Upheaval IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Upheaval IPAUpheaval IPA

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 24
Gots: 195 | FT: 0
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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 CaliforniaJohnson
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 Andnkuhn
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of randsom
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Great flavor!

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
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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 J_Chavez15
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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 TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Upheaval is a decent IPA. Good balance between malt and hop making this very easy drinking. Highly recommend.

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle - 6pack at local grocery store in Los Angeles

A: Hazy amber, minimal head

S: slight citrus - nothing spectaular

T: Hop forward, bitter and harsh - the malt backbone failed a bit here and I felt for an IPA it had an unpleasant hop bit. Those of you from the Arrogant Bastard camp might find this appealing.

M: Minimal carbonation, medium body, smooth

O: I would say this is off balance IPA - nothing special. I personally find no reason to seek this out.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a finger and a half of head on a mostly clear straw body.
The aroma is a burst of lemon, grapefruit, orange and pine.
The taste has a big dry and bitter start, a little less bitter middle with a touch of sweetness and a bitter finish. Good profile.
The texture is crisp.
An excellent IPA with layers of bitterness.

Photo of Mises85
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber color with 2 inch thick pillow head. Good looking carbonation with a touch of yeast sediment.

Smell: Classic west coast IPA. Big Citrus hop bomb. A lot of unexpected fruit in the background including mango, guava, passion-fruit. Some pine needle as well.

Taste: Just a joy. Some more pine, citrus, monster hops, oily, mango, residual bitterness with a touch of biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, oily, refreshing.

Overall: Definitely the best IPA I have had since I had Maine Beer Company Lunch. Smooth, monster flavor, balanced, creamy, heavenly. One of my top IPA's easily.

Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottles 3/20/14, bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear, deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to leave a small layer skimming the top, leaving behind a few patches of lace 3.75 0.1875

S- grassy and piney hops mix with some doughy malt aroma, a hint of tropical mango/pineapple hops to close it out 3.5 .7

T- pine and grassy hops up front, mango/papaya notes, sweet & slightly toasted malt, finishes dry with some grassy linger 3.5 1.575

M- medium body & carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish, high drinkability 4.25

O- Very drinkable, but tastes more like a regular pale ale to me. I did like the hint of tropical notes though 3.5 .7

Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange. Slightly hazy. Medium foamy head. Medium, persistent lacing.
S: Citrus. Pear.
T: Pine. Hop-forward. All about hops. Alcohol is hidden by hops.
M: Medium carbonation with an uncommon spritz at the end. Typical body (medium).
O: This is a good hoppy IPA.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +5.5%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped JUL-31-14. Not sure if that is an expiration date or a bottling date. I sampled it on October 31, 2014.

Cloudy pale yellow pour with a short-lived white fizzy head. Not sure if that is an unfiltered pour or a chill haze.

Aroma of grains, some muted wheat, and floral and grassy hops.

The body is medium to heavy

The taste also begins grainy but ends hoppy with a lingering bitterness.

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice IPA, very hop forward, not too much malt to cover up the hops. Nice appearance, smell, and mouth feel. Nothing about it gives a 'wow' factor but it is enjoyable and I would take this one over the Alchemy Ale (Also a fine IPA).

Will not necessarily seek out, but would purchase and drink again if available. Not top of the crop, but near the upper end of American IPA's.

Photo of Chritter
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. $3/bomber

Photo of matjack85
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. There is a freshness date date stamped on the bottom right hand corner of the label. but it doesn't say whether this is a bottled on date or an expiration date, so it's kind of useless.

The beer poured a hazy golden/orange color but only made a ½-finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

Nice tropical fruit and hop aroma. I was picking up orange, pineapple, and grapefruit.

Bitter grapefruit and orange peel dominate. Not a lot of maltiness here other than a touch of caramel. It does have some wheat flavor as well. Bitter grapefruit finish and aftertaste.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

It's pretty much what it claims to be - a hoppy west coast style IPA.

Photo of Michiganden
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Nice hops, very smooth

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date May 31, 2014 printed on the label. My first beer from Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a bright golden sienna orange body with one finger of off-white froth that leaves good fat lacing on the glass. Cloudy unfiltered appearance with a good amount of sediment. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is a good balance of honeyed bready malts and piney citrus hops. Notes of earthy yeast, green apple, pine, oranges, grapefruit.

T - Taste follows the nose - still balanced, bitter, & fruity even after almost 5 months in the bottle. Grapefruit, orange, pine, bready honeyed malts. A classic IPA.

M - The feel is crisp, smooth, & easy-drinking. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a well-balanced and flavorful IPA from Widmer Brothers; a nice introduction to this brewery for me and I look forward to trying more. A solid IPA with a moderate 7.00% abv; I would definitely have it again.

Widmer Brothers Upheaval IPA -----4/5.

Photo of RyanK252
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces very well.

S: Tropical and fruity, light citrus, a bit spicy, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit and lemon, spicy, pine, tropical and fruity notes, mango, peach, pear, lychee, and light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very pleasantly surprised. Great easy to find IPA.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden pour with thin white head. Maybe it’s the haze, it appears dense and inviting. The aroma beckons with heavy citrus and floral notes. While the flavor carries citrus and pine, it’s smoothed mos likely by the addition of wheat. Finish is quite bitter, which is an excellent ploy to get me sipping more frequently. Pretty delicious brew.

Photo of Rivarol
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly better than average IPA.

Photo of KrazyUlysses
4.89/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I love my American IPAs to be hard, hoppy, and very bitter. This does not disappoint. A beautiful golden brown, smells of rich hops, and tastes as bitter as one could hope for. Not for the faint of heart, the aftertaste might too bitter for most. It's my favorite draft at the local sports bar. Would highly recommend to all strong IPA enthusiasts.

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Upheaval IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.