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

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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:
No notes at this time.

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 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

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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