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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-23-2011

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.
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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 52
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

From the mighty Aotearoa comes the equally mighty Epic Hop Zombie DIPA, which is overall the highest rated NZ brew I could get my tasting mits on. The $12 question is: Will it beat Tuatara's mighty Double Trouble DIPA? You might(y) find out soon enough!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear (Really?! Filtered craft beer!?) golden bodied with a thin white lace ring. Not the most impressive of starts, you all know my dislike of filtered brews (Yeast is good, let's leave it alone people!). 6/10.

S: Whoa! Quite a bouquet of tropical fruits (papaya, mango, passionfruit and jackfruit) with pine resin notes on a bed of bread and biscuit malt. Smells like one of the tastiest DIPA's my nose has ever had the pleasure of inhaling, as they would say in Kiwiland "Choice bro!". 10/10.

T: And then prepare to be surprised again - it's almost sugar-bomb sweet with caramel/biscuit/toffee malts all over the place, a bit deceptive as by the aroma you would expect a full-on hop affair. The hops are indeed there (how could they not be?) however they have less a hold on the flavour than the aroma, and it seems there's less tropical fruit on the table when you finally get to "dig in". The finish is bitter with notes of the above of pine/tropical hops. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied, oily with hop resin, with a light (almost flat) carbonation. 6/10.

D: Mine's a dud, or this is how it's meant to be, either way the hops are all bark (nose) no bite (taste) and I'm struggling to reconcile this with the all-powerful and juicy Tuatara Double Trouble DIPA (which really takes a big smelly [hop smelly] dump all over this brew). I was so hoping this would be better than the Trouble2 as Tuatara's drop is a limited release and this is a rotating brew... I'll have to buy as much Tuatara as I can carry. Tuatara = 1 : Epic = 0 so far. 8/10.

Food match: I would have suggested brains if this Hop Zombie had lived up to its eponym, however I am more inclined to suggest not-brains or Italian cuisine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured to the trusty ol' Portsmouth tulip. Pretty fresh bottle - er - fresh for us in the U.S. anyways. 2 months old I believe?

Appearance - Dark orange beer with full clarity, off-white head. Thick ring is left by the end.

Smell - Big weedy forests filled with grapefruits. Definitely quite resiny and earthy with melon, mango and tropical fruits aplenty. Just a bit of sweet malt presence.

Taste - A bit more malts here with toffee and buttery bread coming into play, still well-balanced with a nice hop profile that showcases both American and NZ hops. Earthy/resin/grapefruit seems to be at the forefront, lots of papaya, mango and tropical goodness.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, lots of hop oils, medium-high bitterness with a good amount of malt backbone. Kind of a lighter feel than expected for the ABV with nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

Overall - One of the best non-U.S. IPAs I've had, and could probably stand up to some of the best stateside, pretty great all-around.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dope looking bottle distributed by Shelton bros. Paid top dollar at a spot downtown LA

lovin the appearance right away.. It looks really filtered down to give it a clean look, completely see they orange brew reminiscent of plinys color. Small head that fizzes down rather quickly

Aroma is they the roof here. Hops that smell like mango, piña, and freshly squeezed tangerines. Wow the aroma creeps up nostrils as soo as the bottle is popped. Stellar aroma, full of hops

Taste is the same but a little more bitter than expected. Very enjoyable balance of malts and hops both turned up to 11.

Huge resin tastes leaves an oily bitterness around the palate. Not too strong tho. Never making that butter face -

Overall I'm so glad I bought this beer. It away surpassed my expectations as it's packed with all my favorite alpha hops . If you call yourself a hop head SEEK THIS ONE OUT

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.