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Epic Hop Zombie | Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Hop ZombieEpic Hop Zombie
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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-23-2011

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Photo of MrTopher
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a few of these while in NZ, but this review is from here in the states. Shared with my wife, split between two Duvel Tulip glasses.

A - Straw yellow color, maybe even a slight honey accent and remarkably clear, thin white head that disappears rather quickly. This is one of the lightest in color DIPAs I have seen.

S - Lots of citrus notes mixed in with some pineapple overtones. There is also the presence of some Pine and Grass, also some sugary sweetness (must come from the malt).

T - Not a single portion of the tongue isn't bombarded by hop flavors, from front to back and side to side. Lots of citrus hops (grapefruit, orangeness), pineapple layered with pine and grass accents. There isn't a very aggressive malt flavor to this beer, but there is a subtle sweetness that must come from the malts used, this only is present at the back of the tongue.

M - Medium to light, somewhere in the middle. Good carbonation (Epic doesn't date the bottles so had to determine how old it really is), VERY easy to drink.

O - Fantastic, wish they would bring this over to the states, because by far it was the best beer I had drank while in NZ.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Three fingers of pillowy, soft head. Colour is clear, light and golden. Rings of lacing backs up.

S - Woh! A powerful blast of fruity hops that really slaps up your nostrils if you inhale from the bottle. Sharp equatorial aromas of mango, passionfruit, guava and sorbet.

T - The power of the hops is all there. Guava, mango, citrus zest balance nicely with the strong earthy bitterness. ABV is totally hidden.

M - Thin in body, slick and moderately carbonated. The 80 IBU hop bitterness lingers.

O - Big strong DIPA with all the intricacies and flavour we hope for. Sensational brew from a world class brewery. Honoured to be the 10th reviewer and long may it live on many top beers lists.

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Photo of ratedz
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Surprisingly light in color for a double IPA. Pours a clear golden color with a quarter inch white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin layer of white bubbles atop the beer.

S - Wow, this one smells insane! Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of pine are the dominant scents. Some malty sweetness, but the citrus fruits are main attraction.

T - Backs up the nose perfectly. Lots of sweet citrus and hints of pine. Sweet malts are a little more prominent than they are in the nose and they balance out the hops nicely. Reminds me of several of the upper echelon US-made DIPAs.

M - Oily and below average carbonation leads to a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Slightly more carbonation might have been nice, but it doesn't detract from the other features of this beer.

O - Overall, an excellent DIPA. This was a perfect beer for a warm summer night. I've seen some of the other Epic beers around KC, but I've never seen Hop Zombie before and I'm assuming that it isn't distributed to the states based on the lack of reviews from the US. A huge thanks to MrTopher for picking this up in New Zealand and sharing a bottle with me!

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Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Adam @Platinum Liquor for holding one for me. Much appreciated.

A-- Poured a clear, straw yellow gold color. Quick fading white head that looks good as film. One finger head on swirling but recedes pretty quickly. Visible alcohol legs and some splotchy lacing. A few carbonation bubbles here and there.

S-- Candied lemon, orange, peach, lime and pine. Sorbet on crack. Sweet candied fruits smell with touches of passion fruit. Just hints of bitterness in the back of the nose.

T-- Guava, passion friuit, apricot blossom and melon. Lots of flavors in this. Not a lot of bitterness in this at all.

M-- Quite sweet feel, bordering on syrupy. Very slick and oily in the mouth. Lots of apricot blossom, orange sorbet, mango, and passion fruit. get a combo of Grapefruit and blossom in the back of the mouth. Quite pungent really, good kick to finish this but not sure of the blossom feel to this. High amounts of bitterness afterwards but it is like eating a flower bitterness. Sort of fresh cut grass mixed with apricot blossom. Strange. Carbonation and feel are very spot on for the style just the residual sweetness drags this down.

O-- Not bad. very true to style and the combo of US and NZ hops works for the most part. Not sold on the sweetness of this at times as I struggled with the sweetness of it and at times the hop bitterness gets lost to the sweetness. Sometimes in balance, sometimes not.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Archive. Pours a paler-than-expected gold with a finger or so of tight head, which disappears in seconds, somewhat disappointingly.

Big bright nose of passionfruit, mandarin and an elderflower-like floral smell. The suspense is killing me...

Taste is similar with big tropical notes up front as well as a sharper citrus/grapefruit note. Lemon oil, boiled sweets (as another reviewer has pointed out) and a slight dank weedy note underneath. Sweetness from caramel malt is evident but more subdued than a lot of beers of this style. No real malt presence overall, which might come off as a bit one-dimensional if the beer wasn't exploding with bags of hop flavors.

Feel is the most disappointing aspect for me. A bit flat and syrupy. A little more carbonation would have carried the flavours a little more and been more refreshing. Still very drinkable - quite gentle, bitterness-wise, and not a hint of alcohol.

Really good. The DIPA to beat as far as the southern hemisphere goes.

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Photo of spicelab
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with thanks to [email protected] Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Brilliantly translucent golden straw. Head is modest and not particularly interested in being there. If not for a small ring of retention, you could be forgiven for thinking it was flat.

Smell is immensely tropical. It's like being pleasantly assaulted by mango, passionfruit and kiwi fruit. A sharp organic grassiness cuts through the intensity of the tropical notes nicely. Savoury malts tie it together. Smells delicious.

All of the aromas play out in the taste. There's a big resiny hit - yet it's the first time I've experienced it not being overwhelmingly tied to pine character. Malts sit in the background and essentially serve as the canvas to exhibit the hops.

Syrupy, rich and terrifically even. Moderate carbonation with surprisingly low bitterness.

Brimming with flavour yet superbly balanced. This is anything but a gratuitous hop-bomb. Great to see a big IPA who's presence owes itself to something other than massive pine and grapefruit.

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Photo of ADZA
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a 3cm white head that falls away some what quickly to a thin whisp.
S - Passionfruit, grapefruit, light floral and citrus hop character dominates. Hint of pine and pale malt sweetness.
T - Not unlike the smell; the tropical and citrus fruit hops dominate. Not much of a malt character at all, just enough pale malt sweetness to slightly balance it.
M - Dry, fairly light bodied with substantial bitterness but not overbearing. Medium carbonation levels.
O - Full of flavour without being too over the top. A fantastic example of a Double IPA.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the pale colour. Head isn't super retentive, and leaves alright lacing. I love me a well filtered pale ale, too.

Mandarin, passionfruit and zesty citrus-lolly like goodness all mingle well. Very hoppy, and very well put together.

Exceptional balance. The tangy hop flavours shine out easily over the malt base. The malt is there to provide sweetness to balance out the hop profile, and is not super 'malty' in it's flavour. Very crisp.

Overall, clean finish with lingering hop flavour and some bitterness.

Really, really good IIPA. Hopped to the brim, but still super drinkable. Aussie brewers take note, this is what a 'drinkable' hoppy beer tastes like. You don't need tonnes of crystal malt.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.