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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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +4.4%
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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +6.4%
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 bierguru
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -

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Photo of pisano
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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 thegodfather2701
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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 stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -13.8%
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 Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +4.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -1.5%
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 -23.1%
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 Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 nataku00
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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 SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -7.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +10.6%
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 -13.3%
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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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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