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Upheaval IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Upheaval IPAUpheaval IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

438 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: socon67 on 11-21-2013)
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (w/ VONS card) for a 6-pack
Purchased: June 30, 2014
Consumed: June 30, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on May 1, 2014

Poured a caramel, orange, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head. Surprisingly couldn’t notice any bubbles coming up from the bottom. Below average amount of layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant whiff of hops, leading with a sharp potent grapefruit/mango hybrid. Also a significant amount of floral hops, and some caramel, honey, earthy rye hops, tropical notes and wet Cascade hops.

Tasted pretty much like I thought it would have, but boozier. Got earthy rye hops, mango, citrus hops, bitter grapefruit rind, light floral hops, faint pineapple, lime, some pine and caramel. To sum up the taste I’d go with bitter and boozy.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter astringent finish. A bit like rubbing alcohol.

I may have slightly overrated this one. Not bad, but not great.

BucannonXC5, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

TTripp725, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

megamass, Apr 12, 2014
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Great flavor!

randsom, Sep 13, 2014
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The_Swede, Jul 25, 2014
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briandaube, May 10, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

HoppySeb, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jeffwildcat, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ryanmac10, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

mahanson08, May 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

kneary13, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

LXIXME, Apr 07, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. March 20, 2014 on the label.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a white head on top. Some visible floaties in stasis in this unfiltered ale. Average amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh fruity citrus hop aroma on this one. A bit of malt sweetness makes up the backend. A touch of spiciness in there too. Quite pleasant.

T: Solid bitterness makes this a pleasant IPA. Not as much hop flavors as the aroma would lead you to believe but good dose. A grapefruit like citrus mixed with a sweeter fruit. Malts round out the backend with just enough to balance it out.

M: Medium to full body as its fairly thick from the wheat malts. Carbonation is low. Isn't too hot at all but gives a nice warming.

Overall its a nice IPA with a decent bitterness and hop flavor. Might not be something I would seek out again, but wouldnt turn down an offer to have one.

CloudStrife, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BoozerBrad, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

En29356, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Iparedman, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

optimator705, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ryanjtravis, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

m0unds, Jun 15, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a finger's worth of off-white head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Leaves a fair amount of lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Citrus notes with a bready undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong citrus flavor and a soft, slightly toasted bready malt backbone. Long lingering grapefruit pith bitterness in the aftertaste. Simple, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - A pretty good IPA by Widmer. Nothing mind blowing in originality, but points for execution. I wouldn't seek it out exclusively, but wouldn't be opposed to giving it another go.

TheSixthRing, May 27, 2014
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Griffith, Apr 15, 2014
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Upheaval IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.