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Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 243
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 26
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 thebarnesbomb
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, let's see... Like waiting for a your new Russian wife at LAX to step off her flight, only to be greeted by a troll that takes tolls at the county bridge. All the way from New Zealand and Raul had high hopes! But those hopes were dashed with a caramel mess.

No, it's not a bad beer, and it's flavor profile is fairly clean. It's just 'copperish,' malty, 'caramely,' sweet... Not this players idea of an IPA.

Raul ain't feelin the All Blacks on this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a bright crystal clear orange with two fingers worth of white head. leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S - the dominate aromas are of orange and grapefruit. some medicinal cherry like notes and a touch of candy sweetness.

T - the candy sweetness hits the tongue first followed by notes of bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind. there is a touch of fruit esters in the back with a boozy finish.

M - the mouth feel is rich. medium bodied verging on full and a light carbonation.

O - overall a decent take on an America IPA but a little too sweet for my taste to make this a repeat.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with this dude that always shows up wherever I am. Beer is orange / peach colored, hazy with a nice white head, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is malty, earthy, piny, hops. Good.

Beer is heavy on the palate, malty, earthy, grinding sulfur hops, sweet malt backbone, decent but not great. I enjoyed it, would have it again but there are better IPAs.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Guy411 I think. Pours a clear gold with an orange highlight and a filmy white head. Aroma is bright and tropical, reminiscent of Simcoe or more likely Nelson. Breadiness is a little too prominent, probably due to a bit of age. Slight metallic note as well. Light pale malty flavor up front with a decent amount of mango and piney hops. Bitterness is very solid. A get a slightly vegetal note in the finish as well as a hard water note. Obviously a great beer when fresh, this is closer to just 'good' now.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at Churchkey. Served in a stange.

Pours a golden-peach color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some very nice tropical fruit character and a bit of citrus. The flavor is lightly-malty and has some faint tropical character. Nothing too over the top. Light body with good carbonation and moderate bitterness. Well done.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear dark golden color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Looks pretty solid.

S: Some nice citrus and candied citrus notes. Tangerine and candied orange with some pale malt in the background. Faint mango and herbal hops.

T: A bit of a citrus hop bite right away. Grapefruit pith and some orange rind come first. Then a smooth wave of malt that has a touch of caramel. Finish brings a touch of hop resin. Not bad, but not something I'd probably go after again.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours gold with a bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving some slight lacing

S-hoppy with some malty sweetness

T-hoppy, citrus notes, and a nice malt backbone to balance out the hops

M-slightly thick

D-very drinkable and smooth

Overall, this is a good beer that I am glad I had the opportunity to try, but it doesn't stand out in the world of ipas.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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..

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Photo of bierguru
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Timadae
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with nice amber golden colour and frithy head that quickly reduces.

S- Impressive citris and herba notes on the nose with a hint of piney hoppines.

T- Huge in the mouth with big flavours of herbals, citrus, pine and quite dense maltiness.

Really Expressive beer, one big fan here.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw - one finger pillowy head, some lacing, a few large bubbles slowly rise.

Aromas of pine, citrus. Strong aromas, good stuff.

Taste is a balanced mixture of hops, citrus, pineapple, lemon, pine and some dryness. ABV of 6.6 holds well, and despite indications of hop-bombness of Epic brews, it's not overpowering. Nicely carbonated.

Good beer, but not worth the $15 price tag, sadly. Overall -1 point for that

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Photo of doktorhops
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After being slightly jilted by their Hop Zombie, which purported to be the hop monster it was not, I was hesitant to “make it rain” and lash out another $17 on a bottle of Epic Armageddon IPA. But then that little voice in my head said “Get it Doc, they must have a brewed something big enough to quench your massive hop thirst” and with that I queued the sound of money flushing down a toilet and bought another Epic beer.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a hazy amber body with a nice dense-packed 1cm white head. Looks like a very tasty American Pale Ale, a tad lighter than a standard IPA though. 7/10.

S: Damn! Once again Epic have brought a brilliant hop bouquet to the table with a trifecta of pine resin/tropical fruit/floral hop notes blasted over a light toffee base. The tropical fruit represented by this brew are the papaya (with guava) characters that I noted in Hop Zombie, continuation of a great theme IMO. A superlative aroma, easily ten out of ten! 10/10.

T: Again the hop promise is great but the delivery leaves me wanting... too much concentration on aromatic rather than flavour hops perhaps? Regardless there is an obvious imbalance between setup and payoff with mild pine/citric hop flavours and an even-handed toffee malt base. The finish is a medium citric bitterness (your usual American IPA has a much higher bitterness) and there is a slightly citric bitter after taste. Considering the hop aromas noted this IPA falls well short of where it should be but is still an alright brew. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense but fizzy carbonation. 6/10.

D: Epic need to sort out their hop bill, or their process for hopping their beers if they want to play with the big boys in the US (aka Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, Founder’s, Brooklyn, etc...) as there is a definite disparity between the aroma and flavour of their hops. Disappointing in a way because I want the antipodean brewers to show the world just how great we can be at everything we try our hand at, and we’ve done that with wine (and now whiskey) - let’s do it with beer too! Oh yeah, you need to bring the price of your brews down in Australia Epic [like they even read my blog]. 7/10.

Food match: Thai/Vietnamese is a classic match for a hoppy IPA, this one isn’t overly hoppy but will still match well with those cuisines... had Korean for dinner tonight and that would have matched this to a T.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty, though it finishes lighter than I'd expect for the style.

Pours clear golden with a fully white head that develops slowly and falls quickly. The aroma is sticky and piny. The flavor is strongly citrusy and piny, mostly hops, with a varnish-like top note and a little toasty malt on the bottom. The beer comes on strong on the first taste but fades to a weak finish, bracketed by a sharp, piny bitterness on the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is a little prickly.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light clear honey, near white head leaves fast. Lots of spotty lace.

S - Grapefruit, juicy, malt as secondary.

T - Lush fruity front, malt in center, bitter at end.

M - Medium body, fair coating, good carb.

D - Very, very drinkable! Just a fun beer to enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of digr
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hop hazy IPA golden / golden brown liquid with a beautiful thick billowy white head.

S - Definite hop aroma, maybe a slight spice note. Definite malt aroma as well. I think I am detecting some Maris Otter and / or English style yeasts.

T - Taste is interesting. Lots of hops, strong, sort of like an american IPA, but with a certain ...tang. Definitely English malts in there. Taste is good, but I am not convinced it is balanced. Maybe a bit too bready for the hops. There is also a residual sweetness. This makes the over-all taste IIPA like.

M - Mouthfeel is good, solid but not too thick.

D - Pretty good, maybe a but too much on the IIPA style for easy drinking.

This is an interesting beer. Yeah, it is definitely an America style IPA on the thick end with a bit of an English character added as well.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tullys in Wells Maine. Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a attractive yellowish orange, the sticky white head is the highlight of the look. Nice citrusy smell. Wish it was a little less sweet on smell & taste. Solid body, on the fuller side. Very solid IPA, little pricey.

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Photo of ARoman
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/30/2013*
20 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. The aroma is initially doughy with some pine spice and citrus. As it warms up, and the head fades, caramel and bread scents dominate. It pours a sparkling clear honey-gold color with a fluffy, white head. The head is soft & creamy and dissipates relatively slowly. The head also presents a nice lacing - more so as it warms up - evenly distributed around the glass; consisting mostly of small lace with some medium lace which runs down when the beverage is cooler, but sticks at room temp. The hops’ bitterness comes through strongest on the sip, with some caramel malt sweetness in the undertones - the caramel malt becoming stronger near the back end of the pour. The lively carbonation is present throughout the glass along with the citrus and pine notes from the hops. The hop spiciness sticks around through this drier drink with a thin, soft mouthfeel; it leaves behind a resin aftertaste that lingers, but has a very refreshing / cleansing feel. Overall a very refreshing and pleasant IPA.

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