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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3320) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle from a trade with Gription79. Release #15. Pours hazy pale orange color with off white head. Aromas of grapefruit and caramel. Bitter grapefruit rind flavor with sweet caramel. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice DIPA. Thanks Dallas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (5883) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Sample as a bonus beer at the Smuttynose tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/27/12. Clear yellow/gold pour with a medium white head. Citrus and pine hops in the nose, with some sweet malt. Malty flavor with strong citrusy and piney hop presence and a sweet malt finish. Iíve been pretty much on the fence about this brewery since trying several of their beers, but this one is pushing me over to the fan side for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2012
Serving: Draft at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a cloudy, dirty orange with a small, white head. The nose is all hops. The flavor has lots of herbal, medium pine, and light tropical hop notes. Not much from the malt side. Long, bitter, and dry finish. Definitely west coast style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
Release #16 8.9% ABV. Sampled from 22oz bomber. Appearance is very typical for a DIPA with a nice white head that fades away and leaves a little ring around the top of the beer. The aroma is soft pine note resins and sweet fruit notes. The taste follows the aroma very nicely and has a very full mouthfeel. Overall this is a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
From beerlicious iphone app: Draft Release #14 Floral hops that shows a pale cloudy color with minimal white head. Light bitter and sour notes to start and finishes with a monster kick. Medium body with stick thick texture. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1431) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle @ SF. Hazy yellow amber. Smells sweet and grapefruity and a touch piney. Tastes initially set them a little resinous with a nice bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3990) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8318) - 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.

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