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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 mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

For some reason this has one of the most beautiful tall, creamy white heads. Beer itself is a hazed glowing amber. A classic in appearance.

What I especially like is the big flowery aroma that follows through in the initial perfumey taste. Melon, dried pineapple, and some piney hops. Just sweet enough with honest malt flavor. Mellow rather than acidic. Seems to avoid most of the excessive sharp, sweet, or bitter flavors that plague this style. Definitely one of my favorite DIPAs, now that I finally get around to tasting it. But it is plenty bitter, it's just part of the long, interesting complexity.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at the lovely state liquor store in Salt Lake. This label says Release #54 and the ABV is 8.9%. Epic is one of the breweries that I happily try everything that shows up (unless, of course, it's sulking on the warm shelves at Total Wine).

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

I'm kind of surprised by some of the lukewarm reviews of this beer. This is probably the third bomber I've purchased in the last four months and I've enjoyed each one of them. It's definitely a hop forward beer - nice citrus and piney smell (great in a tulip). It is a little murky in appearance but not muddy. It's got some body to it but still drinks really smooth. A well balanced DIPA.

If you are in the mood for a crisp clean IPA this isn't what you are looking for. If you want a hoppy meat and potatoes beer this is a good choice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow to orange in color with very light notes of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film with a large thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of caramel and bready malts upfront in the aroma of this beer but the dominant smell is that of the hops. There is a strong presence of grapefruit/citrus hops with a moderate amount of pine/resin hops and light notes of herbal hops.

T: Like the smell, this beer starts out with the flavors of bready and caramel malts with some light to moderate amounts of sweetness. On top of the malts, there is a significant flavor of grapefruit/citrus hops and a light amount of pine/resin and herbal hops. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and light alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Another good beer from this brewery, I have been impressed with this brewery from Utah's offerings. There is a very nice hop smell and taste but the beer is not overly bitter - fairly easy to drink and the alcohol is mostly hidden.

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

Beer #37 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

I feel like this is the IPA I have been wanting to try, here in Utah. It's got the punch of flavor and hops all up in your mouth. That west coast kind of thing that, well, I kind of come to expect for the style. It's certainly not smooth or elegant, or exhibiting much subtlety, but I think it is pretty well done.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright straw color with a bit of cloudiness. Off white head that laced and retained decently.

Citrus and pine overwhelm most other scents, very straight forward west coast scent.

Great citrus hop profile. A decent bready backing finished off by a sticky pine resin.

Medium carb and medium to full bodied. A tad warm from the abv, but solid.

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Photo of argenti44
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellow/tan straw color with a slight milky hue. Off white head that held and left a nice lace on the pilsner glass it was served in.

S: Pine and citrus are the most prevalent smell.

T: Initially a citrus flavor of grapefruit followed by a mild malt bready taste ending with a strong hoppy sticky pine flavor finish out the flavor profile.

M: Not too heavy but but full bodied with a mild warmth from the alcohol.

I loved this beer I want more. I had it with a great burger at Stout Burgers and Beer in Studio City, CA. One of the best beers I've had in quite a while. This beer is tasty and medium bodied with a great hop profile. Did not taste like the typical run of the mill IPA's being put out by every craft brewery. Hopulent IPA hit all the benchmarks for an excellent IPA. Run and get one you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice balanced IPA.
A bit of citrus meets sticky pine to the nose.
Flavor comes through similarly, with a bit of bready maltiness to balance it out, yey still hoppy overall.
Finish is clean with a piney meets sweet slick follow.
Mouthfeel was very much where I like an IPA, not chewy, but with a bit of heft.

All in all, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - bright orangish yellow with a soft, white head

S - bread, pineapple, grapefruit, some alcohol

T - grapefruit, pineapple, bread, cake batter, sweet, mildly bitter; perfect balance

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, smooth, well carbonated

This was really an awesome beer. The hops are intense, the malt is solid, and the balance is superb. I really enjoyed this one. I recommend it!

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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 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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, herbal hops and alcohol. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and a slight malt finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice hoppy aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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

Poured into a snifter. Release #42, 8.1% ABV.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange brown color. Three fingers of white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Mix of herbal, piney, and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange are the strongest components. Light caramel with bready malts and yeastiness.

4.0 T: Again, herbal, piney, and citrusy hop taste. Pine, grapefruit, and orange again dominate. There is also a light sugariness. Caramel, bready malts, and moderate bitterness and yeastiness. The sugariness really brings everything together.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. A little too chewy for my tastes though, which is often the case with unfiltered IPAs.

4.0 D: Epic keeps putting out some great brews. That's all I have to say.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold bitter hops. Pine cones, white grapefruit, caramel syrup. Moderate pale malt adds a grainy aroma. Somewhere between Bell's Hopslam and Russian River's Pliny the Elder. Some spicy black pepper and alcohol, which smells a bit hot.

Appearance: Tons of loose sediment at the bottom of the 22 ounce bottle prior to opening... need to be careful with this one. The pour develops a medium height head which is off-white in color with a touch orange. Great retention and some of the thickest lacing I've every seen (from any style). The brew is deep but bold orange. Very hazy. Less the foam it looks like a glass of apricot juice.

Taste: A bit different. Lots of spicy pepper and alcohol. Moderate to high orange peel and a bit of lemon, which is still strong when compared to the hops. The piney hop flavor blends with the hops a bit to seem like "hot" alcohol. The pale malt is there but hiding in the background.

Let it warm up a bit more than usual for an IPA... The alcohol is still there, although the orange peel lightens up and a few other flavors come out, very subtle chocolate and yeast. The mouthfeel is much more oily and finishes just barely dry, if at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, quite thick. Carbonation is very drying. Finishes very dry. Again the alcohol is warming, a bit hot.

Overall: Different, but a good "strong" beer. A little extra with the high spice, orange peel, and mildly hot booze which isn't exactly overly harsh. The taste and mouthfeel both improved once I let warm up past typical drinking temperature.

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Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, luminescent orange with a thick and creamy off white head. Looks pretty nice.

S- Caramel, pine, mint, citrus, and grass. My first impression is that it is rather simple, but there is definitely some more to it.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the caramel and mint. Interesting and tasty.

M- Bitter and slightly oily. The lasting bitterness is about right for the style. There is a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Not really a stand out for the style. Still it is tasty and definitely not something I would pass up.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Epic Hopulent IPA. India Pale Ale. Elevated Series. Release #37, 8.2 % ALC./Vol.

Opaque appearance, peach/apricot hue, smallish wheat head, leaves lace and lots of tiny bubbles. Nice.

Aroma: classic American IPA nose, Cascade and then some, citrus and pine, plus peach and so forth. Getting more prickly, and pleasant, the more I drink it in through the nostrils. Just right.

Taste: Mmm, mmm, mmm. Almost perfect. Tons of pine and citrus, with the merest malt, providing a plump pillow. Hitting all the marks, plucking all the strings, striking all the notes. Nothing too over the top in bitterness, not too heavy, not too lean. Not too high in alcohol, either, though it is on the strong side. Very palatable, very approachable, easy to please for the experienced hop-o-phile. Plenty of pure hop flavor, here, gets a touch astringent, but not too much of anything I can't handle. Gets increasingly bitter and pungent, but, again, that's right up my alley.

Let us now put to rest the notion that there is no good beer coming out of Utah. Eventually, that will be claimed for all 50 States, just you wait and see.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HOPULENCE, I HAS IT!!! Purchased at Bruery Provisions.

Nice orange pour, good 5/8" head on it, not much for retention though. Aroma, not a huge dry hop aroma, its there, but nothing to write home of really. A bitter piney existence.

Taste, damn, mostly bittersweet, nothing like the green lush hop mouthfeels you hope for, especially when you get pine initially. Pine turns to copper throughout the drinking experience. Chewy malt mouthfeel. Sticky at times. Alcohol plenty noticeable. There's some sweet, but it comes nowhere near the prominence of the bitterness. I prefer less malt, sweet, bitter and more of a lighter body and more hop exposure.

Would not buy again given the $8ish price at Provisions.

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

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Release #37. The beer was hazy and amber in color. The cream colored rocky head left ladders of sticky lace rings in the glass. a solid cap remained throughout.

The smell was of crisp fall leaves, pine needles, and tropical fruit, There was a mild alcohol aroma too.

The taste was intensely citrusy. Pithy bitterness and candied fruit sweetness. Fresh and flavorful!

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation in the body.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, impressive head

SMELL: Hop oil, spice, floral, papaya, pineapple, fresh hops, green tea, bready malt, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, bitey, spice, soft bitterness, hop oil, pipe tobacco, herbal, citric zest, birch sap, earthy, grainy, alcohol, tropical fruit, bread crust

Obviously smacks of hops, flavor over bitterness. The flavor, however, scrapes the palate as hard as it can with a plethora of complexities that open up with each sip. A killer, palate devastation is inevitable which is a great thing for any true hophead.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearace – This is a gorgeous, very think light-colored orange and extremely murky with a huge, shaving cream head that literally left clumps on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The big citrus notes are surprisingly balanced by some lighter pine which is usually overdone. There’s also a nice biscuit aroma that mates well with the hops.

Taste – The hops come out even stronger at the taste. This is nice as DIPAs often smell big but don’t deliver. The biscuit from the nose did retreat a bit so it’s not as balanced at the taste as it is at the nose

Mouthfeel – This is a big beer, well above medium-bodied, with a strong bitterness that will be too harsh for most.

Drinkability – This is a big beer that requires your full and undivided attention. It goes down well for such a big beer but you’ll want to take your time with it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, label says "Batch #37", no date. But their website says brewed on January 25, 2012.

appears cloudy hazy dark straw color. creamy thick white head. lacing is great and head retention is good. all hop aroma, earthy and floral. similar flavors in taste, just a touch of malt. moderate carbonation, medium body, drinks nice.

overall, a decent beer, maybe half way between an IPA and DIPA?

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of their Elevated Release series #38 weighing in at 8.3% abv. Pours a clouded copper orange color with a light tan head forming thick with evenly dispersed lacing all around my pint glass. Aroma has citric hop notes with evenly layers of biscuit dough and outright bready tones. The nose is great full of a citrus hop quality with some yeast bread notes, slightly nutty. Layered sweetness and hops forms a nice DIPA, really quality citrus rinds and hop bitterness blended with big bready malt qualities. A bit of alcohol flavor peaks through with malt sweetness, and hop bitterness roaring yet it's balanced at the end of the day. Overall not a bad DIPA and it may change yoru perception of beer from Utah.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Pine and orange hop aromas with a little bit of sweaty character.

T - Spicy notes of pine and oniony hops up front with a touch of sweet malt. Some toffee and more pine flavor in the middle with a sweet finish of bready malt and sharp, citrus hops with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, the hop character is quite nice and the malt is balancing but not so dense that it interferes with the hops.

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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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