Epic Armageddon IPA
Epic Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #568
Ranked #5,751
4.06 | pDev: 11.82%
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand
Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon 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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JustCamIt from Virginia

2.47/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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ARoman from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*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
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doktorhops from Australia

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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RaulMondesi from California

3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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SmashPants from Australia

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Format: enjoyed this at the Beervana Master Homebrewer Class. 250mL taster.

Appearance: pours a vibrant orange colour with chunky carbonation across the profile. A one-finger whit head hangs about for a bit before fizzling to a thin cap.

Aroma: a limited aroma of sweet pine & grapefruit hops.

Taste: a much stronger version of the same sweet pine & grapefruit hops. Some sweet biscuit malts behind also. Nice complexity.

Aftertaste: some bitterness comes through in the aftertaste with a lingering sweetness from the malts. Nice.

Mouth feel: full in body with a moderate carbonation that really brings the flavours forward.

Overall: a fantastic example of a standard American IPA. The flavours are complex and bright, the feel is crisp and refreshing. As usual with Epic Brewing, there is only one catastrophic issue - a bottle is AU$15, making an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL at least $160+. It's a nice beer, but there are equivalents for nearly half that.

Sep 25, 2014
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coriswrasse from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared in two Sam Adams perfect pint glasses
2 fingers of thick head that leaves very nice lace.
good carbonation and clarity. color is golden straw.
nice New Zealand hop smell.
very nice floral taste that is balanced and leaves a sweet resinous feel.
very well made beer. would buy again.
I purchased at the Greenville Beer Exchange in SC. Thanks Guys.

Aug 08, 2014
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alphagnome from Iowa

3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, golden colored body lays beneath a thick, porous bone-white head. Retention, lacing, and carbonation trails are light.

Did someone just set up a Christmas tree in here? Hoppy pine, pine, pine, and more pine. Pine-cone, dry grass and tree bark, and light spicing. Perhaps a bit of sawdust - smells dry.

Similar to the aroma - piney. Bitterness is potent and hits you right away and leaves your tongue tingling for the entire sip. Very earthy quality to the hop profile with a bit of oak. A slight sweet spike on the finish gives you a hint of tropical fruit, but is quickly subdued by bitterness while screaming "uncle!"

Done dry. I typically don't mind a dry IPA, but I don't like being more thirsty at the end of a glass than I was before I started - seems counter productive. Body is pretty light and carbonation is spot on. Bite is nearly perfect as well - potent without knocking you off your feet. Adjusting the finish would help this one tremendously.

A solid IPA, but far too dry for my liking. With a few changes, in my opinion this would be a force to be reckoned with.

Jun 05, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in may, so freshness was undoubtedly an issue here. light copper to honey colored ipa, frothy white head, and mostly clear. the nose is mostly bitterness in this one, with some resinous hops and a thicker malt body. the flavor must have faded a lot, because i get just a bit of hops, but more just stale grain and bitterness. the whole thing really doesn't have much flavor at all until the finish, which is pine and bitterness all the way, with a very full body. my problem with this, and a lot of beer from new zealand, is that by the time it gets here, its fading, and given that new zealand grows some amazing hops, its a let down in these hop forward brews that we never get them in their prime. this one falls into that category, and is probably so much better at the source. still, not a bad brew and worthy of a try.

Feb 08, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lumsden Freehouse in Auckland.
Clear medium-light amber body with medium carbonation and a very durable off-white head.
Aroma: hop forward, mostly floral with some herbal
Flavor: hop forward: herbal with a hint of weed. Mildly bitter aftertaste with some lingering herbal and floral notes.

Feel: near medium body; medium-light carbonation. .

O: OK but not worth seeking out.

Dec 11, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body with a fluffy white head. Piney bitter hops lead with grapefruit, orange, and melon rind. Taste is also very hoppy, more floral and dank than smell, smooth malt rounds out. Feel is hoppy yet smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, though it leaks booze on the edges. Good but not complex or nuanced at all

Nov 29, 2013
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JohnnyRay from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I loved the marketing for this beer. It poured a clear orange colour with two fingers of frothy white foam. There was low retention for the head with some lacing down the side of the glass, and no carbonation.

The smell was not strong with floral notes and a hoppy aroma.

The taste was a balance of sweet malts and bitter hops.

A great tasting beer well worth the purchase.

Aug 31, 2013
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Killer beer that really shows NZ to be in the forefront of hoppy beers which is a change from the way they brewed 5-10 years ago. The hops come off the nose with mighty aplomb and the taste is sheer hoppiness with a solid malt backbone. This beer is very drinkable and yet shows some complexity as it opens up. Not many North American IPAs match this beer for both quality and hoppiness.

May 21, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden/copper, thumb of white head settled at half a finger with bubbles rising from the bottom
S - citrus and fresh greens, bubble gum, mild florals and grains
T - leafy greens and bubble gum flavours prominent up front, followed by a floral bouquet, light multi grain cracker maltiness, finishes clean
M - light body with pleasant carbonation, crisp and clean with light bitterness and medium dry finish
O - pleasant and refreshing IPA with a nice mellow mix of hop flavours but retains and nice balance, well worth seeking out ... plus the ABV is the number of the beast!

May 11, 2013
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Full tight white head billowing up 2 fingers and leaving plenty sudsy lacing. A rich gold clear ale that shows just a few lazy streams of bubbles slowly raising...sunshine in a glass.

S: fresh floral and citrus rind chased by sweet malts. A nose full of sweet floral fragrance reminiscent of amber perfume, with notes of sweet caramel and musky woods. Amazing smell - if it was bottled I'd wear it as perfume, happily.

T:Front notes of bitters, grapefruit rind with pine and fresh cut grass. Malty notes on the back end that balance bitters out to allow the bitters shine through brightly and balanced with malty richness.

M: Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. The alcohol esters help spread the floral and citrus bitters around the entire mouth

O: Wonderful balance between bitters and malts that allows the fresh floral scent and flavour to shine through. The floral presence and sweet caramel is intoxicating and alluring, much like perfume - delicate with warm notes underneath - expertly balanced to draw the drinker in.

Mar 12, 2013
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steelerguy from New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very clear, moderate carbonation, smallish head that fades rapidly leaving some big soapy like bubbles with a little lacing.

S - Great hop aroma right when you crack the bottle open, a good bit of citrus, a little floral, and a touch of sweet fruit.

T - Much like the aroma, lots of hop character, again mainly citrus with some floral and tropical fruit notes. The sweetness from the malt along with the tropical fruit hops reminds of me lychee.

M - Thin, very well attenuated, a little carbonic sting.

O - This beer shocked me. I was expecting some crap to be honest, but as soon as I opened the bottle I knew that was not going to be the case. Very much like a West Coast IPA, lots of hop character, still in balance, just a really good IPA.

Mar 05, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a very clear gold-amber with a finger+ of thick white head.

Smell. Big juicy tropical fruits and some citrus rinds with a little clean toasty malt.

Taste. Nice citrus rinds and a little pine followed by juicy citrus and tropical fruits (but not very sweet). lightly floral hops and some nice dry toasted malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic IPA with some really nice tasting hops and not too sweet ...which I appreciate.

Feb 04, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. They had me at 'The Answer to Everything' banner, subtitled by the number 42 floating in hops. Then they had to go on about the Big Bang and one's last drink on Earth. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this kind of marketing. What, no suggestion for this as an ideal chaser for a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?

This beer pours a slightly chill-hazed pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of fluffy, tight, almost creamy dull white head, which leaves some sparsely-separated Joshua tree lace around the glass as it evenly washes away.

It smells of pungently fruity orange and grapefruit rind, with more than a touch of juicy flesh, leafy, resinous pine needles, bready caramel pudding, and a warming floral booziness. Delightful. The taste is more bitter grapefruit pith, orange zest, some swirling, muddled tropical notes, tamely astringent pine, crackery, bready caramel malt, some further mildly spicy hops, and a subtle herbal warming.

The carbonation is average - competent, supportive, and then see-ya, the body a sturdy, stout medium weight, and smooth in a spartan, tightly no-frills manner, the hops seemingly doing their best not to interfere. It finishes off-dry, the tropical fruitiness having as much to do with it as the understated caramel malt.

Zoweee! One zark of a well-balanced, yet still eminently hoppy IPA, one with the right heft and quite pleasant drinkiness, all the better to cushion you for things such as matter transference beams, or you know, just plain ol' falling down. Highly recommended, as the BIg Bang Theory is just about to start. Of course it is.

Feb 01, 2013
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with orange brown tinge, filtered low visible carbonation, 2 finger slight yellow head. Nice frothy foam.

S: Ciutrus hops, spicy hop heat, typical American IPA reminding me of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo. Dry, a bit of caramel malt.

T: Hopy, citrus hops, spicy hops, dry finnish. Nothing outstanding, balanced and smooth, bitter linger. A good old American IPA.

M: Medium body with a somewhat resiny bitter linger. Medium carbonation.

O: Delicious, smooth, novelty beer in Canada or US, so was glad to get my hands on one. However the style is widely available in other brands, and I would say it in itself is not outstanding, just great, but way overpriced at $10 a bottle where I got it in NC.

Jan 29, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/1/13

A clear golden copper with lots of tiny bubbles throughout, two fingers of off white foam that stick around for a while ending up as an island with a couple thick tings of lace

S nice tropical notes, passion-fruit, lemon, guava, pineapple, and a slight floral aspect with a hint of sweetness, I'm loving the nose on this one

T some faint pine and some lime on top of what I smell, a little rind opposed to the fruity flesh on the nose but it still works very well, faint caramel but it's mostly tropical hops

M light bodied for the style but the tiny bubbles work well, a nice mellow bite and a lingering rind pine finish

O it smells amazing and I have very little to complain about elsewhere, My glass was empty by the time I typed these words and I could easily take down another bottle or two

I've had great luck with Kiwi IPA's and I hope that trend continues, pretty stoked to see this brewery on the shelves here in Alberta, I'll be drinking this again

Jan 15, 2013
Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 259 ratings