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Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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87
very good
41 Reviews
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218
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3.93
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Imperial IPAImperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ArrogantB on 06-02-2013

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 218
Photo of SavvyStudent
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Liveupthere
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

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Photo of mcflypie
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is a huge huge ipa, that can trick you with its hop delicacy, but really packs a punch. huge can too makes it a trip. the color is clear golden and bright, well carbonated, and producing an inch of white foam at the top of my wine glass. its got a nose of west coast hops, although they use varieties from new Zealand here. tropical fruits abound, as does a sweeter melon aroma. I don't smell alcohol, but man can I feel it after about half the can! robust hops flavors, oils, body, and bitterness as the finish draws near. sticky like honey as it warms up, and I still really don't taste the booze, which is impressive for 10% abv. the hops are refreshingly fruity, and they cover up the beers strength quite well. upslope has a good thing going with this, but the big cans are just a little more of a serving that I would recommend. bright ipa, well hopped, worth picking up.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
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+

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Photo of woodychandler
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of jpwilliamson
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bitter pleasure to drink. I love the can presentation and style...very Boulder. I'm psyched Upslope came out of the closet on this beer...this is what we want, what we need in a hoppy, HA, but drinkable pull. I've enjoyed 4 or 5 of these lovelies over the last few weeks and each were a pleasure. Just be sure you've not followed on by too many others as the 10% ABV will catch up with you quick...

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Photo of spoony
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lively carbonation rising through an amber body and producing a thick, creamy white head. A bonanza of hop aromas: melon, citrus, pine; very sweet smelling. Light malt character packed with juicy sweetness and an excellent hop bitterness; bright and bracing flavors. Smooth, medium body, dry finish.

Hops rule this one with immense aromas and light yet bracing bitterness. Malts and hops character combine it interesting, complex ways and do a fine job of masking the high ABV. Well-made and easily drinkable (especially if intense IPAs are your thing).

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Photo of PalatePilot
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured big can into globe glass

A-Pours clear and orange/rusty color nice white head.

S- Not a big nose at all, Garlic and onion with a little fruit

T- Surprisingly good. Without the nose I was a little weary. I get those great NZ hops, and more fruit, almost berry. Well balanced.

M- Not too syrupy. Easy drinking for 10 abv

0- Good IIPA.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
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??

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Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice big Stove Pipe can...

Soapy straw colored head on top of brilliantly clear orange brew with tint of red.

Pine, marshmallow, resinous, earthy, slighty dank. A bit weak. Slight cow pasture aroma.

Creamy, smooth, easy drinker, nicely biting hops, bready, dry, piney, crisp and refreshing. No sweetness, smooth flowing bitterness, light easy carbonation.

Great brew for a hot summer(ish) day. Recommended. 19.2oz cans are fun too.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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