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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

602 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

BMos, Feb 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

fullmoonbeer, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of malloyca
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

malloyca, Feb 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jsmercer, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

PickwickHopz, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

pdoran10, Jun 16, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

dbc5, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

mynie, Jul 14, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at the COOP... Batch 3 Poured into my Old Guardian snifter.

Rocky white head... 2 fingers easily... good retention and lacing atop a hazy deep golden.

Nose is surprisingly muted... some tropical fruits and lite citrus zest.. plenty of pale maltiness... ehhh odd, but not a dealbreaker.

Big and bitter up front, but the hops mid palate don't quite deliver... more pale malt in the middle with some lighter than expected citrus hops... again a little bit of unidentified tropical fruits and then a big bitterness on the backend... seems a tad husky.

Body is pretty heavy, probably punctuated by a fairly lite carbonation.

Good... not great... could stand to be dialed in a touch.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Aug 08, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

emmasdad, Jun 23, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the ever evolving Elevated Series from Epic Brewing...

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing pours a hazy, pale orange with a solid white head and BIG lace. Restrained hop notes, mostly grapefruit and pine, mixes with a slight woodiness and some toasty aromas. Toasted malt flavors quickly slide into grapefruit, orange, and pine resiny flavors, sweet too. Moderately carbonated, Hopulent had a full body that was easy to drink for a DIPA. We like the idea of tweaking a recipe constantly, only wish we could follow it closer.

Cheers!

phishsihq, May 15, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 22 oz bomber with rls #18 on side bar

A- pours a hazy amber/ orange color with an off white 1 finger and some spotty lacing

S- is malts first with piney /fruit hops a Little citrus rind and pine needles

T- was a malt forward 2ipa with a bitter pine/grapefruit combo. with some baked bread and lemon zest

M- was medium carbonation with a a malt presence

O- average with so many 2ipas/ipa this will get lost @ $8 a bomber its just not that good to compete for my $ to buy it again its ok tasty not bad.. but to much competition in the style..this one will get lost IMO

gatornation, Jun 14, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Epic Hopulent is super sweet, fruity, and flat.

It poured hazy gold with a short and short-lived off-white head. It left one lonely ring near the top of the glass. The aroma was this beer's highlight, with a strong grapefruit presence that popped with the cap coming off. The flavor was incredibly sweet and fruity, like canned fruit cup syrup. It had a yeasty metallic finish. There was very little feel to this beer; it was smooth and flat, with no bitterness and nothing lingering on the tongue. This was so flat and sweet, I thought it might be old. According to the Epic web site, the "batch" from which this bottle came was brewed less than 90 days before I drank it, so staleness is no issue.

Hopulent is, by far, the sweetest Double IPA I have ever had. The smell is good and the flavor is decent; however, the feel is sorely lacking.

MetalHopHead6, Oct 02, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head.

S: Some sweet citrus hops are there along with a touch of tropical fruits (mostly pineapple). Bready and sweet malts underneath.

T: Definitely on the sweet side for a DIPA. The tropical fruit and citrus notes combine with the slightly caramelly malt to make for a fairly sweet beer with a mild bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium to full and the carbonation is perhaps a little low for my tastes.

D: Too sweet and uninteresting for me to really enjoy this beer or want to drink too much of it.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pairing w/ applewood smoked ribs & jalapeño slaw.
A - light orange, almost caramel. Light head. Fairly cloudy.
S - ought citrus. Like smelling outside of unpeeled or sliced grapefruit. Little dusty.
T - like it. Lighter IPA but good. Reminds me of shot of espresso with honey & raw sugar. Starbucks needs to replicate.
O - like it. Okay start, good finish, great pairing w/ my food.

lynchmob9, Apr 12, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #30, bottled September 22nd, 2011, claiming 8.2% ABV.

A moderate pour dished out a half finger of near white head over a cloudy yellow-orange body. While I inspected for particulate or sediment, the head shrank down to a bubbly ring.

Got a delicious aroma of grapefruit and pine with a sweet bready malt backbone.

Flavor was a little disappointing. The pine and grapefruit tasted... wilted, for lack of a better descriptive term. The malt background doesn't really bloom until well into the flavor, and there is a slight caramel touch on the aftertaste, but I may have picked up a bottle that was on it's way out.

MF is just fine. Good amount of carbonation keeps this DIPA from bogging down mid-tongue. Beyond that, smooth and hoppy.

CFHMagnet, Dec 27, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Teenzeus, Aug 26, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber

A - Very hazy yellowish color, can see some hops in the glass, very slight white head, recedes quickly, minor lacing on the glass

S- Very slight scents, not a whole lot going on here, some pine notes.

T - Nice hoppy profile, a slight malty backbone, minor sweetness, dry finish

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Overall, good hops profile but not a lot of flavor here.

stercomm, Sep 02, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 17, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks don't get much better than this for a DIPA. Multiple fingers of fluffy white head with lots of sticky lacing. Orange/copper in color. A good amount of sediment settles to the bottom as well.

S: Very hoppy, of course. Lots of grapefruit and pine aroma. Floral.

T: Very sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. Tropical fruit and piney resin. A nice punch of bitterness provides some balance to the sweetness in the finish.

M: Full bodied and thick with very mild carbonation.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. As with a lot of DIPAs, the flavor boarders on cloying and could do with some more balance.

MrDanno96, Dec 15, 2011
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3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells malty and hoppy not super strong on either. Scents of toffee candy and strong tea. Scents of cedar wood and pine.

Starts out toffee with a bitter finish. Strong tea along with the caramel and toffee flavors. Bitterness level is medium. Chest warming betrays the alcohol level but you can't taste any. Minorly bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall not that outstanding.

Zorro, Jan 26, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky, on the orange side of amber. Nice thick dense white head.

Some citrus and piney hops in aroma. Taste is on the piney side, some sweet malt but not totally balanced.

There is a body to this beer but you might miss it. Odd, but can come across as thin unless you take the time to study it. Definitely some alcohol warmth and this seems to dry and thin it out a bit.

All in all, I'd say it's pretty good but not stellar.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 05, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Ngntjp, Aug 27, 2014
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.