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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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very good

554 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 554
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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Photo of pdoran10


3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pretty hazy golden color into a pint glass. One finger of white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is candied white bread malt, with a slight pine hop sharpness in the background.

Taste is big sweet bready malt which is almost balanced out by sharp resin bitterness from the hops. Sweetness overtakes the flavor a bit, and I detect a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is moderately carbonated. Seems to have less attenuation than I would like in a double IPA.

Overall a nice enough flavor but malt sweetness dominates and with so many other great double IPAs out there, it would be hard for me to reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:54:50 | More by pdoran10
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:02:31 | More by gatornation
Photo of trappistlover


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

(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Batch #18, 8.3%abv). Pours hazy bright orange-yellow color with 1 finger chunky white head. Aroma has mango, peaches, light citrus and resin. Taste is sweet with some depth from the malts and bitterness. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Bitter finish, but not over the top. This is a well balanced beer and although you feel the warmth of alcohol, it is a well integrated beer. Nice job again, Epic!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 03:51:41 | More by trappistlover
Photo of CuttDeez


2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden orange color with an nice big white head, which dies to patches of white clouds.

S - Very faint citrus covered by slight pine. The ABV comes out in the nose on the end. Very bland nose and at quick sniff only a slight citrus is noticable.

T & M - There is not much depth here. The slight citrus on the front end is covered in a slight malty pine flavor. The sweetnees of the pine malt is weak and it gets covered by bitterness right away. The mouthfeel is dry and only on the front end. It does not get to the back of the palate.

O - Very weak. I was left wanting in many aspects of this beer. Sad thing too because I was interested in Epic brewery as it started to become more prevalant in my area.


Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 23:58:35 | More by CuttDeez
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 21:01:54 | More by JayQue
Photo of Pencible


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like grain and wheat bread, with some orange and caramel.
T: It tasted like orange and wheat bread crust, with some caramel and a bit of lemon zest. It had a smooth and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Very nice.
D: This seems way past its prime, with weak hops and huge grain malt bill. It had a great body and well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. But this just wasn't a rewarding or enjoyable 2IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 19:35:11 | More by Pencible
Photo of petacutlasaurus


2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this at Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits the other night. Looking for a cheaper option, I remembered that I had enjoyed Epic's Smoked and Oaked from the elevated series, so why not give this a shot. BAD IDEA.

I'm a hoppy beer man, so naturally, a beer with a name like hopulent would fall right in with the hundreds of "hop_" or "_hop" beers that I've come to love, right? Not so. This is one of the worst beers I've yet reviewed from a company I otherwise respect.

Like Allagash's Hugh Malone, in the Epic Hopulent, you have a beer that's so hollow and so devoid of body and character that the hoppiness of it starts working against you. And that's a sad thing, tasting an item you otherwise love that's gone utterly wrong.

But, as with my review of the Hugh Malone, here I have to wonder if this isn't a case of a beer poorly bottled or a cap poorly applied. Can't wait for a friend to have one so that I can steal a sip double check. In the meantime, beware.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:27:41 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of katan


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:49:07 | More by katan
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-orange, with a thick, cream colored head. Prominent aromas of ripe grapefruit and orange, strikingly fruity, fresh and clean, like a fresh grapefruit and orange fruit salad. There is an initial hit of sweet malt, which is followed by bitter dry grapefruit hops. There is not a lot of depth of flavor or much to contemplate once this beer hits the citrus-hop profile -- that is about it. Medium to full bodied, and creamy. It is a pleasant sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:14:03 | More by malloyca
Photo of rapidsequence


2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Beer Run. Release 10, which according to the website is Nov 2010.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Really nice head with exceptional retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Muted citrus hops and grainy malt.

Taste: Again, muted. There is some nice tropical fruit hops flavor and restrained bitterness. Malt provides a sweet caramel flavor, but also a slightly unpleasant husky graininess that becomes a little vegetal.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really good. Very soft, almost creamy, with a resiny stickiness.

Drinkability: Well, its a little on the old side, so the hops have probably suffered, but that's not my fault-- it needs a stamped on date. The grainy flavor becomes a bit much. I wouldnt really recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:00:45 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of argock


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date but "Batch #10" imprinted on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.29.

A: Hazy golden with substantial 2-finger, vanilla ice cream colored head with good retention and impressive layered lacing down the glass.

S: The nose is as much pale malt sweetness as pine resin, grapefruit, and floral hop qualities, which land Hopulent squarely in the "balanced" DIPA group. Not offputting by any means but not as hop-forward as I like in this style.

T: The flavor is solid, but comes off a bit like DIPA-lite. I enjoyed the citrus-grapefruit, pine, resin-earthiness, and floral parts to the hops components, but the pale malt and almost honeylike sweetness was more than substantial and tended to mute some of the hoppiness. Still a very nice brew and it comes in at a unique price point.

M: Very tacky and coating but medium-full body with low-medium carbonation and a very smooth overall feel.

D: Hopulent is a really good DIPA that falls in line with the other EPIC series, although, I thoughy Spiral Jetty IPA really overachieved, setting up some bigger expectations for Hopulent. I liked it but wished the malt bill was fashioned to allow the hoppiness shine through.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:48:57 | More by argock
Photo of BikeChef

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange color, with a frothy head. The smell is of muted hops-- not particularly promising. This is a very malty beer-- malt totally dominates. It seems to me almost what a German altbier would be like if they tried more aggressively hopping it. I love DIPAs, but this just didn't work for me. Not enough hop aroma and taste by a longshot. Perhaps an old bottle?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:32:33 | More by BikeChef
Photo of Beaver13


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 06:46:39 | More by Beaver13
Photo of ramseye4


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=4.0 beautiful orange copper color, 1 finger head with great retention, lots of sediment floating around,
gobs of lacing
s=4.5 Powerful note of citrus and hops with some faint malt, some fruit.
T= 4.0 Citrus ops, sweet grapefruit, above average bitterness. Surprisingly Sweet
M-4.5 Mouthfeel is very full bodied and sticky, wonderful bitterness in the aftertaste
D-4.0 About typical of an IPA, pleasant taste makes it wonderfull drinkable

Great great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:29:51 | More by ramseye4
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:43:59 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Douglas88


4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle thanks to Kevin and Eric. Pours a opaque copper color with a large off-white head. The aroma is rich floral and herbal notes, loads of hops. A initially bitter flavor, it settles down to reveal more herbal and floral hops, actually this beer is pretty mellow and nice. A sweet fresh vine, very fresh and green flavors. A nice thick mouthfeel. A wonderful addition to Utah. My first official Epic beer and it did not disappoint. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:23:58 | More by Douglas88
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, chewy, dirty gold pour with a nice cap of 2-finger light cream head. Nice retention and very nice lace. Lots of floaters in the bottle.

Strong herbal citrus nose. Definite earth tones, but grapefruit does stand out above all else. Not too overpowering and very nice for the style.

A little thin up front. Earthy, herbal hops come in mid way through the glass. Finishes with a light citrus bite of grapefruit. Resiny in the finish, but only slightly so. Alcohol definitely there, but well masked.

Feel is right on, just a bit on the chewy side.

Very filling beer, so brings the drinkability down a tad. I'd get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:32:43 | More by beer2day
Photo of bishopgary


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a beer drinker who also grows/maintains his own hop vines and lives in the city where this is brewed, this review should be taken with a grain malt (oh I meant salt).

A: Pours golden with a hint of amber, nice foamy head that has a bit of staying power. Nice clarity, as well as noticeable effervescent carbonation. It may be hard for a light color beer to be exceptional in appearance.

S: Nice hop aroma, though not so hoppy that it overwhelms the slight hint of yeast. Grapefruit with some pine resin and almost a bit of pepper from time to time.

T: Bitter citrus upfront. Not quite as astringent as some Imperial IPAs. Light malty sweetness in the middle. I have not noticed a hot alcohol component in the taste profile. Definite citrus finish that makes this a great beer to have with a meal, especially something rich.

M: Above average, but not exceptional. Light to medium body. I like a bit more body to high hop beers. I like that they were able to produce a well hopped beer that does not feel like it it stripping all your tooth enamel.

D: Very good. Smooth enough, especially for its style, to encourage one to drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:16:00 | More by bishopgary
Photo of tchenery


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice straw golden color with bone white head that is super fluffy and has some staying power.

Very forward hop aroma that is super fruity. Grapefruit really stands out.

Hops again are in the forefront on this one. Very bitter pucker on the first touch that mellows to a pale raisiny malt middle and finishes with the grapefruit hops again.

Very silky mouthfeel, almost oily. Very chewy as well. This leads to less drinkability in the traditional sense but for the style it's fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:45:39 | More by tchenery
Photo of nriech


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

Hazy orange color with a finger of head. Smells of citrus and pine like any good IPA. Taste strong of hops and citrus. Very hoppy up front but it doesn't linger. Very dry. Seems a little boozy but good. Good with bacon or onion. Lacing is heavy. I think its a decent IPA that's hoppy enough to satisy the hophead but not so overpowering on the aftertaste that it would scare away a newbie.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 16:45:23 | More by nriech
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle to stemless oversized wine glass.
Release #6 - 8.0%
Poured a pale golden/ copper. Full frothy head with good lacing. Smell is a full on hop explosion. Pine and grapefruit overload the nostrils. Palate is hopped up as well but overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. For 8%, this is drinking a little hot. Still, quite tasty. Body is fluid and crisp. Drinkability is hindered a bit by the booziness but is still a decent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:16:18 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Beernoisseur


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #6,
8.0% abv.

A - Light golden, Lighter than I expected. Pretty hazy. Nice head, good retention and lacing.

S - Piney citrus on a rocket to my sinuses. Very fresh smelling. Strong hop presence.

T - They must have dialed down the sweetness on this release because it's very bitter. There's malt in there too, but the bitterness almost reminds me of ruination, just not quite as ruinous. The piney resinous qualities come through in the flavor, but I'm a total hop head, so this is delicious to me. The Malt flavors are in there, but they're playing rhythm to the hops' lead.

M - Nice carbonation, good body, maybe a tad on the heavy side.

D - This is a handful, and will be for most people. But, I love this style, and this is an excellent representation.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:02:50 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of womencantsail


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 16:26:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

A clean amber beer with a slight haze. Has a nice creamy off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Some citrusy hops in the aroma up front with an inviting biscuity malt note in the background. A smooth silky malt character starts the taste. Followed by a good hop bite at the back of the throat and tongue. A nice smooth mouthfeel all around.
Thank You John ...good beer

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 22:27:39 | More by ybnorml
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at the COOP... Batch 3 Poured into my Old Guardian snifter.

Rocky white head... 2 fingers easily... good retention and lacing atop a hazy deep golden.

Nose is surprisingly muted... some tropical fruits and lite citrus zest.. plenty of pale maltiness... ehhh odd, but not a dealbreaker.

Big and bitter up front, but the hops mid palate don't quite deliver... more pale malt in the middle with some lighter than expected citrus hops... again a little bit of unidentified tropical fruits and then a big bitterness on the backend... seems a tad husky.

Body is pretty heavy, probably punctuated by a fairly lite carbonation.

Good... not great... could stand to be dialed in a touch.


Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 06:43:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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