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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | 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 Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice DIPA assertive and hitting a rich benchmark.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with a black photograph of hops framed by sectors in muted dark green with name of brew and branding: kind of busy and messy without nothing memorable... These bottles deserve a redesign. Side notes encourage to visit their website for further information. Notes release #27 and 8.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, even lumpy in the second serving, with a good frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Citrus and resin profile on the nose with a caramel malty sense in the back.

T - Taste follows with a nice sense of grapefruit, resin bitterness, a tad too raw at times, and sweet touches of caramel malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation with an assertive bitterness flowing with a crude if nice boozy touch.

O - Nice DIPA with a good flow.

Notes: Nothing for the ages but rather tasty, hopulent indeed and glad to have received the recommendation for to try it out.

Daniellobo, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of LoadedSchells
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Amber gold with a nice lakeshore(MN thing) foam thick head that subsides to a nice thin layer that never really lets you see the beer from the top down.
S- This smells like someone made a tropical fruit salad and used an IPA as the dressing. Pears, pineapple, a hint of peaches. Barely a whiff of biscuity malt.
T- Now I realize an imperial/double IPA should beat your tongue into submission with hop abundance but I really like this sweet fruity hop thing. It stays with the tropical fruits as mentioned above and not much citrus, there is some grapefruit, but grapefruit with a bunch of sugar dumped on it to cut the bitterness (just like grandma used to do for breakfast). A bit of an herbal quality, but only a bit, and a slight green flavor. Ridiculously drinkable even though the alc. is only 8ish% it definitiely drinks like a 5-6% brew.
M- The mouthfeel is fairly solid and slightly creamy, this category doesn't make or break a beer for me in the area of IPA's. Each beer, to me, needs its own mouthfeel, this one works, any thicker would be unpleasant, and no one likes a thin beer or we'd all drink coors light.
O- Not your typical imperial/double IPA but really tasty and really smooth.Reminds me of Lagunitas IPA on steroids. If your looking for a sweet DIPA that goes down pretty easy this is a bulls-eye. To heck with representing a style, this beer tastes good. Kudos Epic of Salt Lake, I'm looking forward to your other offerings.

LoadedSchells, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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!

BeerLover99, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of millelacsmark
5/5  rDev +31.2%

millelacsmark, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

daliandragon, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

I wonder if hopulence is as expensive as opulence... Regardless, this stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, cantaloupe, light pine resin, and a light swath of honey. The taste adds a bit of biscuit and some more fruit, particularly mandarin orange and light papaya. It's pretty solid, but more subdued (hop-wise) than the smell let on. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a languid feel. Overall, a nice, easy-going DIPA that doesn't smack you in the face with hops, but rather engages in a long, drawn-out, classy fistfight with the tastebuds. Something like that, anyway...

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of GreenGoblinCC
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had both bottle and draft...and let me say there was quite a difference between the two. I recently drank a 22oz and fell in love this beer! Nice Hoppy taste. Bitterness Galore! Over the weekend I went to a local Brewpub and they had a guest handle of Epic Hopulent. My eyes lit up! However, I was disappointed with the draft. No hop presence, mild in flavor, lacked bitterness. I would say for this rare occasion the bottle was better than draft, and for that my rating reflects my experience between the two.

GreenGoblinCC, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of zimm421
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Label is marked with Release #23. Appears a hazy, golden orange. Has a good 2 to 3 fingers of sudsy off-white head. The head goes down over time, but there's a good layer left on top through the whole glass. Also leaves great lacing.

Nose is citrusy, and very, very sweet. Too sweet for me. There's a little bit of pine scents, but not too impressed here. Taste is really sweet up front, and finishes with a citrus bitterness. Pineapple really seems to come through in the end. The pine is also there. Finishes somewhat bitter, but the aftertaste is actually sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery and thin, but there is a decent film left on the inside of your mouth. Average to low carbonation. Not overly easy to drink. Overall, an average brew, at best. Love some IIPA's but this just isn't cutting it for me. Not worth seeking out.

zimm421, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Epic Hopulent is super sweet, fruity, and flat.

It poured hazy gold with a short and short-lived off-white head. It left one lonely ring near the top of the glass. The aroma was this beer's highlight, with a strong grapefruit presence that popped with the cap coming off. The flavor was incredibly sweet and fruity, like canned fruit cup syrup. It had a yeasty metallic finish. There was very little feel to this beer; it was smooth and flat, with no bitterness and nothing lingering on the tongue. This was so flat and sweet, I thought it might be old. According to the Epic web site, the "batch" from which this bottle came was brewed less than 90 days before I drank it, so staleness is no issue.

Hopulent is, by far, the sweetest Double IPA I have ever had. The smell is good and the flavor is decent; however, the feel is sorely lacking.

MetalHopHead6, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hopulent looks to be golden in color. It’s quite hazy. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A soft white head covers it and rises to roughly a finger and a half in depth. It’s rather slow to dissipate. It holds firm at a surface covering for quite a long time. Lacing is very sticky and thick. Looks pretty good.

The nose is alright. Above average. Hops are easily noted. The smell fruity and a little herbal. Smells like mint actually. The fruity notes smell like pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. It’s not a bad profile at all. The malt base smells a little sweet. There might be a little caramel. Smells mostly like pale malt though with a bit of bread-like quality as well. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Doesn’t smell offensively strong though.

The flavor is pretty average. The malt base is predominantly pale with just a touch of sweet caramel and crackers. The hop flavor is alright, not great. It has a strong herbal, minty flavor that clashes a tad with the citric fruit flavors of grapefruit and pineapple. It’s a little bitter and dry, but the malts provide quite a bit of balance. Not my favorite quality in a DIPA. Needs to have a lot more hop bitterness. Alcohol is there, but isn’t too strong. It’s not warm or hot. Finishes a little sweet with some residual herbal hop notes.

Hopulent has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. The feel is actually soft and smooth. It’s probably Hopulent’s strongest asset. For anyone interested, its drinkability is just okay. A bomber seems like a bit much.

This is my first experience with Epic Brewing Co. beer. Frankly, Hopulent’s an okay DIPA, but needs some work. It is somewhat distinctive with its herbal, minty hop flavor, but not in a great way. I like that the caramel malt aspect is light and restrained, but a little less balance and better hop flavor would improve it. It’s worth a try, but stick with a single bomber.

prototypic, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Gobigvt7
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pilsner glasses

a - hazy peach fuzz color, almost weizen-like. frothy, white head, very persistent and thick. many ribbons of lacing remain after a few sips.

s - piny, pithy grapefruit, mango hops.

t - a little hot on the breath, more grapefruit, somewhat bitter finish. minimal sweetness, very little malt profile, but a well-balanced imperial IPA.

m - sharp and full-bodied, boozy. good, lively carbonation levels.

o - the nose could have been more intense, which would have propelled it into the upper reaches of the style. Good balance and true hop flavor made it into this beer. a solid effort, above average but not exceptional.

Gobigvt7, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  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.

Ryan011235, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber-orange and hazy with a nice head, good retention and lacing. Smells grapefruit-pine, caramel and tropical. Taste has similar elements of citric, resin and tropical elements but unfortunately in my opinion weighs in with too much sweetness becoming a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and holds together well enough.

Overall this strikes the right notes for me, and I wanted to enjoy it, but needs more bitterness and less sweetness.

JackieTH, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked up this bottle in our continuing quest to knock off as many Epic beers as possible, which we've been thoroughly enjoying. 22 oz. bottle split in two with a small axe.

The pour, oh, the pour. A double handful of floaties flash into the goblets, more in one, but plenty in the first pour, too. They're white & pretty, suspended in an amber haze like trapped insects from the pre-Cambrian era. I wait for them to drift into a low layer on the bottom of the glass. Smell is sweet for a IIPA, twined with sugary orange. Hmmm.

Hopulent is a sickle sweet IIPA. Huge dose of malt, sticky & sugary, coat the palate like cat hair on a sweater. Black hair, white sweater. Battling past that, there's plenty of orange & tangerine to please the tongue, backed up with a battery of hop bitterness on the back end that eventually cuts through the malts. Balanced. It's a four-letter word. Look it up. Real 'purty mouth on this one. The orange fruits are a nice contrast to usual dark fruits & citrus/pine.

Very good beer that's growing on me as the liquid level in my glass slowly slides downward. Unique hopping here.

maximum12, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of agomega
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque light caramel color with a huge foamy white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: A buttery malt smell mixed with citrus and pine odors from the hops.

Taste: Up front is a malty sweetness followed by a very piney bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and good carbonation.

Overall: A nice beer. Not as clean and smooth flavored as my favorite IPAs but a decent flavor and a good balance for a DIPA.

agomega, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather hazy orange color. The tall, orange-tinted head has a densely frothy, rocky texture. Retention is good, and a nice load of lacing deposits onto the glass almost immediately.

S: A freshly American DIPA nose, with floral, piney, and citric/tropical (grapefruit and orange) notes. Light caramel and sugar cookie maltiness. Alcohol is noticeable, contributing a light harshness that might enhance or detract from the overall impression of this beer.

T: Sugar cookies drizzled with light caramel up front. Lightly biscuity as well. Hop bitterness is firm, but not overly aggressive for the style. Hop flavors are piney/resinous, citric, and lightly tropical, which makes sense given the hop bill (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Columbus). Alcohol adds a bit of spiciness/heat into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is a bit lighter than average. Hop bitterness contributes some moderate dryness, but less so than many other examples of this style. Alcohol is noticeable but not a negative.

D: This is a good DIPA. I'm generally a fan of these hops and the flavors they contribute. I think this would be more enjoyable if it were slightly less sweet and/or a bit more bitter. It's a big IPA, but the bitterness isn't over the top as you might expect from the style. I was surprised to see a beer from Utah show up around here, but this is a worthwhile brew.

Clydesdale, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber

A - Very hazy yellowish color, can see some hops in the glass, very slight white head, recedes quickly, minor lacing on the glass

S- Very slight scents, not a whole lot going on here, some pine notes.

T - Nice hoppy profile, a slight malty backbone, minor sweetness, dry finish

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Overall, good hops profile but not a lot of flavor here.

stercomm, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed orange with thin off white head. Aroma is caramel malts, fresh hop bouquet, citrus. Flavor is resiny, oily, a little pungent and a little tropical. Actually, pretty nice combination of hop flavors. The base is laid down by caramel/biscuity malt. The more I sip, the more I like this hop combination. Very nice. Solid feel to it and nicely drinkable.

Bighuge, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Batch #23 (brewed on June 14, 2011 as stated on Epic's website), 8.6% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. The head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel), along with some pine hops and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the the pine and grassy hop flavors are stronger compared to the citrus hop and malty ones. There's also a long lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this next time.

bluejacket74, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22 oz bomber at a recent Epic Ohio release party at Lizardville in Bedford. Had the Spiral Jetty on tap during that event, and am curious to see how it stacks up against the much stronger Hopulent.

An examination of the bottle reveals a fair amount of sediment in the bottle, which always makes me a bit nervous when that bottle in an IPA, as it could be an indication of over-aging. The bottle has no bottled on date, but does state it was part of Release #23.

Poured into a tulip glass, this has a cloudy honey color with a three finger head that ever-so-slowly reduces with loads of lacing.

The aroma is of rich resinous hops, buttery malt, and pine. Mild citrus is present as well, but not in great amounts.

Starts with plenty of thick hops, resinous, vinous and bitter. Plenty of pine, with a bitter that starts, tunes down, and then crescendos as it finishes. More citrus in the smell than the taste, this is a quite tasty brew.

Medium to full bodied, with plenty of bitter and dry finish, this is a nice slow sipper.

After having this and the Spiral Jetty, I definitely find this to be more up my alley. Tasty, bitter, and enjoyable, this is definitely worth a try.

TheHoppiest, Aug 25, 2011
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.