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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
91
outstanding

230 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 uustal
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, see through, orange/amber with a solid, yet quickly dissipating bright white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits and off the tree pine resin. Flavor beings with notes of citrus. Mostly grapefruit. Lesser tropical fruit flavors blend in. Not quite as pronounced as in the aroma. A balancing bready, caramel and hint of toffee malt is next before the agressive, fresh pine flavors give this one a semi-bitter finish. A nice, hop-friendly, Americanized IPA that survived the long trip to the states quite nicely. I could imagine this one being fantastic fresher, but holds up well.

uustal, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The clear amber lurks below a two finger head. A nice lace follows it down the glass.

S - Big hop nostril awakening aroma of pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Lovely.

T - Wow! Super hoppy but nothing harsh about it. Apparently has a 60 IBU rating (same as SN Torpedo) but has more smack to it if you ask me. The same tropical fruits abound, with apricot, pine and a slight nuttiness in the malt.

M - A moderate body with just the right carbonation levels. Slightly oily.

O - A super sharp turbo-hopped IPA. Possibly fresher than the American counterparts that Ive tried thus far but my favourite of the big and bold IPAs to this point.

dansmcd, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice translucent medium orange color, with a khaki colored finger and a half of head. Aroma is very nice: juicy citrus, huge resinous pine notes, plenty caramel malt notes. Not hugely bitter on the taste, but more sticky and resinous. Plenty caramel malts and soft sweet citrus. Feels medium bodied, good carbonation. Nice, solid IPA...from New Zealand!

EgadBananas, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of 05Harley
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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..

05Harley, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like a beer that costs $10.99 to celebrate #ipaday. Pours a beautiful honeyed rose colored amber with a two fingers of fluffy head and excellent clarity. The nose brings honeyed malt, sweet citrus, tropical fruit with kiwi (might be tricking myself), standing out along with lemongrass. The taste brings tropical fruit custard (wonder if sorachi ace is a hop very similar to the single mikkeller i just had recently), again slightly sweet honeyed malt, bright lemon along with light pine forest and finishes with a very pleasant hoppy bite. An excellent ipa that i would love to try knowing how fresh it was, though doubtful i would ever pay such a steep price for it again.

Trilogy31, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of sdderek
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Nose on this is awesome. Heavy pineapple with some hints of oak. Smells like it's going to have a heavy malt taste to it.

Very well balanced on the taste actually. I'm getting some bread, apricot, and grapefruit. Very nice.

It's a very unique IPA and that's tough to do these days. I'm impressed and would buy again. Price tag at $8.99 is a little steep, but worth the try.

sdderek, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of herbal and heavy citrus aromas. Also present are slight hints of pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of herbal and light pine hops. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens with moderate amounts of citrus hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer for the style with no faults, but nothing stood out as above average. A bit pricy, but worth a shot nonetheless.

glid02, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

SawDog505, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a brilliant, crystal-clear golden orange with a big creamy white head that leaves splotchy lacing and hangs around as a cap for the duration.

Aroma is nice and sweet with pineapple standing out alongside the toasted bread of the malts. Maybe some additional grapefruit and oranges notes - definitely fruity.

The taste is also heavy with juicy fruits - this time the grapefruit rinds are more prominant and there is a more pronounced pine resin character with toasty malts in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and spot-on for an IPA for me.

This is a really fruity and complex version of a standard IPA. I'm really pleased with all the flavors and fruit with the fairly tame <7% ABV which makes it really drinkable. Well done.

gford217, Jul 08, 2011
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 spicelab
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey colour with a hefty two-finger white head that leaves decent lacing as it slowly falls. Very attractive.

Strong whack of pine resin, followed by a citrus blast of orange and mandarin. Plenty of competition provided by a good dose of pungent toasty malts. Occasional very sweet lemon sherbet, spicy herbs and more measured honey aromas make for a lovely package.

Sticky pine sap and juicy grapefruit fly out of the gates, but are kept in check nicely by the solid malt backbone. The citrus fruits detected in the aroma are just as prominent. Spearmint and radicchio notes add another dimension. Shedloads of flavour.

Moderate carbonation and mid-palate bitterness. Doesn't quite caress the palette like the best examples.

Not massively complex, just an in-your-face and addictive collection of flavours and aromas. I've now had this about ten times and apart from a couple of bottles which have been a bit past it, I'm always taken by how loudly this screams "drink me".

spicelab, May 07, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows loads of fruity hops; heaps of rockmelon, peach, apricot, tangerine,orange blossom, lemon sherbet and confectionery. Not much is detectable underneath it all, except for a faint hint of crystal. Pretty amazing.
Flavours show more malt, at first it's a big, resinous, piney hoppy hit but then some crystal and light toasty malt shows. Some of the fruit remains, in particular tangerine and peach. Bold bitterness, but in no way extreme.
Great moderately high carbonation. Body could be a little richer.

CrazyDavros, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.03/5  rDev -25%
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
Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hop bouquet, pours yellow to slightly orange with a fizzy white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice carbonation with an immediate hop bitterness. Some citrus notes balanced with some piney notes, an interesting blend of hops. The alcohol adds to the perception of bitterness and plays nicely with dry but lasting finish. Could easily rate this higher I suppose and would be a fine example of American IPA, but I will reserve that last star for my local brewers.

alexkeil, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of digr
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

digr, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is clear orange/copper with two fingers of foamy off-white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy with some hints of earthy, greens with a funk like flavor that is a bit sticky. There is a sugary, citrus flavor that is punchy, I feel like being knocked over after trying out the nose of this beer.

The taste is all about being sticky, stinking and loaded with a floral hop flavor. Te citrus flavor is like taking fruit off the tree. Fresh and pretty sweet but tart at the dame time.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice drinkable feel. There is a nice funky but smooth finish to this beer that seems to push back at you but is still goes down well.

Duhast500, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours light copper with a surprisingly uneven (soapy) white head. Dissipation takes some time and leaves decent lacings.

S: Smells almost only American hops, floaral and bitter - piney and citric. I hoped there would have been some hops from New Zealand. There are flowery notes but my impression is that Nz hops would have made it even more flowery...
But this is an AIPA, so they sure keep the style-preferences.
Sweet caramell malt with a toffee twist balances the hops.

T: Sweetness from the (caramell) malt and dryness from the (bitter) hops. Flowery, citric and piney with kind of a bready back-bone.

M: Aftertaste is medium-long and holds a nice sweetness overpowered by the dry bitterness - great. Body is full and carbonation medium, the liquid is very smooth.

D: A well-crafted AIPA, that is surprisingly easy to drink. Probably, I could drink almost infinte of this one or if I put it in other words; please serve me Epic Armageddon galore!

Evil_Pidde, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of bark
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

bark, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is clear amber, small bubbles, a white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is well polished and balanced, some sweet caramel tones, citric grape-fruit, and some pine and juniper resin.

The taste is consistent with the smell, initial toffee sweetness, citric tastes, lemon and grape-fruit juice, lime and bitter orange zest in the bitter overture.

Medium carbonation, very small bubbles, a full body, smooth and somewhat sticky texture, a good long dry finish.

A good and solid american IPA by the textbook, nothing to complain about at all,

rarbring, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super clear deep golden color. high carvbonation with large bubbles their way upwards through the beer. stable, thick, frothy just off white head. not much lacing, but good otherwise.

big hoppy aroma as expected from this style and this brewery. citrusy, maybe tangerine? malt is definitely there as well making this pretty bold on the nose.

wow. no doubt this is a super hoppy beer. bitter from start to finish carrying the rest of the beer on its back. enough malt presence to be able to pull it off too. big hoppy flavor flashes in the middle which is a nice find as it warms. great stuff. very clean finish and no fermentation or yeast to distract.

huge flavor here and its handled well, but finishes extremely lightly and clean and so so drinkable. maybe not the quite best ipa in the world, but ignroing that, this is bloody fantastic.

joecast, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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
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 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 dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, shared at a recent tasting at Brasserie V - not sure where they even find some of these beers

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, golden-orange body, filmy white froth

smell: aromatic, floral hops, tropical fruit, citrus rind

taste: I really like Nelson Sauvin hops so i wasn't surprised at all that this new zealand ipa was great. Oily hop resin, tropical fruit, sugary sweet ruby red grapefruit, orange zest. very nice

mouthfeel: oily, medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of bobhits
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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
Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.