Epic Armageddon IPA | Epic Brewing Company

Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA
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Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smithflipper on 08-16-2009

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of ZiggyPop
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of patre_tim
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter. Beautiful copper-red color with a two finger head.
Looks similar to some APA's.- like the Baxter brewing Pamola Xtra Pale ale in my tweeter pics(@thebrureview). It is brewed with caramalt and English pale ale malts.

The aroma isn't strong as other American I.P.As but has pleasant pine and citrus.

The carbonation is not overdone and suits the style well.

The taste stands out: pink grapefruit is prominent in the finish- a different grapefruit taste than other American I.P.As. It's easy to drink and I will try it again.Highly recommended. A singular A.I.P.A.

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Photo of
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear dark golden color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Looks pretty solid.

S: Some nice citrus and candied citrus notes. Tangerine and candied orange with some pale malt in the background. Faint mango and herbal hops.

T: A bit of a citrus hop bite right away. Grapefruit pith and some orange rind come first. Then a smooth wave of malt that has a touch of caramel. Finish brings a touch of hop resin. Not bad, but not something I'd probably go after again.

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Photo of Timadae
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours with nice amber golden colour and frithy head that quickly reduces.

S- Impressive citris and herba notes on the nose with a hint of piney hoppines.

T- Huge in the mouth with big flavours of herbals, citrus, pine and quite dense maltiness.

Really Expressive beer, one big fan here.

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Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale brass with just a finger of loose white froth that leaves speckles.
Incredible fresh hopsack nose with resiny tangerine.
Mango and papaya, some baguette, and singing, oily clementine skin hops with a bit of spruce.
Orange Swedish fish finish and herbal linger. Medium, sticky, round.

Big, sweet and fruity IPA with incredible freshness. Doesn't overplay the IBUs or the heat. I don't know how they get tropical fruit out of just English malts and US hops - is that a kiwi trick? Fairly dry and a bit tinny, which gives a clean, hard candy edge to the citrus.

A proper IPA.

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Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a blushing orange. Head dies off and now sits as a thin patch of white froth. The minuscule head does laces with much consistency. Body is transparent. Bubbles rise slowly and rarely from the bottom of the glass.

S-Big whiffs of candied citrus. Has a herbal component too. Quite a lot of sweetness. Sweetness is also complemented with notes of oily pine. Uniquely hopped but pretty balanced. Maybe this is a bit past its prime?

T-The flavor is a bit of an upgrade. There is a very intense dose of medicinal and bitter pine hops. Hints of onion too. Behind the medicine and pine is a sweetened candied citrus hop layer. The sugary citrus is followed by some dense maltiness. Rich caramel. The hop profile is unique. I thought that there surely would be some Nelson Sauvin in there but I looked it up and its all US varietals. Strange, but nonetheless, the hops deliver an individual taste.

M-Full bodied for the style. While this ale doesn't look all too carbonated, it nearly aggravates the tongue with its aggression. Bitter and resinous. Dry. I naturally tend to partake slowly with this one.

O/D-A unique imported IPA. I really thought the hops expressed themselves in a tasty and standout manner. However, I was not a big fan of how the malt ticket was constructed. The sweet and bitter conflicted and bickered. Take the hops from this and meld them with a more agreeable malt backing and this would be phenomenal.

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Photo of Backlash209
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GregoryMo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head really on a crystal clear golden orange body. If it had a head this would be near a 5.

S: excellent candy sugar, maple syrup, grapefruit and pineapple citrus aroma.

T: fresh herbs, grass, light pine, hints of sweet citrus up front but the more tart and piney flavors take over quickly but the fruity sweetness remains in the background. Little malt presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one has lots of hop flavor and is very drinkable. Nice sweet and pine interplay.

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

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles rapidly, but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Pungent hops and sweet, caramel malt with notes of orange, grapefruit, and pine.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with some pine hops. Clove, orange, and more pine hop notes in the middle with caramel and toffee malts. Finishes with more pungent pine and citrus hops as well as thick malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the hops and pungent and bright with a surprisingly strong and dark malt backbone the belies the light color of the beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Paige
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.2% out of 100 with 256 ratings
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