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Up Top IPA - JDub's Brewing Company

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Up Top IPAUp Top IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | 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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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

More User Reviews:
Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of suckaj
1.59/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

lacking in hops, tastes like wood

Photo of CraigS119
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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!

Photo of Chicowdy
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very solid IPA from local Florida brewery.

Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy copper, smelled of onions and resin, malt bill does not work well with the hops. Just not good.

Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little overly bitter with a weak finish.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.83/5.00

Photo of TX-Badger
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of phishgator
2.14/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Mikemcc99
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clean very light bodied simplistic IPA. Nicely hopped with citrusy notes. Finish is a bit too bitter for my taste.

Photo of worussell3
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Buy this frequently in cans. Excellent IPA.

Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Up Top IPA from JDub's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.