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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

606 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 19
Gots: 51 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-27-2010)
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Photo of Rizalini
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle, release #59, into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a semi- hazy golden/crimson color, with 1 finger of off white-head that leaves some nice lace rings as I sip.

S - Has some earthy hops when I really get in there. When I take a second smell, I get some grapefruit. Nothing huge and in your face, just kinda sublte. Nice, but not Woah!

T/M - The taste is a little more hop forward than the smell. The taste leans more towards the citrus hop, the middle opens up with some honey flavored caramel malt. A nice hop aftertaste stays on the palate. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's a good, solid DIPA, not great. The one thing that's holding me back from calling this great is the aroma. I don't think I should have to struggle to get a big hop aroma. So in conclusion, really good DIPA, not great.

Rizalini, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  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).

mactrail, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of beerforpresident
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

beerforpresident, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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...

russpowell, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

nimrod979, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  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.

wethorseblanket, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=4.0 beautiful orange copper color, 1 finger head with great retention, lots of sediment floating around,
gobs of lacing
s=4.5 Powerful note of citrus and hops with some faint malt, some fruit.
T= 4.0 Citrus ops, sweet grapefruit, above average bitterness. Surprisingly Sweet
M-4.5 Mouthfeel is very full bodied and sticky, wonderful bitterness in the aftertaste
D-4.0 About typical of an IPA, pleasant taste makes it wonderfull drinkable

Great great beer.

ramseye4, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Duane_Opfer, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date but "Batch #10" imprinted on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.29.

A: Hazy golden with substantial 2-finger, vanilla ice cream colored head with good retention and impressive layered lacing down the glass.

S: The nose is as much pale malt sweetness as pine resin, grapefruit, and floral hop qualities, which land Hopulent squarely in the "balanced" DIPA group. Not offputting by any means but not as hop-forward as I like in this style.

T: The flavor is solid, but comes off a bit like DIPA-lite. I enjoyed the citrus-grapefruit, pine, resin-earthiness, and floral parts to the hops components, but the pale malt and almost honeylike sweetness was more than substantial and tended to mute some of the hoppiness. Still a very nice brew and it comes in at a unique price point.

M: Very tacky and coating but medium-full body with low-medium carbonation and a very smooth overall feel.

D: Hopulent is a really good DIPA that falls in line with the other EPIC series, although, I thoughy Spiral Jetty IPA really overachieved, setting up some bigger expectations for Hopulent. I liked it but wished the malt bill was fashioned to allow the hoppiness shine through.

argock, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of JonAdams
4.04/5  rDev +6%

JonAdams, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Release #37. The beer was hazy and amber in color. The cream colored rocky head left ladders of sticky lace rings in the glass. a solid cap remained throughout.

The smell was of crisp fall leaves, pine needles, and tropical fruit, There was a mild alcohol aroma too.

The taste was intensely citrusy. Pithy bitterness and candied fruit sweetness. Fresh and flavorful!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation in the body.

Cresant, May 03, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time having a cask beer. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Almost an opaque light brown with a small off white head that stuck around.

Aroma: Not too much there. Sort of west coast in the hop notes. Makes me excited to try it.

Taste: Wasn't expecting it to be so malty. Served above usual beer temperature so that really let the caramel malt come through. Also some orange peel taste. Good bitterness from the hops. The malt really takes center stage here.

Mouthfeel: So smooth! Almost like a nitro-tap making it very drinkable as well.

Final Thoughts: Really lucky to get this on cask. The malt overtones make this one slightly more complex than the average American IPA but the hops keep it in that style nicely.

JamesMN, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #30:

APPEARANCE: Bright orange and cloudy with a big, fluffy, white head that very slowly recedes, leaving a ring of lacing on its way down. Cloudy is actually the wrong word, the Hopulent is very opaque. I cannot see my finger on the other side of the glass.

SMELL: All the requisite IPA aromas are present in this beer – grapefruit, pine and a little tropical fruit. Solid smell.

TASTE: A slightly sweet grapefruit and lemon flavor lead the way here while a spicy and piney middle lead to a bitter finish with a nice, hoppy bite. The tail end also leaves a trace of anise.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp, but also dry and smooth despite the fairly solid carbonation. This is a refreshing brew.

OVERALL: The Hopulent IPA is a strong example of a West Coast IPA. Lighter in body, but still rich in flavor.

StoneTSR, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jpro
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a Duvel tulip (Release #70 - 8.5%abv)

A: Copper; light beige, two-finger, pillowy head; nice retention leaves some sugary lace with a few thicker chunks.

S: Piney hop aroma; resin; perhaps some toasted malt.

T: Light caramel and toasted malt; resiny hops; not too much going on, but good.

M: Medium-light feel; high carbonation; lasting bitter; less feel than I’d like.

O: A nice IPA; wonder if it changes much from year to year? Good change from citrusy IPA’s; nice drinkability - I’d have it again.

*from notes: 01.17.14

jpro, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +5%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of gtcrispy
4/5  rDev +5%

gtcrispy, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

GilGarp, Feb 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

Psberrier, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

andrew8626, May 29, 2013
Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +5%

Cooper, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

mzeld, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +5%

kwa357, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Jasonp79
4/5  rDev +5%

Jasonp79, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

LotsofLupulin, Oct 15, 2013
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.