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

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

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Clear amber with a creamy and lacing off-white head. Amazingly fresh aroma hops in the nose - Sorachi Ace? Or is it just the barrel adding this sophisticated edge? Medium body, very dry fruit, again these extremely sophisticated notes - comes out as Sorachi Ace, but it may be the barrel coming in. Dry and bitter finish - but not excessively so. Incredibly delicious. 021110

3.9
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle. I loved the pour, a great big foamy head rose to the top of the glass. A pungent aroma, grapefruit and pine - no sign of oak. There it is! In the mouth, alongside the strong orange-fruit flavour, is an even strong oak character. Vanilla, charcoal and pepper - creating a unique overall taste. Did I say vanilla... I’m not sure whether this is something I would drink often, but it is a great drinking experience.

3.8
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours a beautiful light copper colour with decent creamy beige coloured head. Head falls away to fine layer. Good lacing. Great looking beer. Huge hop aroma with Cascade and Nelson Sauvin. Lots of tropical fruits, passionfruit, mandarin and the typical white wine type aromas of the NZ hops. Perhaps there is some oak there but it is impossible to get past the hops. Flavours do show some of the oak with vanilla and malt sweetness in support. Finish is bitter with heaps of resiny hops. Mouthfeel is medium. Not really sure what the oak adds to this one. Good beer that I doubt is made any better by its time in the barrel.

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Mattburns (114) - USA - AUG 20, 2010
I really enjoyed this. It isn’t as good as the Armageddon, but it is very interesting. You can still capture all the qualities of the original, especially all the big hops, though you have this smooth oak over the top. It is really pleasant and warming. I couldn’t drink this all day, but was a beautiful bottle to share with a mate!

3.8
bmeup (679) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2010
Clear Whisky colour [yes identical to Dimple]. Chomping at the bit to try this. It starts as a musty floral scent then a massive oak presence. The aromas just pour from the glass in a most pleasant cloud. Taste is similar with citrus, pine and quite high IBU’s then a long oaky dry bitter finish. Definitely a taste sensation but not a sessionable as the Armageddon.

3.4
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden amber pour with a foamy off-white head that sticks around. Very hoppy aroma has notes of pine, mint, lemon, juniper and caramel, with a slight hint of soap in the background. Flavour is quite similar to the aroma but shows a little stronger influence from the oak barrels, with hints of vanilla, wood and grass. Mouthfeel is light and relatively slick with moderate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish that is surprisingly mild. Not too bad an IPA but a bit unbalanced and rough around the edges. The original Armageddon is the better beer.

3.4
hawthorne00 (3986) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2010
Bright orange with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of light caramel and flowers with some pears, grapefruit and a hint of oak. Taste is very grapefruity with caramel sweetness - like a morning grapefruit dusted with soft brown sugar and stuck under the heat to caramelise. Also quite woody and a bit oxidised, with sherry and chardonnay notes. Fruity finish with lingering bitterness. Lots of nice flavours - there are English touches, Nth American touches and a definite Kiwi edge to the hops. But it seems a little muddled more than it does complex.

3.5
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2010
very interesting to see the change... as it was been aged in oak, it took me some time to put my finger on the aroma/ flavour i was experiencing.... but it really reminded me of some Chardonnay wines i have tried in the past, i don’t like Chardonnay, but in this case the character of the usual epic IPA is still there, very present, not letting itself be forgotten. really interesting this one, like no other beer i have ever tasted, it made me get back up onto ratebeer... (i usually can’t be othered...)

3.8
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2010
Lively floral and grapefruit nose, Light golden colour, but head fades a bit too quickly. Quite a sour note on the tip of the tounge, but very pleasant as it fades to a strong bitterness at the back. Quite a light body ale, but quite lively and interesting. Overall, full of life, flavour. Citrus fruit chases bitterness around the mouth, neither overpowering the other. I often find the original Armageddon a bit too one-note; like a sliver of lemon wrapped around a brick of hops as it bashes your taste buds in. The barrel ageing has soften the ales original rough edges, making a far more interesting proposition. I like it, though some may prefer more ommph from their IPA.

3.5
snuffla (176) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 4, 2010
Aroma certainly exhibits all the barrel aging components one might expect. For me it brings a sherry like quality to the nose, the citrus nature of the hops is amplified then smothered by the impact of the oak - its slighty piney for my money rather than the oak you get out a chardonnay, but it accentuates the package rather than detracts from it. Standard Armageddon loveliness in the classic amber gold body with a fine white head. Thinking again about the aroma it’s probably grapefruit pith crossed with a lumber yard. Whatever it is I’ve spent the last five minutes of a rather good Simpsons episode thinking about it. Rather sherry like to taste, and the oak really comes thru with a lovely vanilla quality in the finish. The body lacks the richness to back that up but the whole effect is harmonious enough for me. The usual citrus and huge bitterness are subdued but again the oak shines thru and rounds it all up nicely. Maybe not one for everyday drinking - I can’t help thinking it should come in 150ml bots for aperitf style drinking; maybe to replace a sherry in that respect. Very nice for what it is and I’m pleased I’ve got two bottles so I can drink the second without typing at the same time.


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