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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

632 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 21
Gots: 59 | 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 Wasatch
2/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

Wasatch, May 27, 2010
Photo of Kevin73
2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Kevin73, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of hopfacebrew
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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

hopfacebrew, Jan 05, 2012
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2.36/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

baybassboy, May 14, 2013
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2.56/5  rDev -32.8%

diamond_mind, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of petacutlasaurus
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

petacutlasaurus, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Neorebel, Mar 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

TypsiYpsi, May 20, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

ArrogantB, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

nlmartin, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, May 11, 2011
Photo of zimm421
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

zimm421, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

tbeckett, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of rapidsequence
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

rapidsequence, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of lochef81
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

lochef81, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Joebraggot
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Joebraggot, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Sazz9, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -21.3%

DrBier, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of dbert21
3/5  rDev -21.3%

dbert21, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -21.3%

StoutHunter, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

KarlosT, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -21.3%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.