Stand Up Double IPA
Golden City Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,440
Ranked #26,347
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Golden City Brewery
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Photo of SamN
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sand Up Double IPA is a very strong, dark ruby-orange color, thick with haze. Little head, but not unusual in a 9.5% Imperial beer. Smell is intoxicating with sweet malts and a surprisingly mellow hop aroma. Apples, light resin, maybe ganja. Sugary, molasses-like. Taste starts with some subdued hop oil flavor, then the massive malt backbone strengthens and erupts with body, then fades with a numbing hop bite. Not too bitter, just equal parts hops and amber-like malts. Very big in flavor. Not quite as big feeling as most DIPAs, but still, a big sipper.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andre.

A: The beer pours a golden-amber color with about a finger of off-white head.

S: Sweet and fruity hops up front on this one. There are also some notes of grass and tropical fruits. Just a mild pine aroma with a touch of booze. Sweet malts finish things off.

T: Fairly sweet on the palate. There are some tropical fruit notes and a bit of citrus in the form of grapefruit and tangerine. Some sweet malt flavors of caramel and toffee with light booze and pine bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Some good hop flavors, but a touch too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Golden City tasting. I had had a bottle of this one a few weeks earlier and was thoroughly unimpressed. However from the moment I gazed at the glass containing this beautiful gold nectar my mind began to change. Although I (as well as the other tasters) detected a bit of green onion intially on the nose, it was quickly replaced with a blast of fresh citrus.

On the palate I was greeted with a nice flowery hop character. Although the alcohol is evident, a nice honey sweetness mellows the hop and leads to a nicely rounded finish. WOW!

A wonderful DIPA, one of the best beers I have tried this year. I could drink this one all night.

At the end of this tasting, we were treated to a sample of this beer aging in Stranahan's whiskey barrels. Although palate fatigue had long since set in, this made a great beer even better. Although it poured nearly flat, the addition of vanilla/caramel notes and a nice warming whiskey character made this beer seem etheral. Definitley look for this one.

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Photo of mentor
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review of the first commercial release of this beer in a bottle. Purchased from Total Beverage located on 104th. Pours a brilliant heavy copper with a frothy yellowed head. Smells fantastic. Orange and lemony citrus, pine, pineapple rind, peppermint, and noticable green oniony hops. Complex diversity of aromas that are complementary and balanced.

Tastes brutal hoppy bitter balanced by a malty sweet and dextrinous smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitter comes across like carb sting on the tongue moreso than grassy rough cohumulone. Hop flavor is mostly oranges, but with some green onion, and tame pine. Mango and red grapes that could be esters or from the hops. Alcohol is present and may be a bit rough (can't tell if the rough is from alcohol or hop bitter). Dry wood-like finish and peppermint retro-nasal allows a return of the hop bitter on the tongue. Md mouthfeel but has a enough creamy thickness to be quite nice. The green oniony character dominates more than I'd like.

Classified here on BA as a DIPA. This beer comes across to me with fairy weak malt flavor profile, however, which seems a better match for the BA description of an American Barleywine. I do see some similarities between this beer and SN Bigfoot, except this beer is quite extreme.

Bottle provided by brewerjeff. He didn't get labels in time, so this was not released in bottles yet. Great priviledge for him to share a bottle from his personal stash. Pours a rich brown golden with a small light-off-tan head. Smells pine and some grapefruit. Mild garlicy, some orange and tangerine. Clean alcohol sting and minimal hop grassiness.

Tastes wet, but of a non-descript malt. Strong hop flavor and some supporting hop bitter. Hop flavor is pine, grapefruit pith, oranges, and tangerine rind. Nice blended complexity of hop flavors. Mouthfeel is md with some creaminess that's countered a bit by the alcohol and a dash of grassy co-humulone. Decent, but not the same from a bottle as when I had it fresh on tap.

A: 4.5, S: 4.0, T: 3.5, M:4.5, D: 4.0

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type Sampled: On Draught at Golden City Brewery

Appearance: Dark gold in color, slight haze, small light tan head.

Smell: Very rich citrus, earthy, pine and floral hops. Grains, caramel.

Taste: Rich and sweet malt base topped with a mild bitterness and calm hops. I taste some citrus/grapefruit in the hops a low raisin and black pepper spiciness. Alcohol is apparent but welcome.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body, Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Good! I have deemed this as my personal favorite in the IIPA category. I am impressed with everything about it. Not to sweet, not harsh. Just rich hoppy goodness!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a 1/2 pint Coca cola glass)

A- This beer has a warm coppery dense body with a gentle carbonation and a creamy light tan head with a few big bubbles popping through.

S- The smell of grapefruit and fruity green hops with a slight flowery note to the hops.

T- The big grapefruit hops flavor has a spicy note and an alcohol bite to it. There is a soft sweet malt with a slightly caramel note. All flavors are nice but overpowered but boosted by the alcohol.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that increases with warmth and cleans the sweet maltiness of the tongue.

D- This is a big beer with a big alcohol that really helps boost the hops flavor and bitterness even more.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Falling Rock. They said it was the hoppiest beer on tap so I couldn't resist. The color was a light orange yellow with the shortest of heads (small white bubbles). The taste was extremely hoppy, dank, floral and amazing. this was a very good beer. The drinkability was awesome. It was gone before I knew it. Be careful cause the 10.2% packs a mean punch!

Update 2014 22oz bottle


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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has fallen off considerably in the last few years. Faded hops, boozy and bland.

Tasted this several times at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest.
Menu said it had 150 ibu's, but was personally advised that may have been made up. Anyway, the hops in this brew are outstanding.
Pours a hazy dark copper/gold. Billowing head, rocky. Immediately the aroma hits. Nice mixture of citrus, pine, herbs, raisin, and flowers.
Taste is amazing. There is so much complexity, its hard to explain. the hops dance around from citrus to pine to earth tones to crab apple. malt comes in and out just enough to give taste buds a break. Not an overpowering bite. Taste of hops comes through their bitterness.
Wow, I can pound this one, but its best to savor it. Small batch made, they say they will probably make more.

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Photo of benito
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a half-pint serving at the Brewery, this poured a beautiful tangerine with creamy head that lingers well and only the slightest signs of carbonation. The bouquet is a powerful floral assault that
is balanced by an earthy dankness and apple tartness.

The flavors mask the strength of the beer well: as the beer rolls across the tongue, the creamy texture creates a malty sweetness that then slowly crescendos into a hop-bomb at the back of the mouth. The overall effect is a beer of growing power and complexity that reveals more interesting flavors from the hops (citrus, soap, dirt, milk cream) as you drink more.

This was a one-off from GBC that they may put on their 'fun tap' again sometime. Be sure to drink this one if you're lucky enough to ever see it on tap again.

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Stand Up Double IPA from Golden City Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 23 ratings