Element 29 Pale Ale
Epic Brewing Company

Element 29 Pale AleElement 29 Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,429
Ranked #40,210
3.58 | pDev: 10.34%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Element 29 Pale AleElement 29 Pale Ale
Notes: Few things are as malleable, ductile, and conductive to a good time as Element 29. This juicy, hop-forward, copper hued, fine American Pale Ale has a full malt profile kept in check by a pleasant citrus bitteness. No copper is added to this product.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 58
Photo of beersdmf17
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich amber color with two fingers worth of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is faintly of citrus fruits, orange zest, grapefruit. Some caramel, malts and floral notes are also present. Taste is balanced between light citrus/floral hops and caramel/biscuity notes from the malts. A little underwhelming but very easy drinking. Mouth feel is good with great carbonation and a light to medium body that goes down smooth. Overall a middle of the road APA that I would argue not very APA like.

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Photo of JamesMN
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

No canning date.

Appearance: Opaque medium caramel color with a thin white film of froth. Some visible sediment throughout.

Aroma: Caramel malts and something a little off, like oxidized hops.

Taste: Lots of caramel malts but not overly sweet. Clean hop bitterness at a light to moderate level. This strikes a pretty nice balance. A tad watery but not bad for 5.2% ABV. Missing a bit of the biscuit/bready flavor that I look forward to in APAs. Finish is light bitterness followed by an aftertaste of reverberating bitterness and some slight malt off-flavor (like astringent caramel).

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with aggressive carbonation. Below average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: Maybe it was an old can but this one really didn't do anything for me. One of the more average APAs I've had in recent memory. Epic makes some great beers but this is not one of them. Would I drink it again? No.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The past few days have seen me attempting to clear some of the beer backlog here at Chez Woody, especially focusing on CANs. I had to do a triage and cull the APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs to be CANsumed first, but even as a hophead, it CAN be tough to drink so many hoppy beers in a row. Such are the trials and tribulations of The CANQuest (tm) but donations are always welcomed!

From the CAN: "Few things are as malleable, ductile, and [CAN]ductive to a good time as the Element 29."; "This juicy, hop forward, copper hued, fine Ameri[CAN] Pale Ale has a full malt profile kept in check by a pleasant citrus bitterness."; "No Copper is added to this product." Dang! I was going to buy a case and take it to the recycler!

The Crack! went off as planned and I CANmenced a gentle Glug so as not to disturb any lees that may have formed. It worked! I got a finger of foamy, tawny head with reasonable retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Cu = Copper, 29 so kudos for truth in advertising. Nose had the familiar citrusy tang of grapefruit. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. I now understand why the description lists the malt first. The taste was initially very biscuity, followed by the bitterness of the hops. It made me think more of an English Pale Ale, but it was still quite drinkable. Actually, it was a very mellow beer, one that put me in mind of hop tea. Man, I suddenly feel kind of sleepy. Finish was dry, like unsweetened sun tea. Dig it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold body; thick, three-finger plus head; lots of yeast sediment (poured from a can!). Heady floral and fruit aroma; strawberries; honey dew melon. Mild malt grain flavors and sweetness; hop bitterness grows strongly and lingers long at the finish. Medium body; soft and delicate on the palate; very dry finish.

A fair pale ale although it doesn't quite live up to the promise of its aroma when getting to the taste, plus the mouthfeel seems disjointed from the beer's floral and fruit aroma. It doesn't offer a lot of gelled depth or complexity yet still drinks easily enough. Okay but faceless...

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus hops and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of citrus hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pale ale. All around good balance and robustness of citrus hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure what Epic was going for in the last two beers or theirs that I tried. In the past I had tried bombers of amazing beers but these two cans were, though good, much less ambitious. This one is quite good, but it barely makes the style - almost un-American.

It looks like a quality brew, with a deep golden color and nice lacing. The aroma is strong, dark and hoppy, right on for the style.

The taste is a bitter, hoppy, malty mix, that also is hard to find fault with - it is doing all the right things. It also is pretty bold - American. So what was I talking about?

The aftertaste lingers strong and bitter. On second thought, this is pretty good, it just is a well behaved American.

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that distinct Pale Ale aroma of hops.
Appearance- A darkish yellow to copper color with a small white head.
Taste- Nice hop flavor that is not over the top.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation
Overall- A good brew, first one I have had from Epic Brewing.

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Photo of patpbr
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Poured copper with a full head that dissipated quickly.
S - Grains and hops.
T - Malty with Carmel and biscut and some citrus and hop character.
M - Lighter body and a mild bitterness
O - Balances the hop and malt flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of earth and citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a side patch of bubbly surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- Grassy hop aroma with some cereal grain malt sweetness backing it. Slightly musty.

T- Malt-forward flavor with biscuit and caramel notes. Definitely a sweeter pale ale which I enjoy but others might see as a flaw. Bitterness is quite mild for the style.

M- Slight hop bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Pretty good stuff but I'm a sucker for the sweeter pale ales that smell like wort.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is fine pale ale, but there was nothing wrong with their last pale ale, and honestly I don't see this being anything special from these guys, who clearly have the ability to make wonderful beer. its a little basic, has a little too much malt balance going one, and while the hop finish is great, its not real different from anything else out there. I like the hops, its the best part of the beer, as it should be in the style. grapefruit and pine mix with more than average bitterness in the finish, short of intense, but definitely robust. the grain base has a copper quality, rather dry, but it doesn't do much for me. a little filling for the style too, but I guess its cool they have another canned offering out now, but I might have gone in a slightly different direction. they already have safe beer in cans, this does nothing to advance their cause I don't think...

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Per the name a copper colored ale with a white head that is somewhere between small and not quite medium in size.

Smells of malt and hop with mainly a toffee and citrus aroma. This smells a bit woody and a strong tea aroma is present.

Starts out mild and slightly woody in flavor. Mild bitterness and the toffee get a bit stronger as you drink it but this is a mild ale.

Mouthfeel is in a short word OK.

Overall this is just a middle of the road ale. Nothing wrong with it but it just won't make your day.

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Element 29 Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 58 ratings