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Whoop Pass IPA - Silver City Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 22
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper colore with a rocky white head (after a hard pour in my second glass); lacing is modest

Smell: Resinous and piney, with an almost meaty character

Taste: Starts out with a piney flavor and a touch of the biscuit; after the swallow, it literally bursts with resinous pine and undertones of grapefruit; the finish is very dry and bitter with just a touch of residual sweetness at the tip of tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with relatively low carbonation (my bottle was filled nearly to the rim, which may have contributed to this)

Drinkability: Nectar for the hop gods, this would be improved with a bit more carbonation; otherwise, top notch

Thanks, waldowin, for the opportunity

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange-bronze with a hint of coral. The pale orange cap is fantastic. It's milkshake thick and looks as if it'll never melt. As anticipated, the upper portion of the glass is slathered with thick sheets of lace. A classic, clean DIPA look.

The nose is wall to wall to wall to wall hops. It smells like this will be a resin-filled hop bomb. Columbus and Cascade comprise the hop bill, for those who care about such things as much as I do. Orange and white grapefruit zest are in the lead, with evergreen bringing up the rear. Caramel and brown sugar are in the background, leading me to think the flavor contribution from the malt will play less of a role on the palate. I've lost track of my favorite DIPA noses of all-time, but this one is in the top dozen for sure.

If the word 'juicy' didn't exist, it would have to be invented to describe the exploding citrus fruitiness of Whoop Pass. The best attributes of the above two hops are on display for all to enjoy. Candied chunks of grapefruit and orange soak in pools of pine sap and brown sugar syrup. There isn't quite enough malt to put me in mind of a DIPA, but there's definitely enough hoppiness to do so.

Although cloaking 9% isn't easy, the brewers have very nearly pulled it off. Alcohol is barely evident on the palate; I had to go looking for it. The finish goes on forever, with interminable echoes of citric hoppiness becoming fainter and fainter until I can no longer stand it and take another gulp. Rarely have I wished more fervently that my bomber would turn into a '750'.

The mouthfeel has become more composed with warming and is now in that netherworld between medium and full. It's expansive, semi-sticky, ultra smooth and a whisker away from chewy. Appearance update: the beer is now moderately hazy and it looks as if the lace will need to be removed with a chisel.

Whoop Pass (D)IPA is yet another in a long line of hop monsters from America's upper left hand corner. Silver City has done themselves proud and have carried on the regional tradition of brewing remarkably hoppy, amazingly delicious beer. A huge Thank You to the celebrated RoyalT for the bomber.

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 womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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 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 zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left some small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops and a hint of malt.

T - It was very malty and hoppy. I really noticed the Cascade hops. It had a bittersweet bite as it warmed up.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. It isn't overpoweringly bitter. It was well-balanced.

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 feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

swing...pop...poof...and pour...
clear, bright amber/bronze color, intensely carbonated, fierce bubblation all over the glass, with a thick, proud, rocky cake off off-white foam, slowly dribbling down, leaving lace.
Aroma, sweet, hoppy, dark fruits, cherries, and berries, grapes and more, replete with bitterness and spice aplenty. Warm and vibrant.
Sweet, candyish flavor greets the tongue, bright fruitiness, buzzing hoppiness, tasty texture. Jolly ranchers...caramel apples...ginger and cloves...
9% ABV? Doesn't feel like it...not yet, anyway...medium-bodied, long, fruity texture...bears little in common with the pine-sap superstars, the pungent, punishing bitter monsters that dominate this style, ...closer to an English feel, maybe, but bigger on the malty side, at the least, very gingerbread, roasty, spicy...and that unfelt alcohol? I'm feeling it, now...oh, brother....
(actually, reminds me of my local IPA from Summit, but with a bigger booze content and more from the hop department)
I'm glad this is a .26 gallon bottle (what is that in liters? ounces? I'm no good at math...), 'cause I hate running out of good beer before the night is through...
Big, fat, juicy thanks to RoyalT for this giant bottle of Whoop Pass...if only they'd canned it, eh?...then, you'd have a catchphrase handy when you open it...oh, I slay me...

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 GClarkage
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark orange almost amber in color. One finger head lasts quite a while.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and malt sweetness are easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with grapefruit, pine, caramel, bitter green grapes, and a nice bitterness that does not go over the top. Alcohol is definitely noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp with a long dry aftertaste.

drinkability: for the style, this was amazingly easy to drink despite the high alcohol levels which will creep up on you quickly. Give this one a try.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 barleywinefiend
1.86/5  rDev -53.6%
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

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.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a murky amber color with a modest head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin layer but left some nice lacing as it did.

The aroma has a lot of sweet, juicy, hoppiness to it. Some grapefruit and pine lead the hop flavors, while the malt lends a very nice sweet base to it.

The taste also shows a relatively bold malt sweetness to it with some caramel and fruity flavors coming through. The hoppiness gives it a bright citrusness with more of the grapefruit and pine flavors coming through as you get to the finish. It's moderately dry and bitter in the finish, but the sweetness also helps balance it out quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a pretty nicely flavored DIPA. I liked the sweetness it had to it that mixed with the hoppiness very well. It gave it more of a juicy, almost fruity hoppiness that I really liked. A very solid beer overall.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had heard a lot about this DIPA and was very happy to see it on tap at Collins Pub. Other beers from Silver City I rarely see there, but the owner at Collins seems to have this on fairly often. Maybe it's a personal favorite of Knuckles, who I know personally delivers a lot of Silver City products directly to the folks at Collins.

The beer pours an impressive cloudy orange color with impressive head retention and decent lacing. On the nose there is an eruption of dry citrus and pine. Very pungent. All the hall marks of a very big, very hoppy DIPA. On the palate this beer is medium sweet, with maybe a trace of ginger and quinine. The beer is on the dry side for a DIPA, but still has a huge presence of grapefruit and lemon from the considerable hops. The beer concludes with a very dry, very hoppy finish.

The abv. in this beer is a bit more noticeable then I would like, and it's not the most drinkable of IPA's. Still...

Not exactly my style of DIPA, but very impressive nonetheless.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.