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Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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very good

133 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gerred, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

phooky, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -4.8%

Todd, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Canada_Dan, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

dozier77, Feb 16, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -4.8%

MouthfulOfchris, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

kevindp9, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mfield14, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

stogirelli, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Theortiz01, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

dhbiker0889, Jan 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

LotsofLupulin, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

UHCougar12, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Moerdertaktiken, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

kjkinsey, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

bbadger, Jan 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

rorjets, Dec 31, 2013
Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.