Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

731 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 731
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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Ratings: 731 | Reviews: 171
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 Douglas88
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle thanks to Kevin and Eric. Pours a opaque copper color with a large off-white head. The aroma is rich floral and herbal notes, loads of hops. A initially bitter flavor, it settles down to reveal more herbal and floral hops, actually this beer is pretty mellow and nice. A sweet fresh vine, very fresh and green flavors. A nice thick mouthfeel. A wonderful addition to Utah. My first official Epic beer and it did not disappoint. Awesome.

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 Perfero
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've only ever had this beer on nitro (it's the "go to" nitro tap at Bru Grill & Market in Lake Forest) and it's been exceptional in that format. Very creamy mouthfeel with a well balanced bitterness. When served on nitro, this is definitely an above average beer.

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 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 ryangustafson
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a good beer by any standard, in regard to the qualities that force me to rate it "good" as opposed to "great," it can be left at a lingerer. Three minutes is far too long for the the overiding bitterness of the hops used in this brew. It's called aftertaste not tasteregret. Otherwise the enchanting citrus notes that greet the taster before a fullbodied, lightly sweet and deftly tingling tongue greet make this a beer easily enjoyed. However, whether or not you prefer this beer to other similar IPA will depend on your preference for grapefruit. In the same manner that an orange diverges from a grapefruit, the impressive ability of this beer's aftertaste makes it unique. For me it's a detraction, however for you, it might be a new, soon storied favorite.

Photo of bishopgary
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a beer drinker who also grows/maintains his own hop vines and lives in the city where this is brewed, this review should be taken with a grain malt (oh I meant salt).

A: Pours golden with a hint of amber, nice foamy head that has a bit of staying power. Nice clarity, as well as noticeable effervescent carbonation. It may be hard for a light color beer to be exceptional in appearance.

S: Nice hop aroma, though not so hoppy that it overwhelms the slight hint of yeast. Grapefruit with some pine resin and almost a bit of pepper from time to time.

T: Bitter citrus upfront. Not quite as astringent as some Imperial IPAs. Light malty sweetness in the middle. I have not noticed a hot alcohol component in the taste profile. Definite citrus finish that makes this a great beer to have with a meal, especially something rich.

M: Above average, but not exceptional. Light to medium body. I like a bit more body to high hop beers. I like that they were able to produce a well hopped beer that does not feel like it it stripping all your tooth enamel.

D: Very good. Smooth enough, especially for its style, to encourage one to drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pine and orange hop aromas with a little bit of sweaty character.

T - Spicy notes of pine and oniony hops up front with a touch of sweet malt. Some toffee and more pine flavor in the middle with a sweet finish of bready malt and sharp, citrus hops with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the hop character is quite nice and the malt is balancing but not so dense that it interferes with the hops.

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 StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome, as fresh and bitter and oily as an ipa can be. real expensive bottle at a pizza place in ogden, Utah really threw me off, but I couldn't pass this up. the pour is hazy golden orange in color, with a fluffy few inches of white head with outstanding retention and lacing. the nose is powerfully hoppy and bitter, freshly made, nuanced and sticky. the hops have both a floral and a pine component, and the IBUs on this bad boy just be 100 or more. the taste starts out oily hoppy, with no sweetness or residual sugar at all. the hops are so pungent and dank that they almost suck all the moisture off the tongue, its really quite profound to taste bitter hops from a big ipa on a dry mouth. some grassy malty notes too, middle of the spectrum in terms of color and body, but the hops are what this is all about. it is the essence of hops, as fresh as any ipa has gotten to the real thing, its like fresh picked ipa, unbeatable really. they alcohol is disguised well, and one could easily drink several bombers of this based on how crisp and interesting it is. I knew it would be good, but its even beyond my expectations. I just loved it. creamy texture but clean dry finish, nice combo for these flavors. epic is by far and away the best thing happening in beer in Utah these days, no contest.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #6,
8.0% abv.

A - Light golden, Lighter than I expected. Pretty hazy. Nice head, good retention and lacing.

S - Piney citrus on a rocket to my sinuses. Very fresh smelling. Strong hop presence.

T - They must have dialed down the sweetness on this release because it's very bitter. There's malt in there too, but the bitterness almost reminds me of ruination, just not quite as ruinous. The piney resinous qualities come through in the flavor, but I'm a total hop head, so this is delicious to me. The Malt flavors are in there, but they're playing rhythm to the hops' lead.

M - Nice carbonation, good body, maybe a tad on the heavy side.

D - This is a handful, and will be for most people. But, I love this style, and this is an excellent representation.

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large off-white head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Tropical grapefruit and pineapple up front, followed by a moderate hit of maltiness and tangerines.

T - Follows suit pretty much down to the tee. Grapefruit and pineapple, instantly followed by the malts and tangerines. Somewhat bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O - Overall, I didn't expect too much outta this one but I was pleasantly surprised. A good IPA for the true hopheads out there.

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, chewy, dirty gold pour with a nice cap of 2-finger light cream head. Nice retention and very nice lace. Lots of floaters in the bottle.

Strong herbal citrus nose. Definite earth tones, but grapefruit does stand out above all else. Not too overpowering and very nice for the style.

A little thin up front. Earthy, herbal hops come in mid way through the glass. Finishes with a light citrus bite of grapefruit. Resiny in the finish, but only slightly so. Alcohol definitely there, but well masked.

Feel is right on, just a bit on the chewy side.

Very filling beer, so brings the drinkability down a tad. I'd get this one again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Epic Hopulent IPA. India Pale Ale. Elevated Series. Release #37, 8.2 % ALC./Vol.

Opaque appearance, peach/apricot hue, smallish wheat head, leaves lace and lots of tiny bubbles. Nice.

Aroma: classic American IPA nose, Cascade and then some, citrus and pine, plus peach and so forth. Getting more prickly, and pleasant, the more I drink it in through the nostrils. Just right.

Taste: Mmm, mmm, mmm. Almost perfect. Tons of pine and citrus, with the merest malt, providing a plump pillow. Hitting all the marks, plucking all the strings, striking all the notes. Nothing too over the top in bitterness, not too heavy, not too lean. Not too high in alcohol, either, though it is on the strong side. Very palatable, very approachable, easy to please for the experienced hop-o-phile. Plenty of pure hop flavor, here, gets a touch astringent, but not too much of anything I can't handle. Gets increasingly bitter and pungent, but, again, that's right up my alley.

Let us now put to rest the notion that there is no good beer coming out of Utah. Eventually, that will be claimed for all 50 States, just you wait and see.

Photo of drrone
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy amber/straw color that left an generous amount of lace around the top.

S- Smells great, hop hit with pine, grapefruit and mango.

T - Similar to nose, but those tropical fruits are balanced nicely with the hops. Resin with light bitter after taste. Very nice.

M- Easy to drink, light carbonation, light to medium body, boozey not overly so.

O- Nice job Epic, this is one of my favorite beers from them. It has a great hit of hops, that is balanced well with the citrus and tropical fruits. Worth trying. I'm glad I have regular access to this.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22 oz bomber at a recent Epic Ohio release party at Lizardville in Bedford. Had the Spiral Jetty on tap during that event, and am curious to see how it stacks up against the much stronger Hopulent.

An examination of the bottle reveals a fair amount of sediment in the bottle, which always makes me a bit nervous when that bottle in an IPA, as it could be an indication of over-aging. The bottle has no bottled on date, but does state it was part of Release #23.

Poured into a tulip glass, this has a cloudy honey color with a three finger head that ever-so-slowly reduces with loads of lacing.

The aroma is of rich resinous hops, buttery malt, and pine. Mild citrus is present as well, but not in great amounts.

Starts with plenty of thick hops, resinous, vinous and bitter. Plenty of pine, with a bitter that starts, tunes down, and then crescendos as it finishes. More citrus in the smell than the taste, this is a quite tasty brew.

Medium to full bodied, with plenty of bitter and dry finish, this is a nice slow sipper.

After having this and the Spiral Jetty, I definitely find this to be more up my alley. Tasty, bitter, and enjoyable, this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Bake
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm kind of surprised by some of the lukewarm reviews of this beer. This is probably the third bomber I've purchased in the last four months and I've enjoyed each one of them. It's definitely a hop forward beer - nice citrus and piney smell (great in a tulip). It is a little murky in appearance but not muddy. It's got some body to it but still drinks really smooth. A well balanced DIPA.

If you are in the mood for a crisp clean IPA this isn't what you are looking for. If you want a hoppy meat and potatoes beer this is a good choice.

Photo of BiereBlanche
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This batch is labelled "Mosaic"

Looks - Slightly haze deep orange, massive white head slowly falls to rocky patches and lots of lacing

Aroma - Moderate hop oil, notes of underripe mango, fresh grapefruit, background alcohol. subtle graininess

Flavor - Tropical fruit dominates, dried mango, mandarin orange, sweet peaches. resiny flavor and moderate bitterness, notes of citrus rind linger. Moderate honey and light bread.

MF - Super smooth, brain says drink it down! Medium-full body and clean but notable alcohol presense says take it slow. CO2 is a bit low.

Overall - a very accessible IIPA, with the right alcohol and gravities to be a sipper; the bitterness is low and smooth while the finish balances on the sweet end for style, but the hop character for this batch is pleasant and dominant, if not absurd. A nice, big, hop-heavy beer for IIPA new-comers.

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 t420o
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Epic Brewing Hopulent IPA

Release #61 - Single Hop with Mosaic Hops

I really feel the Mosaic hopped version should have its own listing here as it is quite different from the regular Hopulent in my opinion.

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger white head with good retention. Beer is slightly hazy and bright gold in color. Good lacing. 4.25

S- big hit of citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, orange zest. Also some earthy/dank qualities. Malt presence is very light letting the hops shine though like they should. 4.25

T- very tasty. Much like the nose, the citrus and dank oily hops are the most present. Malt is a little more prevalent in the taste providing a graham cracker presence. 4

M- slick mouthfeel. Lower range of medium carbonation and medium body. 4.25

O- an excellent IPA. Dank and delicious. 4

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Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason this has one of the most beautiful tall, creamy white heads. Beer itself is a hazed glowing amber. A classic in appearance.

What I especially like is the big flowery aroma that follows through in the initial perfumey taste. Melon, dried pineapple, and some piney hops. Just sweet enough with honest malt flavor. Mellow rather than acidic. Seems to avoid most of the excessive sharp, sweet, or bitter flavors that plague this style. Definitely one of my favorite DIPAs, now that I finally get around to tasting it. But it is plenty bitter, it's just part of the long, interesting complexity.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at the lovely state liquor store in Salt Lake. This label says Release #54 and the ABV is 8.9%. Epic is one of the breweries that I happily try everything that shows up (unless, of course, it's sulking on the warm shelves at Total Wine).

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pilsner glasses

a - hazy peach fuzz color, almost weizen-like. frothy, white head, very persistent and thick. many ribbons of lacing remain after a few sips.

s - piny, pithy grapefruit, mango hops.

t - a little hot on the breath, more grapefruit, somewhat bitter finish. minimal sweetness, very little malt profile, but a well-balanced imperial IPA.

m - sharp and full-bodied, boozy. good, lively carbonation levels.

o - the nose could have been more intense, which would have propelled it into the upper reaches of the style. Good balance and true hop flavor made it into this beer. a solid effort, above average but not exceptional.

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a IPA glass. Release #67 (recipe varies between batches). Mosaic hops. No date on bottle. 8.4% ABV.

A - Light head. Golden orange. Distinct lines of carbonation. Upon first pour, cloudy/translucent. Upon 2nd pour, looked like a snowglobe in my glass. Heavy sediment composed of large flakes. Don't mind unfiltered, but this was over the top. Nice lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Wow. Very fragrant. Top flight beer if judged on smell alone. Mango hits you in the nose followed by grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruit.

T - Bitterness up front. Other flavors less pronounced... grapefruit rind, lemon, and honey. Bitterness does not last.

M - Nothing remarkable, but not unpleasant. More carbonation may improve. Weak consistency.

O - Incomplete beer. Has some characteristics of a great beer, but inconsistent in some areas. Confused as to how recipe changes but naming convention remains the same. Not a good marketing strategy.

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

On-tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Poured extremely hazy almost milky dark orange with half-inch white head which yields rings and spots.

N: Pefume of floral tropicals (mango, passionfruit), strawberries.

T: Floral and liquid perfume of tropical hops. Some malt for balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Aroma on tap is wonderful. Very nice.

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