Epic Brewing Company (NZ)
Formerly brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
We have set out to wilfully maim and cripple the palates of the most extreme hop head. This act of wanton destruction is in the true spirit of what festive brews are about, to create something unique and fun. It is our intention to create a violent and needless disturbance in your olfactory senses. The riotous confusion, from the unnatural quantity of dry hopping, will leave your palate satisfyingly violated after having just one taste. Only the brave can be assured to tame this hop insanity.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (1548) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 Another excellent hoppy ale from the good folks at Epic. The only problem is the internal competition - it is intense - and there are a couple of their other brews I rank higher. Not something Id ever turn down though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2015 Color ambrato carico con un velo di schiuma biancastra poco persistente. Sentori di caramello, albicocca, biscotto e malto dominano aroma e sapore iniziale, al quale fa seguito un retrogusto fortemente luppolato ed erbaceo con un finale amarognolo persistente. Corpo medio, effervescenza debole, struttura parzialmente oleosa. Buona, ma molto "standard" e non eccessivamente complessa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2013
Sampled at omhper, thanks. This is a nice balanced beer with nice hoppy aroma and taste. Give me moore.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
floydian1 (1432) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle (500ml) with expiry of 14/11/13. Appears copper-amber with a fluffy cream-white head that shows good retention and lacing. Strong fruity aromas of pineapple, apricot, orange, cherry plus hints of vanilla. Substantially fruity palate with a big resinous dry hop finish that lingers. Lots going on here but still very smooth and drinkable. A lovely APA well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (630) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 14, 2013
UPDATED: APR 18, 2013 There is a note in the aroma and taste amongst all the peach and citrus that, to this noob, instantly makes me think of East Coast. Its a very dark green note, a young conifer smell or something. Im not sure whether its from a specific hop or just from having a shitload of hops in general. The top-end sparkles nicely and has a good amount of air in the cymbals, but the bass and mids are slightly malnourished.Throw a bass and a low-register woodwind like a basoon into the mix to get a bit of warm wind among the pines and this beer will be closer to a 5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2013
500mL bottle. Pours deep blood orange with a small offwhite head and an amazing stone fruit (cherries/peach) + toffee aroma. This beer has a very complex flavour. Perfume, citrus and herbal notes all mix extremely well with the evident darker malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
planta (1) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Best to be drunk from a Spiegelau 350ml beer glass(like a big wine tasting glass) to release its full potential, one of the worlds truly great APAs. We are so lucky to have such a great selection of robust, flavoursome, interesting boutique beer like this in New Zealand. Not a beer for lionredcoronadbheinekenbecksgrolshspeightsmacs lovers - just too much flavour for those poor souls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2013
Solid beer. Good hop presence and a lovely rolling bitterness. This is not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (841) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2013
Ruby brown with an aroma of hops! hops! hops! and some malt. Taste is bitter bite like a hoppy ipa. Some malt character in the midst of the big hops. Lingering bitterness. Feels like a less quality arrogant bastard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from slow beer. Pours a golden with a disappearing white head. Lots of floral hops in the nose. Some apricot and grapefruit in there too along with Biscuit malt. Taste is quite malty with an apricot sweetness. Low carbonation. Easy drinking stuff. More of an ipa than a strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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