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Whoop Pass IPA - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Whoop Pass IPAWhoop Pass IPA

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 164
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 24
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: 91 | Hads: 164
Photo of mburnett274
1.4/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer from a 22oz bottle. No hop aroma or taste. Beer was way too sweet and had off flavors. Something went wrong with this beer.
I had to pour it out! It is not normal for me to dislike a beer this Mich but it should not have been bottled or sold.
Based on other reviews this beer is usually good. Maybe it is a bad year. (334 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.86/5  rDev -54.2%
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 (466 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.07/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

01/03/06- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info anywhere. Did I get a bad bottle? Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange pour, lightly clouded. Nice 3/4 inch creamy white head with light lacing.

Smell- Nice pungent scent of pine hops amidst lots of powdered sugar. Maybe a hint of malt in the distance.

Taste- Holy crap, my tongue just got scorched by hops! My tongue is literally on fire from pine hop resin. Not in a good way either. This is by far the most bitter and one sided IPA I've had. I can find not a trace of any kind of malt until the very end as it hits room temp. When it gets there it shows a light touch of caramle malt. Just incredibly harsh.

Mouthfeel- Burning tongue and medium carbonation makes for a tough to consume beer.

Drinkability- Pass on this one unless I got a bad one. Everyone esle seems to love it. This beer just survived the kitchen sink. (951 characters)

Photo of NoHipTee
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of waldowin
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Silver City for the opportunity. Hard pour earns almost no head (tan) over a cloudy orange amber liquid. Smells wickedly dry. Orange and pine. Woody.

Tastes potent dry grassy, but not rough co-ho. Orange bitter pithy. Apricto ester and dry wood. Malt sweet just gets completely beat down. Md body and carbonation. Okay for one beer, but I don't need another. (485 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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 (559 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful blood orange color with a striking 2 fingers of off-white froth. Very airy with all shapes of bubbles throughout. Whooping aroma of fragrant pink grapefruit, subtle leather note.
Syrupy, sugary, sweet malt up front with some expected grapefruit. Great lacing in the glass. Bitter citric mouthfeel. Spicy, navel orange. Sweetness on the finish. A little too sweet for me. (380 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of jamex
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer came in a 22 oz. brown bomber via a trade with Px2GrafX, and had a Silver City Brewing Company label, and a stamp on one side indicating it being the Whoop Pass IPA. The beer poured out orange amber in color with a translucent body. The head had a short fizzy life. Carbonation appeared rather light in nature.

The aroma was hoppy, but didn’t quite possess that nose hair searing quality. Softer smells like malt, and alcohol were therefore detectable underneath. The taste was also somewhat balanced between grapefruit and piney hops, and honey like malt. This was probably not due to the lack of hops, but the result of a massive malt bill.

Thick and sticky, the body seemed satisfying enough, but the beer lacked the deeper flavors of darker malts, making it rather sugary at times. Aftertaste was not as bitter, as is the norm for this style. I am big fan of the hop candy effect that the best DIPAs bring to mind, and this one didn’t quite do that.

I would consider this a solid, but unadventurous choice for a DIPA. Doesn’t quite pack the hop punch it should, and doesn’t have a very interesting malt profile to make up for it either. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of explosivebeer
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber; standard label does not identify the beer, but whoop pass IPA has been printed on the side, along with a "9" to identify the ABV. Pours a hazy orange. Strong aroma of alcohol, blackberries, citrus and hops. Initially has the flavor of other West Coast IPA's, but then it leads into one of the most intensely bitter flavors I've ever sampled. I can feel my stomach burning through half the bottle. It's not bad, though I am thinking something has possibly gone awry. I love bitter, hoppy beers...but this is like bong resin. It's hot and a bit one-dimensional. Extremely piney with a dominating herbal hop presence. Carbonation level is quite nice, pretty smooth and and balanced on the palate, leaving a tingle in the finish. Whew! Liking it more as it warms, but the drinkability suffers a bit. Again, I'd love to try a really fresh sample for comparative purposes. Until then, I'll say this is one intense brew that might be good for sharing. (958 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Bobheed
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (449 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass. Poured a nice golden-orange color with over an inch of slightly off-white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving an average amount of lacing.

Very good hop aroma features mostly pine. An above average malt foundation gives the piney and citrus hops something to cling to.

The body is slightly thicker than average for the style. Drinkability is good, but as with most ImpIPAs palate fatigue would set in after a couple. Overall an above average example of the style, worth seeking out. (513 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter pours a crisp but murky dark orange with a nice frothy off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice amount of bitter pine hops balanced nicely by caramel malts. The beer is medium bodied with slightly sticky alcohol. This is a decent IPA, but nothing all that special. (414 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try a bottle of this so raved about dipa from the grand NW. Coppery and slick licking, a dark orange pours out into my glass, erupting magma of pine and citrus.
The flavor is heavy on the malt, with a good punch of citrus and pine hop and decent bitterness. Nothing too fancy, nothing out of the NW norm here. Another quality imperial IPA with some bready malt and good bitterness. The nice hop aroma makes for a soothing and tasty drink. A bit thick but not underattenuated. Quality. (503 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (363 characters)

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