Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
On nitro tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops and alcohol. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and a slight malt finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice hoppy aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.
07-29-2012 05:02:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
Release #81 (bottled 11/12/13 - special edition featuring lemondrop hops)
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice bubble show and a two inch head; decent retention and lacing
Smell: Sugarcake malts buttress the tropical fruit, lemon and grapefruit tones
Taste: Sugarcakes, up front, with the hops building through the middle, bringing tropical fruit (guava and pineapple) along with grapefruit and lemon tones; after the swallow, the sweetness dominates though the hops do their level best to keep up
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: For a six month old DIPA, the hops have held up rather well but there still is more malty sweetness than I prefer
06-13-2014 02:00:06 | More by brentk56
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
08-30-2010 16:26:15 | More by womencantsail
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-16-2013 20:04:09 | More by Knapp85
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
08-06-2011 22:20:37 | More by oberon
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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...
10-31-2011 06:25:17 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of pine and citrus. It had a slight burnt toast aroma, too.
T - It tasted very spicy with a piney bitterness. It had a nice tart bite of grapefruit with some orange, too. It had a good roasty malt flavor, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This was a very tasty DIPA. Another good brew from Epic.
02-09-2012 02:30:51 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Beer #37 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
I feel like this is the IPA I have been wanting to try, here in Utah. It's got the punch of flavor and hops all up in your mouth. That west coast kind of thing that, well, I kind of come to expect for the style. It's certainly not smooth or elegant, or exhibiting much subtlety, but I think it is pretty well done.
09-21-2012 16:23:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.
S - Pine and orange hop aromas with a little bit of sweaty character.
T - Spicy notes of pine and oniony hops up front with a touch of sweet malt. Some toffee and more pine flavor in the middle with a sweet finish of bready malt and sharp, citrus hops with moderate bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - Nicely done, the hop character is quite nice and the malt is balancing but not so dense that it interferes with the hops.
04-23-2012 00:23:45 | More by nickfl
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Part of their Elevated Release series #38 weighing in at 8.3% abv. Pours a clouded copper orange color with a light tan head forming thick with evenly dispersed lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma has citric hop notes with evenly layers of biscuit dough and outright bready tones. The nose is great full of a citrus hop quality with some yeast bread notes, slightly nutty. Layered sweetness and hops forms a nice DIPA, really quality citrus rinds and hop bitterness blended with big bready malt qualities. A bit of alcohol flavor peaks through with malt sweetness, and hop bitterness roaring yet it's balanced at the end of the day. Overall not a bad DIPA and it may change yoru perception of beer from Utah.
04-28-2012 03:24:14 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Picked this up in North Carolina, Release# 24
Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of eggshell color head. Nice head retention & above average lacing
S: Piney & citrus, breadyness, some minty hops as well as this warms
T: Pine, orange rinds, grapefruit & a touch of bready sweetness up front. Pine & ruby red grapefruit bitterness, breadyness & pineapple all mix as this warms, along with a bitty of herbal/catty hops & a touch of dry cakeyness. Finishes with orange rinds, leafy woody & herbal hop bitterness & just a touch of marmalade
MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, pretty good balance, bice warming sensation
I would buy this again, a well done DIPA from a state that produces more good beer than one would think...
12-27-2011 04:07:49 | More by russpowell
4.28/5 rDev +12%
Epic Hopulent IPA. India Pale Ale. Elevated Series. Release #37, 8.2 % ALC./Vol.
Opaque appearance, peach/apricot hue, smallish wheat head, leaves lace and lots of tiny bubbles. Nice.
Aroma: classic American IPA nose, Cascade and then some, citrus and pine, plus peach and so forth. Getting more prickly, and pleasant, the more I drink it in through the nostrils. Just right.
Taste: Mmm, mmm, mmm. Almost perfect. Tons of pine and citrus, with the merest malt, providing a plump pillow. Hitting all the marks, plucking all the strings, striking all the notes. Nothing too over the top in bitterness, not too heavy, not too lean. Not too high in alcohol, either, though it is on the strong side. Very palatable, very approachable, easy to please for the experienced hop-o-phile. Plenty of pure hop flavor, here, gets a touch astringent, but not too much of anything I can't handle. Gets increasingly bitter and pungent, but, again, that's right up my alley.
Let us now put to rest the notion that there is no good beer coming out of Utah. Eventually, that will be claimed for all 50 States, just you wait and see.
05-22-2012 05:12:44 | More by feloniousmonk
4.31/5 rDev +12.8%
this beer is awesome, as fresh and bitter and oily as an ipa can be. real expensive bottle at a pizza place in ogden, Utah really threw me off, but I couldn't pass this up. the pour is hazy golden orange in color, with a fluffy few inches of white head with outstanding retention and lacing. the nose is powerfully hoppy and bitter, freshly made, nuanced and sticky. the hops have both a floral and a pine component, and the IBUs on this bad boy just be 100 or more. the taste starts out oily hoppy, with no sweetness or residual sugar at all. the hops are so pungent and dank that they almost suck all the moisture off the tongue, its really quite profound to taste bitter hops from a big ipa on a dry mouth. some grassy malty notes too, middle of the spectrum in terms of color and body, but the hops are what this is all about. it is the essence of hops, as fresh as any ipa has gotten to the real thing, its like fresh picked ipa, unbeatable really. they alcohol is disguised well, and one could easily drink several bombers of this based on how crisp and interesting it is. I knew it would be good, but its even beyond my expectations. I just loved it. creamy texture but clean dry finish, nice combo for these flavors. epic is by far and away the best thing happening in beer in Utah these days, no contest.
03-10-2013 16:25:50 | More by StonedTrippin
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
For some reason this has one of the most beautiful tall, creamy white heads. Beer itself is a hazed glowing amber. A classic in appearance.
What I especially like is the big flowery aroma that follows through in the initial perfumey taste. Melon, dried pineapple, and some piney hops. Just sweet enough with honest malt flavor. Mellow rather than acidic. Seems to avoid most of the excessive sharp, sweet, or bitter flavors that plague this style. Definitely one of my favorite DIPAs, now that I finally get around to tasting it. But it is plenty bitter, it's just part of the long, interesting complexity.
From the 22 oz bottle bought at the lovely state liquor store in Salt Lake. This label says Release #54 and the ABV is 8.9%. Epic is one of the breweries that I happily try everything that shows up (unless, of course, it's sulking on the warm shelves at Total Wine).
01-17-2013 06:42:21 | More by mactrail
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
A solid, but soft pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color with copper highlights that shows a lightly hazed, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied hops; notes of tangelo, huge lychee, lots of fruity tropical hop character and a fair amount of candied citrus peel aromas. There is actually a fair amount of pale malt character here; supporting notes of un-salted saltine crackers, fresh crushed pale ale malt and sweet grain aromatics that really help to carry the hop character. There seems to be a soft, buttery hint of diacetyl here, I am a bit sensitive to it, and it is still light enough that I could almost be convinced that it is not really here.
Sweet tasting and citrusy as it first hits my tongue, a herbal, sometimes menthol like note comes through strongly in the middle along with a clean bitterness that lingers on into the long finish. A touch of alcohol heat and perhaps even some higher alcohols accentuate a touch of a harsher hop note. Pine like notes join the more dominant herbal hop character and provide a nice accent to the hop character that is mostly fruit focused. The beer has a viscous heft to it that makes it stick to the palate after each sip, it is not heavy though, and while not quite as light and quaffable as I might prefer in my Double IPAs, it is still easily on the drinkable side of the style spectrum. The fruit-hop flavors here contribute notes of lychee, ripe tangelo peel and something a bit like a washed out Meyer lemon tea. The malt is not as noticeable as it is in the nose, it is most definitely a supporting character, but still definitely contributes to the body, as well as supplying hints of pale grain, a touch of cracker grain notes as well as a hint of lightly sweet grain.
This is definitely a tasty beer, it is certainly in the Double IPA range though; the alcohol, the texture, the malt and of course the hops. There is definitely a hint of diacetyl here, but that should be an easy fix for subsequent batches; it is definitely more noticeable in the aroma as the beer warms, but isn't quite as evident in the flavor. I find that I prefer the Copper Cone Pale Ale to this beer; that was more aggressively hopped and despite this, was more balanced than this beer is. This is far from being bad though, as it is quite enjoyable and is a beer to try for any hophead.
06-28-2010 03:20:34 | More by Gueuzedude
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-13-2012 02:02:56 | More by Halcyondays
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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