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

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.
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BA SCORE
88
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Seanibus on 08-24-2008)
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Reviews by rsdaugherty:
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -42.1%

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
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

08-31-2014 22:53:58 | More by Franziskaner
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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
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jtnord

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-30-2014 00:51:49 | More by jtnord
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Taperwookie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-25-2014 05:18:26 | More by Taperwookie
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-07-2013 05:59:24 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-27-2014 23:20:35 | More by dcisco44
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-28-2014 00:14:52 | More by Beerbuddy21
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RossFortier

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-26-2014 23:12:27 | More by RossFortier
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-12-2014 02:40:04 | More by ucsbmullet
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-14-2014 23:03:58 | More by cbcrunch
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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-30-2014 17:16:03 | More by KeyWestGator
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-28-2012 04:48:39 | More by GOGRANDE
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beerrooster

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-14-2014 15:08:05 | More by beerrooster
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batt6343

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +13.7%

08-28-2014 23:37:43 | More by batt6343
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IllicitEloquence

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-23-2014 02:25:17 | More by IllicitEloquence
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1%

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
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ConorPeterson


4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

07-30-2014 00:32:26 | More by ConorPeterson
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-18-2014 13:03:20 | More by ToadiesForCody
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-12-2014 13:25:17 | More by mrebeka
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habaceeba

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-31-2014 00:00:47 | More by habaceeba
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EF4

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-07-2014 00:17:53 | More by EF4
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Nordbier

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-14-2014 22:07:38 | More by Nordbier
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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.