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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

142 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of kylemckinnis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

kylemckinnis, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ISmith87
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz canned 1/23/2014 - almost 3 months old

A - 3.75 - nice copper color that's crystal clear with a white head that sticks a little bit. Not much lacing though. Nice alcohol legs.
S - 4.25 - Super nice sweet tropical fruits from the hops, caramel/bready malt in the background. Grapefruit, papaya, passionfruit, mango, orange.
T - 4.25 - Very sweet version of an IIPA. Lots of papaya, mango, passionfruit, orange, lime, tangerine, grapefruit and pine but less than other ipas. Some people say this one is really dank, I'm not getting that so much as LOTS of tropical fruit flavors.
M - 4.25 - Nice, light mouthfeel. Could easily drink a few of these if they weren't 5.99-7.49/can (@#$%!@#%$). Alc dangerously well covered. Aftertaste is pine, grapefruit rind, pretty bitter but not devastatingly bitter.
O - 4.25 - This is a good imperial IPA. Compares well with the new recipe for Oscar Blues Gubna in my book. A smooth, citrus/passionfruit heavy IIPA.

ISmith87, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Stillmakingnoise, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of calcutron
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

calcutron, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +1.3%

mtbdonn, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

BillRoth, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

afsdan, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jklecko2, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Gerred, Mar 28, 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
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +1.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of phooky
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

phooky, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice two finger head that left pretty good lacing topped an orange-tan beer that was clear and had a few rising bubbles.

Aroma and flavor are quite nice, especially aroma, tons of sticky oily hops penetrate your nose like a fiery hop candle. The flavors are bold, but a bit more subdued than the aroma, with a somewhat hoppy skewed, yet balanced big beer. The hops have both soft fruity and sharp, resinous citric qualities. There's a bit of dank that accompanies the flavorful malt backbone of the beer, along with notable spiciness.

Body is medium and sticky with resinous hops and a bitter finish. Carbonation is on the money for what I would personally want, given the rest of the beer's qualities.

The flavors and aromas are complex, and Upslope has once again impressed me with their beer. Keep up the good work, and I'll keep buying your beer.

And I do like that it comes in cans. Mind you I either use commercial bottles for homebrew, or recycle. But for the general public, and the overall good of the planet, cans are very easy to recycle, are very good at keeping beer fresh, and are easier to store or transport than bottles. So for this reason, I am very hoppy that Upslope decided to invest in canning technology and infrastructure for their brewery.

Great Job! ;-)

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ocelot2500, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Todd, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Canada_Dan, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

dozier77, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome amber color with a long-lasting head in the tall Maredsous goblet. Gardenia flowers and pineapple in the aroma. Spritzy and sharp on the tongue.

Rich and unctuous mouthfeel. Expansive flavors of mango and oranges with a touch of carrot juice. Moderately bitter but nowhere near as bitter as the typical West Coast overdose. Delicious malt taste with some acidity but not as hot as you might expect with all the alcohol. Totally drinkable with a fruity and just right bitterness.

Another New Zealand hop bomb, but a sensational plus-sized strong beer for serious sipping. One of the best DIPAs I've had, and this can is at least six months old. From the lanky 19.2 fluid oz can bought in Denver.

mactrail, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

MouthfulOfchris, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

kevindp9, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

mfield14, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

stogirelli, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Theortiz01, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

dhbiker0889, Jan 19, 2014
Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.