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Epic Armageddon IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 22
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Sammy, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this New Zealand brewery's wares showing up here in the triad of NC.Poured into an imperial pint glass a dull clear medium golden with just a hint of burnt orange,a nice tight one finger white head that settled slowly into a creamy mass.Great aromas,the cascade and centennial hops provide a nice mix of citrus and pine resin flare,a noticeable sweetish malt base holds thru as well.Flavors are simcoe all the way,quite bitter and resiny with a bit of tangerine-like fruitiness,its sharp as all get out.There is just barely enough caramel malt to keep it from being to bitter.Its a bit sharp but the flavors are just great,this beer shows me that brewers in the craft beer revolution around the globe want to emulate the American left coast style.

oberon, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -25.7%

largadeer, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listen I love IPA and I like most "epic" beers, quite the beergeek terminology. This IPA is solid all around it's hard to pick on it being the U.K.'s drunken cousin with a rap sheet isn't it hard enough to get by with that reputation. These guys who I first heard of through last year's DFH callaboration during the short lived Travel Channel Brewmasters series. As I pour this unique shaped bottle into my nonic pint I think to myself, why the fuck did I just spend 8.99 on a bottle of 6.66% New Zealand single IPA for 16.9 ounces. Well this is Ohio, and all of the Americans are using New Zealand hops in beers like Alpine Nelson, Widmer Bros even has a Nelson Sauvin hopped beer, hell Sierra Nevada has the Southern Hemisphere Harvest ale. It's time to try an IPA from New Zealand the motherland of Lord of the Rings, quite the "epic" movie series to go with this "epic" IPA. Alright half the beer is gone and I haven't even described it yet...WTF! Alright it's got a pale golden copper body with a bright egg shell white head flowing thick and dwindling or at least getting glugged down pretty quick. Fine speckled bands of lacing left behind, visually eye appealing in this "epic" bottle. Aroma, okay I'll give you a fair shake...citrus twang with a bit of funk slightly tropical in nature could even be called old sweat socks funk, either way it's effin' "epic". A bit of tart malts intertwine with the same hop description I've given you. Flavor has a hoppy...earthy funky tropical hop kick that will leave enough bitterness and cereal malts to leave this big guy from Ohio happy enough...a light golden ale in America could potentially have more hops but due to the delicate malt profile the hops in here come off "epic". Mouthfeel let's not forget that or the alcohol is 6.66% in an Armageddon IPA, GTFOOH! I just made an "epic" acronym for get the fuck out of here. Alcohol evident slight pine/citrus rind bitterness and hop oils leaves behind a pretty "epic" beer drinking experience, with a nice drying finish and moderate carbonation keep on chuggin'. Wait you want another pint point nine ounce bottle, that'll be an "epic" $8.99!!!

WVbeergeek, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

nickfl, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Wine source...enjoyed from a goblet, shared with tenderbranson69.

A beautiful copper tinged golden with great clarity and fast moving carbonation with small bubbles rising to a light cream cap which has great retention and fine bead. This is an IPA that screams NZ hops -smell of white grape from Nelson Sauvin is there with lots of tropical, fruity and floral odors...there is a sunny vibrant quality which has a hint of sweetness in the aroma but fruit is juicy smelling with mellow tangerine and subtle vegetal accents with some mango and perhaps passion fruit.
The feel is smooth in bitterness up front with moderately high carbonation and mild astringency levels. The bitterness creeps in mid taste and becomes slightly sharp but recedes toward the finish with is interesting how it peaks with mild acidity and nice backbone of malt but the finish is mostly dry.

I like the flavor of New Zealand hops in this, there is some tangy fruitiness with good malt backbone adding some sweet tinges to the mildly vegetal hops. The tropical taste is there with the white grape tanginess, mild mango and it gets more grapefruity toward the finish where the majority of the bitterness emerges in the back end. The malt never intrudes just supports the hop flavors which are potent and come off as a tangerine and citrus with the tropical notes secondary really. There is mild pine-like sharpness as it finishes hitting the back of the throat with some spice but in general the intensity is right on the money, no alcohol anywhere in the taste. This is one extremely quaffable IPA I tried to savor it, but each taste begs for another and The taste is just different enough from your standard west coast citrus bomb to really keep things interesting -juicy not overly bitter and super tasty!

Slatetank, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at West Lakeview. Served in a Surly pint glass. No idea about freshness - hope it isn't too old.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that dissipates slowly to a thin cap and a thick chunky ring. Big chunky fingers of lacing. The body is a transparent dark golden color.

S - This is definitely still fairly fresh - guessing it's maybe six weeks old. Tons of pine and dank, some light citrus rind, floral & grassy notes, and some tropical fruits (lychee?). Malt bill is decidedly West Coast in style, adding only some light sugar and toffee flavors.

T - Taste is very tropical fruit-oriented, with the pine and weed flavors pushed to the periphery. The malt character is again sugar cookie. Bitterness is present, but well attenuated.

M - This might be the weakest element of the brew - carbonation is a bit harsh and biting. Otherwise it's quite nice, with a refreshing medium-light body, dry finish, and enamel-coating oily hop resins.

D - I put back a half-litre bottle in about 20 minutes with no problems. Drinks like a bigger brother of Daisy Cutter, with the strong weed, pine, and floral notes. I will gladly purchase this one again, provided I can ascertain freshness. Glad to see another country bringing it on the IPA front.

MasterSki, May 01, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some streaky and spotty lace. Light amber color with a mild haze.

I like the blend of soft pale malts with a lightly floral hop. There's also some notable alcohol in the background.

Less malt and more hop to the taste. The malt is crisp and refreshing, featuring the tastes of paler grains than the color would suggest. The hop flavor is quick to show up. It's peppery with some grapefruit rind thrown in. The alcohol seems more muted than the smell indicates. Very high level of carbonation; makes the body seem thin

smcolw, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, merry Xmas to me from @laituegonflable.

Pours a deep coppery golden colour, bright enough to be called orange. Head is firm and full, and sustains itself for quite a while; a foamy polystyrene cap of surprisingly light white. Only small amounts of carbonation, and the lacing is sticky and full. Looks good.

Nose is big. Very big: a huge roundhouse kick to the nasal passages. Big American hop aromas of citrus and pine, very biting and sharp. I'm surprised in some ways, because I'd been expecting a big NZ IPA, but this is much more like the American style; full of Cascade, and possibly Chinook. Nothing of the new tropical-redolent Kiwi varieties. Still, it's incredibly intense and pungent, and the robustness is extremely worthy.

Pleasant bitterness on the palate, that stays straight and true right through to the back. Big bracing pine needle character with sharp and clinging hop oil on the back. I have to smack my tongue to get any sense back into it. Behind this, there's a nutty malt character, but it is well and truly under the thumb of the hops.

Feel is relatively light, but the clinging oily hop character gives it its own slickness.

There's no getting away from what the main event is here. This is a big and beefy hop-bomb, and it doesn't pretend to be anything else; it's not much point talking about balance or complexity here, this is a beer designed to be bold, brash, bitter and uncompromising. You have to give it credit for that.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1%

ejimhof, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing is more American than being able to choose whatever you want. And that I did for the 4th of July; I went Kiwi for beer. Another New Zealand IPA has hit shores, which means another on to the beer:

In a large tulip, this beer features a burnt orange color with semi-creamy foamm and good retention. Lacing quality is good and sticks as the beer is consumed. The nose is a fruit bowl with white grapefruit, kiwi, and white grapes stimulating the nostrils.

A little mellow, but still captures the drinker with its kiwi, white grapfruit, graham cracker, and hints of honey and orange. It looks like the fruit bowl reputation among New Zealand IPA's remain. Body is a little lighter than medium, somewhat creamy, and "relaxed" with the carbonation. You've heard this before; this is an easy drinker.

With its unique profile, Armageddon IPA is a worthy entry into the already crowded US market of IPA's. If you have a little money to burn, it's a good one to try.

DoubleJ, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -1%

afsdan, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A crystal clear twenty four carat gold brass buffed and shiny body is presented. Two finger off white clumped head looks good and stays solid. Slow rising carbonation from the bottom.

Classic grapefruit with mild apricot hop. Somewhat mushy. Mild sense of malt as well. Very nice and balanced.

Taste is a simple lingering grapefruit slow punch of hop action. At first sip a hunt of caramel bringing some malt thick texture, then kicks into classic resin and grapefruit. Not bitter at first but then oils pick up and lingering creeping citrus grapefruit comes just at the perfect time on the aftertaste. Even just a hint of bread crust on the end.

Overall a great friggin IPA this is my second Epic NZ beer and I am very impressed with them.

smakawhat, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
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
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.