Epic Hop Zombie | Epic Brewing Company

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4.22/5
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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:
#1,476
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
255
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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51
Gots:
34
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 64
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

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

Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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 RichH55
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iamstevetay
1.22/5  rDev -71.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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 leprechaunandfatman
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KSOZE
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the BEST IIPAs you can get.... If you can find it fresh.

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Photo of BradleySteuart
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of windypete
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 302JH
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of life_of_agony
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mistersifter86
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +10.9%
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 mmbeer
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop zombie with a label that says hops.... More hops.... It could've used more hops, I found it drank more like an ISA than an IIPA

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

Photo of Jdevoss
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of HopSavant
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 255 ratings