Commercial description: Inspired by west Coast IPA’s 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.”
Pours a beautiful golden copper color with great clarity and lively carbonation with compact bubbles rising to a two-finger off-white head which has average retention. Head leaves a generous amount of splotchy, sticky lacing as it dissipates.
Aroma is very juicy and citrusy; mainly bitter grapefruit peel and pith, with some lighter sweet orange. It is very bright, clean and pleasant. Some pine and grass hop aromas. Hints of yeasty bread and a raisiny element underneath with the faintest caramel sweetness as the beer warms a little.
Taste very close to its aromas. Extremely floral, the citrus grapefruit and a light touch of passion fruit cuts through the caramel malt foundation nicely. The first sip fades into a luscious hop flavor of rare intensity and complexity. Taste is a balanced mixture of hops, citrus, pineapple, lemon, pine and some dryness. There was only a mild bitterness to this one. Nicely carbonated.
Light to medium body, but highly carbonated with prickly bubbles on the tongue.
OVERALL IMPRESSION (9/10)
A well-crafted IPA, that is surprisingly easy to drink. Well balanced and slightly less bitter than many American versions. However, the steep price would keep me from enjoying this more often.
FINAL SCORE (45/50)