Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

165 Reviews
THE BROS
89
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 741
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 102 | 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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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright straw color with a bit of cloudiness. Off white head that laced and retained decently.

Citrus and pine overwhelm most other scents, very straight forward west coast scent.

Great citrus hop profile. A decent bready backing finished off by a sticky pine resin.

Medium carb and medium to full bodied. A tad warm from the abv, but solid. (345 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy hop orange and feature some nice lacing and good retention.

The aroma is initially a blast of pine and a hefty amount of caramel. It has some mild floral notes as well.

The taste is a bit less refined than the aroma would have suggested, although it still tastes very nice. It lacks a certain clarity or cleanliness that many DIPAs are known for, but delivers a nice bitterness which is more of what I look for. It comes across as quite drinkable while not being weak as well. It's a very decent DIPA, but it doesn't really seem like anything new. The caramel malt seems a bit less sweet than in many DIPAs which is a nice touch, but it does seem to blur the hops a bit more. There's still a ton of pine to the aftertaste.

The body is medium in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is mildly sticky and mildy dry.

Overall, this was a decent DIPA and it was worth the price. For a pine & caramel DIPA it was pretty well done and considerably clean tasting for the hop and malt bill. I'm glad I opted to try this. (1,038 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours hazy orange, white head, can already smell caramel malt wafting, its nearly visible to the human eye in gaseous form. when you get the nose there, more of the mango and citrus come out. flavor just adds a bit of spicy/grainy dryness. overall balanced, refreshing clean ip (277 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hopulent is an excellent drinkable IPA. I'm trying it in Park City, Utah. The beer poured a cloudy orange with froathy white head that is lacing nicely. The scent was fresh hop that leaned toward pine and orange peel. The taste was fresh hop bitter through the entire drink...with touches of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and highly recommended. (421 characters)

Photo of b3shine
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuce to tulip. Judging from other reviews, getting a fresh relish is imperative - and somewhat of an issue for some. Mine, however, is uber-fresh (I checked online to make sure). Appearance is good; opaque and burnt-orange, although it looks a little light for a DIPA.Smell is VERY mild. Traces of hops. Taste is the beer's best feature. Sweet and hoppy, with great balance. Mouthfeel is good; the beer is a god consistency, and goes down nicely. Overall, it's delicious - and im willing to sacrifice looks and smell for that! (527 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zesty, lemony hop aroma immediately hits you. The body is amber-orange and sports a foamy, sticky white head. Soft malt grains co-mingle with the a pronounced hop bitterness and some behind-the-scenes alcohol presence. Very soft, finely effervescent feel; medium-light body; dry finish.

A very tasting, rather unique feeling IPA. Well-balanced, nicely complex and well worth checking out. (389 characters)

Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber Release #23 poured into my Imperial Pint Glass. First taste at 50 degrees

A - Hazy orange or deep gold, 1 finger head, great lacing that sticks around the whole time

S - Earthy scents, hidden citrus, piney, grassy notes prevail

T - Very Balanced, malts first followed by hops and a hint of alcohol at the end. Solid but not wowing

M - Excellent, nice carbonation good feel

O - Solid DIPA, can't knock it but nothing too memorable (446 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops and alcohol. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and a slight malt finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice hoppy aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink. (587 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (372 characters)

Photo of LoadedSchells
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,450 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours out in a reddish copper color with floaties with a rocky head that leaves tons of lacing. It was packaged or bottled on 6/4/13 as it was batch #67. Go on the website to find out the date and malt/hops.

Pouring it out the bottle, I could already get punches of the aroma. The mosaic is killer on this. Mango, citrus, huge just dankness, floral. Almost that cat pee that hurts your nose, but in a good hoppy way. Lots of caramel sweetness as well. What an intriguing aroma. Not like many IPAs that I’ve smelled before.

The flvor however falls slightly flat. At first, nothing really jumps out at me. I get pine, a huge caramel sweetness. On the end, you get a good pine bitterness that lingers.

This has a really fantastic medium mouthfeel from the malt.

Personally, I sort of wanted to like this beer. My brother grabbed it from a recommendation from a store in LA. I’m glad it was super fresh at least. And hey, I definitely can’t get this beer in NY.

The most important thing is that the changing malt/hop bill is a brilliant idea. Cuisine has surely pushed towards that. Not only in California, but all over America and the world. You use the ingredients you have on hand and that are fresh and you make the best product you can. I love that philosophy.

In the end, despite the interesting aroma, the flavor falls a bit flat for me to really love this beer. (1,384 characters)

Photo of nriech
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of katan
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (911 characters)

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

Appearace – This is a gorgeous, very think light-colored orange and extremely murky with a huge, shaving cream head that literally left clumps on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The big citrus notes are surprisingly balanced by some lighter pine which is usually overdone. There’s also a nice biscuit aroma that mates well with the hops.

Taste – The hops come out even stronger at the taste. This is nice as DIPAs often smell big but don’t deliver. The biscuit from the nose did retreat a bit so it’s not as balanced at the taste as it is at the nose

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, well above medium-bodied, with a strong bitterness that will be too harsh for most.

Drinkability – This is a big beer that requires your full and undivided attention. It goes down well for such a big beer but you’ll want to take your time with it. (852 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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! (445 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, luminescent orange with a thick and creamy off white head. Looks pretty nice.

S- Caramel, pine, mint, citrus, and grass. My first impression is that it is rather simple, but there is definitely some more to it.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the caramel and mint. Interesting and tasty.

M- Bitter and slightly oily. The lasting bitterness is about right for the style. There is a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Not really a stand out for the style. Still it is tasty and definitely not something I would pass up. (538 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a really hazy golden amber color with a nice whiteish colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nose is quite a bit of sweet malts, pine, grapefruit and floral hops. Pretty well balanced and not a hop bomb so far.

T- Quite a bit more hops come through in the taste than in the nose. A ton of grapefruit, followd by pine, and floral hops. A strong back bone of sweet mals also coming through.

M- A touch maybe on the fuller side of medium, a bit sticky and chewy. Carbonation seemed to right on.

O- First one I've had from this brewery. I thought this one was pretty nice and I could go back to this one with ease. (657 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Release #78

A - The beer was disturbed from the ride home giving the sediment a bit of a jostle resulting in a haze. Golden in color with a two-finger white head that collapsed a little quickly. Sticky lacing all over the glass from a simple swirl.

S - Juicy citrus aroma. Some nuanced tropical fruit. Faint graininess that stays out of the way for the hops.

T - Saturated with hops from the instant it hit. Prickly and resiny pine hop flavors. Some graininess near the finish but is quick. Very extended bitter and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly viscous feel early, bitterness was consistent throughout but did get quite astringent. Medium-full body, light carbonation, dry.

O - Not sure quite how fresh this beer is. I did buy it cold but aroma seemed subdued. This is tilting hop heavy even for the style. Drank relatively light for ABV and with deceiving ABV.

Recommendation - At $5.49 a bomber this is hard to beat. Worth a try and does not lack in character. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #67 with Mosaic hops only. Packaged on 6/4/13 - about 1.5 months old when opened.
Poured into a chalice. Substantial sediment in bottle.

Based on info on the EPIC website, not every release of Hopulent IPA is made the same, especially the release reviewed here. Release #67 uses Mosaic hops only – I now know that I am not a big fan of Mosaic. This beer is not a super hop-bomb by any means. Could use just a touch more sweetness to create a better balance with the hops. Great aroma. Hides it ABV well. A good beer but not complex.

A – Pours a cloudy amber (did not pour sediment) with an off-white rocky head that dissipates quickly to a marginal film, good lacing even with a poor head.

S – Citrus/grapefruit, slight sweetness, floral.

T – Starts smooth with a resinous pithy bitterness in the finish. Pale malts/crackers. Not fruity on the palate like the bottle describes.

MF – Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sort of chewy in the finish. (970 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro tap pint at Yard House in Glendale.
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a tight head. Great retention, thick lace lines coat the glass.
Lots of citrus smells, grapefruit, lemon, herbal hops.
Taste is of a solid IPA, citrus fruit, hop bitterness at the end. Good flavor with out being too sharply bitter.
Nitro gives a lower level of carbonation, smooth and creamy.
Overall, a solid DIPA, alcohol is hidden behind the hops, but still easy to drink. (451 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed over 40 minutes from a goblet after a nitro-tap pour at Magic Mushroom in Herndon, VA. With and without a cheesy appetizer alongside.

This beer is stunning after a nitro-pour. The cascade waves artistically give way to a hazy yellow-tan core kissed with orange sunlight. But it's dense and only about a third of the outer edges in the glass pass light well. The effect is just cool. The head is creamy thick and long lasting, and lacing holds on in thick sheets and clumps.

Scents are muted early, emerging from an almost spicy starting point to reveal more classic hoppy essences. Citrus pulp and tropical fruits, including papua, find their way up with caramel and some bready malts--these likely enhanced by the nitro pour.

The taste is more floral and spicy than it is fruity, and not as bitter as I'd have expected, overall. Carmelized mango in the middle is nice, and a little resin comes through late. The creamy and airy effect of the pour seems to enhance the flavor profile over what others have written about bottle tasting experiences. It's still not a flavor monster, but was enjoyable to drink.

The body is smooth and almost meaty--low on carbonation and creamy from the nitro. Ethanol is hidden from the nose and the mouthfeel. Still not enough depth or length here, though.

I must admit that the most memorable part of this beer experience was watching the evolving nitro pour. But it was also fairly balanced and had some subtle tastes enhanced by the nitro that made the whole drink worth it. (1,523 characters)

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.