Epic Wit Beer

Reviewed by on August 12, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company

  • Origin: Salt Lake City, UT, US

  • Rated On: August 12, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Witbier

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Epic Brewing is an American pan Rocky Mountain outfit, as they have operations in both Denver and Salt Lake City.  What we have here is part of their Exponential Series, a Belgian-style witbier (release #38 for those who want to know these things).

This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three chubby-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some defrosting windshield lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy wheat malt, underripe orange zest, edgy coriander and cardamom, a further hint of white pepper spice, and plain leafy, weedy, and fairly floral hop bitters.  The taste is bready and slightly doughy pale malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, some lemon, orange, and indistinct grapefruit rind acerbity, muddled earthy spice (coriander maybe the most prominent), faintly estery yeast, and more gentle weedy, herbal, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly robust in its thorough and palate-teasing frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the spicy and mildly yeasty essences seem to forget a number of their social graces here.  It finishes trending dry, the same characters from the mouthfeel holding onto the reins as we ride this one out to pasture.

Overall, a rather peppy and engaging version of the style, with the spices and fruit really bringing it on, like Donkey Kong, or whatever.  Refreshing, and quite easy to put back, especially as the past few days have definitely felt more like the dog days of summer.

Brady White

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