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Upheaval IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Upheaval IPAUpheaval IPA

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 20
Gots: 163 | 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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Ratings: 631 | Reviews: 79
Reviews by Gobzilla:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of randsom
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Great flavor!

Photo of The_Swede
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Snyder18
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of moundbz
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very powerful, sipping beer, feel it after a swallow, better once foam settles.

Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of takusan1000
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppySeb
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ryanmac10
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mahanson08
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of kneary13
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of RDW
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoozerBrad
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Upheaval IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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