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.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Seanibus on 08-24-2008

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 116
Reviews by blindtiger24:
Photo of blindtiger24
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper with a two knuckle head that is sticky on the side's of the glass. Carbonation is active upon first pour but dissipates quickly.

S: Pleasant but not overly complex aromas - piney, sticky caramel.

T: Smells like it tastes. Big hop bitterness that is earthy and mellows out with some resinous sweetness.

M: Clean at the start, but that hop flavor creates a significant drying effect on the mouth that is somewhat tempered by the finishing sweetness.

O: A good but not great IPA. Decent aroma and taste. The mouthfeel sets this one back because of how dried out you feel halfway into the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, day 3 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar (which really shouldn't contain these regular-sized cans, because they are a bitch to get out). Other than that, cool to see a new American micro offering.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, barely frothy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some swollen rain shower lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of pungent blood orange and red grapefruit citrus flesh, biscuity and grainy caramel malt, and further leafy, herbal, and grass hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus fruit, a small hard water (from the mountains? nahhhhh!) flintiness, and more leafy, grassy, and herbal green hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite anemic in their rather low-key frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and generally smooth, the hoppy bitterness not really carrying any sway here - nice. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt and mixed fruitiness having a sort of lingering tête-à-tête.

Final thoughts: not a bad IPA, I gotta say, it could use some polishing in the looks department, but beyond that, this one carries itself well, in flirting with the not so rigidly-defined DIPA border. Tasty, engaging, and evocative of putting back hoppy brew in the mountains, which is just so damned appealing a notion.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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Photo of frozen-1984
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jtnord
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Taperwookie
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of a broken Craft advent calendar. 12 ounce can poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy copper with three fingers of dense, foamy off-white head that leaves a thick spiderweb of lace as it recedes.

Smells of juicy citrus zest, sticky caramel malt and leafy green hops.

Tastes of mild bitter orange flesh and grapefruit rind, dinner biscuit caramel malt and faint wet stone.

Feels smooth and gentle. Medium bodied with laid-back carbonation. Finishes mildly dry and citrusy.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A big, easy, pleasant IPA.

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Photo of Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of L0GlC
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden colour with a thick foamy head. Good head retention. Smells like grapefruit . Similary, it tastes like grapefruit and guava which really accentuates the hoppy finish. The flavour doesn't linger. The mouth feel is foamy like the head, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall I really like this IPA but I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting. It has a very powerful flavour and will make you "hopped out" quickly.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RossFortier
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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