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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 joecast
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super clear deep golden color. high carvbonation with large bubbles their way upwards through the beer. stable, thick, frothy just off white head. not much lacing, but good otherwise.

big hoppy aroma as expected from this style and this brewery. citrusy, maybe tangerine? malt is definitely there as well making this pretty bold on the nose.

wow. no doubt this is a super hoppy beer. bitter from start to finish carrying the rest of the beer on its back. enough malt presence to be able to pull it off too. big hoppy flavor flashes in the middle which is a nice find as it warms. great stuff. very clean finish and no fermentation or yeast to distract.

huge flavor here and its handled well, but finishes extremely lightly and clean and so so drinkable. maybe not the quite best ipa in the world, but ignroing that, this is bloody fantastic.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 12-30-2010
Courtesy of a friend; brought back from New Orleans.
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Honey colour with once finger of thick, bubbly white head that very quickly disappeared.

S - Bitter citrus hops initially, followed by floral notes and a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. After a while the nose becomes extremely sweet and the hops fade in to the background.

T - Sweet malts dominate the palate. The hops provide a good amount of bitterness and some light floral notes. Very malt forward overall.

M - Medium body; slight chew; lightly carbonated.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves some streaky and spotty lace. Light amber color with a mild haze.

I like the blend of soft pale malts with a lightly floral hop. There's also some notable alcohol in the background.

Less malt and more hop to the taste. The malt is crisp and refreshing, featuring the tastes of paler grains than the color would suggest. The hop flavor is quick to show up. It's peppery with some grapefruit rind thrown in. The alcohol seems more muted than the smell indicates. Very high level of carbonation; makes the body seem thin

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

Ah, merry Xmas to me from @laituegonflable.

Pours a deep coppery golden colour, bright enough to be called orange. Head is firm and full, and sustains itself for quite a while; a foamy polystyrene cap of surprisingly light white. Only small amounts of carbonation, and the lacing is sticky and full. Looks good.

Nose is big. Very big: a huge roundhouse kick to the nasal passages. Big American hop aromas of citrus and pine, very biting and sharp. I'm surprised in some ways, because I'd been expecting a big NZ IPA, but this is much more like the American style; full of Cascade, and possibly Chinook. Nothing of the new tropical-redolent Kiwi varieties. Still, it's incredibly intense and pungent, and the robustness is extremely worthy.

Pleasant bitterness on the palate, that stays straight and true right through to the back. Big bracing pine needle character with sharp and clinging hop oil on the back. I have to smack my tongue to get any sense back into it. Behind this, there's a nutty malt character, but it is well and truly under the thumb of the hops.

Feel is relatively light, but the clinging oily hop character gives it its own slickness.

There's no getting away from what the main event is here. This is a big and beefy hop-bomb, and it doesn't pretend to be anything else; it's not much point talking about balance or complexity here, this is a beer designed to be bold, brash, bitter and uncompromising. You have to give it credit for that.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, shared at a recent tasting at Brasserie V - not sure where they even find some of these beers

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, golden-orange body, filmy white froth

smell: aromatic, floral hops, tropical fruit, citrus rind

taste: I really like Nelson Sauvin hops so i wasn't surprised at all that this new zealand ipa was great. Oily hop resin, tropical fruit, sugary sweet ruby red grapefruit, orange zest. very nice

mouthfeel: oily, medium body

drinkability: good

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Photo of bobhits
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw like color with a nice amber hue. Loads of carbonation racing up from the bottom to a nice fluffy 2 finger but somewhat thin head.

Citrus and piney hops on a caramel and almost bready sweet malt nose.

Piney hops, citrus hops, and a strange malt that I'm not used to. The alcohol somewhat poorly finishes the flavor giving a somewhat off putting flavor that works to give this a dry finish. The malt really doesn't have a big role here. The hops and alcohol work together to just completely dominate this beer.

Dry well past what is needed for this beer. Extremely harsh in the mouth after a somewhat pleasant opening. This is well carbonated and has the right amount of body but this beer finishes poorly.

It is certainly a hop heads beer, all others stay the hell away. There are no other redeeming qualities to this extremely harsh and bitter beer. Thankfully, I'm a hop head and I'll enjoy every drop of this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharp and citrusy, this IPA shares resiny pine notes with a backdrop of caramel and graham cracker maltiness.

Armageddon pours with a medium true-amber color. The beer's carbonation fuels a creamy, sticky foam stance with an ordinate amount of lacing off eggshell white foam. With a modest haze, this is a prototypical IPA look.

Sharp pine and juicy citrus are the aromas that dominate the rim of the glass. Light acetetone alcohols and spice/caramel notes remind me of fruitcake and rum. But keep in mind, the nose of the beer is driven by the hops.

Again, the hop profile supercedes the malt in taste with a sharp resiny bitterness, bright citrus taste of tangerine and ruby red grapefruit. This showcase for hops are buffered only by enough maltiness to prevent the beer from a one-dimensional hop character. Malts provide the same caramel/graham cracker taste that was exemplified in the nose. Still, alcohols take on the flavor of nail polish remover and seem to be bitter and bitey.

Subtle creaminess early turns to a fleeting and hoppy-dry finish, ushered in by evaporative cooling and alcoholic warmth. Minty, grassy, and sharply bitter in the end, the beer's dryness is amplified by the flavor/feel of thinning alcohols.

An assertive IPA that has all the halmarks that's asked of an IPA. Where it excells in the fruity/hoppy aromas and taste, it digresses in the alcohol flavor and feel. Any hop head would feel at home with this beer in their glass.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Epic Armageddon IPA

Appearance: Clear light amber, very small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Fruit-berry, hops, and slight yeast.

Taste: Malty, flowery hops and subtle fruit-berry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Hoppy berry goodness. Balance is great with a pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of vincicle
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was delectable. It poured out a nice caramel tangerine color with only a sliver of head and very light carbonation. The smell was a wonderful citrus perfume that was nearly as fresh smelling as the fresh hopped beers I had just been enjoying in oregon. This was a huge surprise since this beer came from so far away. The lack of any spoil or moldiness in the nose was a tribute to the quality and craft of the hops in this beer.
The taste is equally impressive with almost no lingering bitterness and just a slight berry characteristic to the malt that is accompanies the hops perfectly. To be honest, I was enjoying this beer so much that I neglected to even note the ABV and all alcholic harshness was completed masked by the wonderful flavors. If you can find it, TRY THIS BEER.

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Photo of crossovert
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, hopefully fresh, but no date.

It pours a light golden orange with a big foamy white head that recedes semi-slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma smells greatly of hops, but also malt. It is a very full scent. The hops are a mixture of citrus and tropical with a lot of caramel backing.

The flavor is west coast. At first it has a vegetal taste, but then it mellows out into a semi-leafy, but also piny flavor. There is a nice bitterness level, though not an absurd amount. But it does have a surprisingly low malt backing. It is very hop forward. It smooths as it goes but it is a bit shocking at first.

It is a west coast styled IPA with perhaps not the greatest malt profile. If they worked on this a bit more it would be very good.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm starting to dig this brewery's hype on their beers. From "Epic" to "Mayhem" and now on to "Armageddon." Kind of feels like I'm stepping up to the next level with each one of these beers. Like the other Epic beers, this one pours with a huge and billowing head. Medium straw in color, some light carbonation. Once again, great head retention. From an appearance standpoint this beer is clear, though not as much as the others that I've had. Aroma is somewhat resinous though not piney, bordering on earthy. Mild grapefruit and orange peel notes as well. Taste is once again super clean, with a mouthfeel that I'm now comfortable referring to as Epic. It's slick, clean, with a nice level of carbonation. Hops up front are citrus and pine, there's some bitterness in the finish but it's not uncomfortable. Malt is subdued, doing it's work in the background to support a very unique hop profile. Really a very well balanced IPA. I'm going to be monitoring this brewery in the future, for sure.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figured for my 50th review I wanted to review something epic. Little too hot to have the Black Albert I've been saving so I figured to go with a beer that was quite literally "epic".

A - Nice clear amber with a slight one finger head that leaves practicly no side lacing but nice spiderlacing on the liquid itself.

S - An almost bready taste along with heavy citrus (grapefruit) but not all they piney. It must be the hops but theres quite a strong tobacco smell which is rather shocking and unexpected.

M - Crisp and clean this has medium, almost high carbonation.

D - Very nice, different IPA. Pretty sure this is my first time trying these hops. Such a unique flavor, but as the beer warms it loses a bit of the punch. Really glad I tried this New Zealand brew, but for the $9.99 picetag its definately not an every day pickup.

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Photo of Kala1073
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across this beer at one of my favorite beer stores. The pour is what you expect from an IPA. It pours a darker golden color with a nice white head. The smell, well the smell reminded me of pakalolo(marijuana)! As I was sharing this beer with a few friends, we all had a smirk on our faces because we were in agreement about the smell:) The taste was a little bitter in the front and then some piney hops followed, and ending in a taste that was simillar to the smell! We enjoyed this beer very much as it was a shot in the dark. I would pick this up again if it wasn't for the price! It is a little steep!

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this New Zealand brewery's wares showing up here in the triad of NC.Poured into an imperial pint glass a dull clear medium golden with just a hint of burnt orange,a nice tight one finger white head that settled slowly into a creamy mass.Great aromas,the cascade and centennial hops provide a nice mix of citrus and pine resin flare,a noticeable sweetish malt base holds thru as well.Flavors are simcoe all the way,quite bitter and resiny with a bit of tangerine-like fruitiness,its sharp as all get out.There is just barely enough caramel malt to keep it from being to bitter.Its a bit sharp but the flavors are just great,this beer shows me that brewers in the craft beer revolution around the globe want to emulate the American left coast style.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Brilliant, golden orange body with a finger of sudsy head that quickly dissipates to a moderate lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops with just a faint sweet malt.

Very citrusy, but to me it's a shade less bitter than grapefruit. Somewhat like an orange rind. Bright hops with a bit of pale malt sweetness.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation.

I took a chance on this beer and found myself greatly rewarded. A well balanced IPA that may be slightly less bitter than many American versions which is quite alright by me.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light clear honey, near white head leaves fast. Lots of spotty lace.

S - Grapefruit, juicy, malt as secondary.

T - Lush fruity front, malt in center, bitter at end.

M - Medium body, fair coating, good carb.

D - Very, very drinkable! Just a fun beer to enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow colour with a great generous white soapy head. Hoppy aroma, apparently Nelson Sauvignon. Easy mouthfeel, with tastes of orange,tangerine, melon. Very smooth IPA. A tad of acid in the finish, but not a big distraction. By far, best I have had from Autralia or New Zealand. Very drinkable superior IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice smell of hops, citrus, pine and a bit of malt.

T: Tasted of Nelson Sauvin hops (different from American West Coast hops), pine, orange, and malt. A strong character, but never off-putting.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied, slightly heavier than a typical American IPA.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the only, if not the only international beer I liked at the SD fest. Went and had this, Sculpin and Del Mar Jetty numerous times.

Good light amber pour, good lacing. Aroma was wonderful, and made me do a double take. . . this isn't a west coast brewery, yet has the big west coast dry hop feel to it. Taste, equally amazing, feels slightly different than the usual Amarillo and Simcoe combo, might have some of those Nelson Sauvin's in there giving it that almost rye like feel to the beer. This beer is definitely the exception to the rule about non-American/west coast ipas.

I hear its real expensive stuff in the bottle, but I drank lots of it at a good price at the fest.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long-neck 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Efullgent pale amber-tinged gamboge body, clear and capped with a soapy finger of ivory. Rich sudsy lacing and decent retention.

Potent pine and orange zest aromatics with a touch of earth.

Potently bitter palate entry, full of pine followed by a wave of citrus. Faintly soapy malt with an herbaceous element in the long, fairly dry finish. Starts off like a "West Coast IPA" in many ways, but the lingering malt aftertaste suggests an English inspiration...

Medium-light bodied, lightly oily and moderately carbonated.

Maybe not the best value if you live in California, but I would be quite pleased to have this around if I lived in New Zealand.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle had at Royston Hotel in Melbourne

A-- Poured a light gold brown with small carbonation bubbles. Very clear appearance. Poured a huge two finger off white head that settled down to just under one finger. Very good head retention and layered lacing in the glass.

S-- Very aggressive grapefruit smell, followed by pine and a bit of carmel smell. One of the best smelling IPA's I have had since moving to Australia.

T-- Big pine, grapefruit, orange, tart grapefruit and lemon taste, with just a bit of sweetness to this.

M-- Very tart and a lot of pine menthol feel to this. Just a bit of sweetness to this. Not really oily but more fruit driven. Medium to high carbonation and a good lemon pucker at the end of this.

D-- Maybe the best IPA in the Southern Hemisphere. Well hidden but obvious gimmicky ABV of 6.66. Very drinkable as 1-2 is very good. Pairs well with spicy food quite well and can be done as a nightcap easily. Only real negative is the price of the beer at I paid $18 for it at the Royston. Good purchase though. Can be found for about $13-15 AU though. The Murrays ICON and this are total standouts from this part of the world. Thought the Epic is much closer in bitterness of a US IPA.

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

Pours clear gold with a little head that dissipates to a fine ring, leaving some lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and hops.

Tastes of sweet malt and green hops. Finishes dry and bitter, with a bit of a vegetal flavor and some grapefruit and rind.

Body is light and carbonation is fine and tight, giving it a champagne mouthfeel.

This is a nice IPA, very drinkable, and I am liking the malt direction as well as the hops. Getting to 6.66 percent ABV though is a bit geeky gimmicky. Do they make a 7.77%?

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label art is a nice twist on a traditional label. Big bold colors, (each beer has a different bright color and #). This one is 42.

Poured a nice golden color with a medium sized frothy beige head. Aroma is outstandingly fresh. Hop scent is piney, sweet and fruity. A previous reviewer used the word "tropical", which is perfect to describe whats going on here. Flavor is similar, but the malt support is more apparent. Slightly metallic finish. Feel is super smooth but tingly from the carbonation. This is super drinkable, the bitterness is nice but not out of control.

This is a delight! I'd say its on par with most of the great american IPAs we have over here and it may be the best foreign american style IPA I have had But because of the price I can't do this too often.

10.99 for a pint.

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Guy411 I think. Pours a clear gold with an orange highlight and a filmy white head. Aroma is bright and tropical, reminiscent of Simcoe or more likely Nelson. Breadiness is a little too prominent, probably due to a bit of age. Slight metallic note as well. Light pale malty flavor up front with a decent amount of mango and piney hops. Bitterness is very solid. A get a slightly vegetal note in the finish as well as a hard water note. Obviously a great beer when fresh, this is closer to just 'good' now.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dusty bronze-orange with decent bubbly head that sinks quickly, hugely fizzy throughout the body, large soft drink carbonation around the edge. Slight haze can't disguise the fact that this looks overcarbonated, like ginger ale. Lacing is good though. Ah, it's pretty good I guess.

Ooh yeah, spank my olfactory, baby! Spank me with those hops, Epic. Smells like an empty jar that once contained hop pellets. Large West Coast characters, don't think it's Cascade but possibly Amarillo, Chinook or even Perle? I'm guessing a bit here though. Hugely floral and piney, spicy with sweet spikes of fruit aroma. Herbal and grassy edge just positively reeks of revolting freshness. Yeah, try and sentiment-analyse this review, computational linguistics coder! I'm being ironic of course, it's a gorgeous smell. Hop-haters beware, you will hate this. I love all the different hop notes coming at me, smells refreshingly bitter. A ripper.

Taste starts with a typical pale malt character, then quickly a hop flavour takes over, piney and fruity at first with notes of fresh bark, slight (ever so slight) cardboard character and some fresh tangerine. Bitterness emerges late-mid, none of that enamel-stripping harshness though, just a pleasant spicy and phenolic bitterness that again has that herbal/grassy edge of fresh hop and other edible vegetation. Lingers 'til the end but finish also has a mellow caramel character that provides some sweetness before the aftertaste is over, leaving just a slight bitterness. An impeccably handled 'big' beer, full of flavour but not a bombardment, it's turbulent and violent but balanced. It's like watching a fight between Chuck Norris and Mr. T unfold in your mouth.

Unsurprisingly, the fault in this beer lies in the texture - the harshness from the bitterness can be forgiven by the balance in the flavour, but the carbonation sizzle just adds to its erratic nature and strips it of any potential smoothness in drinking. It does have a nice body though, it's able to hold up that bitterness.

But ultimately fine-tasting equals fine-drinking and that's what this is. Hate to use the lingo of the interwebs in a review but this is an epic beer from Epic.

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Epic Armageddon IPA from Epic Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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