Hopulent IPA | Epic Brewing Company

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Hopulent IPAHopulent IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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:
815
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
22.4%
 
 
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31
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136
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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 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 Jparker37
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Release #78

A - The beer was disturbed from the ride home giving the sediment a bit of a jostle resulting in a haze. Golden in color with a two-finger white head that collapsed a little quickly. Sticky lacing all over the glass from a simple swirl.

S - Juicy citrus aroma. Some nuanced tropical fruit. Faint graininess that stays out of the way for the hops.

T - Saturated with hops from the instant it hit. Prickly and resiny pine hop flavors. Some graininess near the finish but is quick. Very extended bitter and hoppy flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Slightly viscous feel early, bitterness was consistent throughout but did get quite astringent. Medium-full body, light carbonation, dry.

O - Not sure quite how fresh this beer is. I did buy it cold but aroma seemed subdued. This is tilting hop heavy even for the style. Drank relatively light for ABV and with deceiving ABV.

Recommendation - At $5.49 a bomber this is hard to beat. Worth a try and does not lack in character.

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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 biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see some typical Yankee craft beer specialties from this Beehive State brewery arriving all the way up here in Northern Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar tightly webbed lace around the glass as it lazily sinks from sight.

It smells of crackery, grainy pale malt, a certain white chalky flintiness, muddled, if pleasantly so, domestic and tropical citrus fruit, and further piney, leafy, and somewhat perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, still mixed and genial citrus fruit rind, a lessened hard water stoniness, and more punchy leafy, piney, and floral hoppiness, with the elevated ABV doing well to mind its own bidness.

The carbonation is light and fluffy in its mostly engaging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, these not being the hops you're looking for, apparently. It finishes well off-dry, the bready and grainy, pale and caramelized malts exhibiting the most staying power here.

A more or less pleasant and endearing version of the style, nothing really amiss, and lots of well-rounded flavours abounding, not to mention the hard to really discern, north of 16-proof booze. Worthy of a go, if you find yourself in the northern segment of the Four Corner member states, or I guess, in my case, nowhere fucking (sorry, my good Mormons) near.

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Photo of katan
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint - labeled release #10.

A - Pours a deep dark orange color with a few brown highlights. Very thick looking. Head formation is bright white, very effervescent. Breaks down quickly to a film.

S - Strong hoppy nose. Lots of earthy, grapefruit, somewhat piney hops. Malts play second or not at all here.

T - Starts off with some malts, a little bit nutty at times. Mid-stream gets some very piney resinous hopping. Finishes with a more citrus, fruity hope note. Aftertaste has some retained bitterness and a few nutty malts. Alot going on here - sometimes this beer is trying to mesh too many malts and hops.

M - Moderate beer body, stronger carbonation. Fairly stinging mouthfeel. Very oily clingy aftertaste stings to the tongue.

D - Solid DIPA drinkability. ABV is manageable. Not a completely palette abuser. Not overly filling.

A good beer from a up and coming brewery. Would drink again.

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Photo of LoadedSchells
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Amber gold with a nice lakeshore(MN thing) foam thick head that subsides to a nice thin layer that never really lets you see the beer from the top down.
S- This smells like someone made a tropical fruit salad and used an IPA as the dressing. Pears, pineapple, a hint of peaches. Barely a whiff of biscuity malt.
T- Now I realize an imperial/double IPA should beat your tongue into submission with hop abundance but I really like this sweet fruity hop thing. It stays with the tropical fruits as mentioned above and not much citrus, there is some grapefruit, but grapefruit with a bunch of sugar dumped on it to cut the bitterness (just like grandma used to do for breakfast). A bit of an herbal quality, but only a bit, and a slight green flavor. Ridiculously drinkable even though the alc. is only 8ish% it definitiely drinks like a 5-6% brew.
M- The mouthfeel is fairly solid and slightly creamy, this category doesn't make or break a beer for me in the area of IPA's. Each beer, to me, needs its own mouthfeel, this one works, any thicker would be unpleasant, and no one likes a thin beer or we'd all drink coors light.
O- Not your typical imperial/double IPA but really tasty and really smooth.Reminds me of Lagunitas IPA on steroids. If your looking for a sweet DIPA that goes down pretty easy this is a bulls-eye. To heck with representing a style, this beer tastes good. Kudos Epic of Salt Lake, I'm looking forward to your other offerings.

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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 nriech
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a finger of head. Smells of citrus and pine like any good IPA. Taste strong of hops and citrus. Very hoppy up front but it doesn't linger. Very dry. Seems a little boozy but good. Good with bacon or onion. Lacing is heavy. I think its a decent IPA that's hoppy enough to satisy the hophead but not so overpowering on the aftertaste that it would scare away a newbie.

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

A clean amber beer with a slight haze. Has a nice creamy off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Some citrusy hops in the aroma up front with an inviting biscuity malt note in the background. A smooth silky malt character starts the taste. Followed by a good hop bite at the back of the throat and tongue. A nice smooth mouthfeel all around.
Thank You John ...good beer

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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 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 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 WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hopulent is an excellent drinkable IPA. I'm trying it in Park City, Utah. The beer poured a cloudy orange with froathy white head that is lacing nicely. The scent was fresh hop that leaned toward pine and orange peel. The taste was fresh hop bitter through the entire drink...with touches of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden orange color with a one finger head of nitro driven foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of an herb and grassy hop smell along with some aromas of citrus and bread. Mixed in with these aromas comes a little bit of grain and yeast, producing a rather inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather nice smooth bready and slightly doughy flavor mixed with notes of an earthy hop and a bit of herb. As the taste advances the earth and herb grow slightly stronger and then maintain a presence to the end of the taste. Along with these hops comes some lighter citrus hop flavors of a citrus nature as well as some tropical fruit sweetness. With a little bit of grain and some yeast coming at the very end, one is left with a rather nice and smooth bready and hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and thick due to the nitro pour of the brew. For the malty tastes the feel was rather nice with the creaminess actually accentuating nicely the mix of hops and malt that are present in the brew.

Overall –This was a rather tasty IPA overall. I had a nice feel, hop profile and malt bill. I enjoyed this one overall. I have to search this one out on non-nitro to see what it is like with normal carbo.

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

Picked up recently at the Beer Emporium in Apex, which keeps impressing me more every time I step in. Probably one of the last DIPAs of the season until I re-emerge in the winter, full of stout, porter, and b'wine.

Pours a bright, translucent dark cider color, with a little (but not much) eggshell colored head. Nose is heavy on the sweet citrus, with perhaps other fruits (melon?), and pine.

The bitter strikes back decently in the taste. Some caramel malt backing is overwhelmed quickly by some aggressive west coat hop maneuvers. Mouthfeel could stand to be dryer and maybe a little ticker. Alcohol lashes the aftertaste, which is also lambasted with a second dose of hop withering.

Not the best DIPA ever by any means, this was a mildly pleasant surprise in that I didn't know the brewery and had never even known they made beer in Utah, let alone seen one. Worth trying if you like the style.

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

Nice DIPA assertive and hitting a rich benchmark.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with a black photograph of hops framed by sectors in muted dark green with name of brew and branding: kind of busy and messy without nothing memorable... These bottles deserve a redesign. Side notes encourage to visit their website for further information. Notes release #27 and 8.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, even lumpy in the second serving, with a good frothy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and good lacing.

S - Citrus and resin profile on the nose with a caramel malty sense in the back.

T - Taste follows with a nice sense of grapefruit, resin bitterness, a tad too raw at times, and sweet touches of caramel malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation with an assertive bitterness flowing with a crude if nice boozy touch.

O - Nice DIPA with a good flow.

Notes: Nothing for the ages but rather tasty, hopulent indeed and glad to have received the recommendation for to try it out.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is release # 23. If you want an extremely hoppy beer then look no further. Right away there is a hop explosion, followed by a very slight malt background and it finishes with a very nice, bitter and dry aftertaste.

The aroma has a nice herbal and floral smell that compliments the grand amount of hops. Very easy to drink even with the high abv.

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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 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 dwren89
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange gold with thin white head and very cloudy

Aroma: piney and biscuity with slight tropical citrus fruit hints, strong aroma

Taste: very hoppy with strong pine and citrus explosion of flavor. Just enough malt to give a backbone to the beer, but this is unquestionably a DIPA. The hops really shine

Mouthfeel: full body but not chewy just a very full taste. Medium carbonation.

Overall: a good, not great, DIPA. Definitely held back by cloudy appearance and lack of malt character. But the beer definitely pals a punch with the american hops and provides a slight alcohol note on the finish.

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Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.
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