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Up Top IPA - JDub's Brewing Company

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Up Top IPAUp Top IPA

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23 Reviews

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 34.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
JDub's Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeast on 03-14-2014

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 156
Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly well done IPA, hitting all the right notes. Pours a hazy yellow/orange with semi-creamy white head and lacing. Pungent aromas of tropical fruits, with grapefruit pith being the main culprit in the flavor department. A bit of a soapy tinge.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, orange-caramel coloring, with a scant, scattered, surface coating of off-white head. Nose of grapefruit, wet grass, pine tassels, and sugary sweet notes. Flavors are resinous and bitter forward, grassy and piney, with a quick follow of tart and acidic grapefruit and lemon. Oily slick bodied, with a resinous and grassy, bitter aftertaste. The finish is slick, light, and with a resinous and tropical fruit linger.

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Photo of harsley
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer surprised me. Visiting the in laws in Florida for our semi annual visit. I always stock up at total wine abs try to get things ice never had before and can't get in Mass. Disappointments abound but this came through surprisingly. Only complaint is that the carbonation was a bit low. Good color, good smell but great hop flavor. Fresh, dank hops dominate the palate which is A+ for an IPA in my book. I like it dry, with malt, not balancing, but just enough to barely notice. Diamond in the rough if you ask me. Maybe mine was extra fresh as other reviews don't agree.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Resin, Rind, Dank, Bitter

The brewer suggests that this is a sessionable and not overly bitter IPA. It is quite drinkable for sure, bitter enough for an IPA but the flavor that the hops unleash is the real show here. A big splash of citrus hits the palate first with suggestions of orange pith, zest and pulp. Hints of blonde tobacco and biscuity grain in the middle. Even keeled overall with an earthy dankness from the hops in the finish.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.75% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Melbourne, FL.

Amber body has good clarity and is topped by a decent head.

This is a pretty good IPA, very herbal with a suggestion of weed in the aroma. Medium carbonation in a medium body. Strong hop flavor with only moderate, or maoderately-high, bitterness.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy burnt orange color, 1 inch white head, good lacing

S: Smell is faint but I get some grapefruit peel and some sweet malts

T: Strong hop presence, grapefruit peel just like the smell, good balance of a sweet malt

M: Medium to light

O: Pretty decent IPA by my standards. Great hop presence then a nice malt balance. Smell was a little weak but taste was great.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber with light crown of off-white head. Little to no lace in generic pint glass at Gerst Haus in Evansville.

Aroma: Pine and grapefruit hops. Not especially notable.

Taste: More pine and citrus hops, with a pretty fair malt profile to back it all up. Bitter nip at finish, with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall not a bad IPA, but pretty average in a sea of similar brews.

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Photo of Buck89
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I thought this beer was a mess. Very hazy, consistent with the style of really hoppy beers, but a muted hop aroma. Bitter with muted hop flavor. Some citrus, but also some vegetal notes. Faint malt that was balanced. Somewhat dry with a decent mouth feel. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

My local, in-person trader, tone77, headed Due South for a while and returned with a bunch of CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is like a twist on the old t-shirts in that my buddy visited the south and all I got was a bunch of CANs. In this case, that's okay by me.

From the CAN: "Quality. Innovation. Culture."; "Pairs well with your homies. A sessionable India Pale Ale that doesn't slap you in the face with bitterness. Negatron - this one inspires to find your closest pals or the person next to you at the bar and give 'em a big ol 'UP TOP!'"

The Crack! led to some immediate foaming through the vent so I allowed it to calm down before CANmencing any sort of Glug. I decide upon a gentle pour, down the side of the tilted glass to avoid too much foaming. I still got better than a finger of dense, fluffy, eggshell-white head with good retention as a result. Color was a cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with loads of floaties in evidence. Nose smelled like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice was in my glass! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really bitter, like grapefruit rind and/or pith! Wow. Even as a hophead, this seemed a bit over the top for my liking. I felt like I was getting slapped in the face with its bitterness and since when is 6.5 % ABV CANsidered "sessionable"? The verbiage on this CAN was highly misleading! Finish was dry and bitter, but it was like hop juice without any type of malt backbone. Gah! I usually like hoppy beers, but this one was far too unbalanced to be any good.

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Photo of zac16125
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass
no canning dates

A: Pours a hazy golden orange, with 2+ fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Some floats can be seen in the glass. Head has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves a few small patches of lacing. 4

S: Piney notes, citrus, big floral characters; balancing sweet malts. Quite nice. 4

T: Lots of bitterness, floral hops and hop spice, citrus rind, a smokey character. I like. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is average. 4

O: Solid beer, nothing special but enjoyable and worth a drink. 4

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Photo of nickfl
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange body, mid sized white head. A grassy, lightly hoppy aroma. The flavor largely matches the aroma with a bit of malt sweetness and minimal hop character outside of bitterness. Medium body, slightly dry finish. Not poorly made, but not well thought out either. It is dominated by a misguided hop character where there is plenty of bitterness but a lack of real hop character.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, resin, light pine. Taste is hops, pine, mild bitterness, a bit of malts are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jdub's Up Top IPA
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$1.84 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. Head retention is quite good, lacing is average.

Aroma: Resinous, piney, and floral hops. Caramelish malt.

Flavor: Gently citrusy, piney, and grassy hops are well meshed into a biscuity and caramelish malt base. Solidly bitter. The can reads "A sessionable India Pale Ale that doesn't slap you in the face with bitterness", but it does build on the palate: the alcohol combines with the hop bitterness and it has a very dry finish. Still, it remains balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward medium-light in body; moderately crisp carbonation.

Overall: If there's a flaw to this beer it lies in the choice of ingredients, not in the brewing technique. The malt flavor is good but it doesn't particularly stand out, and the hops follow suit. Is it citrusy? Is it piney? Maybe a little bit of both, but muddled. I'm not even sure what varieties are in use. Perhaps there are too many types at work, confusing it a bit. Or not. Regardless, it generally seems to lack a bit of 'polish" as far as what it's intended to project.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with white head. Spruce, citrus, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty clean with a nice hop bite.

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light amber, soapy white head, sprays of lace on the glass, quarter inch sticks. Smell: somewhat tropical (dried pineapple, sugared dried mango), rindy, peach, resin. Taste: orange juice and zest, orange flavored sugar cookie, resiny / woody. Second try of this one is better than the first. Warming it does get a bit heavy on the resin and orange extract-like flavors, but this is better than decent.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Attained from Trader Joe's, Tampa. 6-pack cans. Says on the can: "...doesn't slap you in the face with bitterness."

6.5% ABV .:. 55 IBUs

A: Pours a murky brownish yellow. Not the typical robust copper that you usually get from an IPA, but definitely looks tasty. The head is what really gets me though; a thick, creamy, 3-finger pillow-top was poured into my frosty mug.

A: Getting that piney, resiny scent characteristic of IPA, but also a lot of maltiness with it. Might be the green can, but there may be a hint of sweet lime as well...

F: Good punch in the face of hops, (Centennial?). Not getting much in the way of fruits, but a lot of malty, breadiness too. And no real bitter after-taste! I wouldn't say this is a beer your girlfriend will like, but definitely tolerable to most palates.

M: Moderate level of carbonation, getting a bit of wateriness, but not too bad.

O: Pretty good, drinkable IPA. Doesn't have as much wow-factor as Jai Alai, Two-Hearted, Torpedo, and similar IPAs, but is definitely a great day-drinking choice. Love supporting FL breweries!

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy copper color, just under two-fingers of fluffy white head, and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: A little diminished overall – citrus rind, resinous pine, and bready malt.

T: Big grapefruit rind hops, bready malt backbone with just a hint of caramel sweetness, some resin in the middle, and some flowery hops in the back end. Moderate amount of bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, average alcohol presence for style. Carbonation sensation does seem a touch on the low side.

O: A solid beer from a new brewery to me. But in the end, it's nothing that I would go out of my way for. Again, it's a crowded canned-IPA market these days, and this doesn't do much to stand out.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a light shade of orange, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells sweet, some citrus, some pine, kind of just like every other IPA out there, unfortunately.

This tastes weirdly off, I can't really describe it. There's an orange-ish fruity hop flavor, with some lingering bitterness, but literally nothing else. Very one-dimensional. No malt flavor, no change in flavor as you drink it. It's perplexing.

It's medium bodied, and slightly syrupy in the mouthfeel, with a good amount of lingering bitterness. Not all that drinkable.

Not the best IPA I've ever had, by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of Shaw
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first craft beer packaged in Sarasota, and it's in a can. JDub's hires a mobile canning company to come to the brewery and put Up Top in six-packs; the brewery will get its own canning line in the future.

Pours a pretty pale amber/gold in my tulip glass with a tight white head. Almost minty aroma of hops.

The flavor begins with a minty/herbal hop flavor that's balanced by biscuity malt notes. JDub's didn't want to make this IPA a bitter bomb, and they deliver: It's very flavorful of hops, but doesn't leave the typical soap-like hop reside in your mouth afterward. It finishes clean. (Not that soap-like is a bad thing, either.)

The first canned craft beer in town, and it's a winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy copper body. Clear body until the sediment flows in. Clouds it up. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Citrus. Grapefruit. Light sweetness. Toasted malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Toasty malt. Bready and grainy. Slightly sweet. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Drinkable and well carbonated.

Overall - Not very exciting, but drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill-hazed & effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays hazy, nice lacing & head retention

S: Bready, tropical fruit notes, not much else

T: Breadyness, caramel, pineapple & woody hop notes. More bready sweetness as this warms, some pineapple, orange peel & woody hops. Finishes with pineapple, a little grapefruit, breadyness, & a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, a little grainy, skews a little sweet, but bitterness swings back in as it warms

Drinks easy, tasty take on the style, wish it was little more hop forward in the nose...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Pairs well with your homies. A sessional India Pale Ale that doesn't slap you in the face with bitterness. Negatron- this one inspires to find your closest pals or the person next to you at the bar and give 'em a big ol 'UP TOP!'" Brewed in the style of an India Pale Ale. Available in 6 pack cans and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden white head of a frothy foam consistency over a densely hazy body, color copper amber with dense specks of sediment in tow. Carbonation is plentiful with small bubbles and relaxed. Retention is very good, lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Strong hop aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, faint grass and pithy lemon for a bright sunny hop aroma generates a moderate perceived bitterness. Malts form a subtle aromatic drive with mostly clean pale malts with a drizzle of biscuity caramel sweetness for a largely simple profile with a touch of body, keeping the hops the deserving star of the show. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) Flavor is slightly less bright than the aroma, with mostly grassy and lemony hops coming through, fruity and citrusy flavors are less discernible in the flavor. Bitterness is moderate for the style. The malt profile is fairly simple, with a subtle biscuity caramel body, a touch of sweetness and a somewhat dry finish. A very nice use of hops are in this IPA although not quite as varied to the degree that the aroma had teased. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly chewy, clean, dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a mild, foamy mouthfeel, perhaps a touch flatter than desirable. The body is medium for the style, medium+ amongst all beers. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet with a fair representation of both. Alcohol presence is low, and there are no off-characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) A very solid introductory beer into a brewery that I didn't know existed less than a week ago, and I'm already craving more from them. Highly drinkable, clean and a nice usage of hops for a well-rounded IPA. I could argue that at a solid price and availability, this could give Jai Alai a run for its money. Worth a shot to anybody who enjoys a tasty IPA. 3.75

JDub's Brewing Company's
Up Top! IPA

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Photo of phishgator
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saw this at my Total Wine & More store and decided to give it a try. The pour came out good. nice copper color with a good thick head. The aroma is of spicy hops, similar to Dogfish Head 60 minute. The taste was horrible. Burnt rust. I don't know if it was a bad batch or this is the true recipe. Either way this became a drain pour.

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Up Top IPA from JDub's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.