Jakeyb (25) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great fluffy head. Muddy brown color with hints of red. Perfect amount of carbonation. VERY well balanced. Sweet and caramel start with a piny, clean finish. Not too hoppy but you can definitely feel its presence (along with the hefty 8% ABV!). Overall, I'm just freakin impressed with this beer, and can't wait to try more from this brewery!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BrewMstr (26) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not normally a fan of red ales, but this one is awesome! So good I have brewed ~30 gallons myself and the original and clone version is great. Strong, but now overwhelming hops, great color and palate. The entire package is unforgettable! Epic has many great offerings, this is among their best.
574deadzone (757) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Release #20, 8.7% ABV. Bottled Oct. 2012. Pours a deep cloudy ruby with a thick khaki-toffee head that settles to a ring and leaves some spotty lace. nose involves big toffee and caramel malt notes, some nice pine, spice and herbal hops, a suggestion of smoke, some dark cherry and plum fruit notes. Quite sweet flavor, but also fairly bitter, nicely balanced. Fuller side of medium bodied, creamy, active, vibrant yet slick and oily, juicy, with a lengthy drying herbal bitter finish. Really awesome brew, considering it was pushing toward a year old, it rounded out nicely and the hops still played a prominent role. Loved it.
Jorn69 (312) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (73:-). Mörkt bärnstensfärgad. Underbar söt, maltig, humlig och citrusfräsch doft. Även smaken är maltig, humlig och rejält citrusfräsch. Medelfyllig med härlig beska. Wow, en riktigt god red ale!
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strongly and distinctly piney hop aroma, rather like being in a Carolina forest. Hazy ochre, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Same piney hop bitterness somewhat offset by sweet malt and cherry fruitness, but the hops are still prominent. Alcohol is not noticeable. Drinks like a hoppier, yet tamer, Arrogant Bastard, without Stone’s "house flavor". This is my first Epic beer and I like it so far.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #7. 7.8% ABV.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep amber/red with a one finger tan head.
S: Hoppy with some caramel malt in the background.
T: Floral hops give way to sweet caramel and toffee malts. There is no alcohol bite and very low bitterness; the beer’s focus is on the hop profile.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.
O: For a style that isn’t really well defined, I’ll judge this based on the fact that it is listed as an Amber/Red Ale, and it is a slightly stronger, hoppier version of a Red Ale. This is nothing at all like Nugget Nectar, but it doesn’t try to be; instead of citrus, floral and sugary flavors fill this beer.
Lowenbrau (1448) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. Nice hoppy aromas, herbal, citrusy, among some caramel and malt notes. Pours cloudy dark copper, some sediment, with nice creamy tan head, persistent, good lacing. Medium body, average carbonation, a bit crispy texture. Taste is mild bitter, refreshing, some caramel and nuts flavours, very well balanced. Aftertaste is some dry and long. Really enjoyable.
Botella de 65cl @Cimmeria, Oviedo. Intensos aromas de l´pulo, herbales, cítricos, con aromas maltosos y de caramelo. Color cobrizo oscuro, muy turbia, con algo de sedimento, buena corona morena, cremosa y persistente, buen encaje. Cuerpo medio, carbonatación media y textura algo crujiente. Amargor moderado, refrescante, con notas de caramelo y nueces. Muy bien equilibrada. Retrogusto largo y algo seco. Muy recomendable.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz from the Epic
Appearance: Pours dark mahogany with a nice beige head and a good amount of lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Pine, caramel and citrus
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Pine at first then malts with hop bitterness in the finish
I like this beer, another example of Epic’s great beers. They state ~40 IBU’s, but it seems like more.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #6, 7.9% ABV. The pour is a translucent, rusty, ruby color with a beige, moderately full, pillowy, frothy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves nice, sticky lace. The nose is quite fragrant and pleasant with lots of floral, resinous, slightly piney, some toasted caramel, dried apricot, and passion fruit. The flavor is similar with lots of resin, dark caramels, slight passion fruit, some light roast, dried apricot still, and faint notes of pecan. The palate is fitting with a moderately full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a round, velvety mouthfeel. The beer finishes resinous, drying, still sweet with caramel, and slight roast and dried apricot. The beer carries both a moderate bitterness and a moderate sweetness with the bitterness winning out but very slightly. Truly emphasizes what a good imperial red should be; complex malt richness balanced by complementary hop flavors and a firm bitterness. Certainly never overpowering in strength or hop bitterness, which made for a very likeable and drinkable beer. Certainly brings something different to the table from many other similar beers and a refreshing change from the other beers from this brewery.
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber into pint glass. Bought from the brewery 5 days ago. 2 finger beautiful light brown creamy thick head from a decently aggressive pour. Looks very thick dark ruby red in light. Smells of some floral hops with a bit of a roasty maltness. Tastes exactly how i thought; thick, floral, creamy, dark, and a little roasty. Deliciously smooth on the palate and great lacing all up the glass. Overall 8 of 10. I thought it just didn’t have enough hop bitterness to be an Imperial but definitely enough malt depth. I guess great IRAs dont always need that much hops, but im just a hop head from San Diego who kinda expects it.