Beer Review: Epic Brewing Hopulent IPA

I know what you all are thinking – where’s the GL Christmas Ale? The 12 Dogs of Christmas? Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale?

Well, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and even thought my fridge is stocked full of different Christmas ales, I wanted to do one more IPA before we get to the Christmas Ales next week.

Epic Brewing Company is the brainchild of David Cole & Peter Erickson.  They have two locations – one in Denver and the other in Salt Lake City.  They have won numerous awards and the one we are reviewing today took home the gold medal at Denver International Beer Competition for American IPA.

Hopulant IPA 8.4% – Release #37(batches vary – see side of bottle for release #)

Per their website: “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!”

They don’t lie in the description, this beer is truly for hop heads. When poured, the color is very orange.  I had to do a double take because I thought I had poured my wife’s orange shandy beer. It has a thin white head and is very cloudy. I get strong pine notes with a hint of citrus.  The taste of this brew is very hop forward – pine and bitterness is up front with a little citrus and honey on the back end. The bitterness does not last and the citrus is balanced very well with the hops.

This beer is worth trying if you like lots of hops!

Also – if you happen to live in the Salt Lake area, Epic Brewing is offering “beer brine and wort glaze recipes”.  You can pick up some of their wort for $10 for use on Thanksgiving!


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