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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 39
Gots: 19 | 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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Ratings: 208 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

acknight, Jul 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

mriley1984, Mar 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

johnnyfive32, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Rosquin
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Rosquin, Dec 19, 2013
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.

kr15, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Jason_Tyler
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Jason_Tyler, Sep 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

SonicsLi, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Max_Double_D
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Max_Double_D, Oct 16, 2014
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.

IpaBeerDrinkers, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of ponyfizz
5/5  rDev +18.2%

ponyfizz, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of brendan13
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

drdiesel9483, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of MrTopher
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
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
Photo of T-34-85
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +12.3%

ZiggyPop, Jan 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

karatebartender, Feb 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Rwalford74, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

random846, Aug 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

metsfan1, Sep 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

auggie, May 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Beerrenda, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Danny_Gurbada, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

MichPaul, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of BeerNutta
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

BeerNutta, Sep 16, 2011
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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.