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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
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

new ipa to the Denver market, shared graciously by the wonderful staff at littles wine and spirits on downing, the best little beer shop in town! more of an amber ipa this one, light copper color with plenty of soapy patchy suds on top. big hop aromatics, palisade, Columbus and simcoe listed on the can, and the bitterness comes right through. malty sweet and bitter too, almost English in style for a minute there, before it starts to get bitter. the mouthfeel is almost unflatteringly bitter, especially as it winds down. drying and acidic, too much honestly. its a funny contrast to the sweet malt. not in love with the flavors, but the freshness is great, and the appeal to many will be obvious for me, its a well rounded beer overall, but lots in the crowd for me.

Serving type: can

10-30-2013 00:10:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can from a sixer that cost $8.99. Appearance was terrible, cloudy orange with chunks floating off the bottom. Aroma was sort of grainy with mild hop hints. Flavor was grainy malts and then some fruitiness from the hops. Overall a disappointment and I wonder if it was old?

Serving type: can

01-28-2014 21:19:34 | More by ArrogantB
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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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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-15-2014 04:21:09 | More by WDJersey
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 06:11:14 | More by Beaver13
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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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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-23-2014 01:52:07 | More by sneaks2210
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 17:44:22 | More by TheBrewo
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-04-2014 16:45:53 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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EF4

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-31-2012 02:23:58 | More by poppyjohn
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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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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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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.