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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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This tawny-orange ale immediately assults the senses with the character of hops from the Pacific Northwest. An aroma that combines grapefruit pith and pine resin foreshadows a strongly bitter beer. The flavor is spicy and juicy with citrus dominating over honey and floral notes, then giving way to a dry, chalky bitterness. The almost sweet finish is accentuated by the strength of the alcohol.

Release #1 : 9.5% ABV
Release #2 : 10.1% ABV
Release #3-6 : 9.9% ABV
Release #7-8 : 9.3% ABV
Release #9-10 : 8.7% ABV
Release #11 : 8.9% ABV
Release #12 : 9.0% ABV
Release #13 : 9.6% ABV
Release #14 : 9.4% ABV
Release #18 : 8.4% ABV
Release #27 - 9.6% ABV


2011 GABF Bronze Medalist for Imperial Pale Ale


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3775) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Sampled at Slutfest 3. Clear light amber copper pour with ring of offwhite head. Really not too sweet green woodsy citrus hop profite. Pretty decent actually.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
Sample at the House Wine EPIC beer tasting on 04/18/2012: This beer pours a hazy deep copper-orange color with a medium creamy white head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of hops, citrus and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of resiny hops, citrus and sweet malt. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle (Release #14): The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, fruit, and muted/stale citrus hops. It pours a a slightly hazy amber with lots of fine sediment and a three finger orange-tinged off-white head with excellent retention. Thereís a lot of sticky soapy lacing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel that builds into the finish. There are some light toffee notes in the background. The finish has mild/stale citrus hops with a touch of pine. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, Epic hasnít been in MI too long and Release #14 is the most recent release listed here, so I thought I was buying something relatively fresh. Their website tells me otherwise. Smartphone in hand at the store, was it my mistake to check RB instead of their website? Maybe...maybe not. I donít buy it if the bottle on date is listed. However, I did buy it (and presumably others) with a false assumption and didnít exactly rate it well. I guess itís Epicís call if thatís a good thing or bad thing. My suggestion would be "Bottled on" dates instead of "Release" #ís. At this point, this is getting Barely Wine-ish after three months and it was obvious just upon smelling that this wasnít fresh. Past experience tells me that this guys brew solid Pale Ales/IPAs/IIPAs, so this was quite a let down. Should I find a fresher bottle, Iíll certainly revisit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6796) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle, release #13 @ 9.6%. The label says Iím holding something special, that I have in my hands a numbered bottle of only 1800 released. Only, I canít find a number on this thing anywhere. Oh well. This pours a murky honey gold with a late-forming head that is creamy and low, but persists as a 2mm cap forever and laces the entire way down. Aroma is hoppy and boozy, pine oils and crushed nettles. Flavour is burning with hops-- pineapple, conifer, mango skin, resin. Very oily body. Long bitter finish. Malt structure is sweet and honeyish. Face-punching happiness. So good. Man, I have been spoiled with a few awesome beers lately.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10712) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy complex earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittesweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Under 2,000 bottles of this series released, I got bottle number 16! Aroma contains floral and citrus filled hops with a hint of vanilla. pours a light golden color with a moderate foam. Taste is lightly bitter hops upfront with vanilla and caramel malt undertones. Light spices with a light carbonation and a slight alcohol flavor. Overall, this is a well done beer with an above average hop flavor, coushioned by a pleasantly sweet malt in the background. Iíd give this an A rating.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5490) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks decent, but a little transparent. Smells great; hoppy and grassy. Tastes good, but not spectacular. Mouthfeel is decent. Pretty good, especially for its availability.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bomber from Total Wines Tucson. Beautiful golden pour with a nice head. Big front end but balanced just right with hopy goodness. Wish I had more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22oz bottle. Batch 14. Pours a hazy orange amber with a big sticky beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is mainly grapefruit and lemongrass. There is some sugary sweet malts in the background and some subtle resinous pine. Taste is hoppy and full of juicy citrus up front. A nice grapefruit bitterness especially but with a sweet malty backbone. The finish is bitter but with lots of alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and really sticky on the palate with hop resin lingering with the boozy burn. Iím impressed with this beer. A big juicy citrus-filled DIPA that remains fairly drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. hazy light gold with a pillowy white head--looks like a hefe. But smells like freshly picked hops, with green leafiness, some greasy lupulin, and fresh floral tones. Taste is pretty smooth, mouthfeel wise, but is floral and leafy and bitter, with a balancing light caramalt sweet backbone. But is largely floral and fresh hoppy, with loads of fresh lupulin and fresh leafy fresh picked hops.


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