Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Epic Brewing Company - Pfeifferhorn Lager; Spiral Jetty IPA; Mid Mountain Mild Ale; Capt'n Crompton's Pale Ale; Copper Cone Pale Ale

This is the Epic Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah (not the Epic brewing from New Zealand).

Pfeifferhorn Lager - This 5.3% ABV beer is part of their Classic Series and pours a golden yellow in color with a tall half-inch of thick and foamy white head that leaves sticky lacing of medium density down the glass.  The aroma is strong: grain, straw, and freshly broken stems of tall grass.  The taste follows the aromas, it drinks very flavorful, but still drinks easy.  The finish is dry, but not heavily bitter.  This is a really excellent American lager.

Spiral Jetty IPA - This 6.6% ABV beer pours dark golden-orange in color with a short white head.  The aroma is citrusy, fruity, zesty, with some maltiness.  The taste is fresh grass, zesty, a bit of citrus, over a grainy malt base, with a very bitter and dry finish.  Not super hop forward, but an interesting and refreshing take on an IPA.

Mid Mountain Mild Ale - This 5.0% ABV beer is release #6 from their Exponential Series.  The beer pours light brown and orange, slightly hazy, with a negligible off-white head.  The aroma is malt, caramel and plum fruit.  The taste follows the aroma, like a biscuit with jelly, and just a bit of bitterness on the finish.

Capt'n Crompton's Pale Ale - This 5.8% ABV beer is dry-hopped with Cascade hops.  The beer pours a glowing orange-amber in color with a short head of thick, creamy foam.  The aroma is hoppy, floral, somewhat grassy and bitter.  The taste is malty and floral, with an apricot jamminess.  The finish is moderately bitter, the mouthfeel is creamy.  This is a damn fine pale ale.

Copper Cone Pale Ale - This is release number 13 in their Elevated Series and clocks in at 6.0% ABV.  The beer pours a dark copper-amber-burnt orange in color, and somewhat hazy.  There is a short head of creamy off-white foam.  The aroma is malty and yeasty with a light fruitiness.  The taste is malty, slightly sweet, caramel, with a moderately bitter finish.  There is a creamy mouthfeel and an aftertaste of sweet dark tea with a touch of lemon.

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