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Hopulent IPA - Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

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171 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 767
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 120 | 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: 171 | Hads: 767
Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dull orange hue. Nose expresses citrus, an herbal character and an earthiness. Taste follows nose with an earthy, medicinal and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium) with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent brew, but a bit too earthy and bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #81 (bottled 11/12/13 - special edition featuring lemondrop hops)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice bubble show and a two inch head; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Sugarcake malts buttress the tropical fruit, lemon and grapefruit tones

Taste: Sugarcakes, up front, with the hops building through the middle, bringing tropical fruit (guava and pineapple) along with grapefruit and lemon tones; after the swallow, the sweetness dominates though the hops do their level best to keep up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For a six month old DIPA, the hops have held up rather well but there still is more malty sweetness than I prefer

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41F poured into a tulip. Label says it's release #81, 8.5% alc/vol, SLC#1266.

Pours pretty clear amber/golden with a smallish white head which fades slowly. Fair amount of fine active carbonation. Smell is mild and floral, grassy.

Taste is bitter, piney, slight grapefruit rind. Something slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium. Overall, it's a nice, solid beer.

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Photo of richj1970
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange with fluffy nitro head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Caramel malts with some faint citrus notes. Tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Pine resin, and bitter hops. Light citrus with orange being most dominant. Breads.

M: Medium body with a nice creamy finish. I think more IPA's should be done on nitro for the mouthfeel alone.

O: Interesting brew. I was expecting a touch sweeter and more citrus.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a bright cloudy orange color with one finger of clumpy white head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of caramel malts and very light citrus notes.

Tasted of caramel malts and lighter orange and grapefruit notes. Had a bitter bite to it which lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

More malt-driven than hoppy which wasn't expected from a name like Hopulent.

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Photo of McStagger
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Very hazy. Amber/orange. Finger off white head. Head is creamy. Moderate retention. Great lacing. Carbonation appears minimal.

S: Big malt presence hear. Caramel, toffee, bready. Hops give a big splurge of orange pith. Tangerine, slight spiciness.

T: Malt dominant, for sure. Grain dominant specifically. Lacks the sweetness component, but more than makes up for it in graininess. Hops at play are mildly citric, with orange and grapefruit. Bitterness is very floral in nature. Honeysuckle, rose water. Slightly soapy finish, with a tangerine juice aftertaste.

M: Silky, luxurious. Hell, I'd go so far as to call this creamy. Big malts give this one body and the subtle carbonation keeps it balanced.

O: This beer is solid. Lacks complexity, but the foundation is well laid. I probably won't purchase this again, as nothing wows me. That being said, I'm not dissapointed in spending my money on it.

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Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no date. it's hopulent release #66, so after i look it up i find out it's a year old. that's why it was so cheap.

crack it open and smell the dank vegetal scent of a hop cone's armpit. see the unfiltered goodness and foamy head. taste the boozy hop juice, and wish it were fresher.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; release #83, bottled 12/2/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, citrus rind, light peach, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of crisp citrus rind/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange/lemon zest, citrus rind, light peach, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around good complexity of citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Release #78

A - The beer was disturbed from the ride home giving the sediment a bit of a jostle resulting in a haze. Golden in color with a two-finger white head that collapsed a little quickly. Sticky lacing all over the glass from a simple swirl.

S - Juicy citrus aroma. Some nuanced tropical fruit. Faint graininess that stays out of the way for the hops.

T - Saturated with hops from the instant it hit. Prickly and resiny pine hop flavors. Some graininess near the finish but is quick. Very extended bitter and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly viscous feel early, bitterness was consistent throughout but did get quite astringent. Medium-full body, light carbonation, dry.

O - Not sure quite how fresh this beer is. I did buy it cold but aroma seemed subdued. This is tilting hop heavy even for the style. Drank relatively light for ABV and with deceiving ABV.

Recommendation - At $5.49 a bomber this is hard to beat. Worth a try and does not lack in character.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed over 40 minutes from a goblet after a nitro-tap pour at Magic Mushroom in Herndon, VA. With and without a cheesy appetizer alongside.

This beer is stunning after a nitro-pour. The cascade waves artistically give way to a hazy yellow-tan core kissed with orange sunlight. But it's dense and only about a third of the outer edges in the glass pass light well. The effect is just cool. The head is creamy thick and long lasting, and lacing holds on in thick sheets and clumps.

Scents are muted early, emerging from an almost spicy starting point to reveal more classic hoppy essences. Citrus pulp and tropical fruits, including papua, find their way up with caramel and some bready malts--these likely enhanced by the nitro pour.

The taste is more floral and spicy than it is fruity, and not as bitter as I'd have expected, overall. Carmelized mango in the middle is nice, and a little resin comes through late. The creamy and airy effect of the pour seems to enhance the flavor profile over what others have written about bottle tasting experiences. It's still not a flavor monster, but was enjoyable to drink.

The body is smooth and almost meaty--low on carbonation and creamy from the nitro. Ethanol is hidden from the nose and the mouthfeel. Still not enough depth or length here, though.

I must admit that the most memorable part of this beer experience was watching the evolving nitro pour. But it was also fairly balanced and had some subtle tastes enhanced by the nitro that made the whole drink worth it.

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Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours hazy orange, white head, can already smell caramel malt wafting, its nearly visible to the human eye in gaseous form. when you get the nose there, more of the mango and citrus come out. flavor just adds a bit of spicy/grainy dryness. overall balanced, refreshing clean ip

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a Duvel tulip (Release #70 - 8.5%abv)

A: Copper; light beige, two-finger, pillowy head; nice retention leaves some sugary lace with a few thicker chunks.

S: Piney hop aroma; resin; perhaps some toasted malt.

T: Light caramel and toasted malt; resiny hops; not too much going on, but good.

M: Medium-light feel; high carbonation; lasting bitter; less feel than I’d like.

O: A nice IPA; wonder if it changes much from year to year? Good change from citrusy IPA’s; nice drinkability - I’d have it again.

*from notes: 01.17.14

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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.

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Photo of GlassHalfFull
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


A - murky orange, thick foamy head with peeling lacing

S - pine, a tad orange-ish. Not as hoppy as I expected

T- bitter, hop forward initially, but finishes dull with a bit if dish soap aftertaste.

M - thick for an IPA. A little too much carbonation for me. Still hung up on the finish.

O - solid IPA, but with an unrefined finish. Would have again if nothing else better was available. But, a bit off from being a serious contender.

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Photo of lochef81
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice head and substantial lacing. Has very little aroma but still smells fresh and hoppy. This ends the positive notes. The flavor of the beer is lack luster. The hops promised on the bottle are subtle at best and there is no complexity of flavor. It drinks easily but not pleasurably. For such a fresh ipa this should taste so much sharper and pleasant but unfortunately it tastes tired and flat. Will not be trying this one again.

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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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange gold with thin white head and very cloudy

Aroma: piney and biscuity with slight tropical citrus fruit hints, strong aroma

Taste: very hoppy with strong pine and citrus explosion of flavor. Just enough malt to give a backbone to the beer, but this is unquestionably a DIPA. The hops really shine

Mouthfeel: full body but not chewy just a very full taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall: a good, not great, DIPA. Definitely held back by cloudy appearance and lack of malt character. But the beer definitely pals a punch with the american hops and provides a slight alcohol note on the finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark golden body which was a little cloudy and had some lace patches/ring on top of a hoppy, citrusy aroma, that had some light fruit sweetnes (tropical?) and a touch of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with slight chewiness thanks to some bread malt, there is some minor malt and fruity sweetness packed in with a pronounced dry citric hop edge and finishes smooth and clean. A good IPA but at times it either came across a little bitter or or harsh so knocked a few points.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass
Split with my dad, Batch #52, so its rather old, wish I woulda known

A - Pours a completely cloudy orange color, nice two finger head, thick lacing.
S - Lots of sweet hop dank aroma here, orange juice, pine, grapefruit, a sweet almost candy kinda malt.
T - Taste is sweet and tart, at first then its creamy sweet caramel malt, almost milky, finishes more on the tart side, a little acidity.
M - Medium on feel, kinda sticky and acidic feel, and a little metallic aftertaste.
O - This grew on me as it warmed up, I would have much rather tried it fresh, I'll keep an eye on batch number for the future, though the concept is cool, they shouldnt produce these under a permanent moniker, gets confusing for a first time buyer such as myself.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of batch #73 $5.99. This was brewed here in Denver and uses Mosaic hops. It smells like piss. Cat piss actually. No, it smells like a cat's litter box that has been pissed in because I also detected a hint of cat shit in the aroma. As you can guess this beer smells bad. Orange color, translucent mostly, good head. The aroma is just too much for me, made me not want to drink the beer. Flavor was ok but was more fruit than ammonia or cat pee. Overall, its good this beer is priced low because it just wasn't very good. No repeat purchases for me and my second let-down from Epic's new Denver brewery.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a IPA glass. Release #67 (recipe varies between batches). Mosaic hops. No date on bottle. 8.4% ABV.

A - Light head. Golden orange. Distinct lines of carbonation. Upon first pour, cloudy/translucent. Upon 2nd pour, looked like a snowglobe in my glass. Heavy sediment composed of large flakes. Don't mind unfiltered, but this was over the top. Nice lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Wow. Very fragrant. Top flight beer if judged on smell alone. Mango hits you in the nose followed by grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruit.

T - Bitterness up front. Other flavors less pronounced... grapefruit rind, lemon, and honey. Bitterness does not last.

M - Nothing remarkable, but not unpleasant. More carbonation may improve. Weak consistency.

O - Incomplete beer. Has some characteristics of a great beer, but inconsistent in some areas. Confused as to how recipe changes but naming convention remains the same. Not a good marketing strategy.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zesty, lemony hop aroma immediately hits you. The body is amber-orange and sports a foamy, sticky white head. Soft malt grains co-mingle with the a pronounced hop bitterness and some behind-the-scenes alcohol presence. Very soft, finely effervescent feel; medium-light body; dry finish.

A very tasting, rather unique feeling IPA. Well-balanced, nicely complex and well worth checking out.

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Photo of Kevin73
2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Release #65. Brewed April 2013, cracked July 2013. One of the worst beers I've ever tasted. The batch was relatively new, fresh, the bottle well handled and kept cool. Poured into a shaker pint.

The nose was straight up orange and grapefruit, strong, but not unusual, though not the complex aroma Epic claims. The taste, however, was like drinking pure hop water. Astringent, cough inducing. Epic writes, "Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops." The reality is that there isn't a hint of sweetness or malts to balance the hops bitterness. Any complexity that might be in there is utterly lost to the pallet destroying bitterness. Now, I'm a fan of long duration dry hopped IPAs, but there's still the need for balance. If you condition the beer for 2 weeks then you better have the sugar content to fortify that flavor. Unfortunately this one doesn't, and as a result it's been dry hopped to death.

It's important to note that the recipe for this beer isn't static. It changes from season to season or with malt and hops availability. That's why this beer has "Release #" associated with it. I have not tried other releases to see how they compare, but man! Avoid #65.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #67 with Mosaic hops only. Packaged on 6/4/13 - about 1.5 months old when opened.
Poured into a chalice. Substantial sediment in bottle.

Based on info on the EPIC website, not every release of Hopulent IPA is made the same, especially the release reviewed here. Release #67 uses Mosaic hops only – I now know that I am not a big fan of Mosaic. This beer is not a super hop-bomb by any means. Could use just a touch more sweetness to create a better balance with the hops. Great aroma. Hides it ABV well. A good beer but not complex.

A – Pours a cloudy amber (did not pour sediment) with an off-white rocky head that dissipates quickly to a marginal film, good lacing even with a poor head.

S – Citrus/grapefruit, slight sweetness, floral.

T – Starts smooth with a resinous pithy bitterness in the finish. Pale malts/crackers. Not fruity on the palate like the bottle describes.

MF – Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sort of chewy in the finish.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.