Epiphany | Foundation Brewing Company

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Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 1,160
Photo of moodenba
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.

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Photo of ronkauffman_
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.

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Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh man this is good stuff. I mainly enjoy west coast IPAs, particularly anything brewed by Stone. Not much of a fan of NE IPAs, however maybe because my biggest introduction is of Old Nation and not of the true artists of Treehouse and Trillium. But let me just say I really love this beer and it's the most different IPA I ever had, maybe because it is labeled not a west coast, not an easy coast, but as a Maine IPA although Maine is as far east you can go in this country.

Now let's start with appearance. the appearance is almost clear, golden straw with some frothy bubbly head that is at just the right height. Now looking at this beer it takes on a German pilsner appearance almost like a German IPA if it were to exist, nevertheless very interesting look.

Now the smell is of tropical fruit, grass, floral, earthy pines with hints of citrus while the flavor is very similar with some pineapple, papaya coating and some oats and does have slight German pilsner flavor. Now this beer isn't super bitter nor is it super juicy but they both are somewhat present with some slight burn in the finish leading in the back of the throat as it goes down. Very tastey stuff and I hope Michigan continues to get this beer. To me it's the best IPA I have tried from the east coast and since NE IPAs are considered a style maybe Maine IPAs should be too because this truly is different than all IPAs I have ever had. Cheers Foundation!

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Photo of ericstin
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is not bad. It is in no way juicy and is a bit unique in that its from Maine but a little dry like west coast. The flavor is a little earthy. Solid beer but I have no idea how it's getting review like that of TH/Trillium. Maybe I'll have to try some other stuff from them, but it's not as good as the other top breweries from Maine.

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

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Bradford's in Plymouth for about fourteen dollars. My second brew from these guys, although I had forgotten that I had one before, there are just so many good IPAs in NE these days. Very nice brew, will seek out their other offerings.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned December 17th 2018. Epiphonograph!

Clear bodied with a bright orange, with a hinting brass yellow edged bodied. Fanciful and nice amounts of carbonation as well. Fluffy and swiss cheese fine bubbled head, making three fingers tall and a bright but creamy white appearance. Solid looking IPA.

Excellent hop aroma. Great juiced body of orange citrus, and a touch of light tropical notes. Hints exotic slightly, with a big fruit cornucopia. Grapefruit, papaya, orange, pineapple, you just about name it, it seems to be in here. Light touches of sweetness and not overbearing.

The palate is just bang on great. Large juiced fruit hop flavors on a real soft malt body. Hints with a touch of chewy backbone, a jujubee and gumdrop fruit flavor with a tang of minimal herbal bitterness hits the palate. Juiced orange rind, with mixing tropical exotic qualities burst forward on first sip. A good intense steely grapefruit somehow pokes out, and the finish even has the aroma of baked bread on the mix as well. This is a real smorgasborg of excellently put together malt, hop, and recipe character straight out of the gate.

This is everything I look for an IPA, and it's just giving the goods up in spades. Exceptionally well done.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/15/2018. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very well attenuated for the ABV. Great Cascade, Citra, Columbus, Ella, Mosaic profile. Great mix of juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy hop complexity; nice oat/malt backbone, minimal residual sweetness from crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on west coast style example.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a two finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange peel, tangerine and resinous hops.

T - The taste is orange, tangerine, grapefruit, bready malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft dry finish.

O - Very balanced DIPA. The flavors are the perfect mix of juicy tropical fruits and piney hops. Extremely crushable at 8%.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-clear, liquid gold color. Honey. Not turbid, but not clear. Truly speaking, this should be the definition of "hazy". Micro-particulate hangs in suspension, upon close examination. A very fat finger of completely foamy off-white head. Head hangs around for a while, and leaves sticky spots of lacing on the glass.

Nose is hoppy goodness galore. A melange of C-hops, and their powerful resins and oils. Orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit, and some sweet pine sap. Very citrusy, with just a little splash of tropical fruit juice. Smells like an East/West combo IPA.

Palate is very citrus forward, beginning as orange rind, and transforming over to grapefruit, but not before making a quick Meyer lemon pit stop. A little bit of pineapple in the middle, with some juiciness, and a big juicy orange burst. Grapefruit pith, and subtle pine on the very dry finish. Translates to a fair amount of bitterness, but the bitterness remains pleasant and nowhere close to overbearing. 8% ABV goes unnoticed in the total lack of fumes and booze taste. Big, but quite drinkable. It's juicy and fruity up front in a very New England way, and bitter citrus on the finish in a very West Coast way. Definitely an interesting approach, and I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel is medium with some good heft. It has some pretty strong, lively carbonation, giving the illusion of lightness, but also has a nice round softness which reduces the perceived bitterness by a lot. An oaty softness. Once again, feels like a hybrid here. Drinks like its ABV would suggest - in feel.

Overall, this is an insanely popular IPA here in Maine. I sell out fast at the shop I work at. I understand why. It is widely approachable, and has a massive appeal to all IPA lovers. It has a little bit of everything to satisfy a bit of everybody. I have a good feeling this is going to take off into world-class regards.

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Photo of dzni
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine color with a thin head.
Citrus, grapefruit on nose, improves as it warms - maybe some mango or other tropical fruit.
Taste of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, slight pine and spice.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall, really nice DIPA with good balance of citrus and hops. Wish I got more on the nose, but still excellent.

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Photo of npolachek
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange pour. Solid Portland Maine IPA. Very good for IPA. Has quite a bit of bitterness, and a strong finish with aftertaste of hops. Not as strong as Heady Topper.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8/11/18...pours bright brilliant gold with ring of white foam. Citrus nose. Malt forward flavor. Chewy mouthfeel. Surprisingly bready in the background. Gravitates towards being a pale ale. Tasty.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi-transparent straw color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a hoppy with a citrus accent. Taste is also a hoppy with a citrus accent.

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Photo of yasky
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnt gold pour, 1 finger of head, small specs of lacing throughout. Floral aroma,mango, light peach, resins. Fairly sweet, stronger mango/melon note, light astringency, pineapple, resin, sweet malt. Medium body, drying finish.

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Photo of gcasher
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally after 3 years got my hands on a 16 0z can that survived a friend's 2 wk vacation unchilled. Pours a beautiful gold, dark on top, light on bottom. Has a nice white foamy head that leaves bubbly lacing behind. The aroma is rich with flowers and tropical fruit. The taste follows with an earthy bitter follow through. The mouthfeel is creamy.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with an active head during pouring which fades to a small fluffy off-white head moderately quickly and clings nicely to the sides of the glass leading to significant lacing during drinking. Aroma is of grassy, citrus hops with a bit of dank thrown in. Taste follows with a big burst of grassy hops with citrus & touches of light sweetness of peach, floral, & caramel malt. Each sip ends with just a hint of biting bitterness. The taste overall reminds me somewhat of Heady; this is not a juicy fruity NEIPA, but it is an excellent IPA with great flavour & mouthfeel.

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Photo of scotorum
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75


Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House tulip

a: Hazy orange with am imch thick white head which receded to

s: Strong citrus leaning to orange, and pine resin

t; Follows the nose with moderate hop bite. Nice balance on the dry finish.

m; Medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; A bright, solid, superior DIPA, The flagship brew of this company with good reason.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor ME. Pours an opaque burnt yellow color with a nice, persistent head. Initial impression is a huge dose of tropical fruits - mango, orange, grapefruit, peach, and probably some others in there - nicely balanced by malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky; carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is well hidden - very easy to drink. Finish is smooth and gentle - very little residual bitterness.
My first beer from Foundation, and I must say I'm mightily impressed!

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Photo of Beer_Maineiac
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Packaged 3/7/18. Opened can — could immediately smell the hops and citrus — and poured into a Foundation Belgian-style glass.

Looks like a sunburnt mimosa. Quite a bit of sediment. Moderate head, decent lacing.

Taste is a good balance of citrus and hop bitterness — one doesn’t overpower the other — the fruit starts to fade, leaving a bitter finish that is actually quite pleasant, aided by a lingering carbonation and mouthfeel that is especially pronounced on the tip of the tongue.

This may seem a contradiction of terms, but this is one very well balanced hoppy fruit bomb. One of my favorite Maine beers.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz ribbed IPA glass canned on 3/07/18. Pours a dark yellow orange with a pretty massive amount of floaties. Has a good size 2 finger head that leaves plenty of laze.

Smell is papaya, mango, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows papaya, mango, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, plenty of life, a tad dry, and easy drinking at 8% ABV.

Overall this is a excellent cross of East and West Coast. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA! Waves of hop flavors keep coming at you. Long, long aftertaste stays with you like a faithful dog. Hazy, golden and unfiltered. Foundation's Venture is a great beer. This double IPA ups the ante.

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

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11-20

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, peach, grapefruit, lemon, mango), with some pretty nice diesel like. The taste is very nice hoppy, malty, very nice citrus comple (orange, tangerine, peach, lemon, grapefruit, mango), with some pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very very well, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Orange Julius! Thanks Bill!

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Photo of Glider
3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can into an imperial tulip pint glass, canning date was illegible. Poured a hazy orange with floaties with a nice white head that quickly dissipated leaving some lacing. Smell was citrus with a touch of melon. Taste was similar but less citrus and fruit than I expected. Smooth and easy to drink, but there were a few off flavors and overall I found it more of a decent IPA than an outstanding one.

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Photo of strohme2
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can dated sometime in September. My bad for waiting on this one. Poured into a tulip. Poured muddled orange with rosy highlights. Finger of head with good lacing. Haven’t seen an ipa out of a can lace this well. Th nose is huge citrus and tropical sweet fruits.
More bitter taste than expected, not that it’s bad. Some overripe fruit, slightly off putting. Light pine notes. Lightly slick with a bubbly finish.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can

Grist: Pilsner, pale and oats. Cascade, citra, columbus, Ella and Mosiac hops. 8.0 % abv. 8y ibu final gravity 1.009 .

The pour turns out to give off a golden color with orange and white highlights. Obviously unfiltered with some floatie goodness visible. A thickly laced white foam cover is sea foamy and bubbly but thick and well retained. Constant covering.

The aroma us dominated by a very sweet-juicy and fruity hop abundance. Pineapple, strawberry, oranges, lime, kiwi, vanilla and a very light, honey sweet malted barley and oats thing. Very well rounded and complex. I love sweet fruity hops in the aromatics.

Flavor and mouthfeel is JUICY!! Tropical, sweet....freshly picked and crushed hop cones in every sip! It is however, not without a very excellent earthy and peppery bite. Very subtle bitterness. Definitely allowing the tropical flavored hops shine through. The "grist" malted barley flavors are very light....amazingly crisp and grainy with the most excellent oat effect which enhances the body and mouthfeel by delivering an enchanted, smooth and lush effect. The oats and pilsner malts allow the hops to shine and at the same time, give off seriously crisp and refreshing vibes.

I know the can states..its not east or west coast stylie, but it certainly is a NE ipa all the way. A rather righteous example with lush and flavorful malt to compliment an Excellent hop combo.

With an endless variety of tjis style available on the market, this baby manages to stsnd out amoung the crowd. Seriously impressed!

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