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Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company

Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA

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Ratings: 188
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 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 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 JohnnyRay

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I loved the marketing for this beer. It poured a clear orange colour with two fingers of frothy white foam. There was low retention for the head with some lacing down the side of the glass, and no carbonation.

The smell was not strong with floral notes and a hoppy aroma.

The taste was a balance of sweet malts and bitter hops.

A great tasting beer well worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 09:50:40 | More by JohnnyRay
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Killer beer that really shows NZ to be in the forefront of hoppy beers which is a change from the way they brewed 5-10 years ago. The hops come off the nose with mighty aplomb and the taste is sheer hoppiness with a solid malt backbone. This beer is very drinkable and yet shows some complexity as it opens up. Not many North American IPAs match this beer for both quality and hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 03:30:26 | More by canucklehead
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden/copper, thumb of white head settled at half a finger with bubbles rising from the bottom
S - citrus and fresh greens, bubble gum, mild florals and grains
T - leafy greens and bubble gum flavours prominent up front, followed by a floral bouquet, light multi grain cracker maltiness, finishes clean
M - light body with pleasant carbonation, crisp and clean with light bitterness and medium dry finish
O - pleasant and refreshing IPA with a nice mellow mix of hop flavours but retains and nice balance, well worth seeking out ... plus the ABV is the number of the beast!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:42:37 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Full tight white head billowing up 2 fingers and leaving plenty sudsy lacing. A rich gold clear ale that shows just a few lazy streams of bubbles slowly raising...sunshine in a glass.

S: fresh floral and citrus rind chased by sweet malts. A nose full of sweet floral fragrance reminiscent of amber perfume, with notes of sweet caramel and musky woods. Amazing smell - if it was bottled I'd wear it as perfume, happily.

T:Front notes of bitters, grapefruit rind with pine and fresh cut grass. Malty notes on the back end that balance bitters out to allow the bitters shine through brightly and balanced with malty richness.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The alcohol esters help spread the floral and citrus bitters around the entire mouth

O: Wonderful balance between bitters and malts that allows the fresh floral scent and flavour to shine through. The floral presence and sweet caramel is intoxicating and alluring, much like perfume - delicate with warm notes underneath - expertly balanced to draw the drinker in.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:32:11 | More by FondueVoodoo
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New York

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:19:49 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:37:32 | More by Rutager
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Alberta (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:53:44 | More by biboergosum
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with orange brown tinge, filtered low visible carbonation, 2 finger slight yellow head. Nice frothy foam.

S: Ciutrus hops, spicy hop heat, typical American IPA reminding me of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo. Dry, a bit of caramel malt.

T: Hopy, citrus hops, spicy hops, dry finnish. Nothing outstanding, balanced and smooth, bitter linger. A good old American IPA.

M: Medium body with a somewhat resiny bitter linger. Medium carbonation.

O: Delicious, smooth, novelty beer in Canada or US, so was glad to get my hands on one. However the style is widely available in other brands, and I would say it in itself is not outstanding, just great, but way overpriced at $10 a bottle where I got it in NC.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:00:09 | More by patre_tim
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/1/13

A clear golden copper with lots of tiny bubbles throughout, two fingers of off white foam that stick around for a while ending up as an island with a couple thick tings of lace

S nice tropical notes, passion-fruit, lemon, guava, pineapple, and a slight floral aspect with a hint of sweetness, I'm loving the nose on this one

T some faint pine and some lime on top of what I smell, a little rind opposed to the fruity flesh on the nose but it still works very well, faint caramel but it's mostly tropical hops

M light bodied for the style but the tiny bubbles work well, a nice mellow bite and a lingering rind pine finish

O it smells amazing and I have very little to complain about elsewhere, My glass was empty by the time I typed these words and I could easily take down another bottle or two

I've had great luck with Kiwi IPA's and I hope that trend continues, pretty stoked to see this brewery on the shelves here in Alberta, I'll be drinking this again

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 06:32:32 | More by wordemupg
Photo of brureview


4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:12:10 | More by brureview
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 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 StJamesGate

New York

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale brass with just a finger of loose white froth that leaves speckles.
Incredible fresh hopsack nose with resiny tangerine.
Mango and papaya, some baguette, and singing, oily clementine skin hops with a bit of spruce.
Orange Swedish fish finish and herbal linger. Medium, sticky, round.

Big, sweet and fruity IPA with incredible freshness. Doesn't overplay the IBUs or the heat. I don't know how they get tropical fruit out of just English malts and US hops - is that a kiwi trick? Fairly dry and a bit tinny, which gives a clean, hard candy edge to the citrus.

A proper IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 17:13:09 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of VelvetExtract


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a blushing orange. Head dies off and now sits as a thin patch of white froth. The minuscule head does laces with much consistency. Body is transparent. Bubbles rise slowly and rarely from the bottom of the glass.

S-Big whiffs of candied citrus. Has a herbal component too. Quite a lot of sweetness. Sweetness is also complemented with notes of oily pine. Uniquely hopped but pretty balanced. Maybe this is a bit past its prime?

T-The flavor is a bit of an upgrade. There is a very intense dose of medicinal and bitter pine hops. Hints of onion too. Behind the medicine and pine is a sweetened candied citrus hop layer. The sugary citrus is followed by some dense maltiness. Rich caramel. The hop profile is unique. I thought that there surely would be some Nelson Sauvin in there but I looked it up and its all US varietals. Strange, but nonetheless, the hops deliver an individual taste.

M-Full bodied for the style. While this ale doesn't look all too carbonated, it nearly aggravates the tongue with its aggression. Bitter and resinous. Dry. I naturally tend to partake slowly with this one.

O/D-A unique imported IPA. I really thought the hops expressed themselves in a tasty and standout manner. However, I was not a big fan of how the malt ticket was constructed. The sweet and bitter conflicted and bickered. Take the hops from this and meld them with a more agreeable malt backing and this would be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 14:06:20 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head really on a crystal clear golden orange body. If it had a head this would be near a 5.

S: excellent candy sugar, maple syrup, grapefruit and pineapple citrus aroma.

T: fresh herbs, grass, light pine, hints of sweet citrus up front but the more tart and piney flavors take over quickly but the fruity sweetness remains in the background. Little malt presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one has lots of hop flavor and is very drinkable. Nice sweet and pine interplay.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:23:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles rapidly, but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pungent hops and sweet, caramel malt with notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with some pine hops. Clove, orange, and more pine hop notes in the middle with caramel and toffee malts. Finishes with more pungent pine and citrus hops as well as thick malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the hops and pungent and bright with a surprisingly strong and dark malt backbone the belies the light color of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 01:23:11 | More by nickfl
Photo of ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, floral, and spicy hops with some caramel and lightly bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malt. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and tropical hops, spicy hops, bitterness, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great hop profile with good bitterness and great overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 05:07:17 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow in color with some hints of orange and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that has very good retention properties - leaving about a quarter finger covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grafruit hops with some lighter amounts of floral and tropical/pineapple hops.

T: This beer has a light body of caramel malt sweetness with a huge amount of hops flavors. The hop flavors are primarily grapefruit/citrus with some lighter notes of floral, spice, and tropical/pineapple. Tastes very fresh and there is only a light bitterness which does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable and very approachable IPA - super easy to drink. I will likely grab another of these the next time I come across it at the store as it is pretty close to sessionable for an IPA. Great flavors and smells.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:59:01 | More by dbrauneis
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 pisano


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: slightly hazy light golden orange with half finger off white head that quickly dissipates. the beer becomes clear as it warms and there's some spotty white lacing on the glass.

s: light citrusy hop aroma with strong malt and some yeast.

t: very citrusy. good balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. not overwhelmingly hoppy, as it should be for an IPA. bitter on the finish with lingering flavors of tangerines and lemons. awesome.

m: light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

o: great, highly drinkable IPA that i could definitely drink as a session beer. if only i could get it around here more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:31:34 | More by pisano
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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
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 15:50:55 | More by stewart124
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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
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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.