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Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company

Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%

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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Photo of thebarnesbomb


3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 02:53:34 | More by thebarnesbomb
Photo of champ103


3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:20:20 | More by champ103
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 03:31:34 | More by chinchill
Photo of bobhits


3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 02:24:11 | More by bobhits
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 18:12:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 02:35:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:30:47 | More by Teleweizen2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 10:01:30 | More by tbeckett
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:58:25 | More by drabmuh
Photo of illidurit


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 08:36:34 | More by illidurit
Photo of Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 16:45:53 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of notchucknorris


3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 22:56:56 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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..

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:00:59 | More by 05Harley
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 13:47:30 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of heygeebee


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 07:08:23 | More by heygeebee
Photo of bierguru


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -

S -

T -

M -

O -

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:30:21 | More by bierguru
Photo of Timadae


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:34:55 | More by Timadae
Photo of digr


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:00:52 | More by digr
Photo of Seanibus


3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:36:08 | More by Seanibus
Photo of srandycarter


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:23:56 | More by srandycarter
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 15:15:29 | More by SawDog505
Photo of bark


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell is fruity and bitter. Oranges, grapefruits, apricots, bitter herbs, pine needles, sweet fruit candy. Hints of poppy seeds, Eau de Cologne and roses. Very elegant.

The colour is gold with a tint of amber, the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is off-white and compact. It sinks quickly leaving some lacing.

The taste is sweet with flowery and perfumed flavours. A fine fresh and refreshing bitterness emerges as well as hoppy flavours of citric fruits, pine needles, fresh cut wood and sour fruit candy. Hints of kiwi fruits and lime. The aftertaste is more hoppy than bitter with dry notes of green bananas, sour fruit candy, green apples and grapefruit peels. There are some sweet malty notes, but they are very discreet and just there for the balance. Do I trace a hint of caramel malt? The finish is elegant with some dried fruits and dry banana peels.

The carbonation is strong, the large bubbles are fresh. The liquid is a little light for the style.

A high quality and fresh American IPA. I would like a bit more aftertaste and perhaps just a tiny more bitterness. Better with Indian crusine than on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:26:29 | More by bark
Photo of nataku00


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a wine glass. Beer poured a clear orange with a finger of off white soapy head. Head leaves a lot of sticky lacing as it dissipates. Very active carbonation, plenty of tiny bubble streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is decent, mainly bitter grapefruit peel and pith, with some lighter sweet orange, and some fresh pine and grass hop aromas. Just a faint caramel sweetness as the beer warms a little.

Taste follows the nose, bitter citrus peel and pith with both grapefruit and orange, fresh pine needles leaving resinous bitterness on the tongue. Middle of the mouth has a good malt presence, caramel and lightly toasted grains. Finishes dry with light citrus hops.

Light to medium body, but heavily carbonated with prickly bubbles on the tongue. A nice beer IPA from the southern hemisphere.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:23:10 | More by nataku00
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow colour with a great generous white soapy head. Hoppy aroma, apparently Nelson Sauvignon. Easy mouthfeel, with tastes of orange,tangerine, melon. Very smooth IPA. A tad of acid in the finish, but not a big distraction. By far, best I have had from Autralia or New Zealand. Very drinkable superior IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:19:29 | More by Sammy
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharp and citrusy, this IPA shares resiny pine notes with a backdrop of caramel and graham cracker maltiness.

Armageddon pours with a medium true-amber color. The beer's carbonation fuels a creamy, sticky foam stance with an ordinate amount of lacing off eggshell white foam. With a modest haze, this is a prototypical IPA look.

Sharp pine and juicy citrus are the aromas that dominate the rim of the glass. Light acetetone alcohols and spice/caramel notes remind me of fruitcake and rum. But keep in mind, the nose of the beer is driven by the hops.

Again, the hop profile supercedes the malt in taste with a sharp resiny bitterness, bright citrus taste of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. This showcase for hops are buffered only by enough maltiness to prevent the beer from a one-dimensional hop character. Malts provide the same caramel/graham cracker taste that was exemplified in the nose. Still, alcohols take on the flavor of nail polish remover and seem to be bitter and bitey.

Subtle creaminess early turns to a fleeting and hoppy-dry finish, ushered in by evaporative cooling and alcoholic warmth. Minty, grassy, and sharply bitter in the end, the beer's dryness is amplified by the flavor/feel of thinning alcohols.

An assertive IPA that has all the halmarks that's asked of an IPA. Where it excells in the fruity/hoppy aromas and taste, it digresses in the alcohol flavor and feel. Any hop head would feel at home with this beer in their glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 04:30:55 | More by BEERchitect
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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.