Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. - Aspen Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by blindtiger24:
3.64/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
12-15-2013 22:38:46 | More by blindtiger24
More User Reviews:
2.28/5 rDev -42%
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.
12-18-2013 06:11:14 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-31-2014 22:53:58 | More by Franziskaner
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-20-2014 02:33:45 | More by GilGarp
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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
10-25-2012 04:22:56 | More by rsdaugherty
3.93/5 rDev 0%
Served on tap at the brewery in Aspen. Little to no head upon serving, but lacing was heavy down the glass as I drank. Smell was piny, grapefruity, maybe a tad grassy. Taste was overwhelmingly bitter, not even a hint of malt. Carbonation was high for my taste, which added to the sensation of bitterness. Overall a great IPA.
04-02-2009 21:36:47 | More by merryjoulton
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-12-2013 17:44:22 | More by TheBrewo
Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
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