Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

719 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 26
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-27-2010

Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops. This beer will have changes to the grain bill and seasonal hop changes. The character of Hopulent IPA is over the top, too much of everything—a real HOP HEADS DELIGHT!
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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 168
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a bomber on the shelf at my local Trig's. No bottled on date, but it has a release # of 112 and a DEN# 2139 (which means very little to me). Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours extremely hazy--lots of particulate in this one. Because it's so opaque, it's hard to pin down a single color for this one. It's probably best described as a copper rust color (though it's a very pale copper at the edges). About three-quarters-of-an-inch of off-white head falls fairly quickly, but there's good cling. Plenty of visible carbonation, despite the haziness of this one.

S: Not much of a bouquet on this. There's bread and caramel malt notes, with just a suggestion of pine/earthy hops in the mix.

T: There's sweetbread malt notes at the front which immediately begin vying with the hops for attention. The hops flavors at the front are earthy and robust--a bit more piney/resinous than funky. Clear alcohol emerges in the middle, mingling with the sweetness of the malts. The back end is hops and booze all the way: lots of resinous hop flavor mingling with a lingering clear alcohol. A bit more boozy than I'd like, but the overall taste is enjoyable.

F: This one is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It's creamy, effervescent, and sticky in turns. Though not overly syrupy, the bitter sticks to the palate quite well.

O: I'm happy I picked this one up. It's by no means a world-class DIPA, but it definitely isn't afraid to bring big, bold hop flavor. I noticed how others have mentioned this as being too sweet from the malts, but I felt that the balance was just fine. My only gripe, if anything, was that it didn't hide its ABV very effectively. Otherwise, I definitely recommend picking one of these up.

Photo of milwaukee512
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's cool that this beer changes with the seasons/available ingredients, but the version I had was a little disappointing. Certainly hoppy, but with an overpowering malt sweetness that I find masks the nuances of this beer. Feels heavy (after all, it is a DIPA), but better examples of the style like Ballast Point Dorado or New Glarus' Scream seem to hide their heft, making for a more drinkable beer.

Photo of LouZ
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro - creamy and smooth; drank very easy. Not much aroma, but nice flavor with pronounced hops.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A visual joy in the glass, just a touch hazy with orange and tan color, a real nice off-white head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lace.

Hopulent is a good name for it. It's hoppy. But it's pretty balanced (as much as possible, since"balanced" is an oxymoron when it comes to IPAs). The description says it will change with different batches with different malt profiles and hops. I like that. Since this beer is a tasty one, I'd like to try different versions of it and see what they come up with. Good job on this one.

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy tea tinted gold under a 2” foam collar composed of uniform, fine bubbles that cling to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Citrus and grapefruit, some earthiness.
T: Fruity palate with citrus, apricot, grapefruit, light caramel, biscuit, gives way to a big grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Creamy smooth, medium to a touch above on the body, medium carbonation, slight astringency from the hops on the finish.
O: A big, bold double IPA with everything dialed up to 11.

Photo of MissSmisje
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citra hops. L: golden, almost orange. S: a bit delicate, Citra. T: Citra, sweet, orange marmalade, bitter finish. F: medium heavy body for an ipa; would prefer a drier finish. O: good display of Citra, but sweeter than I'd prefer.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at Ashley's Westland in pint glass. Thick, creamy white head present throughout session with tons of thick lacing. Orange hue, smell of floral pine, some citrus. Taste follows. Nice DIPA, no bitterness and very well balanced.

Photo of Imperialjake
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried to drink this behind a Stone Enjoy By 3.14.15. The Stone completely blew this beer away. But overall it's a decent DIPA.

Photo of stensja
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bold and smooth, fantastic finish

Photo of JParlow
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Seemed to be trying too hard to be Imperial.

Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro tap pint at Yard House in Glendale.
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a tight head. Great retention, thick lace lines coat the glass.
Lots of citrus smells, grapefruit, lemon, herbal hops.
Taste is of a solid IPA, citrus fruit, hop bitterness at the end. Good flavor with out being too sharply bitter.
Nitro gives a lower level of carbonation, smooth and creamy.
Overall, a solid DIPA, alcohol is hidden behind the hops, but still easy to drink.

Photo of mickmanhattan
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Served from a Nitro tap

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. A light amber hazy IPA with a white one finger head that subsides quickly.

S. Sweet malts fill the nose. Almost a candied fruit smell also. Smells like it will be pretty sweet. Smells like dehydrated dates.

T. Though the beer is self proclaimed hopulent. I think I'm getting more sweet caramel malts. I do get some fruity raisin like flavor. Very little bitterness. Finishes pretty clean.

M. Medium mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. I'd really like more suds.

O. I don't think it agrees with the name flavor wise but it is a good flavored beer. Could use some more bitterness. But I can't get passed the mouthfeel on this one. With some more carbonation I would have it rated higher.

Photo of Waveoff
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on nitro tap at Yard House Las Vegas. Love IPA's on nitro.

Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We'll keep this review simple........................Amazing, crunchy head with the most awesome lacing. Aroma is of light hops and some citrus. Ok, here goes, taste is Big hops, pine and grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Fine, Fine, Fine IPA, balanced well and any hop lovers dream !!!!!!!

Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

From a bomber into a Tallgrass tulip
A: pale apricot color, huge head, some bubbles
S: grapefruit and lots of it, together with some floral notes and pale bready malt and a little caramel sweetness.
T: what one would expect from the nose. hops dominate here, and are a little one-note to me, when compared with the best in style. i like the balance between bitterness and sweetness, though, and there is some nice zest that comes with the citrus flavors.
M: smooth, medium body, carbonation seems moderate which is about right. Dries out toward the end, with a nice lingering bittersweetness.

Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -21.5%

on tap at The Pig in DC
an IPA on Nitro (?)
slight metal after-taste
liked the mouthfeel of being on Nitro. seemed a bit more "cask-like" lacked the bite of the co2 which I liked

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a bomber (Release #94) into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-copper coloring, with a tall, frothy, dense, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of tart grapefruit and richly sweet tropical fruits, pine tassel, grass, hops resin and bitter, and subtle notes of caramel sweetness in the backbone. Hop heavy for sure. Flavors are very piney and grassy forward, with an extremely tart, almost astringent, grapefruit and lemon citrus blend in the backbone. Tropical fruit notes help smooth out with sweetness, with a solid current of pine pitch, hop oils, and cut grass. Pepper spices throughout, too. This is a tour for your palate, but a damn tasty one. The body is smooth and rich, but kept fairly light by the carbonation, helping the drinkability. The aftertaste is all bitter and resin, with a steady hops linger well after each sip. Bittering and piney notes linger on into the dry, lasting finish. This is a big beer, but it is right up a hop lover's pipe!

Photo of Twistr61
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Having this for the 1st time...love the color and smell, love the upfront taste but not the finish as much as some other other DIPA's.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hopulent is an excellent drinkable IPA. I'm trying it in Park City, Utah. The beer poured a cloudy orange with froathy white head that is lacing nicely. The scent was fresh hop that leaned toward pine and orange peel. The taste was fresh hop bitter through the entire drink...with touches of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and highly recommended.

Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On nitro tap at The Pint in West Lafayette, IN.

Reddish pour with a medium-sized, rocky head.

Smells earthy with some light, sharp nodes of citrus hops poking through. Not really strong or complex, but that might be because nitro tends to mute aromas (seriously, guys, can we stop it with the nitro pours for beers that aren't dry stouts?)

Tastes like it smells--a weakly flavored IPA with decent balance. Apparently the commercial description for this brew claims it has "excessive hops," which I think it grounds for a lawsuit. The hops would have maybe--maybe--seemed excessive in the mid-80s.

The lack of a hop explosion isn't a bad thing, of course. Often, it can be godsend. But you have to wonder exactly what Epic was going for with this IPA. It's drinkable, certainly, but I seriously doubt this is what they were intending to brew.

Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro pour...

A: pours pretty cloudy, dirty yellow once settled. Obviously with nitro, significant sustaining head and a lot of lacing

S: kinda weak in this pour, kinda earthy and maybe slightly herbal

T: taste starts out a little full, but I think that of a lot of nitro pours. The beer seems to be tending towards a west coast in the sense it starts bitter (with little malt character), however the hops are far from overpowering. The taste is actually a little tropical to begin, papaya and maybe a little coconut against the herbs/dirt similar to the smell. The taste slowly transitions into a dryer finish, letting go of whatever fruit flavors I initially perceived.

M: obviously smooth from the nitro, but a flatter carbonation as is also typical to me. Decent dryness, flavors encompass the mouth.

O: need to re-review a non-nitro version. This seems like it could be a little more than a standard IPA, but I feel it's never going to really jump in rating much above average.

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dull orange hue. Nose expresses citrus, an herbal character and an earthiness. Taste follows nose with an earthy, medicinal and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium) with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent brew, but a bit too earthy and bitter.

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #81 (bottled 11/12/13 - special edition featuring lemondrop hops)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice bubble show and a two inch head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Sugarcake malts buttress the tropical fruit, lemon and grapefruit tones

Taste: Sugarcakes, up front, with the hops building through the middle, bringing tropical fruit (guava and pineapple) along with grapefruit and lemon tones; after the swallow, the sweetness dominates though the hops do their level best to keep up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For a six month old DIPA, the hops have held up rather well but there still is more malty sweetness than I prefer

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41F poured into a tulip. Label says it's release #81, 8.5% alc/vol, SLC#1266.

Pours pretty clear amber/golden with a smallish white head which fades slowly. Fair amount of fine active carbonation. Smell is mild and floral, grassy.

Taste is bitter, piney, slight grapefruit rind. Something slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium. Overall, it's a nice, solid beer.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.