Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beer Review: Epic Ales Simple Ale

Shit yeah it's Friday
Style: American amber ale / red ale
ABV: 6.5%

Fun Fact About the Brewery:

I've been looking forward to trying some stuff from Epic for a while. It's a tiny operation run down in the SODO area of Seattle by expert homebrewer Cody Morris. According to the Epic web site, each batch is just one barrel (31 gallons), so most nerds would call Epic a "nanobrewery" since the term microbrewery gets applied to everyone from Alaskan Brewing to New Belgium. Places like Epic are super interesting to me because they get to experiment more with their ingredients and it's a much more personal product.


It has the smoothness of an amber mixed with the bite of a red ale. Very bready with a nice caramel malt. There are some various fruit flavors in there as well, most noticeably pear. You could compare it to Fat Tire or Mac and Jack's African Amber, but with a bit more complexity. It's pretty drinkable, but it does have a bit of a funky and odd aftertaste. Couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it wasn't that distracting. Overall, a very cool and unique take on an amber ale and I look forward to trying more of Epic's stuff.

Rating: 4/5

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