Hopulent IPA | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
845 Ratings
Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

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!

Added by Wasatch on 05-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
845
Reviews:
179
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
150
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 845 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of argenti44
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow/tan straw color with a slight milky hue. Off white head that held and left a nice lace on the pilsner glass it was served in.

S: Pine and citrus are the most prevalent smell.

T: Initially a citrus flavor of grapefruit followed by a mild malt bready taste ending with a strong hoppy sticky pine flavor finish out the flavor profile.

M: Not too heavy but but full bodied with a mild warmth from the alcohol.

I loved this beer I want more. I had it with a great burger at Stout Burgers and Beer in Studio City, CA. One of the best beers I've had in quite a while. This beer is tasty and medium bodied with a great hop profile. Did not taste like the typical run of the mill IPA's being put out by every craft brewery. Hopulent IPA hit all the benchmarks for an excellent IPA. Run and get one you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ryangustafson
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a good beer by any standard, in regard to the qualities that force me to rate it "good" as opposed to "great," it can be left at a lingerer. Three minutes is far too long for the the overiding bitterness of the hops used in this brew. It's called aftertaste not tasteregret. Otherwise the enchanting citrus notes that greet the taster before a fullbodied, lightly sweet and deftly tingling tongue greet make this a beer easily enjoyed. However, whether or not you prefer this beer to other similar IPA will depend on your preference for grapefruit. In the same manner that an orange diverges from a grapefruit, the impressive ability of this beer's aftertaste makes it unique. For me it's a detraction, however for you, it might be a new, soon storied favorite.

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bishopgary
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a beer drinker who also grows/maintains his own hop vines and lives in the city where this is brewed, this review should be taken with a grain malt (oh I meant salt).

A: Pours golden with a hint of amber, nice foamy head that has a bit of staying power. Nice clarity, as well as noticeable effervescent carbonation. It may be hard for a light color beer to be exceptional in appearance.

S: Nice hop aroma, though not so hoppy that it overwhelms the slight hint of yeast. Grapefruit with some pine resin and almost a bit of pepper from time to time.

T: Bitter citrus upfront. Not quite as astringent as some Imperial IPAs. Light malty sweetness in the middle. I have not noticed a hot alcohol component in the taste profile. Definite citrus finish that makes this a great beer to have with a meal, especially something rich.

M: Above average, but not exceptional. Light to medium body. I like a bit more body to high hop beers. I like that they were able to produce a well hopped beer that does not feel like it it stripping all your tooth enamel.

D: Very good. Smooth enough, especially for its style, to encourage one to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Release #24, 8.7% Alc/Vol."
I wonder if whichever BA added Hopulent to the site was taking liberties, as the label itself claims this is "IPA / India Pale Ale." I'll judge it as such, despite the larger ABV.

Pours out a head of blinding white that sits atop a thoroughly hazy peach yellow/gold color. Gobs of sticky lace sticks its stickiness all over the place.

Aroma is good 'n' plenty, hops-wise, very clean but with very little indication of the malt element. Herbal, citrus-packed, very west coast-like.

Taste delivers the goods, not deviating from the impressions found in the aroma. Just a whole lot of citrus rind, with resiny hints, and the sweet/tart tango of unripe oranges and limes and other citrus fruits. And a bunch of pine on the tongue. A nice herbal twist comes in to add a little depth. All in all, quite West Coast-ish, if you know what I mean.

The mouthfeel does achieve an almost Double IPA-ish feel, in that it starts creamy and chewy...but that's tempered and even altered by caressing carbonation and the very bitter, nearly salty attack in the finish.

Sure, you could scream "needs more malt!" till you're blue in the face, but other beers do that and do it well...Hopulent delivers a straightforward blast o' hops for those that dig that sort of thing. As long as you don't judge this as a double IPA, you'll find this an enjoyable, bright, just plain terrific IPA experience. Nice job.

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Photo of stickyv
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome, as fresh and bitter and oily as an ipa can be. real expensive bottle at a pizza place in ogden, Utah really threw me off, but I couldn't pass this up. the pour is hazy golden orange in color, with a fluffy few inches of white head with outstanding retention and lacing. the nose is powerfully hoppy and bitter, freshly made, nuanced and sticky. the hops have both a floral and a pine component, and the IBUs on this bad boy just be 100 or more. the taste starts out oily hoppy, with no sweetness or residual sugar at all. the hops are so pungent and dank that they almost suck all the moisture off the tongue, its really quite profound to taste bitter hops from a big ipa on a dry mouth. some grassy malty notes too, middle of the spectrum in terms of color and body, but the hops are what this is all about. it is the essence of hops, as fresh as any ipa has gotten to the real thing, its like fresh picked ipa, unbeatable really. they alcohol is disguised well, and one could easily drink several bombers of this based on how crisp and interesting it is. I knew it would be good, but its even beyond my expectations. I just loved it. creamy texture but clean dry finish, nice combo for these flavors. epic is by far and away the best thing happening in beer in Utah these days, no contest.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #6,
8.0% abv.

A - Light golden, Lighter than I expected. Pretty hazy. Nice head, good retention and lacing.

S - Piney citrus on a rocket to my sinuses. Very fresh smelling. Strong hop presence.

T - They must have dialed down the sweetness on this release because it's very bitter. There's malt in there too, but the bitterness almost reminds me of ruination, just not quite as ruinous. The piney resinous qualities come through in the flavor, but I'm a total hop head, so this is delicious to me. The Malt flavors are in there, but they're playing rhythm to the hops' lead.

M - Nice carbonation, good body, maybe a tad on the heavy side.

D - This is a handful, and will be for most people. But, I love this style, and this is an excellent representation.

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Photo of Raime
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky burnt orange with a large off-white head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Tropical grapefruit and pineapple up front, followed by a moderate hit of maltiness and tangerines.

T - Follows suit pretty much down to the tee. Grapefruit and pineapple, instantly followed by the malts and tangerines. Somewhat bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O - Overall, I didn't expect too much outta this one but I was pleasantly surprised. A good IPA for the true hopheads out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 845 ratings.
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