Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4.34/5 rDev +8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 03:53:44 | More by biboergosum
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3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Lightly hazed, golden colored body lays beneath a thick, porous bone-white head. Retention, lacing, and carbonation trails are light.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 01:55:50 | More by alphagnome
Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.