Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

731 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 97 | 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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Ratings: 731 | Reviews: 171
Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Release #24, 8.7% Alc/Vol."
I wonder if whichever BA added Hopulent to the site was taking liberties, as the label itself claims this is "IPA / India Pale Ale." I'll judge it as such, despite the larger ABV.

Pours out a head of blinding white that sits atop a thoroughly hazy peach yellow/gold color. Gobs of sticky lace sticks its stickiness all over the place.

Aroma is good 'n' plenty, hops-wise, very clean but with very little indication of the malt element. Herbal, citrus-packed, very west coast-like.

Taste delivers the goods, not deviating from the impressions found in the aroma. Just a whole lot of citrus rind, with resiny hints, and the sweet/tart tango of unripe oranges and limes and other citrus fruits. And a bunch of pine on the tongue. A nice herbal twist comes in to add a little depth. All in all, quite West Coast-ish, if you know what I mean.

The mouthfeel does achieve an almost Double IPA-ish feel, in that it starts creamy and chewy...but that's tempered and even altered by caressing carbonation and the very bitter, nearly salty attack in the finish.

Sure, you could scream "needs more malt!" till you're blue in the face, but other beers do that and do it well...Hopulent delivers a straightforward blast o' hops for those that dig that sort of thing. As long as you don't judge this as a double IPA, you'll find this an enjoyable, bright, just plain terrific IPA experience. Nice job.

Photo of Chaney
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, Release # 10 brewed on November 11, 2010. Pours a hazy dark straw color with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral hops, lemoney citrus with a slight sour twang.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and floral hops with some citrus and a bit of an off note - leather? The finish is high in bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA. The flavors and smell just didn't jive for me. It seemed to have some notes that I can't place that I just didn't care for.

Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a really hazy golden amber color with a nice whiteish colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nose is quite a bit of sweet malts, pine, grapefruit and floral hops. Pretty well balanced and not a hop bomb so far.

T- Quite a bit more hops come through in the taste than in the nose. A ton of grapefruit, followd by pine, and floral hops. A strong back bone of sweet mals also coming through.

M- A touch maybe on the fuller side of medium, a bit sticky and chewy. Carbonation seemed to right on.

O- First one I've had from this brewery. I thought this one was pretty nice and I could go back to this one with ease.

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good DIPA. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium size white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma was pronounced pine hoppiness but I detected something that reminded em a bit of the dreaded Summit hops. (not a whole lot, but I am one of these people that get a nasty aroma and flavor from Summit hops).

Flavor was overall fairly good but once again there was a little aftertaste of Summit-like flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. On the whole, not bad beer. I I never had the misfortune of drinking a Gubna, I probably would have liked it even more.

Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler fromFreeBridge.

Slightly hazy copper body, topped by three fingers of creamy white dense foam.

Aroma is mild grapefruit with a slice of bread. Rather neutral all told.

Solid semi-sweet foundation. A bit of juicy fruit. Bitter snap that lingers long.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, almost feels nitro.

Ah..nothing really bad but all rather bland. Why does this brewery warrant so much Jersey shelf space?

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/unfiltered orange marmalade body,
finger white head, divine lacing

S: slight peach/mango, pine, malt nose

T: mild peach/mango, grapefruit, pine, malt,
mild sticky/oily bitter finish

M: med body, light sticky/oily mouth

O: Fine gateway Double IPA, but for
most beer geeks, this will be a tad light and
mildly disappointing. Still a fine brew.

HINT: do NOT pour the last inch of beer
tons of unfiltered goodies, lol.

PRETTY GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #67 with Mosaic hops only. Packaged on 6/4/13 - about 1.5 months old when opened.
Poured into a chalice. Substantial sediment in bottle.

Based on info on the EPIC website, not every release of Hopulent IPA is made the same, especially the release reviewed here. Release #67 uses Mosaic hops only – I now know that I am not a big fan of Mosaic. This beer is not a super hop-bomb by any means. Could use just a touch more sweetness to create a better balance with the hops. Great aroma. Hides it ABV well. A good beer but not complex.

A – Pours a cloudy amber (did not pour sediment) with an off-white rocky head that dissipates quickly to a marginal film, good lacing even with a poor head.

S – Citrus/grapefruit, slight sweetness, floral.

T – Starts smooth with a resinous pithy bitterness in the finish. Pale malts/crackers. Not fruity on the palate like the bottle describes.

MF – Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sort of chewy in the finish.

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zesty, lemony hop aroma immediately hits you. The body is amber-orange and sports a foamy, sticky white head. Soft malt grains co-mingle with the a pronounced hop bitterness and some behind-the-scenes alcohol presence. Very soft, finely effervescent feel; medium-light body; dry finish.

A very tasting, rather unique feeling IPA. Well-balanced, nicely complex and well worth checking out.

Photo of gatornation
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, luminescent orange with a thick and creamy off white head. Looks pretty nice.

S- Caramel, pine, mint, citrus, and grass. My first impression is that it is rather simple, but there is definitely some more to it.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the caramel and mint. Interesting and tasty.

M- Bitter and slightly oily. The lasting bitterness is about right for the style. There is a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Not really a stand out for the style. Still it is tasty and definitely not something I would pass up.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Hopulent is a hazy color color. The head is not that thick but it lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is somewhat hoppy but not all that intense or fresh smelling. For a double IPA, it really lacks here.

Flavor is citrusy and bitter with a slight roasty quality. If my eyes were closed, I might think it was a black IPA. Grapefruit and other citrus rind or pith makes for a bitter beer. The alcohol is strong though and at times it reminds me of orange vodka.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Balance is ok but alcohol is too hot.

Overall a below-average DIPA unfortunately. So many good ones out there and this one doesn't stack up.

Okay, maybe I didn't give this one a fair shake on the original review. I re-visited this beer tonight.

Batch #24 (brewed 7/5/11) and enjoyed about 3 months later on 10/6. Great appearance with thick long-lasting head and lots of lace. Aroma is very hoppy, nicely done. The flavor is bitter but somewhat balanced, lots of hop flavor, well rounded. Good mouthfeel and drinkability considering the ABV. Overall a solid DIPA and not below average as I originally suggested. Scores adjusted.

Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/6/11

Release #23

Hazy, golden tangerine hue. One and a half finger head of fluffy foam that drops slowly. Smooth layer of retention with thick clumps of lace to start; very nice in that regard. The head takes a long time to totally thin out and leaves a solid wall of lace when it does.

Punchy enough aromatic notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Hops are reasonably potent here but are balanced by a sturdy malt bill that creeps into the fore. Thankfully, said malts are more on the order of biscuit and toasted bread. No booziness. Rounds out nicely as it warms.

Hopulent tastes pretty close to the way it smells, though, while not exactly hot, the abv is most certainly noticeable. Zesty grapefruit and crackles of lemon are had throughout. Piney bitterness picks up in the middle and carries on to the finish. Malts are positioned a bit more in a supportive role; as with the nose, think bread and biscuit with just a touch of sweetness (faint sugar cookie).

Medium-full body with a bit of oily slickness; not over the top, though. Carbonation is comfortably on the lower side; the overall feel is rather smooth. It's worth mentioning again that the alcohol never becomes overbearing. Residual hop flavors and a mild, pleasant bitterness linger.

This is a really nice DIPA and I'm all the more impressed considering that Spiral Jetty didn't really do it for me. Cheers to Epic for keeping a DIPA flavorful and on the high end of a comfortable abv range. I almost passed on this bottle; I'm glad I didn't.

Photo of nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41F poured into a tulip. Label says it's release #81, 8.5% alc/vol, SLC#1266.

Pours pretty clear amber/golden with a smallish white head which fades slowly. Fair amount of fine active carbonation. Smell is mild and floral, grassy.

Taste is bitter, piney, slight grapefruit rind. Something slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium. Overall, it's a nice, solid beer.

Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Release #37. The beer was hazy and amber in color. The cream colored rocky head left ladders of sticky lace rings in the glass. a solid cap remained throughout.

The smell was of crisp fall leaves, pine needles, and tropical fruit, There was a mild alcohol aroma too.

The taste was intensely citrusy. Pithy bitterness and candied fruit sweetness. Fresh and flavorful!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation in the body.

Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up recently at the Beer Emporium in Apex, which keeps impressing me more every time I step in. Probably one of the last DIPAs of the season until I re-emerge in the winter, full of stout, porter, and b'wine.

Pours a bright, translucent dark cider color, with a little (but not much) eggshell colored head. Nose is heavy on the sweet citrus, with perhaps other fruits (melon?), and pine.

The bitter strikes back decently in the taste. Some caramel malt backing is overwhelmed quickly by some aggressive west coat hop maneuvers. Mouthfeel could stand to be dryer and maybe a little ticker. Alcohol lashes the aftertaste, which is also lambasted with a second dose of hop withering.

Not the best DIPA ever by any means, this was a mildly pleasant surprise in that I didn't know the brewery and had never even known they made beer in Utah, let alone seen one. Worth trying if you like the style.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle Release #27 abv 8.6%. Pours murky burnt orange color with very little head. Lots of sediment floating around. Tons of lacing. Big whiff of hops. Pine, dank and citrus. Taste is a very hoppy bitter pine and citrus. Some apricot. Floral notes. Dank and resinous. Heavy, chewy mouthfeel. Bitter pine finish. This is definitely one of the more bitter brews I've had. Not too bitter for me but this is a slow drinking brew. Not very balanced but I dig it. Overall, this is a good super hoppy palate destroyer to grab every once in awhile.

Photo of katan
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint - labeled release #10.

A - Pours a deep dark orange color with a few brown highlights. Very thick looking. Head formation is bright white, very effervescent. Breaks down quickly to a film.

S - Strong hoppy nose. Lots of earthy, grapefruit, somewhat piney hops. Malts play second or not at all here.

T - Starts off with some malts, a little bit nutty at times. Mid-stream gets some very piney resinous hopping. Finishes with a more citrus, fruity hope note. Aftertaste has some retained bitterness and a few nutty malts. Alot going on here - sometimes this beer is trying to mesh too many malts and hops.

M - Moderate beer body, stronger carbonation. Fairly stinging mouthfeel. Very oily clingy aftertaste stings to the tongue.

D - Solid DIPA drinkability. ABV is manageable. Not a completely palette abuser. Not overly filling.

A good beer from a up and coming brewery. Would drink again.

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.