Epic Brewing Hopulent IPA (Release #79)

1-IMG_2221I’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):

Epic Hopulent #79

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:

hopulent_release79_detailsI 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!

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