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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 Taybeh
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

From a bomber into a Tallgrass tulip
A: pale apricot color, huge head, some bubbles
S: grapefruit and lots of it, together with some floral notes and pale bready malt and a little caramel sweetness.
T: what one would expect from the nose. hops dominate here, and are a little one-note to me, when compared with the best in style. i like the balance between bitterness and sweetness, though, and there is some nice zest that comes with the citrus flavors.
M: smooth, medium body, carbonation seems moderate which is about right. Dries out toward the end, with a nice lingering bittersweetness.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather hazy orange color. The tall, orange-tinted head has a densely frothy, rocky texture. Retention is good, and a nice load of lacing deposits onto the glass almost immediately.

S: A freshly American DIPA nose, with floral, piney, and citric/tropical (grapefruit and orange) notes. Light caramel and sugar cookie maltiness. Alcohol is noticeable, contributing a light harshness that might enhance or detract from the overall impression of this beer.

T: Sugar cookies drizzled with light caramel up front. Lightly biscuity as well. Hop bitterness is firm, but not overly aggressive for the style. Hop flavors are piney/resinous, citric, and lightly tropical, which makes sense given the hop bill (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Columbus). Alcohol adds a bit of spiciness/heat into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is a bit lighter than average. Hop bitterness contributes some moderate dryness, but less so than many other examples of this style. Alcohol is noticeable but not a negative.

D: This is a good DIPA. I'm generally a fan of these hops and the flavors they contribute. I think this would be more enjoyable if it were slightly less sweet and/or a bit more bitter. It's a big IPA, but the bitterness isn't over the top as you might expect from the style. I was surprised to see a beer from Utah show up around here, but this is a worthwhile brew.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22 oz bomber at a recent Epic Ohio release party at Lizardville in Bedford. Had the Spiral Jetty on tap during that event, and am curious to see how it stacks up against the much stronger Hopulent.

An examination of the bottle reveals a fair amount of sediment in the bottle, which always makes me a bit nervous when that bottle in an IPA, as it could be an indication of over-aging. The bottle has no bottled on date, but does state it was part of Release #23.

Poured into a tulip glass, this has a cloudy honey color with a three finger head that ever-so-slowly reduces with loads of lacing.

The aroma is of rich resinous hops, buttery malt, and pine. Mild citrus is present as well, but not in great amounts.

Starts with plenty of thick hops, resinous, vinous and bitter. Plenty of pine, with a bitter that starts, tunes down, and then crescendos as it finishes. More citrus in the smell than the taste, this is a quite tasty brew.

Medium to full bodied, with plenty of bitter and dry finish, this is a nice slow sipper.

After having this and the Spiral Jetty, I definitely find this to be more up my alley. Tasty, bitter, and enjoyable, this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reposting review from hacked account (jmkratt) :(

Picked up a bottle of this at a store in Fort Collins today. However, it was the last bottle on the shelf and I can't read or tell if there are any markings or dates. I am new to Epic brews but can't make anything out. The sticker on the shelf had an extremely high rating and the bottle was decently priced so I picked it up.

Poured from the bomber to a pint glass. It pours a very hazy gold with a 1 finger white bubbly foam head. Some retention and lacing. There is quite a bit of sediment floating around, perhaps this is an old bottle? The aroma is very bread/biscuit flavored. The bread dominates the nose not hops, not what I would look for in a DIPA. Again, perhaps this is an old bottle and as such the hop flavor has deteriorated? The flavor mimicks the nose, little hop character and a lot of malt and bread. If anything the the mouthfeel is the best attribute, nice and full bodied and coats the palette.

Overall to say I was disappointed is an understatement. I am willing to chalk this up to an old bottle I just wish I could confirm that :(

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-21-2011 04:23:42

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Photo of rapidsequence
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $5.99 from Beer Run. Release 10, which according to the website is Nov 2010.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Really nice head with exceptional retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Muted citrus hops and grainy malt.

Taste: Again, muted. There is some nice tropical fruit hops flavor and restrained bitterness. Malt provides a sweet caramel flavor, but also a slightly unpleasant husky graininess that becomes a little vegetal.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really good. Very soft, almost creamy, with a resiny stickiness.

Drinkability: Well, its a little on the old side, so the hops have probably suffered, but that's not my fault-- it needs a stamped on date. The grainy flavor becomes a bit much. I wouldnt really recommend this one.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow amber and very hazy. Copius head leading to miles of lace. Citrus-berry aroma with definite caramel sweetness. Nice balance between hops, that hit you front, middle, and back, and maltly sweetness. Some sweetness comes from alcohol, but other wise well balanced. Lot of carbonation bite. Long and smooth bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time having a cask beer. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Almost an opaque light brown with a small off white head that stuck around.

Aroma: Not too much there. Sort of west coast in the hop notes. Makes me excited to try it.

Taste: Wasn't expecting it to be so malty. Served above usual beer temperature so that really let the caramel malt come through. Also some orange peel taste. Good bitterness from the hops. The malt really takes center stage here.

Mouthfeel: So smooth! Almost like a nitro-tap making it very drinkable as well.

Final Thoughts: Really lucky to get this on cask. The malt overtones make this one slightly more complex than the average American IPA but the hops keep it in that style nicely.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a Duvel tulip (Release #70 - 8.5%abv)

A: Copper; light beige, two-finger, pillowy head; nice retention leaves some sugary lace with a few thicker chunks.

S: Piney hop aroma; resin; perhaps some toasted malt.

T: Light caramel and toasted malt; resiny hops; not too much going on, but good.

M: Medium-light feel; high carbonation; lasting bitter; less feel than I’d like.

O: A nice IPA; wonder if it changes much from year to year? Good change from citrusy IPA’s; nice drinkability - I’d have it again.

*from notes: 01.17.14

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky, on the orange side of amber. Nice thick dense white head.

Some citrus and piney hops in aroma. Taste is on the piney side, some sweet malt but not totally balanced.

There is a body to this beer but you might miss it. Odd, but can come across as thin unless you take the time to study it. Definitely some alcohol warmth and this seems to dry and thin it out a bit.

All in all, I'd say it's pretty good but not stellar.

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

Release #30:

APPEARANCE: Bright orange and cloudy with a big, fluffy, white head that very slowly recedes, leaving a ring of lacing on its way down. Cloudy is actually the wrong word, the Hopulent is very opaque. I cannot see my finger on the other side of the glass.

SMELL: All the requisite IPA aromas are present in this beer – grapefruit, pine and a little tropical fruit. Solid smell.

TASTE: A slightly sweet grapefruit and lemon flavor lead the way here while a spicy and piney middle lead to a bitter finish with a nice, hoppy bite. The tail end also leaves a trace of anise.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp, but also dry and smooth despite the fairly solid carbonation. This is a refreshing brew.

OVERALL: The Hopulent IPA is a strong example of a West Coast IPA. Lighter in body, but still rich in flavor.

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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 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 McStagger
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Very hazy. Amber/orange. Finger off white head. Head is creamy. Moderate retention. Great lacing. Carbonation appears minimal.

S: Big malt presence hear. Caramel, toffee, bready. Hops give a big splurge of orange pith. Tangerine, slight spiciness.

T: Malt dominant, for sure. Grain dominant specifically. Lacks the sweetness component, but more than makes up for it in graininess. Hops at play are mildly citric, with orange and grapefruit. Bitterness is very floral in nature. Honeysuckle, rose water. Slightly soapy finish, with a tangerine juice aftertaste.

M: Silky, luxurious. Hell, I'd go so far as to call this creamy. Big malts give this one body and the subtle carbonation keeps it balanced.

O: This beer is solid. Lacks complexity, but the foundation is well laid. I probably won't purchase this again, as nothing wows me. That being said, I'm not dissapointed in spending my money on it.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #30, bottled September 22nd, 2011, claiming 8.2% ABV.

A moderate pour dished out a half finger of near white head over a cloudy yellow-orange body. While I inspected for particulate or sediment, the head shrank down to a bubbly ring.

Got a delicious aroma of grapefruit and pine with a sweet bready malt backbone.

Flavor was a little disappointing. The pine and grapefruit tasted... wilted, for lack of a better descriptive term. The malt background doesn't really bloom until well into the flavor, and there is a slight caramel touch on the aftertaste, but I may have picked up a bottle that was on it's way out.

MF is just fine. Good amount of carbonation keeps this DIPA from bogging down mid-tongue. Beyond that, smooth and hoppy.

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Photo of BBP
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy hop orange and feature some nice lacing and good retention.

The aroma is initially a blast of pine and a hefty amount of caramel. It has some mild floral notes as well.

The taste is a bit less refined than the aroma would have suggested, although it still tastes very nice. It lacks a certain clarity or cleanliness that many DIPAs are known for, but delivers a nice bitterness which is more of what I look for. It comes across as quite drinkable while not being weak as well. It's a very decent DIPA, but it doesn't really seem like anything new. The caramel malt seems a bit less sweet than in many DIPAs which is a nice touch, but it does seem to blur the hops a bit more. There's still a ton of pine to the aftertaste.

The body is medium in fullness, and medium in weight. The finish is mildly sticky and mildy dry.

Overall, this was a decent DIPA and it was worth the price. For a pine & caramel DIPA it was pretty well done and considerably clean tasting for the hop and malt bill. I'm glad I opted to try this.

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Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours hazy orange, white head, can already smell caramel malt wafting, its nearly visible to the human eye in gaseous form. when you get the nose there, more of the mango and citrus come out. flavor just adds a bit of spicy/grainy dryness. overall balanced, refreshing clean ip

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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 trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Batch #18, 8.3%abv). Pours hazy bright orange-yellow color with 1 finger chunky white head. Aroma has mango, peaches, light citrus and resin. Taste is sweet with some depth from the malts and bitterness. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Bitter finish, but not over the top. This is a well balanced beer and although you feel the warmth of alcohol, it is a well integrated beer. Nice job again, Epic!

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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 MetalHopHead6
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Epic Hopulent is super sweet, fruity, and flat.

It poured hazy gold with a short and short-lived off-white head. It left one lonely ring near the top of the glass. The aroma was this beer's highlight, with a strong grapefruit presence that popped with the cap coming off. The flavor was incredibly sweet and fruity, like canned fruit cup syrup. It had a yeasty metallic finish. There was very little feel to this beer; it was smooth and flat, with no bitterness and nothing lingering on the tongue. This was so flat and sweet, I thought it might be old. According to the Epic web site, the "batch" from which this bottle came was brewed less than 90 days before I drank it, so staleness is no issue.

Hopulent is, by far, the sweetest Double IPA I have ever had. The smell is good and the flavor is decent; however, the feel is sorely lacking.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks don't get much better than this for a DIPA. Multiple fingers of fluffy white head with lots of sticky lacing. Orange/copper in color. A good amount of sediment settles to the bottom as well.

S: Very hoppy, of course. Lots of grapefruit and pine aroma. Floral.

T: Very sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. Tropical fruit and piney resin. A nice punch of bitterness provides some balance to the sweetness in the finish.

M: Full bodied and thick with very mild carbonation.

O: Not bad, but nothing special. As with a lot of DIPAs, the flavor boarders on cloying and could do with some more balance.

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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 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 phishsihq
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the ever evolving Elevated Series from Epic Brewing...

Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing pours a hazy, pale orange with a solid white head and BIG lace. Restrained hop notes, mostly grapefruit and pine, mixes with a slight woodiness and some toasty aromas. Toasted malt flavors quickly slide into grapefruit, orange, and pine resiny flavors, sweet too. Moderately carbonated, Hopulent had a full body that was easy to drink for a DIPA. We like the idea of tweaking a recipe constantly, only wish we could follow it closer.


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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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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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