Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

171 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
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!
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hopulent IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 171 | Hads: 767
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Utah Epic beer.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed amber infused golden with a frothy one finger head atop,it never really settled completely,just a frothy mass.Aromas of herbal and slightly citric hops along with a big caramel/biscuit malt base,neither win out.Hefty sweetness with caramel and sugary alcohol mixed with herbal hops,the balance is spot on but Iam not sure I want balance in a DIPA.Its pretty good compared to alot of the sweeter styles of the version so I cant give it a bad review,I just want more in your face hops.

 552 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Release #27.

A: A frothy 2 finger plus ivory bone colored head sits atop with a lengthy stay of execution. A murky, rustic orange body is filled with a dense clarity and large chunks of bran colored yeasty matter that promptly sinks and settles on the bottom of the vessel. Excellent lace coverage.

S: Small show of caramel-pine mixture. It seems rather light and refrained aromatic wise, a trend im seeing more and more of lately, where the hops go MIA on the nose, but show up in the taste. Lets (hop)e this follows suit.

T: Yup, here all the hops, immensely bittering citrus hop cones meets a dry toasty palate. Aggressive west coast hops of pine and dry flowery citrus hold no surprise, but do bring volume of ibus to the table and will certainly make you tongues taste buds take note. Bursts of grapefruit pulp and juice are fresh and noticeable on the finish.

M: The body seemed a bit on the lighter end of medium bodied. Flowery dry citrus with a non-carbonation factor for the mouthful. Warming dry citrusy-alcohol laces the tongue.

O: Overall not a lot of complexity, just a boatload of hop muscle shock with a somewhat passable malt support. It its hops you want, then its hops you shall have here. High level of hop intensity, doesn’t not necessarily mean a high level of tasty nature or drinkability (unless you’re a hopslam). Just saying.

 1,366 characters

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy slightly dulled orange hue with a two finger bright white sticky head. very sticky. Mint and sweet herbs on the nose.Some earthy and barnyard scents as well. Nose overall though slightly subdued compared to other double ipas.

Sweet almost honey like up front. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. Well constructed body delivers hop flavor through out the mouth. Floral and earthy hops are the main flavors with the malt bill playing the role of holding the beer together.

Very good for the price but this double IPA drinks like a regular IPA. The bottles only a month old so I can't see age being a problem. Very well balanced with good hop bitterness but If i didnt know the alcohol content, I'd just call it IPA.

Just noticed that Epic in no way proclaims this to be a double, I guess it's just considered so on BA cause the ABV. Well, like I said before good for the price and a nice change of pace from the usual citrus and grapefruit bombs that everyone makes.

 978 characters

Photo of MissSmisje
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citra hops. L: golden, almost orange. S: a bit delicate, Citra. T: Citra, sweet, orange marmalade, bitter finish. F: medium heavy body for an ipa; would prefer a drier finish. O: good display of Citra, but sweeter than I'd prefer.

 230 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer has a decent hoppy aroma, kind of earthy. The taste of the beer starts out malty with a rush of hop bitterness in the finish. Very modest IPA, quite sessionable. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, easy going and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is decent. Not the best IPA out there but still not a bad brew.

 470 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, label says "Batch #37", no date. But their website says brewed on January 25, 2012.

appears cloudy hazy dark straw color. creamy thick white head. lacing is great and head retention is good. all hop aroma, earthy and floral. similar flavors in taste, just a touch of malt. moderate carbonation, medium body, drinks nice.

overall, a decent beer, maybe half way between an IPA and DIPA?

 402 characters

Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro pour...

A: pours pretty cloudy, dirty yellow once settled. Obviously with nitro, significant sustaining head and a lot of lacing

S: kinda weak in this pour, kinda earthy and maybe slightly herbal

T: taste starts out a little full, but I think that of a lot of nitro pours. The beer seems to be tending towards a west coast in the sense it starts bitter (with little malt character), however the hops are far from overpowering. The taste is actually a little tropical to begin, papaya and maybe a little coconut against the herbs/dirt similar to the smell. The taste slowly transitions into a dryer finish, letting go of whatever fruit flavors I initially perceived.

M: obviously smooth from the nitro, but a flatter carbonation as is also typical to me. Decent dryness, flavors encompass the mouth.

O: need to re-review a non-nitro version. This seems like it could be a little more than a standard IPA, but I feel it's never going to really jump in rating much above average.

 987 characters

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle to stemless oversized wine glass.
Release #6 - 8.0%
Poured a pale golden/ copper. Full frothy head with good lacing. Smell is a full on hop explosion. Pine and grapefruit overload the nostrils. Palate is hopped up as well but overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. For 8%, this is drinking a little hot. Still, quite tasty. Body is fluid and crisp. Drinkability is hindered a bit by the booziness but is still a decent DIPA.

 432 characters

Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Release #35, 8% ABV on bottle.

Pours a very cloudy orange color with a finger of stick foam that coats the glass thoroughly as it recedes. Aroma is hoppy, but not tremendously so. Nice grapefruit and citrus tones.

First sip is quite bitter, with a dry finish. Bitterness lingers. There isn't much sweetness in this beer. There is a decent amout of hop flavor, but I feel like there needs to be some more body/sweetness to help showcase the citrus hop flavors. As it stands now it dives quickly into a dry bitterness.

Overall, it is a decent IPA, but it is a step or two down from some of the best in class. It has a nice hoppy kick, but I feel like there is room for more hop flavor and a toned down or more balanced bitterness. I'd rather have this in a 6 pack - probably won't spring for a bomber again.

 842 characters

Photo of Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

From a bomber into a Tallgrass tulip
A: pale apricot color, huge head, some bubbles
S: grapefruit and lots of it, together with some floral notes and pale bready malt and a little caramel sweetness.
T: what one would expect from the nose. hops dominate here, and are a little one-note to me, when compared with the best in style. i like the balance between bitterness and sweetness, though, and there is some nice zest that comes with the citrus flavors.
M: smooth, medium body, carbonation seems moderate which is about right. Dries out toward the end, with a nice lingering bittersweetness.

 599 characters

Photo of Chaney
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Release #59

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a beautiful, bright orange color, extremely murky (yah for unfiltered!) and about a finger or so frothy white head that had tremendous staying power.

S: Fresh, clean linen, along with some orange juice, Pixie Stick dust, and a good bit of melted lollipop.

T: Kinda boozy but not too bad, however, the flavor was a bit off. I would have preferred a bit more grapefruit burn and less raw bitterness.

M: The sweetness was kept in check and the bitterness was teetering on the verge of being offensive, but not quite. Lotsa lacing.

O: There wasn't much wrong with this, but overall it wasn't memorable.

 655 characters

Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking brew. A golden orange color with a two-finger head of off-white suds that retain well and produce some generous lacing.

Smells exactly like some dry hop cones. A bit light, but pretty pure smelling.

Pretty boozy up front with a strong honey malt sweetness that cut into the bitterness a bit. Not to be outdone, the hops pack a punch and still produce some strong bitter pine and grapefruit citrus notes. A hint of tropical fruit mixed in. Kind of surprised at how much the alcohol stands out in this one.

Pretty dry and crisp with some residual sweetness. Medium-full bodied with nice carbonation.

This is a nice beer, but I think the drinkability is a bit lower. Drinks like it's closer to 10% abv. A very hoppy brew that I enjoyed. Worth a try in my book.

 781 characters

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. A light amber hazy IPA with a white one finger head that subsides quickly.

S. Sweet malts fill the nose. Almost a candied fruit smell also. Smells like it will be pretty sweet. Smells like dehydrated dates.

T. Though the beer is self proclaimed hopulent. I think I'm getting more sweet caramel malts. I do get some fruity raisin like flavor. Very little bitterness. Finishes pretty clean.

M. Medium mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. I'd really like more suds.

O. I don't think it agrees with the name flavor wise but it is a good flavored beer. Could use some more bitterness. But I can't get passed the mouthfeel on this one. With some more carbonation I would have it rated higher.

 743 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow to orange in color with very light notes of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film with a large thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of caramel and bready malts upfront in the aroma of this beer but the dominant smell is that of the hops. There is a strong presence of grapefruit/citrus hops with a moderate amount of pine/resin hops and light notes of herbal hops.

T: Like the smell, this beer starts out with the flavors of bready and caramel malts with some light to moderate amounts of sweetness. On top of the malts, there is a significant flavor of grapefruit/citrus hops and a light amount of pine/resin and herbal hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and light alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Another good beer from this brewery, I have been impressed with this brewery from Utah's offerings. There is a very nice hop smell and taste but the beer is not overly bitter - fairly easy to drink and the alcohol is mostly hidden.

 1,263 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice balanced IPA.
A bit of citrus meets sticky pine to the nose.
Flavor comes through similarly, with a bit of bready maltiness to balance it out, yey still hoppy overall.
Finish is clean with a piney meets sweet slick follow.
Mouthfeel was very much where I like an IPA, not chewy, but with a bit of heft.

All in all, a very nice IPA.

 345 characters

Photo of Atlas1
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber of the Hopulent IPA (good name, surprised no other brewery had yet used that one) at the Central Market on Broadway today. Interestingly, the bottle says 8.8% ABV, but this site has it listed at 8.40%. No big deal, just curious. Maybe a slightly new recipe? Listed as Release # 118.

Poured into a snifter, Hopulent is a pretty golden amber color with a slim one-finger head. Some lace as the beer recedes. NIce looking but nothing special. The nose is quite nice, though, with sweet pine notes and faint citrus and other tropical scents. Funky muted herbal notes in the nose as well. The taste is very sweet, overly malty in my opinion for an IPA. The sweet pine that I smelled drifted away in the taste and it's overwhelmed by malty sweetness. It's okay, but not a great tasting IPA in my opinion. Mouthfeel is full and chewy.

Not my favorite IPA in the world here. I might revisit the brewery, but this is an underwhelming beer. Too sweet. Not crisp enough anywhere. It misses out on the boldness of the American DIPA style but doesn't make up for that anywhere else. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

 1,134 characters

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a bright cloudy orange color with one finger of clumpy white head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel malts and very light citrus notes.

Tasted of caramel malts and lighter orange and grapefruit notes. Had a bitter bite to it which lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

More malt-driven than hoppy which wasn't expected from a name like Hopulent.

 432 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

I wonder if hopulence is as expensive as opulence... Regardless, this stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, cantaloupe, light pine resin, and a light swath of honey. The taste adds a bit of biscuit and some more fruit, particularly mandarin orange and light papaya. It's pretty solid, but more subdued (hop-wise) than the smell let on. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a languid feel. Overall, a nice, easy-going DIPA that doesn't smack you in the face with hops, but rather engages in a long, drawn-out, classy fistfight with the tastebuds. Something like that, anyway...

 760 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a bomber (Release #94) into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-copper coloring, with a tall, frothy, dense, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of tart grapefruit and richly sweet tropical fruits, pine tassel, grass, hops resin and bitter, and subtle notes of caramel sweetness in the backbone. Hop heavy for sure. Flavors are very piney and grassy forward, with an extremely tart, almost astringent, grapefruit and lemon citrus blend in the backbone. Tropical fruit notes help smooth out with sweetness, with a solid current of pine pitch, hop oils, and cut grass. Pepper spices throughout, too. This is a tour for your palate, but a damn tasty one. The body is smooth and rich, but kept fairly light by the carbonation, helping the drinkability. The aftertaste is all bitter and resin, with a steady hops linger well after each sip. Bittering and piney notes linger on into the dry, lasting finish. This is a big beer, but it is right up a hop lover's pipe!

 983 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep hazy orange, I was watching Harry Potter at the time and it really does look like butterbeer. Creamy, long-lasting white head, sticky lace.

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, orange zest.

T: Pine heavy, pink grapefruit, heavy on citrus. Classic DIPA flavours. Still has some malt character so not totally West Coast.

M: Medium to full-bodied, crisp, tingling, with a hint of acidity.

O: A solid DIPA, it does go throught the motions a bit, but there are some stellar parts especially in the mouthfeel.

 529 characters

Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no date. it's hopulent release #66, so after i look it up i find out it's a year old. that's why it was so cheap.

crack it open and smell the dank vegetal scent of a hop cone's armpit. see the unfiltered goodness and foamy head. taste the boozy hop juice, and wish it were fresher.

 299 characters

Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass
Split with my dad, Batch #52, so its rather old, wish I woulda known

A - Pours a completely cloudy orange color, nice two finger head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of sweet hop dank aroma here, orange juice, pine, grapefruit, a sweet almost candy kinda malt.
T - Taste is sweet and tart, at first then its creamy sweet caramel malt, almost milky, finishes more on the tart side, a little acidity.
M - Medium on feel, kinda sticky and acidic feel, and a little metallic aftertaste.
O - This grew on me as it warmed up, I would have much rather tried it fresh, I'll keep an eye on batch number for the future, though the concept is cool, they shouldnt produce these under a permanent moniker, gets confusing for a first time buyer such as myself.

 763 characters

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dull orange hue. Nose expresses citrus, an herbal character and an earthiness. Taste follows nose with an earthy, medicinal and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium) with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent brew, but a bit too earthy and bitter.

 288 characters

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a bomber on the shelf at my local Trig's. No bottled on date, but it has a release # of 112 and a DEN# 2139 (which means very little to me). Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours extremely hazy--lots of particulate in this one. Because it's so opaque, it's hard to pin down a single color for this one. It's probably best described as a copper rust color (though it's a very pale copper at the edges). About three-quarters-of-an-inch of off-white head falls fairly quickly, but there's good cling. Plenty of visible carbonation, despite the haziness of this one.

S: Not much of a bouquet on this. There's bread and caramel malt notes, with just a suggestion of pine/earthy hops in the mix.

T: There's sweetbread malt notes at the front which immediately begin vying with the hops for attention. The hops flavors at the front are earthy and robust--a bit more piney/resinous than funky. Clear alcohol emerges in the middle, mingling with the sweetness of the malts. The back end is hops and booze all the way: lots of resinous hop flavor mingling with a lingering clear alcohol. A bit more boozy than I'd like, but the overall taste is enjoyable.

F: This one is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It's creamy, effervescent, and sticky in turns. Though not overly syrupy, the bitter sticks to the palate quite well.

O: I'm happy I picked this one up. It's by no means a world-class DIPA, but it definitely isn't afraid to bring big, bold hop flavor. I noticed how others have mentioned this as being too sweet from the malts, but I felt that the balance was just fine. My only gripe, if anything, was that it didn't hide its ABV very effectively. Otherwise, I definitely recommend picking one of these up.

 1,747 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Batch #23 (brewed on June 14, 2011 as stated on Epic's website), 8.6% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. The head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel), along with some pine hops and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the the pine and grassy hop flavors are stronger compared to the citrus hop and malty ones. There's also a long lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this next time.

 706 characters

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