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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 224
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 50
Gots: 24 | 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:
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 heygeebee
2.78/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

From IBS. No BB. On special, and not fridged... Hmmm... Should alarm bells be ringing?

Pours clear amber, head looks good, and lacing is on the money, clinging in lines.

Aromas mainly of vanillas.

Taste is smooth and creamy, lingering.

Mouthfeel creamy, low carbonation.

Hang on, have I just reviewed Hop,Zombie?

Really, in this case, all Hops are alive and well. None were harmed in the making of this beer. Really not sure what's going on, but it tastes more like maybe Imperial Pilsner?

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Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Adam @Platinum Liquor for holding one for me. Much appreciated.

A-- Poured a clear, straw yellow gold color. Quick fading white head that looks good as film. One finger head on swirling but recedes pretty quickly. Visible alcohol legs and some splotchy lacing. A few carbonation bubbles here and there.

S-- Candied lemon, orange, peach, lime and pine. Sorbet on crack. Sweet candied fruits smell with touches of passion fruit. Just hints of bitterness in the back of the nose.

T-- Guava, passion friuit, apricot blossom and melon. Lots of flavors in this. Not a lot of bitterness in this at all.

M-- Quite sweet feel, bordering on syrupy. Very slick and oily in the mouth. Lots of apricot blossom, orange sorbet, mango, and passion fruit. get a combo of Grapefruit and blossom in the back of the mouth. Quite pungent really, good kick to finish this but not sure of the blossom feel to this. High amounts of bitterness afterwards but it is like eating a flower bitterness. Sort of fresh cut grass mixed with apricot blossom. Strange. Carbonation and feel are very spot on for the style just the residual sweetness drags this down.

O-- Not bad. very true to style and the combo of US and NZ hops works for the most part. Not sold on the sweetness of this at times as I struggled with the sweetness of it and at times the hop bitterness gets lost to the sweetness. Sometimes in balance, sometimes not.

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Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation. I prefer my DIPAs as close to pale as possible.

Lots of NZ hop character here. Checked out the website with the hops of finding out which hops were used. No such luck but they're obviously heavy on the citrus side. A bit of peach and mango.

That same citrus characteristic carries over to the taste. Like biting on a grapefruit in some ways. Balanced and doesn't overload your taste buds with hop juice.

After a while, the hops reveal a strong malt backbone that is buttery in nature. Crisp. Melts on the tongue.

It's sneaky because you can't really tell that it's 8.5% ABV. Quaffable too!

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a pale Straw colour with a large bubbled White head that dies quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus and pine with a little passion fruit.

T - Up front some nice passion fruit flavours followed by some melon and a little grapefruit. A little residual sweetnes also.

M - Light to medium body and a little over carbonated for me.

O - A solid DIPA without being spectacular. Lacks a little body and balance.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Archive. Pours a paler-than-expected gold with a finger or so of tight head, which disappears in seconds, somewhat disappointingly.

Big bright nose of passionfruit, mandarin and an elderflower-like floral smell. The suspense is killing me...

Taste is similar with big tropical notes up front as well as a sharper citrus/grapefruit note. Lemon oil, boiled sweets (as another reviewer has pointed out) and a slight dank weedy note underneath. Sweetness from caramel malt is evident but more subdued than a lot of beers of this style. No real malt presence overall, which might come off as a bit one-dimensional if the beer wasn't exploding with bags of hop flavors.

Feel is the most disappointing aspect for me. A bit flat and syrupy. A little more carbonation would have carried the flavours a little more and been more refreshing. Still very drinkable - quite gentle, bitterness-wise, and not a hint of alcohol.

Really good. The DIPA to beat as far as the southern hemisphere goes.

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Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, pale golden colour with a large and airy white head. Good head retention.

Big tropical fruit aroma with great pawpaw, mango and citrus notes. There's even some lime here. Very nice.

Fruity hop flavours with a sweet, pale malt flavour. Somewhat syrupy with noticeable alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Slightly grassy. Not as good as the aroma but still nice and not overly malty.

Medium to medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A delightful little beer that is typically hoppy and packed full of flavour. Nice.

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber. Fluffy and effervescent tan head. Fades at a moderate pace but with great head retention. Essentially zero lacing, just doesn't want to stick to the glass, oddly enough.

S: Some orange marmalade, some pine, and some garlic/onion.

T: Again, lots of orange. Sweet orange marmalade. Humph. Followed by an interesting garlic bread taste. Followed by a hit of pine. What an interesting sequence of flavors. Get almost no malt, maybe a little caramel following all the hops. Maybe. Has a lingering piney and garlicky finish. With....melons? A bit drying. Swear I get some...swiss cheese in between sips? Strange.

M: Medium bodied and slightly drying.

O: As mentioned, an interesting combination of hops and transitions between the flavors. Largely unbalanced, almost no sign of malt but the beer isn't overpowered with brutal mouth-puckering bitterness either so it works out decently enough. Quite tasty but a bit unusual....not necessarily in a bad way but not in a "Wow this is good!" kind of way. Just....different.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a decent white head and minimal lacing

S-citrus, pine, light tropical fruit, slight herbal notes

T-grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, caramel malt, faint herbal, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, clean

O-a good beer, but comes across the palate more like an IPA than a DIPA to me

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Not sure of the age on this one.

Pours a yellow pilsener colour. Good head and lacing.

Smell is sweet malt, sulfur and a lot of grapey hops. Alcohol well concealed.

Taste is parmesany with a lot of malty sweetness and a lot of bitterness. I think the sweetness helps carry the bitterness somehow. High alpha.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick/syrupy and moderately carbed.

Overall this beer does what it says on the label. I'm guessing it's got a lot of influence from Ruination, as well as being similarly grapey to Armageddon. Definitely knocks the palate around so a success.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

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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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of philipsanchez09
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Any label that can link 'ichor' and hops in the same breath is all right by me.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few awkward arches of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of bitter grapefruit and orange rinds, a further, somewhat dank tropical fruitiness, mild white pepper, warm caramel and toffee malt, a touch of fresh brown bread, and some subtle acerbic pine notes. The taste is essentially more bitter orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and well, I could go on, but you get the idea - this has all kinds of fruit essences meddling about - with a sturdy enough toffee-heavy caramelized malt backbone to keep things on a more or less even keel. Once again, a few resinous pine stragglers show up late to the party, where they are faced with very little to no booziness, and presumably, a picked-over palate.

The carbonation is strong in that supportive, rather than prickly manner, the body a somewhat surprising medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, but you know how those rascally, brains-fed hops can be. It finishes weirdly on the sweet side, as all that otherwise complex fruit just seems to turn that way, into the open arms of the waiting caramel pudding amalgam malt.

A pretty boisterous DIPA, the Rand McNally hops really making it work, but not without an equally froody, malty keeper of honesty. Overall, gauging by how fast this went down, I have to give it a hearty endorsement - big, beefy, and balanced, with a relaxed elan. Not an easy thing to pull off, that.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of mistersifter86
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a snifter

A near one-finger, bubbly white crown topped the crystal clear, golden tinged, orangey liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a thin, bubbly ring of froth. No lacing whatsoever. Some fleeting, frothy drops trickled down the glass with each sip.

The nose was super hoppy and bright. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Astonishingly sweet with strong peach, apricot and nectarine notes. Touch of candied orange peel. The nose continued to become sweeter, hoppier and more intense as the beer warmed.

Crisp, citric notes came through strong in the flavor profile. Lots of tangerine and orange zest. A noticeable pale malt backbone appeared on front end but did not interfere with the hops. Hint of caramel-like sweetness. Some peach and nectarine notes. Ruby red grapefruit came through in the center. The beer became drier and more bitter as it moved along the palate. Grapefruit was again apparent on the finish, but this time it displayed more of a rind-like pithiness.

The mouthfeel was the only real mediocre aspect of the beer. It was thin and airy with a fine, spritzy effervescence.

Hop Zombie is a interesting and highly drinkable double IPA that perhaps comes off as a bit too refined. If the brewers could ease up on the filtration for a bigger mouthfeel and integrate a secondary fermentation for added complexity, they might end up with an even better product.

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Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB 25/09/13

Appearance. Pours a very clear gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of thick off-white head that doesn't last all that long and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell. Here we go! Big citrusy hops with a ton of sweet tropical fruits. There's a little toasty malt to back up the hops, but a little is all I want here. Yum.

Taste. Big bitter citrus fruits and rinds, mainly yellow grapefruit, with some floral tropical fruits and a little bit of grainy malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A very nice, big ipa with some great tasting hops. Nice stuff.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne gold with loose white froth.
Grapefruit, cantaloupe, papaya, with hints of rind, resin, and flowers - complex.
Saltines for half a second before a big white grapefruit hit, some spicy grape, touches of passionfruit, mandarin, and pine needles.
Linoncello finish and lime Starburst linger.
Salty, crispy, only slight chew, a bit of burn.

A lean, pale, bitter, DIPA ala Hop Wallop, but lots and lots of fruit in there, too, with some of that NoCal juiciness, too. I can taste (or fancy I can) both the US and NZ hops. Big flavor in a small package (body-wise), and another strong entry from Epic.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.