Epic Armageddon IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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

500 mL bottle poured into a British pint glass.

Appearance - Remarkably clear body with a big white head at first. Not great retention. It's gone fast, but it sticks nicely to the side of the glass as a good IPA should.

Smell - Earthy, grassy, and piney hops. Some bitter citrus involved as well. Some malt in the back, but it doesn't scream sweetness.

Taste - The malt is more prominent, but still a hop-forward IPA. Sweet malt, but only for a moment, then it's drowned out by more pine and grassy hops. The bitter finish isn't overwhelming. Enough to be a solid IPA.

Mouthfeel - A little more malt-forward than a true hop bomb IPA. Slightly heavier in the body, but still easy drinking. Well carbed.

Overall - A good, but perhaps unremarkable IPA. Definitely not worth the import costs. At the same price, I'd take this over a Two-Hearted, but it certainly isn't the same price.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listen I love IPA and I like most "epic" beers, quite the beergeek terminology. This IPA is solid all around it's hard to pick on it being the U.K.'s drunken cousin with a rap sheet isn't it hard enough to get by with that reputation. These guys who I first heard of through last year's DFH callaboration during the short lived Travel Channel Brewmasters series. As I pour this unique shaped bottle into my nonic pint I think to myself, why the fuck did I just spend 8.99 on a bottle of 6.66% New Zealand single IPA for 16.9 ounces. Well this is Ohio, and all of the Americans are using New Zealand hops in beers like Alpine Nelson, Widmer Bros even has a Nelson Sauvin hopped beer, hell Sierra Nevada has the Southern Hemisphere Harvest ale. It's time to try an IPA from New Zealand the motherland of Lord of the Rings, quite the "epic" movie series to go with this "epic" IPA. Alright half the beer is gone and I haven't even described it yet...WTF! Alright it's got a pale golden copper body with a bright egg shell white head flowing thick and dwindling or at least getting glugged down pretty quick. Fine speckled bands of lacing left behind, visually eye appealing in this "epic" bottle. Aroma, okay I'll give you a fair shake...citrus twang with a bit of funk slightly tropical in nature could even be called old sweat socks funk, either way it's effin' "epic". A bit of tart malts intertwine with the same hop description I've given you. Flavor has a hoppy...earthy funky tropical hop kick that will leave enough bitterness and cereal malts to leave this big guy from Ohio happy enough...a light golden ale in America could potentially have more hops but due to the delicate malt profile the hops in here come off "epic". Mouthfeel let's not forget that or the alcohol is 6.66% in an Armageddon IPA, GTFOOH! I just made an "epic" acronym for get the fuck out of here. Alcohol evident slight pine/citrus rind bitterness and hop oils leaves behind a pretty "epic" beer drinking experience, with a nice drying finish and moderate carbonation keep on chuggin'. Wait you want another pint point nine ounce bottle, that'll be an "epic" $8.99!!!

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Photo of HipHop5
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a long absence from my beer reviews, I have found a beer that got me back out of my hibernating bear mood.
I was looking for this beer for a while.
During Mexico holidays vacation I receive an email alert from my local specialty beer vendor in LA Wally's. I call via skype and reserve few bottles with great joy anticipation.

It pours a very bright orange golden color in a tulip. (glass ware is extremely important for this beer, as it's fragrance deserve respect)

Solid head that retain for short period with mild lacing traces on the glass.

Amazing complexity of citrus and earthy pine needles mixes with light berries caramel cotton candy malt sweet aromas. It changes with warmth into earthier/mustier notes. I am salivating:)

Taste very close to it's aromas. Hop grind on first sip that fades into a luscious hop flavor of rare intensity and complexity. Extremely floral, the citrus grapefruit and a light touch of passion fruit cuts through the caramel malt foundation quite extraordinarily, living a extra super dry finish that screams," one more sip,just one more sip". Can't get enough of this brew. The carbonation is a bit high but escape this miracle beverage at the perfect ratio to first, open up the taste buds to the hop acidity, then round up the tragic but delicious last bit of it, to live you with a tear at the corner of the eye knowing that this is beer is rare and a financial investment for the average wallet.

Epic has created, not only a great and potent IPA, but also a object of desire that awaken both sense and intellect with it's name ARMAGEDDON (we are in 2012 after all :) and its evil 6.66% abv.

Hopheads, you know what to do! Beer lovers, don't think about it twice when you see a bottle at your local vendor.
IT'S A TREAT, and you deserve it. Cheers.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Armageddon rained down on me in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The puffy and off-white head started out as an impressive mass of two-fingers. It has receded to a slight cap of sporadic bubbles.

The body is a glassy gold-copper with fast bubble streams rising to the lid. A fast deteriorating head on a supposedly hoppy beer is never a good sign...

Smell- Well now, that was a pleasant surprise! The nose is greeted with a wonderful resin oil and slightly citrus note, grapefruit and lemon. That is quite delightful!

Taste- The flavor starts out with the strong resin and a general hop grassiness. It never really turns the corner to a full citrus taste, just a slight hint of some grapefruit.

Instead, in the middle of the drink just the slightest biscuit and wheat malt comes through. Then the finish lends to the bittering hops and a little kiss of honey.

Expect that resin hop to be everywhere in the mouth. It is a pretty good mix of flavors, but the bitter and general grassy hops are too forward. That great citrus nose needs to translate here.

Mouth feel- The medium body is pretty standard. Not really great coating, and whatever creaminess may be here is dwarfed by the bitter finish.

Not necessarily bad for an IPA, not really that great for an IPA either.

Overall- This is a pretty decent, resiny IPA. It is a good bitter bomb, which hop heads should enjoy.

The feel just is not attenuated enough, and the citrus flavors are a real let down after the promise of the nose.

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but dull golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms and recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Resiny, perfume like hops. Tree sap and pine aromas. Fairly oily and slick. Not much else.
T: Big resiny pine/sap like flavors along with some peppery spice. Slick, oily, and soapy. Some grainy malt tries to make its way to the front in the finish.
M/D: Medium carbonation but viscous, resinous, and overly oily. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

A fairly standard IPA as far as I am concerned. Lots of resiny hops for the hop head if that is your thing. This will probably not be a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of xdefeatsy
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Wine source...enjoyed from a goblet, shared with tenderbranson69.

A beautiful copper tinged golden with great clarity and fast moving carbonation with small bubbles rising to a light cream cap which has great retention and fine bead. This is an IPA that screams NZ hops -smell of white grape from Nelson Sauvin is there with lots of tropical, fruity and floral odors...there is a sunny vibrant quality which has a hint of sweetness in the aroma but fruit is juicy smelling with mellow tangerine and subtle vegetal accents with some mango and perhaps passion fruit.
The feel is smooth in bitterness up front with moderately high carbonation and mild astringency levels. The bitterness creeps in mid taste and becomes slightly sharp but recedes toward the finish with is interesting how it peaks with mild acidity and nice backbone of malt but the finish is mostly dry.

I like the flavor of New Zealand hops in this, there is some tangy fruitiness with good malt backbone adding some sweet tinges to the mildly vegetal hops. The tropical taste is there with the white grape tanginess, mild mango and it gets more grapefruity toward the finish where the majority of the bitterness emerges in the back end. The malt never intrudes just supports the hop flavors which are potent and come off as a tangerine and citrus with the tropical notes secondary really. There is mild pine-like sharpness as it finishes hitting the back of the throat with some spice but in general the intensity is right on the money, no alcohol anywhere in the taste. This is one extremely quaffable IPA I tried to savor it, but each taste begs for another and The taste is just different enough from your standard west coast citrus bomb to really keep things interesting -juicy not overly bitter and super tasty!

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Photo of Jenray
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rwilde
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of nataku00
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a wine glass. Beer poured a clear orange with a finger of off white soapy head. Head leaves a lot of sticky lacing as it dissipates. Very active carbonation, plenty of tiny bubble streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is decent, mainly bitter grapefruit peel and pith, with some lighter sweet orange, and some fresh pine and grass hop aromas. Just a faint caramel sweetness as the beer warms a little.

Taste follows the nose, bitter citrus peel and pith with both grapefruit and orange, fresh pine needles leaving resinous bitterness on the tongue. Middle of the mouth has a good malt presence, caramel and lightly toasted grains. Finishes dry with light citrus hops.

Light to medium body, but heavily carbonated with prickly bubbles on the tongue. A nice beer IPA from the southern hemisphere.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SonicsLi
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at RSVP in Portland, ME. B.B. 06.04.12

Pours a golden amber with some off-white head. Nose is full of piney and earthy goodness, and I smell some sticky pale malt in there too. This smells great.

Palate is gripping with hop "acidity" and bitterness. Tastes really fresh and chewy. Leafy bitter dry hop character dominates but there's some citrus flavors in the background too, mostly yellow grapefruit. Long, hoppy finish.

Notes: On first sip, I didn't think I was going to like this. I tasted a bit of biscuit malt. But I think that was a fluke because the hops dominated this beer. Don't think shipping it across the ocean did it any favors, but I think I can taste the pure beer enough to guess.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw - one finger pillowy head, some lacing, a few large bubbles slowly rise.

Aromas of pine, citrus. Strong aromas, good stuff.

Taste is a balanced mixture of hops, citrus, pineapple, lemon, pine and some dryness. ABV of 6.6 holds well, and despite indications of hop-bombness of Epic brews, it's not overpowering. Nicely carbonated.

Good beer, but not worth the $15 price tag, sadly. Overall -1 point for that

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Photo of matjack85
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this on the beer menu at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. I never saw a New Zealand beer on their menu before, so I decided to try it despite the high price. It comes in a big .5L brown bottle, but they charge $11 for it, so it's not cheap.

The beer poured a mostly clear and rich gold color with 2-fingers of foamy white head that lasted about 2 minutes and left splotchy lacing.

The smell was both hoppy and full of tropical fruits. I loved the smell of this beer.

The taste was malty sweet with plenty of fruits and plenty of hops for balance, but the interesting thing was that the hops weren't that bitter. There was only a mild bitterness to this one. I don't think I've ever had New Zealand hops before, but I liked how they worked in this beer. Cute use of the 6.66% alcohol content (666) in a beer called Armagedon, but the alcohol is barely noticeable.

Light to medium bodied with only medium carbonation, which I thought could have been higher.

While the price keeps it from being an everyday drinking beer, I'd recommend trying it every once in awhile as a treat to yourself. I've seen this beer on store shelves since trying it at Quencher's, and found the store price to be $9.99 a bottle, so the $11 bar price is not much of a mark-up.

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

Deep gold, medium-big off-white head slowly steadily shrinks.

Aroma is very juicy and citrusy, esp. grapefruit, with some yeasty bread and faint raisiny element underneath. It is very bright and clean, and pleasant.

Taste is very juicy, minerally, leafy with raisiny-sweet bread dough underneath the zesty, juicy yeastiness and hoppy bitterness. It has nice balance and well-rounded character, a characterful and firm but easy-going IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with this dude that always shows up wherever I am. Beer is orange / peach colored, hazy with a nice white head, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is malty, earthy, piny, hops. Good.

Beer is heavy on the palate, malty, earthy, grinding sulfur hops, sweet malt backbone, decent but not great. I enjoyed it, would have it again but there are better IPAs.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at Churchkey. Served in a stange.

Pours a golden-peach color with a good white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some very nice tropical fruit character and a bit of citrus. The flavor is lightly-malty and has some faint tropical character. Nothing too over the top. Light body with good carbonation and moderate bitterness. Well done.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$9.95 bomber from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Well, it had some sort of date code, but when I tried to wipe away some condensation from it, it wiped away too.

Bright shiny rich gold body with lively carbonation, topped by four fingers of rocky snow white froth.

Deep inviting grapefruit and orange aroma.

Solid sweet caramel foundation. Big orange and grapefruit builds on that base. Assertive bitter bite at the swallow that mingles and then outlasts the fruit through the aftertaste.

Solid medium mouthfeel carries the beer with a light carbonation.

Overall, a superior ipa which traveled from New Zealand (is that considered "down under"?)very well. Recommended.

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Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review's from a little while ago, found it and decided to put it up.

Duvel glass. Pour yields an apple juice colour with good head and lacing.

Classic IPA aroma. Honey/rye-y malt, parmesan umami, lychees, grapes, pineapple, more honey. Beautiful tropical fruit nose, like a honeyed fruit salad. Rockmelon. Galaxy? Nelson Sauvin? Maybe Cascade. Know nothing about hops but they're my guesses. Edit: Apparently it's Cascade and Centennial.

Taste is a carry-over of the nose with more pine and a tea-y British-tasting hop presence notable. Bit of bitterness, but not quite as much as there could be.

Mouthfeel is thin, highly carbed and textbook.

Overall a great beer from our Kiwi brothers. In the same league as Blind Pig. But, why is this beer so expensive, almost the same price as grey market Blind Pig? World class beer, and priced accordingly.

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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 258 ratings