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An Epic interpretation of the recent American trend of brewing Black IPAs, our Santa Cruz Brown is a true hybrid. Inspired by our brewer Kyle’s desire to have it all!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5834) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Mahogany color with light tan sheen. Dank, hoppy spicy weed, grass, cat spray aromas. medium body. Dank, spicy hop flavors with wet grass, cat spray, on a medium roast malt base brew--good hoppy brown.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Dark copper-brown pour, well carbonated and some very faint sediment visible. Nose was sweet and nutty initially, but then opened up to reveal considerable dry hops, a touch of molasses and tobacco even. Starts off quite potent and roasty to taste, perhaps like Sublimely SR on some level, but then dials it back to recall that old Drake’s hoppy brown a bit. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thick head. With the head, I can’t get a lot of aroma off this, but it’s fairly pleasant what I’m getting - I just can’t place it. A little malty with some hints of roasting in the flavor. Interesting, but not one of my faves by Epic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dthuntley (5) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2012 does not count
Solid, but was hoping for more on the finish. Searching for a little more kick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with pine hops with a bit of citrus hops, and some molasses and brown sugar. T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar and touch of grapefruit hop. Through the middle, some pine hop and bitterness come through with some molasses and more bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some brown sugar and pine hops. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy brown ale. Good overall balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Very hop forward aroma of pungent pine, hop resin and grapefruit peel. Toasty malt aromas blend in with cocoa, kola nut and mocha tones. Finishes with a woody hop character. Very nice nose. Toasty malt hit the palate up front with bakers chocolate, cola and creamy mocha coffee with cream. Pine and woody hop flavor blends in with a great balancing bitterness that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick and bready with a medium body and average carbonation. Good drinkability. Overall a wonderful example of what the American brown ale can be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Draft at MOTR Pub on June 1, 2012. Small tan head, very dark brown hue, nice sweet malty aroma with some assertive fruitiness like a pale ale or IPA, very good bittersweet flavor that somewhat favors the hops over the malt. This brew is like a brown ale/IPA hybrid, or Epic’s take on a black IPA

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; batch #2 bottled 3/1/2012, 6.8%. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee, and molasses on the forefront; with grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, and grassy hops in the background. Very nice aromas with a great balance of maltiness with a nice amount of balanced hop aromas; very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, earth, and grassy hops. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, citrus, pine, herbal, and earthy hops on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic malt balance with the hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy brown ale! Great malty flavor balance with hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable stuff, I would easily get this again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle:   Deep brown, sandy head, nice and frothy, sticky lacing.   Earthy malt like nose, a little soil and pasture, some cocoa and carob notes.   Hmmm... not too big on the pasture aspect.   Very smooth on the tongue.   Pasture isn’t as heavy, but it is still there.   Nice malty background, almost silky.   Still has that slight grainy/soily/earthy background.   This is a very good Brown in all aspects except for the aroma.   I could do without the stronger pasture notes, but other than that its nice and smooth, with low hop bitterness.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste,


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