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

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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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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 31
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 StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

new ipa to the Denver market, shared graciously by the wonderful staff at littles wine and spirits on downing, the best little beer shop in town! more of an amber ipa this one, light copper color with plenty of soapy patchy suds on top. big hop aromatics, palisade, Columbus and simcoe listed on the can, and the bitterness comes right through. malty sweet and bitter too, almost English in style for a minute there, before it starts to get bitter. the mouthfeel is almost unflatteringly bitter, especially as it winds down. drying and acidic, too much honestly. its a funny contrast to the sweet malt. not in love with the flavors, but the freshness is great, and the appeal to many will be obvious for me, its a well rounded beer overall, but lots in the crowd for me.

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 kojevergas
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of my approved pics acCANpanies this beer and The CANQuest (tm) forges ahead as a result! I am running through my backlog as fast as I CAN and this is a good addition to the madness.

From the CAN: "Drink In the View"; "Brewed & CANned at 7822 Ft"; "Unfiltered - Perishable - Ale"; "This our highly hopped, high altitude rendition of the classic India Pale Ale redefined as 'Independence Pass Ale.' Like the high mountain pass, this copiously hopped brew is not to be trifled with. Our IPA marries generous amounts of Palisade, Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe hops - the floral and citrus flavors are perfectly balanced by our secret malt recipe. Don't pass this one up."; "Brewed and [CAN]ned in Aspen, [CAN]orado - downstream from nobody."

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and so I was off and running. I CANducted a gentle Glug, creating a finger of fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and I welcomed the Gelt Gang - Midas, Croesus and Mammon into my kitchen for a taste. Nose was minty, like Evergreen and very tantalizing. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very minty, not really bitter at 62 IBUs, but quite satisfying. I am guessing that the secret malt recipe included some caramel malt since I was getting an underlying sweetness to go with the hops. Finish was dry with even a slight alcohol burn in the throat. At 7% ABV, it was pushing the upper limits of the style. Man, I was beginning to sweat while drinking this one!

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly clouded amber color. Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head with fair retention. Heavy, clinging lacing.

S: Big piney floral hops with a light, lasting cirtussy pinch.

T: Bready malts. Long, lingering floral hop flavor that coats the mouth and tongue.

M: Big beer; fills and coats the mouth. Carbonation is there but won't cut the lingering floral hops.

D: Lingering coating mouthfeel keeps me wanting morer, but 7.5% abv cautions me to savor and enjoy.

I had this at the brewery - I tried 5 beer, and all of them were well done. I had another at the rib joint in Aspen...oh yeah, goes great with bbq.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BDeibs
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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