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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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171 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 767
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 120 | 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:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-27-2010

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!
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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 767
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Poured extremely hazy almost milky dark orange with half-inch white head which yields rings and spots.

N: Pefume of floral tropicals (mango, passionfruit), strawberries.

T: Floral and liquid perfume of tropical hops. Some malt for balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Aroma on tap is wonderful. Very nice.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of basildog
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in North Carolina, Release# 24

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of eggshell color head. Nice head retention & above average lacing

S: Piney & citrus, breadyness, some minty hops as well as this warms

T: Pine, orange rinds, grapefruit & a touch of bready sweetness up front. Pine & ruby red grapefruit bitterness, breadyness & pineapple all mix as this warms, along with a bitty of herbal/catty hops & a touch of dry cakeyness. Finishes with orange rinds, leafy woody & herbal hop bitterness & just a touch of marmalade

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, pretty good balance, bice warming sensation

I would buy this again, a well done DIPA from a state that produces more good beer than one would think...

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Photo of nimrod979
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale and hazy orange. One finger white head with some extreme retention and lacing. Very nice.

Aroma: Big dose of hops. Orange, and grapefruit citrus zest. Grass, and some pine. Hint of sweet bready malt.

Taste: Citrus zest and pine resiny hop bitterness. Wet hop oil. Decent hop bomb with only a hint of some sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Wet, juicy bitter hops coat the palate. Oily mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, soft carbonation. Bitterness actually doesn't linger all that long.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle, release #59, into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a semi- hazy golden/crimson color, with 1 finger of off white-head that leaves some nice lace rings as I sip.

S - Has some earthy hops when I really get in there. When I take a second smell, I get some grapefruit. Nothing huge and in your face, just kinda sublte. Nice, but not Woah!

T/M - The taste is a little more hop forward than the smell. The taste leans more towards the citrus hop, the middle opens up with some honey flavored caramel malt. A nice hop aftertaste stays on the palate. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's a good, solid DIPA, not great. The one thing that's holding me back from calling this great is the aroma. I don't think I should have to struggle to get a big hop aroma. So in conclusion, really good DIPA, not great.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Mikey55
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - frothy off-white head leaves a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass. Body is golden and crystal clear; sometimes there's some particulate yeast but not this time.
S - zesty lemon and grapefruit, but it's a rather mild nose. A fresher bottle might have helped here
T - a bit tart and very bitter with lemon and grapefruit zest controlling the palate. Malt is mild and more like pilsner than anything. Some grassy and piny hops and a very slight herbal aspect in there as well
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious and refreshing. One of the best year round IPAs out there.

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A visual joy in the glass, just a touch hazy with orange and tan color, a real nice off-white head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lace.

Hopulent is a good name for it. It's hoppy. But it's pretty balanced (as much as possible, since"balanced" is an oxymoron when it comes to IPAs). The description says it will change with different batches with different malt profiles and hops. I like that. Since this beer is a tasty one, I'd like to try different versions of it and see what they come up with. Good job on this one.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a Duvel tulip (Release #70 - 8.5%abv)

A: Copper; light beige, two-finger, pillowy head; nice retention leaves some sugary lace with a few thicker chunks.

S: Piney hop aroma; resin; perhaps some toasted malt.

T: Light caramel and toasted malt; resiny hops; not too much going on, but good.

M: Medium-light feel; high carbonation; lasting bitter; less feel than I’d like.

O: A nice IPA; wonder if it changes much from year to year? Good change from citrusy IPA’s; nice drinkability - I’d have it again.

*from notes: 01.17.14

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Photo of JamesMN
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time having a cask beer. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Almost an opaque light brown with a small off white head that stuck around.

Aroma: Not too much there. Sort of west coast in the hop notes. Makes me excited to try it.

Taste: Wasn't expecting it to be so malty. Served above usual beer temperature so that really let the caramel malt come through. Also some orange peel taste. Good bitterness from the hops. The malt really takes center stage here.

Mouthfeel: So smooth! Almost like a nitro-tap making it very drinkable as well.

Final Thoughts: Really lucky to get this on cask. The malt overtones make this one slightly more complex than the average American IPA but the hops keep it in that style nicely.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We'll keep this review simple........................Amazing, crunchy head with the most awesome lacing. Aroma is of light hops and some citrus. Ok, here goes, taste is Big hops, pine and grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Fine, Fine, Fine IPA, balanced well and any hop lovers dream !!!!!!!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #83, bottled 12/2/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, light peach, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of crisp citrus rind/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, citrus rind, light peach, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #37 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

I feel like this is the IPA I have been wanting to try, here in Utah. It's got the punch of flavor and hops all up in your mouth. That west coast kind of thing that, well, I kind of come to expect for the style. It's certainly not smooth or elegant, or exhibiting much subtlety, but I think it is pretty well done.

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Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was from thier 2nd batch

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

OveraL probably the best offering that Ive had from epic, really wish I could be there to try all the different batchs to compare

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at Ashley's Westland in pint glass. Thick, creamy white head present throughout session with tons of thick lacing. Orange hue, smell of floral pine, some citrus. Taste follows. Nice DIPA, no bitterness and very well balanced.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy peachish color with a frothy, white cap with some staying power. Lacing and bubbles present after a few sips

S: Nice. All over the place with pine, orange peel, grapefruit and some passion fruits

T: Initial grapefruit, with some pine needles and a bready malt bill and somewhat bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, loads of flavor, not overly bitter a nit sweet and well carbonated

O: This was my first offering from this brewery and I dug it. I would drink again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41F poured into a tulip. Label says it's release #81, 8.5% alc/vol, SLC#1266.

Pours pretty clear amber/golden with a smallish white head which fades slowly. Fair amount of fine active carbonation. Smell is mild and floral, grassy.

Taste is bitter, piney, slight grapefruit rind. Something slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium. Overall, it's a nice, solid beer.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro and gave it a very unique, to me, feel and flavor profile. The bitterness and smooth nitro make it almost a dry Hopped cream ale. Really tasty and good.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.