Epiphany | Foundation Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 181 | Ratings: 1,163
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.63/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of fireazzi
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Epiphany was great. Had this on draft. Mouth feel was incredible on this. Smell was fantastic. Super fresh, super crisp. Juicy smooth taste. One of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light orange with two-plus fingers of off-white head. Nice lacing.

Spicy aroma with light overripe pineapple, pine and apricot.

Great light piney bitterness and grapefruit pith up front in the taste and into the aftertaste. Clean mid-palate with a touch of crackery malt.

Light bodied for the style with just a hint of creaminess and peppery carbonation.

This is a really nice beer. Drinks like an APA more than a DIPA. 9/28/17 canned on date.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very turbid, dark yellow appearance with a thin 1/2 finger of head in my snifter.

Orange and grapefruit are the stars here, plenty of pithy aromas. Slight resin and hop dust.

Flavor is quite a bit more resiny than the nose would suggest, but still a powerful and tasty IPA. Lots of floral notes, with hop oils, slight garden (earth and thistle), orange pith, and finishes out with grapefruit pith, cracker, and mint. The oils compound as its drank more, and begin to form a formidable yet slightly offensive wall of resin and alcohol.

Feel is creamy and resinous, a nice moderate carbonation, and an oily finish.

Overall, another pretty good IPA from New England. Nice and resiny, a good contrast from the juice bombs.

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Photo of Holderness
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up from the brewery yesterday

L — Pours a filtered pale orange/straw body with a small, white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and lacing
S — Pineapple, grapefruit/orange flesh and peel, guava, bubblegum, and a hint of booze in the back. clean and nuanced. every aroma is distinct
T — Citrus flesh and peel, bready malts, and a touch of herbaceousness. Pretty simple overall but well put together
F — Very crisp. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb with a drying astringency on the tail end. Malt profile is very subdued in this one
O — Interesting melding of styles here. Unlike most of the non-hazy ‘West Coast 2.0’ NEIPAs, this one seems more like a cross between an NEIPA and a crisp pale ale (i.e Pseudosue). Very effective and remarkably drinkable for the ABV


EDIT (1/10/19):
3-week-old can. Slight haze in the appearance this time around, although it still basically looks filtered compared to the IPA norm these days. Aromas are as recalled but a little more weedy dank and maybe a little less pungent. Same crisp, clean flavors and mouthfeel

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz canned on 8/30. Thanks to the @dirtystayout for hooking me up! Beautiful bright orange body, nice inch and a half of fluffy head that left ample lacing on the glass and some cloudy remnants/ring around the glass. Incredible smell to this one, very citrusy and sweet, a little piney. Nice bitter taste, grapefruit and orange rind. Full mouthfeel and perfectly carbonated. This is a really well made and tasty beer. Wish I had easier access to Foundation Brewing. This would be a regular for me.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

8-30-17 Poured from a 16oz can into pint glass. Thanks so much Ryan for this can.

Pours a pretty hazy, dark orange body with some floaties and a big frothy white head that I expect to see on DIPA. Great lacing, great retention. Real fluffy.

Aromas are heavy citrus and tangerine, fresh fruity hops with a good amount of peppery dankness too. On the tongue is mellow piney, citrusy hops with a tangerine finish sitting on a substantial malt backbone. Real easy to drink, great mouthfeel.

Just a great beer with classic DIPA flavor.

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Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good DIPA but for me it shouldn't be on the top 50 IMO. like i said its really good but not better than others I've had from Veil, TH, Tired hands, Tripple Crossing...Just to name a few!

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Photo of deebo
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-1 finger of white non sticky head atop a clear light golden brew.
S-dank daddy. Citra/mosaic. Tropical/pine. Stank.
T-same as smell. All hops
M-sticky. Moderate carbonation. Quick finish. Light body
O-my definition of dank. A Big aromatic IPA that is severely crushable at 8%.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: a clear orange to an auburn color, one inch head, no real lacing
Smell: not overly odorivorous, some pine and grapefruit... nothing to amazing.
Taste: mostly pine and floral with a little grapefruit at the end
Feel: dry and crisp... medium mouth with a clean finish

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Photo of digboy
3.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can date 6/19/17

Pours a clear medium orange color with a one finger head that settles to a thin film quickly with little lacing.

Aroma is very fresh - I get grapefruit out of it but also something more sweet and fruity to a lesser degree.

Taste is dry up front like white wine grapes with that vague grapefruit tinge in the background. Bitterness is low to moderate and malt is fairly unpronounced. What you're left with is a crisp and clean taste that allows the thin hops to come through, but there is that grape flavor throughout.

Feel is thin and crisp with no stickiness. There is a small amount of alcohol flavor that comes through more as it mellows in the glass.

This is an unusual DIPA for its crispness and apparent thin malt profile. Great flavor if you don't mind slightly astringent tones. I'm not sure what makes it "world class" but that's likely my lack of training in these things... or maybe it is not mind-blowing.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.6/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the #3 rated Maine beer, I expected a lot from this one and was pretty disappointed. I had this out of the can and it was very fresh (5 days old). It is very light in color, clarity and mouth feel. Very little head. The taste is nice off the bat, but left a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall, slightly better than average DIPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. The smell had a resinous and piney oily bitter hoppiness. The taste had an amplified sweet to bitter resinous oily hops. There’s a sligh bitter orange to grapefruit aftertaste with a sticky palatable finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with sipping to sessionable quality about it. A decent pounding on my tongue of harshness but nothing overbearing. Overall, I say this was a very nice DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of MFMB
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer! Pours a somewhat clear straw yellow to orange with a nice white head. A bit of haze, possibly chill haze tho. Nose is bright! Crisp tropical fruits like mango and guava, pungent citrus like grapefruit pith and orange peel. Taste is a thing of beauty! Guavas, mangos, light pinnaple, grapefruit juice and peel, oranges, lemon zest and sticky gummy pine sap/bark all wrapped up neat on a nice pale malt bed. A bit of stickyness that transforms to a nice creaminess on the mouthfeel. Crisp and super clean finish. If you were to close your eyes you might thing you were drinking a hazy juice bomb but you're not! This beer is one of the finest IPAs/DIPAs I've had to date.
Excellent work Foundation Brewing

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 11 September 2015.
Hazy orange. 
Dank as hell. Holy hell that's hoppy. 
So much hops it verges on TIPA territory. I'm reminded of Cellarmaker and/or Younger. 
Clean, fruity, bitter. 

Hops: Cascade, Citra, Ella, Mosaic
Malt: Pislner, Pale, Oats
ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 85

22 May 2017 EDIT:
Drinking a can now, and it's less transcendental, but still pleasantly hoppy with strong citrus notes.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Service: Can
Canned: Mar-20-2017

Pours an almost-clear light honey color with three fingers of clumpy white head that airily settles to a patchy skiff. Okay retention; spindly lacing. (4)

Near-perfect blend of equal parts tropical fruit, crisp malt, dank hops and a little spice. Guava, citrus pith, pils malt/toast, weed, mango, orange, pine. (4.5)

Similar to the nose with a little bump to the fruity and resinous character of the hops. Green hops and tropical fruit oils ride on a layer of pilsner with a shellac-ishly hoppy finish. (4.5)

Creamy and luscious with light carbonation and a smooth, lingering hoppy finish. Entirely too drinkable. (4.75)

This is a hell of a beer! I can see why they chose the name (and I understand what you meant about it, KC. Thanks!).
This is a “West Coast”-looking IPA with a whiff of head and a fruity smell right on popping the can. The aroma is a delicate balance between everything that a beer like this should be. The flavor follows suit with a little more oomph. It feels like drinking velvet. This is a spectacular beer that is well-worth seeking out.
It reminds me a lot of SoS (which is high praise coming from me). I think this because Epiphany features everything that a beer like this should have: fruity, dank, bitter,malty, sweet, dry, and so on, all well-balanced, all where they should be. Additionally it feels like drinking velvet (which is also one of my favorite things about SoS). Anyway, they are obviously different beers and no one really cares what I think about it (and that is probably good), but the point is: this is a flat-out excellent beer. Just great. (4.75)

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Photo of French_Brandon
4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the often forgotten "Best IPA's" on the East Coast! Try you will like it if you enjoy a citrusy and smooth IPA. Terrific brewery and only 10 minutes of Route 95 (Maine Turnpike) in Portland, Maine. Really friendly and welcoming staff. :)

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Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours the expected hazy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice as well, as I get considerable tropical fruit, orange citrus and a hint of dank weed. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, but it wasn't quite as "juicy" as I was expecting (given the aroma profile), and the mouthfeel seemed a bit thin. Also, while the alcohol was generally well integrated into the flavor profile, there was a bit of a bite on the finish from the noticeable alcohol (which I guess isn't a huge surprise, given the abv. in this beer). Drinkability is pretty good otherwise, and frankly, I was surprised by the 8% abv. (I would have guessed something in the low 6% range).

Still a pretty nice beer/IPA, but given some of the reviews I saw for this beer, I guess I was expecting a bit more from it.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden, orange hue, light haze, big white head and tons of lacing. Aromas of citrus, mango, pine and dank. Notes of candied grapefruit, orange pulp, mango, pineapple, pine and dank resinous greenery. Medium body, slick slightly oily on the palate in a good way, coats with a lightly bitter finish. Amazing DIPA, straight forward and beautifully done.

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

Poors two finger white head that fades slowly. Deep dark orange coloring. Nice lacing. Aroma is pine and peach and pineapple. Taste f orangepeel , peach, grapefruit, floral, citrus, lemon/lime, grassy, minty, herbal, sweet malts, pine on the back bone. nice balanced and yet complex. Excellent DIPA. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at a maine tap takeover. nice looking brew. notes of bright orange, peach, grapefruit, floral, pithy citrus peel, lemon/lime, grassy, minty, herbal, bready and sweet malts, pine on the finish. really really nice balance - mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty solid. overall this is a clean and balanced brew, and I definitely appreciate that given the current craze for one note beers that may be massive in flavor delivery, but fail to come together as a whole in the end. I would definitely buy this if I had regular access!

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Photo of jcflorian
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow/orange with minimal head and thin lacing.

Aroma is different than typical New England iPas. I get candied fruit, biscuit, pineapple and peach. Nice change

Taste follows the aroma. Tartness to this beer and very little bitterness. Bites the tongue like a sweet tart. The hop combo is very unique and I like it.

Mouthfeel- light and a little juIcy, but more of west coast mouthfeel vs east coast.

Overall- This is A very solid A-/B plus beer. But not the same level as swish, dinner or treehouse, trillium beers. I like this beer a lot though

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice orangey light amber, little haze, a few floaties, two finger bubbly head that reduces to a halo and a film. Nice lacing.

Very complex aroma, oranges, rooibos tea, grapefruit, sage, peach, spruce, and hints of pineapple, lime, rose, crackey malt, thyme, grass. Very herbal and fruity.

Taste is herbal/flowery over fruity but nicely balanced. Orange rind and tea are dominant, but there's also Tangerine, peach, sage, spruce, roses, berries. Hint of pineapple and thyme, some lime like acidity. Light sweetness but a bold dry bitterness on the finish.

Light to medium bodied, smooth and sticky, sharp carbonation, drying.

Incredibly complex and balanced IPA. Very unique flavor profile. Perhaps not suited to everyone's tastes but built for mine. Those herbal notes mingling with the fruitiness combine for a totally different IPA experience.

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Photo of Danstaats
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Good beer . Not swish but what is. Surprisingly the color is a light amber and fairy clear. the clarity scared me . I though i was in for a tasteless beer but this now was solid good hoppy floral aroma great bitter/hoppy goodness on the palate. great beer

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Photo of CollinaTiger
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden orange color...grapefruit and mango smell with spicey overtones. Taste is citrusy sweet at first with nice piney bitterness at the end. Awesome flavor.

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Epiphany from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 1,163 ratings