Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-02-2013

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 185
Photo of spoony
3.27/5  rDev -17%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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). (554 characters)

Photo of PalatePilot
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
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?? (739 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (338 characters)

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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.