Foundation Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #70
Ranked #298
4.44 | pDev: 6.98%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: We indulged in our desire to create an IPA that personifies the vivid flavors that can be coaxed from the hop cone, painted on a canvas of soft malt that allows the flavors to shine through. Extensively hopped in the kettle and in the fermentor, we spared nothing in making this beer.

Epiphany was designed to showcase the glorious flavor and aromatics of hops without any astringent bitterness.

Citrus, tropical fruit and pine blend to provide you with a sublimely juicy hop experience.

East or west coast? No. This is a Maine IPA.

Grains: Pilsner Malt, Pale Malt, Oats
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Ella, Mosaic
Yeast: House British
Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 1,243 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Nickg3214 from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from a can, looks like a glass of orange juice.
Smell: Very aromatic with large amounts of citrus and tropical.
Taste: Flavors of orange, mango, and a hint of peach.
Feel: Thick, sweet mouth feel. Goes along with how it looks.
Overall: I've had this been several times and it gets better every time. It's my go to IPA.

Jan 30, 2021
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timobkg from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head.

Aroma is a mix of tropical fruit, such as guava, papaya, and orange.

Taste is a muddled mess of sweet fruit flavours and hop bitterness that conflicted with each other.

I was really excited to try this, but it didn't work for me at all. The flavours came together like a muddled mess, as if it wasn't sure what it was trying to be. It reminded me of many unremarkable local NEIPAs I've had, where it seemed the approach was "let's just throw a bunch of hops in and see what we get."

Jan 05, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Epiphany was close to its billing.
I bought this from Tavour and made the mistake of not buying two.
While Epiphany Looks slightly above average compared to its NEIPA brethren (that means "good" as NEIPAs are an average looking bunch.) However these Smells are off the charts... almost making me delirious with wondering what is in the punch. Taste calms me down... it is balanced, no bitterness, just refreshment. In my mouth, soft and ever so slight a bitterness. But with a Smell like that, I can forget the finish.

As for my brewer review... Foundation has an impressive website and story and commitment. Although for 6 years old, they have evolved to where they need to be if they are to survive Covid and, then, the competition. I enjoyed Epiphany, but I should have started with their Saisons. I will try those next.... if I can find one... or Tavour carries it. As for the "almost" part of the real Epiphany... I'll keep it clean, but give you hint: were it not for the Senate election in Maine, the world would be a better place. Now, it is more difficult with less time to drink beer.

Nov 06, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Medium gold, hazy, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Very fragrant, orange, pithy, mango, resin, melon.

Taste- Upfront; ripe melon, orange, mango. Finishes; pithy, spicy, resin.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, creamy, between medium and high bitterness, very astringent lingering finish, below average carbonation.

Overall- Great beer, very complex.

Nov 03, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bro in law brought a can of this beer to my parents house over labor day weekend 2020. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had orange citrus flare with hints of gin. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright citrus presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Sep 06, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can; no visible freshness date but I know it arrived at the store this week.

Pours into my tulip glass a lighter shade of banana cream - fully opaque - with a creamy off white head. Fluffy lace.

Scent is bursting with tropical fruit. Mango pineapple jackfruit guava. Pine. Orange juice. Citrus.

Taste is just like the nose. An array of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. A touch of pine resin. Pineapple, mango. Lime and tangerine. Grapefruit. Earthy hops. Spicy hops. Herbal hops. Not especially bitter. Mildly peppery. Malt is very light; pretzls?

Mouth is soft and creamy/juicy. Like drinking pineapple orange juice. Has an interesting way of sort of stepping out of the way quickly rather than lingering, which makes you want more.

Drinkability very high for an 8% ABV.

Well, didn't know if this one would stand up to the hype. A score of 98!? Yeah whatever. Well, I guess it does. "De do do do de da da da is all I want to say" about it. Or better yet, "Yum."

Sep 04, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can poured in to a nonic glass. Can is dated 06/17/2020.

Look- Hazy golden orange color, decent off white head that slowly recedes to a thin foam cap, decent lacing. Little carbonation streaming as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (huge tangerine/orange, grapefruit and lemon/lime), tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, papaya, guava and passion fruit), nectarine and berry, a bit of melon and dank, grainy malt, light pine, some grassy/herbal notes.

Taste- Fruit salad! Juicy citrus and tropical fruit, nectarine and apricot, a bit of berry, grainy malt, a hint of pine, white pepper and some other herbal hop notes.

Feel- Medium bodied and very soft, somewhat sweet and sticky up front with a dry lingering slightly bitter finish. Moderate/light carbonation on the tongue.

O- A superb DIPA, dangerously crushable at 8%. A definite must try.

Jul 04, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Looks like orange juice with pulp. Nose is orange, clementine and grapefruit. Mellow but with perfect balance. Beer opens clementine, cane sugar, overripe peach and mango. Great balance. More mellow citrus fruit in the middle with notes of gummy and Sunkist. Sweet and citrus finish and aftertaste. Body is medium with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down dry and aggressive. Lingering, astringent finish. Super drinkable.

This is absolutely awesome. Fantastic balance that I haven't tasted from a NE IPA in a long time.

Jun 16, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quite a nice, crisp IPA from a very solid Maine brewery. 1/22/20 date printed on can. Pours a very slightly hazy darker golden yellow color with a little fluffy white head and small sheets of lingering lacing. Big aromas of crisp ripe fruit - grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, melon and a little weaker floral and herbal hops. Also some malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, great balance and depth. Surprisingly bracing and some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Almost reminded me a little bit of a West Coast style IPA. Smooth mild slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. A very solid beer, and I understand why it’s one of the most popular ones from this brewery.

Jun 07, 2020
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PKasten_OhioBeer from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the can says, not quite west coast, not quite NE IPA. Somewhere in between, I’d say the juiciness shines a bit more though. Got 2 16 oz cans through Tavour, wish I’d got a couple more. Overall this “Maine IPA” is delicious, easy drinking and does little to reveal the high 8.0 ABV, cheers!

May 28, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip.

L: Hazed/opaque dull golden pour with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Fruit and juice. Citrus and stone fruit.

T.F: Fruit to start. Grapefruit, orange, peach, and melon. Modest hop bitterness complements the juicy character. Smooth and creamy... sticky on the tongue. Medium bodied... ABV very well hidden.

O: An outstanding NEIPA. If you enjoy the style this one will definitely do it for you.

Apr 22, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We're well into quarantine, which provides ample opportunity for trying new beers, though not enough time exercising those calories off. Today's quarantine companion is one of those beers that reminds me of a dry, almost savory version of an Orange Creamsicle. On the nose is a peppery orange smell, with a little blossom honey. And the taste offers the same in flavor format, with that slightly peppery orange flavor coming through again. Nice herbal qualities, with some flavors slightly reminiscent of a fancy Manhattan cocktail.

Apr 04, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: A hazy corona gold with three fingers of sudsy ivory froth and leaving a single wide band of lace.

S: Oranges fresh squeezed, but also and increasing wet dog mustiness. Eek.

T: Follows the nose with a little less funk. This one is not crazy resinous and heavy but also not quite crushable. A bit-o-malt here. Citrus and melon. Bitter backbone. Hidden ABV.

F: Smooth but intensely carbonated, clearly oated!

O: With the crazy stellar ratings I expected more. Maybe uber fresh it is better? I had my first at 4 weeks past canning date and last at six. Well-executed but world class I disagree.

Mar 09, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1-22-20

Pours a straw like yellow with mild translucence. Not hazy but not clear. A finger of soapy, rocky head. Many big bubbles amidst a sea of smooth, tightly packed ones. Medium strength lacing.

Nose is citrus first and foremost. A lot of orange. Followed by grassy, piney, earthy hops. Some tropical notes in the background. Mango, pineapple, etc. Bright, citrusy, floral on the nose. Very nice.

Taste is a bit of a departure from the nose. The hops come in as a huge singular unit. Citrus, grass, pine, pineapple all at once create a high frequency effect. Kind of like white noise. It fizzles out quickly allowing room to be made for each individual flavor. It's not powerful though. The bitterness is bright, but reserved. As goes for the malt backbone. The pilsner malt is recognizable. Very light and crackery. Not caramel rich like a West Coast or a Hoppy Red Ale. This is a gentle IPA.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Unfortunately this aspect of the brew is a bit of a let down. It's just feels a little flat. A touch too thin.

This is a different take on the current styles of IPA. Mild and bright, this makes it quite drinkable. Which is dangerous at 8% ABV. It seems like a pilsner that was hopped up and transformed into an IPA. It turns out enjoyable except for the mouthfeel which leaves something to be desired. But overall, a successful brew.

Mar 02, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light straw gold color, thin head that disapated
Lovely fresh, floral, citrus on the nose. Hints of pineapple, orange and mango
Taste is a nice balance of caramel, subtle fruits, like on the nose and the Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Ella, and Mosaic hops
Feel is smooth, nice light natural carbonation
Expensive, but at 8% and so tasty, it is possible to make this one last all night. Tis not a session ale, deceptively strong.

Mar 01, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 1-22-20, opened 2-29-20.
2 finger eggshell-white head slightly cresting over the rim of the glass, excellent retention. Golden DIPA with just a touch of haze. Full lacing.
Tropical and citrus (orange) hop flavors dominate...there's a touch of pine or green in the background as well as a floral note. Peach.
Stone fruit - peach/apricot are more apparent in the flavor than nose. There's a hint of the malt base late, light grainy/bready touch. There's a late floral component in the flavor that adds a nice touch of complexity.
Bright entry, close to medium body. Carbonation is right on. Lengthy finish with a lingering mild hoppy bitterness.
Very good, this has an interesting and deep hop combination.

Mar 01, 2020
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Junior from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Opaque pale orange with a thin white head.

S -Bright with citrus and a hint of fresh baked bread.

T - Citrus up front, with a ready malt back bone and a piney bitter finish.

F - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Not your typical NEIPA, but still a solid brew.

Feb 01, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops - oranges stand out in particular - and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has balanced flavors of orange citrus, pine, and stone fruit along with just a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, juicy, and slightly crisp (from the piney hops) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I would consider this beer to be a hybrid between an American IPA and a New England IPA as it was juicy but had some bitterness and crispness from the hops.

Serving type: can

Jan 19, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It may not be the prettiest girls at the dance but she definitely knows how to swing. This is hand down my favorite beer, period. It's a bit opaque and maybe excessively hopped for some but for me this is the epitome of what an IPA can and should be. Citrus with just the right amount of bitterness. I love it. I wish I could find it in my area since I left New England

Dec 09, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a completely opaque and matte orange sherbet color. Not much of a head to speak of - its just a thin layer of velvety foam that recedes towards the edges leaving a ring of white foam along the outside of the glass.

Aroma is quite bright and aromatic. Citrus is the predominant aroma with notes of orange, clementine, peach and mango.

Taste follows the nose with strong citrusy notes up front - lots of orange, lemon-lime, and grapefruit with some mango, pineapple and pine notes as well. Surprisingly bitter on the back end with a bit of staying power as it lingers. Cracker-y or pilsner-y malt backbone is noted.

Feel is thick, smooth and almost creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall its a solid NE style IPA with a remarkably bitter finish that is not all that common for the style. Its a good enjoyable beer - just not a world class one to my palate.

Nov 28, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can, about a month old, in fridge whole time

pours a murky dark yellow color but with a touch of brown hue. not really any head. doesn't look so great. citrus heavy aroma, maybe some pine buried in there. taste is too, but with a harsh bite at the end. too much trub? thin to medium bodied - but instead of feeling soft it's more slick.

Aug 16, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, orange juice color with a one finger, tight and thick head that leaves some spotty lacing. The smell is juicy citrus and tropical fruits; orange, mango, papaya, and some grapefruit with a hint of resiny pine. The taste follows the nose, as its a bit sweet over the palette but the fruits shine through, finishing with a bitter hoppiness.

Jul 20, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.91/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a tulip. Canned 07/09/19. Brought home from the Northeast by my in-laws.

Pours a murky pale amber with a small head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is juicy and resinous.

Taste is mild -- but juicy. Makes me think of very ripe tropical fruit. But also has some piney resin.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a moderate effervescence. Overall, pretty good.

Jul 20, 2019
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moodenba from New York

3.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Epiphany from Foundation is another modern American (D)IPA. 16 oz can received as a gift. This brew has all the IPA attributes, including a whopping 8% alcohol. If you like the style, go for it. I think the oat addition provides a mellow mouthfeel that stands out.

May 02, 2019
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ronkauffman_ from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is about the best beer I have tried that bridges the gap between a west coast and an neipa. Love them both for different reasons and this one captures the best qualities of the two styles. One of my all time favorites.

Apr 28, 2019
Epiphany from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1243 ratings