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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 47 | 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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -10%

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.

05-17-2012 02:18:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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solargoat

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-15-2012 02:10:26 | More by solargoat
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

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!

05-15-2012 01:54:05 | More by phishsihq
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safiske

California

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

05-14-2012 04:24:47 | More by safiske
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-10-2012 01:04:47 | More by Hanzo
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-10-2012 00:40:50 | More by jsnoek
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WickedMonkey

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-08-2012 03:07:05 | More by WickedMonkey
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

05-06-2012 02:27:16 | More by Peyton5410
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

05-06-2012 00:48:41 | More by szmnnl99
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-04-2012 01:42:42 | More by JISurfer
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-03-2012 13:46:07 | More by Cresant
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, impressive head

SMELL: Hop oil, spice, floral, papaya, pineapple, fresh hops, green tea, bready malt, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, bitey, spice, soft bitterness, hop oil, pipe tobacco, herbal, citric zest, birch sap, earthy, grainy, alcohol, tropical fruit, bread crust

Obviously smacks of hops, flavor over bitterness. The flavor, however, scrapes the palate as hard as it can with a plethora of complexities that open up with each sip. A killer, palate devastation is inevitable which is a great thing for any true hophead.

05-02-2012 03:48:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ddub571


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-30-2012 18:38:31 | More by ddub571
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Jaldama

California

4/5  rDev +5%

04-30-2012 18:29:22 | More by Jaldama
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearace – This is a gorgeous, very think light-colored orange and extremely murky with a huge, shaving cream head that literally left clumps on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The big citrus notes are surprisingly balanced by some lighter pine which is usually overdone. There’s also a nice biscuit aroma that mates well with the hops.

Taste – The hops come out even stronger at the taste. This is nice as DIPAs often smell big but don’t deliver. The biscuit from the nose did retreat a bit so it’s not as balanced at the taste as it is at the nose

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, well above medium-bodied, with a strong bitterness that will be too harsh for most.

Drinkability – This is a big beer that requires your full and undivided attention. It goes down well for such a big beer but you’ll want to take your time with it.

04-30-2012 02:08:27 | More by RoyalT
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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?

04-29-2012 21:55:48 | More by jmdrpi
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +31.2%

04-29-2012 04:20:08 | More by CEDAMA
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-27-2012 17:42:08 | More by Satan70
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jstewart1130

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-27-2012 02:56:00 | More by jstewart1130
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-25-2012 00:28:59 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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
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grubefresh

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-16-2012 22:29:47 | More by grubefresh
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a hazy hop orange and feature some nice lacing and good retention.

The aroma is initially a blast of pine and a hefty amount of caramel. It has some mild floral notes as well.

The taste is a bit less refined than the aroma would have suggested, although it still tastes very nice. It lacks a certain clarity or cleanliness that many DIPAs are known for, but delivers a nice bitterness which is more of what I look for. It comes across as quite drinkable while not being weak as well. It's a very decent DIPA, but it doesn't really seem like anything new. The caramel malt seems a bit less sweet than in many DIPAs which is a nice touch, but it does seem to blur the hops a bit more. There's still a ton of pine to the aftertaste.

The body is medium in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is mildly sticky and mildy dry.

Overall, this was a decent DIPA and it was worth the price. For a pine & caramel DIPA it was pretty well done and considerably clean tasting for the hop and malt bill. I'm glad I opted to try this.

04-16-2012 02:48:25 | More by BBP
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-16-2012 01:33:32 | More by savagepm
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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