DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2010
Copper coloured with smallish white head. Smells fruity and very hoppy. Flavour is like a bitter American hop fruit-salad. Surprisingly easy to drink despite it’s bitterness. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a foamy off-white head that lasts a little while and leaves a bit of lace. Heaps of resiny hops on the nose with notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel and lime. Flavour not as big as the nose suggests, but compared to most Australian/Kiwi beers, it’s still a heavyweight. The caramelly malt is a little stronger in the flavour and is balanced very well with the hops, plus a hint of spice. Smooth mouthfeel, with medium carbonation and a lovely, lingering bitter finish that incorporates a little sweetness. Overall this is a great beer, hopefully it will become a permanent addition to the Epic stable. Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2009
Pours amber with a tinge of orange & huge rocky snow white head. Big crystal malt on the nose backed up by a big old whack of citrus & pine (cascade?). Very American & calling it a strong pale ale is very apt, tending to an ipa but not quite. Carb is quite lively. Again the caramel/toffee from malt is dominant, integrated with medium/high pine & citrus hops. A big change of pace from the great Armageddon but this is very good in it’s own right! Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 First rating Oct 2009: Crystal malt aroma, tangerine and candied peel. A lick of grassiness and even a whiff of German yeast? There are phenols on the nose also, but that is mainly to do with the beer having beer brewed 8-9 months before the tasting.
To taste: orange juice and mellow malt characters. Not the brutally heavy impact of flavour I was expecting. It would have been interesting to have tasted a younger version (due out soon) as this one wasn’t mayhem at all.
Just a bit tired this one. (Awarded 2.6 initially)
Re-rating May 2011: Appears coppery with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, but clear and appealing. Scents of grape, grassiness and the signature Epic hops. Also smells of lovely amber malts. Tastes brassy, grasy and classy. Sweetish with a citric acid tang. Critically speaking, there isn’t alot not to like but it is hard to pigeonhole. There’s a big, enduring finish of copper and bitterness.. Satisfying. DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
A special beer for my 2500th rating. Bottle. Pours a bright orange amber with a densely foamy orange-tinted head that leaves behind plenty of lace. Very fragrant fruity hop aroma, lots of citrus pithiness, passionfruit, mango skins, and a slightly sharp note that reminds me of fresh kelp. All of this glorious hop character rests on a plaform of sweet toffee malts. Boldly flavourful with a very bitter finish. This would be made better with a few shovelfuls more malt in my opinion, to create a bigger body in relation to the hops, but it is a terrific beer regardless.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2009
Draught. Pours amber with a medium off-white head. Huge hop aroma...grapefruit, passionfruit, lychee, grass and caramel malt. The flavour is caramel malt, grapefruit, berries, lychee. The malt bill is well balanced with the hops. Medium bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel but can’t help wanting another one. Great beer. sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2009
500mL bottle from Eureka in Dunedin. Hop explosion once the bottle is uncapped.
Hops present as grapefruit, passionfruit and orange peel.
Love the extreme bitterness...
Amazing zesty orange flavours with a toffee malt base that can barely tolerate all the hops.. Awesome.
MOAR! TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a large foamy off white head. Nose is flooded with fresh fruity hops, cut grass, and a hint of malt in the background. Not nearly the frontal assult of hops on the palate, a lot more cleverly melded with a malt that is caramalish at first, and then more chocolately in the finish. The finish is peppery and slightly puckering dryness. Like a suped up version of the Pale Ale. rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2009
Pours a brilliant gold with a fluffy white head. Big floral aroma of citrus with a huge hit of lychee. kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle bb 01/10 ?
Clear red brown with good head retention.
Aroma of nz saaz,peach and rose petal.
NZ saaz flavour followed by crystal malt background,rose petal hop in the background. Unusual finish of dryness then sweet oily hop, alcohol seems higher than label.
Overall a nice beer, needs more bitterness to balance out the nz saaz hop