Category Archives: USA

Epic Los Locos

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.8%
Style: International Pale Lager
Other Notes: Mexican-style Lager, lager with lime and sea salt added

Brewer Description: (from can) Take the beach with you anytime, anywhere, and skip the LIMES. We’ve already done the work for you. A squeeze of natural lime juice and a touch of sea salt make this Mexican-Style Lager bright, a little tart, and perfectly refreshing.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.49
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. The only thing I see is on the bottom of the can “5507, up in smoke”. Poured into an Epic pint glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy, golden straw pale yellow colour with a just less than one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malt, corn and a dash of lime.
Taste: Lightly tart, sweet malts, lime, corn and a hint of salt.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Light and easy to drink. Another good hot summer thirst quencher.

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Epic Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from can) We’ve combined the clean, puckering tartness of kettle souring with an abundance of juicy, citrus-driven hops to create a beer that’s the best of both world’s – Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, with no canned on or best before date “welcome to the party pal”. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange copper colour with a two finger off white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart-ish, tropical juiciness, jammy, fruit compote, lychee, apricot and peach with hints of mango and orange.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, apricot, apricot compote, half ripe mango and only hints of citrus fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and drinks easy. Could be even more sour considering it has the name ‘sour’ in it, but the tropicalness is refreshing.

Epic New England Style IPA (Pulp Addiction)

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: “Praise the haze”

Brewer Description: (from website) These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from lupulin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops then our tanks can even hold. Our New England-Style IPA rotates through different recipes as and hop charges as we source new and interesting hop verities. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, with no canned on or best before date “doctor’s orders”. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice hazy mango orange colour with a just over one finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Lots of orange, orange pulp, orange juice, orange rind with hints of cantaloupe and maybe even some lemon liqueur.
Taste: Lightly juicy, lightly bitter, orange pulp, orange rind, apricot, cantaloupe with hints of mango.
Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not bad and quite refreshing, but not quite as juicy as some of the best NEIPAs.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2018 Edition

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 9.6%
Style: American Triple IPA
Other Notes: Distinguished yet devilishly hoppy. 65 IBUs. Malts – Two-row Pale, Wheat and Flaked Oats. Hops – Crystal, Ekuanot, Strata, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic and Loral

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Every year, we try to top ourselves by making the hoppiest, most intense and most flavorful IPA we can muster. This year, we chose the most flavorful hops and pushed them beyond their limits in this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hoptimum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, packaged on 18th May 2018. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber colour with a just over two finger off white head with great retention that left behind some nice lacing.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit rind, orange, lime zest and light caramel malt.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, candied orange and a light booziness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Looks great with good aromas. Taste was also nice but it would’ve been even better if the light booziness could be hidden behind the pine or fruit. Having said that, it is a Triple IPA, so you do kind of expect it to be strong.

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez with Lime & Agave

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.9%
Style: German Gose
Other Notes: 6 IBUs. Malts – Two-row Pale and Wheat. Hops – Magnum. Others – Lime and Agave

Brewer Description: (from website) A well-balanced, tart, and refreshing ale. We combined the classic flavors of lime and blue agave nectar in a tart gose-style beer for the ultimate answer to the heavy heat of the day. The bright lime flavor helps wake up the palate while the mild sweetness of the agave rounds out the tangy zip of the citrus fruit. Light and refreshing, this all-new Otra Vez will have you calling for another round.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, packaged on 9th May 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy, but mostly clear golden colour with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention, but only left sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, tangy and tart, lime, hard candy, agave with a hint of wheat.
Taste: Like the aroma, it is sweet, tangy and tart. It’s got your classic hard candy flavours, and then imagine the flavours mixed. Lime comes out on top though with a light saltiness to balance.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: To be honest, I don’t remember what the original tasted like, but I enjoy this version. The flavour is right up my alley, and overall it was just clean and super refreshing for my palate especially on a hot summer day like today.