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739. Foundation Brewing Epiphany

Foundation Brewing EpiphanyFoundation 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. 
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.

726. Foundation Brewing Blaze

Foundation Brewing BlazeUntil recently Foundation only offered beer in growlers either directly from the brewery or at the Bier Cellar in Portland. This changed recently with the introduction of 750 ml bottles available both at the brewery and through select retailers. I picked up this bottle of Blaze at the brewery.

Blaze is Foundation’s hoppy saison using their house yeast with six different varieties of hops to create a very interesting beer. Appearance is an unfiltered orange with a nice off white head. Aroma is a mix of citrus/tropical hops and the spice from the saison yeast. Taste starts with the spicy saison then the hops come in with a nice juicy flavor.

The hoppy saison, Belgian IPA, hopped farmhouse ale or whatever you want to call it continues to grow on me but I still prefer a straight up saison or American style IPA.
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 68.5
Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: Vivid hop aromas, citrus, and tropical fruits meld with pine and spice. A touch of malt sweetness finishing with a smooth yet crisp bitterness. This is our marriage of classic American hop flavors with the fruity, spicy nature of our yeast. Honoring the tradition of a Saison, while exploring the spirit of the American IPA, this farmhouse IPA blazes its own path.

683. Foundation Brewing Wanderlust #1

Foundation WanderlustWanderlust is Foundation Brewing’s summer seasonal and their third beer released to distribution. There have been numerous other brewery only releases available for sampling but this is one of three that made it out to bars and restaurants. Both prior beers; Blaze and Eddy were excellent and Wanderlust continues down this path.

The beer pours a nice golden color and is slightly cloudy. A nice white head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity with the peach/mango that the brewer mentions in the notes below. Taste follows with the same fresh fruit flavors with almost no bitterness.

Wanderlust is incredibly drinkable and one of the best summer beers available in Maine. I really hope that Foundation starts packaging their beer in the near future as I would love to be able to pick this up at my local beer shop.
Pros: Flavorful, drinkable, low ABV
Alcohol Content: 4.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 26
Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: Wanderlust has a fresh aroma, reminiscent of peach and tropical fruit, and a juicy flavor highlighted by peach, mango and pine. The finish is crisp, dry, with a hint of sweet cereal grains, making it perfect for the warm weather we’ve been waiting so long for.

Wanderlust was first served in the tasting room in April 2014, and will be released for distribution in May 2014.

616. Foundation Brewing Eddy

FoundationFoundation recently launched their brewery in Portland with two beers; Eddy a saison and Blaze a heavily hopped saison. Both are excellent beers but I opted for a growler of Eddy partly because I was on a trip to 7 different breweries the stopped in and I knew I would be coming home with several growlers of beer. Eddy being the less hoppy beer should hold up better than Blaze.

Being a saison it has a small amount of funk from the yeast and almost no bitterness. It also has a crisp dry finish that works very well with food. Appearance is a nice light orange with a single finger white head. Aroma is earthy and very crisp. Taste follows with a slightly spicy, earthy flavor that finishes clean.Eddy is a beer that works well on its own or with a meal and I can see why so many restaurants and bars have added it to their draft list.

If you have not been to Foundation yet I recommend you make the trip. The brew system is truly impressive and Joel and John are both great guys. At the brewery you can taste both beers and possibly even some varieties of these beers and take home a growler of your favorite.
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Foundation Brewing
Brewers Description: Eddy is a farmhouse style ale, also known as a Saison.  Bright and lively, this beer is dry, light in body and color, but not in taste.  We add hops that bring herbal and floral notes that meld with the spice and fruit flavors of our house yeast.  These characteristics make for a beer that is delicious on its own or in the company of food.

While it is a perfect beer to enjoy with classic summertime fare such as lobster and seafood, Eddy’s refreshing bitterness cuts through the richness of more casual fare, such as burgers and pizza, making it an excellent accompaniment year round.