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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

204 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 37
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of KingoftheTitans
1/5  rDev -76.4%

KingoftheTitans, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jcugafsu
1.08/5  rDev -74.5%

jcugafsu, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
2.74/5  rDev -35.2%
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?

heygeebee, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

mulder1010, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Beestin
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
Photo of SFACRKnight
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

SFACRKnight, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

jbertsch, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of PhilDaBrewer
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

PhilDaBrewer, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

kscaldef, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
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!

Brad007, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev -13%
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.

eric5bellies, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

VeganUndead, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

crbnfbr, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of discharmingly
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

discharmingly, May 08, 2013
Photo of mrjez
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

mrjez, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

cbnz, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of BryanK
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

BryanK, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of FrankHammer
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

FrankHammer, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of dgilks
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

dgilks, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Brewsmith
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%

Brewsmith, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Parrotshake
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Parrotshake, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Dope, Jan 04, 2013
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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.