Hopulent IPA
Epic Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,118
Ranked #23,349
3.84 | pDev: 10.16%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big strong beer out of Utah, on nitro tap at PreFunk. Pours out ultra creamy and thick, hop aroma much more subdued than the taste, which brings a blast of hops and malt. Lingering hoppy bitterness. Excellent!

Jan 08, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly tasty IPA sampled on tap at local gastropub. Looks absolutely incredible - golden color with a touch of haze, and then just beautiful rings of lingering lacing that stayed forever. I should have taken a photo of these rings, just breathtaking. Smells of some nice fruity zest hops - orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango - as well as some weaker malt, vanilla, bread, caramel and floral hops. Taste follows the nose, nice balance and good depth. Nice small hit of bitter hoppiness at the end. Smooth, mild, slightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel, great amount of carbonation. An excellent beer from an always-solid brewery.

Aug 25, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

First pour from the keg, nitro tap. A nice amber color with a thick and creamy head. I was expecting a stronger aroma but the hop is good. A different taste for an IPA. Not sure this is for me. It has a creamy texture and the mouthfeel is good. Overall I am disappointed. I thought this was going to be a stupendous beer but the taste put me off. Epic is usually fantastic. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

Aug 15, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Industry Public House with Leah on our one night escapade thanks to Beth. Nice solid hoppy imperial. Smooth mouth feel. It bursts as Leah says!

Apr 16, 2019
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bobhits from Kentucky

2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

In a world of wonderful IPA's Epic Brewing releases a pretty below average IPA and brags about it.

Sweat, malty, caramel forward with a nice citrus hop note.

The taste is much the same, sweat forward with good crisp hops that aren't balancing the malt.

The feel is heavy but at 8.4 in an IPA I guess you have to accept that.

I increasingly in a market flooded with IPA's feel you have to really nail it to be worth of even a 3. This one falls short. I can't recommend this unless pretty much free.

Aug 01, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into snifter.
A: Pours a clear orange...takes a bit to clear after pouring which is nice. 1 inch thick foamy head with impressive persistence and lingering lacing.
S: Nice strong citrus hop aromas of orange, tangerine, and sweet grapefruit with hints of mango and pine. Hint of sweet caramel malt too.
T: Soft orange, mango, tangerine, and pine with a softly sweet caramel malt backbone.
M: Soft and creamy feel. Sweet citrus and (milder) caramel malt. Some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.
D: Very nice hoppy IPA with excellent balance and feel. Nicely sessionable with good hop complexity. Give it a go!

Mar 11, 2018
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yardkl from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time having this IPA was in Las Vegas at the yard house. The bar actually hooked it up to a nitro tap and I fell in love. I had this nitro version right after a 90 minute and actually preferred this. A few month later I had Business trip to salt lake and visited epic brewery only to find out that this IPA is actually not a nitro. I was a bit disappointed, but it is still a fantastic carbonated IPA. One of my favorites. Highly recommended.

Nov 26, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(release 156)
A truly pale ale, small amount of head
Smells like spicy hops and alcohol
Taste is of bitter hops and spicy hops balanced with a definitive alcohol twang (this batch is 10%)
Overall as a hop head I recommend this beer highly

Sep 08, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy in color with a bubbly tan froth.

Big grapefruit, other fruit peel and some herb aroma-wise.

Tastes of more grapefruit and orange zest (fruit>bitterness) with piney hops opening up toward the finish.

Light to medium in body with little alcohol noticed.

Thoroughly enjoying all the Epic beers I can get my hands on while road-tripping Utah. Also realizing how truly desolate a beer wasteland the state would be without its local brews.

Jun 18, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/18/2017 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a hearty malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild for the style but provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent 2IPA to drink for a while.

Mar 18, 2017
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D9sus4 from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried it from a Nitro pushed tap tonight for the first time. Hazy, from the nitro probably, not much of a nose, but a good little IPA. Not too much of anything, felt like I was drinking a hoppy Bodington's pub ale.
I would definitely recommend it if you do not like grapefruit tasting IPAs. Great mouth feel, creamy, and I couldn't taste the 8.8% ABV

Feb 28, 2017
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at WoB' and they put a nitro spin..."very nice"! Hopulent is a big hop-bomb! Dank, dry, resinous with just the right amount of malt to hold it all together! Delicious!!

Mar 06, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden orange color with a one finger head of nitro driven foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of an herb and grassy hop smell along with some aromas of citrus and bread. Mixed in with these aromas comes a little bit of grain and yeast, producing a rather inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather nice smooth bready and slightly doughy flavor mixed with notes of an earthy hop and a bit of herb. As the taste advances the earth and herb grow slightly stronger and then maintain a presence to the end of the taste. Along with these hops comes some lighter citrus hop flavors of a citrus nature as well as some tropical fruit sweetness. With a little bit of grain and some yeast coming at the very end, one is left with a rather nice and smooth bready and hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and thick due to the nitro pour of the brew. For the malty tastes the feel was rather nice with the creaminess actually accentuating nicely the mix of hops and malt that are present in the brew.

Overall –This was a rather tasty IPA overall. I had a nice feel, hop profile and malt bill. I enjoyed this one overall. I have to search this one out on non-nitro to see what it is like with normal carbo.

Mar 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange pour with almost an inch of white head. Aroma was just kind of c hop, non aroma hops.

Taste was a lot of bitterness, grapefruit and barely there pine. Chewy crystal malt, everyone's had it. Pass it around. Alcohol pronounced. Too expensive in bomber format.

Feb 29, 2016
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wuthrichj15 from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty hazy and orange with a small white head. Hoppy on the nose, tropical fruits, and maybe a bit of caramel??. Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel and is easy to drink.

Feb 15, 2016
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phishgator from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#130, poured into a wide mouth goblet. Nice big foamy white head that has lacey frothy bubbles of carbonation. The bright golden, hazy hue is a beautiful color, I would liken it to a bright sunny day! The aroma is earthy and grassy. The taste is bold and spicy. The body seems to have a good amount of sugars still dancing around. This is an unfiltered DIPA.

Feb 04, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release # 123. According to their website, this was packed on 4/13/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and orange in color with an off-white, rocky 2 finger width head. Good retention. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Lacing is strong, displaying broken sheets and streaks with a few spots here and there.

Smell - Floral hop aroma. Faint caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral character with a touch of spice and a mild caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick, velvety texture makes this a very nice drinker.

Overall - They put a release # on their bottle but not a freshness date? Frustrating. Had I known this was 8 months old I'd have passed, but I'm not about to jump on their website whilst at the store to find out when it was brewed. It's still decent as is, but... grr! I'd love to try it fresh, because I'm sure it's better than what I'm drinking now.

Jan 03, 2016
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber of the Hopulent IPA (good name, surprised no other brewery had yet used that one) at the Central Market on Broadway today. Interestingly, the bottle says 8.8% ABV, but this site has it listed at 8.40%. No big deal, just curious. Maybe a slightly new recipe? Listed as Release # 118.

Poured into a snifter, Hopulent is a pretty golden amber color with a slim one-finger head. Some lace as the beer recedes. NIce looking but nothing special. The nose is quite nice, though, with sweet pine notes and faint citrus and other tropical scents. Funky muted herbal notes in the nose as well. The taste is very sweet, overly malty in my opinion for an IPA. The sweet pine that I smelled drifted away in the taste and it's overwhelmed by malty sweetness. It's okay, but not a great tasting IPA in my opinion. Mouthfeel is full and chewy.

Not my favorite IPA in the world here. I might revisit the brewery, but this is an underwhelming beer. Too sweet. Not crisp enough anywhere. It misses out on the boldness of the American DIPA style but doesn't make up for that anywhere else. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

Nov 07, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see some typical Yankee craft beer specialties from this Beehive State brewery arriving all the way up here in Northern Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar tightly webbed lace around the glass as it lazily sinks from sight.

It smells of crackery, grainy pale malt, a certain white chalky flintiness, muddled, if pleasantly so, domestic and tropical citrus fruit, and further piney, leafy, and somewhat perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, still mixed and genial citrus fruit rind, a lessened hard water stoniness, and more punchy leafy, piney, and floral hoppiness, with the elevated ABV doing well to mind its own bidness.

The carbonation is light and fluffy in its mostly engaging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, these not being the hops you're looking for, apparently. It finishes well off-dry, the bready and grainy, pale and caramelized malts exhibiting the most staying power here.

A more or less pleasant and endearing version of the style, nothing really amiss, and lots of well-rounded flavours abounding, not to mention the hard to really discern, north of 16-proof booze. Worthy of a go, if you find yourself in the northern segment of the Four Corner member states, or I guess, in my case, nowhere fucking (sorry, my good Mormons) near.

Sep 22, 2015
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JohnyP32 from California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beauty shop. The golden liquid is lightly toned with orange and the beautiful white head puffed up just right and showed great retention.

Smell - This has a righteous hop bouquet and is perfectly balanced with pine, herbs, and a wonderful juicy orange citrus. The malts though are largely absent.

Taste - The grain comes out more in the taste. It is a bit rough around the edges but still quite pleasant. The hops flavor is just as good at the tongue as it was on the nose. The citrus that I enjoyed so much at the smell comes on even a bit more at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied but just barely with some light carbonation and a good amount of bitterness.

Drinkability - This is an easy-going ale. If it really is a double it's borderline though, but classifications aside it is quite enjoyable

Aug 20, 2015
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Mikey55 from California

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - frothy off-white head leaves a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass. Body is golden and crystal clear; sometimes there's some particulate yeast but not this time.
S - zesty lemon and grapefruit, but it's a rather mild nose. A fresher bottle might have helped here
T - a bit tart and very bitter with lemon and grapefruit zest controlling the palate. Malt is mild and more like pilsner than anything. Some grassy and piny hops and a very slight herbal aspect in there as well
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious and refreshing. One of the best year round IPAs out there.

Aug 19, 2015
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basildog from California

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

Aug 18, 2015
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DaveDay5 from California

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Clear, golden 1/2 inch head, little retention, minimal lacing

S-Floral, fruity hops.......Mango, papaya, melon

T-Follows the nose, sweet malts, fruity, floral hops.........slight bitterness in the finish

M-Lite to medium body, mild carbonation, chewy

O-Great hop flavor, very drinkable, good balance

Aug 18, 2015
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rickrem from California

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchase in Utah. Release # 116
Poured a hazy burnt orange, small off white head that quickly dissipated leaving lacing that recedes fairly quick.
Smell is slight hedging towards earthy / danky. Some pine and caramel.
Feel is mildly carbonated with a bit of creaminess to it.
Decent taste, plenty bitter, mostly piney, earthy, slight citrus with very little alcohol coming through.

Aug 04, 2015
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro and gave it a very unique, to me, feel and flavor profile. The bitterness and smooth nitro make it almost a dry Hopped cream ale. Really tasty and good.

Jul 25, 2015
Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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