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Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

223 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the beginning, there was nothing. Then an impish brewer piled a ludicrous amount of hops into a batch of beer. This zymurgical big bang is Epic Armageddon, an apocalyptic assault on your preconceptions and taste buds. It may be too huge for this fragile planet so enjoy this beer like it was the last one on Earth.

(Beer added by: smithflipper on 08-16-2009)
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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 105 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows loads of fruity hops; heaps of rockmelon, peach, apricot, tangerine,orange blossom, lemon sherbet and confectionery. Not much is detectable underneath it all, except for a faint hint of crystal. Pretty amazing.
Flavours show more malt, at first it's a big, resinous, piney hoppy hit but then some crystal and light toasty malt shows. Some of the fruit remains, in particular tangerine and peach. Bold bitterness, but in no way extreme.
Great moderately high carbonation. Body could be a little richer.

CrazyDavros, Apr 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this New Zealand brewery's wares showing up here in the triad of NC.Poured into an imperial pint glass a dull clear medium golden with just a hint of burnt orange,a nice tight one finger white head that settled slowly into a creamy mass.Great aromas,the cascade and centennial hops provide a nice mix of citrus and pine resin flare,a noticeable sweetish malt base holds thru as well.Flavors are simcoe all the way,quite bitter and resiny with a bit of tangerine-like fruitiness,its sharp as all get out.There is just barely enough caramel malt to keep it from being to bitter.Its a bit sharp but the flavors are just great,this beer shows me that brewers in the craft beer revolution around the globe want to emulate the American left coast style.

oberon, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very clear, moderate carbonation, smallish head that fades rapidly leaving some big soapy like bubbles with a little lacing.

S - Great hop aroma right when you crack the bottle open, a good bit of citrus, a little floral, and a touch of sweet fruit.

T - Much like the aroma, lots of hop character, again mainly citrus with some floral and tropical fruit notes. The sweetness from the malt along with the tropical fruit hops reminds of me lychee.

M - Thin, very well attenuated, a little carbonic sting.

O - This beer shocked me. I was expecting some crap to be honest, but as soon as I opened the bottle I knew that was not going to be the case. Very much like a West Coast IPA, lots of hop character, still in balance, just a really good IPA.

steelerguy, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -0.7%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -25.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -0.7%

innominat, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +24.1%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hop bouquet, pours yellow to slightly orange with a fizzy white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice carbonation with an immediate hop bitterness. Some citrus notes balanced with some piney notes, an interesting blend of hops. The alcohol adds to the perception of bitterness and plays nicely with dry but lasting finish. Could easily rate this higher I suppose and would be a fine example of American IPA, but I will reserve that last star for my local brewers.

alexkeil, Mar 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BillMueller
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

BillMueller, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the only, if not the only international beer I liked at the SD fest. Went and had this, Sculpin and Del Mar Jetty numerous times.

Good light amber pour, good lacing. Aroma was wonderful, and made me do a double take. . . this isn't a west coast brewery, yet has the big west coast dry hop feel to it. Taste, equally amazing, feels slightly different than the usual Amarillo and Simcoe combo, might have some of those Nelson Sauvin's in there giving it that almost rye like feel to the beer. This beer is definitely the exception to the rule about non-American/west coast ipas.

I hear its real expensive stuff in the bottle, but I drank lots of it at a good price at the fest.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listen I love IPA and I like most "epic" beers, quite the beergeek terminology. This IPA is solid all around it's hard to pick on it being the U.K.'s drunken cousin with a rap sheet isn't it hard enough to get by with that reputation. These guys who I first heard of through last year's DFH callaboration during the short lived Travel Channel Brewmasters series. As I pour this unique shaped bottle into my nonic pint I think to myself, why the fuck did I just spend 8.99 on a bottle of 6.66% New Zealand single IPA for 16.9 ounces. Well this is Ohio, and all of the Americans are using New Zealand hops in beers like Alpine Nelson, Widmer Bros even has a Nelson Sauvin hopped beer, hell Sierra Nevada has the Southern Hemisphere Harvest ale. It's time to try an IPA from New Zealand the motherland of Lord of the Rings, quite the "epic" movie series to go with this "epic" IPA. Alright half the beer is gone and I haven't even described it yet...WTF! Alright it's got a pale golden copper body with a bright egg shell white head flowing thick and dwindling or at least getting glugged down pretty quick. Fine speckled bands of lacing left behind, visually eye appealing in this "epic" bottle. Aroma, okay I'll give you a fair shake...citrus twang with a bit of funk slightly tropical in nature could even be called old sweat socks funk, either way it's effin' "epic". A bit of tart malts intertwine with the same hop description I've given you. Flavor has a hoppy...earthy funky tropical hop kick that will leave enough bitterness and cereal malts to leave this big guy from Ohio happy enough...a light golden ale in America could potentially have more hops but due to the delicate malt profile the hops in here come off "epic". Mouthfeel let's not forget that or the alcohol is 6.66% in an Armageddon IPA, GTFOOH! I just made an "epic" acronym for get the fuck out of here. Alcohol evident slight pine/citrus rind bitterness and hop oils leaves behind a pretty "epic" beer drinking experience, with a nice drying finish and moderate carbonation keep on chuggin'. Wait you want another pint point nine ounce bottle, that'll be an "epic" $8.99!!!

WVbeergeek, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lumsden Freehouse in Auckland.
Clear medium-light amber body with medium carbonation and a very durable off-white head.
Aroma: hop forward, mostly floral with some herbal
Flavor: hop forward: herbal with a hint of weed. Mildly bitter aftertaste with some lingering herbal and floral notes.

Feel: near medium body; medium-light carbonation. .

O: OK but not worth seeking out.

chinchill, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of herbal and heavy citrus aromas. Also present are slight hints of pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of herbal and light pine hops. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens with moderate amounts of citrus hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer for the style with no faults, but nothing stood out as above average. A bit pricy, but worth a shot nonetheless.

glid02, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

richkrull, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of 05Harley
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Tulleys Wells, Maine

Price - $10.50/bomber

Pours deep gold with a huge soapy white head. Fairly long lasting retention leaving behind patches of lacing. The clarity is crystal clear showing lines of bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma is short lived with a mild floral hoppiness followed by pine. The nose is definitely lacking in fruitiness maybe due to the age of the bottle.

The flavor is lite with caramel and pine.

The mouthfeel is soft at first followed by a faint bitterness. Lite and crisp with a Good balance between hops and malts. Well carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall I'm a little disappointed after having read through some of the previous reviews. I can only imagine due to the age it's faded a bit from it's former self. The highlight here is definitely in it's appearance. The major downfall was it's price, ouch..

05Harley, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of imbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

imbuckeye, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. They had me at 'The Answer to Everything' banner, subtitled by the number 42 floating in hops. Then they had to go on about the Big Bang and one's last drink on Earth. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this kind of marketing. What, no suggestion for this as an ideal chaser for a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?

This beer pours a slightly chill-hazed pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of fluffy, tight, almost creamy dull white head, which leaves some sparsely-separated Joshua tree lace around the glass as it evenly washes away.

It smells of pungently fruity orange and grapefruit rind, with more than a touch of juicy flesh, leafy, resinous pine needles, bready caramel pudding, and a warming floral booziness. Delightful. The taste is more bitter grapefruit pith, orange zest, some swirling, muddled tropical notes, tamely astringent pine, crackery, bready caramel malt, some further mildly spicy hops, and a subtle herbal warming.

The carbonation is average - competent, supportive, and then see-ya, the body a sturdy, stout medium weight, and smooth in a spartan, tightly no-frills manner, the hops seemingly doing their best not to interfere. It finishes off-dry, the tropical fruitiness having as much to do with it as the understated caramel malt.

Zoweee! One zark of a well-balanced, yet still eminently hoppy IPA, one with the right heft and quite pleasant drinkiness, all the better to cushion you for things such as matter transference beams, or you know, just plain ol' falling down. Highly recommended, as the BIg Bang Theory is just about to start. Of course it is.

biboergosum, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow colour with a great generous white soapy head. Hoppy aroma, apparently Nelson Sauvignon. Easy mouthfeel, with tastes of orange,tangerine, melon. Very smooth IPA. A tad of acid in the finish, but not a big distraction. By far, best I have had from Autralia or New Zealand. Very drinkable superior IPA.

Sammy, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long-neck 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Efullgent pale amber-tinged gamboge body, clear and capped with a soapy finger of ivory. Rich sudsy lacing and decent retention.

Potent pine and orange zest aromatics with a touch of earth.

Potently bitter palate entry, full of pine followed by a wave of citrus. Faintly soapy malt with an herbaceous element in the long, fairly dry finish. Starts off like a "West Coast IPA" in many ways, but the lingering malt aftertaste suggests an English inspiration...

Medium-light bodied, lightly oily and moderately carbonated.

Maybe not the best value if you live in California, but I would be quite pleased to have this around if I lived in New Zealand.

augustgarage, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of alphagnome
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Lightly hazed, golden colored body lays beneath a thick, porous bone-white head. Retention, lacing, and carbonation trails are light.

Aroma:
Did someone just set up a Christmas tree in here? Hoppy pine, pine, pine, and more pine. Pine-cone, dry grass and tree bark, and light spicing. Perhaps a bit of sawdust - smells dry.

Taste:
Similar to the aroma - piney. Bitterness is potent and hits you right away and leaves your tongue tingling for the entire sip. Very earthy quality to the hop profile with a bit of oak. A slight sweet spike on the finish gives you a hint of tropical fruit, but is quickly subdued by bitterness while screaming "uncle!"

Mouthfeel:
Done dry. I typically don't mind a dry IPA, but I don't like being more thirsty at the end of a glass than I was before I started - seems counter productive. Body is pretty light and carbonation is spot on. Bite is nearly perfect as well - potent without knocking you off your feet. Adjusting the finish would help this one tremendously.

Overall:
A solid IPA, but far too dry for my liking. With a few changes, in my opinion this would be a force to be reckoned with.

alphagnome, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, shared at a recent tasting at Brasserie V - not sure where they even find some of these beers

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, golden-orange body, filmy white froth

smell: aromatic, floral hops, tropical fruit, citrus rind

taste: I really like Nelson Sauvin hops so i wasn't surprised at all that this new zealand ipa was great. Oily hop resin, tropical fruit, sugary sweet ruby red grapefruit, orange zest. very nice

mouthfeel: oily, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear gold colour. Moderate white head fades to nice layer. Good stuff. I dont really like clear beers as much in terms of appearance but this one is purdy.

Huge fragrance. As soon as I opened the bottle it pummeled my nostrils. Slightly different hop profile to most US IPA's but still very much in the style. Lightly fruity, grassy, piney. Really fresh.

Taste follows suit. Very nice fruity hops, with some sweet malt to support. Good bitterness. Very very classy example of the beer.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good for the style.

Very very good beer.

jbowers56, Dec 30, 2009
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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.