Epic Hop Zombie
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #218
Ranked #1,569
4.25 | pDev: 11.53%
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand
Epic Hop ZombieEpic Hop Zombie
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -0.5%
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 Korbynlehr
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -6.4%
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 lohyewcheong
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Andrewharemza
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +0.9%
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 Hendry
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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 +3.8%
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 Rockjocknroll
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tulip...long wait to try this one! Beautiful amber, almost no head. Smell started off classic hops (citrus, floral, resin) but quickly became malty. Nice balance in the flavor between hops and malt but not a long finish; was hoping for more fruit. Little ethanol. Kind of bummed after liking their other IPA so much; maybe it's not a good batch.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium Amber pour (12) with off white head; good lace and some cap; good clarity and carbonation. Dank, wet hop nose with earthy citrus undertone. Dank, oniony flavor with bitter lemon. Oily mouthfeel, resinous tongue coating, yet still juicy. Overall I like the balance between the dank hop and citrus flavors.

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Photo of mistersifter86
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle - best before 15th October 2015. Poured into a teku glass.

Assuming a 12 month shelf life, this brew is a shade over four months old - however only appears on shelves in the UK this week.

A (4.5): Pours an impossibly clear golden orange. Beautifully transparent - who says that filtering beers is a bad idea? Half finger head that quickly dissipates, leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S (4): Kiwi hops for sure on this one - at least from my palate. The exact hop recipe is a secret (why?). Extremely fruity - passionfruit, citrus, orange. Some bready notes. No in your face bitterness that I was hoping for - possibly due to the bottle's age. Reacts well to a nice swirl in the glass, producing a more dank aroma.
T (4.25): A lot maltier than I was expecting. The hops don't leave an oily layer on your tongue like the crispest IIPAs. After a few sips, the maltiness starts to compliment the fruity hops quite nicely. Becomes sweeter as it warms up.
M (4): Medium body, fairly crisp. Medium carbonation.
O (4.25): Expecting something particularly crisp given the filtered appearance, however does not disappoint. More akin to an east coast IIPA - it does not have the brash bitterness of a west coaster. The cleanest tasting IIPA I've drunk since Enjoy By 14.02.15, but a world apart in flavour. Holds up pretty well considering journey it has taken to find its way into my glass.

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Photo of mikesnotesonbeer
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear, golden orange hue. I believe this one’s been filtered folks.
S: Fruity, loaded with hops.
T: Sweet and piney. Can’t really detect the alcohol. Well balanced.
M: Bitter finish, but not overwhelming. The fruit flavor carries through quite nicely as well.
O: This is an incredibly nuanced IPA. One of the best I’ve ever had.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - poured into a sniffer with a white head that went away pretty quick. Has a bright golden orangish color with just a slight amount of bobbles.
Smell - fantastic fruity hoppy smell. Very tropical with a good citrus scent.
Taste - very hoppy with a tropical fruit taste just like the smell. A little bit of citrus and slight pine.
Feel - initially crisp medium body then moves to a creamy medium carbonated feel.
Overall - fantastic double ipa. I love the tropical fruit smell and taste. I've heard this will be the new evolution of IPAs.

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Photo of baumaxx1
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
crystal clear golden colour, pours a thick lasting 2cm head, plenty of carbonation, leaves lots of sticky lacing

Smell -
Passionfruit, mango, pine, citrus, hops, pineapple, apricots.

Taste -
Lots of hops. Starts off with plenty of citrus, apricots, toffee and a bit nutty. Goes down quite hoppy with a cut grass after-taste - big on hops and tropical fruit flavours. The bitterness is quite controlled however and it's quite sweet thanks to a high ABV. Not as hoppy as expected however.

Mouthfeel -
Prickly effervescence on the tongue, moderate body, a bit creamy on the way down, clean, crisp and refreshing.

Overall -
A very attractive looking double IPA big on hops and fruit, which is very refreshing. The bitterness is quite balanced for a DIPA. A great beer, but I was expecting something more unique and out there given the branding and concept.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
5/5  rDev +17.6%

This is the best IPA I have ever had. Amazing hop profile with the NZ hops, very light on malt (a good thing IMO). Drinkability that is second to none. Great nose. Great color. Perfect citrus hop bite. Yes this is better than Heady, Pliney, Hopslam etc.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

From the mighty Aotearoa comes the equally mighty Epic Hop Zombie DIPA, which is overall the highest rated NZ brew I could get my tasting mits on. The $12 question is: Will it beat Tuatara's mighty Double Trouble DIPA? You might(y) find out soon enough!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear (Really?! Filtered craft beer!?) golden bodied with a thin white lace ring. Not the most impressive of starts, you all know my dislike of filtered brews (Yeast is good, let's leave it alone people!). 6/10.

S: Whoa! Quite a bouquet of tropical fruits (papaya, mango, passionfruit and jackfruit) with pine resin notes on a bed of bread and biscuit malt. Smells like one of the tastiest DIPA's my nose has ever had the pleasure of inhaling, as they would say in Kiwiland "Choice bro!". 10/10.

T: And then prepare to be surprised again - it's almost sugar-bomb sweet with caramel/biscuit/toffee malts all over the place, a bit deceptive as by the aroma you would expect a full-on hop affair. The hops are indeed there (how could they not be?) however they have less a hold on the flavour than the aroma, and it seems there's less tropical fruit on the table when you finally get to "dig in". The finish is bitter with notes of the above of pine/tropical hops. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied, oily with hop resin, with a light (almost flat) carbonation. 6/10.

D: Mine's a dud, or this is how it's meant to be, either way the hops are all bark (nose) no bite (taste) and I'm struggling to reconcile this with the all-powerful and juicy Tuatara Double Trouble DIPA (which really takes a big smelly [hop smelly] dump all over this brew). I was so hoping this would be better than the Trouble2 as Tuatara's drop is a limited release and this is a rotating brew... I'll have to buy as much Tuatara as I can carry. Tuatara = 1 : Epic = 0 so far. 8/10.

Food match: I would have suggested brains if this Hop Zombie had lived up to its eponym, however I am more inclined to suggest not-brains or Italian cuisine.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured to the trusty ol' Portsmouth tulip. Pretty fresh bottle - er - fresh for us in the U.S. anyways. 2 months old I believe?

Appearance - Dark orange beer with full clarity, off-white head. Thick ring is left by the end.

Smell - Big weedy forests filled with grapefruits. Definitely quite resiny and earthy with melon, mango and tropical fruits aplenty. Just a bit of sweet malt presence.

Taste - A bit more malts here with toffee and buttery bread coming into play, still well-balanced with a nice hop profile that showcases both American and NZ hops. Earthy/resin/grapefruit seems to be at the forefront, lots of papaya, mango and tropical goodness.

Mouthfeel - Sticky, lots of hop oils, medium-high bitterness with a good amount of malt backbone. Kind of a lighter feel than expected for the ABV with nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

Overall - One of the best non-U.S. IPAs I've had, and could probably stand up to some of the best stateside, pretty great all-around.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dope looking bottle distributed by Shelton bros. Paid top dollar at a spot downtown LA

lovin the appearance right away.. It looks really filtered down to give it a clean look, completely see they orange brew reminiscent of plinys color. Small head that fizzes down rather quickly

Aroma is they the roof here. Hops that smell like mango, piña, and freshly squeezed tangerines. Wow the aroma creeps up nostrils as soo as the bottle is popped. Stellar aroma, full of hops

Taste is the same but a little more bitter than expected. Very enjoyable balance of malts and hops both turned up to 11.

Huge resin tastes leaves an oily bitterness around the palate. Not too strong tho. Never making that butter face -

Overall I'm so glad I bought this beer. It away surpassed my expectations as it's packed with all my favorite alpha hops . If you call yourself a hop head SEEK THIS ONE OUT

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Photo of SmashPants
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: solid dark brown 500mL bottle, an okay label.

Appearance: pours a golden amber hue with some vibrancy, some carbonation running along the side of the glass. A one-finger head drops to thick half-finger, leaving decent lacing. Looks great.

Aroma: a very fresh aroma of citrus hops with peach, passionfruit and grapefruit. A light toffee and caramel behind, with cedar and pine. Lovely.

Taste: plenty of citrus and pine hops, with grapefruit and earth. Some floral, caramel and biscuit malt backing also. A fantastic double IPA.

Aftertaste: a pleasant multi-flavoured hop bitterness with more caramel and biscuit malts behind.

Mouth feel: quite smooth in feel for an IPA, with a moderate feel and a higher-than-average carbonation. Pretty much bang on.

Overall: definitely one of the best American Double IPAs I have had to date. A very complex flavour profile, and a well-constructed beer. I'll definitely have this one as often as I can, despite the high price.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed amber body with a very nice, thick bone white head. Gobs of carbonation, great retention, and pleasant lacing.

Hop nirvana! It's like they crammed every desirable hop trait into one brilliant beer; sweet tropical fruit, dry pine, earthy grass, and vibrant floral. Light pepper to finish things off. Every whiff reveals something new.

Incredible balance. Bitterness is present and quite potent at first, but it either mellows with time/temperature or you get used to it. Nice, unique hop character that is sweet and piney - a refreshing change of pace from most dry, pine-centric IPAs. Light, malty backbone with a hint of sweet, caramel. Pineapple, kiwi, and passion fruit. A bit of crushed pepper rounds things out. No real detectable alcohol. Aftertaste is a bit weird, I imagine it's reminiscent of chewing on a lemon peel... Just keep drinking and you'll be fine.

Smooth & easy to drink. Medium bodied and plenty of bubbly. Sweet finish.

Awesome double IPA! Even those of you who wouldn't consider yourself a hop-head can approach this one and fall in love. This is a must have!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Released today, 1 march 2014, at Systembolaget, Sweden.

Clear, golden liquid with a white, two finger, head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, apricot, mango, pineapple, pine, sweet caramel malt and grapefruit. This is such a great smell! I LOVE the aroma! Almost overwhelming...

Taste: Hops, pineapple, lemon, spice, grapefuit and bread. Not matching my expectation from the nose.

Body: Medium body with a great oily texture. Sticky carbonation and the just right amount of bitterness.

I like Epic's DIPA! Go New Zealand!

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Photo of carolinencarter
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very strong herbal zesty hop flavour, but manages to have enough richness and body to give an impression of balance. There are many very hoppy IPAs available, simply as bitter as possible without any depth to back it up. I like that this beer is bold but manages to also be well rounded.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - orangish golden pour. Good finger's worth of creamy, sudsy head. Nice lacing, good stick all around.

Aroma - lots of orange and pine, a touch of lemon. Fruity, zesty, very nice.

Taste - brief powdery grain presence. Hops start in quickly, first they are floral, and rather soapy. The bitterness kicks in, soapiness holding a little better than the florals. Not much citrus at first but plenty of pine. Maybe some grapefruit rind now and then, some nice orange flavor kicking up as it warms. Just a touch of abv heat, nice balance for a lighter DIPA. Finishes with a little bit of belly warmth, fading bitterness, good balance to this one.

Mouthfeel - more crisp than smooth, it still glides around the palate easily. Well-weighted for the style.

Overall - nicely done, though the soapiness is something I don't often come across to the length I noted here. Lots of good flavor complexity.

Not many beers in this category offer this kind of complexity, although the ones that do will generally be a little better priced than this one.

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 254 ratings