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Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

10-21-2013 06:29:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 02:46:42 | More by biboergosum
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SirNoodle

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

10-18-2013 01:41:45 | More by SirNoodle
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famous_mortimur

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-13-2013 05:50:56 | More by famous_mortimur
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alexipa

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 20:51:50 | More by alexipa
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-11-2013 19:24:04 | More by nmann08
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-08-2013 03:14:18 | More by vermilcj
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 19:02:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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backslide311

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

09-02-2013 09:12:38 | More by backslide311
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pinnser

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-31-2013 18:02:36 | More by pinnser
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-29-2013 23:00:30 | More by timontheroad
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 16:38:46 | More by tone77
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-22-2013 04:06:28 | More by teamwiggum
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UncleAddie

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-19-2013 22:49:11 | More by UncleAddie
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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+

Serving type: can

08-15-2013 19:25:06 | More by kojevergas
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 15:57:31 | More by woodychandler
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jpwilliamson

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

Serving type: can

07-29-2013 01:25:13 | More by jpwilliamson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-28-2013 02:59:08 | More by HuskyinPDX
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-27-2013 18:22:43 | More by djrn2
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-26-2013 00:29:27 | More by DaveHack
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spoony

Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 03:32:07 | More by spoony
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PhatAtUT

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

07-09-2013 14:51:09 | More by PhatAtUT
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-08-2013 16:47:21 | More by blindpiggie
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 05:46:35 | More by Beaver13
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rkarimi

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-06-2013 03:24:52 | More by rkarimi
Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
89 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.