier then most ocktoberfest styles, but is just as easy to kick back to.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this over for the 1st in a round of impromptu tasting... Says Release #2... Poured into my Old Guardian goblet.

Edit: This brew should be in some sort of "fresh hop" category.. if not .. then it is at least an American Amber.

Yellowish tan head.... slightly hazed orange brew.. okay retention and slightly better lacing.

Aroma shows toasty malts with some floral hops with bits and pieces of citrus blooms.. there is an overall grassy element that makes me think "fresh hop".

Flavor is again the toasted malt presence with a decent hop bitter bite up front... nice maltiness.... but the hops are thoughtful.. a bit spicy/herbal mid palate... but the finish has an odd yet appreciated citrus bump.

body is a bit bigger than I was expecting.. nice smooth small bubble carbonation.

Thanks Sammy... Glad I had the chance to try this one pretty fresh.


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Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the Epic beer listings could easily get out of hand - entirely different beers under the same name, differentiated by release number, with specific info available only on the website

this version is a wet hop ale with Columbus and Cascade hops grown at SLC's own organic High Desert Hop Farm, note that this could tend towards the EPA side - or somewhere between, bomber picked up at the brewery store

a: piraat snifter, chunky eggshell head recedes to a thin ring atop a full copper colored ale

s: citrusy hops over a biscuit malt body with some moderate notes of caramel, munich adds a sweet leafiness that might be more expected in a marzen, grassy notes and dried citrus peel - pushing towards grapefruit but never very resinous or pungent, nicely hopped but not exactly screaming "fresh", balanced

m: moderately carbonated, body light-medium, smooth

t: starts early with biscuit and a sweetness lent from caramel and munich malts, leafy, citrus and grassy hop flavors run throughout - if a little less vivid than might be preferable, imparting a moderate bitterness in the finish with lingering malt sugars, malt and hop pretty equally matched here, a little on the sweet side for my preference

d: easy drinkability, nice shot at a wet hop ale from the new brewery

really enjoyed stopping by Epic, and it seems like they'll do good things for the SLC beer scene

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Epic Brewing Company's Fest Devious a few days ago for $3.89 at The Bavarian Inn. I know it's a little late for Marzen's but I never saw this beer during the fall and it wasn't till I visited a store that I don't normally go to that I saw it and I thought it was worth checking out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on October 8th 2013. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty typical for epic and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a burnt orange/caramel color that took on more of an amber and red color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of slightly creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, the color was a little bright for the style, but I thought it still looked nice.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light honey like aroma to it and it was followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a toasted malt, bread crust, slightly grainy, and some caramel like aromas. Up next comes some fruity yeast which imparts a noticeable fruity aroma that's a little similar to dark fruits and there's also a slight earthy aroma towards the end. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and I thought it was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight honey like flavor to it and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma along with a cereal and sweet malt flavor with the grainy and toasted malts seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts that same fruity aspect that's a little lighter then it was in the aroma and it has more of a generic fruit flavor then a dark fruit flavor this time. On the finish there's an earthy flavor with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a grainy and toasted malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but it was little more bitter than I like my Marzens to be.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it was worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of a Marzen, it had a couple aspects that it didn't need to have for the style, but for the most part it's what I would expect from a solid Marzen. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think one bomber is the perfect amount for me, I think I would start to get bored with it if I drank more than that. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it worked pretty well with this beer and it's the type of mouthfeel that I expect from a good Marzen. What I liked the least about this beer was the slightly higher amount of medium bitterness, it's just has a little more bitterness than I like in my Marzens, but it doesn't hurt it as much as I thought it might. I would buy a bottle of this again if they release it next year, I would like to try a fresh bottle, but as far as I can tell I don't think age has hurt this beer much. I would recommend this to Marzen fans. All in all I was happy with this Marzen, it wasn't really unique or different from most American Marzens, but it did a good job at delivering most of the things that I want from a Marzen. It isn't my favorite Epic beer or favorite Marzen, but it's not a bad beer. Nice job guys, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and a very short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Big toastiness in this. Dry, grainy maltiness. Caramel malts. Simple, clean, good.

4.25 T: Wow, the taste is just so much better than I was expecting after the nose. It's big and bold with toastiness leading the way. Not as dry as the nose either. Indeed, it has a great balance between the toastiness and the caramel sweetness. Again clean with a slight yeasty richness.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Thick and velvety creamy. While it is a touch chewy, it's only minorly so. Very good here.

4.25 D: Overall a very tasty, super easy to drink beer. Pick this one up.

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

This years Oktoberfest beer from a state with stupid DRY Oktoberfest!

Chill hazed caramel brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells of caramel and herbal hops.

Tastes like it smells. Medium level of bitterness and heavy nut and caramel.

Overall, it's an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of MFMB
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Fest Devious from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 113 ratings