Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-27-2013 17:03:37 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
British Columbia (Canada)
4.31/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
03-25-2013 02:23:05 | More by FondueVoodoo
2.74/5 rDev -35.4%
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?
03-22-2013 05:38:14 | More by heygeebee
4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-08-2013 03:50:09 | More by Damian
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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
03-05-2013 02:32:23 | More by MDDMD
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle to my new DFH IPA glass
A:Light orange to honey color that is almost completely clear and one of the cleanest beers I have ever seen with a fluffy white head that lasts for quite a while (in terms of the pour this glass works well)
S: hop bomb for sure lots of floral hops upfront some citrus smells in there too like orange and pineapple. Smells fresh and refreshing pretty much what I'm looking for in an DIPA near perfect
T: follows the nose lots of powerful floral citrusy hops up front but these are more like pineapple then any other fruit there are hints of mango and oranges. There is a bitterness in the finish but it is not overwhelming there aren't other flavors but it seems well balanced.
M: Oily, thin, smooth and extremely drinkable as it goes down very easily. It has a light carbonation and crisp feel really good stuff
O: I totally was not expecting this but this is one of the better DIPAs i have tried it is really drinkable feels nice and has lots of fresh citrusy hops that well represent New Zealand really solid beer I highly recommend
03-01-2013 01:30:49 | More by Pinknuggets
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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!
02-26-2013 03:05:57 | More by VelvetExtract
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-12-2013 01:35:47 | More by biboergosum
3.59/5 rDev -15.3%
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!
02-10-2013 08:28:21 | More by Brad007
Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.