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

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86
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134 Ratings
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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
aspenbrewingcompany.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Seanibus on 08-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ConorPeterson
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Craftncrazy
4.74/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jpuetz
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of batt6343
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of CO-Bloom
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a very nice deep yellow color with a light haze to it. The beer has a golden hue to it once it settles in the glass. The head retention is a good on this brew and the lacing was as well. The smell of the beer has a really nice hoppy aroma, plenty of citrus and pine notes. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced with a subtle malt sweetness with a really nice hoppy pop in the middle and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's almost creamy. Overall this beer is very good and very enjoyable. Glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of Jhansengranger
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Seanibus
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing offering from such a young brewery. It is a gorgeous beer - bright, radiant amber with a fluffy white head that falls to good lacing. The smell is near perfect - a blast of piny and grassy hops, like a walk in the alpine forests of Aspen. The flavor is huge, vast mouthfuls of piny and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is nicely clingy and viscous, fixing that piny finish to your mouth. This is a star, well worth the trip to the brewery and a worthy competitor in a state already saturated with great brewers.

Update: I am taking a second pass at this beer on a subsequent trip to Colorado (February of 2010) and I still think it is an excellent beer, but I am reconsidering my review slightly (I'm gonna drop it to a mere A, I believe). Either this beer has gotten hoppier or my tastes have shifted in the last 18 months. I find the aroma and taste so overwhelming that it becomes a palate killer. It is a delicious beer, but too intense for an enjoyable session beer, yet such a blast to the tongue that it is hard to shift to a lighter-character beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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 Taperwookie
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ffshore545
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of PalatePilot
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ZachRusk
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice pint poured at the Aspen Brewing Tap Room.

A: Orangey gold, nice white head, excellent lacing.

S: Citrus and piny resinous hops, slight hint of malt, but it is a very hop forward/focused beer.

T: Slight sweet start but the hops kick in pretty much immediately. wonderful citrus and big piny notes. some malt with hints of caramel and toffee, really nice flavors, have not had an IPA quite like this.

M: Somewhere between the thick and medium mouthfeel, very carbonated. Very nice dry finish.

O: A good beer in a ski town dominated by BMC. Lots of hops and unique enough to stand out in a sea of similar products.

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Photo of dholman02
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good flavor and just what I wanted. Full hoppy taste comparable to unita hop notch.

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Photo of L0GlC
4.17/5  rDev +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 ASirahSyrah
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MAB
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid effort. For some reason I was expecting a darker ale, but the aroma and taste made up for it quickly.
I'm not a big fan of canned beer, and the "label" and colors used are downright boring, but once I put the can away and out of sight then I enjoyed my brew.
I'd get it again, for sure.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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