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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
You can only drink so many beers in a lifetime, so you better make each one count. Thatís where we can help. Because at Epic weíre obsessed with creating big hop-fuelled beers. This takes a shed-load of skill. It also takes a shed-load of hops. In fact there are 15 crammed into this bottle. Many brewers would call that insane. We call it flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2010
Epic sure do love their hops; and this pale ale is probably the most balanced of their APAs. The huge hoppy resin and bitterness is balanced by a sweet fruit undertone; followed by an astringent finish that leaves you lip-smacking for the next sip. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2010 Love this beer. Aroma is the thing here! Wow! Could happily just sit and sniff the beer...Appearance is great...Lovely light amber colour with a long lasting head. Taste, just great. Little bit of malt, with really lovely, lingering hoppy mid palate, and it really lingers too. For me, just a fraction too thin on the palate though, but that;s just me being picky... Bloody lovely drop... Just need someone here in Oz to make something similar for a lower price... RE-RATE: I find that the palate of this beer is becoming thinner & thinner... Needs more malt character....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 One of my favorite go to pale ales. I love the complexity of this beer, despite the fact thereís only one variety of hop in this beer, US Cascade, the complexity and layers of hop flavour are even more remarkable. The nutty, bready British malt gives a lovely twist to the US hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3462) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 Light copper, cream head. Big dry lemon zest and grapefruit nose. Medium bodied, a little chewy. Complex fruity malts are quite sufficient to balance the hops. A touch of Moroccan preserved lemon at the end. The aroma suggests its going to be just hops, but this has a bit more about it than that. Itís very good, but the parts donít quite fit together for mine. [3.6] [rerate] Small bottle. Gold, great off-white head. Maybe this is a tad warmer but thereís quite a lot more going on with the hop aroma - thereís a bit of pine and herbs to go with the citrus. Pretty straight ahead and very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2009
All about the hops. Smells fantastic and tastes great.. Huge long lasting head,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2746) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours golden amber with a large persistent head. Aroma shows lots of fruit, grassy, and resiny hops. Grapefruit, orange blossom, nectarines. Behind this is a fair bit of sweet malt and caramel. Very hoppy taste, but with less sweet fruits. Thereís still some grapefruit, grassy notes and peaches, followed by some sweet clean malt. Then a strong bitterness rolls through, growing bigger and bigger. However it is exceptionally well-balanced by the afore-mentioned malt. Good medium body with a light, but refreshing, carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle at Tomís Tasting, April 2009. Gold with nice condition. Strong herbal aroma. Less hoppy on the palate but still quite crisp. Firm mouthfeel. Very tasty stuff. Seemed to have a stronger aroma than the cask version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
The best beer I found in New Zealand. Pretty similar to a beer like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...aka, solid ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle. Big off white head over a clear amber body. Big hop aroma-passionfuit-resin-citrus-pine. Tastes of same also some ginger and tea notes. Medium bodied and mouth warming. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Great aromas-but the taste doesnít back them up as much as it should.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9310) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Draft at Brew on Quay in downtown Auckland. Looking to improve upon his Speights Pale Ale, my buddy then ordered the Epic and wasnít disappointed. Pours an attractive amber with a medium eggshell white head. Huge piney hop aroma, with notes of caramel, orange citrus, and malt. The flavor follows suit, but doesnít pack as much punch. Thatís just fine, as itís well-balanced- simple, crisp, bitter, and satisfying. An excellent APA.

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