Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. - Aspen Brewing Co.

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 5.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Seanibus on 08-24-2008

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 89
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Sneaky’s Tavern in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing a bright golden amber coloring. It held a half finger tall head of white foam, but its brevity was due to a full pour on the glass. This showed nice retention regardless, giving troughs and peaks of lacing. Carbonation was moderate, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma gave your basic pale malts, white flour, mild toastiness, and rice adjuncts to the grain bill, while balancing sweetness came in the form of grapefruity hops, lighter nectary hops, skunky grassiness, faint lactics, and tin. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave nice piney and citric hops, and was very refreshing. The taste opened with grassy and piney hop cleanliness, without a lot of earthy, dirty bitterness. These flavors were actually a bit light, but appropriately so to match against those simple pale malts and light toastiness. The middle peaked with more citric hoppiness that showed a more exciting bite of rind bitterness, mineral, and buttered white toastiness. Washing through the finish were lighter airs of banana sweetness, sweeter pale malts, light metallic bitterness, and mild pear fruitiness and white sugar to balance even further. The final drop gave a rumbling of herbal clove spiciness, independent of any hop bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of pale malt crispiness, pronounced metallic bite, light herbal and citric hops, mineral, and powdered sugar. The body was lighter, but with big, frothy carbonation. The mouth had initial coolness, but this dried into eventual chalky astringency. The sip, slurp, cream, and froth were all nice and full, with nice juiciness on the finishing pop. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the things we liked best about this beer were the nice variety of hops through the flavoring, and just how refreshingly crisp it was. The hops helped to keep us juicy and flavoring through the flavoring, while the malts do their part at the end of the sip, helping to cleans and dry the palate. This was a nice and interesting contrast of flavoring that actually manifested through the feel and glug. The nose was comparatively weak in strength, but this was definitely a nice treat at 8,000 feet. (2,270 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with some floaties. It has a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some piney, grassy, slightly metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little tropical fruit and a fairly sweet sugary finish and a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, overly sweet and bready. More English IPA than American. Needs more hops. (488 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber hued with great clarity. A fingernail of white head rests on top. Light Brussels lacing. Sourdough aroma with a piney hop note. There's much more pronounced piney hop flavor. There is a coppery malt taste that is a minor player. The mouth has a hard water note as there is slight grittiness.
Appearance: 3.75
Aroma: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel:4.25
Overall:4 (366 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12 oz can served cold into a pint glass.

Independence Pass has a golden amber color with a slightly hazy appearance. It has thick head at first but settles quickly to a thin layer with spotty lace.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with lots of citrus fruit.

Flavor is bold but balanced with more of that great hop character. Malt adds some sweetness up front but there is some good hop bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall an underrated IPA and certainly one worth trying. (521 characters)

Photo of frozen-1984
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jtnord
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Taperwookie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tulip
A – A good looking orange honey color, cloudy with sediment, appears mildly carbonated 1 finger head settled quickly to a thin crown, no lacing 4
S – I’m enjoying this bold aroma, citrus (more orange than grapefruit IMO) hops dominate with pine and a slight malt sweetness 4.5
T – The large citrus hop profile is smooth followed by mild grassy notes, sublime malts just disappear, nicely built 4.5
M –Velvety with moderate body and light carbonation 4
O – While not what I would consider a session beer, I want & will have another. This brewery is now on my to-visit list, as I don’t believe they have front range (Denver) distribution yet. A quality IPA all-around 4 (697 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of my approved pics acCANpanies this beer and The CANQuest (tm) forges ahead as a result! I am running through my backlog as fast as I CAN and this is a good addition to the madness.

From the CAN: "Drink In the View"; "Brewed & CANned at 7822 Ft"; "Unfiltered - Perishable - Ale"; "This our highly hopped, high altitude rendition of the classic India Pale Ale redefined as 'Independence Pass Ale.' Like the high mountain pass, this copiously hopped brew is not to be trifled with. Our IPA marries generous amounts of Palisade, Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops - the floral and citrus flavors are perfectly balanced by our secret malt recipe. Don't pass this one up."; "Brewed and [CAN]ned in Aspen, [CAN]orado - downstream from nobody."

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and so I was off and running. I CANducted a gentle Glug, creating a finger of fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and I welcomed the Gelt Gang - Midas, Croesus and Mammon into my kitchen for a taste. Nose was minty, like Evergreen and very tantalizing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very minty, not really bitter at 62 IBUs, but quite satisfying. I am guessing that the secret malt recipe included some caramel malt since I was getting an underlying sweetness to go with the hops. Finish was dry with even a slight alcohol burn in the throat. At 7% ABV, it was pushing the upper limits of the style. Man, I was beginning to sweat while drinking this one! (1,529 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
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