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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 31
Gots: 10 | 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 MDDMD


4/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:32:23 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Maillard


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 12:00:36 | More by Maillard
Photo of Pinknuggets


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:30:49 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:05:57 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of AdamP


4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-20-2013 01:43:19 | More by AdamP
Photo of twelveinches


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2013 07:00:31 | More by twelveinches
Photo of jbertsch


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

02-16-2013 14:30:32 | More by jbertsch
Photo of karatebartender


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-15-2013 06:05:24 | More by karatebartender
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 01:35:47 | More by biboergosum
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 08:28:21 | More by Brad007
Photo of VanBrewski

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-10-2013 06:42:54 | More by VanBrewski
Photo of ZiggyPop

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-30-2013 05:30:36 | More by ZiggyPop
Photo of BEERchitect


4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 19:10:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-29-2013 04:37:32 | More by chickenm
Photo of durlta


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-26-2013 15:23:55 | More by durlta
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:07:33 | More by Rutager
Photo of cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-21-2013 00:23:07 | More by cbnz
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 19:06:25 | More by wordemupg
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-12-2013 19:23:25 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
Photo of ThrewRedButter


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-08-2013 02:28:52 | More by ThrewRedButter
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 05:33:09 | More by Dope
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:35:27 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of ortie


4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-30-2012 02:38:56 | More by ortie
Photo of kaelingirl


4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-27-2012 23:15:06 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of ponyfizz

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-10-2011 10:57:03 | More by ponyfizz
Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.