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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

217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.2%

ShaunSimpson, Apr 20, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

ygtbsm94, Jun 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

kscaldef, Aug 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

brother_kenneth, Jun 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

largadeer, Nov 09, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my time in Australia, I was really looking forward to trying this beer. New Zealand is known for some excellent and unique hop varieties, and my hope was that this brew would be a culmination of the best that the kiwis have to offer.

Well, I was unfortunately wrong. Split a bomber/longneck with my mate at The Wheatsheaf in Adelaide. My excitement quickly faded after the first sniff. Although fresh cut grass is a good thing in a hoppy beer, this was more of an old mound of grass clippings. The taste was basically the same as the nose, and I couldn't get over it. I guess I can't be too disappointed; there are other outstanding beers to be tasted in Australia/NZ.

thebarnesbomb, Apr 21, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but dull golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms and recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Resiny, perfume like hops. Tree sap and pine aromas. Fairly oily and slick. Not much else.
T: Big resiny pine/sap like flavors along with some peppery spice. Slick, oily, and soapy. Some grainy malt tries to make its way to the front in the finish.
M/D: Medium carbonation but viscous, resinous, and overly oily. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

A fairly standard IPA as far as I am concerned. Lots of resiny hops for the hop head if that is your thing. This will probably not be a repeat purchase for me.

champ103, Dec 18, 2011
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

BillMueller, Mar 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

aztraz, Mar 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Paige, Sep 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

NathanJoyce, Mar 30, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw like color with a nice amber hue. Loads of carbonation racing up from the bottom to a nice fluffy 2 finger but somewhat thin head.

Citrus and piney hops on a caramel and almost bready sweet malt nose.

Piney hops, citrus hops, and a strange malt that I'm not used to. The alcohol somewhat poorly finishes the flavor giving a somewhat off putting flavor that works to give this a dry finish. The malt really doesn't have a big role here. The hops and alcohol work together to just completely dominate this beer.

Dry well past what is needed for this beer. Extremely harsh in the mouth after a somewhat pleasant opening. This is well carbonated and has the right amount of body but this beer finishes poorly.

It is certainly a hop heads beer, all others stay the hell away. There are no other redeeming qualities to this extremely harsh and bitter beer. Thankfully, I'm a hop head and I'll enjoy every drop of this.

bobhits, Oct 22, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in may, so freshness was undoubtedly an issue here. light copper to honey colored ipa, frothy white head, and mostly clear. the nose is mostly bitterness in this one, with some resinous hops and a thicker malt body. the flavor must have faded a lot, because i get just a bit of hops, but more just stale grain and bitterness. the whole thing really doesn't have much flavor at all until the finish, which is pine and bitterness all the way, with a very full body. my problem with this, and a lot of beer from new zealand, is that by the time it gets here, its fading, and given that new zealand grows some amazing hops, its a let down in these hop forward brews that we never get them in their prime. this one falls into that category, and is probably so much better at the source. still, not a bad brew and worthy of a try.

StonedTrippin, Feb 08, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

mikeburd1128, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

pester, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 12-30-2010
Courtesy of a friend; brought back from New Orleans.
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Honey colour with once finger of thick, bubbly white head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Bitter citrus hops initially, followed by floral notes and a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. After a while the nose becomes extremely sweet and the hops fade in to the background.

T - Sweet malts dominate the palate. The hops provide a good amount of bitterness and some light floral notes. Very malt forward overall.

M - Medium body; slight chew; lightly carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

threedaggers, Feb 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

jaidenjb, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

HankC, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Hultkrantz, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stoked to see this on the shelves in the fridge at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a light copper/golden colour. Bright with a two finger fluffy white head. Bright with good rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple.

T - Fresh tropical fruit, juicy hop fruitiness, some pine in the middle. Seemed quite tame for the style in that all the flavours were present, but presented in a subdued manner. Very mellow.

M - Some good bitterness, good carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Good but I was expecting alot more. Nothing was wrong with it aside from the fact that it's strength, naming, hype made me think it would be much more aggressive and complex. I wouldn't seek it out. It was good, just didn't grab me.

tbeckett, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 21, 2013
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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.