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Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
88
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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2.08/5  rDev -47.3%

Grizz1320, Aug 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Domvan, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

edit 6/15/2013

had a can and it was not very good, onions, garlic, blech.

On tap at hops and pie. Yellow color, soapy film of a head. Aroma is a hops and peaches. Flavor has a hit of bitterness and then that peach flavor again. Overall this was a pretty enjoyable IPA and I look forward to buying a can or two when they hit the stores.

ArrogantB, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%

Pours a clear 24K gold, small but persistent head of foam.

The smell was of sugary sweet malt with a lightish aroma of hops.

The taste is strong with malty sweetness, lightly hopped despite the hefty IBUs, fairly strong alcohol presence.

Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, that's not what I'm not liking.

Too strong, too malt liquor like, too reminiscent of Dogfish Head 120, which I detested.

I'm glad I won't have to buy another $6.99 can.

Bitterbill, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale" (NOT "Imperial IPA"); let's cut the shit with abbreviating beer names haphazardly, alright? 90 IBUs. 10% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it self-identifies as such in the name and on the label. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for this style. 1 pint 3.2 fl oz aluminum can with straightforward label art acquired at Davidson's Liquor and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous five finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth complexion. Supple. Head retention is superb for the style - about 9+ minutes.

Body colour is a predictable clear vibrant copper. Translucent/transparent. I dig the vibrance. Some gold hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks good for the style - certainly above average. Looking forward to trying it. Quite inviting.

Sm: Has a nice citrusy bite to it - grapefruit and orange peel. Floral hop character. Clean fresh barley. Pale malts. Pine. Some breadier malts. A dash of caramalt - not too much. It seems like a good mix of malts and hops, with hops clearly dominating just a they should. But I'm not convinced of the integration or balance. Some zest. An approachable pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pleasant juicy grapefruit bite with some taming orange citrus notes. Unfortunately, there's also a bit of that hoppy stale orange juice flavour that destroys so many otherwise good IPAs. Perchance a bit oniony. Malts are covered up by the hoppy notes, but I do get caramalt - a bit too much for the style - and pale malts. Also some bready malts. Clean barley throughout.

Flavour intensity is above average for the style. Shallow depth of flavour. Flavour duration is average.

Somewhat imbalanced. Decent complexity; not much subtlety. There's not a whole lot of pleasant flavour here, and the naked untamed bitterness really brings it down.

I don't pick up any yeast character, but there's a bit of alcohol that's noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a nice crisp bite. Somewhat refreshing. A biteen overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Pretty decent body. Fair thickness.

Dr: A downable imperial IPA, but its lack of balance and absence of any special characteristics makes it forgettable. I'm sure many locals will rate this highly, but it doesn't compare favorably to the best/great beers in the style. Pedestrian. I wouldn't get it again, but it's drinkable enough. Certainly above average overall. They really need to sort that bitterness out if they want to play with the big dogs. Hides is ABV alright.

Highish C+

kojevergas, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

tried this one out today and it's a solid beer. It hides the abv well and is not bad drinking. With a caramel color and clear body the beer looks good and sweet. Nice foamy head, some lacing.

It seems this beer's focus is on the bite, because the smell isn't all that good. Onion and metal, mixed somewhat poorly with pine and some citrus. The sweet bread helps it a bit, but the alcohol accentuates the calamity.

The flavor is better, though. That onion and metal is gone, replaced with citrus and tropical fruit, some green grass. Not to be outdone, the malt comes in with some sweetness...and booze.
Still, it was easy drinking. I would like to know the hop bill further than "New Zealand hops". Why mention that and not the hops??

Mebuzzard, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 19.2 oz man-can into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a dark-golden/amber liquid. The brew is clear and flat with very little carbonation to support the short-lived one-finger head of light-tan foam. There is decent lacing. The beer is nothing spectacular to look at, but pretty true to style.

S-There are a lot of sharp, aggressive hops here. I get lots of bite, some soapiness, as well as a lot of onion, and earthy, herbal notes, and a bit of warming alcohol. The malts are not completely buried and there is some biscuity flavor underneath.

T-The brew is bracingly sharp and bitter, with an earthy, vegetal spice, and an unbalanced finish. The alcohol is noticeable and contributes to an out-of-whack flavor profile that tries way too hard to impress with its bitterness and sharpness and forgets what makes good IIPA good, i.e., balance and complexity.

M-The feel is lighter than many IIPAs with mild carbonation. Not as dank or oily as you might expect.

O-For me, this beer represents what is wrong with IIPAs. It relies so much on shock value and over-the=top hops that it lacks any of the depth or complexity that makes drinking a beer with 10% ABV worthwhile. This is a one-trick pony that I will not be returning to again. I suppose if you are into onion/spice/huge bitterness, it is worth a look.

spoony, Jul 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ygtbsm94, Oct 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

sendbeer, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

AlexFields, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

PhatAtUT, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Moerdertaktiken, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

afsdan, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

19.2oz tallboy can, no clear canning date. Extra'd by Daniel, thanks man. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 3/23/2014.

App- Clear light copper body, very appealing, with a one finger white head with sticky lacing. Fine retention. Looks the part of an IIPA.

Smell- Smooth caramel and toffee malts, which are backed up somewhat by a spicy tropical hoppiness. No question though, this is on the sweeter side of DIPAs.

Flavour- Grapefruit, passion fruit hop flavours are here, buttressed by caramel and toffee flavours. Rather sweet for the style. Nice citrus bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, well carbonated. Finish is dry, citrusy and fairly bitter. Refreshing and a moderately drinkable beer.

Overall- Solid, it's a bit on the sweeter malt side for the style. The citrus and tropical fruit hop flavours are muted and clearly in the background. The can could be old, of course. Still, not a bad beer at all and it was worth the try. I'll finish this one happily.

Stevedore, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Chilly_E, Aug 03, 2014
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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.