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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


Cletus' rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells of perfume, pine resin, earth, some dry malt. Tastes of citrus, pepper, some spice. Mouthfeel is prickly. Finish is bitter.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Earplay (13) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2014
Huge fruity (passionfruit/grapefruit) oriented hop aroma. Low residual bitterness. Full flavoured pale ale, great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoot07 (5) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Iíve been wanting to review this one for a while as itís in probably my top two or three pal aleís but have been waiting to get my hands on a fresher sample. Unfortunately The best of several samples has still been about two months out from BB date. Ok so a lot of the hops nose (not much at all), dry hop/late boil flavour and Iím assuming some of the BUís had faded in all of my samples but I still got a reasonable amount of citrus, grapefruit taste and a slight peppery spiciness, which I like a lot as well as a pleasant late bitterness that was not overpowering at all. In all cases the bottle has been poured at the bar, strait out of the fridge and in my opinion poured far to cold. Most of these types of beers donít respond well to this and the head retention and lacing suffers, which it did in my case but itís probably unfair to the brewer to judge a beer on this when it was poured incorrectly. Nevertheless this is a quality beer even late in itís life. The English malt character and the big American hops work very well together. Itís probably a bit maltier than the typical APA but who cares and besides this probably would not be an issue in a fresh batch. Bottom line, this is a quality beer and I wish I could get it fresher and in six or even four pack form to bring home and enjoy. When I get a fresh sample I will more than likely be amending this review.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe19612 (1802) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber colour with a off white head, aroma is all citrus fruits especially grapefruit, taste is medium bitterness and very hoppy with a crisp dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (845) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 7/2/2014. BB 22 11 14. Poured a clear golden brown colour with a one-finger off-white head that diminished quickly to a collar that produced no lace. Carbonation very low with rare small to medium bubbles. Aroma nice fresh floral hops and not much else. Taste dominated by hops over anything else that may be present. Medium body. A long but nice and moderate bitterness on the finish. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1075) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Tap at pomeroys, christchurch. Clear amber color, white head. Aroma is fruity, grape, grass, hops. Malty body, grapefruit, hops, fruits. Compact pale ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma is mainly citric with some piney tones. Clear, copper coloured beer with a slight, off-white head. The taste is moderate bitter, light toasty, citric. Very refreshing and nice clean.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1748) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2013
500ml bottle. A slightly hazy deep amber with a small, slowly facing off-white head. Hop flowers, pine, resin, grapefruit and pithy lemon with modest sweetness comprised of biscuit, nutty malt and caramel. Light to medium body, firm and crisp palate texture with medium effervescence and a lingering dry, hoppy finish of decent length. Immensely drinkable and brimful of powerful flavours without being excessive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
Probably my favourite APA out there, so well balanced and drinkable. Very aromatic and an really well balanced malt body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3317) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2013
The head is good, the body brown and a bit cloudy. It smells very ineresting, parfumed-hoppy, hoparomatic, fruity. The taste is hoppy, fruity, parfumed, interesting and intensive, nice and tasty! Overall a interesting, delicious beer from Auckland! 12/13/12/11/-/12

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2013
Deep amber with a red hue. Nice head initially but soon collapses. Fruity tropical aroma. Rich spicy hop and juicy malts. A hint of caramel there and roasty notes. Finishes long hoppy bitter, overall a good beer.


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