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Superpower IPA - Comrade Brewing Company

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Superpower IPA
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95
world-class

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Comrade Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-23-2014

West coast style IPA with loads of pacific northwest hops. Huge pine and grapefruit hop aroma, with flavors of citrus, balanced bitterness with a light malt character.
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a freshly filled growler into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated July 27, 2014.

A-A slightly aggressive pour nets about two fat fingers of nearly white, sticky foam. The head leaves some chunky lacing as it fades. The beer appears to be still in the glass. It is clear with an orange-golden hue.

S-The aroma is a lovely citrus-forward blend of orange zest, floral notes, and a bit of sharp, bitter pine. The smell is well balanced, however, with a good malt presence to back up the hops...light caramel and biscuit.

T-The taste, like the smell, is well balanced with the light caramel flavors holding up well against the aggressive hops. The flavor tends toward pine and bitterness when cold, but the orange zest and fruitier tropical flavors open and assert themselves more as the beer warms. The finish kicks just a bit with some floral, peppery alcohol and hops.

M-The body is medium in heft, maybe medium-plus, with smooth carbonation that is lighter than average. Drinkable.

O-I really enjoyed the entire growler of this stuff. It tastes like a well-made beer with nice balance, good layering of flavors, and a delicious hop note. I don't know if this is truly a "west coast" IPA but I don't really care because it drinks well and I enjoyed it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of hophead723
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had three pints of this at Comrade then took a Growler home even though I was extremely broke. I walked to this place because my apartment is right next door and I drank half of it straight from the growler happily along the way. When I got home I poured into a classic British pint glass.

Look: Gold, shimmering, and clear with a pure white head an ample carbonation.

Smell: Glorious aroma bursting with juicy tropical fruit, papaya, melon, and grapefruit aromas leap from the glass. The aromatic head wafts a heavenly and subtle malt smell that backs everything up.

Taste: The hops taste exactly like the smell; juicy and bursting with beautiful tropical hues that are so ambrosial that it is almost unbelievable.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and yet crisp at the same time.

Overall: This beer is clean and drinkable. Definitely something special here, not your average IPA at all because of it's unique characteristics and I have had some of the best in the country. Thank you Comrade!

Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SuperPower IPA delivers an absolute beat down on the palate. And I love it. Tons of dank citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, herbal, floral, and sticky oiliness with a juicy center and clean, bready, malty backbone. Full-bodied, not overly sweet, and ends dry.

Borders a Double IPA. But whatever. SuperPower IPA is one of the best American IPAs from Colorado, and arguably one of the best in the country. And drinking another beer after it is pointless, so you might as well have another.

Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full notes taken to my phone at Falling Rock Taproom, Denver, CO during consumption.

A- Pours with a pretty much clear golden body to a pint glass from the tap. A cap forms to half a finger or so but it looks like the glass is slick. One big sheet of lace with a few small spots and drizzle.

S- Dank hops are quite strong and the overall focus of the brew with plenty of other hop notes like citrus, stone fruit, pine and floral. Small amount of malts with pale caramel and cereal coming to mind. Mostly hops.

T- Citrus opens up quite a lot but the dank hops really reign supreme. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pine resin, flowers, apricot and dank nugs. Freshly cracked cereal grains and some sweetness. Light bread and yeast esters.

MF- Medium bodied overall thickness with a creamy and silky texture but not chewy. Carbonation fairly high and it supports the delicate hop flavors and cushions the higher ABV. Finishes with medium bitterness.

Drinkable and dank fruity IPA with plenty of pine and citrus as well. Always love the good completely random finds.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Squealer delivered to me by BA strongrepublican. Served into an oversized Belgian tulip.

Looks great. Clear, golden body with light, trickling carbonation. Sudsy, frothy white head that leaves a wall of lace in its wake. 5

The aroma is heavily floral, a tad herbal, and there are notes of grapefruit and orange along with a passionfruit flavor that takes a while to be noted. 3.75

I was a bit discouraged by this beer given the smell, which isn't bad but certainly isn't stunning either, but the flavor veers more into delicious territory. I'm assuming Mosaic was used for flavoring as this beer is tasting all types of melon-like, mango-ish, and sweet. This is followed by a bit of resinous, dank and zesty hop and yeast flavor. 4.25

Lighter side of medium as far as body, with a sweet, refreshing start, zesty middle and then an aggressively dry and bitter finish. A lot goes down with the mouthfeel. 4.25

Some great flavors here and I quite enjoy this brew, but I don't love the aroma, the bitterness is a bit over the top and finally the Mosaic flavors don't quite pop as I want them to. I mention these things because they are what keep this out of the 4.5+ territory.

Photo of buzzed
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn delicious, great job Comrade.

Photo of purplewindex
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a growler last night, poured fresh just shortly before drinking. This beer smells incredible and is very juicy, full of grapefruit and pine notes. I love super hoppy and flavorful beers, and while this could benefit from being slightly hoppier/pinier, this is one of my top two favorites that Comrade offers. I've been very impressed with everything that I've had so far at Comrade, and they are super friendly there as well. Could definitely see myself drinking lots of this beer. Recommend.

Photo of NMMcCune
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. If you can find it, buy it.

Photo of ColMan
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really, really good IPA. Guessing this brewery has a connection to La Cumbre in NM as the Superpower is nearly identical to the La Cumbre Elevated IPA. Identical hop profile, a tiny bit more malt on the finish for the Elevated. Rated them both the same in a side-by-side comparison.

Photo of Deltoro
3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bland, for all the kinds of different hops none of them standout

Photo of backslide311
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of if not the best IPA I've ever had.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, labeled as superpower and as a West Coast IPA which I really wish brewers would stop doing if they are not true west coast IPA's. Alpine, Pizza Port, RR, Green Flash, Alesmith, these are true west coast IPA's. Most brewers outside California who label their beer as west coast never get the hop flavor or aroma aspect to match. Now this beer was nice and hoppy and I liked it but it just doesn't fit with the stuff I've had coming out of CA. This was sort of yellow in color, nice citrus aroma with a little bit of pungency but not quite dank and not really tropical fruit. Flavor was similar and had a nice bitterness. This is a good hoppy IPA it's just not in that West Coast league. This was the best beer I had at Comrade.

Update 07/06/14

Went back to give it another shot and they've improved this beer, nice stuff.

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well made but more piney and catty than I care for

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a really well hopped ipa, distinct from the many generic ones on the denver market, and decidedly american, with no apologies for not balancing this thing out with caramel malts. minimal bitterness with all the hop flavor is appreciated, and there is a floral tropicality to it, with maybe mosaic or citra in the dry hopping. something along those lines for sure, higher alpha and uniquely fruity. the beer is only medium bodied, which is nice for its higher abv (nearly 8%). creamy feel and a nice head on it, but like all the beer i had at comrade last night, its moderately undercarbonated and could really sing with a little more gas on it. the hop profile is what makes this ipa unique, and i can see this being the one to put comrade on the map. its distinct enough to stand out, and i think thats everything in this style these days. well done overall.

Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dank, citrusy, crushable, delicious IPA. Better than the west coast IPAs. Rocky Mountain sweet nectar! This beer is rad!

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Comrade, poured into a pub glass.
Appearance - light gold/yellow with a little bit of bubbles and a thin white head. Lacing is weak.
Smell - grapefruit, mango, some pine and grass. West coast citrus hops here!
Taste - follows the nose, flavorful and refreshing!
Feel - sweet and mild bitter hops on the finish; very flavorful and refreshing mouthfeel!
Overall - love the aggressive hop style of this beer and if the price were a bit more reasonable for a pint/growler, this would be a must have!

Photo of southdenverhoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer at this promising new brewery. Light gold in color, big piney nose, the first flavor hit is a mix of pine and grapefruit, not tangerine or tropical fruit. There is something dank and Columbus-like down in the mix too. Malts are bready, cereally as opposed to sweet, but they're present. The beer finishes dry but not bone dry. It is very, very nice IMO, an answer to folks who ask where's the great Colorado IPA to match those coming out of San Diego or Sonoma County or Vermont. We've got others; DuganA and Myrcenary spring to mind. But this one is my current favorite.

Photo of flixjones303
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampler at the brewery. Looks like an IPA. Slightly stanky (in a good way) hop profile. Perhaps some slight cattiness to go with huge pine and pineapple aromas. Very bitter. Solid effort.

Photo of themill
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure about a TRUE West Coast IPA (I think it's damn close but I know if I had this and then let's say Stone Enjoy By the Stone would smell and taste more like the true West Coast style) but let's not overthink it - this beer is fantastic. Loads of citrusy hops give this thing a great bite, and the after taste is solid. My favorite beer at Comrade, for sure.

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Superpower IPA from Comrade Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.