Epiphany | Foundation Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
foundationbrew.com

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.

Added by poley on 12-31-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#277
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
1,136
pDev:
6.76%
 
 
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274
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Photo of Happyyb
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zach423
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of meekus1212
4.98/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is probably one of my favorite Maine beers and I will gladly drink it whenever available.

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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 Naughead
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very solid DIPA. I agree that this is closer to a West Coast IPA than a NEIPA.

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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 loganburgh
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GlennFreeman
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA is best described a hybrid ... meaning it tastes somewhere between a NE-style IPA and an old-school DIPA. It is very good ... not the very best, but very good! This being said, I can usually only drink IPAs under a month old because the drop in taste becomes obvious for me.

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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 pavpav12
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of TripleShot
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ajlvt
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of longa7
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 PalatePilot
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of benbowski
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djbrown13
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregDBoston
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty and well-balanced. Not as hoppy as Congress Street and others, but really tasty except in direct comparison.

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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 Kevin_ipaking1
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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