Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

732 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, impressive head

SMELL: Hop oil, spice, floral, papaya, pineapple, fresh hops, green tea, bready malt, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, bitey, spice, soft bitterness, hop oil, pipe tobacco, herbal, citric zest, birch sap, earthy, grainy, alcohol, tropical fruit, bread crust

Obviously smacks of hops, flavor over bitterness. The flavor, however, scrapes the palate as hard as it can with a plethora of complexities that open up with each sip. A killer, palate devastation is inevitable which is a great thing for any true hophead.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Utah Epic beer.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed amber infused golden with a frothy one finger head atop,it never really settled completely,just a frothy mass.Aromas of herbal and slightly citric hops along with a big caramel/biscuit malt base,neither win out.Hefty sweetness with caramel and sugary alcohol mixed with herbal hops,the balance is spot on but Iam not sure I want balance in a DIPA.Its pretty good compared to alot of the sweeter styles of the version so I cant give it a bad review,I just want more in your face hops.

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearace – This is a gorgeous, very think light-colored orange and extremely murky with a huge, shaving cream head that literally left clumps on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The big citrus notes are surprisingly balanced by some lighter pine which is usually overdone. There’s also a nice biscuit aroma that mates well with the hops.

Taste – The hops come out even stronger at the taste. This is nice as DIPAs often smell big but don’t deliver. The biscuit from the nose did retreat a bit so it’s not as balanced at the taste as it is at the nose

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, well above medium-bodied, with a strong bitterness that will be too harsh for most.

Drinkability – This is a big beer that requires your full and undivided attention. It goes down well for such a big beer but you’ll want to take your time with it.

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, Release # 10 brewed on November 11, 2010. Pours a hazy dark straw color with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral hops, lemoney citrus with a slight sour twang.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and floral hops with some citrus and a bit of an off note - leather? The finish is high in bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA. The flavors and smell just didn't jive for me. It seemed to have some notes that I can't place that I just didn't care for.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HOPULENCE, I HAS IT!!! Purchased at Bruery Provisions.

Nice orange pour, good 5/8" head on it, not much for retention though. Aroma, not a huge dry hop aroma, its there, but nothing to write home of really. A bitter piney existence.

Taste, damn, mostly bittersweet, nothing like the green lush hop mouthfeels you hope for, especially when you get pine initially. Pine turns to copper throughout the drinking experience. Chewy malt mouthfeel. Sticky at times. Alcohol plenty noticeable. There's some sweet, but it comes nowhere near the prominence of the bitterness. I prefer less malt, sweet, bitter and more of a lighter body and more hop exposure.

Would not buy again given the $8ish price at Provisions.

Photo of dwren89
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange gold with thin white head and very cloudy

Aroma: piney and biscuity with slight tropical citrus fruit hints, strong aroma

Taste: very hoppy with strong pine and citrus explosion of flavor. Just enough malt to give a backbone to the beer, but this is unquestionably a DIPA. The hops really shine

Mouthfeel: full body but not chewy just a very full taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall: a good, not great, DIPA. Definitely held back by cloudy appearance and lack of malt character. But the beer definitely pals a punch with the american hops and provides a slight alcohol note on the finish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of their Elevated Release series #38 weighing in at 8.3% abv. Pours a clouded copper orange color with a light tan head forming thick with evenly dispersed lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma has citric hop notes with evenly layers of biscuit dough and outright bready tones. The nose is great full of a citrus hop quality with some yeast bread notes, slightly nutty. Layered sweetness and hops forms a nice DIPA, really quality citrus rinds and hop bitterness blended with big bready malt qualities. A bit of alcohol flavor peaks through with malt sweetness, and hop bitterness roaring yet it's balanced at the end of the day. Overall not a bad DIPA and it may change yoru perception of beer from Utah.

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 argenti44
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow/tan straw color with a slight milky hue. Off white head that held and left a nice lace on the pilsner glass it was served in.

S: Pine and citrus are the most prevalent smell.

T: Initially a citrus flavor of grapefruit followed by a mild malt bready taste ending with a strong hoppy sticky pine flavor finish out the flavor profile.

M: Not too heavy but but full bodied with a mild warmth from the alcohol.

I loved this beer I want more. I had it with a great burger at Stout Burgers and Beer in Studio City, CA. One of the best beers I've had in quite a while. This beer is tasty and medium bodied with a great hop profile. Did not taste like the typical run of the mill IPA's being put out by every craft brewery. Hopulent IPA hit all the benchmarks for an excellent IPA. Run and get one you won't be disappointed.

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

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Hopulent is a hazy color color. The head is not that thick but it lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is somewhat hoppy but not all that intense or fresh smelling. For a double IPA, it really lacks here.

Flavor is citrusy and bitter with a slight roasty quality. If my eyes were closed, I might think it was a black IPA. Grapefruit and other citrus rind or pith makes for a bitter beer. The alcohol is strong though and at times it reminds me of orange vodka.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Balance is ok but alcohol is too hot.

Overall a below-average DIPA unfortunately. So many good ones out there and this one doesn't stack up.

Okay, maybe I didn't give this one a fair shake on the original review. I re-visited this beer tonight.

Batch #24 (brewed 7/5/11) and enjoyed about 3 months later on 10/6. Great appearance with thick long-lasting head and lots of lace. Aroma is very hoppy, nicely done. The flavor is bitter but somewhat balanced, lots of hop flavor, well rounded. Good mouthfeel and drinkability considering the ABV. Overall a solid DIPA and not below average as I originally suggested. Scores adjusted.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Release #24, 8.7% Alc/Vol."
I wonder if whichever BA added Hopulent to the site was taking liberties, as the label itself claims this is "IPA / India Pale Ale." I'll judge it as such, despite the larger ABV.

Pours out a head of blinding white that sits atop a thoroughly hazy peach yellow/gold color. Gobs of sticky lace sticks its stickiness all over the place.

Aroma is good 'n' plenty, hops-wise, very clean but with very little indication of the malt element. Herbal, citrus-packed, very west coast-like.

Taste delivers the goods, not deviating from the impressions found in the aroma. Just a whole lot of citrus rind, with resiny hints, and the sweet/tart tango of unripe oranges and limes and other citrus fruits. And a bunch of pine on the tongue. A nice herbal twist comes in to add a little depth. All in all, quite West Coast-ish, if you know what I mean.

The mouthfeel does achieve an almost Double IPA-ish feel, in that it starts creamy and chewy...but that's tempered and even altered by caressing carbonation and the very bitter, nearly salty attack in the finish.

Sure, you could scream "needs more malt!" till you're blue in the face, but other beers do that and do it well...Hopulent delivers a straightforward blast o' hops for those that dig that sort of thing. As long as you don't judge this as a double IPA, you'll find this an enjoyable, bright, just plain terrific IPA experience. Nice job.

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - bright orangish yellow with a soft, white head

S - bread, pineapple, grapefruit, some alcohol

T - grapefruit, pineapple, bread, cake batter, sweet, mildly bitter; perfect balance

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, smooth, well carbonated

This was really an awesome beer. The hops are intense, the malt is solid, and the balance is superb. I really enjoyed this one. I recommend it!

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 Kevin73
2.15/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Release #65. Brewed April 2013, cracked July 2013. One of the worst beers I've ever tasted. The batch was relatively new, fresh, the bottle well handled and kept cool. Poured into a shaker pint.

The nose was straight up orange and grapefruit, strong, but not unusual, though not the complex aroma Epic claims. The taste, however, was like drinking pure hop water. Astringent, cough inducing. Epic writes, "Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops." The reality is that there isn't a hint of sweetness or malts to balance the hops bitterness. Any complexity that might be in there is utterly lost to the pallet destroying bitterness. Now, I'm a fan of long duration dry hopped IPAs, but there's still the need for balance. If you condition the beer for 2 weeks then you better have the sugar content to fortify that flavor. Unfortunately this one doesn't, and as a result it's been dry hopped to death.

It's important to note that the recipe for this beer isn't static. It changes from season to season or with malt and hops availability. That's why this beer has "Release #" associated with it. I have not tried other releases to see how they compare, but man! Avoid #65.

Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hopulent looks to be golden in color. It’s quite hazy. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A soft white head covers it and rises to roughly a finger and a half in depth. It’s rather slow to dissipate. It holds firm at a surface covering for quite a long time. Lacing is very sticky and thick. Looks pretty good.

The nose is alright. Above average. Hops are easily noted. The smell fruity and a little herbal. Smells like mint actually. The fruity notes smell like pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. It’s not a bad profile at all. The malt base smells a little sweet. There might be a little caramel. Smells mostly like pale malt though with a bit of bread-like quality as well. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Doesn’t smell offensively strong though.

The flavor is pretty average. The malt base is predominantly pale with just a touch of sweet caramel and crackers. The hop flavor is alright, not great. It has a strong herbal, minty flavor that clashes a tad with the citric fruit flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. It’s a little bitter and dry, but the malts provide quite a bit of balance. Not my favorite quality in a DIPA. Needs to have a lot more hop bitterness. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong. It’s not warm or hot. Finishes a little sweet with some residual herbal hop notes.

Hopulent has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. The feel is actually soft and smooth. It’s probably Hopulent’s strongest asset. For anyone interested, its drinkability is just okay. A bomber seems like a bit much.

This is my first experience with Epic Brewing Co. beer. Frankly, Hopulent’s an okay DIPA, but needs some work. It is somewhat distinctive with its herbal, minty hop flavor, but not in a great way. I like that the caramel malt aspect is light and restrained, but a little less balance and better hop flavor would improve it. It’s worth a try, but stick with a single bomber.

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in North Carolina, Release# 24

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of eggshell color head. Nice head retention & above average lacing

S: Piney & citrus, breadyness, some minty hops as well as this warms

T: Pine, orange rinds, grapefruit & a touch of bready sweetness up front. Pine & ruby red grapefruit bitterness, breadyness & pineapple all mix as this warms, along with a bitty of herbal/catty hops & a touch of dry cakeyness. Finishes with orange rinds, leafy woody & herbal hop bitterness & just a touch of marmalade

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, pretty good balance, bice warming sensation

I would buy this again, a well done DIPA from a state that produces more good beer than one would think...

Photo of zimm421
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Label is marked with Release #23. Appears a hazy, golden orange. Has a good 2 to 3 fingers of sudsy off-white head. The head goes down over time, but there's a good layer left on top through the whole glass. Also leaves great lacing.

Nose is citrusy, and very, very sweet. Too sweet for me. There's a little bit of pine scents, but not too impressed here. Taste is really sweet up front, and finishes with a citrus bitterness. Pineapple really seems to come through in the end. The pine is also there. Finishes somewhat bitter, but the aftertaste is actually sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery and thin, but there is a decent film left on the inside of your mouth. Average to low carbonation. Not overly easy to drink. Overall, an average brew, at best. Love some IIPA's but this just isn't cutting it for me. Not worth seeking out.

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 richj1970
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange with fluffy nitro head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malts with some faint citrus notes. Tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Pine resin, and bitter hops. Light citrus with orange being most dominant. Breads.

M: Medium body with a nice creamy finish. I think more IPA's should be done on nitro for the mouthfeel alone.

O: Interesting brew. I was expecting a touch sweeter and more citrus.

Photo of nimrod979
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale and hazy orange. One finger white head with some extreme retention and lacing. Very nice.

Aroma: Big dose of hops. Orange, and grapefruit citrus zest. Grass, and some pine. Hint of sweet bready malt.

Taste: Citrus zest and pine resiny hop bitterness. Wet hop oil. Decent hop bomb with only a hint of some sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Wet, juicy bitter hops coat the palate. Oily mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, soft carbonation. Bitterness actually doesn't linger all that long.

Photo of DownInToMyBelly
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on nitro at Ground Control in Goodyear. Liked it much better than out of the bottle. The creaminess from the nitro really balanced well with the bitterness and brought out the citrus notes.

Great lacing on the glass, and a very smooth mouthfeel.

I'll definitely look for this one on nitro again.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy slightly dulled orange hue with a two finger bright white sticky head. very sticky. Mint and sweet herbs on the nose.Some earthy and barnyard scents as well. Nose overall though slightly subdued compared to other double ipas.

Sweet almost honey like up front. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. Well constructed body delivers hop flavor through out the mouth. Floral and earthy hops are the main flavors with the malt bill playing the role of holding the beer together.

Very good for the price but this double IPA drinks like a regular IPA. The bottles only a month old so I can't see age being a problem. Very well balanced with good hop bitterness but If i didnt know the alcohol content, I'd just call it IPA.

Just noticed that Epic in no way proclaims this to be a double, I guess it's just considered so on BA cause the ABV. Well, like I said before good for the price and a nice change of pace from the usual citrus and grapefruit bombs that everyone makes.

Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Batch #18, 8.3%abv). Pours hazy bright orange-yellow color with 1 finger chunky white head. Aroma has mango, peaches, light citrus and resin. Taste is sweet with some depth from the malts and bitterness. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Bitter finish, but not over the top. This is a well balanced beer and although you feel the warmth of alcohol, it is a well integrated beer. Nice job again, Epic!

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On Nitro: Served up a hazy orange, with half finger head, settled into thin cap, nice lacing. Lighter pine and citrus hop aroma, not much else...certainly not what was expected from a DIPA. The beer had a strong pine hop taste...Almost too much pine for my taste. The hops are so overwhelming I can't taste anything else. The beer had a heavier feel, extremely smooth, very bitter aftertaste.

Overall, maybe slightly better than average DIPA.

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