Beer Reviews – June 2010

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Epic's 825 State Stout and Hopulent IPA. Photo: Dave Newkirk

If this is the mother fucking beer issue, then why don’t we cover some beer that is EPIC? There is no other brewery in the state of Utah that has a name that warrants that level of urgency, so I’ll be reviewing a few brand new brews from the recently opened Epic Brewing Company. These brews are just a glimpse of Epic’s full line up, check out slugmag.com for an extended version covering Epic’s full line up of brews.

825 State Stout
Brewer/Brand: Epic Brewing Company
ABV: 6.0%
Serving Style: 22 oz Bomber
Description: This oatmeal stout pours a deep ruby brown to black color with a nicely receding head that dwindles down to what a stout ought to be. The aroma is a collection of perfume“y” chocolate, coffee, sweet candy-like malt and a dry astringent bitter. The taste opens up into well balanced roasted flavor with hints of burnt chocolate and an overall sweet rounded flavor yet finishes dry.
Overview: If there is one style that I would say I am a major critic of, it would be stouts, and the 825 is a damn fine stout. It does not have that heavy-roasted astringency to keep the novice drinker away, and it had just enough sweetness to make you crave some more.

Hopulent IPA
Brewer/Brand: Epic Brewing Company
ABV: 8.5%
Serving Style: 22 oz Bomber
Description: With a loud hiss, this double IPA pours a hazy copper-orange color and a nice fluffy white head. The aroma initially gives your sniffer a punt of hops, but upon further smelling, you are given soft herbal and citrus notes. The flavor packs a punch of intense hops, but after your palate has been destroyed, you get softer floral and spicy hop notes that finish with a sweet malt body.
Overview: If you are a hop head in Salt Lake City, then look no further than the Hopulent IPA. It still has that dominating hop punch that will satisfy your fix for lupulin (hop oil), but has an amazing floral hop character to make a stand-alone brew.

Intermountain Wheat
Brewer/Brand: Epic Brewing Company
ABV: 5.0%
Serving Style: 22 oz Bomber
Description: This hazy straw-colored American wheat opens you up to a nose full, where you get a kick of lemon zest, a touch of floral hops, a malty sweetness and just a pinch of sulfur. The flavor is well balanced, with a definite presence of lemon, citrus accents from the hops and a well-balanced malt body.
Overview: This one will be a summer thirst-quencher to have out on the Bayou patio. And fuck the need to have your bartender get you a slice of lemon, this brew already packs enough citrus to keep it as is.

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Epic's 825 State Stout and Hopulent IPA. Photo: Dave Newkirk