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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jakeyb (24) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2012
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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewMstr (103) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - SEP 25, 2013
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4516) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2014
(release #33, 8.0% ABV) Hazy dark amber under a generous foamy light tan head. Deep rich nose of biscuity caramel, a touch of stickiness and a little raisin, some light piney and floral resins, and a chewy toffee undertone. Flavor was much of the same: sticky toffee and raisin and caramel amberness with a grassy, bitter, floral and piney resin on the back end. Rich and complex without being overly hoppy. Sticky but palatable and very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1088) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2013
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (1144) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
@ 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4074) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (2146) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 20, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
weark (340) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof - Hazy amber/reddish color with a small and fast disappearing beige head - Aroma is very malty and citrusy (grapefruit) with notes of caramel - Flavor is malty, caramel, grapefruit, with herbal notes - Medium body, medium carbonation, medium bitterness, dry, dry bitter caramel finish - awesome beer, well balanced, good malt backbone and a judicious choice of hops

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2010
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.


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