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Upheaval IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Upheaval IPAUpheaval IPA

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very good

76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 722
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 25
Gots: 209 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: socon67 on 11-21-2013

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large ale glass

A: amber color; thin head, but creamy (inert from the chill), good carbonation
S: dank bittering hops in the nose; promising hop bomb
T: very aggressive hop profile atop a robust malt profile; this is a quintessential IPA: strong alpha acid content; medium sweetness, high bitterness
M: decent, average

Very good IPA; don't expect any sweetness from it though (395 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

poured into a tulip glass from a 355mL bottle.
bottle date: 5/30/14
pour date: 8/18/14

APPEARANCE: caramel yellow with a mild haze to it with small amount of yeast percepitant. 1/2" foamy head with blocky retention.

SMELL: freshly mowed alfalfa and overly-ripened cantaloupe

TASTE: a quick sprite of citrus, then a mellow grainy gulp, with a bitter aftertaste. bitterness hangs around a while- could be due to the old bottle date.

FEEL: surprisingly thin for 7% ABV. Drank quickly.

BURP: pleasant.

a solid 90, especially for the price. (545 characters)

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful IPA. smells of pineapple and mango and tastes of fruity hops. I am SO glad i went out on a limb and grabbed a sixer of this. highly recommend. (154 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of randsom
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Great flavor! (13 characters)

Photo of The_Swede
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Snyder18
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rsquared59
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a bottling date of May 2014. Purchased a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sharp, fruity hops with hints of lime, citrus, mild tropical fruit, a touch of pine, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Delicious.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a malty backbone and a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine resin, mild tropical fruit, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, earthy yeast and mild caramel malt.

O: Very tasty and nicely balanced. A textbook American IPA. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour have excellent hop presence. Plenty of fruity/piny notes underpinned by caramel malt and earthy yeast. Body is OK. Goes down a treat - well worth sampling if you have the chance. (1,303 characters)

Photo of moundbz
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very powerful, sipping beer, feel it after a swallow, better once foam settles. (79 characters)

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of takusan1000
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppySeb
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass. The bottle was stored in a fridge at roughly 45 degrees and purchased as soon as the beer released –drank within 2 months from bottling date. The pour is hazy dark amber in color, two finger carbonated head with cream color, the head sticks for a while until it subdues to a thin foamy crust that still covers the entire surface of the glass. As you drink the beer, the head leaves a short-lived patchy decorative lacing.

Initially, the aroma is a citrusy in-your-face smell that stings with zesty grapefruit and lime, behind it a honey aroma evolves as your senses pick up the spectrum of its flavors. After a few times smelling the brew, I get a very dank aroma consisting of papaya and mango – just as you would smell the basket of ripened fruit containing these at a farmer’s market. The taste is a caramel sweet and fruity (mango, papaya and grapefruit) initially, leading to a very bitter finish that is not as hop-forward as I expected. In fact, to my surprise, there wasn’t much of a hop presence which is uncharacteristic of PNW IPAs – doubtful if due to “bottled to drank” elapsed time but possible.

Mouthfeel is creamier than I would’ve thought – I expected this being a PNW IPA with 7% ABV it would be crisp and with more carbonation (let alone hoppier). The mouthfeel, in my opinion, makes the dankness and ripened fruit flavors more pronounced effectively minimizing the minute hop flavor.

Overall – I was not too impressed with this offering although it’s not bad either. Not something I would seek out or buy again but at the same time I wouldn’t shy away from it if offered. (1,666 characters)

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ryanmac10
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of rack0flamb
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of mahanson08
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BigMac59
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J_Chavez15
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus and hops on steroids. Want to take it slow with this one. Best for knocking no more than 3 after work. Definitely not a session IPA. Might be up there with Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. I would buy this again. (219 characters)

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Upheaval IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.