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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 35
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-23-2011)
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

acknight, Jul 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

mriley1984, Mar 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

johnnyfive32, Dec 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Rosquin, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

kr15, Nov 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Jason_Tyler, Sep 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

SonicsLi, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

IpaBeerDrinkers, Saturday at 11:01 PM
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

ponyfizz, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of brendan13
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

brendan13, Jun 08, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

MrTopher, Sep 03, 2011
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4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

T-34-85, Nov 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

ZiggyPop, Jan 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

karatebartender, Feb 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Rwalford74, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

random846, Aug 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

metsfan1, Sep 01, 2014
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auggie, May 15, 2013
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Beerrenda, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Danny_Gurbada, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

MichPaul, Aug 12, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

BeerNutta, Sep 16, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 13, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

dansmcd, Aug 29, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

ADZA, Jun 17, 2011
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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.