bmeup (637) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal clear pale gold under a puffy white head. Great lacing. Light fresh bread & biscuit malt, lots of floral hops, plenty of passionfruit, pine and citrus characters. Nice bitterness with a hint of white pepper. Very appealing bitter resinous hops that linger on the palate. Most enjoyable APA.
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Epic can do no wrong, this is a truly top notch hoppy & sessionable APA. Brilliant gold, lasting head, tropical and pine hop aromas - very understated yet inviting. Balance of flavour between malts and hops is spot on - the lack of assertive crystal malt improves drinkability and means the beer can finish with the softest bitterness without becoming cloying. If it was a little more affordable this would be my go to session beer.
Brodies_Best (266) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle picked up at New World in Wellington. Pours light golden with fluffy white head. Huge hop aroma with citrus undertone. Bitter yet smooth. Grapefruit aftertaste, dry and not too acidic. Very drinkable.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a brilliant golden orange with a dense white head. Super fresh hop aromas. They dominate completely with some fruit salad and a little pine coming through. Cant get over how fresh this aromas is. Like sticking you head in a bag of hop flowers. Really nice. Initially some sweet light malt before an assertive resiny bitter hop finish. Medium mouthfeel. A little one sided but a great beer. Makes me a feel a little old though as I can remember buying lots of flying nun albums
Pyobon (1269) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Clear golden with good big white head. Lovely hop aroma - floral and citrus - with hints of peppery spice. Light body, well carbonated. Sweet and citrusy start with a good long bitter finish. Lots of hop flavours but with nice level of bitterness. Overall a very nice well hopped ale.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden in colour with a fulsome white head that sinks slowly into the glass. Quite overt hoppy mandarin peel aromas with a lick of chlorophyl to it. Most pleasant. Cool and fresh and then a surge of carbonation than brings a rush of green lime tang and avocado (yes, bloody avocado) and green herbs. Got green all over it this one, but that isn’t to suggest for a moment that it isn’t ready for consumption, this is most consumable, believe me. It is a good quaffer with a long finish and a real hoppy bite to it. Perfect for a sunny afternoon, a few tunes and an eyeful of skantily clad groupies.
hawthorne00 (3453) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale gold with a large white head (that’s ahem, downy splendour) . Aroma of gooseberries, lychees, lemon sherbet, white pepper. Soft mouthfeel. A very little light biscuit, tropical fruits, rippling spices at the crisp, bitter finish. As good as, but more Kiwi hop accented than their normal pale ale.
mkel07 (5077) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours a vibrant golden amber colour that looks quite inviting. There is a solid white head of foam and citrus hop aromas that fill the nose and are quite aromatic. The flavour is quite strong and also has some citrus going on. There is good body and some complexity in this beer and on the palate there is a pineyness that stays for a while. This is another solid effort from Epic and the label is quite catchy.
Wombata (618) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Earthy, piney, and floral hops
Palate: Medium bodied and filling.
Flavor: Well-integrated flavors of earthy hop and malt. Firm, lingering bitterness on the finish (British style or NZ style? I know it’s styled an "APA," but it doesn’t finish like any American one that I know of).
Comments: Very tasty medium bodied ale with well-chosen hops. The flavors had really come together well on this one-time bottle.
maekchu (3400) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to wombata for bringing this back from NZ. Very strong Cascade hop-like aroma with some fruitiness and a tinge of cat piss. Maybe some Saaz in the mix? Smells more like an IPA. Crystal clear gold color, really jumps out of the glass. Great deep caramel flavor balanced with the hops. Very long and nice aftertaste. Pleasant mouth feel and good carbonation on the tongue. It really seems like an IPA/Pils blend. Interesting new stuff from adventurous brewers.