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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

545 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | 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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Doctlow

Arizona

3/5  rDev -21.5%

05-15-2013 05:41:20 | More by Doctlow
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-27-2014 22:38:40 | More by Nichols33
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Shilt

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-26-2011 04:18:03 | More by Shilt
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BikeChef

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -21.5%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:32:33 | More by BikeChef
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.03/5  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?

Serving type: growler

06-27-2013 23:45:10 | More by RonfromJersey
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 06:46:39 | More by Beaver13
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nandemo1

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 21:43:51 | More by nandemo1
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:18:11 | More by ColForbinBC
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GreenGoblinCC

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:20:52 | More by GreenGoblinCC
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-07-2014 04:15:40 | More by bpfrush
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prototypic

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:56:33 | More by prototypic
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stpjames

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-01-2013 15:11:26 | More by stpjames
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DS31

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-24-2013 23:05:11 | More by DS31
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-19-2014 00:21:25 | More by Rutager
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JayCheG

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-13-2014 03:53:24 | More by JayCheG
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pquijal

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-19-2013 21:20:17 | More by pquijal
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-16-2014 14:23:43 | More by ncstateplaya
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-16-2013 16:07:35 | More by ToddThompson
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BMos

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-16-2014 19:01:19 | More by BMos
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fullmoonbeer

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-20-2013 21:23:46 | More by fullmoonbeer
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birchstick

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

04-18-2014 14:19:39 | More by birchstick
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malloyca

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-orange, with a thick, cream colored head. Prominent aromas of ripe grapefruit and orange, strikingly fruity, fresh and clean, like a fresh grapefruit and orange fruit salad. There is an initial hit of sweet malt, which is followed by bitter dry grapefruit hops. There is not a lot of depth of flavor or much to contemplate once this beer hits the citrus-hop profile -- that is about it. Medium to full bodied, and creamy. It is a pleasant sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:14:03 | More by malloyca
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Jsmercer

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-06-2013 03:02:20 | More by Jsmercer
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PickwickHopz

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

04-16-2014 21:40:52 | More by PickwickHopz
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

02-03-2014 20:00:31 | More by GraduatedCashew
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.