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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 222
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 kr15
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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. (254 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a 3cm white head that falls away some what quickly to a thin whisp.
S - Passionfruit, grapefruit, light floral and citrus hop character dominates. Hint of pine and pale malt sweetness.
T - Not unlike the smell; the tropical and citrus fruit hops dominate. Not much of a malt character at all, just enough pale malt sweetness to slightly balance it.
M - Dry, fairly light bodied with substantial bitterness but not overbearing. Medium carbonation levels.
O - Full of flavour without being too over the top. A fantastic example of a Double IPA. (624 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.88/5  rDev +14%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a few of these while in NZ, but this review is from here in the states. Shared with my wife, split between two Duvel Tulip glasses.

A - Straw yellow color, maybe even a slight honey accent and remarkably clear, thin white head that disappears rather quickly. This is one of the lightest in color DIPAs I have seen.

S - Lots of citrus notes mixed in with some pineapple overtones. There is also the presence of some Pine and Grass, also some sugary sweetness (must come from the malt).

T - Not a single portion of the tongue isn't bombarded by hop flavors, from front to back and side to side. Lots of citrus hops (grapefruit, orangeness), pineapple layered with pine and grass accents. There isn't a very aggressive malt flavor to this beer, but there is a subtle sweetness that must come from the malts used, this only is present at the back of the tongue.

M - Medium to light, somewhere in the middle. Good carbonation (Epic doesn't date the bottles so had to determine how old it really is), VERY easy to drink.

O - Fantastic, wish they would bring this over to the states, because by far it was the best beer I had drank while in NZ. (1,150 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Epic Hop Zombie 2011 Batch

A: Poured a golden colour with a thin foam head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin foam halo.

S: What the? If this was cologne, I would buy it! Best smelling beer ever. Big hop punch with merry pineapples dance in the air!

T: Backs up the smell.. Hop punch with a fruity backbone. Tasty.

M: Not overcarbonated! Just right..

O: OMG! The smell is so intoxicating. Awesome! (406 characters)

Photo of mikesnotesonbeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,479 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Three fingers of pillowy, soft head. Colour is clear, light and golden. Rings of lacing backs up.

S - Woh! A powerful blast of fruity hops that really slaps up your nostrils if you inhale from the bottle. Sharp equatorial aromas of mango, passionfruit, guava and sorbet.

T - The power of the hops is all there. Guava, mango, citrus zest balance nicely with the strong earthy bitterness. ABV is totally hidden.

M - Thin in body, slick and moderately carbonated. The 80 IBU hop bitterness lingers.

O - Big strong DIPA with all the intricacies and flavour we hope for. Sensational brew from a world class brewery. Honoured to be the 10th reviewer and long may it live on many top beers lists. (742 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So excited for this and it pours a see through pale straw hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a fluffy two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is definately up there with the top class DIPA's basically perfect with aromas of pineapple,mango,passionfruit,lychee and boiled candy i could smell it all day,the mouthfeel is just over medium bodied well carbonated and silky smooth,and to the taste is exactly the same as smell just a beautiful combination of tropical fruit flavours,citrus,stonefruit and boiled candy and overall this brew rocks and prob the best thing to come out of NZ since Dave Dobyn and i will be stocking up and would just love to compare this next to a Hop hog, good work fellas the futures bright. (738 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to my new DFH IPA glass

A:Light orange to honey color that is almost completely clear and one of the cleanest beers I have ever seen with a fluffy white head that lasts for quite a while (in terms of the pour this glass works well)

S: hop bomb for sure lots of floral hops upfront some citrus smells in there too like orange and pineapple. Smells fresh and refreshing pretty much what I'm looking for in an DIPA near perfect

T: follows the nose lots of powerful floral citrusy hops up front but these are more like pineapple then any other fruit there are hints of mango and oranges. There is a bitterness in the finish but it is not overwhelming there aren't other flavors but it seems well balanced.

M: Oily, thin, smooth and extremely drinkable as it goes down very easily. It has a light carbonation and crisp feel really good stuff

O: I totally was not expecting this but this is one of the better DIPAs i have tried it is really drinkable feels nice and has lots of fresh citrusy hops that well represent New Zealand really solid beer I highly recommend (1,071 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the pale colour. Head isn't super retentive, and leaves alright lacing. I love me a well filtered pale ale, too.

Mandarin, passionfruit and zesty citrus-lolly like goodness all mingle well. Very hoppy, and very well put together.

Exceptional balance. The tangy hop flavours shine out easily over the malt base. The malt is there to provide sweetness to balance out the hop profile, and is not super 'malty' in it's flavour. Very crisp.

Overall, clean finish with lingering hop flavour and some bitterness.

Really, really good IIPA. Hopped to the brim, but still super drinkable. Aussie brewers take note, this is what a 'drinkable' hoppy beer tastes like. You don't need tonnes of crystal malt. (703 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with thanks to Chris@Slowbeer. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Brilliantly translucent golden straw. Head is modest and not particularly interested in being there. If not for a small ring of retention, you could be forgiven for thinking it was flat.

Smell is immensely tropical. It's like being pleasantly assaulted by mango, passionfruit and kiwi fruit. A sharp organic grassiness cuts through the intensity of the tropical notes nicely. Savoury malts tie it together. Smells delicious.

All of the aromas play out in the taste. There's a big resiny hit - yet it's the first time I've experienced it not being overwhelmingly tied to pine character. Malts sit in the background and essentially serve as the canvas to exhibit the hops.

Syrupy, rich and terrifically even. Moderate carbonation with surprisingly low bitterness.

Brimming with flavour yet superbly balanced. This is anything but a gratuitous hop-bomb. Great to see a big IPA who's presence owes itself to something other than massive pine and grapefruit. (1,042 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold colour with light bead. Head is white, nice and tightly packed, slight trails of lace but not a lot. Looks OK.

Lots of sauvin on that nose. Sharp, tangy passionfruit aroma with lovely tropical characters creeping around it - peppermint, pineapple, cedar and plenty of citrus. It's all about the hops here, and the hops are good.

Taste is enjoyable, clean and well-balanced. Lots of malt with caramel upfront and a slight nutty edge; touch of pecan. Fresh floral and fruity hop notes hit early on the mid with passionfruit, lemon, sherbet, lime zest and fresh mint. Hop oils surface late, providing a robust bitterness that is earthy, rich, deep and just a strong but tender smack of hop. Beautifully handled with a steady hand on the rudder.

Full body, lots of texture, no rough edges though, just a light fizz. Great.

Again Epic shows why they are the kings of hop in the New World (imo, sorry 8 Wired and Emerson's). The temptation would be great to muck this up with too much bitterness, alcohol - too intense a flavour - but it's just a big, complex beer that also happens to be drinkable and pleasant. A true winner. (1,143 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why does everything have to be "zombie" nowadays? It's like ten years ago when everything was "extreme". Hell, even my deodorant and book markers were "extreme". Meanwhile, back at the ranch... there's nothing zombie about this beer. It's not a lumbering, dull, slow, or dark beer at all. Much of the contrary is delivered to palate with a zeal that bright hop flavor brings to the glass.

Bright golden with slight amber highlights, the beer carries with it a hoppy haze that promises greatness. The beer releases an ivory white foam that caps the beer confidently with a creamy froth that easily lasts the session and sprinkles the glass with broken lace patterns. It's simply looks like a well build ale.

Bright and zesty aromas enliven the nose with sharp citrus and fresh tropical fruits. Anything from grapefruit, oranges, mangoes, pineapples and apricots can be found with a simple sniff of the glass. Background malts provide a terse caramel and honey note that props up the hops but never rivals for balance. The clean scent easily puts a pep in your step.

Flavorful malts strike the front of the mouth with a thin honey and caramel sweetness that prepares the taste buds for the sharper hops to come. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, tangerines, dried orange peel, pineapple, mango, and apricot flavors all contribute to a juicy and succulent middle palate. The taste slowly morphs from ripe fruit to dry bitterness in finish that resembles pine needles, muddled grasses and herbs. Again, the beer is full of flavor and squeaky clean in taste.

Medium bodied early, the beer's supple malt structure and dissolved carbonation gives the beer a lift, but the beer soon after releases its carbonation and pulls the reigns on malt sweetness and starchiness to allow the hops to carry the load heading into finish. Closing with a cleanly bitter feel, warm minty alcohol, and a bone dry snap, the beer lingers slightly with citrus oil bitterness that marries up with the next sip easily.

Hop Zombie executes the power of flavor and aroma hops to perfection. Its bitterness is present but doesn't grip the throat in the way that IPAs traditionally has. Instead the back-loaded hop use makes the beer so seductive and irresistible. (2,228 characters)

Photo of baumaxx1
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/1/13

A clear golden copper with a few bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a random patch of lace

S a nice hop blast I can smell my glass on the table, pineapple, passion fruit,lemon, lime, green apple, guava juice, sweet orange and grapefruit, some of the tropical notes remind me of candied fruit, hard toffee and some faint cracker and pine, hop heaven

T the pine and citrus rind intensifies in the mouth but that's fine with me, still a tropical punch going on but its a little more West Coast with in the mouth and I can't really complain

M medium bodied and creams up nicely from the bubbles, a little slick after the fact with a nice bitter bite and a fruity pine finish that lingers with a little sweetness

O no mention of the 8.5% at any point and a great hop profile, I could drink myself stupid with this one, just a wonderful beer all around

I really liked the Armageddon but I'm just loving this, worth the price and I'll be drinking another soon. A great mix of US and NZ hops I just wish I knew what they were, keep an eye out for this one its worth searching for (1,147 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.41/5  rDev +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. (975 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Darlinghurst Local Taphouse in Sydney, as part of the Kiwi SpecTapular.

Pours a very clear and bright golden colour. Head is full and frothy and bright white. Lace is a bit ambivalent, and the body is light, but it looks great for a crisp Kiwi IPA.

Nose is as fresh as you could hope for, clean crisp Kiwi notes of passionfruit, green apple, and pungent citrus. Still, very light, no malty sweetness or suggestion of backbone. But that just matches so well with the hop characters. Lovely.

Taste is very clean throughout, with a robust bitterness that balances nicely with a very faint malt character; it just provides a cushion. Exceptionally crisp and refreshing—it's just lovely how easy drinking it is for an 8.5% ABV double IPA. Finish give a touch of the tropical fruit flavours, with a green crispness to add a staccato finish.

So light and very well balanced, this is not the ridiculous hop-bomb I was expecting at all. Rather, it's a very soft, very crisp, light and easy to drink hoppy ale. So clean, so ripe, so fresh. Gorgeous. (1,067 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours completely clear. The color is a bright golden orange. Head is a thick clump of creamy white paste. Head leaves loads of lacing.

S-Lively citrus flesh hops combine with floral hops and a twinkle of lupulin spice. Pleasant tropical notes as well. Definitely exotic...hey, it's form New Zealand!

T-Almost reminds me of a slice of pineapple left in a mixed drink so the pineapple absorbs some booze but still remains delicious. Spicy and very citrusy with an almost minty twang. Sweetened cracker malt can be detected in the middle. Then she finishes with some serious grass and pine bitterness.

M-The only knock on this brew is that its a tad boozy. Other than that, the bitterness is superb and the body is incredibly light for the ABV.

O/D-Liked this far more than their Armageddon (and I thought that one was cool too). Great hop profile. I enjoyed it more with every sip. This is my type of DIPA; tropical and complex without being heavy. Home-run! (962 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Surprisingly light in color for a double IPA. Pours a clear golden color with a quarter inch white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin layer of white bubbles atop the beer.

S - Wow, this one smells insane! Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of pine are the dominant scents. Some malty sweetness, but the citrus fruits are main attraction.

T - Backs up the nose perfectly. Lots of sweet citrus and hints of pine. Sweet malts are a little more prominent than they are in the nose and they balance out the hops nicely. Reminds me of several of the upper echelon US-made DIPAs.

M - Oily and below average carbonation leads to a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Slightly more carbonation might have been nice, but it doesn't detract from the other features of this beer.

O - Overall, an excellent DIPA. This was a perfect beer for a warm summer night. I've seen some of the other Epic beers around KC, but I've never seen Hop Zombie before and I'm assuming that it isn't distributed to the states based on the lack of reviews from the US. A huge thanks to MrTopher for picking this up in New Zealand and sharing a bottle with me! (1,152 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (1,147 characters)

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.