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Epic Barrel Aged IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Barrel Aged IPAEpic Barrel Aged IPA

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the beginning, there was Armageddon. Then an impish brewer put the beer in new oak barrels to age it for 8 weeks. This was to reproduce the original IPA of the 18th century. It may be too huge for this fragile planet so enjoy this beer like it was the last one on Earth.

This is Armageddon that has been aged in new American Oak barrels for 3 months, then the beer is blended back with fresh Armageddon in a ratio of one part fresh Armageddon IPA to two parts Barrel Aged.

Added by jbowers56 on 07-04-2010

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by lazjuarez:
Photo of lazjuarez
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured vigorously from a bottle (500ml) into a tumbler

A: Pours a light golden color with some light orange hues. About a finger worth of eggshell colored head, sticks around for a bit, but recedes leaving some small lacing. Clear with light carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass

S: Nose is of grapefruit peels, astringent but not overwhelming whatsoever. The barrel aging lends some great soft notes as well, enhancing the citrus notes and tying the pine notes almost seamlessly. Great oak, almost cedar-like qualities are more pronounced as it warms.

T: The taste is less bitter than I would prefer, but barrel aging would mellow that aspect of the beer. Less citrus, more pine in the taste, and just the right amount of oak.

M: Medium bodied; light breadiness, small carbonation, and a bit of warming alcohol. At 7.25% ABV, alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Overall a very nice take on the style, but a bit more carbonation or higher ABV would be ideal.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful drinking IPA. Nothing special looking, a little head on yellow coloured body. More wood than hop aroma. SMooth mouthfeel, great drinkability. The hoppiness was there, it was terrifically well rounded. Bottle from Premiere Gourmet, thanks for picking up Jon.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty incredible. Great white head, over an remarkably clear golden yellow body. Suprisingly and refreshingly pale.

This is a tough one. The smell is amazingly oaky. Really strong woody, vanilla like notes jump straight out at you. The typical Epic citrus hop onslaught is still there, but it is really having a hard time competing with this. It's a hugely interesting smell, though not totally coherent with what an IPA should be. Perhaps....

Wow, this is an oak bomb. The hops are there, offering some grapefruit, and a little pine to the table. But man, that oak is formidable. For me, the malt simply provides a little bit of sweetness to balance. I have a very hard time picking past the explosion of oak and hop flavours. Again, very very odd for an IPA. As it warms, the oak/hop combination reveals a slight herbal quality.

Not too chewy, and moderately carbonated. I like my IPA's pretty thin, but still with some smoothness. This really ticks those boxes. Bitterness lingers, but not aggressively so.

Drinkability is hindered only by the sheer potency of that oak flavour.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So interesting, I had to pick it up.

Pours a dark yellow color, clear. Not the prettiest IPA IMO.

Smells of citrus, flowers and some noticeable oak and bourbon notes.

Citrus and floral hops and some mild bitterness with a touch of oak and bourbon.

Slick and medium bodied, pleasant enough.

Overall, an interesting BA choice of an IPA. I think I like their normal IPA better, but this was good.

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Photo of spicelab
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle thanks to [email protected]

Muddy orange, quite cloudy, with a two-finger slightly off-white frothy head. Slow to retreat with a few lace spots and a raised ring.

Initial hit of lemon zest, before biting lavender and oaky vanilla barrel notes hit hard. Serious stuff. At times some candied citrus and pineapple comes through, but the oak pretty much has the base beer by the balls.

Preserved lemon, marmalade, lavender, oak and a moderate bitterness that is hard to pin to any hop because the barrel characteristics hang so heavily. At first I'm not a fan but the intense floral nature kind of grows on me.

Medium slightly syrupy mouthfeel with above average carbonation and realatively mild bitterness, again probably softened by the oak.

This doesn't enhance or skew Armageddon, it turns it into an axe-wielding maniac. Completely different beer that is quite an experience, but I think it needs a much shorter barrel aging so that it doesn't extinguish the base beer to such an extent.

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Photo of jmccullough108
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, light bronze color. Medium sized, foamy, bubbly, light, sticky, white head. Decent retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - A touch on the faint side. A good amount of wild berries, tropical and citrus fruit. Slight tartness from the berries (think lingonberries or gooseberries). Pairs nicely with a faint oakiness that provides a hint of vainilla.

T - Similar hop profile to the nose. Slightly tart berries are strongest giving way to a slight orange/rind and floral flavor. Good amount of malt balance (not really bitter at all). Hints of the oak that come out more on the finish. I like how that flavor pairs with the berry hops and they meld together well. Subtle tartness on the finish that lingers.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Light, crisp, and slightly dry.

D - Not overly bitter and no flavor dominates. Everything melds nicely and the flavors build on each other so that it gets better as I drink it. Goes down easy.

Notes: Interesting IPA. I really like how the slightly tart berry hop flavors mix with the barrel aging. The barrel flavors are subdued but are there. Well balanced and interesting.

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Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 500ml into a tulip. No best before date visible on the bottle.

Clear gold with an orange tinge, white head leaving both light lacing and retention. Nose is fruity, gummy (as in the bears), candied with light floral and tropical notes. Light butter/oak/barrel character weaves its way through these. Taste comes across as acidic initially, with dominant citrus/orange rinds and zestiness - almost resembles Orange Glo at times (hardwood cleaner). Fairly notable oak barrel character presents itself again. Medium body and the zestiness persists into the finish; bitterness is mild. Decent and certainly not overwhelming, lacks the desirability factor however, this took some time to finish.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle purchased from Lizardville into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color witha 1.5" white frothy head.

Has a sweet, malty aroma, with notes of honey, orange, and grapes. Muted in comparison to the Armaggendon IPA, but still quite pleasant. The barrel ageing is evident.

Sweet and mildly malty, with an oaky flavor that cuts the hops. Fruity, with grapes, orange blossom, and bitter hops to finish.

Medium bodied and relatively smooth, this has a tartish bitter finish.

A nice IPA, with barrel aging that serves it well, but it is not high enough an ABV to really benefit from such treatment. Nonetheless, worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of mulder1010
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into a Mikkeller Tulip

Thanks to Spicelab for the bottle. Big want for the last year. Stupid Lack of selection in Sydney.

A-- Poured a hazy, golden honey straw color. Almost clear, just slightly hazy. Two finger bright white head at had good staying power before finally receding to white film and leaving a ring of soapy lacing at the base. Very nice. Swirled it a few times and got the same results each time.

S-- Oak, vanilla, Pine, Grapefruit and lemon sorbet. Very well melded together. Oak and Vanilla at first, then the pine, grapefruit and finishes with the sorbet. Great nose.

T-- Quite different. Fresh oak and lemon meet up to make, Pledge?? Very fresh oak and mixes with grapefruit and pine. Oak replaces the bitterness and changes the beer to a heavy wooded lemon.

M-- Carbonation is medium and beer is medium heavy due to amount of oak and how it just changes the flavors. Makes it sort of a hard, bitter, vanilla oaked lemon in the feel. Just far more obvious in the mouth than the taste. Slightly oily and slick but finishes dry with just a touch of lemon bitterness and then more oak. Loses a lot of the good qualities that Armageddon has in the mouth as the barrel radically changes the beer

O-- Think of the barrel as an amplifier to the base beer. The barrel just makes the hops bigger and more powerful. Classic flavors like grapefruit and Pine were changed to hard, heavy lemon with touches of sweetness and sourness.
Only issue is the barrel does kill the base beer and the base beer is an A beer. I get this is an experiment and the stuff of 8 weeks in a barrel to simulate a trip to India. All in all though it works and is true to style. It is work to drink fresh as the Oak does have a lot of pull in this beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour. Head is decent, but sinks pretty readily, leaving some lovely lace around. Clear body with steady carbonation. Pretty good.

Smells very hoppy with lots of bitterness and fruity aromas - pineapple and banana with strong woody notes, yeah lots of wood - cedar and pine notes and a slight spice note as well. Yeah, pretty pleasant smell.

Taste is pleasant, enough malt at the start kind of caramelly, then hoppy with a fair bitterness. Fruity with cherry and apple notes and then finish comes through with a lot of wood notes. Very woody with a very dry finish, just has that fresh cut wood flavour all over that back palate.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, lots of body with gentle carbonation sizzle.

Decent drinking beer, but wood is dominant to an extreme extent and it kind of strangles the cleansing effect of the hops. Instead I'm left with a mouthful of wood flavour which isn't unpleasant, just not a clean sensation.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely amber-tending golden colour, with a frothy head of white foam that leaves some good lacing. Colour is just what I've come to expect from a New Zealand IPA. It's a nice look.

Nose is incredibly fresh, with big West Coast American hop characters. In particular Cascade, but perhaps with a tinge of the new genesis New Zealand hop varieties - Nelson Sauvin perhaps makes an appearance. Certainly a little passionfruit seed to it, but also a taint of butterscotch. Not much in the way of oak to it, but maybe that's coming.

Yes, there's something to it on the palate. A slight metallic twinge mixed with a light oaky character that melds interestingly with the light butterscotch/hop notes. It's an interesting flavour profile, even if it's not a classic IPA one. Mouthfeel is good, however: crisp where it needs to be, but not over carbonated.

It's a nice beer, but it grates against me just slightly. Perhaps it's that butterscotch note. Otherwise, it's a very fresh and very flavoursome beer - I think it deserves a little more exposure to the oak to really distinguish it from the Armageddon IPA, but it's still a tasty brew.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5L bottle into an imperial pint... it's remarkably clear, with a frothy white head that takes up 1/4 or so of the glass on the pour. Really nice retention and some of the best lacing I've seen in a while. Good looking beer.

The aroma is expectedly hoppy with a hint of the barrel aging. The wood flavors come through more each time I stick my nose in but they still are the secondary flavor in this aroma.

The barrel aging comes through a lot stronger on the taste, but I'm not sure it's entirely a good thing. It's not bad but I sense a little confusion and competing rather than augmenting the natural style. It gives the beer too much going on rather than the right amount of flavor complexity in my opinion.

It's got good carbonation with a strong grapefruit hop finish.

I'm enjoying this one for sure but it's not 'world class' just a good beer.

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Photo of Brabander
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from my beerbuddy David, dgilks, when we met in Belgium some week ago. David brought along this ipa and today, a sunny day in Holland, it is time to open this one. Thanks David!

Poured in a Dutch beerglass, a bit like a Struise glass, this beer looks very nice, goldenyellow fluid and a broken white two finger head. Nice carbonation. The head slowly fades away, at the end a few bubbles covering the beer.

Smell is very inviting, wood far away and freshness. Pineapple. Tatse is quit OK but stays a bit behind. Very drinkable though. Ik like this beer. Carbonation stays troughout in the beer which is good.

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Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dansmcd
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange hue, capped by two fingers of bubbly head and decent lacing.

S - Wonderful fruity hops, grapefruit, peach, pineapple and sweet mango, kissed with vanilla and oak.

T - Hop forward as expected, all the tropical hop flavours we love, but unmatched by much of a malt profile. Some heat.

M - High carbonation and medium bodied. Slightly oily and a refreshing bitter bite at the finish.

O - I prefer the Armageddon to tell the truth, but this is great too, and rather different.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi hazy mandarin yellow hue which leaves a one finger head that stays and leaves a rim of lacing.

S-Ginger beer,tropical fruit,goosberries,lychee and a touch of vanilla oak.

T-Starts off with paw paw,tropical fruits,a touch of candy and followed closely by a pungent NZ goosberry hoppy bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied but more towards the light side with a light touch of stickiness.

O-Its a nice drop and the barrel ageing gives it nice touch but i honestly was expecting a little more from this but in saying that theres nothing wrong with it as its easy enough to drink with its ABV well hidden.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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, citrus, and floral hops with some oak, vanilla, and sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, passion fruit, and other tropical hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel malts, and some vanilla. Through the middle, the floral and lightly spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some oak and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and floral hops with some bitterness, oak, and sweet bready malts.

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

D - Very drinkable. The barrel flavor comes through nicely and the base IPA is strong enough to balance things out nicely.

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Photo of SonicsLi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brendan13
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brilliant clear orange hued dark golden colour with 3 centimetres of white head that slowly falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Tropical citrus fruit & piney hop character with some vanillin oaky character.
T - Citrus, piney hop character dominates with the oak character coming through quite strongly mid-palate. Clean, lightly sweet maltiness balances it.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a noticeable bitterness & fairly high carbonation without being overcarbonated.
D - A very interesting beer. I'd drink it again & would suggest trying it but the oaky character becomes pretty overbearing after a while.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: fairly small head, decent lacing, on a clear golden with slight amber hue body.

S: herbal and spicey aroma, very unique and interesting with wood, grapefruit citrus notes as well.

T: very complex with lots of flavors, almost a little disorganized though without flavors transitioning. oak, popcorn butter, grapefruit citrus, earthy and herbal hops, lemon grass.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: certainly a memorable beer. flavors become more fluid as you drink it otherwise its pretty disorganized initially. really a great one to try to have something unique and different.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Pours perhaps a slightly darker shaded yellow. Decent head and lacing.

Smell is basically lemony hops with classic Chardonnay/pressed flowers smells from the oak. Malt from the base beer also makes its presence known.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with further mixed tropical hop aromas and vanilla contribution from the oak.

Mouthfeel is decently bitter and astringent. Medium in body and medium, tickly carb.

Overall an interesting and tasty experiment but essentially not as good as the base beer.

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Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam that settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass. The body is golden and perfectly clear.

S - A spicy aroma of toasted oak and leather with lots of pine hop character.

T - Very spicy up front with notes of lemon and pepper as well as some pine. The spicy character get more intense and complex n the middle with notes of dill, coconut, and lemongrass. The lemon/lemongrass character really kicks into high gear in the finish with white grape juice notes and a bit of mango.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very unique and extremely fruity. The barrel character reminds me of beers that I've had aged on white oak with a more fruity and spicy than toasted character. This blends well with the pungent fruity hop character that makes me think of Nelson and sorachi ace hops. Complex, unique, and by nicely done.

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Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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