couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden, light white head, gone immediately.
Light, flowery herbal hoppy nose.
Herbal and earthy, spicy, relatively mild.
Light and playful.
luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear shiny golden yellow with a nice tall white head of foam which looks like whipped egg whites. Very very attractive (Almost looks like a Duvel maybe little more golden)
Nose: Definitely hoppy citrus, resiny and some apricot like notes followed by some banana, pear and peppery esters are wonderful.
Taste: Really wonderful explosion of flavors tropical fruit notes (maybe apricot) peppery spiciness along with pear and some banana notes. Hop bitterness and flavors really meld with these complex flavors.
Palate: Has a long spicy and drying finish and the lingering hop bitterness makes the next sip quenching.
Overall: A very well made special ale from Stone. The interplay of hop notes and yeast esters make it a very yummy beer. It seems the beer is perfect to drink right now ... The carbonation is firm and the hop character is expressive - I wonder how this will hold till the end of Epic Series
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a tiny white rocky head. Aroma is fruits, maple, citrus, caramel, cloves, spices. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sugar, caramel, fruits. We’re expecting more from this one, but still worth taste it.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. a little over 2 years under its belt. Golden color and minimal white head. Citrus and pine flavor, hops have faded but still noticeable. The malts is more present leading to a bit more spicy and light fruit than when fresh. I enjoyed this more than I planned.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forgot that this was the IPA version,
Pours a nice golden slightly amber color.
champagney like bubbles, that simmer down like champagne.
Aroma much like expected, spicy fruity.
Taste, always a wow with these Belgian IPA’s, very complex, interesting spices, with the nice hop bitterness.
Tasted great with a barbecued wild caught salmon for dinner, nice.
Kinda like a dry champagne with some hops.
Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bit darker than a typical Belgian. Smells banana, yeasty, bready. All of the good notes that a Belgian has, with some American notes such as a much higher rate carbonation, more citric fruitiness. The high carbonation almost makes me question whether or not it’s natural, but I doubt Stone would rape this brew with added CO2 like the macros do. Clearly an American take on the Belgian style, a bit of a step below pure Belgians but surely an interesting beer. Fun to drink, complex. As it warms the banana, honey, and yeastiness really comes out. There’s a lot of clove punch in here also now that it’s warmed. The aroma is actually more noticible now than when I opened the bottle. Very enjoyable, clearly a good deal of effort has been put into brewing this edition of Epic. Highly recommended. Get it soon before you can’t find it anymore!
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma was fruit, hops and hay. Flavor was a bit spicy with a nice malt finish.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A slightly thin but well balanced Golden Strong, grainy background with notes of banana, pear, and bright citrus from the three varieties of American citrus-hops (Antheum, Amarillio and Summit I’m told). This is a quite quaffable beer, despite its high ABV at almost 9%. Spicy, hoppy and fruity, a sweet beer with a bitter finish.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear bright gold with a pale head. The aroma is extremely strange. My nasal passages actually feel warm as I inhale. Initially there is a spike of floral and spiced bouquets. Malts that seem to resemble burnt cardboard quickly envelops the flowers and spices. It’s strange. The malty aroma feels like it’s affecting the walls of my nostrils instead of affecting my palate. The experience is unique. The flavour is also quite interesting. Initially, spiced and floral notes are prominent with a melon-like fruit (much like a honeydew) and honey close behind. With the mouth closed, fruit and honey flavours rapidly increases. But as air enters the mouth, notes of yeast become instantly apparent initially before the dry spiced and floral flavours burst along with some light hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is a subtle flavour, but is very noticeable as it warms the chest on its way down. Towards the finish, fruit and honey flavours slightly diminish. Spices fade slightly to introduce some grain flavours. Hops and a semi-metalic bitterness increases a little as well, complementing the spices. The finish is also dry... very dry.
I’m not a huge fan of spices. But this creates some interesting layering effects between the spice/floral and the fruit/honey flavours that I find rather neat and intriguing... and not to mention the aroma...
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, gold beer with a white, disappearing head. Fine carbonation throughout. Aroma is clove and banana. Flavor is grassy, spicy, and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth, a bit bitter and nicely sweet. Very good beer.