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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 767
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 120 | 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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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 767
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Elevated Series
Release #1
$5.89 ea.

Pours a cloudy copper color, some carbonation, one-finger off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, very slight pine notes. Medium body, this has some chewiness to it. The finish is bitter and dry. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of Kevin73
2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reposting review from hacked account (jmkratt) :(

Picked up a bottle of this at a store in Fort Collins today. However, it was the last bottle on the shelf and I can't read or tell if there are any markings or dates. I am new to Epic brews but can't make anything out. The sticker on the shelf had an extremely high rating and the bottle was decently priced so I picked it up.

Poured from the bomber to a pint glass. It pours a very hazy gold with a 1 finger white bubbly foam head. Some retention and lacing. There is quite a bit of sediment floating around, perhaps this is an old bottle? The aroma is very bread/biscuit flavored. The bread dominates the nose not hops, not what I would look for in a DIPA. Again, perhaps this is an old bottle and as such the hop flavor has deteriorated? The flavor mimicks the nose, little hop character and a lot of malt and bread. If anything the the mouthfeel is the best attribute, nice and full bodied and coats the palette.

Overall to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I am willing to chalk this up to an old bottle I just wish I could confirm that :(

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-21-2011 04:23:42

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of batch #73 $5.99. This was brewed here in Denver and uses Mosaic hops. It smells like piss. Cat piss actually. No, it smells like a cat's litter box that has been pissed in because I also detected a hint of cat shit in the aroma. As you can guess this beer smells bad. Orange color, translucent mostly, good head. The aroma is just too much for me, made me not want to drink the beer. Flavor was ok but was more fruit than ammonia or cat pee. Overall, its good this beer is priced low because it just wasn't very good. No repeat purchases for me and my second let-down from Epic's new Denver brewery.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this at Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits the other night. Looking for a cheaper option, I remembered that I had enjoyed Epic's Smoked and Oaked from the elevated series, so why not give this a shot. BAD IDEA.

I'm a hoppy beer man, so naturally, a beer with a name like hopulent would fall right in with the hundreds of "hop_" or "_hop" beers that I've come to love, right? Not so. This is one of the worst beers I've yet reviewed from a company I otherwise respect.

Like Allagash's Hugh Malone, in the Epic Hopulent, you have a beer that's so hollow and so devoid of body and character that the hoppiness of it starts working against you. And that's a sad thing, tasting an item you otherwise love that's gone utterly wrong.

But, as with my review of the Hugh Malone, here I have to wonder if this isn't a case of a beer poorly bottled or a cap poorly applied. Can't wait for a friend to have one so that I can steal a sip double check. In the meantime, beware.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After a few near misses for Epic I figured I would give them one last go. This beer was chilled and served in a Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer pours a hazy golden coloration. The head is a thick biege coloration. Nice head retention. This beer is off to a nice start.

S- The aroma of citrus and pineapple peak out from under a very heavy wicker and pine aroma.

T- The beers flavor gives a flash of grapefruit that quickly descends into pine, pine resin, very nearly approaching taking a bite out of the Christmas Tree levels. This is a gainst a crackery thin malt note.

M- The body of the beer seems to be a bit on the heavy side. The carbonation helps lift it up a little. No alcohol is present in the mouth but I am feeling it.

O- Overall this beer just doesnt wow me. The pine resinous notes are just a bit too severe.

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Photo of CuttDeez
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden orange color with an nice big white head, which dies to patches of white clouds.

S - Very faint citrus covered by slight pine. The ABV comes out in the nose on the end. Very bland nose and at quick sniff only a slight citrus is noticable.

T & M - There is not much depth here. The slight citrus on the front end is covered in a slight malty pine flavor. The sweetnees of the pine malt is weak and it gets covered by bitterness right away. The mouthfeel is dry and only on the front end. It does not get to the back of the palate.

O - Very weak. I was left wanting in many aspects of this beer. Sad thing too because I was interested in Epic brewery as it started to become more prevalant in my area.


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Photo of zimm421
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice head and substantial lacing. Has very little aroma but still smells fresh and hoppy. This ends the positive notes. The flavor of the beer is lack luster. The hops promised on the bottle are subtle at best and there is no complexity of flavor. It drinks easily but not pleasurably. For such a fresh ipa this should taste so much sharper and pleasant but unfortunately it tastes tired and flat. Will not be trying this one again.

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Beer Run. Release 10, which according to the website is Nov 2010.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Really nice head with exceptional retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Muted citrus hops and grainy malt.

Taste: Again, muted. There is some nice tropical fruit hops flavor and restrained bitterness. Malt provides a sweet caramel flavor, but also a slightly unpleasant husky graininess that becomes a little vegetal.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really good. Very soft, almost creamy, with a resiny stickiness.

Drinkability: Well, its a little on the old side, so the hops have probably suffered, but that's not my fault-- it needs a stamped on date. The grainy flavor becomes a bit much. I wouldnt really recommend this one.

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Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

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Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Whole Foods in DC. Release 78. From notes.

A - Poured slightly dark gold and bright. Good carbonation with two fingers of thick fluffy off white head. Great lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, sweet syrup, pineapple core, sweet malt.

T - Booze up front, prickly pineapple, sweet fruit, pine resin, alcohol was a bit much.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, boozy resinous finish was a bit harsh.

O/D - Too much for me. Possibly too old but the booze wasn't hidden at all and it makes it harsh with the hops. Hard to finish.

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Photo of BikeChef
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange color, with a frothy head. The smell is of muted hops-- not particularly promising. This is a very malty beer-- malt totally dominates. It seems to me almost what a German altbier would be like if they tried more aggressively hopping it. I love DIPAs, but this just didn't work for me. Not enough hop aroma and taste by a longshot. Perhaps an old bottle?

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler fromFreeBridge.

Slightly hazy copper body, topped by three fingers of creamy white dense foam.

Aroma is mild grapefruit with a slice of bread. Rather neutral all told.

Solid semi-sweet foundation. A bit of juicy fruit. Bitter snap that lingers long.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, almost feels nitro.

Ah..nothing really bad but all rather bland. Why does this brewery warrant so much Jersey shelf space?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with plenty of foam that lasts and does well with the lacing.

The smell is is a mix of caramel malt and grain with the hops well represent by pine.

Even Steven on the first few sips between the malt and hops but I notice the alcohol kick more. The malt is sweet but also has a grain like character to it. The hops have pine but to me, it has more of an aspirin like bitterness.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is decent but a rather difficult beer to drink not only taste wise but because the alcohol is intrusive. I am not likely to revisit.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Release 18

Appearance is a very nice, clear orange/gold color with a medium head.

Smell is a bit citrusy, taste is very malty, with only hints of grapefruit. Mouthful is pretty heavy, definitely pretty sticky from all the malt in this one.

Overall, I see what they were doing here with a malty base but this bottle was probably past its time as it was overly sweet. I'd like to try this again fresh to see what the hops were like before they mellowed.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint; batch #27

According to the website, this guy was brewed on August 18, which was about 4 months ago. So, I am going into this with a little trepidation.

The pour yields a fluffy slightly off-white cap with a golden orange body and some nice yeast floaties. Some mild lacing.

Fear realized. The aroma is of candied grapefruit, sweet caramel, bready and overall sweet. This definitely has fallen off a bit.

On the palate, sweet candied grapefruit, bready malt, caramel and moderate bitterness. The bitterness builds with time and really leaves a dryness behind.

Medium body with good carbonation, a bit chewy through the middle and good sized dose of bitterness in the finish.

I would really like to try this guy fresh, so consider this a somewhat incomplete review. This beer shows some promise, I will seek out a newer bottle.

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Photo of GreenGoblinCC
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had both bottle and draft...and let me say there was quite a difference between the two. I recently drank a 22oz and fell in love this beer! Nice Hoppy taste. Bitterness Galore! Over the weekend I went to a local Brewpub and they had a guest handle of Epic Hopulent. My eyes lit up! However, I was disappointed with the draft. No hop presence, mild in flavor, lacked bitterness. I would say for this rare occasion the bottle was better than draft, and for that my rating reflects my experience between the two.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of malloyca
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-orange, with a thick, cream colored head. Prominent aromas of ripe grapefruit and orange, strikingly fruity, fresh and clean, like a fresh grapefruit and orange fruit salad. There is an initial hit of sweet malt, which is followed by bitter dry grapefruit hops. There is not a lot of depth of flavor or much to contemplate once this beer hits the citrus-hop profile -- that is about it. Medium to full bodied, and creamy. It is a pleasant sipper.

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Photo of prototypic
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up at 287 Discount Liquor on a recent trip to Fort Collins. Poured a hazy dark golden color with a loose ecru headl Aromas of earth, pine and biscuit. On the palate, this on is medium bodied and creamy, with earthiness and a little pine.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pretty hazy golden color into a pint glass. One finger of white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is candied white bread malt, with a slight pine hop sharpness in the background.

Taste is big sweet bready malt which is almost balanced out by sharp resin bitterness from the hops. Sweetness overtakes the flavor a bit, and I detect a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is moderately carbonated. Seems to have less attenuation than I would like in a double IPA.

Overall a nice enough flavor but malt sweetness dominates and with so many other great double IPAs out there, it would be hard for me to reach for this one again.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.