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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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547 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | 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 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
Photo of malloyca

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
Photo of u2carew


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

22oz. Bomber. Did a beer trade with Rick at Brewforia in Meridian, ID. Series #3 ABV 8.3%
A) Poured with a finger thick head. White, creamy, thin and sticky. Hazy body with sediment - guessing unfiltered. Copper in color.
S) Grassy. Hints of cannabis. Mellow hints of pine.
T) A decent blend of hops and malts. The flavor seems a bit weak. A robust hop bite in the finish. A pleasant malt sweetness and hops in the after taste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body.
D) A decent brew but just not what I was expecting for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:37:53 | More by u2carew
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:20:34 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of LittleDon


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow amber and very hazy. Copius head leading to miles of lace. Citrus-berry aroma with definite caramel sweetness. Nice balance between hops, that hit you front, middle, and back, and maltly sweetness. Some sweetness comes from alcohol, but other wise well balanced. Lot of carbonation bite. Long and smooth bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:05:03 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Elevated Series
Release #1
$5.89 ea.

Pours a cloudy copper color, some carbonation, one-finger off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, very slight pine notes. Medium body, this has some chewiness to it. The finish is bitter and dry. Would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 00:18:45 | More by Wasatch
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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.