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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

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

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246
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
23.35%
 
 
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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is orange and clear with an inch off off-white head. The aroma offers dank hops, citrus, resin. It smells a touch past its prime. IPAs are so finicky. Nice flavor. Hop forward and citrusy. Small amount of alcohol heat in the finish. Really solid. I'd love to try this uber fresh.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows vibrant fruity hops with lychee, pear and peach characters. Also some biscuity malt.
Not much fruit as a flavours, much more piny, althought there is some grapefruit. Very little malt, resulting in a sharp, harsh bitterness and a little booze in the finish.
Carb could be a little higher.

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Photo of philipsanchez09
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at home while doing some case studies for school. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be.

A: Bronze golden color with little to no head.

S: Very light smell of guava, and very hard to detect.

T: Light hop taste and light guava as in the smell. A bit of passion fruit as well.

M: Taste lingers for a few seconds and not dry at all.

O: Great beer, would buy again.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slight white head around the edges of the glass over light amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Relatively faint smell of pineapple, guava, and lime predominantly.

T: Pineapple, lime pith, apricots, lemon, mandarin orange, aspirin, black pepper, and spice. More pepper and spice than I was expecting.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation. Quite a bit of drying suggesting that dextrose was used.

O: Interesting IIPA that tastes more like citrus pith, pepper and spice than the tropical fruit that I was expecting.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 50ml bottle for $10.99 at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach and poured it into a crystal tumbler.

Pours a fairly clean straw-like golden hue with a decent head that gives way fairly quick, leaving decent amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish. The aroma is reminiscent of Stone's 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA but much more refined and balanced - perfect amount of pilsner malt and spicy New Zealand hops - a truly amazing balance, or unison if you will, of two complete opposites coming together to create an aroma the represents the best of both worlds. The taste is on point with the nose - plenty of danky, zesty, and spicy hop aroma balanced with that unmistakable bready pilsner malt flavor, some fruity esters show up as an afterthought as well, and absolutely no trace what so ever of the 8.5% ABV - hop lingers well beyond the malt - muy bueno! Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and easy drinking for an Imperial IPA, leaning towards medium-bodied that you would expect from the style, but drinking crisp and clean like a pilsner - hop oils are resinous and coat the palate, and as mentioned in the flavor, they linger forever.

Overall an amazing Imperial IPA - world class even - the absolute best of both worlds - just wished I could afford a case of these to sit back and really get into! Would love to see some other breweries take a crack at this style like stone did, but clean it up a bit and make it as drinkable as this bad boy.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 25.09(?).13

A- Pours a clean light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Very resilient lacing clings heavily to the glass.

S- Sharp, grassy hops emanate from the head creating a wonderful bouquet that includes notes of grapefruit and lemon. Slight whiff of booze and some must.

T- Taste isn't quite as exciting with a mild bitterness and a bit more of a bready malt presence. Still very drinkable and the hops have a tangy quality that's enjoyable.

M- Oily and sticky with medium carbonation and a lighter body.

O- Quite good but not as to-die-for as the Armageddon IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Darkness tulip. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Best before September 25th, 2013, but not sure how old that makes this? Probably somewhere in the 3-6 range, but who knows?

A – Two fingers of white foam settle to a solid cap, thicker collar, and a few specks of lacing. Transparent golden body with visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass and rising upward rapidly.

S – Plenty of melon and pineapple, with notes of dank weed, pine, grapefruit zest, and gooseberry – this thankfully doesn’t seem as aged as the 8 Wired beer I had. Seems like a mix of American and New Zealand hops. There’s a more pronounced malt bill than I was expecting, with more caramel, honey, and nougat mixing with initial crackery notes as this warms up.

T – Taste is fairly balanced, with sweet caramel and buttered biscuit pilsner malt yielding to citrus and tropical fruits and perhaps a mild herbal note. No hint of the listed alcohol which is a plus, and fairly restrained bitterness as well.

M – Somewhat zesty carbonation, medium body that’s creamy and mildly chewy, some malt stickiness that lingers, with a bit of resinous hop oil in the finish as well. Again, no trace of the 8.5%.

D – I suspect this was really excellent when it was fresh, but unfortunately these New Zealand beers seem to take a long time to make it to our market. Perhaps jrallen34 can confirm this suspicion for me. Not worth $12 with tons of local DIPAs available, but nice to know that breweries in this part of the world make some quality hoppy brews in case I end up there for some reason. Had no problem drinking all 500ml on my own.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a super clear, bright gold with a chunky and frothy two fingers of white foam.

Smell: Pleasantly soft and mellow aroma of overripe mango, orange, guava and apricot.

Taste: Smooth and mildly tangy grapefruit with pine, muted floral notes and an unmistakable pilsner malt backbone. Very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, tingly on the tongue, with a really nice, smooth finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed this double IPA from New Zealand brewery Epic. There's nothing too unique about it but it's refreshing, flavorful and well balanced for an 8.5% beer. I'm not a huge pilsner fan but I actually enjoyed the flavor and crisp mouthfeel that those malts imparted here. It works really nicely with the combination of fruity New Zealand and American hops. I must also note that this was still super tasty after it had significantly warmed. It really mellows out and goes down satiny smooth but brings just a touch of alcohol in the finish. My first beer from New Zealand and a really pleasing, filtered double IPA.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Perfectly clear and richly golden with a warm glow of apricot. Some active columns of carbonation percolating upward to a mircofilm of bubbles that rim the glass.

S: Pine with juicy tropical fruits of pineapple and grapefruit rounded with smooth vanilla. As the ale warmed the distinct floral characteristic of orange flower water is revealed.

T: Sappy pines up front followed quick with a bouquet of flowers, primarily orange flower water, with tropical fruits and grapefruit and smooth golden malts. Finishes hoppy and rounded with smooth oaky flavours.

M: Coats the mouth with a viscosity similar to an oaked chardonnay, in the smooth warming feeling. Carbonation pricks up front, however seems to lose the carbonation rather quick - my was nearly flat before I even finished the glass. Despite that, the smooth presence with just a hint of warming alcohol at the end worked well together.

O: Hop Zombie is incredibly floral with oaky smoothness and a perfect balance of hops and malts. It's smell of fresh citrus and pine and tastes of orange flower water are delicate and warming - while still refreshing and quaffable. Similar in taste and smell to Central City's Red Racer, a terrific drink.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

From IBS. No BB. On special, and not fridged... Hmmm... Should alarm bells be ringing?

Pours clear amber, head looks good, and lacing is on the money, clinging in lines.

Aromas mainly of vanillas.

Taste is smooth and creamy, lingering.

Mouthfeel creamy, low carbonation.

Hang on, have I just reviewed Hop,Zombie?

Really, in this case, all Hops are alive and well. None were harmed in the making of this beer. Really not sure what's going on, but it tastes more like maybe Imperial Pilsner?

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Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a snifter

A near one-finger, bubbly white crown topped the crystal clear, golden tinged, orangey liquid. The head quickly dissipated to a thin, bubbly ring of froth. No lacing whatsoever. Some fleeting, frothy drops trickled down the glass with each sip.

The nose was super hoppy and bright. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango and papaya were most apparent. Astonishingly sweet with strong peach, apricot and nectarine notes. Touch of candied orange peel. The nose continued to become sweeter, hoppier and more intense as the beer warmed.

Crisp, citric notes came through strong in the flavor profile. Lots of tangerine and orange zest. A noticeable pale malt backbone appeared on front end but did not interfere with the hops. Hint of caramel-like sweetness. Some peach and nectarine notes. Ruby red grapefruit came through in the center. The beer became drier and more bitter as it moved along the palate. Grapefruit was again apparent on the finish, but this time it displayed more of a rind-like pithiness.

The mouthfeel was the only real mediocre aspect of the beer. It was thin and airy with a fine, spritzy effervescence.

Hop Zombie is a interesting and highly drinkable double IPA that perhaps comes off as a bit too refined. If the brewers could ease up on the filtration for a bigger mouthfeel and integrate a secondary fermentation for added complexity, they might end up with an even better product.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a decent white head and minimal lacing

S-citrus, pine, light tropical fruit, slight herbal notes

T-grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, caramel malt, faint herbal, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, clean

O-a good beer, but comes across the palate more like an IPA than a DIPA to me

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to my new DFH IPA glass

A:Light orange to honey color that is almost completely clear and one of the cleanest beers I have ever seen with a fluffy white head that lasts for quite a while (in terms of the pour this glass works well)

S: hop bomb for sure lots of floral hops upfront some citrus smells in there too like orange and pineapple. Smells fresh and refreshing pretty much what I'm looking for in an DIPA near perfect

T: follows the nose lots of powerful floral citrusy hops up front but these are more like pineapple then any other fruit there are hints of mango and oranges. There is a bitterness in the finish but it is not overwhelming there aren't other flavors but it seems well balanced.

M: Oily, thin, smooth and extremely drinkable as it goes down very easily. It has a light carbonation and crisp feel really good stuff

O: I totally was not expecting this but this is one of the better DIPAs i have tried it is really drinkable feels nice and has lots of fresh citrusy hops that well represent New Zealand really solid beer I highly recommend

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours completely clear. The color is a bright golden orange. Head is a thick clump of creamy white paste. Head leaves loads of lacing.

S-Lively citrus flesh hops combine with floral hops and a twinkle of lupulin spice. Pleasant tropical notes as well. Definitely exotic...hey, it's form New Zealand!

T-Almost reminds me of a slice of pineapple left in a mixed drink so the pineapple absorbs some booze but still remains delicious. Spicy and very citrusy with an almost minty twang. Sweetened cracker malt can be detected in the middle. Then she finishes with some serious grass and pine bitterness.

M-The only knock on this brew is that its a tad boozy. Other than that, the bitterness is superb and the body is incredibly light for the ABV.

O/D-Liked this far more than their Armageddon (and I thought that one was cool too). Great hop profile. I enjoyed it more with every sip. This is my type of DIPA; tropical and complex without being heavy. Home-run!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Any label that can link 'ichor' and hops in the same breath is all right by me.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few awkward arches of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of bitter grapefruit and orange rinds, a further, somewhat dank tropical fruitiness, mild white pepper, warm caramel and toffee malt, a touch of fresh brown bread, and some subtle acerbic pine notes. The taste is essentially more bitter orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and well, I could go on, but you get the idea - this has all kinds of fruit essences meddling about - with a sturdy enough toffee-heavy caramelized malt backbone to keep things on a more or less even keel. Once again, a few resinous pine stragglers show up late to the party, where they are faced with very little to no booziness, and presumably, a picked-over palate.

The carbonation is strong in that supportive, rather than prickly manner, the body a somewhat surprising medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, but you know how those rascally, brains-fed hops can be. It finishes weirdly on the sweet side, as all that otherwise complex fruit just seems to turn that way, into the open arms of the waiting caramel pudding amalgam malt.

A pretty boisterous DIPA, the Rand McNally hops really making it work, but not without an equally froody, malty keeper of honesty. Overall, gauging by how fast this went down, I have to give it a hearty endorsement - big, beefy, and balanced, with a relaxed elan. Not an easy thing to pull off, that.

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Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation. I prefer my DIPAs as close to pale as possible.

Lots of NZ hop character here. Checked out the website with the hops of finding out which hops were used. No such luck but they're obviously heavy on the citrus side. A bit of peach and mango.

That same citrus characteristic carries over to the taste. Like biting on a grapefruit in some ways. Balanced and doesn't overload your taste buds with hop juice.

After a while, the hops reveal a strong malt backbone that is buttery in nature. Crisp. Melts on the tongue.

It's sneaky because you can't really tell that it's 8.5% ABV. Quaffable too!

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

Why does everything have to be "zombie" nowadays? It's like ten years ago when everything was "extreme". Hell, even my deodorant and book markers were "extreme". Meanwhile, back at the ranch... there's nothing zombie about this beer. It's not a lumbering, dull, slow, or dark beer at all. Much of the contrary is delivered to palate with a zeal that bright hop flavor brings to the glass.

Bright golden with slight amber highlights, the beer carries with it a hoppy haze that promises greatness. The beer releases an ivory white foam that caps the beer confidently with a creamy froth that easily lasts the session and sprinkles the glass with broken lace patterns. It's simply looks like a well build ale.

Bright and zesty aromas enliven the nose with sharp citrus and fresh tropical fruits. Anything from grapefruit, oranges, mangoes, pineapples and apricots can be found with a simple sniff of the glass. Background malts provide a terse caramel and honey note that props up the hops but never rivals for balance. The clean scent easily puts a pep in your step.

Flavorful malts strike the front of the mouth with a thin honey and caramel sweetness that prepares the taste buds for the sharper hops to come. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, tangerines, dried orange peel, pineapple, mango, and apricot flavors all contribute to a juicy and succulent middle palate. The taste slowly morphs from ripe fruit to dry bitterness in finish that resembles pine needles, muddled grasses and herbs. Again, the beer is full of flavor and squeaky clean in taste.

Medium bodied early, the beer's supple malt structure and dissolved carbonation gives the beer a lift, but the beer soon after releases its carbonation and pulls the reigns on malt sweetness and starchiness to allow the hops to carry the load heading into finish. Closing with a cleanly bitter feel, warm minty alcohol, and a bone dry snap, the beer lingers slightly with citrus oil bitterness that marries up with the next sip easily.

Hop Zombie executes the power of flavor and aroma hops to perfection. Its bitterness is present but doesn't grip the throat in the way that IPAs traditionally has. Instead the back-loaded hop use makes the beer so seductive and irresistible.

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Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB 25/09/13

Appearance. Pours a very clear gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of thick off-white head that doesn't last all that long and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell. Here we go! Big citrusy hops with a ton of sweet tropical fruits. There's a little toasty malt to back up the hops, but a little is all I want here. Yum.

Taste. Big bitter citrus fruits and rinds, mainly yellow grapefruit, with some floral tropical fruits and a little bit of grainy malt. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A very nice, big ipa with some great tasting hops. Nice stuff.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/1/13

A clear golden copper with a few bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a random patch of lace

S a nice hop blast I can smell my glass on the table, pineapple, passion fruit,lemon, lime, green apple, guava juice, sweet orange and grapefruit, some of the tropical notes remind me of candied fruit, hard toffee and some faint cracker and pine, hop heaven

T the pine and citrus rind intensifies in the mouth but that's fine with me, still a tropical punch going on but its a little more West Coast with in the mouth and I can't really complain

M medium bodied and creams up nicely from the bubbles, a little slick after the fact with a nice bitter bite and a fruity pine finish that lingers with a little sweetness

O no mention of the 8.5% at any point and a great hop profile, I could drink myself stupid with this one, just a wonderful beer all around

I really liked the Armageddon but I'm just loving this, worth the price and I'll be drinking another soon. A great mix of US and NZ hops I just wish I knew what they were, keep an eye out for this one its worth searching for

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Photo of Dope
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber. Fluffy and effervescent tan head. Fades at a moderate pace but with great head retention. Essentially zero lacing, just doesn't want to stick to the glass, oddly enough.

S: Some orange marmalade, some pine, and some garlic/onion.

T: Again, lots of orange. Sweet orange marmalade. Humph. Followed by an interesting garlic bread taste. Followed by a hit of pine. What an interesting sequence of flavors. Get almost no malt, maybe a little caramel following all the hops. Maybe. Has a lingering piney and garlicky finish. With....melons? A bit drying. Swear I get some...swiss cheese in between sips? Strange.

M: Medium bodied and slightly drying.

O: As mentioned, an interesting combination of hops and transitions between the flavors. Largely unbalanced, almost no sign of malt but the beer isn't overpowered with brutal mouth-puckering bitterness either so it works out decently enough. Quite tasty but a bit unusual....not necessarily in a bad way but not in a "Wow this is good!" kind of way. Just....different.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne gold with loose white froth.
Grapefruit, cantaloupe, papaya, with hints of rind, resin, and flowers - complex.
Saltines for half a second before a big white grapefruit hit, some spicy grape, touches of passionfruit, mandarin, and pine needles.
Linoncello finish and lime Starburst linger.
Salty, crispy, only slight chew, a bit of burn.

A lean, pale, bitter, DIPA ala Hop Wallop, but lots and lots of fruit in there, too, with some of that NoCal juiciness, too. I can taste (or fancy I can) both the US and NZ hops. Big flavor in a small package (body-wise), and another strong entry from Epic.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a pale Straw colour with a large bubbled White head that dies quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Aromas of citrus and pine with a little passion fruit.

T - Up front some nice passion fruit flavours followed by some melon and a little grapefruit. A little residual sweetnes also.

M - Light to medium body and a little over carbonated for me.

O - A solid DIPA without being spectacular. Lacks a little body and balance.

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Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Not sure of the age on this one.

Pours a yellow pilsener colour. Good head and lacing.

Smell is sweet malt, sulfur and a lot of grapey hops. Alcohol well concealed.

Taste is parmesany with a lot of malty sweetness and a lot of bitterness. I think the sweetness helps carry the bitterness somehow. High alpha.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick/syrupy and moderately carbed.

Overall this beer does what it says on the label. I'm guessing it's got a lot of influence from Ruination, as well as being similarly grapey to Armageddon. Definitely knocks the palate around so a success.

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Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, pale golden colour with a large and airy white head. Good head retention.

Big tropical fruit aroma with great pawpaw, mango and citrus notes. There's even some lime here. Very nice.

Fruity hop flavours with a sweet, pale malt flavour. Somewhat syrupy with noticeable alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Slightly grassy. Not as good as the aroma but still nice and not overly malty.

Medium to medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A delightful little beer that is typically hoppy and packed full of flavour. Nice.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Epic Hop Zombie 2011 Batch

A: Poured a golden colour with a thin foam head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin foam halo.

S: What the? If this was cologne, I would buy it! Best smelling beer ever. Big hop punch with merry pineapples dance in the air!

T: Backs up the smell.. Hop punch with a fruity backbone. Tasty.

M: Not overcarbonated! Just right..

O: OMG! The smell is so intoxicating. Awesome!

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Epic Hop Zombie from Epic Brewing Company
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