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%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
136
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 815
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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle. Release #126 8.1% abv. Look is golden orange blend with foamy white head and spotty lacing. Smell cracker, grain, tropical, citrus fruit, pine, leaf and floral aromas. The taste is bread, dough, caramel, toffee, citrus, piney, and floral hop flavors. Feel is medium in body.

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

A: Poured a hazy peachish color with a frothy, white cap with some staying power. Lacing and bubbles present after a few sips

S: Nice. All over the place with pine, orange peel, grapefruit and some passion fruits

T: Initial grapefruit, with some pine needles and a bready malt bill and somewhat bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, loads of flavor, not overly bitter a nit sweet and well carbonated

O: This was my first offering from this brewery and I dug it. I would drink again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Release #27.

A: A frothy 2 finger plus ivory bone colored head sits atop with a lengthy stay of execution. A murky, rustic orange body is filled with a dense clarity and large chunks of bran colored yeasty matter that promptly sinks and settles on the bottom of the vessel. Excellent lace coverage.

S: Small show of caramel-pine mixture. It seems rather light and refrained aromatic wise, a trend im seeing more and more of lately, where the hops go MIA on the nose, but show up in the taste. Lets (hop)e this follows suit.

T: Yup, here all the hops, immensely bittering citrus hop cones meets a dry toasty palate. Aggressive west coast hops of pine and dry flowery citrus hold no surprise, but do bring volume of ibus to the table and will certainly make you tongues taste buds take note. Bursts of grapefruit pulp and juice are fresh and noticeable on the finish.

M: The body seemed a bit on the lighter end of medium bodied. Flowery dry citrus with a non-carbonation factor for the mouthful. Warming dry citrusy-alcohol laces the tongue.

O: Overall not a lot of complexity, just a boatload of hop muscle shock with a somewhat passable malt support. It its hops you want, then its hops you shall have here. High level of hop intensity, doesn’t not necessarily mean a high level of tasty nature or drinkability (unless you’re a hopslam). Just saying.

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Photo of clayrock81
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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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 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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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy tea tinted gold under a 2” foam collar composed of uniform, fine bubbles that cling to the side of the glass leaving sheets of lace.
S: Citrus and grapefruit, some earthiness.
T: Fruity palate with citrus, apricot, grapefruit, light caramel, biscuit, gives way to a big grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Creamy smooth, medium to a touch above on the body, medium carbonation, slight astringency from the hops on the finish.
O: A big, bold double IPA with everything dialed up to 11.

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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 tbeckett
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Whole Foods in DC. Release 78. From notes.

A - Poured slightly dark gold and bright. Good carbonation with two fingers of thick fluffy off white head. Great lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, sweet syrup, pineapple core, sweet malt.

T - Booze up front, prickly pineapple, sweet fruit, pine resin, alcohol was a bit much.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, boozy resinous finish was a bit harsh.

O/D - Too much for me. Possibly too old but the booze wasn't hidden at all and it makes it harsh with the hops. Hard to finish.

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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 ColForbinBC
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint; batch #27

According to the website, this guy was brewed on August 18, which was about 4 months ago. So, I am going into this with a little trepidation.

The pour yields a fluffy slightly off-white cap with a golden orange body and some nice yeast floaties. Some mild lacing.

Fear realized. The aroma is of candied grapefruit, sweet caramel, bready and overall sweet. This definitely has fallen off a bit.

On the palate, sweet candied grapefruit, bready malt, caramel and moderate bitterness. The bitterness builds with time and really leaves a dryness behind.

Medium body with good carbonation, a bit chewy through the middle and good sized dose of bitterness in the finish.

I would really like to try this guy fresh, so consider this a somewhat incomplete review. This beer shows some promise, I will seek out a newer bottle.

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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 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 Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dull orange hue. Nose expresses citrus, an herbal character and an earthiness. Taste follows nose with an earthy, medicinal and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to medium) with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent brew, but a bit too earthy and bitter.

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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 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 rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange pour with almost an inch of white head. Aroma was just kind of c hop, non aroma hops.

Taste was a lot of bitterness, grapefruit and barely there pine. Chewy crystal malt, everyone's had it. Pass it around. Alcohol pronounced. Too expensive in bomber format.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle of batch #73 $5.99. This was brewed here in Denver and uses Mosaic hops. It smells like piss. Cat piss actually. No, it smells like a cat's litter box that has been pissed in because I also detected a hint of cat shit in the aroma. As you can guess this beer smells bad. Orange color, translucent mostly, good head. The aroma is just too much for me, made me not want to drink the beer. Flavor was ok but was more fruit than ammonia or cat pee. Overall, its good this beer is priced low because it just wasn't very good. No repeat purchases for me and my second let-down from Epic's new Denver brewery.

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Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On nitro tap at The Pint in West Lafayette, IN.

Reddish pour with a medium-sized, rocky head.

Smells earthy with some light, sharp nodes of citrus hops poking through. Not really strong or complex, but that might be because nitro tends to mute aromas (seriously, guys, can we stop it with the nitro pours for beers that aren't dry stouts?)

Tastes like it smells--a weakly flavored IPA with decent balance. Apparently the commercial description for this brew claims it has "excessive hops," which I think it grounds for a lawsuit. The hops would have maybe--maybe--seemed excessive in the mid-80s.

The lack of a hop explosion isn't a bad thing, of course. Often, it can be godsend. But you have to wonder exactly what Epic was going for with this IPA. It's drinkable, certainly, but I seriously doubt this is what they were intending to brew.

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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 Pencible
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like grain and wheat bread, with some orange and caramel.
T: It tasted like orange and wheat bread crust, with some caramel and a bit of lemon zest. It had a smooth and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Very nice.
D: This seems way past its prime, with weak hops and huge grain malt bill. It had a great body and well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. But this just wasn't a rewarding or enjoyable 2IPA.

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