Upland Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,369
Ranked #4,877
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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Photo of Guppy314
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, pours a slightly hazy gold with lots of carbonation, but with only a thin white head. So first the obvious, this is a very hops-forward beer with malt sweetness taking the back seat. The aroma carries through to citrus, grapefruit, and toffee flavors. Body is solid (not the least bit watery) and a bit 'boozy' (alcohol taste). It's a really good beer, but it's not a drink all night beer.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a pint can with a best buy date of 2 months from now. Fairly clear amber pour with a generous, fluffy white head. Pretty decent residual lacing. Some pine and citrus notes in the aroma. Taste follows the nose to some extant. Juicy citrus hope notes along with some pine balance against a malty backbone. Solid enough DIPA, doesn't stand out in any particular way. Maybe that's not a bad thing in today's world of milkshake, juiced, hazy, etc IPAs.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and earthiness. Fits the style of an American Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and earthiness. Overall, good appearance and feel, with a decent aroma and blend.

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Photo of BlackTerrier
1.46/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

This is a very malty beer. I do not expect an IPA to be this malty, nor do I want a malty beer when I buy an IPA. It isn't a drain-pour beer, but it's close. This thing is not balanced. This beer is malt forward. No like.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a BB date notched at June 2018.
Clear amber body with a lasting, bone-colored head. Decent lacing.
Strong, hoppy aroma with hints of herbs and fruits. The aroma is more fruity with apricots and other tropical fruit notes. It's relatively low in bitterness and moderately strong for style.
Feel: medium body and carbonation with a fine, dry finish.

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

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Indianapolis. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Clear golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Pine and citrus... hoppy and resinous.

T/F: Malts and bready grains form a strong backbone for a bitter yet balanced hop profile. Citrus and pine... pineapple and honey, a bit earthy. Sticky mouthfeel. Finish is citrus and bittersweet.

O: A solid and drinkable DIPA. Not top of the heap but worthy of consumption.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Upland Brewing Pump House in Columbus, IN.

A - Bright copper gold pour with light carbonation and a thin, but dense lacing.

S - Tropical fruit and floral dominates the nose.

T - Resiny tropical fruit, red grapefruit rind, resiny floral, and peppery spice.

M - Medium creamy and silky body.

O - I'm from PA. We can't get Upland out our way. The IPA's I've had from Upland in the past (acquired in a bottle while in Indiana) have been marginal, sorry to say. This one is worth seeking out and underrated here on BA, IMO.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy medium gold, and forms a thin white head atop moderate carbonation.

S: Tons of juicy melon and tropical fruits atop light cracker malts. Mild flowery and dank hops in the background. Pretty nice.

T: Juicy tropical fruits, ripe melons, and some dank/cat pee. Light cracker malt body. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with some lingering grapefruit rind and resin flavors.

M: Light crisp body for a DIPA, modest alcohol flavors for style, and good carbonation sensation.

O: I think this was really tasty, and a sleeper hit for me. The listed ABV would suggest it's more of an IPA, rather than a DIPA - which explains some of the light body and low alcohol presence. Otherwise, no real complaints from me.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into willybecher glass enjoy by date of 7/16

A: soapy small white head hazy amber orange body

S: apricot, mango, grass, peaches, a light biscuity malts, some herbal hints

T: light hints of stone fruits mango a little pineapple, a little perfumey, decent amount of bitterness

M: medium body with a little lower carb makes the beer feel softer

O: While I think this beer has an amazing nose it doesn't translate as well to the taste. It tastes a little juicy but the amount of bitterness is huge on it and it has a slight alcohol taste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrusy notes with some grapefruit notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix of citrusy notes with some grapefruit notes and some light bitter notes with some malt that is also detectable. Body is full with good carbonation. Body is full with good carbonation. Well brewed IIPA with good balance between hops and malt.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an interesting mix of grapefruit and honey, cloudy with a fluffy white head. Retention is good, lacing is minimal.
Smell is a cool blend of herbal, grassy and pepper with a malty background and some bread note. Pretty good balance.
Taste is a bit medicinal but the herbal and pepper notes are still present as is the malt and bread. I must note that this bottle is 15 months old.
Medium bodied at best, light carbonation. Fairly smooth for the style. A solid offering but not a standout.

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

call me crazy, but i have yet to have a beer from these guys that justifies the hype. ive now had one from across their spectrum, and i just am not all that impressed with any of it. this is a very solid ipa, but i dont think it beats anything more common than it, and i dont think its worth people freaking out about. nice color to it, a little richer than most, and a very fresh oily hop profile. it says coast buster, but based on its clarity, and its resinous fresh hopped vibe, its way more west coast than anything else, and that isnt a bad thing. i just dont find it to be all that distinct. i know these hops, it tastes like a lot of other big india pales, veering toward the sweeter end of the spectrum with the added grain, but also quite bitter on the very last segment. woodsy and big, with some orange and generic citrus notes. smells maybe a tad better than it tastes. overall a fine example of the style, but not as memorable as i hoped it would be. i know these guys have built a loyal following, but i am not there yet.

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Photo of DaveLikesAle
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last month to drink this based on the bottle brewed-on date. Wonder what their standard is? 65 IBU's stated on the label, and an absolutely delicious beer. The line between IPA and IIPA may be a bit blurry, but the need to hit 100+ IBU's is misguided. This one is a winner.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with a deeply citrus hop flavor of tangerines, nectarines, light grapefruit and mango. The malt backbone is still present with toffee, grain and honey. Great beer!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass.

Color descriptions are all over the place on this one, but mine is, for sure, a cloudy, golden yellow/straw color with a slightly off-white head. Not copper. Not clear. Looks a lot like an east coast DIPA. Smells like one too.

Kind of funky/musty and dank with a big tropical fruit of some sort.

Orange, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit. Very ripe tasting with some sourness. Sweet malt base that has a bit of honey like sugar. Slightly bitter on the end. Sneaky hoppy. It doesnt seem like it, but its working the tastebuds over slowly.

Body is fairly full and sliglty creamy textured. Slick resin tongue coating.

For a midwest imperial, I was surprised. It drinks much more like an east coast style. It reminds me quite a bit of Dirtwolf with a bit heavier body. Excellent beer.

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Photo of WiscoTerr
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Spiegelau snifter, best buy Feb. 15'. I've heard good thinks, found a single the other day. Light copper color with very minimal lacing. This is one of the best smelling IIPAs I've smelled in a long time, like burying your head in a fruit salad. Typical mango, pineapple etc, but so clean. Taste is what throws this off a bit. Tropical and juicy up front, but with an overly bitter finish. Was hoping for less pine after I smelled it. Overall this is a good but, but didn't live up to what I heard.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle on November 26, 2014. Tasted again in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on January 29, 2017. Best enjoyed by MAR 17. Look is orange gold with a thick white head and sticky lacing.

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Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Tropical notes of pineapple and passion fruit mingle with pine, resin, and a hint of onion in the aroma. Flavor reveals juicy fruit character underlying biscuity malt, with a resiny, moderately bitter, earthy finish. Notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango add complexity. Love the flavoring hops, and the finish isn't overly bitter.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A quality, well-balanced IIPA, for sure. But it's not my favorite kind: the sweetness here comes in the form of ripe fruit--navel orange, pineapple--as opposed to sweet bread or sugary grain. In this way it's a lot like Dirt Wolf, Hopothermia, or Hoptimum.

I much prefer Double Crooked Tree, Hi-Res, Chillwave, and Molotov Cocktail.

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Photo of jwc215
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a wispy head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of dank/musty fruits - tropical and citric - with some lemongrass.

The taste is hop-forward - fruity - mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, grass. Enough pale malt comes through to give a sweet kiss in the middle and to tie the hops together. Juicy, lingering, hoppy finish.

Chewy, juicy body. Alcohol is dangerously well-covered.

This is an enjoyable brew to say the least. I love how the juicy, fruity hops are in the front, but with a firm pale backbone. A wonderful DIPA!

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Photo of leantom
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. Here goes:

A: Good. Clear orange-amber, massive head and lacing.

S: Tons of grapefruit, some pine, caramel malt in the background. Traditional WC IPA.

T: Sweet caramel and honey followed by robust grapefruit and pine. The pine is more apparent in the taste than in the smell.

F: Great. Nice, thick and sticky.

O: A very solid beer. Will have again. Like a sweeter Dragonfly.

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

12oz bottle. Best by Jan 2015. Must be pretty fresh. Poured into a snifter 10/31/2014.

A- Clear, medium copper body. Thick two finger offwhite head, very effervescent and lasting. Leaves strings of lacing as it goes down. Looks like a pretty standard DIPA. [4]

S- Herbal, floral hop notes, grainy mild caramel, toffee, a bit of citrus. Not too complicated, but certainly solid nose with some nice hop aromas and strong toffee. [4]

F- Smooth drinking floral notes up front, toffee, a bit of citrus, orange peel, caramel and bitter mildly herbal but otherwise floral finish. Solid complexity, good balance, nice bitter finish. [4]

M- Medium bodied, a bit thinner than typical, dry and bitter herbal and floral finish. Not difficult to drink by any rate, but this is a fairly bitter tasting brew. [4]

O- More than a very solid DIPA, not particularly resinous but has a solid toffee backbone to back up the floral and mild citrus hop notes. [4]

Final score: 4.00

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Photo of dmgeng
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about this beer but only thought you could get it at the brewery; I saw this at my liquor store and had no choice.

A - Light orange mostly yellow color. Very hazy almost like a wheat beer in appearance. Very small white head and very slight lacing.

S - Tons of hop fragrance with a supreme fruit character that isn't common in beers I've smelled before. Some malty-graininess but definitely second hat compared to the hops.

T - Good hop flavor with a distinct fruit character predominant with some grassy, dank, and maybe a citrus note in the middle. I would say the best fruit flavor in comparison is apricot and a little tangerine flavor. I tried an apricot hefe a few weeks ago and it is similar but you can tell the flavor comes from the hops and not added fruit. It is not as citrusy or as piney as your typical IPA but if you like fruitiness then this one is tasty. The bitterness is light and really is only noticed with the hop resin flavor on the back of the tongue. There are also a nice grain flavor but is there after the hops.

M - Light mouth-feel with very low carbonation. It poured very light especially for an 8% beer and the carbonation was basically nonexistent. This condition could be bottle/batch specific and I know that this beer would be better with more body and more CO2.

Overall, a solid "imperial" IPA. I don't feel it is what I would consider the imperial side of an iPA because I have had other IPAs with more flavor, body, and bitterness with less ABV. Overall I wasn't disappointed just surprised when I was expecting the typical citrus bomb but got the more apricot inspired flavors. It's a nice change of pace from the regular IPA crowd but I would go with a Dragonfly or a People's Amazon Princess before I would get this again. The body and balance was off to me and that maybe wrongly accused but I wouldn't stop anyone from trying it themselves.

Glass- Shaker pint

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation with a one finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Nice citrus, a little bit of malt, grass as well.

T-Starts with some citrus and then grass balanced with the malt and some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-Easily Upland's best non-sour, smart move making this a regular.

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Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Enjoy by Nov marked on the bottle

A - Hazy sun kissed orange with a 2 finger white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves a thin collar and nice vertical stripes of lacing on the glass.

S - Lovely tropical and citrus aromas. Big juicy mango, pienapple, passion fruit and some citrus. Some sweet caramel also mingles with all the tropical aromas with a hint of dankness and grapefruit.

T - Big tropical hop flavors that are juicy and sweet. Not as perfect as the nose, but still very good. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit and some ripe grapefruit with notes of sweet caramel. Finish has some bitterness and pine to it.

M - Light to medium bodied with some slight bitterness, dryness, and slickness to the mouthfeel

O - A very nice IIPA from Upland that reminds me of the Lakefront Johonson IIPA, which will never be brewed again. Glad I found a similar beer.

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