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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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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

ConorPeterson, Jul 30, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

batt6343, Aug 29, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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

rsdaugherty, Oct 25, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 10, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Jhansengranger, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of minnesotaryan
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

minnesotaryan, Mar 29, 2012
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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.

GilGarp, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Taperwookie, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

ucsbmullet, Mar 12, 2014
4.25/5  rDev +9%

GOGRANDE, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

eawolff99, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

pjbfromkc, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

PalatePilot, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

ZachRusk, Dec 20, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Seanibus, Aug 24, 2008
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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%

Mebuzzard, Oct 26, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%

QuadriderMX, Sep 17, 2014
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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.

Yetiman420, Mar 18, 2009
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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

Franziskaner, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

lordofthewiens, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dcisco44, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

cbcrunch, May 15, 2014
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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.