Formerly brewed at Epic Ales (WA)
Style: Amber Ale
Seattle, Washington USA


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The name is misleading. It is by Epic Ales standards simple. Only made with malted barley and hops. This fantastic session ale is at first glance a classic example of the northwest, rich, malty and very hoppy. Beneath the surface lies a panoramic flavor profile created by the unique yeast strain and the blend of malt used. Think Hawaiian pizza with rosemary and balsamic added, and youre starting to get the picture.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
Toxic nose, full of plastic/phenols and a DMS bomb. Taste is even worse, a real drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, a little dirty, moderate to large frothy sandy colored head, heavy lacing.   Earthy aroma, a little soily, mushrooms and bark.   This one is a little odd.   Part of this smells like stale air from a tire.   Has a woody aspect, and I dont mean like Oak, but moreso like actual bark or fallen logs.   This is certainly different.   I really wished it had a little bit of sweetness.   Seems slightly dry.   Backside has a large soily/earthen aspect.   It actually might be more plant like.   If this is supposed to be a Pale Ale, its wildly different from anything I have ever had.   Somewhat reminds me of some of one of the Hitachino beers, somewhat like Cedar but in more of an earthy aspect.   The body and mouthfeel on this one are fairly moderate.   Doesnt appear to be very hoppy, but certainly has a malt aspect to it.   I am having a hard time with this one... its not off flavors, its just very different.   I am all for something new, but this is a little out of bounds for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle to taster. At Levis. From notes. Pours hazy, light straw in color, with a white diminishing head. Aroma is fruit, peach maybe, and lots of belgian yeast character. Bit of astringency on the tongue, but mostly yeast and some hop bitterness. Full bodied. Decent, but not what I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear brown with a whipped bone head. Nose is pastry dough and yeast with a touch of Band-Aid. Resiny with a foamy mouthfeel and a medicinal finish. Taste is funky sweet and sour orange and grapefruit turning to Chloraseptic. Manages to be cloyingly sweet and bitter at the same time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
bottle, i think from kan. pours glowing amber anise dandalions, yeast, fl big yeasty character moldy floral citrusy weedy messy just not very fun

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6061) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Opaque brown, and many particles. Cloves and spices, and lots of yeast. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5876) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Received 22-oz bomber via trade with 5000. Pours a hazy amber brown colored brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of mostly yeast, spiced Ivory soap, apples and a hint of caramel. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of Belgian yeast, mild spice, cloves and a hint of caramel. Finish is semi-dry with a medicinal spicy aftertaste that slowly disappears.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Pours copper with a beige head. Odd nose. Yeast malts earthy band-aid/rubber essence. Bitter earthy hops yeast sweet fruit rinds. Aroma kills it. This one must be infected. blah. 4/4/7/3/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Aroma is a bit bizarre - quite spicy. Flavor is weird, and I do not like it. The commercial description is probably as close as anything I could come up with, and yet it is not really like that. I have never had a beer that tasted like this, and I can see some people liking it, but I am not those people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Amber ale? Deep Belgian aroma, with some spices. Taste is belgian mostly, with a touch of spice, and a clean finish. Not simple, but fairly delicious. Nice brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2010

Yeast and soap. Surely there was something wrong with this bottle. Instant drain pour.

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