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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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87
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Seanibus on 08-24-2008)
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 04:22:56 | More by rsdaugherty
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a very nice deep yellow color with a light haze to it. The beer has a golden hue to it once it settles in the glass. The head retention is a good on this brew and the lacing was as well. The smell of the beer has a really nice hoppy aroma, plenty of citrus and pine notes. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a subtle malt sweetness with a really nice hoppy pop in the middle and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's almost creamy. Overall this beer is very good and very enjoyable. Glad I was able to try this.

Serving type: can

09-10-2012 02:08:33 | More by Knapp85
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minnesotaryan

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice pint poured at the Aspen Brewing Tap Room.

A: Orangey gold, nice white head, excellent lacing.

S: Citrus and piny resinous hops, slight hint of malt, but it is a very hop forward/focused beer.

T: Slight sweet start but the hops kick in pretty much immediately. wonderful citrus and big piny notes. some malt with hints of caramel and toffee, really nice flavors, have not had an IPA quite like this.

M: Somewhere between the thick and medium mouthfeel, very carbonated. Very nice dry finish.

O: A good beer in a ski town dominated by BMC. Lots of hops and unique enough to stand out in a sea of similar products.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 03:27:27 | More by minnesotaryan
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Taperwookie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-28-2012 04:48:39 | More by GOGRANDE
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2014 02:21:02 | More by eawolff99
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PalatePilot

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-23-2013 21:34:57 | More by PalatePilot
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ZachRusk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-20-2012 00:28:40 | More by ZachRusk
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Seanibus

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing offering from such a young brewery. It is a gorgeous beer - bright, radiant amber with a fluffy white head that falls to good lacing. The smell is near perfect - a blast of piny and grassy hops, like a walk in the alpine forests of Aspen. The flavor is huge, vast mouthfuls of piny and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is nicely clingy and viscous, fixing that piny finish to your mouth. This is a star, well worth the trip to the brewery and a worthy competitor in a state already saturated with great brewers.

Update: I am taking a second pass at this beer on a subsequent trip to Colorado (February of 2010) and I still think it is an excellent beer, but I am reconsidering my review slightly (I'm gonna drop it to a mere A, I believe). Either this beer has gotten hoppier or my tastes have shifted in the last 18 months. I find the aroma and taste so overwhelming that it becomes a palate killer. It is a delicious beer, but too intense for an enjoyable session beer, yet such a blast to the tongue that it is hard to shift to a lighter-character beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 01:20:19 | More by Seanibus
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at La Cantina - a tasty coastal Mexican joint a couple of blocks from the brewery in Aspen.

Served in a Hoegaarden style tumbler glass. It was St. Patricks day and I had to insist they skip the green food coloring for my beer. I know, Debbie downer.

Hazy peach color with an extremely thin head with a crater-like surface of different bubbles.

Very strong, piny and citrus aroma. A distinct variety of hops is used in liberal quantities late boil in this beer. Perhaps Simcoe or Amarillo.

Thick hoppy flavor. This IPA has the hops covered on flavor and aroma. It's unbalanced to the hop side (less malt profile) which is fine by me for an American IPA.

Very well done and I look forward to drinking more of these while in town on vacation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 03:25:51 | More by Yetiman420
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-07-2013 05:59:24 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-04-2014 16:45:53 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly clouded amber color. Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head with fair retention. Heavy, clinging lacing.

S: Big piney floral hops with a light, lasting cirtussy pinch.

T: Bready malts. Long, lingering floral hop flavor that coats the mouth and tongue.

M: Big beer; fills and coats the mouth. Carbonation is there but won't cut the lingering floral hops.

D: Lingering coating mouthfeel keeps me wanting morer, but 7.5% abv cautions me to savor and enjoy.

I had this at the brewery - I tried 5 beer, and all of them were well done. I had another at the rib joint in Aspen...oh yeah, goes great with bbq.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 16:03:37 | More by Haybeerman
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mentor

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger of nearly white head over a light rust liquid. Smells classic grapefruity hops (cascade). Some pine and a little bit of baby aspiriin. Not much malt to speak of and esters are very mild (maybe pears).

Tastes very nice. Grapefruit pithy with some lemon. It has a nice grassy hop character to balance and is also supported by just a dash of non-descript malt sweet. The current trend for IPA is, to me, very artificial. Breweries that add isomerized alpha acids to their finished beer get a very clean hop bitter. Garbage. The hop bitter in this beer is a bit messy from use of actual hops and that adds the complexity I'm seeking.

Md light body and medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:57:45 | More by mentor
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-01-2013 20:01:37 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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poppyjohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-31-2012 02:23:58 | More by poppyjohn
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-30-2013 19:57:05 | More by MarkyMOD
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Gerred

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-23-2014 05:27:51 | More by Gerred
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mds1101

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-23-2013 22:22:23 | More by mds1101
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-23-2012 20:10:55 | More by dsuedbeck
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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
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