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Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

150 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
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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4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

GolaRx, Wednesday at 09:20 PM
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4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer, especially from the large can. Great feel in the mouth, not too chewy. Especially for an I-IPA. The taste notes included citrus, raisin, and pine. Closest thing to Heady Topper I've found from a can. Careful! The over sized can and the ABV will sneak up on you!

Liveupthere, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I CANnot get over just how many craft CANs are available in Colorado! If you are looking for a trade or if I owe you from a previous CANTrade (TM), let me know as I am going to have a plethora available shortly.

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Robust, Hoppy, Generous"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt[,] Malt[,]New Zealand Hops[,]Yeast[,]"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted[,]Aluminum CAN[,]Portable[,]Recyclable[,]Good"; "Why CANs? We package our beer in Aluminum CANs because it's good for you, the beer, and the environment."

What a great Crack & Glug! The room suddenly seemed scented with hops. An aggro Glug later and I was facing a dense finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with caramel, minty hops and an alcohol heat/burn. My nose hairs suddenly disappeared! Mouthfeel was that of a big, solid dollop of goopy, gloppy beer on my tongue. Taste was intensely hoppy, very very minty, initially, followed by a wash of caramel. Finish was a like a minty caramel and if it weren't such a spendy beer, I'd have bought a bunch more.

woodychandler, Aug 04, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

19.2oz imperial can poured into a pint glass.

A: Light orange / copper color with soapy, sticky head and tiny, active carbonation bubbles. Head is resilient and carbonation slows down over time, but is still visible and pokes up through the off-white head.

S: Lots of citrus with noticeable pineapple and mango aromas. The piney, dank, earthy hop aromas are there but in the background.

T: Fruit forward flavors, again pineapple and mango most noticeable. Biscuit and esters set up a contrast of incredible peppery blast and huge dank, earthy, salty hop bitterness.

M: A full-bodied beer that provides fruit sweetness and spice from the hops and relief from the malt. A bit drying from the bitterness, but the carbonation helps lighten up the mouthfeel.

O: Love the imperial pint and it proves that huge, complex, and impressive beers can be canned. The imperial IPA style can be hard to judge between competitors, but I think Upslope has created a true rival to Deviant Dale's. An excellent beer. I would love to try it on tap.

blindtiger24, Jan 06, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, almost syrupy in color. A little lacing.

S: Sweet, passion fruit odor. Hoppy smells galore no doubt.

T: Tropical fruit notes and hoppy/malty tastes. Like Fruity Pebbles, but hopped out.

M: Lively and citrusy IPA. Delicious.

O: A refreshing Tropical Imperial IPA. A classic here in Boulder, CO. Long Live Upslope!

mcflypie, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden color with solid lacing and minimal carbonation visible. Small head on pour.
S: very strong American hop characteristics. Grapefruit and citrus brightness that is really awesome and potent.
T: grapefruit, hoppiness and citrus strong on the front.
M: bright with light mouthfeel and little carbonation.
O: they did a great job keeping this DIPA fresh and bright with all the flavored you look for in an IPA. The traditionally mouthfeel of many CO beers is left out in this beer. I was hesitant to buy just another CO beer but this brewery surprised me and worth a buy if you find it.

SavvyStudent, Dec 03, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz can poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass. Don't see a canned on date anywhere.

Appearance: Pours clear amber with a fluffy 1 inch off-white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Very pungent hop aroma - citrus and grapefruit dominate along with some floral qualities and pine. Just a hint of caramel malt sweetness in there, but hops definitely take over. Very nice.

Taste: Similar to smell - big grapefruit hop presence, tangerine, floral. Some tropical fruit that I wasn't picking up in the aroma. There's a hint of sweetness from the caramel malt to balance it out but flavor-wise this is all hops. Just a tad bit of alcohol heat on the finish along with bittering hops. Overall, very very clean flavor profile that really shows off the hops.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. Clean, crisp, medium to high carbonation level keeps the hops popping.

Overall: Outstanding showing from Upslope. Hangs with some of the top DIPAs in the business.

emyers, Jun 17, 2014
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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
88 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.