Friday, September 9, 2011

Epic Brewing Company -Armageddon IPA; Lager; Pale Ale; Mayhem

This is the Epic Brewing Company of Auckland, New Zealand (easily confused with the brewery of the exact same name in Salt Lake City, Utah).

Armageddon IPA - This beer is 6.66% ABV (according to their website, this is the number of the yeast).  It pours an orange copper in color with a creamy, bubbly, foamy head that is off-white in color.  The aroma is fruity and spicy, stone fruits and rye bread, floral, slightly sweet.  The taste is floral, somewhat fruity, the spicy rye note is there, slightly sweet, malty in the back.  I bet this is incredible fresh on tap in New Zealand.  There is no dating on the bottle, but my guess is this loses something on the long trip from New Zealand.  Due to this, it is interesting but not worth its high price.

Lager - This 5.0% ABV beer pours a pale golden straw with a whirlwind of carbonation and an inch of foamy white head that leaves layers of lacing down the glass.  The aroma is slightly sweet, floral, grassy, some citrusy fruit, malty grain and a bit of straw.  The taste follows the aromas directly with a bright and clean finish that has just enough bitterness to keep it crisp.  Despite its high carbonation the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy more than biting carbonation.  This is an excellent lager.

Pale Ale - This 5.4% ABV beer pours a hazy orange-copper in color.  There is a half inch of foamy and sticky head that is off-white in color and leaves light to medium sticky lacing.  The aroma is fruity, cherries and plums, on a malty,scone-like base.  There is a slight spiciness as well.  The taste is fruity, malty and slightly funky.  A solid English-style pale ale, but not exceptional.

Mayhem - This 6.2% ABV beer pours a hazy orange brown with a short head of off-white, somewhat creamy foam.  The aroma is malty, rye-like and sweaty socks/vomit minus the acidity.  I really do not like the aroma of this beer.  The taste is malty and a bit fruity, with some of the nasty funk from the aroma, but not as apparent as in the smell.  I'm not really sure what this beer is trying to be; a strong pale ale?  It is not very much to my taste.

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