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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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Inspired by west Coast IPAís on a trip to San Diego for the World Beer Cup and a part of an IPA showdown with Hallertau Brewery . Only 1000 litres of this insane hop joy have been created. The rumour has started that Epic Armageddon IPA is "the sole reason there is a global hop shortage".


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours very nice golden amber with a decent off-white head that lasts prety well. First up on the nose is hops, lotsa hops, with notes of clove, lemon, eucalyptus, bubblegum and freshly cut grass. Flavour is very hoppy as well, although maybe less than the aroma, showing caramel, mint, pine and citrus. Medium bodied with a little sharpness, this is a damn fine beer, one of the best Iíve had from NZ and definitely one of the best IPAís Iíve tried from this part of the world.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2009
Dark orange in colour with yellow coloured head, some may say off white,. The biggest floral hop aroma, which you can smell before it is even poured inthe glass. Amazing hop flavours that linger and leaves your tastebuds screaming for more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit, gooseberry, lychee and pine. The flavour is biscuit malt topped with those delicious hoppy flavours of grapefruit, gooseberry, lychee and more juicy citrus tones. Surprisingly smooth on the palate and itís not over the top bitterness, the showcase here is the flavour and aromatic potential of the hops. Beautifully balanced with a fruity and hoppy finish. An enjoyable IPA and way too easy to drink...wow!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2009
Pours amber-orange. Big ctrus hop nose. Also citrus hop flavour right off the bat. It lasts a long time. Slight malty flavour afterwards. A bit uneven towards the hops, but I guess thats the point. A truely epic beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours slightly hazy golden/amber with a huge fluffy white head. Body is a little lighter in colour than i thought it would be. Nose has a heap of tropical fruit that iíve come to expect from kiwi hops. Big lycee & passionfruit notes with green grass as well, notes that i find typical of nelson sauvin (does anyone know what they used?) Palate has the slightest touch of biscuity malt before the lycee & passionfruit kick in to bring some sweetness. Finishes with medium green grassy hop bitterness. Awesome beer! Donít know if iím sold on using predominately kiwi hops (nelson sauvin) in ipas, still really enjoyable!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2009
Hops abound aromawise - you can smell the beer when the glass is maybe a foot away. Loads and loads of passionfruit and gooseberry on the nose. Flavour is more of the same. Top beer, the palate cleansing bitterness would dissolve sin

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Monpbeer (11) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2009
Thanks to my sister who brought this over to me in Melbourne from Wellington, NZ. Quite simply this was worth the wait. While there are big hop characters to this beer there is a pleasing refreshing "light" element to the palate. Colour is good, clear and deep honey amber. Powerful pine scented hop aromas dominate initially then some lovely citrus passion fruit like notes and maltiness come through. Very malty on the palate with hints of caramel and grapefruit. Toasty, dried citrus rind, smooth biscuity malt and that massive hop bitterness driving full throttle the line and length of my palate leaving lingering bitterness in its wake. This is a beer for hop heads only and those who desire to be challenged. Apparently Purvis Cellars in Melbourne will be stocking this sometime soon!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2009
Tasted 18/07/2008 and 02/08/2008. Tap at The Malthouse. This beer is a hop heads dream. Monkís Habit on steroids (Tastes like pretty much the same beer with a shed-and-a-half-load of dry hops. I prefer the more balanced character of Monkís but I do love the outrageousness of this one... Itís the beer equivalent of purchasing a Liebherr T 282B to drive to work in). Iím not sure if it was better before or after the Bungy Extreme but, either way, it is a very nice drop and an excellent showcase of hops.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2008
Draught at Hallertau brewpub (in Auckland), pours a deep brown with a creamy white head. Caramal malt dominates with just a touch of floral hops in the aroma. The palate is at first malty, a little sweet, with some bitter chocolate and woody notes. The hop rate increases in the swallow, not too bitter, ending creamy in the finish. A complex and well crafted beer.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2008
I’m torn rating this beer. I’ve had it several times now, and it’s tasted different each time. It looks a treat in the glass, deep orangey/amber with a slightly green tinged head! The aroma is hop heaven. Like fresh, wet hops - pine resins. This follows through into the flavour, and possibly is my issue with this beer. It’s just ALL hops. That was the idea, so mission accomplished. The first time I tried it, the malt went some way to balancing the hop blast, but lately it’s just a big hit of wintergreen/pine needles which leaves a numb tongue. Is that a bad thing? ;) The finish goes on and on forever.


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