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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-23-2011

Hops have taken over the world. Permeated the senses of the minions. Hop Zombies now roam the streets. Lupulin ichor oozing from ravaged legions. Gorging, gouging, masticating. Salivating over insane hop flavours and aromas. The time is nigh. No more festering away in hopless oblivion. Join the HopZombie Revolution.
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Photo of mistersifter86
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle - best before 15th October 2015. Poured into a teku glass.

Assuming a 12 month shelf life, this brew is a shade over four months old - however only appears on shelves in the UK this week.

A (4.5): Pours an impossibly clear golden orange. Beautifully transparent - who says that filtering beers is a bad idea? Half finger head that quickly dissipates, leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S (4): Kiwi hops for sure on this one - at least from my palate. The exact hop recipe is a secret (why?). Extremely fruity - passionfruit, citrus, orange. Some bready notes. No in your face bitterness that I was hoping for - possibly due to the bottle's age. Reacts well to a nice swirl in the glass, producing a more dank aroma.
T (4.25): A lot maltier than I was expecting. The hops don't leave an oily layer on your tongue like the crispest IIPAs. After a few sips, the maltiness starts to compliment the fruity hops quite nicely. Becomes sweeter as it warms up.
M (4): Medium body, fairly crisp. Medium carbonation.
O (4.25): Expecting something particularly crisp given the filtered appearance, however does not disappoint. More akin to an east coast IIPA - it does not have the brash bitterness of a west coaster. The cleanest tasting IIPA I've drunk since Enjoy By 14.02.15, but a world apart in flavour. Holds up pretty well considering journey it has taken to find its way into my glass.

Photo of mikesnotesonbeer
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear, golden orange hue. I believe this one’s been filtered folks.
S: Fruity, loaded with hops.
T: Sweet and piney. Can’t really detect the alcohol. Well balanced.
M: Bitter finish, but not overwhelming. The fruit flavor carries through quite nicely as well.
O: This is an incredibly nuanced IPA. One of the best I’ve ever had.

Photo of mmbeer
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop zombie with a label that says hops.... More hops.... It could've used more hops, I found it drank more like an ISA than an IIPA

Photo of Mikestaf
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jdevoss
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of HopSavant
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Gasc0igne
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of thumperskibum
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sheenisgod
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of gradergator
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Max_Double_D
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - poured into a sniffer with a white head that went away pretty quick. Has a bright golden orangish color with just a slight amount of bobbles.
Smell - fantastic fruity hoppy smell. Very tropical with a good citrus scent.
Taste - very hoppy with a tropical fruit taste just like the smell. A little bit of citrus and slight pine.
Feel - initially crisp medium body then moves to a creamy medium carbonated feel.
Overall - fantastic double ipa. I love the tropical fruit smell and taste. I've heard this will be the new evolution of IPAs.

Photo of bsling
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cjfarris4
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BastardFromABasket
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baumaxx1
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
crystal clear golden colour, pours a thick lasting 2cm head, plenty of carbonation, leaves lots of sticky lacing

Smell -
Passionfruit, mango, pine, citrus, hops, pineapple, apricots.

Taste -
Lots of hops. Starts off with plenty of citrus, apricots, toffee and a bit nutty. Goes down quite hoppy with a cut grass after-taste - big on hops and tropical fruit flavours. The bitterness is quite controlled however and it's quite sweet thanks to a high ABV. Not as hoppy as expected however.

Mouthfeel -
Prickly effervescence on the tongue, moderate body, a bit creamy on the way down, clean, crisp and refreshing.


Overall -
A very attractive looking double IPA big on hops and fruit, which is very refreshing. The bitterness is quite balanced for a DIPA. A great beer, but I was expecting something more unique and out there given the branding and concept.

Photo of BeerInMyTeacup
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of ttylicki
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
5/5  rDev +18.2%

This is the best IPA I have ever had. Amazing hop profile with the NZ hops, very light on malt (a good thing IMO). Drinkability that is second to none. Great nose. Great color. Perfect citrus hop bite. Yes this is better than Heady, Pliney, Hopslam etc.

Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

From the mighty Aotearoa comes the equally mighty Epic Hop Zombie DIPA, which is overall the highest rated NZ brew I could get my tasting mits on. The $12 question is: Will it beat Tuatara's mighty Double Trouble DIPA? You might(y) find out soon enough!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear (Really?! Filtered craft beer!?) golden bodied with a thin white lace ring. Not the most impressive of starts, you all know my dislike of filtered brews (Yeast is good, let's leave it alone people!). 6/10.

S: Whoa! Quite a bouquet of tropical fruits (papaya, mango, passionfruit and jackfruit) with pine resin notes on a bed of bread and biscuit malt. Smells like one of the tastiest DIPA's my nose has ever had the pleasure of inhaling, as they would say in Kiwiland "Choice bro!". 10/10.

T: And then prepare to be surprised again - it's almost sugar-bomb sweet with caramel/biscuit/toffee malts all over the place, a bit deceptive as by the aroma you would expect a full-on hop affair. The hops are indeed there (how could they not be?) however they have less a hold on the flavour than the aroma, and it seems there's less tropical fruit on the table when you finally get to "dig in". The finish is bitter with notes of the above of pine/tropical hops. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied, oily with hop resin, with a light (almost flat) carbonation. 6/10.

D: Mine's a dud, or this is how it's meant to be, either way the hops are all bark (nose) no bite (taste) and I'm struggling to reconcile this with the all-powerful and juicy Tuatara Double Trouble DIPA (which really takes a big smelly [hop smelly] dump all over this brew). I was so hoping this would be better than the Trouble2 as Tuatara's drop is a limited release and this is a rotating brew... I'll have to buy as much Tuatara as I can carry. Tuatara = 1 : Epic = 0 so far. 8/10.

Food match: I would have suggested brains if this Hop Zombie had lived up to its eponym, however I am more inclined to suggest not-brains or Italian cuisine.

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
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