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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

665 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 23
Gots: 67 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Whole Foods in DC. Release 78. From notes.

A - Poured slightly dark gold and bright. Good carbonation with two fingers of thick fluffy off white head. Great lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, sweet syrup, pineapple core, sweet malt.

T - Booze up front, prickly pineapple, sweet fruit, pine resin, alcohol was a bit much.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, boozy resinous finish was a bit harsh.

O/D - Too much for me. Possibly too old but the booze wasn't hidden at all and it makes it harsh with the hops. Hard to finish.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%
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?

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler fromFreeBridge.

Slightly hazy copper body, topped by three fingers of creamy white dense foam.

Aroma is mild grapefruit with a slice of bread. Rather neutral all told.

Solid semi-sweet foundation. A bit of juicy fruit. Bitter snap that lingers long.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, almost feels nitro.

Ah..nothing really bad but all rather bland. Why does this brewery warrant so much Jersey shelf space?

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Release 18

Appearance is a very nice, clear orange/gold color with a medium head.

Smell is a bit citrusy, taste is very malty, with only hints of grapefruit. Mouthful is pretty heavy, definitely pretty sticky from all the malt in this one.

Overall, I see what they were doing here with a malty base but this bottle was probably past its time as it was overly sweet. I'd like to try this again fresh to see what the hops were like before they mellowed.

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3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint; batch #27

According to the website, this guy was brewed on August 18, which was about 4 months ago. So, I am going into this with a little trepidation.

The pour yields a fluffy slightly off-white cap with a golden orange body and some nice yeast floaties. Some mild lacing.

Fear realized. The aroma is of candied grapefruit, sweet caramel, bready and overall sweet. This definitely has fallen off a bit.

On the palate, sweet candied grapefruit, bready malt, caramel and moderate bitterness. The bitterness builds with time and really leaves a dryness behind.

Medium body with good carbonation, a bit chewy through the middle and good sized dose of bitterness in the finish.

I would really like to try this guy fresh, so consider this a somewhat incomplete review. This beer shows some promise, I will seek out a newer bottle.

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3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.