Brewed in celebration of Epic’s 15th birthday (out a little belatedly as the birthday was in December) as well as being the 2000th batch produced at the Steam brewery, so something special for sure. Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops punctuate the hugely rich malt aroma with resinous pine and eucalyptus, while the palate maintains a surprisingly refreshing rapidity and cleaner finish than the quantity of malt might suggest. That’s the long way of calling this dangerously drinkable. As an American Barleywine, it’s a lot more hop forward than the traditional English style, and as such it has a bit more going on while it’s still young (which is good for those like me with poor impulse control). Can’t wait to see what they come out with for the 20th.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
Hoppiness at Home
- Get Pursuit of Hoppiness home delivered $45.00 / year