Epic Hop Zombie | Epic Brewing Company

Epic Hop ZombieEpic Hop Zombie
BA SCORE
4.22/5
251 Ratings
Epic Hop ZombieEpic Hop Zombie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
epicbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops have taken over the world. Permeated the senses of the minions. Hop Zombies now roam the streets. Lupulin ichor oozing from ravaged legions. Gorging, gouging, masticating. Salivating over insane hop flavours and aromas. The time is nigh. No more festering away in hopless oblivion. Join the HopZombie Revolution.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,416
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
251
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Zazzi82
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uuoo33
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter. Produced June 2016, consumed October 2016.

Clear golden copper color with one finger of white foamy head that stands for a while with average retention before subsiding to some long-lasting bubble sheet atop along with plenty of quite sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side. There are numerous of visible carbonations when swirl.

Loads of fresh fruitiness reminds me of grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, and lemon peel. Hoppy goodness also yields notes of pine, resin, floral, some spice, grassy, and dank. Malt is there too as a good support with notes of sweet bread and caramel.

Really nice balance in the flavor structure, it starts with grapefruit, tropical fruit, and lemon peel from hop. Then malt tries to intervene and paves the way inside the palate with touches of sweet bread and caramel to let hop roaming again with notes of floral, resin, pine, and some dank. The end is still hop again with a non-excessive bitterness which is very pleasant to enjoy the taste buds.

The body is medium to a bit full with nice crispness and lively carbonation to generate smooth mouthfeel and soft effervescence covering the palate as well as to carry all the things well, dry finish.

This DIPA is truly a kill, intense but not too surplus and same time with good complexity. Alcohol is very well hidden making its high drinkability. All in all, the best part of it is the perfectly balance character in all aspects.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a nice amber with a sweet head. Lots of hops tickle the nose with citrus and pine. Well balanced malt and hops, not too bitter, but flavorful excites the tongue. Excellent!

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Photo of RyanTsui729
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EatonHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great gobs of hops! The beautiful aroma of hops permeate at first pour. Can something so great come from New Zealand....apparently so. Little to no head when poured, great amber color and did I mention the hops? Will buy again for sure!!!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper kettle in colour, and looks filtered on the first pour. Lots of sparkly carbonation, topped with a finger of yellow tinged head.

Hops, yes. Zombie, well, perhaps its dead. I get the typical west coast hops, pine, orange marmalade, a big hint of toasted malts, a hint of cayenne pepper. Yes, some onions as well.

Initially its sweet, orange marmalade, lemonade, pine, floral and citrus, moderate bitterness on the end. Garlic, onions, and dankness in there as well. Alcohol is well hidden, it rides like a single IPA, not a double.

Medium body, feels very light for the style. solid carbonation, overall its smooth.

Got on Wish beer, drank May 29th, 2016. Really good brew, perhaps this one isn't fresh. That considered, its still really good.

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Photo of MrGone
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from a 12 oz bottle on May 20, 2016.

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Photo of lohyewcheong
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear copper with a big creamy fluffy head.
Aroma reminds me of NZ hops like Nelson Sauvin variety.
Taste: everything balanced and harmoniously working well together. Bitterness doesn't stand out.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 1/10/16 poured into a tulip.

Honey amber under a 2cm light tan head that falls to a thin ring of foam with a solid ring in under two minutes.

Aromas of cantaloupe and musk melon with white grapes and sweet malted caramel way underneath.

Hop fueled flavors of white grapes, melon, all balanced by a clean bitterness that fades to dry on the finish. The malts are there but just enough to add balance and temper the bitterness.

The mouth is right per style with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall this is an impressive beer that I feel fortunate for having the chance to sample.

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Photo of jjdunce
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edhizdeid
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours a clear amber colour with a Small white head that disapates to a thin layer. Aroma passionfruit, grapefruit, pine, tropical. Taste follows the nose tropical, grapefruit, passionfruit, sweet. Very nice I think the kiwis are a step ahead of us Aussies in the craft beer scene.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Clear amber, streams of carbonation, pencil thin layer of white foam bubbles, some lacings

Aroma of hops once I pop the cap, pine, tropical fruits, guava, peach

Malt with tropical hop taste,

Feel the alcohol, slight hop bite, quickly settles, suds up and quickly settles, smooth

Good beer

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Photo of mschrei
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendry
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I waited for two years to find this with a bottling date (1/17/16,purchased on 3/3/16 as a new arrival), but I wasn't smart enough to ask how much they were before they rang it up. $11 for an 11 oz. IPA is outrageous for starters.

Pale straw pour with a finger of white foam.
Moderate tropical fruit and prominent sweet malt.
Exactly the same as the aroma, nothing special or standout about this beer.
Mouthfeel medium,moderate carbonation.
Enormous waste of $11 for nothing more than 11 oz. of very average IPA, save your money and buy a four or six pack of good craft beer instead. Don't buy the hype!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled 1/10/16. Pours a dark yellow with a 2 inch sticky white head that leaves some attractive lace.

Smell is peach, pine, papaya, guava, and grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely, but easy better than the nose. Really well balanced with everything thing from the nose, nothing really dominates. Tasty tropical flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium, perfect amount of life, lush not dry, and amazing drinkability for 8.5%.

Overall a terrific beer at a very high price. Very nice DIPA, a must try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmky
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 251 ratings
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