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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baggio (319) - norrtšlje, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
Draught@Brew on Quay. Apperance: Nice copper color with a small white head. Aroma: Caramel, Pine, Grapefruit, Bread. Flavor: Pine, Citric notes, Caramel, Roasted malt, Fresh bread. Mouthfeel: Smooth with plenty of carbonation. A very nice New Zealand APA. I enjoyed this immensely after drinking massproduced lager in the tropics for 2 weeks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2010
Pours a clear golden yellow with white head. Citrus fruits and pine needles dominate the nose. Farily light bodied with a clean, dry finish. Very easy to drink. A good, solid pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarossaLuke (539) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2010
Wow, Iíve heard a lot about this beer and I found it to be very impressive. Nice big hop aroma with good clarity of colour. A very clean, refreshing pale ale, would love to try some of their other beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (882) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
500 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($8.29). Pours a murky honey amber with a finger and a half of off-white foam. Aroma is grainy-malty with significant hop notes (soap, floral, sweet citrus). Flavor is some surprisingly sharp and bitter hops for an APA with citrus and pine notes along with a smooth grainy-malt balance. Some lingering bitterness in the finish. A great APA from the Kiwis! (88, 376)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3017) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2010
500ml bottle. Heaven in a glass. Coppery teak colour with a red tinge when held to the light. Packed head that is bone to beige in colour. Hop aromas jump out of the glass and assault your nostrils with a sweet molten caramel aroma. Piney hop flavour is a little different but in a good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Iíve seen this beer on the shelf a few times but Iíve avoided it considering that itís being imported from New Zealand and I live in Kansas. Still, I saw some today and figured Iíd give them a shot. 17 ounce bomber. Pours a light amber to golden blonde with an impeccably clear appearance. Huge frothy two inch head. Impressive aroma; I have the beer sitting next to me and I am getting a clear whiff of hops - the glass is roughly 2 feet away from me. As the head dissipates the lacing is very clingy. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some light skunkiness in the background. Slick mouthfeel with some nice mild bitterness. Light to mild carbonation. Flavor is hops, up front. Floral hops abound up front, and thereís a nice spicy pepper note in the middle of the beer, with lingering grapefruit in the finish. The malt profile is there, as you get breadiness somewhere in the middle before going back to hops. Where this beer breaks the rules is in the finish. I get this amazing caramel sweetness aftertaste, completely the opposite of what I expect when drinking a pale ale. Outside of that, the malt is subdued, which I like. Itís a nicely understated counterpoint to all of the hops - and make no mistake, hops is what this beer is all about. More specifically, Cascade. Full Disclosure: I actually listened to an interview with Epicís brewer, and he stated the beer was only made with one hop - Cascade, which is just crazy. Thereís so much going on with the hop profile that youíd swear thereís more than just that hop in it. But no, itís just Cascade. The best thing about this beer is how clean it is. Itís super clear, very clean on the palate, and amazingly crisp when drinking. One of the best Pale Ales I have had in a very long time. Thatís not doing it enough justice. One of the best beers, period, Iíve had in a very long time. Very impressive, especially for New Zealand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Copper with overcarbonated bubbles rising in a constant stream. Really nice nose, assertively hopped ,but the flavor canít match up. Oxidized, more of a eurostyle hop bitterness that doesnít work as well at this intensity than do some of the more familiar US west coast hop varieties. Malts arenít doing much here, just along for the ride.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber pour, small white head. Citrusy hops, some caramel sweetness, and grassy somewhat like tea. Itís alright, pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
a nice hoppy pale ale, although not quite as hoppy as the mayhem or the armageddon. much nicer than the lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovebeernz (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2010
I was actually a little disappointed with this beer the last time I tasted it. The punched had seemed to gone out it. It is still a nice beer though, and certainly one of the best commercial pale ales in New Zealand. The limited release beers from Epic are a much better bet.

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