Hopulent IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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!

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Photo of D9sus4
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of phishgator
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnyP32
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of Mikey55
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of basildog
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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

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Photo of rickrem
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with plenty of foam that lasts and does well with the lacing.

The smell is is a mix of caramel malt and grain with the hops well represent by pine.

Even Steven on the first few sips between the malt and hops but I notice the alcohol kick more. The malt is sweet but also has a grain like character to it. The hops have pine but to me, it has more of an aspirin like bitterness.

Close to full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is decent but a rather difficult beer to drink not only taste wise but because the alcohol is intrusive. I am not likely to revisit.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On Nitro: Served up a hazy orange, with half finger head, settled into thin cap, nice lacing. Lighter pine and citrus hop aroma, not much else...certainly not what was expected from a DIPA. The beer had a strong pine hop taste...Almost too much pine for my taste. The hops are so overwhelming I can't taste anything else. The beer had a heavier feel, extremely smooth, very bitter aftertaste.

Overall, maybe slightly better than average DIPA.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found a bomber on the shelf at my local Trig's. No bottled on date, but it has a release # of 112 and a DEN# 2139 (which means very little to me). Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours extremely hazy--lots of particulate in this one. Because it's so opaque, it's hard to pin down a single color for this one. It's probably best described as a copper rust color (though it's a very pale copper at the edges). About three-quarters-of-an-inch of off-white head falls fairly quickly, but there's good cling. Plenty of visible carbonation, despite the haziness of this one.

S: Not much of a bouquet on this. There's bread and caramel malt notes, with just a suggestion of pine/earthy hops in the mix.

T: There's sweetbread malt notes at the front which immediately begin vying with the hops for attention. The hops flavors at the front are earthy and robust--a bit more piney/resinous than funky. Clear alcohol emerges in the middle, mingling with the sweetness of the malts. The back end is hops and booze all the way: lots of resinous hop flavor mingling with a lingering clear alcohol. A bit more boozy than I'd like, but the overall taste is enjoyable.

F: This one is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. It's creamy, effervescent, and sticky in turns. Though not overly syrupy, the bitter sticks to the palate quite well.

O: I'm happy I picked this one up. It's by no means a world-class DIPA, but it definitely isn't afraid to bring big, bold hop flavor. I noticed how others have mentioned this as being too sweet from the malts, but I felt that the balance was just fine. My only gripe, if anything, was that it didn't hide its ABV very effectively. Otherwise, I definitely recommend picking one of these up.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's cool that this beer changes with the seasons/available ingredients, but the version I had was a little disappointing. Certainly hoppy, but with an overpowering malt sweetness that I find masks the nuances of this beer. Feels heavy (after all, it is a DIPA), but better examples of the style like Ballast Point Dorado or New Glarus' Scream seem to hide their heft, making for a more drinkable beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A visual joy in the glass, just a touch hazy with orange and tan color, a real nice off-white head that lasted and lasted and left sticky lace.

Hopulent is a good name for it. It's hoppy. But it's pretty balanced (as much as possible, since"balanced" is an oxymoron when it comes to IPAs). The description says it will change with different batches with different malt profiles and hops. I like that. Since this beer is a tasty one, I'd like to try different versions of it and see what they come up with. Good job on this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy tea tinted gold under a 2” foam collar composed of uniform, fine bubbles that cling to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Citrus and grapefruit, some earthiness.
T: Fruity palate with citrus, apricot, grapefruit, light caramel, biscuit, gives way to a big grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Creamy smooth, medium to a touch above on the body, medium carbonation, slight astringency from the hops on the finish.
O: A big, bold double IPA with everything dialed up to 11.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citra hops. L: golden, almost orange. S: a bit delicate, Citra. T: Citra, sweet, orange marmalade, bitter finish. F: medium heavy body for an ipa; would prefer a drier finish. O: good display of Citra, but sweeter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at Ashley's Westland in pint glass. Thick, creamy white head present throughout session with tons of thick lacing. Orange hue, smell of floral pine, some citrus. Taste follows. Nice DIPA, no bitterness and very well balanced.

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Photo of BigBry
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro tap pint at Yard House in Glendale.
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a tight head. Great retention, thick lace lines coat the glass.
Lots of citrus smells, grapefruit, lemon, herbal hops.
Taste is of a solid IPA, citrus fruit, hop bitterness at the end. Good flavor with out being too sharply bitter.
Nitro gives a lower level of carbonation, smooth and creamy.
Overall, a solid DIPA, alcohol is hidden behind the hops, but still easy to drink.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. A light amber hazy IPA with a white one finger head that subsides quickly.

S. Sweet malts fill the nose. Almost a candied fruit smell also. Smells like it will be pretty sweet. Smells like dehydrated dates.

T. Though the beer is self proclaimed hopulent. I think I'm getting more sweet caramel malts. I do get some fruity raisin like flavor. Very little bitterness. Finishes pretty clean.

M. Medium mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. I'd really like more suds.

O. I don't think it agrees with the name flavor wise but it is a good flavored beer. Could use some more bitterness. But I can't get passed the mouthfeel on this one. With some more carbonation I would have it rated higher.

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Photo of hophugger
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We'll keep this review simple........................Amazing, crunchy head with the most awesome lacing. Aroma is of light hops and some citrus. Ok, here goes, taste is Big hops, pine and grapefruit, grapefruit rind. Fine, Fine, Fine IPA, balanced well and any hop lovers dream !!!!!!!

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