Mjollnir (404) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2010
500mL bottle. Pours hazy gold with a small head that settles to a ring. Aroma of pine, some citrus and honey. Low sweetness, medium bitterness, lots of hops and a little bit of toast. Light-medium bodied, average carbonation, bit of an astringent bitter finish. beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2010
500ml bottle, tulip glass. More of those fantastic Epic aromas just a bit dialed down compared to the Armageddon. Wonderful moderate to heavy citrus, peaches, tropical fruit, pine, hop resin aromas, light caramel and roasted malt. Light amber/deep golden hue, medium off white fine bubbly lasting head, very good lacing. Bitter taste mostly with some sweetness and a hint of sourness. Palate is a bit average - slightly lacking in body - a bit thin, very notable dry finish, nicely carbonated. Epic say "You can only drink so many beers in a lifetime, so you better make each one count" and with that in mind although this was a good one I would go for the Armageddon if you want each one to count. KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2010
330 ml bottle
Aroma: Very clear, slightly aromatic resinous hops with a hint of lemon.
Appearance: pale hazy amber, fairly thick head with durable lacing.
Taste: No hint of sweetness, light to medium bitterness and just a touch of acidic sourness.
Palate: medium body, faintly sticky texture, lively carbonation and a long faintly astringent finish.
Overall: Nice to know you can get a good IPA in NZ. It is a bit pricey: 3.99 for 330 ml. I’d rather see it in 6 paks or 500 mls. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
500ml bottle. Pours a burnt orange color with a basically perfect thick fluffy frothy egg-shell colored head. Aroma is bright and citrusy, tea, pine needles, lightly biscuity. Flavor is much the same but like the IPA it is fairly light, not nearly as aggressive as the aroma, detailed hop profile but very light tasting with a weak malt profile. Medium bodied with a heavy water feel and sharp sparse sizzling carbonation, well attenuated and quite dry. Slightly light-struck, but overall clean and refreshing. ffranks (5) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2010 does not count
Nice amber colour, with a dense off white head. Aroma is the winner here... Pungent, piney, citrus, lovely. Slightly prick carbonation lends a slightly wrong note with the palate, and the malt gets a little lost. Notwithstanding, still an excellent beer.
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 1, 2010
Yep, much the way I rated LCPA, this one doesn’t need much in the way of equalizing. Fantastic beer, loads of hop presence. Great drop buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2010
Epic sure do love their hops; and this pale ale is probably the most balanced of their APAs. The huge hoppy resin and bitterness is balanced by a sweet fruit undertone; followed by an astringent finish that leaves you lip-smacking for the next sip. Very nice. bendybenbeer (39) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2010 Love this beer. Aroma is the thing here! Wow! Could happily just sit and sniff the beer...Appearance is great...Lovely light amber colour with a long lasting head. Taste, just great. Little bit of malt, with really lovely, lingering hoppy mid palate, and it really lingers too. For me, just a fraction too thin on the palate though, but that;s just me being picky... Bloody lovely drop... Just need someone here in Oz to make something similar for a lower price...
RE-RATE: I find that the palate of this beer is becoming thinner & thinner... Needs more malt character.... creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 One of my favorite go to pale ales. I love the complexity of this beer, despite the fact there’s only one variety of hop in this beer, US Cascade, the complexity and layers of hop flavour are even more remarkable. The nutty, bready British malt gives a lovely twist to the US hops. hawthorne00 (3945) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 Light copper, cream head. Big dry lemon zest and grapefruit nose. Medium bodied, a little chewy. Complex fruity malts are quite sufficient to balance the hops. A touch of Moroccan preserved lemon at the end. The aroma suggests its going to be just hops, but this has a bit more about it than that. It’s very good, but the parts don’t quite fit together for mine. [3.6]
[rerate] Small bottle. Gold, great off-white head. Maybe this is a tad warmer but there’s quite a lot more going on with the hop aroma - there’s a bit of pine and herbs to go with the citrus. Pretty straight ahead and very nice.