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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

473 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%


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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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Release #35, 8% ABV on bottle.

Pours a very cloudy orange color with a finger of stick foam that coats the glass thoroughly as it recedes. Aroma is hoppy, but not tremendously so. Nice grapefruit and citrus tones.

First sip is quite bitter, with a dry finish. Bitterness lingers. There isn't much sweetness in this beer. There is a decent amout of hop flavor, but I feel like there needs to be some more body/sweetness to help showcase the citrus hop flavors. As it stands now it dives quickly into a dry bitterness.

Overall, it is a decent IPA, but it is a step or two down from some of the best in class. It has a nice hoppy kick, but I feel like there is room for more hop flavor and a toned down or more balanced bitterness. I'd rather have this in a 6 pack - probably won't spring for a bomber again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:41:43 | More by FickleBeast
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy slightly dulled orange hue with a two finger bright white sticky head. very sticky. Mint and sweet herbs on the nose.Some earthy and barnyard scents as well. Nose overall though slightly subdued compared to other double ipas.

Sweet almost honey like up front. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. Well constructed body delivers hop flavor through out the mouth. Floral and earthy hops are the main flavors with the malt bill playing the role of holding the beer together.

Very good for the price but this double IPA drinks like a regular IPA. The bottles only a month old so I can't see age being a problem. Very well balanced with good hop bitterness but If i didnt know the alcohol content, I'd just call it IPA.

Just noticed that Epic in no way proclaims this to be a double, I guess it's just considered so on BA cause the ABV. Well, like I said before good for the price and a nice change of pace from the usual citrus and grapefruit bombs that everyone makes.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:49:43 | More by jtierney89
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 07:04:18 | More by StoneTSR
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:17:54 | More by PicoPapa
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is release # 23. If you want an extremely hoppy beer then look no further. Right away there is a hop explosion, followed by a very slight malt background and it finishes with a very nice, bitter and dry aftertaste.

The aroma has a nice herbal and floral smell that compliments the grand amount of hops. Very easy to drink even with the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:13:44 | More by JohnnyMc
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Release #27.

A: A frothy 2 finger plus ivory bone colored head sits atop with a lengthy stay of execution. A murky, rustic orange body is filled with a dense clarity and large chunks of bran colored yeasty matter that promptly sinks and settles on the bottom of the vessel. Excellent lace coverage.

S: Small show of caramel-pine mixture. It seems rather light and refrained aromatic wise, a trend im seeing more and more of lately, where the hops go MIA on the nose, but show up in the taste. Lets (hop)e this follows suit.

T: Yup, here all the hops, immensely bittering citrus hop cones meets a dry toasty palate. Aggressive west coast hops of pine and dry flowery citrus hold no surprise, but do bring volume of ibus to the table and will certainly make you tongues taste buds take note. Bursts of grapefruit pulp and juice are fresh and noticeable on the finish.

M: The body seemed a bit on the lighter end of medium bodied. Flowery dry citrus with a non-carbonation factor for the mouthful. Warming dry citrusy-alcohol laces the tongue.

O: Overall not a lot of complexity, just a boatload of hop muscle shock with a somewhat passable malt support. It its hops you want, then its hops you shall have here. High level of hop intensity, doesn’t not necessarily mean a high level of tasty nature or drinkability (unless you’re a hopslam). Just saying.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:32:28 | More by beerthulhu
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:30:51 | More by zeff80
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edfish

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:32:10 | More by edfish
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reposting review from hacked account (jmkratt) :(

Picked up a bottle of this at a store in Fort Collins today. However, it was the last bottle on the shelf and I can't read or tell if there are any markings or dates. I am new to Epic brews but can't make anything out. The sticker on the shelf had an extremely high rating and the bottle was decently priced so I picked it up.

Poured from the bomber to a pint glass. It pours a very hazy gold with a 1 finger white bubbly foam head. Some retention and lacing. There is quite a bit of sediment floating around, perhaps this is an old bottle? The aroma is very bread/biscuit flavored. The bread dominates the nose not hops, not what I would look for in a DIPA. Again, perhaps this is an old bottle and as such the hop flavor has deteriorated? The flavor mimicks the nose, little hop character and a lot of malt and bread. If anything the the mouthfeel is the best attribute, nice and full bodied and coats the palette.

Overall to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I am willing to chalk this up to an old bottle I just wish I could confirm that :(

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-21-2011 04:23:42

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 16:22:45 | More by hopfacebrew
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:07:49 | More by russpowell
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:05:36 | More by CFHMagnet
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 03:20:16 | More by MrDanno96
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 16:28:35 | More by Daniellobo
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LoadedSchells

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:48:35 | More by LoadedSchells
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 18:34:10 | More by BeerLover99
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 07:24:46 | More by daliandragon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

I wonder if hopulence is as expensive as opulence... Regardless, this stuff pours a hazy golden straw topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises honeydew, cantaloupe, light pine resin, and a light swath of honey. The taste adds a bit of biscuit and some more fruit, particularly mandarin orange and light papaya. It's pretty solid, but more subdued (hop-wise) than the smell let on. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a languid feel. Overall, a nice, easy-going DIPA that doesn't smack you in the face with hops, but rather engages in a long, drawn-out, classy fistfight with the tastebuds. Something like that, anyway...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 06:25:17 | More by TMoney2591
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GreenGoblinCC

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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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zimm421

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Label is marked with Release #23. Appears a hazy, golden orange. Has a good 2 to 3 fingers of sudsy off-white head. The head goes down over time, but there's a good layer left on top through the whole glass. Also leaves great lacing.

Nose is citrusy, and very, very sweet. Too sweet for me. There's a little bit of pine scents, but not too impressed here. Taste is really sweet up front, and finishes with a citrus bitterness. Pineapple really seems to come through in the end. The pine is also there. Finishes somewhat bitter, but the aftertaste is actually sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery and thin, but there is a decent film left on the inside of your mouth. Average to low carbonation. Not overly easy to drink. Overall, an average brew, at best. Love some IIPA's but this just isn't cutting it for me. Not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:19:31 | More by zimm421
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 18:37:43 | More by MetalHopHead6
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prototypic

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Gobigvt7

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pilsner glasses

a - hazy peach fuzz color, almost weizen-like. frothy, white head, very persistent and thick. many ribbons of lacing remain after a few sips.

s - piny, pithy grapefruit, mango hops.

t - a little hot on the breath, more grapefruit, somewhat bitter finish. minimal sweetness, very little malt profile, but a well-balanced imperial IPA.

m - sharp and full-bodied, boozy. good, lively carbonation levels.

o - the nose could have been more intense, which would have propelled it into the upper reaches of the style. Good balance and true hop flavor made it into this beer. a solid effort, above average but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 02:06:19 | More by Gobigvt7
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Release #24, 8.7% Alc/Vol."
I wonder if whichever BA added Hopulent to the site was taking liberties, as the label itself claims this is "IPA / India Pale Ale." I'll judge it as such, despite the larger ABV.

Pours out a head of blinding white that sits atop a thoroughly hazy peach yellow/gold color. Gobs of sticky lace sticks its stickiness all over the place.

Aroma is good 'n' plenty, hops-wise, very clean but with very little indication of the malt element. Herbal, citrus-packed, very west coast-like.

Taste delivers the goods, not deviating from the impressions found in the aroma. Just a whole lot of citrus rind, with resiny hints, and the sweet/tart tango of unripe oranges and limes and other citrus fruits. And a bunch of pine on the tongue. A nice herbal twist comes in to add a little depth. All in all, quite West Coast-ish, if you know what I mean.

The mouthfeel does achieve an almost Double IPA-ish feel, in that it starts creamy and chewy...but that's tempered and even altered by caressing carbonation and the very bitter, nearly salty attack in the finish.

Sure, you could scream "needs more malt!" till you're blue in the face, but other beers do that and do it well...Hopulent delivers a straightforward blast o' hops for those that dig that sort of thing. As long as you don't judge this as a double IPA, you'll find this an enjoyable, bright, just plain terrific IPA experience. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 22:26:57 | More by Metalmonk
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 15:42:00 | More by Ryan011235
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.