Epic Brewing Company (NZ)
Formerly brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
In the beginning, there was Armageddon. Then an impish brewer put the beer in new oak barrels to age it for 8 weeks. This was to reproduce the original IPA of the 18th century. It may be too huge for this fragile planet so enjoy this beer like it was the last one on Earth.

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Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 500ml bottle, best before date of 02.08.12. This worried me at first, until I remembered that NZ uses the DD/MM/YY date format. It’s also been refrigerated since I acquired it in January. Anyway: Nose of citric, spicy hop, strong oak, vanilla, very faint pale malt sweetness and touches of white wine, pineapple and leafy herb. Mostly clear bright golden yellow color, with a lasting, uneven head. Initial pour was sparklingly clear, but as I topped the glass off later, a small swirl of sediment appeared. Flavor profile is hoppy, woody and generously bitter up front, with suggestions of lightly tannic oak, pine, peach and vanilla, finishing dry and hoppy with touches of lemon, pear, very faint malt and white wine (Nelson Sauvins perhaps?). Active, almost sharp carbonation on the palate, dry and very drinkable with a medium body. I wasn’t sure about this at first, the oak is really pretty hefty and this has a definite twang to it. But as it warmed and I drank further, I started to find some complexity, it started to come together better and I started to get really interested. Ultimately, I would certainly recommend it, but not for the faint of heart or palate.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Name: Oak Aged IPA
Date: January 06, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy copper, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet oak aroma, floral hops, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of oak and hop bitterness, liquid hops, touch of vanilla balances the oak
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

gam (4078) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2012
White frothy head strong carbonation gold pour citrussy aroma pine grapefruit mild caramel the flavours coconut the oak coming through pine hops medium bitter grapefruit finish aftertastes of pine oak citrus sweet barley lasting bitter smooth and balanced good on the palate

BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours a off orange gold color with a floral aroma. Taste a bit malty with a off wood flavor. Good beer!

mkel07 (6385) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2012
500ml bottle. This one was not as big and bold as I expected it to be however it was still very good. Shimmery hazy golden amber colour with a softish sand coloured head. Big full in your face hop aroma gets the senses going. Long lasting aftertaste is almost medicinal and vinegary tart. For value for money I believe that Epic’s Armeggedon IPA is better value. This still hits the spot though and it is quite a good beer.

Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2012
Wonderful drinking IPA. Nothing special looking, a little head on yellow coloured body. More wood than hop aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, great drinkability. The hoppiness was there, it was terrifically well rounded. Bottle from Premiere Gourmet, thanks for picking up Jon.

Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a clear gold-green with a fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus, fruit, sweet, bread. Taste is slightly sour, mild, citrus, pine, orange zest. Not at all what I was expecting. Medium carbonation; nice mouth feel.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle.Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Oak, citrus, vanilla, caramel, and fruity grape/white wine notes to the aroma and taste. Nice creamy palate. Really damn good!

bhensonb (15755) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Purs slightly orange tinged gold with an off-white head. Aromas of floral and oak. And tropical fruit. Med + body. Flavor is fruity, oaky and mildly astringent. Refined.

marcus (10670) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle from Star Grocery. Pours dark golden with a thin off-white head and a musty oak aroma. There is a slightly astringent citrus flavor over a heavy caramel malt background with a hint of tropical fruit. There is a sharply bitter finish. Quite complex for an IPA.

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