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 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 aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 dgilks
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately clear, gold colour. Big, creamy white head. Okay retention with the head dissipating to a 7mm layer.

Big, prominent hop aroma. I get lots of floral, perfume-like notes. The background has hints of pine and white grapes.

This is great. High hop flavour with the floral notes really coming through. A high hop bitterness is present but not overbearing. Malt flavour is low but the malt profile is sufficient to hold up and balance the hops. Strong lingering bitterness in the dry finish.

Smooth and medium bodied, the carbonation is enough to help deliver the hops without being too high. A bit of hop-derived astringency is present but it may be a case of a little bit being accentuated by the dryness.

A great, hoppy beer with lots going for it. Pity about the price.

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Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

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

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of herbal and heavy citrus aromas. Also present are slight hints of pine hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of herbal and light pine hops. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens with moderate amounts of citrus hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer for the style with no faults, but nothing stood out as above average. A bit pricy, but worth a shot nonetheless.

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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 Beginner2
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had fresh in Auckland.
An attractive Looking AIPA, amber and orangish with a nice head. Smells give me mostly bitter hops with malt backbone.
Tastes are not for me: too piney and bitter... but that is just me with those type and amount of hops. (I'm told 60 IBU... and my tastebuds break out into a sweat at about 50.)

With the label touting it as "The Answer To Everything", Armageddon IPA overstates its case... along with its hops.
But, I also can understand why hop-heads rate this highly: it seems a well-constructed ale.

Armageddon IPA is reviewed at length in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!" You will appreciate this beer and its innovative team much more if you can read that article. They are very serious about brewing right.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows loads of fruity hops; heaps of rockmelon, peach, apricot, tangerine,orange blossom, lemon sherbet and confectionery. Not much is detectable underneath it all, except for a faint hint of crystal. Pretty amazing.
Flavours show more malt, at first it's a big, resinous, piney hoppy hit but then some crystal and light toasty malt shows. Some of the fruit remains, in particular tangerine and peach. Bold bitterness, but in no way extreme.
Great moderately high carbonation. Body could be a little richer.

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Photo of chrismattlin
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle.

Pours a brilliant, crystal-clear golden orange with a big creamy white head that leaves splotchy lacing and hangs around as a cap for the duration.

Aroma is nice and sweet with pineapple standing out alongside the toasted bread of the malts. Maybe some additional grapefruit and oranges notes - definitely fruity.

The taste is also heavy with juicy fruits - this time the grapefruit rinds are more prominant and there is a more pronounced pine resin character with toasty malts in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and spot-on for an IPA for me.

This is a really fruity and complex version of a standard IPA. I'm really pleased with all the flavors and fruit with the fairly tame <7% ABV which makes it really drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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 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 vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden/copper, thumb of white head settled at half a finger with bubbles rising from the bottom
S - citrus and fresh greens, bubble gum, mild florals and grains
T - leafy greens and bubble gum flavours prominent up front, followed by a floral bouquet, light multi grain cracker maltiness, finishes clean
M - light body with pleasant carbonation, crisp and clean with light bitterness and medium dry finish
O - pleasant and refreshing IPA with a nice mellow mix of hop flavours but retains and nice balance, well worth seeking out ... plus the ABV is the number of the beast!

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Photo of SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tullys in Wells Maine. Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a attractive yellowish orange, the sticky white head is the highlight of the look. Nice citrusy smell. Wish it was a little less sweet on smell & taste. Solid body, on the fuller side. Very solid IPA, little pricey.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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