Foundation Brewing came out of the gate with two solid saisons; Blaze and Eddy. Initially it seemed this would be their niche but they have since released a solid brown ale named Burnside and now with the release of Epiphany a straight up American Double IPA it is clear Joel can brew anything.
Epiphany uses a mix of Columbus, Cascade, Citra, Ella, Mosaic hops and clocks in at a manageable 8% ABV. For me this is a good ABV for a double IPA as you get all the hoppy flavor without the alcohol burn. Most of my favorite DIPAs are right around 8%.
The appearance is really the only thing I can find fault in with this beer, I like the unfiltered orange color but there was minimal head retention and little to no lacing. Other than that this beer is just about perfect with a sweet tropical / citrus aroma. Taste starts off sweet but those hops quickly jump in with a slightly dank and extremely juicy punch. Bitterness is there but not overpowering in the finish.
With the release of Epiphany you now have three great options for DIPAs in one building. Check out Catherine from Austin Street and Swish from Bissell Brothers as well.
Pros: Juicy and drinkable
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 85
Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: We indulged in our desire to create an IPA that personifies the vivid flavors that can be coaxed from the hop cone, painted on a canvas of soft malt that allows the flavors to shine through. Extensively hopped in the kettle and in the fermentor, we spared nothing in making this beer.
Epiphany was designed to showcase the glorious flavor and aromatics of hops without any astringent bitterness.
Citrus, tropical fruit and pine blend to provide you with a sublimely juicy hop experience.
East or west coast? No. This is a Maine IPA.