Epic Armageddon IPA | Epic Brewing Company

Epic Armageddon IPAEpic Armageddon IPA
256 Ratings
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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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, floral, and spicy hops with some caramel and lightly bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malt. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and tropical hops, spicy hops, bitterness, and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great hop profile with good bitterness and great overall balance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow in color with some hints of orange and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that has very good retention properties - leaving about a quarter finger covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grafruit hops with some lighter amounts of floral and tropical/pineapple hops.

T: This beer has a light body of caramel malt sweetness with a huge amount of hops flavors. The hop flavors are primarily grapefruit/citrus with some lighter notes of floral, spice, and tropical/pineapple. Tastes very fresh and there is only a light bitterness which does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable and very approachable IPA - super easy to drink. I will likely grab another of these the next time I come across it at the store as it is pretty close to sessionable for an IPA. Great flavors and smells.

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Photo of imbuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of TexasMartin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bierguru
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bonbini26
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pisano
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: slightly hazy light golden orange with half finger off white head that quickly dissipates. the beer becomes clear as it warms and there's some spotty white lacing on the glass.

s: light citrusy hop aroma with strong malt and some yeast.

t: very citrusy. good balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. not overwhelmingly hoppy, as it should be for an IPA. bitter on the finish with lingering flavors of tangerines and lemons. awesome.

m: light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

o: great, highly drinkable IPA that i could definitely drink as a session beer. if only i could get it around here more often.

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Photo of patjohnfive
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Reed
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ShaunSimpson
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours gold with a bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving some slight lacing

S-hoppy with some malty sweetness

T-hoppy, citrus notes, and a nice malt backbone to balance out the hops

M-slightly thick

D-very drinkable and smooth

Overall, this is a good beer that I am glad I had the opportunity to try, but it doesn't stand out in the world of ipas.

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Photo of mungus
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with a big dollop of white fluffy head.

Tons of pear and juicy fruit in the nose.

Crisp, clean IPA. Delicious esters of peered coupled with tangerine and mandarin orange that are followed with a earthy spice. Some light caramel notes but overall a lightly toasted biscuity malt character.

Dry finish with some spicy bite and lingering citrus.

Very delicious and easy to drink and I am glad I picked this up.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stoked to see this on the shelves in the fridge at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a light copper/golden colour. Bright with a two finger fluffy white head. Bright with good rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple.

T - Fresh tropical fruit, juicy hop fruitiness, some pine in the middle. Seemed quite tame for the style in that all the flavours were present, but presented in a subdued manner. Very mellow.

M - Some good bitterness, good carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Good but I was expecting alot more. Nothing was wrong with it aside from the fact that it's strength, naming, hype made me think it would be much more aggressive and complex. I wouldn't seek it out. It was good, just didn't grab me.

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Photo of stretke
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The scores give me hope that this will be an Epic IPA.

Pours a light gold with a legit head into my glass. I'm talking about a huge head! Wow.

Smells like a bitter on steroids: buttery, sweet with a decent whiff of hops.

Now this is what I'm talking about. The hops stand out as they should, adding a touch of pine resin to buttery, chewy malt. Is there a bit of mango/citrus too?

Mouthfeel holds up solid too with lingering bitterness and other flavors.

Much, much better from this brewery.

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Photo of BillMueller
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle I bought at Lizardville into a pint glass. The beer pours quite clear, with a golden, slightly amber hue and a two inch white head that reduces with plenty of sticky lacing.

Has a fruity, peppery aroma, with a decent amount of citrus, pineapple, bergamot, hibiscus and floral notes. Very appetizing!

Starts with abundant bitter hops which fade to a flowery sweet middle, before ending with a dry, bitter white grapefruit pith finish. Considering this is an import from a brewer that doesn't have much of a presence in NE Ohio, the taste has remained quite fresh and hop-forward. Quite impressive.

Light to medium bodied, the IBU's in this are getting my tongue and gums tingling. The bitterness is enough to dry the tongue out, but not leave it tacky or with any negative aftertaste.

I am quite impressed by the quality of this beer. A solid, tasty, drinkable IPA, marked by its very floral aroma and taste and hopped finish. Although tasty and hoppy, it manages to be full flavored without being overwhelming in any way. An absolute must-try if you can fund it!

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Photo of whahoppened
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made a bad homebrew once where the head would rocket up the sides of the glass, huge Pepsi bubbles, and collapse in fifteen seconds. It left no "lace", only a shimmering orange surface that I could stare into and see my insecurities reflected back at me. It didn't taste good either, but the point is that it was the only beer I've ever had that I would give a sub-4 score on BA's "appearance" scale.

This occurred to me as I peered through a tulip of Armageddon at a wobbly refracted light bulb across the room. Copper, crimson, clear but not too clear, my apartment looked like one of those cozy sepia memories of the Taft administration. How unlike New Zealand and its wild white clouds, patrolling Oceania's endless dome over deepest blues and desperate greens.

It was a really pleasant experience and I hadn't even sniffed the beer yet. It was also an experience I can replicate with most IPAs, because most IPAs look a lot like this one, give or take a few degrees Lovibond. So forgive my cynicism about my appearance rating here (, there, and everywhere), because I don't think beers vary in how they look as much as in how they taste.

The important thing is that this beer tastes very good, and the great thing is that it tastes very good in a way most other IPAs don't. It may be malty and sticky and alcoholly, but there's something feral and snarling about New Zealand hops, a chainsaw tearing into a pine tree, eventually felling it and clearing the path to the Southern Ocean. Something vast and unexplored. Look out at the water, it's not far to Antarctica.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves pretty decent lacing.

S- Smell is caramel malts with good amounts of herbal and citrus hops. Also picking up some slight hints of pine hops.

T- Follows the nose well. Slightly grainy caramel malts, light pine hops and tropical fruits. A nice amount of bitterness here too.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Pretty solid. A bit on the pricy side so not sure how often I'd pick this one up.

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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 256 ratings
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