It’s only appropriate that on my 11th post I should splash out and have an $11 beer. Eleven dollars! I actually had a mini-freak out after I purchased this and started doing calculations in my head of what 365 craft beers might cost. Thankfully doing calculations in my head is not actually something I can do, so I remain in blissful ignorance.
Anyway, Hop Zombie! I was actually a little apprehensive. I mean… all of Epic’s beers are hoppy. For them to go and name a beer “Hop Zombie” suggests they may have lost the plot completely. I pictured a mad brewer throwing barrel after barrel of hops into the brew, laughing maniacally while his sweating assistant made futile pleas: “Please sir!” he’d cry. “You know no human can withstand that level of hops…. You’re going to kill them all!”
Nevertheless I soldiered on and poured a glass. You can’t really see it in the picture but it’s a lovely colour, a clear, bright gold. It looks really bubbly in that picture but actually the carbonation is quite soft.
As I took my first tentative sip, the aroma already signalling a massive hop presence, I was delighted to taste a happy burst of ripe, tropical fruit. The hops were certainly… hopping, but it was much sweeter and somehow less… aggressive than I was expecting. The mouthfeel was really nice, quite full and soft, and I found myself drinking the glass a lot more quickly than I should have. I was reminded to slow down when for a brief second I thought I smelled pure alcohol. It is 8.5% after all…
Although I’ve only had it once, I think I’m a little bit in love this beer. It’s tasty, well-balanced, and just kind of… fun. I guess that mad brewer knew what he was doing after all.
PS – I just started a Twitter account. I’ve always been horrible at using Twitter (I can’t keep my rambles to 140 characters) but watch me try @Beerforayear.