I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale) - Upstate Brewing Company

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I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale)I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale)

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upstate Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NJBeer265 on 05-22-2013

This beer is a merging of two of our favorite styles: India Pale Ale and American Wheat beers. It has n intense floral-citrusy hop bitterness of an in-your-face IPA with the light and refreshing body of an American Wheat beer. A great beer for all of you hop heads!
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

This pounder is quite agreeable with us, no lack of flavor in this hoppy treat. This substyle of the IPA and American Wheat Ale is sort of like the underground punk movement, eventually it will catch on and everyone will want to jump on this style. Great job with this one Upstate!!

STYLE: India Pale Wheat
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Hazed dull amber, thick lacing

SMELL: Fresh citrus zest, orange pulp, green tea, yeast, fresh bread, apple skin

TASTE: Deep smoothness, tight crispness, moderate sized body, rustic wheat, grainy, earthy, tobacco, orange peel, doughy bread, green peppercorn, ample hop bitterness, kiss of alcohol, drying finish, linger hoppiness

Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can

I followed the directions on the can (cuz, , thats how I roll) to pour 3/4th give it a swirl and then pour out the rest. Results in a heavily clouded darker apricot pour, under a huge anlasting eggshell head. Slowly goes to a merangue and a blotchy film, along with some thicker high sheeting.

Middle of the road, malty nose, with some leafy back ground hops.

Pleasant hybrid of styles. Moderate hops, wheaty malts, easy drinking and better then decent drinkability and complexity.

Gotta love a quality brew in a 16 ounce can. Worth a try if ya see this NY State local in your area

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Had it out of a can on the train ride home, solid addition to the bar cart! I'm not
Generally a big wheat beer fan, but this is not overwhelming. There is a big hop presence mostly grassy and resinous flavors and if you're looking for a good clean kick to the mouth after a tough day at work, this is it!

Photo of scootny
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber with an eggshell off-white head and healthy lacing. A slow fade leaves a light covering on top. A caramel toasted malt sweetness that is light and bready. An edge of alcohol flashes a cutting sweetness and presents pepper and light fusel notes. Some yeast fruitiness brings some faint banana, flowing into vanilla and dates. Hops are an unfolding of a floral bouquet and citrus spiciness. Taste is a progression of the nose with a redoubling of the hop compliment. Light twangy wheat malt lays a delicate platform that brings a touch of lemon and light syrup. Hops are the star here. Earthy at first they bloom into mild grapefruit and hop oil with a Saaz like spiciness in the finish. Finish is clean and light with a delicate graham cracker and hop oil tracing along the inside of my mouth. No trace of booze which males it sneaky. Dry and quenching. Feel is very crisp and smoothly carbonated with a medium light weight that lends itself to sessioning but given the abv watch out. A great hybrid that makes me appreciate the strengths of an American wheat and how well one can construct an IPA out of a lighter less hearty beer. Me likey lot!

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

faintly hazed tinged goldenhue with a bright white head. Nice citrusy an piney hoppy nose with some malty undertones.

Creamy yet thin body. Flavors are like the nose but a bit more subtle, faint sweet breads flavor beneath the hops. well blended. Pretty balanced with some lingerin bitterness and a little bit of graininess. Mildly earthy but mostly fruity. Nice and light bodied, brisk and crisp. Could be real nice for the summer.

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, this can is courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is hoppy, some lemon and grapefruit, desert like dryness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although I'm not getting much from the "pale wheat ale" that the can advertises, this is a good quality beer.

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Aside from a beautiful pour into a pint-sized tulip glass that produced a nice finger of head that before long dissipated to a nice crown of lacing atop a hazy amber murk of a beer, the nose is what captivated me first.

What is going on here. Something vaguely reminiscent of bubble gum. I take a sip. No! It's tutti frutti, maybe? I take another sip. Nah... really? Ok. I'm going to go with what my pallet is telling me: watermelon. Yeah, there's a bit of gum and other stuff going on there background, but the one in the front driving the bus is definitely watermelon. Never gotten that from a beer that didn't actually have watermelon in it, so that's a cool way to begin this pint.

What makes it hard to say is that this brew is so dry. I mean, bleached bones baking in the midday sun of the Sahara on a hot day dry. A nice bitter kick from the hops adds to the effect with a bitterness that isn't overwhelming, but nonetheless slowly and gently envelops the palate throughout the long finish.

Despite the lack of apparent lack of sweetness, the malts are there. They offer a faint caramel back drop that offers a subtle suggestion of sweetness. Almost taunting in a way. Like that mirage on the horizon... I mean, oasis. Just keep walking toward it and all will be fine. Just one more sip, I mean step, at a time.

The hops here play strange ticks on you. They variously come across in floral tones, subtle bright spices, and suggestions of citrus fruit. It's so nice to see a brew with "india pale" in the name that doesn't just dominate with pine or grapefruit citrus rind.

If you look for it, the wheat is there. It's not in the front of the crowd, making it's presence known. Rather, it's in the back, egging on the rest of the team, keeping morale high, and holding it all together. Occasionally it jumps in the game on a critical play and helps the team come out on top.

A nice brew from Upstate. Keep 'em comin'!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden hazy yellow into a Dundee hefeweizen glass. Half an inch of head or so, minimal lacing.

Nice aroma. Lots of hops of the herbal, dank, and piney slant.

The taste is a bit more muted, but ultimately follows the lead of the aroma. Some wheat bitterness is present, but this is ultimately an IPA brewed with wheat rather than a hoppy wheat beer.

Slightly thin body, a bit too watery, really. Crisp mouthfeel and carbonation.

I'd like to try more from this brewery, but this falls a little bit short.

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high dense beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral and tropical fruit hops and wheat along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable. The unfiltered nature lends a bit of chewiness.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a cross between an IPA and a wheat bear—it offers the aromas and flavors in hops from an IPA and the light-bodied nature of a wheat beer. It is very easy to drink and is something that I would consider to be very sessionable.

Photo of plaid75
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Red's Place, Seneca Falls, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured piney hops and a soft caramel.

The taste consisted of a light wheat spice with caramel and grassy and piney hops. There was a pleasant residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward wheat infused IPA.

Photo of tviz33
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can in to a Birdland Brewing tulip. This a blend of two styles- the IPA and American wheat ale, so I'm pretty interested in sitting down and reviewing this.

A- Pours a pretty hazy amber/orange body with two fingers of off-white head and soapy lacing.

S- Everything I would expect from an IPA. Big citrus, a little pine, and a surprising amount of sweet caramel.

T- So nice. Drinkability is through the rough. Bitter, but not overbearing. The hops bring out some awesome citrus and pine notes and the wheat works with it very well to mellow it out.

M- Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Carbonation is middle of the road

O- I try not to be biased in my reviews when it comes to local breweries, and this one is no exception. Upstate only makes a few beers, and this is no doubt their best. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dirty apple cider brown, so most likely not filtered. Head is great has a bit of an opaque color but a solid inch which which will result in a good bit of lacing.
S - I could smell it from my desk and my nose dove in to find citrus rind and pine hop bitterness. Very lemon in tone and the wheat I can smell which is in the back round,
T - my my is this interesting. Taking a sip I was blasted with whole pine hop bitterness then quickly it turned on me into a great bit of wheat and a sweet bit of malts. A few sips later it take more of an acidic hop tone nature leaving my tongue bitter. Wish it had more sweet balance.
M - Light to medium. Hoppy as all hell.

Overall even though its just another aggressively hopped beer I applaud the blending of wheat into the mix. Maybe a touch of filtering and more of a sweeter malt base and it could be one exceptional beer. As it stands though hop heads will love it.

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours hazy brownish orange color with an inch of thick white head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus hops and pine. Hints of pineapple and mango. Caramel and bread. The taste is light citrus hops with lots of sweet caramel and wheat bread. Piney hops with some floral notes towards the end. More IPA than Wheat but I'm not complaining. Medium bodied, but maybe a tad bit watery. Good amount of bitterness. I'm really digging this take on the style. Overall, I'll be looking for this one again.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a merging of two styles: India Pale Ale and American Wheat beers. It has an intense floral and citrus hop bitterness of an American IPA with the light and refreshing flavor of an American wheat beer. The beer is unfiltered and dry-hoped.

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The amazing JenRay was working in Manhattan and so I decided to take the train up and meet one of my regular CAN Traders in person. While I was up there, I scored a whole buncha CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM), including this one. I have to say that I am disappointed by the photo as I am unsure that it meets the criteria for inclusion, but my CAN has a very generic, stark black & white look to it, so it may be a wash.

From the CAN: "Fresh [-] Local [-] Beer"; "Est. 2011"; "I.P.W. A cross between our two favorite beer styles: IPA and Ameri[CAN] Wheat. Dry Hopped & Unfiltered"; "Directions [:] Pour 3/4 of the CAN into your glass. Swirl the remaining beer in the CAN a few times to collect any wheat that may have fallen out of suspension. Pour remainder and enjoy."; "IBU: 70 [;] Hops: Magnum, Zythos, Nugget".

I heard a loud Crack! and since they did not specify how that 75% pour was to take place, I went inverted. Hee hee. I had to back off before the 3/4 mark anyway as it was coming up quickly in the glass. I got a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention as a result. The liquid in the glass looked like turbid river water, like the Conestoga after a heavy rain (SRM = > 9, < 13). Cloudy, muddy, filled with suspended ... wheat (?). The nose smelled heavily of grapefruit and once more today, my mouth was watering in anticipation. I was also getting a peppery scent which only increased my anxiousness. I live for this sort of thing! Mouthfeel was big, full and creamy, perhaps as the result of the inclusion of wheat. The bitterness was what really grabbed my attention, truth in advertising as the citrus hops played across my tongue like a bowstring across a violin. What a tremendous find! The lacing that formed as a I drank was going to need a jackhammer to remove. Finish was dry and hoppy, but not over the top. I really liked the way that the wheat seemed to hold the hops in check while still giving them room to operate. I am a self-avowed hophead, but I have had some beers that seemed saturated with hops, which is too much. This was like Baby Bear's I.P.W. - just right!

Photo of nmann08
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can, pours a translucent bring gold copper color with a thin white head.

The smell is crystal malt, bread, citrus and a little bit of resin. Not super complicated in the nose. The flavor is tropical fruit, sweet crystal malt, candied sugar, a little caramel backbone, pineapple. This is very bright, tasty. A nice clean refreshing finish with a little bit of a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall, well above average.

Photo of Tank880
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Powerful bouquet. Enjoyable beer. I look forward to their other beers.

Photo of cfalls
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber, two finger head, lots of lacing.

Unique smell of floral hops, bready malts, and cyanide (think peach pits or apple seeds).

The taste starts with bready yeast and finishes with bitter hops. Dry. The bitterness really lingers.

Really unique, yet immediately appealing.

Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 16 oz can into a weizen glass. Body is orangey-amber with plenty of "floaties" and a small off-white head that leaves a nice collar of lace behind.

S: Bright citrusy hops. Pleasant.

T: As advertised, this is a hoppy wheat ale. Bright citrus of the grapefruit peel and lemon varieties. Modest wheat twang serves to lighten the overall impression and feel. Finishes clean, with modest lingering lemony bitterness.

M: Call it light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is a little light, making this a wee bit slick . But the wheat and vibrant citrusy hops both serve to lighten it, so it never really feels syrupy.

O: This is quite good; I get it often when I see fresh cans. A good summer drinker, even though it's 6.5% (and at 16 ounces, a third more beer than an average can/bottle).

Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with one finger of head that has really good retention.

Aroma: Fresh, citrus hops and hints of yeast.

Taste: The lighter body of the wheat malt really lets the spicy, citrus hop flavors stand tall. Lots of grapefruit pith bitterness with some papery wheat showing up towards the finish, which is pretty clean with just some lingering bitterness.

The Rest: A fresh take on an IPA. Really interesting, well done and tasty.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real drinkable wheat ipa, i like the style a lot, and have been clamoring on about it for awhile. wheat ipas always seem to want to try to be belgian, with wit yeast, orange, and coriander. it just doesnt often work with the hops like it seems like it should, so its great to see a wheat ipa that isnt belgian in the least. fuller bodied golden but still real drinkable with some haze to the look and a tall white head. it smells aggressively hoppy, with both pine and lemon aromas. the taste shows a lot of hop oil and bitterness, over a rather bold wheat malt base, frothy and rich for what it is, full of flavor, and supremely fresh. first beer from these guys is definitely a winner, i would go back to this one if i could. almost a spice to the hops in the finish, sort european varietals meet american dosing, although i have no clue what hops were used here. a really pleasant beer, refreshingly different and quite well made.

Photo of hipsterbeersnob
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer caught me pleasantly off guard. I'm not typically a wheat ale fan but I work at a beverage center and it is part of the job to sample our growler selection to review and inform customers to better suggest an agreeable beer to their liking. That said,
A. the beer pours a beautiful dark clear red/amber hue with a modest head that dissipates with minimal lacing.

S. Smells almost as good as it tastes, fresh floral hop notes up front followed by malt, biscuits and honey.

T. Very well balanced, walking a thin line between bitter and sweet. The hops are ever present but never overpowering. Floral and citrus rather than earthy and piney.

M. Thicker than water, but thinner than syrup. Pleasant on the tongue, good for a sip or a slam.

O. A very pleasing often overlooked India Pale Wheat. The perfect beer for someone who is curious about IPA's or even the experienced IPA lover.

Photo of Mallowree
5/5  rDev +31.6%

This hybrid is pure perfection. It's citrusy and hoppy without being overwhelming! It has a great orange/yellow and unfiltered color. It has 70 IBU.

I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale) from Upstate Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.