Whoop Pass IPA - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Whoop Pass IPAWhoop Pass IPA

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RoyalT on 11-12-2003

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Reviews by lwillitz:
Photo of lwillitz
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery

A - clear golden orange

S - nothing but hops; weak smell

T - pine and citrus hops bite the palate; bitter and delicious; bitter aftertaste lingers . . .

M - light-medium body; medium carbonation

O – A little malt flavor would not hurt this DIPA, but it's pretty good as it is.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep burnt orange with a billowing two finger white head that settles ever so slowly leaving broken lace behaind as it does.Aromas of citric and leafy hops with not alot of sweetness,there is some alcohol induced sweetness but not in ur face.Big citrus fruits on the palate with not a whole lot of bitterness,more alcohol induced frutiness makes for a very non-bitter DIPA with all the fruitiness derived from the hops and malt,the alcohol does creep and make's itslef known as it warms.I like this beer because it's not overly sweet and the hops have some complexity.Nice job here.

Photo of RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Clear, brownish-orange body with a head that was kind of small but that lasted awhile and pitted, lacing the glass beautifully.

Smell – Strong, raunchy hops define this aroma. There’s huge pine with some citrus and something else that I can’t identify, but this is probably one of the sharpest hop aromas that I have every smelled.

Taste – Man, this is huge! By far the biggest hops of any beer that I have ever tasted. As stated earlier, I can pick up the gigantic pine and secondary citrus, but there’s much more in this one that I just don’t have the experience to describe. The bottom line is that THIS IS ONE HOPPY ALE!

Mouthfeel – Close to full-bodied and extremely dry. The hop finish goes on forever.

Drinkability – If you don’t like hops, I wouldn’t go near this one. Really, I wouldn’t even talk to someone who has drunk this beer in the last ten days. But, if you’re like me and love hops of all kinds, this is the Buddha.

Photo of explosivebeer
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a thick creamy head that settles into a nice residual swirl of bubbles. The color is a deeper orange, like many other imperial IPAs. The aroma jumps out of the glass and presents you with a pleasant onslaught of citrus-y hoppiness with some undertones of pine. The taste is sweet, alcoholic, a little bitter, and generally good. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness. Really, this beer is worth the aroma alone and everything else is just a bonus.

Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy this rare, Pacific Norhtwest DIPA.
Served slightly chilled into an imperial pint glass, the body is a chill hazed, radiantly golden color, with a lot of active carbonation evident in the glass. Two finger, beige head retains well, finally receding into sticky, island chain, lace. Quite a looker!

Aroma is boldly hopped. Fresh hop resins sear the nose with pine sap and grapefruit rind. Faint notes of tangerine and caramel seem to emerge at room temperature.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied, with crisp carbonation. Oily, resinous, hop juice is intense enough to have a burn on the tongue. No alcohol presence noted.

Taste is all about the hops. Fresh and Bitter hops. Earthy, floral, citrus, but mostly pine sap. Caramel, orangerind, and tangerine notes peek through, especially at room temperature, but are quickly swatted into meek submission. The brash hoppiness becomes more citrusy toward the finish, but a malt presence is never able to fully come forth. Finish and aftertaste have a lasting, dry, bitterness that is limezest and pine resin.

This one is a perfect remedy for the hop deprived. Whooppass, indeed! Hopheads would rate this one much higher. This makes a Stone Ruination seem like an ESB. "Knock the Doors Down" bitter hoppiness is offered here. Very enjoyable to drink, well constructed, and loaded down with Pacific Northwest, high alpha, C hops. Whew! This one will render your tastebuds useless to review anything else, but the high abv is cleverly concealed.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Another one thanks to Jetsbeer...don't know why, but I like it when there is no mention of the word "double" in the name...had no clue this one clocked in at 9%.
Cloudy mahogony in color with less than a half finger of bright white head...a fine layer remains on top and some sporadic lacing remains on the side of the snifter.
Nothing over the top in the nose...juicy fruit hops with a diacetyl twinge with a lingering nose.
The taste is real solid...glad to see this is no butter bomb. Well balanced with a strong malt presence to balance out the boatload of hops this one is carrying.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect...no alcohol present until the last few swigs and finishes very clean.
Not overdone for the style...just done right. Possibly the best session brew for a double IPA I have tried to date.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours an orange color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma definitely lets you know this is a double IPA. I get a lot of pine and orange notes as well as a little bit of biscuit malt.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a medium bitterness in the beer and a lot of pine from the hops. There is also a little bit of orange citrus and biscuit malt, but the beer is dominated by the piney hops. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.26 gallon swing-top courtesy of RoyalT.

Appearance: Poured a wonderful hazy honey in color. Massive, thick, and creamy head stands proudly atop the brew. Lacing is impressive and complex.

Smell: This is the Eddie Murphy stand-up show of aromas..."RAW". What we have here is "Kick you in the nuts" aggressiveness in the hops department. Very strong and very nice.

Taste: Freshly-cut grassy, oily hops stand up and physically assault your palate, beating them to an unrecognizeable pulp. An oily pine cone then wedges itself between your teeth and refuses to budge. Possibly one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Barely anything stands in the way of the avalanche of hops that invades your mouth. Finishes with a very long-lasting, mouth-puckering, lip-smacking bitterness. This is a 9% ABV beer but it is kicked aside by the myriad of hops that leave it trampled underfoot.

Mouthfeel: "Large". Full-bodied and sticky on the palate.

Drinkability: Folks...if you don't like hops, steer clear of this one. The burps this one kicked up were a symphony to witness. This is "the" beer for the evening.

RoyalT scores yet again with this hop monster.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good caramel auburn color. Noticeable hop aroma still (I drank this about 8 months after I purchased it).

Great bitterness. I thought I totally ruined this beer sitting on it, but it held up true to the DIPA style. I promise, I will buy another bottle and drink it within 48 hours just to compare and contrast. Anyways, lots of caramel on the palate, but a stinging bitterness. Big mouthfeel of what I assume is Cascade hops among others.

EDIT: Could have a little more flavor hops instead of just all bittering. What I thought was an old dipa review, really didn't change much when having it 1 month old.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, from a late-night (I love this city) jaunt to a QFC (boss!) in the Denny Triangle.

This beer pours a clear medium orange-amber hue, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which settles quickly, leaving a decent vista of iceberg lace around the glass in the process. It smells of citrusy, herbal hops, and mild bready caramel malt. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, and a slackened leafy citrus hoppiness, buoyed, if that's your thing, by a subtle to enveloping booziness, depending on the sip, and the phase of the moon, I guess. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight, in danger of turning to the light side, and coldly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly nondescript hop bitterness taking a final toll against and underwhelming malt presence.

As far as PNW DIPAs (acronym budget, spent!) go, this is fairly weak offering, flavour-wise. The booze, on the other hand - well rendered, and pretty innocuous. A trade-off, at best.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day 3 of Thanks Msubulldog25 For This Beer I Could Not Acquire Otherwise. You rule, Brian!

Pretty much a quintessential Double IPA look: dirty white head is creamy and fluffy, lasting a good several minutes before thinning and never totally disappearing. The color is a rusty burnt orange with notable clarity.

Aroma has an excellent balance. There's a prevailing toffee-heavy maltiness mingled with an herbal, minty hop character. Doesn't scream "DOUBLE IPA" the way some do, as this is obviously not about Armageddon-level hoppiness. Not in the aroma, at least...

Ooh...very nice flavor. Herbal/minty, like the aroma, but a controlled grassy astringency comes in to thrill the tastebuds, especially if you're a hops lover. They're prickly, buoyant and quite bright without being anywhere near tongue-ripping. That's thanks to a caramel-y sweetness laid down by the malt, and there's a bit of apple cider-ish sweetness here too. Finish isn't terribly powerful or long, but mint, caramel and red apple meet there and stick around just long enough to make you want to take another sip, and fast. Easy, easy.

Not as creamy as I prefer the style to be, but good enough. Fairly sticky, while in the bubble department it delivers a nice tickle to the tongue. And slick enough to make it a smooth ride.

This is a nice example of the style, and one of the most drinkable, thanks to its balance and "where is it?" alcohol presence. I wonder if all Silver City stuff is this good? [Fairly Obscure Comparison Dept.: Middle Ages X Double IPA]

Photo of ElGordo
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather still orange-amber hue with almost no head. Aroma of biscuity malt, strong fruity hops, and light notes of tropical fruit. Palate is full of hops up front, with accents of pine and tropical fruit. The sweet malt offsets the bitterness before the swallow, but yields again on the finish, leading to a lasting hoppiness.
Body is full and creamy, a little richer than most IPAs, almost velvety like an ESB. Still, this is not a distraction but rather a fitting body for the flavor profile. A thoroughly enjoyable offering, cheers to my man Noah for bringing it over last week. Now I need to find more!

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomb

appearance: served in my delirium chalice - autumunal amber body, forced foamy white cap with a sticky, filmy lace

smell: balance very evident in the aroma - big sweet malts, resinous piney hops, light citrus rind

taste: quite sweet - both from the citrus in the hops and the heavy malts that balance this thing out and almost overthrows the hops. Balanced with moderate bitterness. grapefruit rind, dash of lemon, pretty heavy on the booze

mouthfeel: big and sweet - not particularly how I prefer my IIPA's

overall: just ok - kind of a letdown

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes from Summer 2009. Previously reviewed but lost from the website.

Poured from 22 oz. bottle a nice sparkly amber with a foamy head that left just a bit of lacing.

The aroma consisted of a powerful punch of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and grass. Just a hint of malty sweetness.

The flavor followed the smell --- piney, citrusy hop bitterness up front with a sweet malt backbone that doesn't interfere with the fresh hops. This is a great tasting DIPA made with fresh Washington hops. This is not a balanced DIPA --- it is tremendously hop forward that takes advantage of fresh Yakima hops.

Nice carbonation to counter the sticky resin. Thicker mouthfeel than other DIPAs I've had.

Given this is a Spring seasonal release (just when I'm in the mood for IPAs after a long winter of stouts and porters), I could drink many of these. The high ABV might limit the number that I could have, but these taste good enough that I would drink only these in a sitting.

Photo of jamex
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my WA friends for this one.

Pours a coppery burnt orange. Smells great; not too strong but enough to get a hint at what's in store. Notes of cascade and columbus hops (as stated on the bottle).

Not as orangey and flowery as my So Cal IPA's but a good effort nonetheless. Tastes solid with a nice finish. Not too bitter which is something I like in a DIPA.

Well done Silver City.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mughugger for this 650 mL capped bottle.

A: The DIPA is amber, more orange than brown. The ale is rather clear, showing off a bright shine. A finger plus of white foam has left thin patches of lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Orange peel is in overload, thickening up the nose with bitter sweetness. A strong caramel backbone doesn't back down, matching the hops nicely.

T: The ale is prickly, leaping off the tongue with zesty bitterness. The orange peel mixes with pepper, lemon and grass and comes across very strong. Mid-sip an interesting floral flavor emerges, complimenting the citrus bitterness. Caramel malts add a base for the hops to sit upon.

M: The ale is big but it never trips over itself; rhe malts stay in their place and the hops in theirs. The hop profile nicely defines and directs the ale; I'm just along for the ride.

D: The 9% is well hidden, rarely betraying its warmth. Silver City really nails the hop profile, resulting in a very approachable DIPA.

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden copper. Dense beige frothy head. Big tangled sheets of lace.

Super floral and citrus. herbal resins. sweet pale malt lingers in the background.

Rush of juicy citrus, bitter grapefruit, pine, floral, spicy resins. Toasty, light caramel, touch of booze. Big ol bitterness.

Medium body. sticky and drying. slow and low carbonation. just enough. some creaminess to the body. some acidity.

Drinkability is great for abv. there is a little kick. Plenty of hops make this one a real Pass Whooper.

Photo of waldowin
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber color, with a massive white head and tons of carbonation. Smell is all hops, somewhat cedary and woody, no real floral nose to it.
Taste is sweet malts, with a bit of buttery slickness and a blast of pine-tree and woodsy hops.
With all the hops and carbonation, this is not an easy beer to drink in any quantity. It's almost like drinking chopped hop buds at times.
This beer was a bit uncomfortable to drink, despite the nice crisp taste. Would be a good beer to drink while watching the leaves turn red.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this 0ne the other night and I have to admit I really liked it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/04/2010.

Nice pour, dark amber in color with an almost amber hue to it. Very full looking and full of carbonation, a nice white top then formed which came up to a height of around three inches before settling back down and leaving behind a good bit of sticky lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is deep, lots of balance here as the initial citrus hop assault is mellow but builds with a significant amount of balance provided as well. Interesting flavor here as the first half of the first glass was very hoppy, extremely hoppy with a rich orange and pineapple flavor that really seemed to hold together quite well. But once it started to warm, some really nice caramel notes then came out. Warming, with a subtle sweetness that really seemed to work quite well, hiding the ABV and providing much depth to it. Huge feel here, medium to full with low carbonation and a really nicely done profile.

Overall this was very, very solid and I really enjoyed sipping it over the course of the night. A great offering here and something that needs a bit more attention.

Photo of beerhandy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Pours a dark copper brown with a tight off white head. Streams of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass keeping a thin foam blanket covering this brew

Aroma is hoppy, intensely piney and citrusy with some cattiness

Taste is rich malty sweet but then the hops coats your tongue and dries it out

A hop lovers delight very well made with a plenty of malt character to keep this from becoming pure hop juice .The alcohol was remarkably well hidden
Medium full body with high carbonation

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to skyhand for the trade...
Appears an orange amber with a lush creamy white head. Lots of lacing to be seen.
Smell is of hoppy orange, pine, light amounts of malt...nice!
Taste is hops abound of orange, pine sap, light earthiness, and a woodiness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, slightly thin but blinging with hops and balanced nicely with the malts.
ABV? What ABV?

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MSUBulldog25, thanks Brian.
Pours a golden copper in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour. Smell is floral hops. Taste is more of the hops, very nice and inviting. I'm eager to take my first sip. Good hopfeel and taste. Not tongue wrecking, but a decent amount and well balanced for the amount of hops in this beer. I'm really digging this selection. Very good finish and very enjoyable throughout. Very good beer.

Photo of meathookjones
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out clear amber with a good four fingers high of off white fluffy head. The glass was completely covered in lacey foam and it retains a cap of foam for the duration. Huge hops in the nose citric grapefruit, floral and piney notes galore. Now this is what I expect for a DIPA to smell like, simply fantastic. Some light caramel and toasty malts are notes beneath the tons of hops. Plenty of hops upfront on the flavor kicking your tongue around. Great floral, earthy and piney hops and a great bitterness. Light sweet caramel and a toasty malt backs up all those hops nicely. Dry bitter floral finish that lingers for a bit. Pretty full body with a prickly feel from the hops raking over your tongue. Very tasty stuff that I found quite drinkable. Definitely something I wish I could get locally, excellent stuff.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from waldowin so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a medium-sized, thick foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very hoppy and very sweet, a very nice combination of hops and citrus.

T: Bitter hops hit you up front and it’s quickly followed by a pleasant malty, fruity sweetness. As the beer warms, the hops get stronger, but at the same time blend with the sweetness to bring more balance.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: This is the type of beer that once you take your first sip, you won’t want to switch to anything else for the rest of the night.

Photo of velosuds
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $6.99 at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA.

A-Pours a clear deep golden, almost orange color with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and persistent lacing.

S-The Cascade and Columbus hops are fragrant, piney, citrus, and sweet against a backdrop of caramel malt. The aroma is pronounced, and pleasant. A bit more and it would be fantastic.

T--Very well balanced, IMO. Hops are aggressive without being overpowering; juicy, fruity, and resinous. Nice malt backbone is pleasantly sweet, but clean.

M-Medium to full body is not quite as dry as I like in the DIPA style. Perhaps a tad under carbonated.

O-A good DIPA. One of the better beers I have had from Washington. It is surprising how few Washington beers seem to be widely distributed in Oregon. Perhaps Oregonians are homers, even though we drink among the highest percentage of craft brew in the states.

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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
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