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Whoop Pass IPA - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Whoop Pass IPAWhoop Pass IPA

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92 Reviews
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Reviews: 92
Hads: 167
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 25
Gots: 12 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RoyalT on 11-12-2003

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Reviews: 92 | Hads: 167
Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A--Beautiful reddish gold SRM 14/15, small head, nice lacing
S--caramel and malt, almost no dry hop presence
T--Again malty and sweet with hints of a caramel desert; not very hoppy or bitter. A smidge boozy.
M--easy, small carbonation, heavy on the back palate and lingering but somehow slightly crisp.
O--A decent DIPA; probably won't purchase again but nice for a sweeter iteration of the style. Not overpowering with some good flavors and not too boozy (although it could be a little less).

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brew with a modest veil of foam in the Het Kapittel chalice. Aroma of fermenting pineapple and a whiff of apricot. Hot with alcohol.

More dry and spicy than the typical DIPA. Lighter bodied as well. It's like a highly hopped-up Tripel. Some sugar but not heavily malty. Hugely hopped but not extremely bitter. A canned peach note. Darkly bitter aftertaste with some wood and dankness.

An interesting and less cloying DIPA that is quite sippable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good although more of a regular IPA than double. Poured at a good temperature with a medium size, cream color, foamy, thick head that settled after a bit and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is a nice blend of hop, caramel malt, citrus and a little resin. Flavor's like nose with all of the characteristics enhanced and bolder. Very good balance between tang, bitter, and sweet. Body/carbonation are just right. Finish is like flavor except the resin gets stronger and turns a little bad. Still, I really like this beer and wish I could get more.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From bottle ordered on-line.
Poured in a Belgian Scotch Silly glass.
Copper color with big head.
Aroma of grassy hops and sweet malts.
Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel.
Flavors of roasted malts, grassy and piney hops, funky fruit rind, white grapefruit, Italian herbs...let me give this 5 minutes...
OK...head remains with mixed size bubbles...aroma is still there, with a touch of oxidation/wet cardboard. Flavors are big and bold, with a touch of funky melon fruit, biting grassy and pine sap bitterness, alcohol, mango rind. Humm...might well be better at the brewery, but in this form at this time it's bitter and rough, certainly not for the timid but beyond that, for the double IPA fan, it's not compelling.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice bronze color with about half an inch of beige head that quickly recedes leaving a light surface layer with moderate lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugars, candied citrus peel and pine.

Taste follows through the aromas with really nothing coming to the front. A lingering, bitter aftertaste that I found a bit cloying.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a fair DIPA, but not one of my faves.

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Photo of woemad
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber purchased at Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle for $7. There appears to be the date “100912” stamped on the label. Presumably, that’s a best-by date. According to the label, this was brewed in Bremerton, not Silverdale.

Poured a cloudy, hazy amber color with a decent-sized, creamy beige head. Said head hung around for a while. Lots of lace.

Big, citrusy hop aroma. There’s some piney notes as well. Malt aromas are pretty well obliterated, only just showing they are present to provide some backbone.

Initially just a bitter hop flavor, but once it warmed up a little became quite a bit more complex. It's definitely more bitter in the taste than in the aroma, but it’s still well balanced. There’s a malty backbone that’s only just detectable, providing a framework upon which to hang hops. A little more sweet than the average IPA but not to a distracting degree. A little more complex tasting than most versions of the style.

Medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel.

Pretty good DIPA. Back in the day, there was a lot of rapturous talk about this beer that emanated from the west side of the state, and that – combined with it’s lack of wide distribution – made it one of my white whales. While not quite as epic as I was expecting, it’s still very good. Like SIlver City's Fat, it takes a little bit of warming up to appreciate it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle reads 8.5% ABV rather than the above-noted 9%.

Appearance: deep orange hue with a little bit of haze to the body. Effervescence is minimal, but there's a thick finger of frothy ivory head. I think it looks darn good.

Smell: rich, sweet malt backbone with a big hop bouquet all over it. Hop character is earthy, floral and a tiny bit citrusy; overall, the effect is very smooth. Sometimes double IPAs can get pretty loud and prickly, but this one is balanced and enticing.

Taste: just like the aroma, there's a rich malty flavor combined with a big floral, citrusy hop character. Bitterness is low for the style, and overall the beer is quite balanced. I like it; it's quite drinkable for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-thick body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation which is surprisingly prominent despite the lack of effervescence in the appearance. The combination of body and carbonation yields a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Usually IPA brewers don't go for this kind of creaminess, but here it works great. Love it!

Overall: a very drinkable and tasty DIPA. Quaffable despite its ABV, and smooth despite its IBUs. I dig it.

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fine example of pacific northwest IPA but not a top 5 IPA for me. The appearance and aroma are very good but the flavor was not as complex as I had hoped for. (that was a pun) I would order this beer in a bar but not go out of my way to secure a bottle.

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Photo of deedric
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light copper color with a healthy tan head that lingers after falling. Decent lacing retention.

S: Nice pine note, some citrus, more toward oranges than grapefruit.

T: hops to biscuit back to hops in the bad of the mouth.

M: medium body, somewhat of a smooth edge. Nice, I liked the texture.

O: I enjoyed thoroughly. A nice DIPA,.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened on 2-28-12.

A - Pours a very dark, clear orange with a one finger yellow-tan head. Solid retention.

S - Sweet bready malt and lots of oranges and grapefruit.

T - Oranges, tropical fruit, slight carmel.

D - Good carbonation, heavier body.

O - Darker and heavier than expected. Lots of tropical flavors that helps over power the sweet malts.

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Photo of Thingus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a wonderful copper color with roughly one finger of thick straw colored head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film with a ring on the edges... Lacing is great with a nearly solid film coating the glass....

Smell; definitely resinous, hints of peach and orange... Main aroma is of pine.

Taste; definitely a pine and resin forward beer, with undertones of peach and citrus... Slight notes of pineapple... Lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel; light medium body with decent carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel... Slightly effervescent carbonation.

Overall; a slightly different DIPA, a bit more resinous than others I have recently had seems a lot more piney and not quite as citrus forward as the typical west coast DIPA... Definitely enjoyable, I'd have this again as a nice change of pace!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of waltersrj
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 22 oz bomber.

Pour: Orange in the light with a dark brown hue. The head is slightly off white, initially soapy and constantly around the edges.

Nose: Piney, resinous hops with a sweet caramel malt bill and slight alcohol.

Taste: Slightly piney, slightly resinous and dank hops. Slight caramel malt, slight alcohol and slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel: Good for a IIPA...slightly oily, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decemt WA IIPA but not near the quality of many of our draft only breweries...I.e. Schooner Exact, Walking Man and Black Raven

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Photo of velosuds
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
1.86/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Nose is cheap old grains, caramel and alittle citrus

T: Pretty much the only thing going here is some light booze, citrus, caramel and a mouthfull of soap

M: So soapy and disgusting, slick, just bad, very bad. Body was rather thin and the taste of citrus that I was expecting tried to break through the Dawn dish detergent but to no avail.

O: Avoid

PS. This is after numerous reviews

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Bobheed
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange with medium carbonation, one finger head that sticks around for a while

S: All hops, but not too overpowering. Definitely more on the piney side

T: Pretty nice hoppy bitterness. Sweet malty finish, it's good, but there's not much there

M: A bit thick for a DIPA, but I rather liked that. Just the right carbonation and very smooth

Overall this was a decent DIPA and I'm glad I got to try some courtesy of a friend up in Washington

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Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bottleworks on my trip to the Northwest about 4 weeks ago. This has been on my want list for a long time and I am excited to finally get to try it.

A - Orangish-brown, near caramel in color in the thcik center of the beer. Thick, creamy head of foam that is a light tan in color. Webs of lacing left behind on the glass. Lots of carbonation quickly rising up to the top.

S - Big fresh cut citrus aromas. Lots of grapefruit with a touch of orange. As the beer warms I get some pine resin coming through as well. Lingering underneath is a bit of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. The hops truly overwhelm the nose on this one; near perfect DIPA aroma in my book.

T - Rather harsh bitterness initially with all the lovely citrus hop taste that was in the nose. Lots of grapefruit. A bit of pine comes through as well, especially as the beer warms. Just a bit of sweetness lies underneath and carries the bitterness through.

M - Medium bodied with a rather effervesent carbonation. A light stickiness lingers in the mouth and the hop burn certainly lingers on the tongue.

O - A big west coast DIPA. I think you could add just a touch more malt to this one and still have a big hoppy monster; albeit a touch more drinkable. I certainly am glad I was finally able to snag this one though.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Evan for this one.

A: The beer pours a murky amber color with an off-white head.

S: A really nice fruitiness to the nose. Plenty of citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit (pineapple). A mild to moderate bread aroma and a bit of pine. Some other fruits come through such as apricots.

T: Things are much the same on the palate. Lots of grapefruit, decent pine, and pineapple. A bit on the sweeter side, but not overdone. Some bready malts and caramel. Moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA. A bit sweet, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Jerriko, appreciate it. Im always suspicious of an IPA that is not from Cali but this was a hit! Nice orange color, good foamy head. Smell is straight hops, peachy and not really pine as far as my nose could tell. Taste is a really good hoppiness, peach, not really herbal or dank or pine, mostly fruit. This was pretty damn good and I'd like a couple more. The alcohol was not a factor at all.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my buddy Jeff in Seattle a while back. It's been in the fridge for a few weeks. Bottle isn't date stamped at all. This is my first from Silver City.

22 oz -> Weyerbacher tulip

A - Hazy copped red, off-white one finger head, huge amount of lacing, this head is retained, steady carb streams for the first five minutes

S - Caramel, malty, creamy, slight hop bitter

T - Up front bold and earthy hop flavors, settles in creamy and malty sweet, long thin bitter finish down the middle of the tongue

M - Thin to medium, slight alcohol warmth

O - This is a nice double IPA. Its pretty hop forward and has the dark and strong feel of some others in the style like Firestone Walker Double Jack. This doesn't feel as balanced and refined as this though. It's almost as aggressive as DFH 90 Min IPA and it's a little on the "raw power" side.

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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.