Cross Fever | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our lightest in terms of alcohol comes in at 4.8% by volume so that malt can dominate the flavor profile. Caramel sweet malt all over the palate with a noticeable “jumping just over the barrier” citrus hop aroma. Surprisingly refreshing for such a malt driven ale. Truly an all season American Amber.

Added by Wasatch on 06-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
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0
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of TicoCali
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of PeterMacKellar
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - A hazy, medium amber color. Head quickly receded and my particular one could have been a bit more carbonated.

S - Not too much in the smell dept, but a tiny bit of malty sweetness is faint.

T - Again, not a whole lot of powerful tastes, but it remains quite drinkable. The main note that comes through for me was hte malty sweetness.

M - Very smooth, no flavor sticking or tanin-ish dryness.

O - For a 22oz priced as it was, this is a good beer. With the 4.8% ABV, I could see this as a session beer on the patio during the summer. However, if I'm looking for unique taste or flavors, I'd turn elsewhere.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass

A-deep mahogany/firebrick red with a 2 finger head that fades almost completely away without much lacing

S-some carmel malt and a fruity hint of maybe apple/pear

T-carmel smell gives way to mare of a toffee taste follwed by the apple fruitiness again

M-medium body with a nice creaminess and good carbonation

O-not bad reasonably priced bomber that I would definitely drink again if I could get it around here. Not a below average beer that this score will end up being because I rated it as average, it is a solid beer though not exceptional

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, appropriately amber-hued body with a sporadic, stray, whitish head.

Smell: Spiced, caramel enveloped toasted malt with teensy fruit notes.

Taste: Moderately toasty malts with a fair degree of caramel sweetness. Low fruitiness of apricot, perhaps a bit of apple. Light spice accent. Hint of citrus. Subtly bitter. Drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A clean, refreshing, welcome amber ale with a likable ABV.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome clear amber in the glass with a touch of copper, and some nice suds. Flavor is subtle, to be generous about it. A whiff of malt. Hints of caramel. Not much in the way of hops. Seems so plain and not worth the effort for the first glass. But it does wear well. You just have to give it the bottoms up instead of splashing it around on your tongue.

Another lower-alcohol Utah Amber that doesn't get very far. But in the big scheme of things, if it was even cheaper, you'd think it was excellent if it came in 32 oz cans.

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Photo of JMWEB2
2.24/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Dark orange copper body, with an off white head. Its a little hazy throughout.

S: Nothing special here... some caramel malt, and some spice, but its all very modest.

T: Some sweetness, caramel flavor, but it becomes very bitter and soapy... not impressive.

M: Low carbonation, very light.

O: Well it looked good, but I don't find anything redeeming after that.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
1.72/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Off white head, when it settled it left some nice lacing on the glass. Gold color on the edges. Light copper in the middle, hazy with some sediment floating around.

Not much of a smell, faint caramel, weak floral and a funky aroma.

At first sip, I thought not bad but when I swallowed, a weak bland taste comes in. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, spoiled vegies and soap. Why do I taste booze with a 4.8% abv? All the flavors are watered down and boring.

Not much of anything... Carbonation is low. I don't know anymore... Drain pour.

I don't know what I got here. It continued to deteriorate as I drank it. Might be a bad batch, might be out of date or it just might taste like soap and spoiled cabbage.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rustic cola pour appears a deep, cherry-candy apple with strong backlighting. The head is weak and washy, sparse in height and dissipates rather quickly. A single trail of closely knitted micro-bubbles snakes its way upward.

S: The aroma is moderate in strength composed of flowery pine and toasted malt.

T: The flavor comes off a bit thin at first but thankfully gains some substance thereafter. Sweet caramelized toasted grains are dry with instances of flowery pine hops. There is a touch of spiciness, spruce and spicy flowery grapefruit bitterness after the swallow.

M: Nice sharpness of carbonation, especially around the tongues edges providing some crispness. Medium malty body.

O: Overall nicely balanced, reasonably good drinkability. Moderately good flavor.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.49 bomber from Bourbon St, Greenwich.

Very dark, very hazy orange body, topped by four fingers of off-white level foam.

Very mild grass aroma with a hint of dried fruits.

Firm semi-sweet caramel start. Gradual bitterness that snaps at the swallow. Light fruit background.

Light-medium mouthfeel.

An average, inoffensive amber ale.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
4.3/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22oz bomber. Pleasantly surprised with this one as was not expecting much given B- overall rating. This is a solid, moderately flavorful, tasty amber. Good for one or a few. I'd give this a B+ minimum. Come on people what is not to like with this one?

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Photo of Japerrault
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper color with a creamy off-white head. Medium head dissipation with nice lacing.

S: Malty, bready, toasted grains. Not much for hops, maybe a little spiciness, but not significant.

T: Sweet caramel flavors with a dry finish. Heavy on malt and grain flavors, even though the hops flavor does not show itself much, they help to balance this beer and keep it from being too sweet.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

O: Nice, easy drinking Amber ale. After drinking so many overly hopped Northwest beers, it is a nice change to have a maltier brew.

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Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: good long lasting head, slightly hazy, medium amber color

Smell: caramel malts and pellet hops

Taste: Bitter hops, fresh malt with a slight caramel finish,
great balance between hops and malts

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable, a good effort for the style

Used burgundy glass, beer at 60F

no born on

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Photo of Douglas88
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle thanks to Craig for hooking this up. Pours a dark amber color with a medium off-white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, musty. The flavor is nice and smooth; rich sweet caramel, light bitter hops, light citrus, dry malts. Smooth and very nice.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the brewery in Salt Lake. $3.50 or so. Into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very cloudy red/brown with an off white head about half an inch that recedes to a thin cap, and some clumpy spots of lacing.

S: Almost all malts in this one, a few notes of burnt malts, some caramel and just a bit of earthyness way back at the end. Very bready for the most part.

T: Follows the nose pretty nicely, with the malty bready flavors, just a bit of roast. Bitterness is incredibly mild and faint. Not much of a hop profile, but what is there reminds me more of an English pale ale. Seems a little watery and incredibly tame. Not by any means offensive, but not quite up to what I had hoped. Pretty good intro beer though.

M: Light and watery, fairly dry. Not too bad here.

D: I could drink this all night if it was around, priced pretty decently to session as well. Not a bad amber, but by no means the best. Definitely a beer I'll keep around for the BMC crowd, will make a great intro beer.

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Photo of kagent777
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber from Epic Brewing in SLC poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Clear amber brew with a quickly dissipating one fingered light tan head. Beautiful color, light lacing.

Aroma: I get a toasty caramel smell, with a slight alcohol accent. A little hops in the nose.

Taste: While I prefer hoppier beers, this one is that I would drink again. It has a very nice sweet malty character. There is just enough hops to create a good balance.

Palate: This is a light to medium bodied beer. The texture is best described as also light, with the carbonation adding just the right amount of acidity. The finish is also middling, not as long as some strong IPAs, but does not fade away quickly either.

Overall: This is simply not my favorite style of beer. That being said, I can tell that it is well made, and I would drink this one again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review brought to you and me by Inflatablechair and Inflatablechair's boss. Thanks fellas.

Pours with sorta yellowish tinged off white head... foamy big bubbles... the brew is a bit yeast hazed amber... spotty lace with good retention.

Nose focuses on toasty malts and whaffs of caramel... background citrus hops... something in there that I am having a hard time picking out.. some sort of yeasty byproduct that isn't really off-putting, just peculiar.

Flavor is again malt driven.. toasty... biscuity... caramel essence ... not enough hop bitterness in my mind.. hop flavors are there as a mild citrus presence.. a bit husky as it warms up...

body and carbonation are pretty much spot-on for the style.

Good beer... I am feeling jaded drinking it though ... I need to get back to normal Session beers more often... I would probably buy this occasionally if it were available and the price was right (certainly less than $4).

Muchas Gracias Sam.

4/3.5/3.5/4/4

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.29 ea.

Pours a cloudy amber color, some carbonation, off-white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with some caramel. Light/Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry, kinda watery. Would not buy this again.

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Cross Fever from Epic Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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