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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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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Seanibus on 08-24-2008

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of Jhansengranger
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Seanibus
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of dholman02
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor and just what I wanted. Full hoppy taste comparable to unita hop notch.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.