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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 217
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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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 52
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 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 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 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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured to the trusty ol' Portsmouth tulip. Pretty fresh bottle - er - fresh for us in the U.S. anyways. 2 months old I believe?

Appearance - Dark orange beer with full clarity, off-white head. Thick ring is left by the end.

Smell - Big weedy forests filled with grapefruits. Definitely quite resiny and earthy with melon, mango and tropical fruits aplenty. Just a bit of sweet malt presence.

Taste - A bit more malts here with toffee and buttery bread coming into play, still well-balanced with a nice hop profile that showcases both American and NZ hops. Earthy/resin/grapefruit seems to be at the forefront, lots of papaya, mango and tropical goodness.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, lots of hop oils, medium-high bitterness with a good amount of malt backbone. Kind of a lighter feel than expected for the ABV with nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

Overall - One of the best non-U.S. IPAs I've had, and could probably stand up to some of the best stateside, pretty great all-around.

Photo of Modernrickk
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dope looking bottle distributed by Shelton bros. Paid top dollar at a spot downtown LA

lovin the appearance right away.. It looks really filtered down to give it a clean look, completely see they orange brew reminiscent of plinys color. Small head that fizzes down rather quickly

Aroma is they the roof here. Hops that smell like mango, piña, and freshly squeezed tangerines. Wow the aroma creeps up nostrils as soo as the bottle is popped. Stellar aroma, full of hops

Taste is the same but a little more bitter than expected. Very enjoyable balance of malts and hops both turned up to 11.

Huge resin tastes leaves an oily bitterness around the palate. Not too strong tho. Never making that butter face -

Overall I'm so glad I bought this beer. It away surpassed my expectations as it's packed with all my favorite alpha hops . If you call yourself a hop head SEEK THIS ONE OUT

Photo of SmashPants
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: solid dark brown 500mL bottle, an okay label.

Appearance: pours a golden amber hue with some vibrancy, some carbonation running along the side of the glass. A one-finger head drops to thick half-finger, leaving decent lacing. Looks great.

Aroma: a very fresh aroma of citrus hops with peach, passionfruit and grapefruit. A light toffee and caramel behind, with cedar and pine. Lovely.

Taste: plenty of citrus and pine hops, with grapefruit and earth. Some floral, caramel and biscuit malt backing also. A fantastic double IPA.

Aftertaste: a pleasant multi-flavoured hop bitterness with more caramel and biscuit malts behind.

Mouth feel: quite smooth in feel for an IPA, with a moderate feel and a higher-than-average carbonation. Pretty much bang on.

Overall: definitely one of the best American Double IPAs I have had to date. A very complex flavour profile, and a well-constructed beer. I'll definitely have this one as often as I can, despite the high price.

Photo of alphagnome
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Lightly hazed amber body with a very nice, thick bone white head. Gobs of carbonation, great retention, and pleasant lacing.

Aroma:
Hop nirvana! It's like they crammed every desirable hop trait into one brilliant beer; sweet tropical fruit, dry pine, earthy grass, and vibrant floral. Light pepper to finish things off. Every whiff reveals something new.

Taste:
Incredible balance. Bitterness is present and quite potent at first, but it either mellows with time/temperature or you get used to it. Nice, unique hop character that is sweet and piney - a refreshing change of pace from most dry, pine-centric IPAs. Light, malty backbone with a hint of sweet, caramel. Pineapple, kiwi, and passion fruit. A bit of crushed pepper rounds things out. No real detectable alcohol. Aftertaste is a bit weird, I imagine it's reminiscent of chewing on a lemon peel... Just keep drinking and you'll be fine.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth & easy to drink. Medium bodied and plenty of bubbly. Sweet finish.

Overall:
Awesome double IPA! Even those of you who wouldn't consider yourself a hop-head can approach this one and fall in love. This is a must have!

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Released today, 1 march 2014, at Systembolaget, Sweden.

Clear, golden liquid with a white, two finger, head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, apricot, mango, pineapple, pine, sweet caramel malt and grapefruit. This is such a great smell! I LOVE the aroma! Almost overwhelming...

Taste: Hops, pineapple, lemon, spice, grapefuit and bread. Not matching my expectation from the nose.

Body: Medium body with a great oily texture. Sticky carbonation and the just right amount of bitterness.

I like Epic's DIPA! Go New Zealand!

Photo of carolinencarter
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very strong herbal zesty hop flavour, but manages to have enough richness and body to give an impression of balance. There are many very hoppy IPAs available, simply as bitter as possible without any depth to back it up. I like that this beer is bold but manages to also be well rounded.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - orangish golden pour. Good finger's worth of creamy, sudsy head. Nice lacing, good stick all around.

Aroma - lots of orange and pine, a touch of lemon. Fruity, zesty, very nice.

Taste - brief powdery grain presence. Hops start in quickly, first they are floral, and rather soapy. The bitterness kicks in, soapiness holding a little better than the florals. Not much citrus at first but plenty of pine. Maybe some grapefruit rind now and then, some nice orange flavor kicking up as it warms. Just a touch of abv heat, nice balance for a lighter DIPA. Finishes with a little bit of belly warmth, fading bitterness, good balance to this one.

Mouthfeel - more crisp than smooth, it still glides around the palate easily. Well-weighted for the style.

Overall - nicely done, though the soapiness is something I don't often come across to the length I noted here. Lots of good flavor complexity.

Not many beers in this category offer this kind of complexity, although the ones that do will generally be a little better priced than this one.

Photo of kr15
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had to come on and rate this. This is simply the best beer I ever drank. My drinking partner also agreed. This blows Pliney away. So crisp, so balanced, so smooth. Truly a masterpiece. I have seen some complaints of staleness due to originating from New Zealand. Mine tasted very fresh with no hints of staleness at all. Usually beers in this price range tend to be busts, not this one. 12$ for a 16oz bottle that id happily buy again.
This one needs to be on every craft drinkers bucket list.

Photo of T-34-85
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter-like balloon glass.

A: Nice light orange color, relatively clear, filtered beer. Good 1/2" initial head that reduces down to a ring of lacing with good retention.

S: Amazing and unique fruity hop aroma. Can put my finger on the specific fruit(s), but what a great smell.

T: Well balanced hop flavor and bitterness with the malt. The same unique hop aroma comes through as an equally unique hop flavor.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The aroma and flavor are very unique and refreshing, especially for a double IPA. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is orange and clear with an inch off off-white head. The aroma offers dank hops, citrus, resin. It smells a touch past its prime. IPAs are so finicky. Nice flavor. Hop forward and citrusy. Small amount of alcohol heat in the finish. Really solid. I'd love to try this uber fresh.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows vibrant fruity hops with lychee, pear and peach characters. Also some biscuity malt.
Not much fruit as a flavours, much more piny, althought there is some grapefruit. Very little malt, resulting in a sharp, harsh bitterness and a little booze in the finish.
Carb could be a little higher.

Photo of philipsanchez09
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at home while doing some case studies for school. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

A: Bronze golden color with little to no head.

S: Very light smell of guava, and very hard to detect.

T: Light hop taste and light guava as in the smell. A bit of passion fruit as well.

M: Taste lingers for a few seconds and not dry at all.

O: Great beer, would buy again.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slight white head around the edges of the glass over light amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Relatively faint smell of pineapple, guava, and lime predominantly.

T: Pineapple, lime pith, apricots, lemon, mandarin orange, aspirin, black pepper, and spice. More pepper and spice than I was expecting.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation. Quite a bit of drying suggesting that dextrose was used.

O: Interesting IIPA that tastes more like citrus pith, pepper and spice than the tropical fruit that I was expecting.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 50ml bottle for $10.99 at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach and poured it into a crystal tumbler.

Pours a fairly clean straw-like golden hue with a decent head that gives way fairly quick, leaving decent amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish. The aroma is reminiscent of Stone's 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA but much more refined and balanced - perfect amount of pilsner malt and spicy New Zealand hops - a truly amazing balance, or unison if you will, of two complete opposites coming together to create an aroma the represents the best of both worlds. The taste is on point with the nose - plenty of danky, zesty, and spicy hop aroma balanced with that unmistakable bready pilsner malt flavor, some fruity esters show up as an afterthought as well, and absolutely no trace what so ever of the 8.5% ABV - hop lingers well beyond the malt - muy bueno! Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and easy drinking for an Imperial IPA, leaning towards medium-bodied that you would expect from the style, but drinking crisp and clean like a pilsner - hop oils are resinous and coat the palate, and as mentioned in the flavor, they linger forever.

Overall an amazing Imperial IPA - world class even - the absolute best of both worlds - just wished I could afford a case of these to sit back and really get into! Would love to see some other breweries take a crack at this style like stone did, but clean it up a bit and make it as drinkable as this bad boy.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 25.09(?).13

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Very resilient lacing clings heavily to the glass.

S- Sharp, grassy hops emanate from the head creating a wonderful bouquet that includes notes of grapefruit and lemon. Slight whiff of booze and some must.

T- Taste isn't quite as exciting with a mild bitterness and a bit more of a bready malt presence. Still very drinkable and the hops have a tangy quality that's enjoyable.

M- Oily and sticky with medium carbonation and a lighter body.

O- Quite good but not as to-die-for as the Armageddon IPA.

Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Darkness tulip. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Best before September 25th, 2013, but not sure how old that makes this? Probably somewhere in the 3-6 range, but who knows?

A – Two fingers of white foam settle to a solid cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lacing. Transparent golden body with visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass and rising upward rapidly.

S – Plenty of melon and pineapple, with notes of dank weed, pine, grapefruit zest, and gooseberry – this thankfully doesn’t seem as aged as the 8 Wired beer I had. Seems like a mix of American and New Zealand hops. There’s a more pronounced malt bill than I was expecting, with more caramel, honey, and nougat mixing with initial crackery notes as this warms up.

T – Taste is fairly balanced, with sweet caramel and buttered biscuit pilsner malt yielding to citrus and tropical fruits and perhaps a mild herbal note. No hint of the listed alcohol which is a plus, and fairly restrained bitterness as well.

M – Somewhat zesty carbonation, medium body that’s creamy and mildly chewy, some malt stickiness that lingers, with a bit of resinous hop oil in the finish as well. Again, no trace of the 8.5%.

D – I suspect this was really excellent when it was fresh, but unfortunately these New Zealand beers seem to take a long time to make it to our market. Perhaps jrallen34 can confirm this suspicion for me. Not worth $12 with tons of local DIPAs available, but nice to know that breweries in this part of the world make some quality hoppy brews in case I end up there for some reason. Had no problem drinking all 500ml on my own.

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a super clear, bright gold with a chunky and frothy two fingers of white foam.

Smell: Pleasantly soft and mellow aroma of overripe mango, orange, guava and apricot.

Taste: Smooth and mildly tangy grapefruit with pine, muted floral notes and an unmistakable pilsner malt backbone. Very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, tingly on the tongue, with a really nice, smooth finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this double IPA from New Zealand brewery Epic. There's nothing too unique about it but it's refreshing, flavorful and well balanced for an 8.5% beer. I'm not a huge pilsner fan but I actually enjoyed the flavor and crisp mouthfeel that those malts imparted here. It works really nicely with the combination of fruity New Zealand and American hops. I must also note that this was still super tasty after it had significantly warmed. It really mellows out and goes down satiny smooth but brings just a touch of alcohol in the finish. My first beer from New Zealand and a really pleasing, filtered double IPA.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Perfectly clear and richly golden with a warm glow of apricot. Some active columns of carbonation percolating upward to a mircofilm of bubbles that rim the glass.

S: Pine with juicy tropical fruits of pineapple and grapefruit rounded with smooth vanilla. As the ale warmed the distinct floral characteristic of orange flower water is revealed.

T: Sappy pines up front followed quick with a bouquet of flowers, primarily orange flower water, with tropical fruits and grapefruit and smooth golden malts. Finishes hoppy and rounded with smooth oaky flavours.

M: Coats the mouth with a viscosity similar to an oaked chardonnay, in the smooth warming feeling. Carbonation pricks up front, however seems to lose the carbonation rather quick - my was nearly flat before I even finished the glass. Despite that, the smooth presence with just a hint of warming alcohol at the end worked well together.

O: Hop Zombie is incredibly floral with oaky smoothness and a perfect balance of hops and malts. It's smell of fresh citrus and pine and tastes of orange flower water are delicate and warming - while still refreshing and quaffable. Similar in taste and smell to Central City's Red Racer, a terrific drink.

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.