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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

555 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 38 | 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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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 149 | Display Reviews Only:
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-19-2012 15:13:46 | More by robieobie1
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spelletier


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-18-2012 02:33:25 | More by spelletier
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jsh5771

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2012 03:45:18 | More by jsh5771
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leodarko

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-15-2012 05:16:56 | More by leodarko
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RonnieRotten

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-12-2012 21:12:22 | More by RonnieRotten
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:41:43 | More by FickleBeast
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Bin33chef

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-06-2012 03:31:00 | More by Bin33chef
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dragomni

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-06-2012 01:38:56 | More by dragomni
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:49:43 | More by jtierney89
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StoneTSR

Colorado

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

Release #30:

APPEARANCE: Bright orange and cloudy with a big, fluffy, white head that very slowly recedes, leaving a ring of lacing on its way down. Cloudy is actually the wrong word, the Hopulent is very opaque. I cannot see my finger on the other side of the glass.

SMELL: All the requisite IPA aromas are present in this beer – grapefruit, pine and a little tropical fruit. Solid smell.

TASTE: A slightly sweet grapefruit and lemon flavor lead the way here while a spicy and piney middle lead to a bitter finish with a nice, hoppy bite. The tail end also leaves a trace of anise.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp, but also dry and smooth despite the fairly solid carbonation. This is a refreshing brew.

OVERALL: The Hopulent IPA is a strong example of a West Coast IPA. Lighter in body, but still rich in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 07:04:18 | More by StoneTSR
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:17:54 | More by PicoPapa
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is release # 23. If you want an extremely hoppy beer then look no further. Right away there is a hop explosion, followed by a very slight malt background and it finishes with a very nice, bitter and dry aftertaste.

The aroma has a nice herbal and floral smell that compliments the grand amount of hops. Very easy to drink even with the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:13:44 | More by JohnnyMc
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BurghFanSC

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-11-2012 21:37:31 | More by BurghFanSC
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-11-2012 13:55:07 | More by Tyrawlings
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:32:28 | More by beerthulhu
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:30:51 | More by zeff80
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garyman99

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-08-2012 22:09:30 | More by garyman99
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devilben02

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-06-2012 12:44:11 | More by devilben02
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kdown

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-06-2012 07:30:42 | More by kdown
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DanL133

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2012 02:25:46 | More by DanL133
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edfish

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: as it was in a bottle , it looked a hazy maybe golden color.
S: Has an upfront citrus smell and after a few sniffs pine appears.
T: Hop city!Starts a piney hop changes to the good balence malt and smacks your mouth with a very dry hop finish.
MF: decent up front but quickly changes to dryness

Overall: Upfront and after its swallowed its smooth tasting. Not a bad IPA, if you like them dry and hoppy this one is for you!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:32:10 | More by edfish
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Mappies

Arizona

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-24-2012 21:41:06 | More by Mappies
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dmb1tj

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-21-2012 21:22:12 | More by dmb1tj
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quaybr

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer. A light, bubbly foam sits atop a clear, burnt-orange ale.

Smells of floral hops and biscuit. Subtle notes of toffee.

Taste follows aroma: biscuity malt dominates the tongue with a bitter finish comprised of grassy hops. The finish becomes less clean and more stick, unrefreshing as the beer warms.

Body is particularly light for a DIPA. This ale moves too quickly across the palate.

This was a good beer, but I won't get it again. Not well balanced between hops and malts. Had this been a bit more chewy it might pass relatively well as an english IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 06:45:06 | More by quaybr
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jmeyers78

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-11-2012 02:26:17 | More by jmeyers78
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.