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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 762
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 115 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see some typical Yankee craft beer specialties from this Beehive State brewery arriving all the way up here in Northern Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar tightly webbed lace around the glass as it lazily sinks from sight.

It smells of crackery, grainy pale malt, a certain white chalky flintiness, muddled, if pleasantly so, domestic and tropical citrus fruit, and further piney, leafy, and somewhat perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, still mixed and genial citrus fruit rind, a lessened hard water stoniness, and more punchy leafy, piney, and floral hoppiness, with the elevated ABV doing well to mind its own bidness.

The carbonation is light and fluffy in its mostly engaging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, these not being the hops you're looking for, apparently. It finishes well off-dry, the bready and grainy, pale and caramelized malts exhibiting the most staying power here.

A more or less pleasant and endearing version of the style, nothing really amiss, and lots of well-rounded flavours abounding, not to mention the hard to really discern, north of 16-proof booze. Worthy of a go, if you find yourself in the northern segment of the Four Corner member states, or I guess, in my case, nowhere fucking (sorry, my good Mormons) near.

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beauty shop. The golden liquid is lightly toned with orange and the beautiful white head puffed up just right and showed great retention.

Smell - This has a righteous hop bouquet and is perfectly balanced with pine, herbs, and a wonderful juicy orange citrus. The malts though are largely absent.

Taste - The grain comes out more in the taste. It is a bit rough around the edges but still quite pleasant. The hops flavor is just as good at the tongue as it was on the nose. The citrus that I enjoyed so much at the smell comes on even a bit more at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied but just barely with some light carbonation and a good amount of bitterness.

Drinkability - This is an easy-going ale. If it really is a double it's borderline though, but classifications aside it is quite enjoyable

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Photo of Mikey55
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - frothy off-white head leaves a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass. Body is golden and crystal clear; sometimes there's some particulate yeast but not this time.
S - zesty lemon and grapefruit, but it's a rather mild nose. A fresher bottle might have helped here
T - a bit tart and very bitter with lemon and grapefruit zest controlling the palate. Malt is mild and more like pilsner than anything. Some grassy and piny hops and a very slight herbal aspect in there as well
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious and refreshing. One of the best year round IPAs out there.

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Photo of basildog
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Clear, golden 1/2 inch head, little retention, minimal lacing

S-Floral, fruity hops.......Mango, papaya, melon

T-Follows the nose, sweet malts, fruity, floral hops.........slight bitterness in the finish

M-Lite to medium body, mild carbonation, chewy

O-Great hop flavor, very drinkable, good balance

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Photo of rickrem
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchase in Utah. Release # 116
Poured a hazy burnt orange, small off white head that quickly dissipated leaving lacing that recedes fairly quick.
Smell is slight hedging towards earthy / danky. Some pine and caramel.
Feel is mildly carbonated with a bit of creaminess to it.
Decent taste, plenty bitter, mostly piney, earthy, slight citrus with very little alcohol coming through.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro and gave it a very unique, to me, feel and flavor profile. The bitterness and smooth nitro make it almost a dry Hopped cream ale. Really tasty and good.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's cool that this beer changes with the seasons/available ingredients, but the version I had was a little disappointing. Certainly hoppy, but with an overpowering malt sweetness that I find masks the nuances of this beer. Feels heavy (after all, it is a DIPA), but better examples of the style like Ballast Point Dorado or New Glarus' Scream seem to hide their heft, making for a more drinkable beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A visual joy in the glass, just a touch hazy with orange and tan color, a real nice off-white head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lace.

Hopulent is a good name for it. It's hoppy. But it's pretty balanced (as much as possible, since"balanced" is an oxymoron when it comes to IPAs). The description says it will change with different batches with different malt profiles and hops. I like that. Since this beer is a tasty one, I'd like to try different versions of it and see what they come up with. Good job on this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy tea tinted gold under a 2” foam collar composed of uniform, fine bubbles that cling to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Citrus and grapefruit, some earthiness.
T: Fruity palate with citrus, apricot, grapefruit, light caramel, biscuit, gives way to a big grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Creamy smooth, medium to a touch above on the body, medium carbonation, slight astringency from the hops on the finish.
O: A big, bold double IPA with everything dialed up to 11.

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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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at Ashley's Westland in pint glass. Thick, creamy white head present throughout session with tons of thick lacing. Orange hue, smell of floral pine, some citrus. Taste follows. Nice DIPA, no bitterness and very well balanced.

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Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro tap pint at Yard House in Glendale.
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a tight head. Great retention, thick lace lines coat the glass.
Lots of citrus smells, grapefruit, lemon, herbal hops.
Taste is of a solid IPA, citrus fruit, hop bitterness at the end. Good flavor with out being too sharply bitter.
Nitro gives a lower level of carbonation, smooth and creamy.
Overall, a solid DIPA, alcohol is hidden behind the hops, but still easy to drink.

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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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We'll keep this review simple........................Amazing, crunchy head with the most awesome lacing. Aroma is of light hops and some citrus. Ok, here goes, taste is Big hops, pine and grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Fine, Fine, Fine IPA, balanced well and any hop lovers dream !!!!!!!

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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.

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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 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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hopulent is an excellent drinkable IPA. I'm trying it in Park City, Utah. The beer poured a cloudy orange with froathy white head that is lacing nicely. The scent was fresh hop that leaned toward pine and orange peel. The taste was fresh hop bitter through the entire drink...with touches of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and highly recommended.

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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 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.

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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.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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