Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
10-17-2009 10:55:53 | More by IHasaFlavaFlav
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
01-06-2010 09:01:04 | More by dgilks
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
08-15-2011 01:36:38 | More by dansmcd
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
12-14-2009 11:05:06 | More by ADZA
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
01-02-2012 21:45:09 | More by HipHop5
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
02-08-2011 09:06:33 | More by joecast
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
03-25-2012 02:39:16 | More by Brad007
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
09-29-2011 05:10:14 | More by Offa
4.48/5 rDev +11.2%
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!
02-19-2012 00:52:06 | More by TheHoppiest
4.48/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
01-15-2013 02:12:10 | More by brureview
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
10-11-2011 06:44:08 | More by matjack85
Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.