Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

BA SCORE
88
very good
255 Ratings
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
upslopebrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 06-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 19.2oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of TonyTwins
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-05-29
19.2oz stovepipe can served in a nonic pint. Several ounces left in the can. It was given to me by @mr-jj. Can is stamped BB Aug 23 17.

Pours moderately hazy light golden with a big fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves thick lacing. Carbonation is surprisingly sparse. Smell is nicely hoppy, but not particularly notable.

Taste is boozy and bitter -- almost barleywine (gee -- 10% abv, what a surprise!). The bitterness is killer, though -- it has an almost hop-syrupy quality, but the bitterness is so dominant it cuts right through it. Flavors are primarily piney bitterness and maybe a little bit of honey sweetness. Kind of reminds me of Rogue IIPA.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, syrupy. Generally not something I like, but seems to be working for this beer. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed orange-bronze color with a half finger of tan tinted head that leaves decent lacing.

Orange citrus with a hint of pine in the nose. Fairly muted.

Bracingly strong bitter taste from start to finish with a kiss of malt sweetness and some definite alcohol. I haven't had a West Coast palate wrecker like this in a while. The hops wallop you up front and just keep on going in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, a bit on the oily side.

If you're in the mood for a bitter hop bomb, you could do worse than this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

19.2 oz. Can
Best By: Jul 31, 2017

Pours a pretty nice hazy dark golden orangey color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some maltyness, citrusy, with some pines. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with some citrus, nice little pineyness, some sweetness. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a really nice brew.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from a 1 pint 3.2 oz can on March 27, 2017. Look is light copper gold with a thin head and spotty lacing. Smell is citrus and tropical fruit, pine with light caramel malt. Taste is bitter citrus, pine, resin and bread malt. Feel is medium in body with a smooth dry finish.

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Photo of strohme2
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

19.2 ounce can. Best by March 28, 2017. Part of a NBS BIF
Pours a dirty, deep orange with a nice 1+ finger head. Well carbonated and lacing on my tulip. Grapefruit, pine and oranges on the nose. The taste starts out sweet, then on to grapefruit pith, dankness, pine and honey. Well balanced. Can't believe how drinkable this is for a 10% DIPA. Dangerous!

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Photo of JohnKristan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Imperial. Nice balance. Not boozy, surprisingly. Holds true to the style. Quality. Worth a try against your preferred triple/imperial IPA.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A dirty orange body, hazy and mostly opaque, off-white head, and thready lacing.

S - Lots of strong hop notes, lemon and grapefruit, pine and resin.

T - Follows the nose, with a front of red grapefruit and pith, a middle with a powerful, sweet malt core, hinting bubble gum, then a moderately bitter bite for a close.

M - The feel is moderately dry, prickly, but ultimately, given the bitterness, the strong malt, and the alcohol, a very, very clean close.

O - This is a superb high hop beer, with lots of fruit, bitterness and extensive malts to balance it off. The result is highly drinkable, and at 10% that can be trouble. Still, one I'd grab again the next time I get to Colorado.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: very pretty; a dark golden with just a slight copper hue. Nice clarity. Head is a solid 1-finger light-tan. Head retention is good but not excellent. Quite pretty.

Aroma: uber hoppy as expected for the style. The aroma is a bit on the fruity side – juicy fruit-gum esque. Inviting.

Flavor: wweet malt well balanced by the hops. The hops are certainly present, but not at such levels to drown out the malt presence. Well balanced. The alcohol is very well hidden. It is impressive how well the 10% abv is concealed. No heat or warmth.

Mouthfeel: a bit on the heavy side. A 22oz can is a meal by itself.

Overall: very good. This beer reminds me a lot of Odell Myrcenary without the fruit. I do prefer Myrcenary to this one, but this beer is excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.97 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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