People's Choice Malthouse West Coast IPA Challenge 2020
"Grain Dead IPA is our entry into the West Coast IPA Challenge; New Zealand's penultimate beer competition. Many people haven’t heard of this competition but it is responsible for some of the best craft beers ever released in the recent history of beer in NZ. It has become an invite only event and winning the golden gumboots is a much coveted prize. Epic has had much success at this competition having won the competition and also been awarded People's Choice more times than any other brewery. Not too surprising since brewing West Coast IPA’s is what Epic is all about. We have been called a one trick pony for making so many IPA’s, which we have embraced. This year the West Coast IPA has a theme of horror films, so we went with the inspiration of New Zealand's greatest horror film of all time Peter Jackson’s – “Brain Dead”. We have had a play on words and made it “Grain Dead” due to the fact this beer is so hop focused there is little attention given to the grain/malt character. We have smashed in a terrifying amount of Columbus and Citra hops into this beer. It gives an amazing green piney resinous hop aroma. The hop flavour is scarily aggressive yet balanced in a way that it is like a brain dead zombie that sneaks up behind you and bites you before you know it. Be aware, and be ready to enjoy this horrifyingly good West Coast style IPA"