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Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA

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108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 244
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 26
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: smithflipper on 08-16-2009

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.
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Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a generous head, an inch at first that settles to about a centimetre of a off-white, tight bubbled cloud. It seems to have structure it stands up so well. The body is a slightly hazy golden orange.

The smell is a big hop kick, with big pine/resin notes and then subtle fruit and citrus coming through. Amazingly pleasant and clean.

The taste has more of the fruitier hop nots coming through at the start, I taste two fruits, one I can't put my finger on, and then passionfruit behind it. It starts of with fruit flavours, then the bitterness of the hops comes through, cleans out the mouth to leave a fruity after taste.

Mouthfeel, drinks well but leaves the mouth a bit sticky. Not unpleasant.

Drinkability, I would love to drink this constantly and at 6.66% would easily be able to.

Amazing beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately clear, gold colour. Big, creamy white head. Okay retention with the head dissipating to a 7mm layer.

Big, prominent hop aroma. I get lots of floral, perfume-like notes. The background has hints of pine and white grapes.

This is great. High hop flavour with the floral notes really coming through. A high hop bitterness is present but not overbearing. Malt flavour is low but the malt profile is sufficient to hold up and balance the hops. Strong lingering bitterness in the dry finish.

Smooth and medium bodied, the carbonation is enough to help deliver the hops without being too high. A bit of hop-derived astringency is present but it may be a case of a little bit being accentuated by the dryness.

A great, hoppy beer with lots going for it. Pity about the price.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The clear amber lurks below a two finger head. A nice lace follows it down the glass.

S - Big hop nostril awakening aroma of pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Lovely.

T - Wow! Super hoppy but nothing harsh about it. Apparently has a 60 IBU rating (same as SN Torpedo) but has more smack to it if you ask me. The same tropical fruits abound, with apricot, pine and a slight nuttiness in the malt.

M - A moderate body with just the right carbonation levels. Slightly oily.

O - A super sharp turbo-hopped IPA. Possibly fresher than the American counterparts that Ive tried thus far but my favourite of the big and bold IPAs to this point.

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Photo of ADZA
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light see thru amber colour with beautiful carbonation that leaves a two finger creamy head that looks very dense with only a few craters here and there and lacing everywhere,the aroma is unbeliveable and it has to be to get a 5 with me but i mean the aroma is very strong and very inviting with smells of hard boiled candy,pineapple,strong passionfruit,stonefruits,freshly cut grass and some other nice smell that i quite cant put my nose on but it is definately a nice smelling beer,it has a nice full mouthfeel with the hard boiled candy and pineapple first on the palette followed by a gentle bitterness which i think is nicely smoothed out with the use of the malts that they used and the ABV is very well hidden,i am definately impressed by this beer and just hope my bottleshop has more left as i only bought the one and am now regretting doing that.

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Photo of HipHop5
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a long absence from my beer reviews, I have found a beer that got me back out of my hibernating bear mood.
I was looking for this beer for a while.
During Mexico holidays vacation I receive an email alert from my local specialty beer vendor in LA Wally's. I call via skype and reserve few bottles with great joy anticipation.

It pours a very bright orange golden color in a tulip. (glass ware is extremely important for this beer, as it's fragrance deserve respect)

Solid head that retain for short period with mild lacing traces on the glass.

Amazing complexity of citrus and earthy pine needles mixes with light berries caramel cotton candy malt sweet aromas. It changes with warmth into earthier/mustier notes. I am salivating:)

Taste very close to it's aromas. Hop grind on first sip that fades into a luscious hop flavor of rare intensity and complexity. Extremely floral, the citrus grapefruit and a light touch of passion fruit cuts through the caramel malt foundation quite extraordinarily, living a extra super dry finish that screams," one more sip,just one more sip". Can't get enough of this brew. The carbonation is a bit high but escape this miracle beverage at the perfect ratio to first, open up the taste buds to the hop acidity, then round up the tragic but delicious last bit of it, to live you with a tear at the corner of the eye knowing that this is beer is rare and a financial investment for the average wallet.

Epic has created, not only a great and potent IPA, but also a object of desire that awaken both sense and intellect with it's name ARMAGEDDON (we are in 2012 after all :) and its evil 6.66% abv.

Hopheads, you know what to do! Beer lovers, don't think about it twice when you see a bottle at your local vendor.
IT'S A TREAT, and you deserve it. Cheers.

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Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super clear deep golden color. high carvbonation with large bubbles their way upwards through the beer. stable, thick, frothy just off white head. not much lacing, but good otherwise.

big hoppy aroma as expected from this style and this brewery. citrusy, maybe tangerine? malt is definitely there as well making this pretty bold on the nose.

wow. no doubt this is a super hoppy beer. bitter from start to finish carrying the rest of the beer on its back. enough malt presence to be able to pull it off too. big hoppy flavor flashes in the middle which is a nice find as it warms. great stuff. very clean finish and no fermentation or yeast to distract.

huge flavor here and its handled well, but finishes extremely lightly and clean and so so drinkable. maybe not the quite best ipa in the world, but ignroing that, this is bloody fantastic.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The scores give me hope that this will be an Epic IPA.

Pours a light gold with a legit head into my glass. I'm talking about a huge head! Wow.

Smells like a bitter on steroids: buttery, sweet with a decent whiff of hops.

Now this is what I'm talking about. The hops stand out as they should, adding a touch of pine resin to buttery, chewy malt. Is there a bit of mango/citrus too?

Mouthfeel holds up solid too with lingering bitterness and other flavors.

Much, much better from this brewery.

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Photo of Offa
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold, medium-big off-white head slowly steadily shrinks.

Aroma is very juicy and citrusy, esp. grapefruit, with some yeasty bread and faint raisiny element underneath. It is very bright and clean, and pleasant.

Taste is very juicy, minerally, leafy with raisiny-sweet bread dough underneath the zesty, juicy yeastiness and hoppy bitterness. It has nice balance and well-rounded character, a characterful and firm but easy-going IPA.

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Photo of matjack85
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this on the beer menu at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. I never saw a New Zealand beer on their menu before, so I decided to try it despite the high price. It comes in a big .5L brown bottle, but they charge $11 for it, so it's not cheap.

The beer poured a mostly clear and rich gold color with 2-fingers of foamy white head that lasted about 2 minutes and left splotchy lacing.

The smell was both hoppy and full of tropical fruits. I loved the smell of this beer.

The taste was malty sweet with plenty of fruits and plenty of hops for balance, but the interesting thing was that the hops weren't that bitter. There was only a mild bitterness to this one. I don't think I've ever had New Zealand hops before, but I liked how they worked in this beer. Cute use of the 6.66% alcohol content (666) in a beer called Armagedon, but the alcohol is barely noticeable.

Light to medium bodied with only medium carbonation, which I thought could have been higher.

While the price keeps it from being an everyday drinking beer, I'd recommend trying it every once in awhile as a treat to yourself. I've seen this beer on store shelves since trying it at Quencher's, and found the store price to be $9.99 a bottle, so the $11 bar price is not much of a mark-up.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle I bought at Lizardville into a pint glass. The beer pours quite clear, with a golden, slightly amber hue and a two inch white head that reduces with plenty of sticky lacing.

Has a fruity, peppery aroma, with a decent amount of citrus, pineapple, bergamot, hibiscus and floral notes. Very appetizing!

Starts with abundant bitter hops which fade to a flowery sweet middle, before ending with a dry, bitter white grapefruit pith finish. Considering this is an import from a brewer that doesn't have much of a presence in NE Ohio, the taste has remained quite fresh and hop-forward. Quite impressive.

Light to medium bodied, the IBU's in this are getting my tongue and gums tingling. The bitterness is enough to dry the tongue out, but not leave it tacky or with any negative aftertaste.

I am quite impressed by the quality of this beer. A solid, tasty, drinkable IPA, marked by its very floral aroma and taste and hopped finish. Although tasty and hoppy, it manages to be full flavored without being overwhelming in any way. An absolute must-try if you can fund it!

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Photo of juju7
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to the hype. Fantastic hit of tropical hops on the nose slowly gives way to some caramel malt in the background. Perfectly carbonated. Hop flavours gel very nicely with the malt. Mouth filling bitterness,good weight and an even finish. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of brendan13
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange hued dark golden colour with a couple of centimetres of fluffy white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - Citrus and slightly grassy pine hops on top of a bready maltiness.
T - An abundance of tropical fruit hops with some and some grassy touches and piney quality coming through at the end balanced by some sweet bready malt character.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. A very smooth bitterness.
D - Get it while you can. Easily the best non-American American IPA I've had.

On a side note I drank this while listening to the first few tracks from Jack's Mannequin "Everything In Transit" album. Just like the music this beer is very approachable for those into mainstream looking for something with substance.

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Photo of spicelab
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey colour with a hefty two-finger white head that leaves decent lacing as it slowly falls. Very attractive.

Strong whack of pine resin, followed by a citrus blast of orange and mandarin. Plenty of competition provided by a good dose of pungent toasty malts. Occasional very sweet lemon sherbet, spicy herbs and more measured honey aromas make for a lovely package.

Sticky pine sap and juicy grapefruit fly out of the gates, but are kept in check nicely by the solid malt backbone. The citrus fruits detected in the aroma are just as prominent. Spearmint and radicchio notes add another dimension. Shedloads of flavour.

Moderate carbonation and mid-palate bitterness. Doesn't quite caress the palette like the best examples.

Not massively complex, just an in-your-face and addictive collection of flavours and aromas. I've now had this about ten times and apart from a couple of bottles which have been a bit past it, I'm always taken by how loudly this screams "drink me".

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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a big dollop of white fluffy head.

Tons of pear and juicy fruit in the nose.

Crisp, clean IPA. Delicious esters of peered coupled with tangerine and mandarin orange that are followed with a earthy spice. Some light caramel notes but overall a lightly toasted biscuity malt character.

Dry finish with some spicy bite and lingering citrus.

Very delicious and easy to drink and I am glad I picked this up.

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Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter. Beautiful copper-red color with a two finger head.
Looks similar to some APA's.- like the Baxter brewing Pamola Xtra Pale ale in my tweeter pics(@thebrureview). It is brewed with caramalt and English pale ale malts.

The aroma isn't strong as other American I.P.As but has pleasant pine and citrus.

The carbonation is not overdone and suits the style well.

The taste stands out: pink grapefruit is prominent in the finish- a different grapefruit taste than other American I.P.As. It's easy to drink and I will try it again.Highly recommended. A singular A.I.P.A.

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Photo of sdderek
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Nose on this is awesome. Heavy pineapple with some hints of oak. Smells like it's going to have a heavy malt taste to it.

Very well balanced on the taste actually. I'm getting some bread, apricot, and grapefruit. Very nice.

It's a very unique IPA and that's tough to do these days. I'm impressed and would buy again. Price tag at $8.99 is a little steep, but worth the try.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label art is a nice twist on a traditional label. Big bold colors, (each beer has a different bright color and #). This one is 42.

Poured a nice golden color with a medium sized frothy beige head. Aroma is outstandingly fresh. Hop scent is piney, sweet and fruity. A previous reviewer used the word "tropical", which is perfect to describe whats going on here. Flavor is similar, but the malt support is more apparent. Slightly metallic finish. Feel is super smooth but tingly from the carbonation. This is super drinkable, the bitterness is nice but not out of control.

This is a delight! I'd say its on par with most of the great american IPAs we have over here and it may be the best foreign american style IPA I have had But because of the price I can't do this too often.

10.99 for a pint.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice smell of hops, citrus, pine and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of Nelson Sauvin hops (different from American West Coast hops), pine, orange, and malt. A strong character, but never off-putting.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied, slightly heavier than a typical American IPA.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared in two Sam Adams perfect pint glasses
2 fingers of thick head that leaves very nice lace.
good carbonation and clarity. color is golden straw.
nice New Zealand hop smell.
very nice floral taste that is balanced and leaves a sweet resinous feel.
very well made beer. would buy again.
I purchased at the Greenville Beer Exchange in SC. Thanks Guys.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a brilliant, crystal-clear golden orange with a big creamy white head that leaves splotchy lacing and hangs around as a cap for the duration.

Aroma is nice and sweet with pineapple standing out alongside the toasted bread of the malts. Maybe some additional grapefruit and oranges notes - definitely fruity.

The taste is also heavy with juicy fruits - this time the grapefruit rinds are more prominant and there is a more pronounced pine resin character with toasty malts in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and spot-on for an IPA for me.

This is a really fruity and complex version of a standard IPA. I'm really pleased with all the flavors and fruit with the fairly tame <7% ABV which makes it really drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.95 bomber from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Well, it had some sort of date code, but when I tried to wipe away some condensation from it, it wiped away too.

Bright shiny rich gold body with lively carbonation, topped by four fingers of rocky snow white froth.

Deep inviting grapefruit and orange aroma.

Solid sweet caramel foundation. Big orange and grapefruit builds on that base. Assertive bitter bite at the swallow that mingles and then outlasts the fruit through the aftertaste.

Solid medium mouthfeel carries the beer with a light carbonation.

Overall, a superior ipa which traveled from New Zealand (is that considered "down under"?)very well. Recommended.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a very clear gold-amber with a finger+ of thick white head.

Smell. Big juicy tropical fruits and some citrus rinds with a little clean toasty malt.

Taste. Nice citrus rinds and a little pine followed by juicy citrus and tropical fruits (but not very sweet). lightly floral hops and some nice dry toasted malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic IPA with some really nice tasting hops and not too sweet ...which I appreciate.

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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.