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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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93
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 35
Gots: 16 | 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 BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

GRG1313, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Knapp85, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5%

largadeer, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

MasterSki, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 23, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -5%

dmorgan310, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
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 wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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

wordemupg, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev -5%

Evil_Pidde, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of dgilks
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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 laituegonflable
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

laituegonflable, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -5%

IPAchris, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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 VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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!

VelvetExtract, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -5%

BMart, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of ADZA
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
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +1%

twelveinches, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

kscaldef, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

StJamesGate, Dec 31, 2012
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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.