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

Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.Independence Pass Ale I.P.A.
BA SCORE
75.6%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 135 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Seanibus on 08-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,353
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
135
Liked:
102
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
9.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aspen Brewing Co. "Independence Pass Ale"
12 fl. oz. can without production coding or freshness dating
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking label. Shame they don't date their cans. Wow, 7% ABV! Ahh, I see, underneath the name it states that it's a "... classic IPA". So, it's poured a nice, finger-plus thick head of bubbly off-white over a hazy and "chunky" amber body with lots of sediment in it. As the head has dropped, which it's done while I've been writing this, it's left some limited but thick and sticky lacing behind. On to the aroma - caramelish and bready malt with some earthy and softly citrusy and piney hops. Not too much to get excited about there. The flavor is fuller all around. It's more fruity, with some more citrusy hops, and lots of apple. The caramelish malt comes on strong, a bit too strong in my opinion, and once the fruitiness has faded it sticks around, lingering in the finish. A stiff bitterness balances it, and there's some bitterness in the finish, but it remains semi-dry with the sugary malt slowly eroding. In the meantime the hops remain mostly the same but a little bit wider: leafy, earthy, citrusy but not really distinct (mainly orange-like), somewhat herbal, and slightly piney. I feel like there's some more citrus in there as well but it's just not coming out clearly. I can't tell if this is just old or not, which would amplify the caramel, but I'm not finding cardboardy notes so I think it's just a very malt forward and caramelish beer. Would I call it an IPA? No, not really with all of that malt, perhaps "strong pale" or just "strong ale" would be better, but whatever, at least they didn't put IPA right out there. Medium-bodied with a clear dextrinous edge, and a moderate, mildly bristling carbonation.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, hazy presence, head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles, head then laces the glass sides.

Smell is different, i can't pin point it but amongst the hops with slight citrus bent with earthy backing there is an odd off note.

Taste has a similar off note, again hard to figure out but could be a carry over an unfiltered ale being shipped from CO to PA. Flavors are hoppy with muted citrus and pine, more malt backing in the taste with a bit of cara like flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, a bit sharper on the tongue.

Overall: a beer that has varied greatly from can to can in taste with the main factors seeming to fall in the potential yeast byproducts.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, some malts, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, kinda malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Damian74
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cfcairns
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffwise
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap from Aspen Overeasy

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark gold colored body; thick, foamy, sticky head; lots of lacing along the glass. Malt sweetness and pine tar hop scent. Citrus rind flavors; heavy hop bitterness; strong malt grain sweetness underneath it all. Heavy body; thick and chewy on the palate.

Strong bitterness and heavy sweetness sums things up in a nutshell for this beer. Better than average.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the Aspen Brew pub and at the Hops culture in Aspen. I liked it better draft from Hops Culture, it was colder, a nice dark Amber color, plenty of citrusy, hoppy, hint of pine aroma. A great IPA, in a can at the Aspen Brew pub was a little warmer, for some reason it lacked a little, don't know why. And the Brew Pub was not that great of a place, unless you are under 25 and like to skateboard, just my op.

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Photo of mountaincoffee
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Neilpamsberry
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The can pours out slightly hazy with an amber hue; a massive bubble show produces a smaller than expected head that leaves a few strands of lacing

Smell: Very piney, with a hint of caramel and an orange component

Taste: Surprisingly malty, up front, with a sweet caramel backbone; it doesn't take long for the hops to take over, bringing pine with undertones of some tropical fruit and orange; very bitter, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA but a bit old fashioned for my palate

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of victorj2002
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Independence Pass Ale I.P.A. from Aspen Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.6% out of 100 with 135 ratings
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