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Hopulent IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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85
very good
177 Reviews
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
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
824
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
22.67%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
140
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 824
Photo of ArrogantB
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of batch #73 $5.99. This was brewed here in Denver and uses Mosaic hops. It smells like piss. Cat piss actually. No, it smells like a cat's litter box that has been pissed in because I also detected a hint of cat shit in the aroma. As you can guess this beer smells bad. Orange color, translucent mostly, good head. The aroma is just too much for me, made me not want to drink the beer. Flavor was ok but was more fruit than ammonia or cat pee. Overall, its good this beer is priced low because it just wasn't very good. No repeat purchases for me and my second let-down from Epic's new Denver brewery.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a IPA glass. Release #67 (recipe varies between batches). Mosaic hops. No date on bottle. 8.4% ABV.

A - Light head. Golden orange. Distinct lines of carbonation. Upon first pour, cloudy/translucent. Upon 2nd pour, looked like a snowglobe in my glass. Heavy sediment composed of large flakes. Don't mind unfiltered, but this was over the top. Nice lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Wow. Very fragrant. Top flight beer if judged on smell alone. Mango hits you in the nose followed by grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruit.

T - Bitterness up front. Other flavors less pronounced... grapefruit rind, lemon, and honey. Bitterness does not last.

M - Nothing remarkable, but not unpleasant. More carbonation may improve. Weak consistency.

O - Incomplete beer. Has some characteristics of a great beer, but inconsistent in some areas. Confused as to how recipe changes but naming convention remains the same. Not a good marketing strategy.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zesty, lemony hop aroma immediately hits you. The body is amber-orange and sports a foamy, sticky white head. Soft malt grains co-mingle with the a pronounced hop bitterness and some behind-the-scenes alcohol presence. Very soft, finely effervescent feel; medium-light body; dry finish.

A very tasting, rather unique feeling IPA. Well-balanced, nicely complex and well worth checking out.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle. Release #126 8.1% abv. Look is golden orange blend with foamy white head and spotty lacing. Smell cracker, grain, tropical, citrus fruit, pine, leaf and floral aromas. The taste is bread, dough, caramel, toffee, citrus, piney, and floral hop flavors. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of Kevin73
2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Release #65. Brewed April 2013, cracked July 2013. One of the worst beers I've ever tasted. The batch was relatively new, fresh, the bottle well handled and kept cool. Poured into a shaker pint.

The nose was straight up orange and grapefruit, strong, but not unusual, though not the complex aroma Epic claims. The taste, however, was like drinking pure hop water. Astringent, cough inducing. Epic writes, "Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops." The reality is that there isn't a hint of sweetness or malts to balance the hops bitterness. Any complexity that might be in there is utterly lost to the pallet destroying bitterness. Now, I'm a fan of long duration dry hopped IPAs, but there's still the need for balance. If you condition the beer for 2 weeks then you better have the sugar content to fortify that flavor. Unfortunately this one doesn't, and as a result it's been dry hopped to death.

It's important to note that the recipe for this beer isn't static. It changes from season to season or with malt and hops availability. That's why this beer has "Release #" associated with it. I have not tried other releases to see how they compare, but man! Avoid #65.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Release #67 with Mosaic hops only. Packaged on 6/4/13 - about 1.5 months old when opened.
Poured into a chalice. Substantial sediment in bottle.

Based on info on the EPIC website, not every release of Hopulent IPA is made the same, especially the release reviewed here. Release #67 uses Mosaic hops only – I now know that I am not a big fan of Mosaic. This beer is not a super hop-bomb by any means. Could use just a touch more sweetness to create a better balance with the hops. Great aroma. Hides it ABV well. A good beer but not complex.

A – Pours a cloudy amber (did not pour sediment) with an off-white rocky head that dissipates quickly to a marginal film, good lacing even with a poor head.

S – Citrus/grapefruit, slight sweetness, floral.

T – Starts smooth with a resinous pithy bitterness in the finish. Pale malts/crackers. Not fruity on the palate like the bottle describes.

MF – Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sort of chewy in the finish.

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Photo of t420o
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Epic Brewing Hopulent IPA

Release #61 - Single Hop with Mosaic Hops

I really feel the Mosaic hopped version should have its own listing here as it is quite different from the regular Hopulent in my opinion.

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger white head with good retention. Beer is slightly hazy and bright gold in color. Good lacing. 4.25

S- big hit of citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, orange zest. Also some earthy/dank qualities. Malt presence is very light letting the hops shine though like they should. 4.25

T- very tasty. Much like the nose, the citrus and dank oily hops are the most present. Malt is a little more prevalent in the taste providing a graham cracker presence. 4

M- slick mouthfeel. Lower range of medium carbonation and medium body. 4.25

O- an excellent IPA. Dank and delicious. 4

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Photo of drrone
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy amber/straw color that left an generous amount of lace around the top.

S- Smells great, hop hit with pine, grapefruit and mango.

T - Similar to nose, but those tropical fruits are balanced nicely with the hops. Resin with light bitter after taste. Very nice.

M- Easy to drink, light carbonation, light to medium body, boozey not overly so.

O- Nice job Epic, this is one of my favorite beers from them. It has a great hit of hops, that is balanced well with the citrus and tropical fruits. Worth trying. I'm glad I have regular access to this.

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

On-tap @ Library Alehouse.

A: Poured extremely hazy almost milky dark orange with half-inch white head which yields rings and spots.

N: Pefume of floral tropicals (mango, passionfruit), strawberries.

T: Floral and liquid perfume of tropical hops. Some malt for balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

O: Aroma on tap is wonderful. Very nice.

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Photo of dar482
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours out in a reddish copper color with floaties with a rocky head that leaves tons of lacing. It was packaged or bottled on 6/4/13 as it was batch #67. Go on the website to find out the date and malt/hops.

Pouring it out the bottle, I could already get punches of the aroma. The mosaic is killer on this. Mango, citrus, huge just dankness, floral. Almost that cat pee that hurts your nose, but in a good hoppy way. Lots of caramel sweetness as well. What an intriguing aroma. Not like many IPAs that I’ve smelled before.

The flvor however falls slightly flat. At first, nothing really jumps out at me. I get pine, a huge caramel sweetness. On the end, you get a good pine bitterness that lingers.

This has a really fantastic medium mouthfeel from the malt.

Personally, I sort of wanted to like this beer. My brother grabbed it from a recommendation from a store in LA. I’m glad it was super fresh at least. And hey, I definitely can’t get this beer in NY.

The most important thing is that the changing malt/hop bill is a brilliant idea. Cuisine has surely pushed towards that. Not only in California, but all over America and the world. You use the ingredients you have on hand and that are fresh and you make the best product you can. I love that philosophy.

In the end, despite the interesting aroma, the flavor falls a bit flat for me to really love this beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler fromFreeBridge.

Slightly hazy copper body, topped by three fingers of creamy white dense foam.

Aroma is mild grapefruit with a slice of bread. Rather neutral all told.

Solid semi-sweet foundation. A bit of juicy fruit. Bitter snap that lingers long.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, almost feels nitro.

Ah..nothing really bad but all rather bland. Why does this brewery warrant so much Jersey shelf space?

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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 BiereBlanche
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This batch is labelled "Mosaic"

Looks - Slightly haze deep orange, massive white head slowly falls to rocky patches and lots of lacing

Aroma - Moderate hop oil, notes of underripe mango, fresh grapefruit, background alcohol. subtle graininess

Flavor - Tropical fruit dominates, dried mango, mandarin orange, sweet peaches. resiny flavor and moderate bitterness, notes of citrus rind linger. Moderate honey and light bread.

MF - Super smooth, brain says drink it down! Medium-full body and clean but notable alcohol presense says take it slow. CO2 is a bit low.

Overall - a very accessible IIPA, with the right alcohol and gravities to be a sipper; the bitterness is low and smooth while the finish balances on the sweet end for style, but the hop character for this batch is pleasant and dominant, if not absurd. A nice, big, hop-heavy beer for IIPA new-comers.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 22oz bottle of Epic's Hopulent IPA from my local discount merchant and was not disappointed.

Poured a 2 finger off white head with a cloudy golden orange color. Lots of thick lacing.

Aromas of citrus, pine, and hops dominate. Very pungent.

My taste buds picked out hop induced spiciness with citrus and some malt with piney overtones in the background.

Mouth feel had medium body that was smooth and thick with a bitter but clean finish with light carbonation.

Overall I think this is an above average example of the American Double / Imperial IPA style. However that are a number of other choices that have better profiles overall.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
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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Photo of Chaney
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Release #59

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured a beautiful, bright orange color, extremely murky (yah for unfiltered!) and about a finger or so frothy white head that had tremendous staying power.

S: Fresh, clean linen, along with some orange juice, Pixie Stick dust, and a good bit of melted lollipop.

T: Kinda boozy but not too bad, however, the flavor was a bit off. I would have preferred a bit more grapefruit burn and less raw bitterness.

M: The sweetness was kept in check and the bitterness was teetering on the verge of being offensive, but not quite. Lotsa lacing.

O: There wasn't much wrong with this, but overall it wasn't memorable.

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Photo of KillahB
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm drinking a batch that was bottled in October and it is now March, and I do think that this has had a negative effect on the beer.

Smells great. Really great. Very promising.

Taste is a little disappointing at first -- an unexpected alcohol kick covers the hops that I smelled. Bitter, boozy. I think this is because of the age. The hops mellowed, unfortunately.

Luckily the deeper I get into it the better it gets. Bitterness subsides and a smoother, purer hop flavor comes through.

If you find this one fresh, try it. Great for the price. If you find it old, try it anyway, and then you'll definitely want to try it fresh.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale and hazy orange. One finger white head with some extreme retention and lacing. Very nice.

Aroma: Big dose of hops. Orange, and grapefruit citrus zest. Grass, and some pine. Hint of sweet bready malt.

Taste: Citrus zest and pine resiny hop bitterness. Wet hop oil. Decent hop bomb with only a hint of some sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Wet, juicy bitter hops coat the palate. Oily mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, soft carbonation. Bitterness actually doesn't linger all that long.

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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 Rizalini
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle, release #59, into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a semi- hazy golden/crimson color, with 1 finger of off white-head that leaves some nice lace rings as I sip.

S - Has some earthy hops when I really get in there. When I take a second smell, I get some grapefruit. Nothing huge and in your face, just kinda sublte. Nice, but not Woah!

T/M - The taste is a little more hop forward than the smell. The taste leans more towards the citrus hop, the middle opens up with some honey flavored caramel malt. A nice hop aftertaste stays on the palate. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - It's a good, solid DIPA, not great. The one thing that's holding me back from calling this great is the aroma. I don't think I should have to struggle to get a big hop aroma. So in conclusion, really good DIPA, not great.

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

A: Poured a hazy peachish color with a frothy, white cap with some staying power. Lacing and bubbles present after a few sips

S: Nice. All over the place with pine, orange peel, grapefruit and some passion fruits

T: Initial grapefruit, with some pine needles and a bready malt bill and somewhat bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, loads of flavor, not overly bitter a nit sweet and well carbonated

O: This was my first offering from this brewery and I dug it. I would drink again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer has a decent hoppy aroma, kind of earthy. The taste of the beer starts out malty with a rush of hop bitterness in the finish. Very modest IPA, quite sessionable. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, easy going and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is decent. Not the best IPA out there but still not a bad brew.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nitro pour @ Bar Gernika Boise ID. Served in a tulip snifter.

A: Attractive hazy orange colored body, with great head from the nitro and epic rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Muted at first, but there is a decent amount of tropical fruit and orange character buried along with some sweeter malt notes, possibly caramel.

T: Floral sensation of overripe fruit; peach, mango, tropical fruit, some orange/orange peel, some caramel in a malty backbone that shines through the hops. Bitterness is low for a DIPA.

MF: Smooth body, lower carbonation but creamy from the nitro. Tough to judge the heft with the nitro but its fairly medium bodied. No alcohol detected.

O: A more balanced offering for a hop-forward beer. Definitely decent, but not really memorable.

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Photo of Perfero
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've only ever had this beer on nitro (it's the "go to" nitro tap at Bru Grill & Market in Lake Forest) and it's been exceptional in that format. Very creamy mouthfeel with a well balanced bitterness. When served on nitro, this is definitely an above average beer.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Beers of Europe, England poured into a tulip;
A-Pours a bright orange and topped by a small, bubbly off white head of foam that settles quickly and leaves spots of lace on the glass.
A-The aroma is very fresh showing notes of bitter grapefruit and orange hops along with dank, grassy characters.
S-The base is made up of toffee malts which adds a touch of sweetness, but the hops are the driving force.
T-The flavor follows suit and is dominated by the grassy and citrus hops bitterness, which adds a nice dryness to the mouthfeel. Some cereal grains and the toffee malt add balance, but the hops are still the dominating factor.
M-Medium bodied, crisp, and dry on the palate with ample carbonation that finishes clean and refreshing.
O-This is a nice, easy drinking IPA, but falls short of upper ecehlon DIPA’s to me.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 824 ratings.
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