Epic Brewing Company (NZ)
Brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: Black IPA
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Rangi's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (650) - - JUL 20, 2014
Great black ipa really enjoyed. Poors a nice black with thin just off head the laces nicely. Aroma of slight chocolate roast, citrus slight pine and grapefruit. Little thin on the body but brilliant dry bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (474) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2015
Delicious. Dark roasty slightly sweet and smoky malt melds brilliantly with the pine and citrus hops. Lightish body stops things getting too confused. Dry medium bitter finish. The pint is gone very quickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Earplay (48) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2015
Aroma of citrus, some caramel and some roast. Taste is citrus grapefruit hop flavour mingling with roasty chocolate malt character. Unusual pairing at first sip, almost medicinal tasting, but overall enjoyed the combination. One of the few black IPAs I’ve tried so far and was impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nezzapunk (24) - - AUG 31, 2015
Pours black with good carbonation and decent thick foamy head. Smell is plentiful lots of light zesty fruit with a hint of toffee and licorice. Taste is a bit all over the place with usual IPA flavours but with a kinda burnt edge making it a little bit too bitter, fine on the palate great rolling texture good fizz. A little bit unbalanced feel like the beer needs more punch maybe a higher ABV would make it better or just a bit more whacky!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trentacle (14) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2015
What do you expect from a strongish, dark IBA? This, probably. Dark and toastie. Beer somewhat confused re: origin. Alternately IBA and IPA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabznz (4) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2015 does not count
Dark, smokey and bitter without an aftertaste and a good head, this is an enjoyable winter beer without hitting the spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (756) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle from The Bruhaus, Wellington (August 2014). Dark cola brown, creamy tan head, citrus and roast grain aromas, strong piney bitterness, sweet chocolate, dry roastiness, long bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1585) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2015
Pours black with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, roasty, pine, citrus and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a moderate bitter and roasty finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3685) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2015
Tan head dark pour very black soft carbonation aromas floral lots of fruits citrus galore the flavours lime grapefruit tangerine cumquat strong medium bitter apricot pineapple mango a good sweetness of malt barley resin touch so good on the palate all the hop the finish a very good BIPA with strong hop tastes a good sweetness and bitter aftertaste classy ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2949) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle, 6.8% ABV. Dark brown with a large beige head. Pleasant but slightly subdued aroma with citrus, some chocolate and roast, nectarines and pine. Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Lots of citrus and some Sichuan pepper and licorice, peach, a little roast and cocoa - enough to make it clear that it’s not coloured black, not a lot more. Pretty good but not as vibrant as I’d hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nixon904 (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2015 does not count
Nice dark brown/ruby color. Floral hops on the nose. Nice hoppy fruitiness up front, gives way to long bitter malty finish. Epic does it again.

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