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Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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very good

151 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-02-2013)
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Todd, Mar 03, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

19.2 oz can. Pours copper amber with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny stinky hops (almost summit like, but not over the top) and some caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny hop finish. Pick up very slight summit hop off notes, but not much. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I'd buy it more in 4 packs vs big cans though.

Beaver13, Jul 08, 2013
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An Imperial pint tall-boy can, procured on a Whole Foods run, on the first day of Denver Beer Week, last week, and a tad dear for the single, at that. I do like the typically spare ingredients list, only here the first item is 'snowmelt'. Gnarly.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and ultimately bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a broad swath of metal t-shirt imagery lace around the glass as things take a header southwards.

It smells of sassy, somewhat musty citrus - sweet fleshy orange, underripe grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi - hearty biscuity, bready caramel malt, crystalline toffee, and further perfumed floral and pine resin hop esters. No real sign of the ABV as of yet. The taste is a mite bit more subdued - semi-sweet citrus cream, which does well to blend and obfuscate the individual fruits, caramel and toffee malt, some wet breadiness, a mild zingy, mint-suggestive spiciness, and back-nine leafy, woody, and pine needle hops.

The bubbles are rather understated, i.e. damned near flat, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, in that horror movie sense, where the tension tells you that something jarring is just out of range. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly clean, and teasingly hoppy.

A sort of strange bird for the style, but in a very good way. Everything on everybody's checklist is indeed there, but everything just feels, well, laid-back. Especially the full, nicely round 10 points of alcohol - where on God's green Earth did the brewer hide that? Wow - I found myself at times contemplating the quality of this unassuming APA (!!!). Anyways, a superbly rendered DIPA, nothing too extreme on either side of the proverbial aisle, and stupidly, inanely, and pleasantly easy to drink.

biboergosum, Oct 19, 2013
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Another beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 19.3?! oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some tropical fruits. Taste is bitter, liots of hops, a bit of pine, some fruits, 10% abv is well hidden, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of tropical and citrus hops.

Tastes of the fruity hops with a pretty big malt profile. Hops lead off with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit along with some pine. Big hops notes, but not much in the way of bitterness. Syrupy malts come through and add some sweetness to the fruits. More malts come in with caramel and toffee notes. Finishes sweet with a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a fruity DIPA that is malt heavy.

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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
89 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.