EPIC BREWING COMPANY
“David Cole and Peter Erickson are the founders and co-owners of Epic Brewing Company. Cole and Erickson, originally from California, started an international aquaculture company in Utah in 1992. In 2008, Utah law changed allowing these two entrepreneurs to pursue their longtime dream of opening a strong beer microbrewery in Utah, like those they frequented in the Golden State. Together, they have teamed with Brewmaster Kevin Crompton, formerly from Bohemian Brewery. Crompton has been brewing for more than 20 years (since 1994) and has brewed for three Utah breweries and another in Hawaii.”
BIG BAD BAPTIST: 100 Points
This Imperial Stout is available in limited quantities in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each season’s release uses a different dark roasted coffee.”
My Description: What first caught my attention was just how ridiculously smooth and flavorful this beer is, it is a work of art. This beauty begins with a large, dark beige colored head with a great retention level that leaves behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is welcoming and entrancing with deep dark chocolate notes along with oak, coffee, and a touch of smoke. Big Bad Baptist is medium/full bodied with a moderately low carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is complex and highly satisfying. The big dark chocolate notes from the aroma take center stage in the taste with the wonderful addition of dark fruits. A woodsy presence throughout as well as hints of coffee add character and the whisky flavor is subtle but definitely detected. The alcohol is beautifully hidden, hardly being tasted and the aftertaste is moderately bitter bringing an overall perfect balance. This beer is rich, delicious, and excellently crafted. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Tiramisu, grilled lamb chops, or baked duck with raspberry sauce.
ABV: 12.2% Color: Black Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4/10
BRAINLESS IPA: 89 Points
This Belgian IPA is released in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Our Brainless® IPA pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of innovative brewers. The fruity Belgian yeast and powerful American hops relentlessly tease your pallet.”
My Description: This is a good beginner beer for those who’ve never had a BIPA because overall it is calm and not overly bitter. It begins with a good sized, off-white colored head with a retention level that holds most of the way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is interesting because even though there are big grapefruit hop notes there is also an apparent Belgian candi sugar presence that comes through. Some pale malt notes and tropical notes like mangoes add to the complexity of the aroma. Brainless IPA is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile doesn’t have as much yeast notes as I’m used to in a Belgian IPA. There are hints of yeast spices and a slight tang-like presence but that’s about it from the yeast. Citrus hops and some fruity hop notes take center stage but these are also not too potent. This beer is very mellow in the flavor department; there is some malt sweetness and a moderately bitter finish but nothing in your face. This works for when you’re in the mood to have a smooth ale that isn’t overly complex but still satisfies. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with smoked sausages, sharp cheeses, or coconut shrimp.
ABV: 6.6% Color: Murky Golden/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10