Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a tinge of orange & huge rocky snow white head. Big crystal malt on the nose backed up by a big old whack of citrus & pine (cascade?). Very American & calling it a strong pale ale is very apt, tending to an ipa but not quite. Carb is quite lively. Again the caramel/toffee from malt is dominant, integrated with medium/high pine & citrus hops. A big change of pace from the great Armageddon but this is very good in it’s own right!
Jimthechap (1539) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 First rating Oct 2009: Crystal malt aroma, tangerine and candied peel. A lick of grassiness and even a whiff of German yeast? There are phenols on the nose also, but that is mainly to do with the beer having beer brewed 8-9 months before the tasting.
To taste: orange juice and mellow malt characters. Not the brutally heavy impact of flavour I was expecting. It would have been interesting to have tasted a younger version (due out soon) as this one wasn’t mayhem at all.
Just a bit tired this one. (Awarded 2.6 initially)
Re-rating May 2011: Appears coppery with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but clear and appealing. Scents of grape, grassiness and the signature Epic hops. Also smells of lovely amber malts. Tastes brassy, grasy and classy. Sweetish with a citric acid tang. Critically speaking, there isn’t alot not to like but it is hard to pigeonhole. There’s a big, enduring finish of copper and bitterness.. Satisfying.
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A special beer for my 2500th rating. Bottle. Pours a bright orange amber with a densely foamy orange-tinted head that leaves behind plenty of lace. Very fragrant fruity hop aroma, lots of citrus pithiness, passionfruit, mango skins, and a slightly sharp note that reminds me of fresh kelp. All of this glorious hop character rests on a plaform of sweet toffee malts. Boldly flavourful with a very bitter finish. This would be made better with a few shovelfuls more malt in my opinion, to create a bigger body in relation to the hops, but it is a terrific beer regardless.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours amber with a medium off-white head. Huge hop aroma...grapefruit, passionfruit, lychee, grass and caramel malt. The flavour is caramel malt, grapefruit, berries, lychee. The malt bill is well balanced with the hops. Medium bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel but can’t help wanting another one. Great beer.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL bottle from Eureka in Dunedin. Hop explosion once the bottle is uncapped.
Hops present as grapefruit, passionfruit and orange peel.
Love the extreme bitterness...
Amazing zesty orange flavours with a toffee malt base that can barely tolerate all the hops.. Awesome.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a large foamy off white head. Nose is flooded with fresh fruity hops, cut grass, and a hint of malt in the background. Not nearly the frontal assult of hops on the palate, a lot more cleverly melded with a malt that is caramalish at first, and then more chocolately in the finish. The finish is peppery and slightly puckering dryness. Like a suped up version of the Pale Ale.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant gold with a fluffy white head. Big floral aroma of citrus with a huge hit of lychee.
kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bb 01/10 ?
Clear red brown with good head retention.
Aroma of nz saaz,peach and rose petal.
NZ saaz flavour followed by crystal malt background,rose petal hop in the background. Unusual finish of dryness then sweet oily hop, alcohol seems higher than label.
Overall a nice beer, needs more bitterness to balance out the nz saaz hop
sdk (33) - Island Bay, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 500ml bottle. Snifter. Pours a dark gold with a redish tinge. Shallow off white head that goes quickly. Very hoppy nose that hids a slight wild berry. Powerful hop flavour with a slight acid tang. Gental malt coming through later. Could do with a little more in the aftertaste.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 batch 500ml bottle. Pours clear amber golden, nice head on pouring but thins fast. Sweet fruits (apricot, tinned pineapple) in the aroma with an underlying hop hot/dryness. Viscious sweet mouthfeel, well weighted malt palate with the hot bite kicking in towards the finish. Resinous and biting enough to linger in the saliva for a few moments after. I’m a bit undecided - while I like this as a beer, and if it was the first release great, however I think it’s lacking some of the flourish, zing and in-your-face-ness of the same previous.