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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

169 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 169
Hads: 752
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 28
Gots: 110 | 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: 169 | Hads: 752
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3.5 (718 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (577 characters)

Photo of lynchmob9
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pairing w/ applewood smoked ribs & jalapeño slaw.
A - light orange, almost caramel. Light head. Fairly cloudy.
S - ought citrus. Like smelling outside of unpeeled or sliced grapefruit. Little dusty.
T - like it. Lighter IPA but good. Reminds me of shot of espresso with honey & raw sugar. Starbucks needs to replicate.
O - like it. Okay start, good finish, great pairing w/ my food. (391 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the ever evolving Elevated Series from Epic Brewing...

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing pours a hazy, pale orange with a solid white head and BIG lace. Restrained hop notes, mostly grapefruit and pine, mixes with a slight woodiness and some toasty aromas. Toasted malt flavors quickly slide into grapefruit, orange, and pine resiny flavors, sweet too. Moderately carbonated, Hopulent had a full body that was easy to drink for a DIPA. We like the idea of tweaking a recipe constantly, only wish we could follow it closer.

Cheers! (532 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of stercomm
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HOPULENCE, I HAS IT!!! Purchased at Bruery Provisions.

Nice orange pour, good 5/8" head on it, not much for retention though. Aroma, not a huge dry hop aroma, its there, but nothing to write home of really. A bitter piney existence.

Taste, damn, mostly bittersweet, nothing like the green lush hop mouthfeels you hope for, especially when you get pine initially. Pine turns to copper throughout the drinking experience. Chewy malt mouthfeel. Sticky at times. Alcohol plenty noticeable. There's some sweet, but it comes nowhere near the prominence of the bitterness. I prefer less malt, sweet, bitter and more of a lighter body and more hop exposure.

Would not buy again given the $8ish price at Provisions. (712 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #30, bottled September 22nd, 2011, claiming 8.2% ABV.

A moderate pour dished out a half finger of near white head over a cloudy yellow-orange body. While I inspected for particulate or sediment, the head shrank down to a bubbly ring.

Got a delicious aroma of grapefruit and pine with a sweet bready malt backbone.

Flavor was a little disappointing. The pine and grapefruit tasted... wilted, for lack of a better descriptive term. The malt background doesn't really bloom until well into the flavor, and there is a slight caramel touch on the aftertaste, but I may have picked up a bottle that was on it's way out.

MF is just fine. Good amount of carbonation keeps this DIPA from bogging down mid-tongue. Beyond that, smooth and hoppy. (750 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells malty and hoppy not super strong on either. Scents of toffee candy and strong tea. Scents of cedar wood and pine.

Starts out toffee with a bitter finish. Strong tea along with the caramel and toffee flavors. Bitterness level is medium. Chest warming betrays the alcohol level but you can't taste any. Minorly bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall not that outstanding. (450 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky, on the orange side of amber. Nice thick dense white head.

Some citrus and piney hops in aroma. Taste is on the piney side, some sweet malt but not totally balanced.

There is a body to this beer but you might miss it. Odd, but can come across as thin unless you take the time to study it. Definitely some alcohol warmth and this seems to dry and thin it out a bit.

All in all, I'd say it's pretty good but not stellar. (433 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks don't get much better than this for a DIPA. Multiple fingers of fluffy white head with lots of sticky lacing. Orange/copper in color. A good amount of sediment settles to the bottom as well.

S: Very hoppy, of course. Lots of grapefruit and pine aroma. Floral.

T: Very sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. Tropical fruit and piney resin. A nice punch of bitterness provides some balance to the sweetness in the finish.

M: Full bodied and thick with very mild carbonation.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. As with a lot of DIPAs, the flavor boarders on cloying and could do with some more balance. (620 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of edfish
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: as it was in a bottle , it looked a hazy maybe golden color.
S: Has an upfront citrus smell and after a few sniffs pine appears.
T: Hop city!Starts a piney hop changes to the good balence malt and smacks your mouth with a very dry hop finish.
MF: decent up front but quickly changes to dryness

Overall: Upfront and after its swallowed its smooth tasting. Not a bad IPA, if you like them dry and hoppy this one is for you! (425 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of DownInToMyBelly
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on nitro at Ground Control in Goodyear. Liked it much better than out of the bottle. The creaminess from the nitro really balanced well with the bitterness and brought out the citrus notes.

Great lacing on the glass, and a very smooth mouthfeel.

I'll definitely look for this one on nitro again. (308 characters)

Photo of quaybr
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer. A light, bubbly foam sits atop a clear, burnt-orange ale.

Smells of floral hops and biscuit. Subtle notes of toffee.

Taste follows aroma: biscuity malt dominates the tongue with a bitter finish comprised of grassy hops. The finish becomes less clean and more stick, unrefreshing as the beer warms.

Body is particularly light for a DIPA. This ale moves too quickly across the palate.

This was a good beer, but I won't get it again. Not well balanced between hops and malts. Had this been a bit more chewy it might pass relatively well as an english IPA. (579 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of agomega
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,564 characters)

Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of Epic's Hopulent IPA from my local discount merchant and was not disappointed.

Poured a 2 finger off white head with a cloudy golden orange color. Lots of thick lacing.

Aromas of citrus, pine, and hops dominate. Very pungent.

My taste buds picked out hop induced spiciness with citrus and some malt with piney overtones in the background.

Mouth feel had medium body that was smooth and thick with a bitter but clean finish with light carbonation.

Overall I think this is an above average example of the American Double / Imperial IPA style. However that are a number of other choices that have better profiles overall. (649 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color, with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops.

Tastes of a solid malt base first followed by a wave of hops. Malt starts with some honey like sweetness and a bit of bread. Hops add in with some citrus and tropical notes as well as some floral, leafy notes. Not very bitter and definitely leans towards sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing that is bad going on here, but needs some refinement. (513 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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! (463 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to review appearance - I poured bomber into two glasses, one with a beautiful golden color and white head, and the other had flaky sendimented chunks and was hazy. Nose has a grassy/straw quality, earthy, hoppy, and some fruit notes. Herbal and hoppy on the palate, sharp citrus, and a long hoppy finish. Medium bodied, slow drinking, but not heavy. (354 characters)

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.