Copper Cone | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copper Cone Pale Ale is a special offering, aroma rich, pale ale that may vary the hops, malts and even sometime the yeast used. Typically this beer is an “over the top” Pale Ale with a deep copper color and loads of dry hopping going into each batch. The fresh hop aroma of this beer makes it a stand out.

Added by Wasatch on 06-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
13
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0
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dharwin
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PabloDerango
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber colored beer with a small white colored head. Very dark amber color I can see how you could say it is red in color.

Smells malty and hoppy with a spicy scent to it something like a Cinnamon log. Pine and pine wood with some cedar plank and some eucalyptus. Grapefruit is in this but it leans toward the pine more than the citrus.

Starts out woody and a bit bitter. On the dry side with lots of woody tastes and tea. Stays dry with a medium level of bitterness. Not picking up much more than malt, wood and bitterness in this beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a stout pale ale that tastes like a pale ale, nothing good or bad about that.

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Photo of CPAles
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold to copper American Pale Ale with a nice dirty white head. Nice grapefruit, lemon, spice and caramel. Nice nose that makes me anticipate liking this beer more than some of the earlier Epic beers I've had. And...nope. Taste is adequate, but doesn't live up to the nose. Slightly thin body, good malty base but overwhelms the hops, and the bitterness and body are muddled. Some of the fruit carries into the body, but seems set a part from the rest. Perfectly good beer, but not going to go out of my way for it again.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy deep burnt amber hue with about two fingers of sticky white head. Pungent hoppy piney nose with undertones of caramelized citrus and grapefruit.

Thick syrupy mouthfeel, sweet big caramel and pale malts up front followed by a big juicy fruity hop profile. Just enough carbonation to break flavors apart while holding them all together. Great balance, simple but big bold flavors that come together and blend nicely. To call this beer a pale ale though at 6.2%? Well yes, flavors are of that of a big pale ale, at no time does this beer get overwhelming, its just enough, in all the right the places.

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Photo of Ego
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stamped release #12, about 1 year old, cellar kept

eyes...
the smell already hit me but let me stick to my retarded anal retentive way of reviewing and go eyes first... (a toast to OCD!)

a nice orange hue, about one finger of slightly off white head forms on the surface, soapy-ish lace is well represented, ample carbonation jiggles up the insides of the cylinder which does lead to good head retention, and who doesn't like some good head retention ? A very nice looking brew.

nose...
not over the top citrus (specifically grapefruit) and pine with a belly of floral notes mixed with honey, slight malt haunting in the back. consistent upon every sniff, solid, just like the appearance

taste etc...
good bitterness from the hops, oddly enough the carbonation doesn't feel right, it doesn't "pop" like you want a pale ale to, this makes for a bit heavier feel than I like. The hop character is pretty varied - all over the tongue but nothing out of place. Slight warming from the ABV. There isn't anything bad here but it just seems to miss the mark a touch.

verdict?
in fairness it was probably better when released but even now it is a good PA.

listening to: WTF podcast

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, at 6.7% ABV. Not quite sure what a 'copper cone' is, but I'm guessing that it has something to do with brewing, yeah?

This beer pours a hazy, dark copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of stringy, elongated sudsy lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, doughy pale and caramel malt, a strange, but hardly unwelcome sassy table pepper dustiness, some cedar chest-like woodiness, ethereal citrus notes, and slowly evolving piney and leafy hop bitters. The taste is gritty pale and mildly sweet caramel malt, a still eerie, spicy, and phenolic woodsy character, oversteeped black tea, drowned, and duly muddled citrus notes, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather light and innocuous on its generally frothy feet, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops and that still 'say whut?' woodiness not delving into any sort of interference pattern of behaviour here. It finishes off-dry, a lingering grainy and caramel sweetness trying to push off from the otherwise weird experience it has endured thus far.

So, yeah. WTF? At first, I thought that the image on the label was of hop cones dangling from the rearview mirror - now I see that they are actually pinecones, and that makes a whole hell of lot more sense here. A well-wrought Yankee pale ale, sure, but that gritty woodiness (pineconiness?) kind of puts me off after a wee spell. Interesting, but jeez, man, maybe a little more info on the label?

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Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, still some yeast floating around, good lasting head

Smell: Piney pellet hops, with caramel malt

Taste: great hop malt balance, slight fruity yeast, sweet complex malt, nothing notable with the hop taste or smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation. The only thing holding this back is the lack of hop aromatics and hop complexity. I would be surprised if there were any fresh whole cone hops in here. Needs more time to clear, this yeast is like ex-lax.

Release #7

Poured into burgundy glass at 60f

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid pale ale.

Pours a very murky/hazy amber to brown color with thick, tan head. Lots of trub. Nose reminds me of a nice black tea, some breadiness or maybe toastiness, and a little citrus tingle. On the palate is a nice balance of toasty malt with citrusy hops, & some pine in there too. Medium to light bodied. Easy drinking. Pricey.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a chance to give this a go, given that I had never tried anything from Epic before. The name was a bit intriguing and even though I've had enough examples of this style before, I thought that this was a pretty good APA. The name was appropriate since the hue was indeed copper and there was a bit of pine cone in the taste. The dry-hoppiness really shone through without being overshadowed by the alcohol. It wasn't quite like anything I've had before and for novices, this would be a good beer to start off with!

The pour was true to form as this had a good copper hue to it and the head had a good amount of froth as well. The aroma wasn't that strong but it had some earthy pine to it which came out much more in the taste. For a beer that was so dry up-front, this went down easily as the hops faded away to a more wet back. There was a hint of lemon and citrus here with a little bit of tropical fruit underneath it. Not a lot of bitterness here but just enough of a reminder of what style this fell under.

This could have been a bit weaker but the alcohol didn't detract from the taste or session at all. While this wasn't bad, I didn't rate it higher only because there are so many beers like this on any given shelf at the moment. While not a bad choice, this didn't stand out from many of those and as a bomber, this is just fine on it's own. Just a bit more body and a resin to it would make this really rise above its peers.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbarrett4
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into taster (4 oz) at Belmont Station:

This is somewhat between a Pale ale and IPA. The hops are more aggressive than most American Pales but the malts are definitely in line with pale ale. All in all a very good beer if you are expecting a more intense pale ale or a baby IPA style.

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Photo of Benish
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Release #12

A: Slightly hazy copper to orange color with just a hint of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head which dissipates quickly leaving only a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Primary aroma is that of citrus hops with some hints of pine hops int he background.

T: Upfront it is caramel and malt sweetness followed by citrus & pine hops and a bitter finish. The hop bitterness I would describe as smooth or easy, not harsh.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - could be a very nice session beer. I really enjoy the way the hop bitterness is not too harsh making it more approachable. I would definitely get another one of these.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Release #5, direct from the brewery, around $4. Into an imperial pint.

A: Copper in color with an enormous two finger head that slowly recedes, large globs of lacing as it recedes. Head is quite dense. Slightly cloudy, but overall a nice looking beer.

S: Resinous hops, huge citrus and pine, slightly sulfuric smell underneath the initial notes that is pretty weird. Has a lot of west coast pale/ipa notes. Underneath that is a few sweet malt notes but the hops are the main focus.

T: When it hits mouth it kind of fades, some caramel malts and a decent citrus blast, but not nearly what I was expecting from the nose. Pretty juicy hops, but not much bitterness. I'd like a little bit more bitterness. Fairly sweet in the finish as well. Has a few boozy notes which should not be there in a 6.4% beer.

M: Medium thick body, maybe a touch on the thick side, and maybe a bit on the sweet side. A bit drier of a finish would really help this out.

D: Overall not bad, a little more bitterness would really help this out. Having that hop profile without the bitterness is pretty pleasant. Its definitely no Daisy Cutter, but it is the same general idea, a hoppy beer that won't destroy your tongue. Not too bad, but I think it might need a bit more tweaking. Will try again and hope for a super fresh batch.

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Copper Cone from Epic Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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