1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Epic Hop ZombieEpic Hop Zombie

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

196 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mersh
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Mersh, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Wowcoolman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Wowcoolman, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of SFACRKnight
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

SFACRKnight, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -5%

IPAchris, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev -5%

CoryR, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Rob315, May 16, 2013
Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev +1%

duobob, May 16, 2013
Photo of auggie
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

auggie, May 15, 2013
Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev -5%

Mendicant, May 13, 2013
Photo of discharmingly
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

discharmingly, May 08, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev -5%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Immortale25, May 03, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

doucmehu, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of VTHeady
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

VTHeady, Apr 24, 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 bigbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

bigbeerfan, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

VeganUndead, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Jonbw
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Jonbw, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a super clear, bright gold with a chunky and frothy two fingers of white foam.

Smell: Pleasantly soft and mellow aroma of overripe mango, orange, guava and apricot.

Taste: Smooth and mildly tangy grapefruit with pine, muted floral notes and an unmistakable pilsner malt backbone. Very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, tingly on the tongue, with a really nice, smooth finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this double IPA from New Zealand brewery Epic. There's nothing too unique about it but it's refreshing, flavorful and well balanced for an 8.5% beer. I'm not a huge pilsner fan but I actually enjoyed the flavor and crisp mouthfeel that those malts imparted here. It works really nicely with the combination of fruity New Zealand and American hops. I must also note that this was still super tasty after it had significantly warmed. It really mellows out and goes down satiny smooth but brings just a touch of alcohol in the finish. My first beer from New Zealand and a really pleasing, filtered double IPA.

WolfsbaneBloom, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Jeremy6566
4/5  rDev -5%

Jeremy6566, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

FondueVoodoo, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -5%

SpdKilz, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
2.74/5  rDev -34.9%
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 DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DerekMorgan, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Rheaume17
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Rheaume17, Mar 16, 2013
Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.