An Epic beer label generally has inside jokes, references to popular culture and memes (we like to have fun, be a bit silly, but clever at the same time. Tasting notes aren’t always that valuable, as it is so subjective, and you can find plenty of peoples thoughts about taste online on beer rating websites.)
** EPIC MOSAIC IPA **FRONT OF LABEL “One Trick Pony” was a comment made by Phil Cook, Beer Writer of the Year 2012 in a blog post
about the fact Epic only brews hoppy beers.“One Trick Pony” was appropriate for this beer (Zythos at the time) as Epic was releasing another IPA, which give the range two IPA’s at the time, so the coining of this tagline was now perfect.It has now become a series of single hopped beers. The recipe stays the same, with just the hop varieties are changed. Hence you are able to taste Zythos and Mosaic side by side and focus specifically on the hop varieties, like wine.Mosaic is a brand new hop variety, released from the 2012 US Hop Harvest (we had to go on a waiting list to be able to get an allocation at harvest time). The first beer Zythos was at 6.0% abv, Mosaic is 6.1% abv, next time it will be 6.2% abv. Unicorn in the shield – a unicorn is a horse of course, so theres the pony connection. Sparkles on the label – to create a kind of Mosaic effect using new technology. Epic was first to use it. (follows the trend of using the latest technology in label production, i.e. Glow in the dark Hop Zombie label). SIDE PANEL & TEXT “… the blue pill
” – reference to the movie The Matrix
. “… kick-ass facial horn” – see Narwhal Song
on Youtube. “… neutralize the poison” – “Unicorn horn has the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.” – Wikipedia. “… no virgins needed to tame” – Unicorns could only be captured by a virgin – Wikipedia. “Alicorn
” – the substance a Unicorn horn is made of. THE SYMBOLS Many of the bottles have symbols on them, with references to varying things. The little cat (felix the cat?) looking thing is actually an “Imp”, a term given to brewer Luke Nicholas by beer writer Neil Miller (as a term of endearment?) as he is refers to Luke as a small and mischievous brewer. Double hop flowers, from a Hop Lovers Unite website/facebook page. Unicorn, pretty straight forward. Three dots and two lines? Well we can’t tell you everything.