mkel07 (5980) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2010
500ml bottle. Heaven in a glass. Coppery teak colour with a red tinge when held to the light. Packed head that is bone to beige in colour. Hop aromas jump out of the glass and assault your nostrils with a sweet molten caramel aroma. Piney hop flavour is a little different but in a good way. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2010
I’ve seen this beer on the shelf a few times but I’ve avoided it considering that it’s being imported from New Zealand and I live in Kansas. Still, I saw some today and figured I’d give them a shot. 17 ounce bomber. Pours a light amber to golden blonde with an impeccably clear appearance. Huge frothy two inch head. Impressive aroma; I have the beer sitting next to me and I am getting a clear whiff of hops - the glass is roughly 2 feet away from me. As the head dissipates the lacing is very clingy. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops with some light skunkiness in the background. Slick mouthfeel with some nice mild bitterness. Light to mild carbonation. Flavor is hops, up front. Floral hops abound up front, and there’s a nice spicy pepper note in the middle of the beer, with lingering grapefruit in the finish. The malt profile is there, as you get breadiness somewhere in the middle before going back to hops. Where this beer breaks the rules is in the finish. I get this amazing caramel sweetness aftertaste, completely the opposite of what I expect when drinking a pale ale. Outside of that, the malt is subdued, which I like. It’s a nicely understated counterpoint to all of the hops - and make no mistake, hops is what this beer is all about. More specifically, Cascade. Full Disclosure: I actually listened to an interview with Epic’s brewer, and he stated the beer was only made with one hop - Cascade, which is just crazy. There’s so much going on with the hop profile that you’d swear there’s more than just that hop in it. But no, it’s just Cascade. The best thing about this beer is how clean it is. It’s super clear, very clean on the palate, and amazingly crisp when drinking. One of the best Pale Ales I have had in a very long time. That’s not doing it enough justice. One of the best beers, period, I’ve had in a very long time. Very impressive, especially for New Zealand. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Copper with overcarbonated bubbles rising in a constant stream. Really nice nose, assertively hopped ,but the flavor can’t match up. Oxidized, more of a eurostyle hop bitterness that doesn’t work as well at this intensity than do some of the more familiar US west coast hop varieties. Malts aren’t doing much here, just along for the ride. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber pour, small white head. Citrusy hops, some caramel sweetness, and grassy somewhat like tea. It’s alright, pretty refreshing. ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
a nice hoppy pale ale, although not quite as hoppy as the mayhem or the armageddon. much nicer than the lager.
ilovebeernz (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2010
I was actually a little disappointed with this beer the last time I tasted it. The punched had seemed to gone out it. It is still a nice beer though, and certainly one of the best commercial pale ales in New Zealand. The limited release beers from Epic are a much better bet. bmeup (679) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2010
Very good pale ale. Subduded leafy grass and nice hoppy taste. Look can’t really get over excited but am tasting these in order. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2010
Bottle. Clear bright amber. Nicely hopped aroma is balanced by big sugars from the malts. Smells much like an old school American IPA. Has a slight booziness that seems out of place too. Smooth palate makes it go down well, with light carbonation. Thin, light body. The hops are green and leafy, but the body is too light to carry such promising flavors. Is refreshing though! Oakes (17680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
Light bronze. The aroma is green and woody with cascades and a little bit of caramel. Soft body. Moderate bitterness. A little bit woody. Ok, but neither the bitterness nor the brightness is enough to truly compete. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2010
500ml bottle courtesy of Kristina from Wlv... Pours ruddy medium caramel brown with a medium soapy white head... Aroma of catty, citrus and fruity new Zealand hops coinciding with some papery caramel malt. Maybe somewhat medicinal in nature... Flavors improve a bit with some robust fruity hop flavors with less of a malt profile. Hints of tangerine and other citrus notes and finishes on the earthy side with very little bitterness. Pretty quaffable overall.