Armageddon IPA
Epic Brewing Company

Armageddon IPAArmageddon IPA
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From:
Epic Brewing Company
 
New Zealand
Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
6.66%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.97%
Ratings:
259
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 24, 2019
Added:
Aug 16, 2009
Wants:
  25
Gots:
  15
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Armageddon IPAArmageddon IPA
Notes: In the beginning, there was nothing. Then an impish brewer piled a ludicrous amount of hops into a batch of beer. This zymurgical big bang is Epic Armageddon, an apocalyptic assault on your preconceptions and taste buds. It may be too huge for this fragile planet so enjoy this beer like it was the last one on Earth.
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4.17 by RMW66 from Australia on Aug 24, 2019
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2.47/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by JustCamIt from Virginia

A: scant bubbles, moderate head with low retention, color of dark brownish gold

S: piney, orange zest, turbindo sugar, vanilla

T: initial shock of cane sugar followed by resinous hops then canned fruit cocktail ending with more hops

M: medium dry

O: okay for infrequent imbibing but I was put off by the strange artificial-like fruity taste

Nov 22, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Had fresh in Auckland.
An attractive Looking AIPA, amber and orangish with a nice head. Smells give me mostly bitter hops with malt backbone.
Tastes are not for me: too piney and bitter... but that is just me with those type and amount of hops. (I'm told 60 IBU... and my tastebuds break out into a sweat at about 50.)

With the label touting it as "The Answer To Everything", Armageddon IPA overstates its case... along with its hops.
But, I also can understand why hop-heads rate this highly: it seems a well-constructed ale.

Armageddon IPA is reviewed at length in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!" You will appreciate this beer and its innovative team much more if you can read that article. They are very serious about brewing right.

Jan 01, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz bottle on November 6, 2017. A malt forward IPA. Not bad, not great, just an average beer. Glad I tried it, but I probably will not have it again.

Nov 08, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Everydayoff from Thailand

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Hazy orange amber color, it tops with massive silky white head that stands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting frothy crown covering atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot here and there, high visible carbonation.

The aroma is bursting with solid hoppy goodness with wide varieties of note ranging from citrus, grapefruit, lime, lemon rind, melon, herbal, floral, spice, pine, resin, grassy, and earthy. Malt is also there in the undertone with its biscuit and sweet caramel.

The taste is rich and intense with the hoppy affair of strong piney resin, spice, herbal, earthy, grassy, as well as fruitiness ranging from citrus, grapefruit, lime, lemon rind, and melon together with persistent bitterness. Malt lays as a base of the flavor structure with notes of sweet, biscuit, and caramel. The aftertaste is long-lasting with grassy and resiny hop bitterness.

Medium to rather full body with some bold touch and some good crisp yet moderate lively carbonation through the palate, the mouthfeel is smooth with a refreshing touch and dry finish.

6.66% ABV, it is the number of evil making this IPA so intense with hop and deceivingly tasty like an evil.

Mar 03, 2017
 
3.97 by dcotom from Iowa on Jan 14, 2017
 
4.02 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Nov 03, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Big thanks to my down unda bratha for hand delivering this beast. A really tasty IPA, big, bo.d and brash. Huge bittering hop profile with maybe a bit to big of a malt backbone.

Aug 01, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Comes in an amber color that is warm, greeting. The lighter end of the amber spectrum. Aroma was probably the best international aroma/dry hop I've come across. And its been that way for years. I don't know if these are down under hops or new world varietals, but they are plenty juicy and funky.

The format is unfortunate. What can you do its halfway around the world. I imagine this would be very popular if it were produced locally and in 4/6 packs. It takes all the good things hop wise on the west coast and drops what I suspect to be a New Zealand hop product. Or a blend thereof. Fantastic stuff though, its only downside is the price and format. The malt is complimentary, not overly sweet or caramel heavy. Just the right amount.

May 30, 2016
 
3.74 by chrismattlin from Ohio on May 26, 2016
 
2 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on May 08, 2016
 
4.34 by jjdunce from Australia on Apr 02, 2016
 
3.79 by Waggman from Sweden on Jan 15, 2016
 
4.25 by Beernoobie from California on Dec 28, 2015
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Loved their Hop Zombie DIPA last year, siked to review some more hoppy goodness from this brewery, quite a fresh bottle at that. New 330ml format.

A - Pint pour is dark orange almost leaning towards reddish. Nice clarity with slow-rising bubbles. An off-white head starts at a couple fingers. A mostly full cap an thick ring remain at the end, with sporadic lace dots spread about.

S - Very nice melon, pine, pineapple, mango, and some sugar cookie sweetness. Gets a bit more weedy over time.

T - Lots of tropical fruit flavor coming through here with pine getting pushed to the background a bit, some floral mixing in here too. Sugar cookie malt is a bit stronger here, definitely some unabashed malt flavor going on here, but it meshes pretty well.

M - Quite a light feel with highish carbonation and medium bitterness. Nice mix of hop and malt flavor, extremely drinkable and impressively clean flavor.

O - Really nice tropical fruit hop/sugar cookie malt balancing act, almost comes off as a hoppy amber, reminds me of a mini-Nugget Nectar kinda, though the malt might be a bit overpowering on the whole. Still, an IPA worth celebrating Armageddon with, and the cleanness is really nice with so many IPAs looking like pulpy OJ nowadays. Wish it still came in 500ml as 330 goes all too quickly.

Dec 20, 2015
 
3 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Oct 17, 2015
 
3.93 by Dhamma73 from Massachusetts on Jun 02, 2015
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3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by AndreasDif

Fresh and tasty, maybe have travelled a little far before tasting

Jun 01, 2015
 
4.25 by life_of_agony from Australia on May 31, 2015
 
4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana on May 06, 2015
 
3.97 by BradleySteuart from New Zealand (Aotearoa) on Apr 24, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ARoman from Illinois

*transferred from old notes - 12/30/2013*
20 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. The aroma is initially doughy with some pine spice and citrus. As it warms up, and the head fades, caramel and bread scents dominate. It pours a sparkling clear honey-gold color with a fluffy, white head. The head is soft & creamy and dissipates relatively slowly. The head also presents a nice lacing - more so as it warms up - evenly distributed around the glass; consisting mostly of small lace with some medium lace which runs down when the beverage is cooler, but sticks at room temp. The hops’ bitterness comes through strongest on the sip, with some caramel malt sweetness in the undertones - the caramel malt becoming stronger near the back end of the pour. The lively carbonation is present throughout the glass along with the citrus and pine notes from the hops. The hop spiciness sticks around through this drier drink with a thin, soft mouthfeel; it leaves behind a resin aftertaste that lingers, but has a very refreshing / cleansing feel. Overall a very refreshing and pleasant IPA.

Apr 10, 2015
 
4.25 by moundbz from North Dakota on Mar 29, 2015
 
4.48 by Norvelljeff from Iowa on Feb 24, 2015
 
4.32 by ddaedalus from New Zealand (Aotearoa) on Feb 22, 2015
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2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Saksis from Norway

Not the best, but not the worst..

Jan 28, 2015
 
3.75 by Lodisgrisen from Finland on Dec 26, 2014
 
4 by spycow from Illinois on Dec 03, 2014
 
3.75 by BPMeyer27 from Ohio on Nov 28, 2014
 
3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 17, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by doktorhops from Australia

After being slightly jilted by their Hop Zombie, which purported to be the hop monster it was not, I was hesitant to “make it rain” and lash out another $17 on a bottle of Epic Armageddon IPA. But then that little voice in my head said “Get it Doc, they must have a brewed something big enough to quench your massive hop thirst” and with that I queued the sound of money flushing down a toilet and bought another Epic beer.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a hazy amber body with a nice dense-packed 1cm white head. Looks like a very tasty American Pale Ale, a tad lighter than a standard IPA though. 7/10.

S: Damn! Once again Epic have brought a brilliant hop bouquet to the table with a trifecta of pine resin/tropical fruit/floral hop notes blasted over a light toffee base. The tropical fruit represented by this brew are the papaya (with guava) characters that I noted in Hop Zombie, continuation of a great theme IMO. A superlative aroma, easily ten out of ten! 10/10.

T: Again the hop promise is great but the delivery leaves me wanting... too much concentration on aromatic rather than flavour hops perhaps? Regardless there is an obvious imbalance between setup and payoff with mild pine/citric hop flavours and an even-handed toffee malt base. The finish is a medium citric bitterness (your usual American IPA has a much higher bitterness) and there is a slightly citric bitter after taste. Considering the hop aromas noted this IPA falls well short of where it should be but is still an alright brew. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense but fizzy carbonation. 6/10.

D: Epic need to sort out their hop bill, or their process for hopping their beers if they want to play with the big boys in the US (aka Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, Founder’s, Brooklyn, etc...) as there is a definite disparity between the aroma and flavour of their hops. Disappointing in a way because I want the antipodean brewers to show the world just how great we can be at everything we try our hand at, and we’ve done that with wine (and now whiskey) - let’s do it with beer too! Oh yeah, you need to bring the price of your brews down in Australia Epic [like they even read my blog]. 7/10.

Food match: Thai/Vietnamese is a classic match for a hoppy IPA, this one isn’t overly hoppy but will still match well with those cuisines... had Korean for dinner tonight and that would have matched this to a T.

Nov 17, 2014
 
4.5 by thumperskibum from Indiana on Nov 09, 2014
 
4.1 by ttylicki from Ohio on Oct 20, 2014
 
4.92 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania on Oct 10, 2014
 
4.25 by KnowYourCraft from California on Oct 06, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

Well, let's see... Like waiting for a your new Russian wife at LAX to step off her flight, only to be greeted by a troll that takes tolls at the county bridge. All the way from New Zealand and Raul had high hopes! But those hopes were dashed with a caramel mess.

No, it's not a bad beer, and it's flavor profile is fairly clean. It's just 'copperish,' malty, 'caramely,' sweet... Not this players idea of an IPA.

Raul ain't feelin the All Blacks on this one.

Oct 04, 2014
 
4.2 by admiral from Australia on Sep 29, 2014
 
4.5 by Brandon_beer from California on Sep 28, 2014
 
4 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania on Sep 28, 2014
 
3.49 by brywhite from California on Sep 25, 2014
Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 259 ratings