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Hopulent IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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 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 Ryan011235
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/6/11

Release #23

Hazy, golden tangerine hue. One and a half finger head of fluffy foam that drops slowly. Smooth layer of retention with thick clumps of lace to start; very nice in that regard. The head takes a long time to totally thin out and leaves a solid wall of lace when it does.

Punchy enough aromatic notes of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Hops are reasonably potent here but are balanced by a sturdy malt bill that creeps into the fore. Thankfully, said malts are more on the order of biscuit and toasted bread. No booziness. Rounds out nicely as it warms.

Hopulent tastes pretty close to the way it smells, though, while not exactly hot, the abv is most certainly noticeable. Zesty grapefruit and crackles of lemon are had throughout. Piney bitterness picks up in the middle and carries on to the finish. Malts are positioned a bit more in a supportive role; as with the nose, think bread and biscuit with just a touch of sweetness (faint sugar cookie).

Medium-full body with a bit of oily slickness; not over the top, though. Carbonation is comfortably on the lower side; the overall feel is rather smooth. It's worth mentioning again that the alcohol never becomes overbearing. Residual hop flavors and a mild, pleasant bitterness linger.

This is a really nice DIPA and I'm all the more impressed considering that Spiral Jetty didn't really do it for me. Cheers to Epic for keeping a DIPA flavorful and on the high end of a comfortable abv range. I almost passed on this bottle; I'm glad I didn't.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber-orange and hazy with a nice head, good retention and lacing. Smells grapefruit-pine, caramel and tropical. Taste has similar elements of citric, resin and tropical elements but unfortunately in my opinion weighs in with too much sweetness becoming a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and holds together well enough.

Overall this strikes the right notes for me, and I wanted to enjoy it, but needs more bitterness and less sweetness.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked up this bottle in our continuing quest to knock off as many Epic beers as possible, which we've been thoroughly enjoying. 22 oz. bottle split in two with a small axe.

The pour, oh, the pour. A double handful of floaties flash into the goblets, more in one, but plenty in the first pour, too. They're white & pretty, suspended in an amber haze like trapped insects from the pre-Cambrian era. I wait for them to drift into a low layer on the bottom of the glass. Smell is sweet for a IIPA, twined with sugary orange. Hmmm.

Hopulent is a sickle sweet IIPA. Huge dose of malt, sticky & sugary, coat the palate like cat hair on a sweater. Black hair, white sweater. Battling past that, there's plenty of orange & tangerine to please the tongue, backed up with a battery of hop bitterness on the back end that eventually cuts through the malts. Balanced. It's a four-letter word. Look it up. Real 'purty mouth on this one. The orange fruits are a nice contrast to usual dark fruits & citrus/pine.

Very good beer that's growing on me as the liquid level in my glass slowly slides downward. Unique hopping here.

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Photo of agomega
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque light caramel color with a huge foamy white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: A buttery malt smell mixed with citrus and pine odors from the hops.

Taste: Up front is a malty sweetness followed by a very piney bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and good carbonation.

Overall: A nice beer. Not as clean and smooth flavored as my favorite IPAs but a decent flavor and a good balance for a DIPA.

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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 stercomm
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber

A - Very hazy yellowish color, can see some hops in the glass, very slight white head, recedes quickly, minor lacing on the glass

S- Very slight scents, not a whole lot going on here, some pine notes.

T - Nice hoppy profile, a slight malty backbone, minor sweetness, dry finish

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - Overall, good hops profile but not a lot of flavor here.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed orange with thin off white head. Aroma is caramel malts, fresh hop bouquet, citrus. Flavor is resiny, oily, a little pungent and a little tropical. Actually, pretty nice combination of hop flavors. The base is laid down by caramel/biscuity malt. The more I sip, the more I like this hop combination. Very nice. Solid feel to it and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Batch #23 (brewed on June 14, 2011 as stated on Epic's website), 8.6% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. The head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange peel), along with some pine hops and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the the pine and grassy hop flavors are stronger compared to the citrus hop and malty ones. There's also a long lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I'd like to try a fresher bottle of this next time.

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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 kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a ton of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Seems pretty intact and not a lot of floaters.
Pours a clear medium gold color...the sediment remains intact. Nice white head but no lacing; that may just be my glassware.
Smell is very mild, spicy and earthy hops predominate. Little sweetness comes through.
Taste is better than the smell (for once), spicy and herbal with a bit of a sweetness in the finish that is very pleasing. This gets much better as it warms up. There's a bit of heat in the finish too, possibly from the alcohol.
Feels a bit thin but the carbonation is spot on. All in all a nice IPA.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After a few near misses for Epic I figured I would give them one last go. This beer was chilled and served in a Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer pours a hazy golden coloration. The head is a thick biege coloration. Nice head retention. This beer is off to a nice start.

S- The aroma of citrus and pineapple peak out from under a very heavy wicker and pine aroma.

T- The beers flavor gives a flash of grapefruit that quickly descends into pine, pine resin, very nearly approaching taking a bite out of the Christmas Tree levels. This is a gainst a crackery thin malt note.

M- The body of the beer seems to be a bit on the heavy side. The carbonation helps lift it up a little. No alcohol is present in the mouth but I am feeling it.

O- Overall this beer just doesnt wow me. The pine resinous notes are just a bit too severe.

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Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber Release #23 poured into my Imperial Pint Glass. First taste at 50 degrees

A - Hazy orange or deep gold, 1 finger head, great lacing that sticks around the whole time

S - Earthy scents, hidden citrus, piney, grassy notes prevail

T - Very Balanced, malts first followed by hops and a hint of alcohol at the end. Solid but not wowing

M - Excellent, nice carbonation good feel

O - Solid DIPA, can't knock it but nothing too memorable

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Utah Epic beer.Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply hazed amber infused golden with a frothy one finger head atop,it never really settled completely,just a frothy mass.Aromas of herbal and slightly citric hops along with a big caramel/biscuit malt base,neither win out.Hefty sweetness with caramel and sugary alcohol mixed with herbal hops,the balance is spot on but Iam not sure I want balance in a DIPA.Its pretty good compared to alot of the sweeter styles of the version so I cant give it a bad review,I just want more in your face hops.

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

A nice IPA. Bigger than some, now as big as others but very drinkable. Pours a deep rich golden color. Aroma was that of grassy hops. Flavor was pretty well balanced with some lingering bitterness. I liked this beer but not as much as others. Good for a try though and you have to appreciate the things they do in Utah.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to review appearance - I poured bomber into two glasses, one with a beautiful golden color and white head, and the other had flaky sendimented chunks and was hazy. Nose has a grassy/straw quality, earthy, hoppy, and some fruit notes. Herbal and hoppy on the palate, sharp citrus, and a long hoppy finish. Medium bodied, slow drinking, but not heavy.

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Photo of b3shine
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuce to tulip. Judging from other reviews, getting a fresh relish is imperative - and somewhat of an issue for some. Mine, however, is uber-fresh (I checked online to make sure). Appearance is good; opaque and burnt-orange, although it looks a little light for a DIPA.Smell is VERY mild. Traces of hops. Taste is the beer's best feature. Sweet and hoppy, with great balance. Mouthfeel is good; the beer is a god consistency, and goes down nicely. Overall, it's delicious - and im willing to sacrifice looks and smell for that!

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Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a really hazy golden amber color with a nice whiteish colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Nose is quite a bit of sweet malts, pine, grapefruit and floral hops. Pretty well balanced and not a hop bomb so far.

T- Quite a bit more hops come through in the taste than in the nose. A ton of grapefruit, followd by pine, and floral hops. A strong back bone of sweet mals also coming through.

M- A touch maybe on the fuller side of medium, a bit sticky and chewy. Carbonation seemed to right on.

O- First one I've had from this brewery. I thought this one was pretty nice and I could go back to this one with ease.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color, with a tight white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops.

Tastes of a solid malt base first followed by a wave of hops. Malt starts with some honey like sweetness and a bit of bread. Hops add in with some citrus and tropical notes as well as some floral, leafy notes. Not very bitter and definitely leans towards sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing that is bad going on here, but needs some refinement.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Release 18

Appearance is a very nice, clear orange/gold color with a medium head.

Smell is a bit citrusy, taste is very malty, with only hints of grapefruit. Mouthful is pretty heavy, definitely pretty sticky from all the malt in this one.

Overall, I see what they were doing here with a malty base but this bottle was probably past its time as it was overly sweet. I'd like to try this again fresh to see what the hops were like before they mellowed.

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Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this was from thier 2nd batch

A- pours a hazy amber/ orange color with an off white 1 finger and some spotty lacing

S- is malts first with piney /fruit hops a Little citrus rind and pine needles

T- was a malt forward 2ipa with a bitter pine/grapefruit combo. with some baked bread and lemon zest

M- was medium carbonation with a a malt presence

OveraL probably the best offering that Ive had from epic, really wish I could be there to try all the different batchs to compare

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Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking brew. A golden orange color with a two-finger head of off-white suds that retain well and produce some generous lacing.

Smells exactly like some dry hop cones. A bit light, but pretty pure smelling.

Pretty boozy up front with a strong honey malt sweetness that cut into the bitterness a bit. Not to be outdone, the hops pack a punch and still produce some strong bitter pine and grapefruit citrus notes. A hint of tropical fruit mixed in. Kind of surprised at how much the alcohol stands out in this one.

Pretty dry and crisp with some residual sweetness. Medium-full bodied with nice carbonation.

This is a nice beer, but I think the drinkability is a bit lower. Drinks like it's closer to 10% abv. A very hoppy brew that I enjoyed. Worth a try in my book.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up at 287 Discount Liquor on a recent trip to Fort Collins. Poured a hazy dark golden color with a loose ecru headl Aromas of earth, pine and biscuit. On the palate, this on is medium bodied and creamy, with earthiness and a little pine.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pretty hazy golden color into a pint glass. One finger of white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell is candied white bread malt, with a slight pine hop sharpness in the background.

Taste is big sweet bready malt which is almost balanced out by sharp resin bitterness from the hops. Sweetness overtakes the flavor a bit, and I detect a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and the beer is moderately carbonated. Seems to have less attenuation than I would like in a double IPA.

Overall a nice enough flavor but malt sweetness dominates and with so many other great double IPAs out there, it would be hard for me to reach for this one again.

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Photo of gatornation
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 22 oz bomber with rls #18 on side bar

A- pours a hazy amber/ orange color with an off white 1 finger and some spotty lacing

S- is malts first with piney /fruit hops a Little citrus rind and pine needles

T- was a malt forward 2ipa with a bitter pine/grapefruit combo. with some baked bread and lemon zest

M- was medium carbonation with a a malt presence

O- average with so many 2ipas/ipa this will get lost @ $8 a bomber its just not that good to compete for my $ to buy it again its ok tasty not bad.. but to much competition in the style..this one will get lost IMO

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
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