Flagship IPA | Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Nebraska, United States
upstreambrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Flagship India Pale Ale is bigger and bolder than ever. This full-bodied, copper-colored ale is exceptionally refreshing with huge hop character and a malt base that gives it great complexity. A great beer for hopheads.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
1
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12
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0
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange-gold color with a slightly tinted head that shows strong retention at almost a finger's height and good lacing
S: Floral with a bit of citrus and malts on the sweeter side adding some caramel notes for balance. Piney bitterness kicks in and it dries out toward the end.
T: A solid blend of hop varieties at a decent bittering level, though the hoppiness does get steely and taper off into the finish. Malts don't add quite the same sweetness as they do in the nose. It starts off strong, though, citrus oils giving way to pine before dropping off.
M: The medium body is smooth with just enough bite, though it could be a little more crisp. It wants to go dry, does go slightly acerbic, but some sort of yeasty oddness keeps it from feeling especially clean.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Old Market Brewery.

Appearance- Copper. Extremely hazy and cloudy. I mean big-time hazy. By far, the most cloudy IPA, or commercially available brew for that matter, I have ever enjoyed. But this is not a bad thing for me. If it is unfiltered, I'm totally fine with that. It reminds me I'm drinking a craft beer and not a crappy macro. I actually prefer unfiltered beers when it comes to this style so I was pretty thrilled to try it.

Very thin head in the pint glass.

Nose- Pleasant grapefruit and tangerines. Not the real heavy citrus and zero pine. Definitely an IPA for those who enjoy the lighter shades this style has to offer. Probably not dry hopped which is fine for a basic IPA in my book.

Taste- bitter orange and light citrus. Good, hefty malt backbone but no malty overtones or aftertaste. Slight zest lingers around. Good but not fantastic. Mouthfeel is normal, just slightly thicker than your average pale ale.

Overall- A good IPA overall, but a bit lackluster when it comes to the "wow" factor. It's a drink I would grab if I was out at a restaurant but not something I'd go out of my way to stock in my fridge. I particularly enjoyed the haziest of this brew.

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Flagship IPA from Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
3.83 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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