I’ve just opened this and I can’t stop sniffing it. Hopulent IPA from Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT is part of their Elevated Series of beers, and this one certainly smells so. I can barely detect some sweetness in this low-carbonated copper-colored IPA over the delightfully clean hop aroma (Centennial finishing hop, I’m guessing. I’m probably wrong).
But I guess I should taste it.
And – Wow. There is absolutely nothing excited on the front of my tongue. This one’s pure hop juice – all over the center and back of the palate, where the sour and bitter tastes are detected (okay – I just learned that the Tongue Map has been disproven many years ago, but I seriously don’t taste any of this on the front of my tongue.)
That isn’t all Centennial or Cascade hops though. Let’s have a look at the label (thanks, panoramic iPhone capability):
Well, nothing. However, when I looked at their site I discovered I’d overlooked one detail on the label: the release.
The release details give the beer a very personal view. This bottle is from release number 79, of which I can see the details of that specific batch:
I was right – Centennial hops on the nose (disclaimer: I grow Centennial on my front porch and simply got lucky at guessing what I smelled). There are no Cascade hops to my surprise. Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, and Simcoe.
I don’t know what to tell you – try this one, no matter what release. I will say that the “release” stuff is no bullshit. #77 was 0.1% higher ABV, and #78 was brewed in a different city (Denver). That personal touch really does it for me. I like small batches of hand-made quality beer, and I believe I’ve found it in Epic Brewing. Knowing that these details are kept and that I can easily find the nitty-gritty on what exactly is in this bottle is enough for me to get another brew from Epic just so I can think about what all went into making that beer.
That’s partly (read: mostly) what my other new blog is about, by the way.
Some details about my particular bottle:
Epic Brewing Hopulent IPA
Style: India Pale Ale
Delivery: 22oz bomber
Brewed: September 18, 2013
Bottled: October 22, 2013 (this IPA was in the bottle for 69 days)
IBU: Not published and not available on BeerAdvocate, but I’d guess in the mid-to-high 80s.
Enjoy this one. Just reading the BA reviews, it seems to keep getting better with each iteration. Cheers!