Hopulence American Double I.P.A. | Wormtown Brewery

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Hopulence American Double I.P.A.Hopulence American Double I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with an abundance of hops. Once we started hopping this beer stopping was impossible. Emphasizing Amarillo, Horizon, Summit, and Glacier hops with support from 5 other American varieties. Hops were added in every conceivable part of the brewing process. Whole leaf in the mash, hop forwarded (lautered through whole cones), hop backed, first wort hopped, kettle hopped with pellets and extract, and dry hopped in the fermenter and brite tanks. No expense was spared to bring you HOPULENCE!

120 IBU

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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 2012, obviously quite fresh (maybe a week or two).

A: A very cloudy orange pour with a big frothy tan head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving a nice patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Hop overload. I get pretty much the whole kitchen sink of hops. There's some pine, some resin and even some garlic/onion (Summit?) that you don't smell too often. Nice grapefruit in there too. Smells like a slightly weaker Devil Dancer. Almost too much to really get the individual aromas, it's pretty muddled.

T: Huh, not nearly as hoppy as the aroma. There is a nice bit of all of the hops mentioned in the aroma but it's dialed back to maybe APA level. There is very little bitterness too. 120+ IBU? No way, this is barely hoppier than an english pale ale. I am super confused. Don't get me wrong, it's actually fairly tasty but super mild.

M: Medium bodied, unremarkable. A little astringent.

O: What a strange brew. The text on the bottle talks about how they hopped it 19 billion times and it comes out like an easy drinking mild pale ale. Something must have gone wrong in the brewing process because this is nothing like it purports to be. It's a decent beer but not even close to being a DIPA or truly hoppy in any fashion.

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy apricot pour with a frothy 2 finger head that really stays put, leaves solid lacing in the Fiddlehead tulip.Fantastic looking unfiltered IIPA, great start.

Aroma is quite citrusy and hop forward, as this warms up, the grapefruit and orange tones become more prominent. There is a pine presence in the nose,slightly herbal as well.

Hopulence is one of those IIPAs that starts out tasty when it is cold, and becomes delicious as it warms up. The citrus and pine really come together, bright orange and grapefruit notes are really enjoyable. Pleasant bitterness rests at the back of the palate without ever becoming overbearing throughout the bomber.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, excellent carbonation.

Hopulence deserves a World Class rating more so than Wormtown's Be Hoppy IPA (which is a fine IPA by all standards) for my tastes. There is a complexity Hopulence exudes that commands respect, but much of that enjoyment occurs as it warms up, so be sure to take your time with this one. Bottled in February 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed in March 2014. Get a hold of this one if you can, this certainly does have the character of a small batch brew as the label suggests. Excellent IIPA, period.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would drink it again if it was offered, but would not buy a bottle myself given the abundance of better DIPA's on the market.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap, in a snifter, at Perrercorn's next to the brewery. Somebody added this beer to this website stating it is 100 I.B.U.'s but it is 120 I.B.U.'s and 8.5% A.B.V.

Brewed with an abundance of hops. Emphasizing Amarillo, Horizon, Summit, and Glacier hops with support from 5 other American varieties. Hops were added in every conceivable part of the brewing process. Whole leaf in the mash, hop forwarded (lautered through whole cones), hop backed, first wort hopped, kettle hopped with pellets and extract, and dry hopped in the fermenter and brite tanks.

I was expecting it to be overwhelming but it was pretty well balanced. Certainly citrusy, with a short lasting white head, it was your standard orange/copper color. The alcohol was well hidden and the body was more thin than I would have thought. But overall, a very good offering of the style.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaaaaBeers
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmellTheGluv
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, I cant find any freshness/bottling date info

Pours with a medium haze, darker orangey in color, leaves fine strands of lacing.

Large nose of resinous hops and ripe tropical fruit

Resiny and somewhat bitter IPA..trending towards an old school flavor profile...but I do get some oniony notes and ripe tropical fruit, making this a brew with a lot going on..complex, densly flavorful and quite enjoyable.....sturdy and broad shouldered IPA

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, medium carbonation, dark-copper in color, cloudy

Smell: citrus fruits, pineapple, pine

Taste: very citrusy: pineapple, and grapefruit blend well with a nice malty backbone. Touch of pine.

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter middle and end, moderate carbonation

Overall: Not as hoppy and bitter as I would have thought. This is actually a well balanced beer with a good deal of citrus taste. A good imperial IPA, but there are others I would turn to first.

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Photo of ccurrid
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of far333
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orangey honey colored and slightly hazed with a thick and frothy, lumpy head of white foam that settles out slowly, leaving thick sheets up the sides of the glass. Big aroma of grapefruit and tangerine, hints of pine.

Big citrusy flavors right upfront, grapefruit rind, pine tangerine, and orange pith. Citrus stays long and heavy on the pallet. Honey malt rides beneath, but the hops really dominate.

Even mouthfeel, slightly tannic, finishes tingly. Really good beer overall. Only criticism is that the use of many hop varieties and adding them at every possible step in the brew process creates an onslaught of hop power that can be a bit one-dimensional. But that onslaught can also be pretty tasty.

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Photo of HopAttack3
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of PaleAleFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of schinebd
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NYCDE
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hey! First review, bear with me.

Wormtown struck gold on this one. Picked it up in Somerville, MA at the great Downtown Wine and Spirits. (Home of a huge host of fantastic beers.)

Just popped it open.
The nose is just fantastic. Citrus, hops, and bright fruit on the nose.
Taste: Heavenly. Bright, acidic, hoppy, smooth, and bold on all parts of the tongue. The beer actually opened up like a wine as we drank it. It seemed to get smoother and smoother as we went.
It's got a ton of hop character, but is still an incredibly refreshing and easy to drink beer.

I loved it. I'll be on the look out for it again.

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Photo of seakayak
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbh26
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bugs318
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RAlmeida77
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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