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Epic Hop Zombie - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 223
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 49
Gots: 24 | 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:
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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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,143 characters)

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,067 characters)

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.