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The name is misleading. It is by Epic Ales standards simple. Only made with malted barley and hops. This fantastic session ale is at first glance a classic example of the northwest, rich, malty and very hoppy. Beneath the surface lies a panoramic flavor profile created by the unique yeast strain and the blend of malt used. Think Hawaiian pizza with rosemary and balsamic added, and you’re starting to get the picture.


2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a hazy amber body with tall off-white head. Aroma of sulfur, permanent marker, chemicals, rye, and nuts. Flavor of sulfur, rye, caramel, plastic, and earth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours ruddy copper with a 3 finger foamy beige/tan head. Aroma is malty. There’s something spicey as well. Medium body with mild carbonation. There’s yeast and spice. Enough to make me say it’s rather Belgian. Malt is overtapped by yeast, spice and herbal hop. Arguably a touch of earth or barnyard. There’s a nice ale here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bottle via a trade with scrizzz. Pours with a hazy amber body and a large off-white head. Aroma is earthy, lightly smokey, lavender, dry, chlorine, spicy, nutshells and light fruit. Taste is bitter, plastic, chlorine and herbs. Light bubbles. Not as good as I was expecting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6766) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a nice dark cream colored head. yeasty aroma. yeast and light earth flavor with light malt and light spice. Medium bodied. Yeast and spice lingers with light earth and light malt.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to Ben. Pours a hazy light amber with a white head that lasts. Aroma is complex with notes of ham, grains, rosemary and a bit of grassy hops underlying. Flavor starts with a bit of ham but the grain from the malts takeover with an undertone of grassy hops. Unique, but doesn’t do it for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, a little dirty, moderate to large frothy sandy colored head, heavy lacing.   Earthy aroma, a little soily, mushrooms and bark.   This one is a little odd.   Part of this smells like stale air from a tire.   Has a woody aspect, and I dont mean like Oak, but moreso like actual bark or fallen logs.   This is certainly different.   I really wished it had a little bit of sweetness.   Seems slightly dry.   Backside has a large soily/earthen aspect.   It actually might be more plant like.   If this is supposed to be a Pale Ale, its wildly different from anything I have ever had.   Somewhat reminds me of some of one of the Hitachino beers, somewhat like Cedar but in more of an earthy aspect.   The body and mouthfeel on this one are fairly moderate.   Doesn’t appear to be very hoppy, but certainly has a malt aspect to it.   I am having a hard time with this one... its not off flavors, its just very different.   I am all for something new, but this is a little out of bounds for me.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Quite an appealing take on session ales. Pours a very slightly hazy dark amber with a pleasing dense mousse cap on top. Good lacing. Throws nice fruitcakey yeast esters on the nose, has some nice sweet baking spice and date to it, but it’s also a fair showing of familiar toasty caramel and some light pineappley hop. Creamy medium body with vigorous and refreshing carb. Caramel, toast, pineapple, and the yeasty fruit and spice on the mid palate. Tidy dry finish. Dry finish, light and drinkable body, and interesting overtones of subtle fruit and spice are fast becoming a pattern with these beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
bottle, thanks to bman111vr, cloudy amber color with some tan foam, aroma smells of chlorine and some yeasty caramels, flavors of cheese, sour fruits, herbal

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Amber ale? Deep Belgian aroma, with some spices. Taste is belgian mostly, with a touch of spice, and a clean finish. Not simple, but fairly delicious. Nice brew!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 22, 2010
Courtesy of BMan1113VR. Herbal vegetal aromas of beets, boiled cabbage. Herbal, spicy vegetal flavors mainly beets, cabbage, carrots, V8 juice.


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