Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. | Aspen Brewing Co.

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Seanibus on 08-24-2008

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 132
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Sneaky’s Tavern in Aspen, CO. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing a bright golden amber coloring. It held a half finger tall head of white foam, but its brevity was due to a full pour on the glass. This showed nice retention regardless, giving troughs and peaks of lacing. Carbonation was moderate, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma gave your basic pale malts, white flour, mild toastiness, and rice adjuncts to the grain bill, while balancing sweetness came in the form of grapefruity hops, lighter nectary hops, skunky grassiness, faint lactics, and tin. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave nice piney and citric hops, and was very refreshing. The taste opened with grassy and piney hop cleanliness, without a lot of earthy, dirty bitterness. These flavors were actually a bit light, but appropriately so to match against those simple pale malts and light toastiness. The middle peaked with more citric hoppiness that showed a more exciting bite of rind bitterness, mineral, and buttered white toastiness. Washing through the finish were lighter airs of banana sweetness, sweeter pale malts, light metallic bitterness, and mild pear fruitiness and white sugar to balance even further. The final drop gave a rumbling of herbal clove spiciness, independent of any hop bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of pale malt crispiness, pronounced metallic bite, light herbal and citric hops, mineral, and powdered sugar. The body was lighter, but with big, frothy carbonation. The mouth had initial coolness, but this dried into eventual chalky astringency. The sip, slurp, cream, and froth were all nice and full, with nice juiciness on the finishing pop. The abv was fine, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the things we liked best about this beer were the nice variety of hops through the flavoring, and just how refreshingly crisp it was. The hops helped to keep us juicy and flavoring through the flavoring, while the malts do their part at the end of the sip, helping to cleans and dry the palate. This was a nice and interesting contrast of flavoring that actually manifested through the feel and glug. The nose was comparatively weak in strength, but this was definitely a nice treat at 8,000 feet.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, day 3 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar (which really shouldn't contain these regular-sized cans, because they are a bitch to get out). Other than that, cool to see a new American micro offering.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, barely frothy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some swollen rain shower lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of pungent blood orange and red grapefruit citrus flesh, biscuity and grainy caramel malt, and further leafy, herbal, and grass hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus fruit, a small hard water (from the mountains? nahhhhh!) flintiness, and more leafy, grassy, and herbal green hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite anemic in their rather low-key frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and generally smooth, the hoppy bitterness not really carrying any sway here - nice. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt and mixed fruitiness having a sort of lingering tête-à-tête.

Final thoughts: not a bad IPA, I gotta say, it could use some polishing in the looks department, but beyond that, this one carries itself well, in flirting with the not so rigidly-defined DIPA border. Tasty, engaging, and evocative of putting back hoppy brew in the mountains, which is just so damned appealing a notion.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with some floaties. It has a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some piney, grassy, slightly metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little tropical fruit and a fairly sweet sugary finish and a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, overly sweet and bready. More English IPA than American. Needs more hops.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber hued with great clarity. A fingernail of white head rests on top. Light Brussels lacing. Sourdough aroma with a piney hop note. There's much more pronounced piney hop flavor. There is a coppery malt taste that is a minor player. The mouth has a hard water note as there is slight grittiness.
Appearance: 3.75
Aroma: 4
Taste: 4

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12 oz can served cold into a pint glass.

Independence Pass has a golden amber color with a slightly hazy appearance. It has thick head at first but settles quickly to a thin layer with spotty lace.

Aroma is hoppy and fresh with lots of citrus fruit.

Flavor is bold but balanced with more of that great hop character. Malt adds some sweetness up front but there is some good hop bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall an underrated IPA and certainly one worth trying.

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Photo of frozen-1984
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jtnord
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, tropical fruits. Taste is pine, tropical fruits, malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Taperwookie
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into tulip
A – A good looking orange honey color, cloudy with sediment, appears mildly carbonated 1 finger head settled quickly to a thin crown, no lacing 4
S – I’m enjoying this bold aroma, citrus (more orange than grapefruit IMO) hops dominate with pine and a slight malt sweetness 4.5
T – The large citrus hop profile is smooth followed by mild grassy notes, sublime malts just disappear, nicely built 4.5
M –Velvety with moderate body and light carbonation 4
O – While not what I would consider a session beer, I want & will have another. This brewery is now on my to-visit list, as I don’t believe they have front range (Denver) distribution yet. A quality IPA all-around 4

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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of a broken Craft advent calendar. 12 ounce can poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy copper with three fingers of dense, foamy off-white head that leaves a thick spiderweb of lace as it recedes.

Smells of juicy citrus zest, sticky caramel malt and leafy green hops.

Tastes of mild bitter orange flesh and grapefruit rind, dinner biscuit caramel malt and faint wet stone.

Feels smooth and gentle. Medium bodied with laid-back carbonation. Finishes mildly dry and citrusy.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A big, easy, pleasant IPA.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prager62
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of L0GlC
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden colour with a thick foamy head. Good head retention. Smells like grapefruit . Similary, it tastes like grapefruit and guava which really accentuates the hoppy finish. The flavour doesn't linger. The mouth feel is foamy like the head, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall I really like this IPA but I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting. It has a very powerful flavour and will make you "hopped out" quickly.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of RossFortier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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