I dithered for quite a while trying to decide which beer to drink last night. On the one hand it didn’t really matter since I can’t taste anything at the moment anyway (sinuses) – on the other it mattered quite a lot for that same reason.
Then I remembered that I had a couple of Epic Pale Ales left over from the weekend. I’ve drunk enough of these in my time to remember what they taste like, so decided I could still give a decent description even if it tasted like sweet FA.
I first had an Epic Pale Ale at the Malthouse – two or maybe even three years ago. Before that I didn’t know what hops were – let alone what they tasted like, and this was my first formal introduction. I’m not sure I liked it immediately – it was a little bitter I think, but everyone was drinking them and so I found myself doing the same. Sure enough that weird bitterness grew on me, and before long I was knocking back pints of Armaggeddon without batting an eyelid.
I hadn’t drunk a lot of this beer since then – usually going straight for one of Epic’s hoppier offerings instead – until I noticed at the supermarket recently what a bargain they are. A four pack is about $15, so at $3.75 per bottle they’re the cheapest beer to appear on the blog so far. Sure, you can get about a million Steinlagers for $20 at the moment, but if you give a toss about flavour then this is the better deal.
This pours a pretty gorgeous colour – clear and ruby-tinted gold, with a foamy white head.
Even through my inflamed sinuses (TMI, I know) I can smell the hops – the APA kind which always brings the colours green and orange to mind – pine, citrus, marmalade, toffee. I remember thinking in the weekend it smelled of honey, too.
The taste is similar – with the bitter hops jumping excitedly on a soft bed of malt, fruity flavours and a clean, dry finish. It’s totally delicious and easy to drink, so it’s a good thing they come in packs of four…
While I know it tastes like all those things, last night it tasted like soda water which made me realise just how dulled my tastebuds really are. For that reason it’s safe to assume that the Hennepin I drank on Monday is probably a lot more exciting than I realised, so I’ll be trying this again when I get down to Wellington in a few weeks.
Hey look, that’s my 50th post! Only 315 to go! *self-congratulatory fist-pump*