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

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: NJBeer265 on 05-22-2013)
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Reviews by tviz33:
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

tviz33, Aug 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +5%

Wolvmar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Billolick, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

butters_mcgee, May 10, 2014
Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

AngryPenguinBrewCo, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Ralphs66
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Ralphs66, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

scootny, Oct 05, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Keene, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

jtierney89, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

tone77, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

twillingthenoz, Sep 04, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Amalak, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

metter98, Oct 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

civicm87, May 05, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%

JonAdams, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Noelito76, Nov 09, 2013
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4.1/5  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.

plaid75, Nov 01, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

BushwyckCraft, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

DrDemento456, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Dwkasper, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

morrowd3, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sachie23, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

LameTrouT, Jul 21, 2014
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I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale) from Upstate Brewing Company
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