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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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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #42, 8.1% ABV.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange brown color. Three fingers of white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Mix of herbal, piney, and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange are the strongest components. Light caramel with bready malts and yeastiness.

4.0 T: Again, herbal, piney, and citrusy hop taste. Pine, grapefruit, and orange again dominate. There is also a light sugariness. Caramel, bready malts, and moderate bitterness and yeastiness. The sugariness really brings everything together.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. A little too chewy for my tastes though, which is often the case with unfiltered IPAs.

4.0 D: Epic keeps putting out some great brews. That's all I have to say.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:21:29 | More by DavoleBomb
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold bitter hops. Pine cones, white grapefruit, caramel syrup. Moderate pale malt adds a grainy aroma. Somewhere between Bell's Hopslam and Russian River's Pliny the Elder. Some spicy black pepper and alcohol, which smells a bit hot.

Appearance: Tons of loose sediment at the bottom of the 22 ounce bottle prior to opening... need to be careful with this one. The pour develops a medium height head which is off-white in color with a touch orange. Great retention and some of the thickest lacing I've every seen (from any style). The brew is deep but bold orange. Very hazy. Less the foam it looks like a glass of apricot juice.

Taste: A bit different. Lots of spicy pepper and alcohol. Moderate to high orange peel and a bit of lemon, which is still strong when compared to the hops. The piney hop flavor blends with the hops a bit to seem like "hot" alcohol. The pale malt is there but hiding in the background.

Let it warm up a bit more than usual for an IPA... The alcohol is still there, although the orange peel lightens up and a few other flavors come out, very subtle chocolate and yeast. The mouthfeel is much more oily and finishes just barely dry, if at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, quite thick. Carbonation is very drying. Finishes very dry. Again the alcohol is warming, a bit hot.

Overall: Different, but a good "strong" beer. A little extra with the high spice, orange peel, and mildly hot booze which isn't exactly overly harsh. The taste and mouthfeel both improved once I let warm up past typical drinking temperature.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:00:23 | More by soulfly1492
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david131

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, luminescent orange with a thick and creamy off white head. Looks pretty nice.

S- Caramel, pine, mint, citrus, and grass. My first impression is that it is rather simple, but there is definitely some more to it.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the caramel and mint. Interesting and tasty.

M- Bitter and slightly oily. The lasting bitterness is about right for the style. There is a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Not really a stand out for the style. Still it is tasty and definitely not something I would pass up.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 04:09:34 | More by david131
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Epic Hopulent IPA. India Pale Ale. Elevated Series. Release #37, 8.2 % ALC./Vol.

Opaque appearance, peach/apricot hue, smallish wheat head, leaves lace and lots of tiny bubbles. Nice.

Aroma: classic American IPA nose, Cascade and then some, citrus and pine, plus peach and so forth. Getting more prickly, and pleasant, the more I drink it in through the nostrils. Just right.

Taste: Mmm, mmm, mmm. Almost perfect. Tons of pine and citrus, with the merest malt, providing a plump pillow. Hitting all the marks, plucking all the strings, striking all the notes. Nothing too over the top in bitterness, not too heavy, not too lean. Not too high in alcohol, either, though it is on the strong side. Very palatable, very approachable, easy to please for the experienced hop-o-phile. Plenty of pure hop flavor, here, gets a touch astringent, but not too much of anything I can't handle. Gets increasingly bitter and pungent, but, again, that's right up my alley.

Let us now put to rest the notion that there is no good beer coming out of Utah. Eventually, that will be claimed for all 50 States, just you wait and see.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:12:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HOPULENCE, I HAS IT!!! Purchased at Bruery Provisions.

Nice orange pour, good 5/8" head on it, not much for retention though. Aroma, not a huge dry hop aroma, its there, but nothing to write home of really. A bitter piney existence.

Taste, damn, mostly bittersweet, nothing like the green lush hop mouthfeels you hope for, especially when you get pine initially. Pine turns to copper throughout the drinking experience. Chewy malt mouthfeel. Sticky at times. Alcohol plenty noticeable. There's some sweet, but it comes nowhere near the prominence of the bitterness. I prefer less malt, sweet, bitter and more of a lighter body and more hop exposure.

Would not buy again given the $8ish price at Provisions.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:18:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the ever evolving Elevated Series from Epic Brewing...

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing pours a hazy, pale orange with a solid white head and BIG lace. Restrained hop notes, mostly grapefruit and pine, mixes with a slight woodiness and some toasty aromas. Toasted malt flavors quickly slide into grapefruit, orange, and pine resiny flavors, sweet too. Moderately carbonated, Hopulent had a full body that was easy to drink for a DIPA. We like the idea of tweaking a recipe constantly, only wish we could follow it closer.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 01:54:05 | More by phishsihq
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Release #37. The beer was hazy and amber in color. The cream colored rocky head left ladders of sticky lace rings in the glass. a solid cap remained throughout.

The smell was of crisp fall leaves, pine needles, and tropical fruit, There was a mild alcohol aroma too.

The taste was intensely citrusy. Pithy bitterness and candied fruit sweetness. Fresh and flavorful!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation in the body.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 13:46:07 | More by Cresant
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, impressive head

SMELL: Hop oil, spice, floral, papaya, pineapple, fresh hops, green tea, bready malt, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, bitey, spice, soft bitterness, hop oil, pipe tobacco, herbal, citric zest, birch sap, earthy, grainy, alcohol, tropical fruit, bread crust

Obviously smacks of hops, flavor over bitterness. The flavor, however, scrapes the palate as hard as it can with a plethora of complexities that open up with each sip. A killer, palate devastation is inevitable which is a great thing for any true hophead.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:48:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearace – This is a gorgeous, very think light-colored orange and extremely murky with a huge, shaving cream head that literally left clumps on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The big citrus notes are surprisingly balanced by some lighter pine which is usually overdone. There’s also a nice biscuit aroma that mates well with the hops.

Taste – The hops come out even stronger at the taste. This is nice as DIPAs often smell big but don’t deliver. The biscuit from the nose did retreat a bit so it’s not as balanced at the taste as it is at the nose

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, well above medium-bodied, with a strong bitterness that will be too harsh for most.

Drinkability – This is a big beer that requires your full and undivided attention. It goes down well for such a big beer but you’ll want to take your time with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:08:27 | More by RoyalT
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, label says "Batch #37", no date. But their website says brewed on January 25, 2012.

appears cloudy hazy dark straw color. creamy thick white head. lacing is great and head retention is good. all hop aroma, earthy and floral. similar flavors in taste, just a touch of malt. moderate carbonation, medium body, drinks nice.

overall, a decent beer, maybe half way between an IPA and DIPA?

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:55:48 | More by jmdrpi
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of their Elevated Release series #38 weighing in at 8.3% abv. Pours a clouded copper orange color with a light tan head forming thick with evenly dispersed lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma has citric hop notes with evenly layers of biscuit dough and outright bready tones. The nose is great full of a citrus hop quality with some yeast bread notes, slightly nutty. Layered sweetness and hops forms a nice DIPA, really quality citrus rinds and hop bitterness blended with big bready malt qualities. A bit of alcohol flavor peaks through with malt sweetness, and hop bitterness roaring yet it's balanced at the end of the day. Overall not a bad DIPA and it may change yoru perception of beer from Utah.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:24:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pine and orange hop aromas with a little bit of sweaty character.

T - Spicy notes of pine and oniony hops up front with a touch of sweet malt. Some toffee and more pine flavor in the middle with a sweet finish of bready malt and sharp, citrus hops with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the hop character is quite nice and the malt is balancing but not so dense that it interferes with the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:23:45 | More by nickfl
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy hop orange and feature some nice lacing and good retention.

The aroma is initially a blast of pine and a hefty amount of caramel. It has some mild floral notes as well.

The taste is a bit less refined than the aroma would have suggested, although it still tastes very nice. It lacks a certain clarity or cleanliness that many DIPAs are known for, but delivers a nice bitterness which is more of what I look for. It comes across as quite drinkable while not being weak as well. It's a very decent DIPA, but it doesn't really seem like anything new. The caramel malt seems a bit less sweet than in many DIPAs which is a nice touch, but it does seem to blur the hops a bit more. There's still a ton of pine to the aftertaste.

The body is medium in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is mildly sticky and mildy dry.

Overall, this was a decent DIPA and it was worth the price. For a pine & caramel DIPA it was pretty well done and considerably clean tasting for the hop and malt bill. I'm glad I opted to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:48:25 | More by BBP
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lynchmob9

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pairing w/ applewood smoked ribs & jalapeño slaw.
A - light orange, almost caramel. Light head. Fairly cloudy.
S - ought citrus. Like smelling outside of unpeeled or sliced grapefruit. Little dusty.
T - like it. Lighter IPA but good. Reminds me of shot of espresso with honey & raw sugar. Starbucks needs to replicate.
O - like it. Okay start, good finish, great pairing w/ my food.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 04:02:09 | More by lynchmob9
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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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quaybr

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer. A light, bubbly foam sits atop a clear, burnt-orange ale.

Smells of floral hops and biscuit. Subtle notes of toffee.

Taste follows aroma: biscuity malt dominates the tongue with a bitter finish comprised of grassy hops. The finish becomes less clean and more stick, unrefreshing as the beer warms.

Body is particularly light for a DIPA. This ale moves too quickly across the palate.

This was a good beer, but I won't get it again. Not well balanced between hops and malts. Had this been a bit more chewy it might pass relatively well as an english IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 06:45:06 | More by quaybr
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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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