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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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".


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5498) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Pours golden amber into a snifter. White head crackles and recedes to skim surface. Toasted nuts and resin aromas. Full with upfront sweet caramel turning dry in the astringent pine and resin finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2010
50cl bottle. Medium off-white head atop clear light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, grape, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, grape, some grapefruit, light earthy, biscuit. Soft light-medium body. Not especially bitter, but tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle from Goebel Liquors. Pours dark orange with white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, and a bit of pine. Flavors of sweet caramel malts, some citrus and pine, faded hops, and a bit of tropical fruit. I am sure this was a good IPA when fresh, but the hop flavor is barely there now.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
500ml bottle, as fresh as I could get it here in Florida. The pour yields a clear, medium-dark, golden amber body with a taught, frothy head of cream tinted foam. Skinny, vertical flares of lacing feather out into sprawling cowebs, clinging hard to the glass. Aromas are fairly balanced, showing mild toffee and grain in the malt base, with a fruity hop profile that suggests nectarine and grapefruit. Thereís a touch of pine resin as well, though it mainly serves a backup role. Flavors are largely the same, again very fruity in its hop presence, showing apricot and nectarine amidst sharper grapefruit bitterness. Toffee, caramel, and bread malts are sweet, but not overtly so, as some dry, doughy yeast has dried them out a bit. Still, the malt is too prominent for my liking, no doubt a result of the lengthy transit time from New Zealand. Medium bodied, the palate sports moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, itís a solid IPA, however I canít help but think it is not ideal for export half way around the world.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Deep orange yellow pour with a thick white head. Thick resiny hop aroma, lots of grape and berry. Not as pungent as other resiny IPAís. Very unique. Smooth malt, very resiny hop taste, yet light and fruity. Excellent brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Reviewed from notes. Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. pours a hazy but bright orange with a thick and frothy off-white head that displays excellent retention. The nose is a great blend of bready malt and aromatic tropical fruit hops along with some earthiness. The tast is similar to the nose, just super balanced with mango, pineapple, bread, earth, and a lightly bitter grapefruit flavor. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long, fruity and bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Iím starting to dig this breweryís hype on their beers. From "Epic" to "Mayhem" and now on to "Armageddon." Kind of feels like Iím stepping up to the next level with each one of these beers. Like the other Epic beers, this one pours with a huge and billowing head. Medium straw in color, some light carbonation. Once again, great head retention. From an appearance standpoint this beer is clear, though not as much as the others that Iíve had. Aroma is somewhat resinous though not piney, bordering on earthy. Mild grapefruit and orange peel notes as well. Taste is once again super clean, with a mouthfeel that Iím now comfortable referring to as Epic. Itís slick, clean, with a nice level of carbonation. Hops up front are citrus and pine, thereís some bitterness in the finish but itís not uncomfortable. Malt is subdued, doing itís work in the background to support a very unique hop profile. Really a very well balanced IPA. Iím going to be monitoring this brewery in the future, for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1923) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours lightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is lots of fruity, floral hops. Flavor is a nice balance of malt and hops. Toast and caramel, with citrus and earthy hops.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1043) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
First rating of a NZ beer. 500 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($9.79). Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of white foam. Lovely hoppy aroma of fruit -- sweet grapefruit and tropical fruit stand out -- and fresh flowers. Flavor of earthy hops (grassy, spicy, grapefruit) and bready malts. Not overly bitter nor sweet. Nicely balanced and readily drinkable. (67, 362)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Had this (bottle) at the Portland Intíl. Beer Fest in July 2010. Colour... orange-gold with a thick head. Nose... boiled sweets, dried tropical fruit, piney hops. Palate... bitter, dry, sharp, frothy with plenty of lingering hops and stone fruits on the finish.


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