Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

164 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 164
Hads: 740
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!
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hopulent IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 164 | Hads: 740
Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Utah Epic beer.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed amber infused golden with a frothy one finger head atop,it never really settled completely,just a frothy mass.Aromas of herbal and slightly citric hops along with a big caramel/biscuit malt base,neither win out.Hefty sweetness with caramel and sugary alcohol mixed with herbal hops,the balance is spot on but Iam not sure I want balance in a DIPA.Its pretty good compared to alot of the sweeter styles of the version so I cant give it a bad review,I just want more in your face hops. (552 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice IPA. Bigger than some, now as big as others but very drinkable. Pours a deep rich golden color. Aroma was that of grassy hops. Flavor was pretty well balanced with some lingering bitterness. I liked this beer but not as much as others. Good for a try though and you have to appreciate the things they do in Utah. (319 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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)

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 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 ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 nandemo1
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was from thier 2nd batch

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

OveraL probably the best offering that Ive had from epic, really wish I could be there to try all the different batchs to compare (488 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking brew. A golden orange color with a two-finger head of off-white suds that retain well and produce some generous lacing.

Smells exactly like some dry hop cones. A bit light, but pretty pure smelling.

Pretty boozy up front with a strong honey malt sweetness that cut into the bitterness a bit. Not to be outdone, the hops pack a punch and still produce some strong bitter pine and grapefruit citrus notes. A hint of tropical fruit mixed in. Kind of surprised at how much the alcohol stands out in this one.

Pretty dry and crisp with some residual sweetness. Medium-full bodied with nice carbonation.

This is a nice beer, but I think the drinkability is a bit lower. Drinks like it's closer to 10% abv. A very hoppy brew that I enjoyed. Worth a try in my book. (781 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up at 287 Discount Liquor on a recent trip to Fort Collins. Poured a hazy dark golden color with a loose ecru headl Aromas of earth, pine and biscuit. On the palate, this on is medium bodied and creamy, with earthiness and a little pine. (255 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pretty hazy golden color into a pint glass. One finger of white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is candied white bread malt, with a slight pine hop sharpness in the background.

Taste is big sweet bready malt which is almost balanced out by sharp resin bitterness from the hops. Sweetness overtakes the flavor a bit, and I detect a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is moderately carbonated. Seems to have less attenuation than I would like in a double IPA.

Overall a nice enough flavor but malt sweetness dominates and with so many other great double IPAs out there, it would be hard for me to reach for this one again. (690 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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 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 CuttDeez
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden orange color with an nice big white head, which dies to patches of white clouds.

S - Very faint citrus covered by slight pine. The ABV comes out in the nose on the end. Very bland nose and at quick sniff only a slight citrus is noticable.

T & M - There is not much depth here. The slight citrus on the front end is covered in a slight malty pine flavor. The sweetnees of the pine malt is weak and it gets covered by bitterness right away. The mouthfeel is dry and only on the front end. It does not get to the back of the palate.

O - Very weak. I was left wanting in many aspects of this beer. Sad thing too because I was interested in Epic brewery as it started to become more prevalant in my area.

-Cheers (785 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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 Pencible
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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 petacutlasaurus
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed this at Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits the other night. Looking for a cheaper option, I remembered that I had enjoyed Epic's Smoked and Oaked from the elevated series, so why not give this a shot. BAD IDEA.

I'm a hoppy beer man, so naturally, a beer with a name like hopulent would fall right in with the hundreds of "hop_" or "_hop" beers that I've come to love, right? Not so. This is one of the worst beers I've yet reviewed from a company I otherwise respect.

Like Allagash's Hugh Malone, in the Epic Hopulent, you have a beer that's so hollow and so devoid of body and character that the hoppiness of it starts working against you. And that's a sad thing, tasting an item you otherwise love that's gone utterly wrong.

But, as with my review of the Hugh Malone, here I have to wonder if this isn't a case of a beer poorly bottled or a cap poorly applied. Can't wait for a friend to have one so that I can steal a sip double check. In the meantime, beware. (970 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 malloyca
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Beer Run. Release 10, which according to the website is Nov 2010.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Really nice head with exceptional retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Muted citrus hops and grainy malt.

Taste: Again, muted. There is some nice tropical fruit hops flavor and restrained bitterness. Malt provides a sweet caramel flavor, but also a slightly unpleasant husky graininess that becomes a little vegetal.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really good. Very soft, almost creamy, with a resiny stickiness.

Drinkability: Well, its a little on the old side, so the hops have probably suffered, but that's not my fault-- it needs a stamped on date. The grainy flavor becomes a bit much. I wouldnt really recommend this one. (744 characters)

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date but "Batch #10" imprinted on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.29.

A: Hazy golden with substantial 2-finger, vanilla ice cream colored head with good retention and impressive layered lacing down the glass.

S: The nose is as much pale malt sweetness as pine resin, grapefruit, and floral hop qualities, which land Hopulent squarely in the "balanced" DIPA group. Not offputting by any means but not as hop-forward as I like in this style.

T: The flavor is solid, but comes off a bit like DIPA-lite. I enjoyed the citrus-grapefruit, pine, resin-earthiness, and floral parts to the hops components, but the pale malt and almost honeylike sweetness was more than substantial and tended to mute some of the hoppiness. Still a very nice brew and it comes in at a unique price point.

M: Very tacky and coating but medium-full body with low-medium carbonation and a very smooth overall feel.

D: Hopulent is a really good DIPA that falls in line with the other EPIC series, although, I thoughy Spiral Jetty IPA really overachieved, setting up some bigger expectations for Hopulent. I liked it but wished the malt bill was fashioned to allow the hoppiness shine through. (1,264 characters)

Photo of BikeChef
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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? (368 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=4.0 beautiful orange copper color, 1 finger head with great retention, lots of sediment floating around,
gobs of lacing
s=4.5 Powerful note of citrus and hops with some faint malt, some fruit.
T= 4.0 Citrus ops, sweet grapefruit, above average bitterness. Surprisingly Sweet
M-4.5 Mouthfeel is very full bodied and sticky, wonderful bitterness in the aftertaste
D-4.0 About typical of an IPA, pleasant taste makes it wonderfull drinkable

Great great beer. (458 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Hopulent is a hazy color color. The head is not that thick but it lasts and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is somewhat hoppy but not all that intense or fresh smelling. For a double IPA, it really lacks here.

Flavor is citrusy and bitter with a slight roasty quality. If my eyes were closed, I might think it was a black IPA. Grapefruit and other citrus rind or pith makes for a bitter beer. The alcohol is strong though and at times it reminds me of orange vodka.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Balance is ok but alcohol is too hot.

Overall a below-average DIPA unfortunately. So many good ones out there and this one doesn't stack up.

Okay, maybe I didn't give this one a fair shake on the original review. I re-visited this beer tonight.

Batch #24 (brewed 7/5/11) and enjoyed about 3 months later on 10/6. Great appearance with thick long-lasting head and lots of lace. Aroma is very hoppy, nicely done. The flavor is bitter but somewhat balanced, lots of hop flavor, well rounded. Good mouthfeel and drinkability considering the ABV. Overall a solid DIPA and not below average as I originally suggested. Scores adjusted. (1,204 characters)

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.