Epiphany | Foundation Brewing Company

Write a Review

Wants   Gots 

Reviews: 182 | Ratings: 1,164

#64 ranked New England IPA | 8.00% ABV

Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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: 182 | Ratings: 1,164
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.

 158 characters

Photo of Caleb_Parent
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Pours a deep orange golden color, and leaves a finger of head. Leaves a nice white foamy lacing around the glass upon drinking, with a moderate amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells: Immediate juicy tropical hops flavor with orange peel, grapefruit, and a dank pungent odor characteristic of a world class double IPA. There is a very sweet citrus smell evident in this beer with lemon peels, around a base of cracker and sweet malt which balances the bite of the hops.

Taste: Immediate juice bomb burst of tropical hops with orange peel, grapefruit, a nice tart dankness which I love in a good double IPA. After the tropical fruit flavors, the malt backbone shines with a nice sweet cracker flavor. The beer finishes with a dry bite you get with a beer of this class. Aftertaste is a tart bitterness, but the bitter that you love.

Feel: The beer flows nicely over the tongue with moderate carbonation which stings the tongue and spreads all the delicious flavors this beer has to offer. The mouth is left feeling dry and dank.

Overall: This is easily my favorite DIPA in Maine, and you cannot pass this beer up if you're in the Portland area.

 1,225 characters

Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-24 can drank on 2/9/17

Overall a really nice beer. Certainly takes back to the East coast style IPA as opposed to the newer NE style. This has a nice bitterness to it that combines really well with the grapefruit, orange, and tangerine from the flavoring hops. A very enjoyable beer that I am glad to finally have tried.

 326 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall can, 1-24-17 (?) on the bottom, but hard to read.

Pours quite clear, typical amber, decent collar and scattered slippery sheeting...

Bright nose filled with a lime overload, pineapple, and some melon

This is a very large brew, blasting out the tropical fruit. hopped up vibe..another wave of lime and tropical fruit on the palate....bold, flavorful. heady and complex...well worth seeking out

 402 characters

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

Love the concept, not west coast not northeast, its own creation. Golden dark rustic looking Ale, good mix of fruity piney bready flavors. Nice crisp full bodied Ale.

 168 characters

Photo of Phineasco
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look:Clear, yellow, with a nice sized head that receded quickly.
Smell:Floral, berries, not a huge aroma.
Taste:Hoppy, floral, but zero bitterness.
Feel:A little on the thin side, but has great balance.
Overall:Great IPA that drinks way below its 8 percent abc.

 261 characters

Photo of Rugg315
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this on 12/22 from my Maine connections (kids). Golden orange on the pour with minimal head. Smell is the awesome part of this beer orange, tangerine big time. Taste is compatible with the smell. Good feel not great. Overall I rate better than other top rated D/IPA from Maine.

 282 characters

Photo of j_d_b
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tendency for head when pouring but the bubbles are not dense. From 16oz can into tulip. Most of head dissipates quickly.

Muted deep golden orange and mostly transparent. Unlike many of the other NE IIPAs these days, with their opaque yellow appearance.

Nose is some fruit—earthy—and hops. Throw some citrus notes in there as well.

Sharp feel on the tongue. Good level of carbonation. Balanced feel.

More piney and bitter than it’s partner, Venture, as well as it’s local competitors like Swish. There is some malt presence, compared to straight hop bombs, and the hop flavor is more resinous and earthy than tropical. Some citrus there as well, but not dominating. Finish is sticky and lasting.

Overall, a good beer, but not world-class.

 756 characters

Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just told my wife I had an epiphany, she looked at me awaiting further commentary but I just walked away leaving her guessing. This was about 15 minutes ago she's either left wondering, or just assumed it was my randomness coming full force, either way I'm cracking number two, onward and upward.

Look is what you'd expect minus the yeasty globules floating like black pepper flakes suspended in a thick honey. She's bottled 10/11/16 bought right from the brewery so no age issues. Didn't look at the first beer, I'm assuming it's being done on purpose and part of an unfiltered beer. Just less cloudy with less haze and more of a congealed amalgamation of yeast. Doesn't look great but,....

Smells of fruit cocktail. Theres pear, peach and some sweetness, perhaps a modicum of pine if you work for it,

Taste is crisper than I'd expect, pretty clean good balance of malt and hops, hops accentuated a little better as it warms. Not picking up much floral from the Ella or Mosaic, I'm searching, if I imagine it it's there but the fruit and pine notes dominate.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable, easy drinking and you'd never know you were drinking an 8 ABV beer.

World Class? Not on this go 'round. That may sound like a harsh critique but it's honest. However this beer is very, very good. High marks for drinkability and hop balance, but not in the pantheon of great DIPAs, not this time at least. Willing to come back and give it another try.

 1,459 characters

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the taproom.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white, foamy, one-inch head with good retention. Thick white lacing throughout.

S: Strong aromas of tropical fruits and citrus including mango, pineapple, peaches, melons, orange, and grapefruit. Mild notes of earthy and piney hops.

T: Mostly notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind accompanied by piney and resiny bitter hops. Milder tropical fruit notes.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Overall, a great DIPA. Love the fruity nose on this one. Piney hop bitterness balances the fruit characters well. Easy drinking and very tasty!

 672 characters

Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Semi-hazy amber-orange with a fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a fizzy bubbly ring and then completely dies off, looking not far off from spiced rum.

Slightly dank pine and apricot aromas kick this beer off. A little boozy pear emerges as it warms.

Taste is overripe peach and pine, with a little tang and bitterness.

Feel is thin and fizzy, a little boozy, a bit cocktail-esque.

 390 characters

Photo of papposilenus
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, dated 09/12/16. Served in an imperial pint/nonic.

Pours a mildly cloudy copper-gold with a scant finger of head. Retention is about a minute, leaving a solid scum and a thick ring of suds around the edge, with minimal lacing.

The nose is faint, fresh straw, oranges and meyer lemons.

Tastes of grapefruit pith and grapefruit juice, limes, spruce and vanilla. After the initial hop onslaught, a smooth caramelly grain body appears, chewy, earthy and dank, and schmeared with pineapple marmalade. Finishes with more grapefruit pith, lemon, pine sap and the slightest alcohol warmth in the gullet.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and dry with light-to-medium carbonation.

Overall, juicy and delicious. I'm glad to have had it and am looking forward to having it again.

 782 characters

Photo of brewmeister1984
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite from foundation by far. Definitely up there with some of the top Hop offerings around New England but still a step behind some of the best out there from TH and Trillium etc.

 186 characters

Photo of eppie82
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 16oz can into a chalice glass.

Lightly hazy amber color. Not your 'typical' NE type of IPA/DIPA. This reminded me a lot of the Pipeworks Fish series beers. Mandarin citrus, lime, and some very light pine resin qualities. Some mild bitterness at the very end as well after an initial smooth taste.

 306 characters

Photo of deuce5645
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer for being an 8% drinks exceptionally smooth and easily. Generally being in preference of session ales this beer surprised me and quite frankly scared me. It drinks with a big citrus and floral character in both the taste and the nose while the body is significantly lighter than what would be expected. The body while supplying fair mouth feel is a smooth and light pedestal to display this Hop forward IPA on.

 420 characters

Photo of ChipChaight
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz howler from the brewery in Portland Maine
Pours a clear golden yellow with soft white head that dissipates, nice lacing, smell is mild tropical fruits, candied citrus, and sweet bread malts, taste is candied citrus peel, pine, and sweet malts, feel is light and sticky. A delicious Maine IPA!

 297 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.82/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pours hazy orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrusy hops and bready malt. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of tropical fruit, citrusy hops, bready malt and sunflower seeds. Finish is long and semi-dry. Good overall.

 282 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a snifter, the beer is a deep, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange rind, dried grass, tangerine, peach, pepper spice, and some floral hops characteristics, too. Very aromatic. Flavors are more tropical fruit forward, with notes of pineapple, melon, and mango joining the orange, grapefruit, and peach, all on a bready backbone. Hops characteristics are still grassy, but with a little more herbal twist to it. Smooth and full bodied, with a fruit cocktail and herbal aftertaste. The finish is light, effervesced, and slightly dry. Good beer.

 620 characters

Photo of CayseyW
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had been waiting a while to try this one and I'm definitely not disappointed. It pours hazy with hues of copper and gold. The nose is very nice with tropical fruit, pine and citrus aromas. The taste is a delicious mango explosion. The mouth is dry yet still juicy. It features a very nice pine bite that balances the flavors exceptionally well. This is definitely a world-class beer that deserves more hype than it gets.

 422 characters

Photo of GregA135
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice burnt orange amber color with a white head
Smells of tropical fruit, citrus and hops
Taste - grapefruit, orange, citrus, hops for sure and a bit of pineapple
Medium body with a nice clean and crisp finish. Bitterness is spot on.
Definitely need more Maine IPA's!

 276 characters

Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow! clean and crisp. slight bitter in the middle, dry(er) at the finish and taste buds dancing around at the first sip... sorry, was reviewing after the stunning first sip.... very nice tropical flavors. nothing completely punching the lights out but a very stable, clean and crisp brew. for 8%, this is a nice, easy-to-drink brew....

 335 characters

Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to make it up for a release. Great orange color with a creamy white head. Citrusy nose and taste. Mouth feel was a little different than I anticipated. Overall really impressed and glad I finally got to check this one off the list

 247 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to @walderek for this Solid, Glorious Maine Offering. My first from Foundation.

Pours a shiny penny with just a hint of haziness. One finger of tiny white bubbled head that retreats to a thin layer. Consistent lacing all the way around.
Smell bursts with a mélange of orange, peach, pine, with a hint of pineapple and malt sweetness.
Taste pumps its fist with a zesty orange peel up front, then moves back in the mouth with some tropical, slightly dry, pineapple and pine. Malt came through for just a moment, then some warmth. Yep, the pineapple and citrus escorts in a bit of what I perceive to be a gentle “heat.” More sips bring the tropical back around to a rounded out pine. Lotta good stuff going on here.
Mouthfeel is spot on. I often prefer a little more heft than style dictates, but this is full enough. And slightly oily on the finish.
Overall, I’d love a keg of this. My birthday is in July. Hook a brother up Foundation.

 953 characters

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

Pours a cloudy orange/light copper color with a small foamy head.

Aroma: floral, piney, light tropical fruit, pineapple.

Taste: slightest bitterness up front, citrus and then pine with a long lasting bitter finish, sticky but dry. some fruit in there as well.
Light carbonation.

I find this to be a mix of west coast and north east styles. Very good.

edit: call me crazy but I bought a case of this stuff so I had plenty which lasted over a month. im down to my last 4 pack and just opened one up and it tastes better now than the fresh ones canned a day or two before purchase.
i had to increase my score a bit. i didn't get much fruity flavor before but it comes through now.

 686 characters

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

Dat Piff!! Definitely a "Maine" IPA. The way tropical juicy notes mix with dank resinous hops is amazing. Seems very well made and sits clean on the pallet.

 156 characters

Epiphany from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1164 ratings