Hopulent IPA | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
844 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:
844
Reviews:
179
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.4%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
148
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 844 |  Reviews: 179
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Elevated Series
Release #1
$5.89 ea.

Pours a cloudy copper color, some carbonation, one-finger off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, very slight pine notes. Medium body, this has some chewiness to it. The finish is bitter and dry. Would not buy this again.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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

A solid, but soft pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color with copper highlights that shows a lightly hazed, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied hops; notes of tangelo, huge lychee, lots of fruity tropical hop character and a fair amount of candied citrus peel aromas. There is actually a fair amount of pale malt character here; supporting notes of un-salted saltine crackers, fresh crushed pale ale malt and sweet grain aromatics that really help to carry the hop character. There seems to be a soft, buttery hint of diacetyl here, I am a bit sensitive to it, and it is still light enough that I could almost be convinced that it is not really here.

Sweet tasting and citrusy as it first hits my tongue, a herbal, sometimes menthol like note comes through strongly in the middle along with a clean bitterness that lingers on into the long finish. A touch of alcohol heat and perhaps even some higher alcohols accentuate a touch of a harsher hop note. Pine like notes join the more dominant herbal hop character and provide a nice accent to the hop character that is mostly fruit focused. The beer has a viscous heft to it that makes it stick to the palate after each sip, it is not heavy though, and while not quite as light and quaffable as I might prefer in my Double IPAs, it is still easily on the drinkable side of the style spectrum. The fruit-hop flavors here contribute notes of lychee, ripe tangelo peel and something a bit like a washed out Meyer lemon tea. The malt is not as noticeable as it is in the nose, it is most definitely a supporting character, but still definitely contributes to the body, as well as supplying hints of pale grain, a touch of cracker grain notes as well as a hint of lightly sweet grain.

This is definitely a tasty beer, it is certainly in the Double IPA range though; the alcohol, the texture, the malt and of course the hops. There is definitely a hint of diacetyl here, but that should be an easy fix for subsequent batches; it is definitely more noticeable in the aroma as the beer warms, but isn't quite as evident in the flavor. I find that I prefer the Copper Cone Pale Ale to this beer; that was more aggressively hopped and despite this, was more balanced than this beer is. This is far from being bad though, as it is quite enjoyable and is a beer to try for any hophead.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at the COOP... Batch 3 Poured into my Old Guardian snifter.

Rocky white head... 2 fingers easily... good retention and lacing atop a hazy deep golden.

Nose is surprisingly muted... some tropical fruits and lite citrus zest.. plenty of pale maltiness... ehhh odd, but not a dealbreaker.

Big and bitter up front, but the hops mid palate don't quite deliver... more pale malt in the middle with some lighter than expected citrus hops... again a little bit of unidentified tropical fruits and then a big bitterness on the backend... seems a tad husky.

Body is pretty heavy, probably punctuated by a fairly lite carbonation.

Good... not great... could stand to be dialed in a touch.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3.5

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

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells malty and hoppy not super strong on either. Scents of toffee candy and strong tea. Scents of cedar wood and pine.

Starts out toffee with a bitter finish. Strong tea along with the caramel and toffee flavors. Bitterness level is medium. Chest warming betrays the alcohol level but you can't taste any. Minorly bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall not that outstanding.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep hazy orange, I was watching Harry Potter at the time and it really does look like butterbeer. Creamy, long-lasting white head, sticky lace.

S: Pine resin, grapefruit, orange zest.

T: Pine heavy, pink grapefruit, heavy on citrus. Classic DIPA flavours. Still has some malt character so not totally West Coast.

M: Medium to full-bodied, crisp, tingling, with a hint of acidity.

O: A solid DIPA, it does go throught the motions a bit, but there are some stellar parts especially in the mouthfeel.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark golden body which was a little cloudy and had some lace patches/ring on top of a hoppy, citrusy aroma, that had some light fruit sweetnes (tropical?) and a touch of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with slight chewiness thanks to some bread malt, there is some minor malt and fruity sweetness packed in with a pronounced dry citric hop edge and finishes smooth and clean. A good IPA but at times it either came across a little bitter or or harsh so knocked a few points.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 844 ratings.
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