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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

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Seanibus on 08-24-2008

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 112
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
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 biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, 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 sky 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%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.