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Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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88
very good
44 Reviews
Imperial IPAImperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
232
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
24.05%
 
 
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Reviews by Liveupthere:
Photo of Liveupthere
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer, especially from the large can. Great feel in the mouth, not too chewy. Especially for an I-IPA. The taste notes included citrus, raisin, and pine. Closest thing to Heady Topper I've found from a can. Careful! The over sized can and the ABV will sneak up on you!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber orange color with a thick and billowy white head. The head has an incredible level of retention with it staying for some time. The head very slowly recedes, leaving tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some bubble islands that sit atop the brew for the life of the drink.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite robust of some sweeter tropical fruit aromas with tangerine and mango with other fruity smells of melon and some tangerine. Along with these aromas comes the hoppy smells, with these being a mix of grapefruit as well as some grass. A hint of earthy hop and a little bit of caramel sweetness are there as well, creating a sweeter fruity and moderately hopped aroma overall.

Taste – The taste is a little bit deceiving from what I was expecting from the nose. It began with some of the sweeter fruit flavors that were detected in the nose with flavors of tangerine and mango, these however are rather light in comparison to the smell. The foremost of the tastes at the start is some caramel sweetness as well as a decent showing of a doughy taste. There is also some lighter grapefruit hop tastes upfront, which grow stronger and stronger as the flavor moves onto the end. Along with the grapefruit increasing, some pine and an earthy hop taste also come to the tongue as well. The fruity flavors that were present upfront are largely lost at the end with some of the caramel fading as well. With a little bit of a grassy and slightly boozy taste coming to the tongue at the finish, the doughy flavor takes on a bit of a drier cracker taste, and with the rest of the flavors, it ends up leaving a somewhat drier and moderately hopped warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side for the 10 % abv. of the brew with it containing a carbonation level that is rather average to a little bit lighter. The lower body thickness and moderateness of the carbonation are actually quite nice as they match the drier tastes rather well and help minimize the alcohol taste, making this a fairly easy to drink brew even at 10 %.

Overall – While not the most balanced imperial out there, it is a rather decent big IPA overall. It is a fairly robust brew that is well worth a try, all while maintaining a decent level of drinkability.

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Photo of beercam
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I live right next to this brewery and so in my review I am very biased. I'd suggesting buying a 4-pack, not the pricey big stovepipe.It is brewed with South American (Chilean, Argentinian?) hops and boy am I glad for that. I can already feel myself beginning to think and talk with a suave silky South American accent. The ladies love that, right?

This beer is beautiful. An explosion of hyphy, fluffy, honey-colored foam forms a head that lingers, and is contintually maintained by a relentless, very very fine, yet energetic carbonation which regenerates the head sip after sip for the entire drink's duration. Yeah, we're in business here folks. Otherwise, the liquid itself is mainly transparent, a little over-filtered, but radiantly shining with a proud, rich, orange-y bronze. Again, please listen; this beer is gorgeous. And I mean the glowing, snow-laden, peak of jagged, extreme, dramatic form kind of gorgeous. It's borderline sublime in its appearance, and deserves massive kudos as such. What else might you expect from Boulder?

Smells like an on-point, a-list, west coast IPA, but twisted with something very unusual. Familiarity mixed with a certain foreignness. But, be it single, double, triple, imperial, hops from New Zealand, black; the hops in this beer is competitive, relevant, and redolent, and blended extremely tastefully among the yeasty, malty, grainy aromas that waft forth, generously and harmoniously.

Taste is equally high quality and quantity here. This is an aggressive, grandiose, over-the-top, argumentative brew that commands audience to its characteristics. The flavor/taste is no exception. Grapefruity, coniferous, spicy, with a hint of astringency and thunderous avalanche of alcohol, unlike anything else. See feel for back-bone tones. The taste here rides on the unique, rather foreign hops it seem. But hey, I think transporting hops from country to country, if done by renewable fuels, could be a boon to the brewing business, based on this beer's taste.

This beer feels electric on the palate. The hops zip, zap, pop, and dance from the start, while the malted barley, after a quaint delay, steps in to offer a steady, masterful, artful, perfected flow of smoothness, body, and flavor delivery - tell-tale signs of grains treated and boiled with care, vision, and precision.

If I could italicize here, I'd do so with the word great, in order to describe this very special Imperial IPA. A top 10, maybe top 5, bold and unique contender for the best of the style.

Compare to: Not many, honestly, as the hops are unmatchable, but, Deviant Dale's, Maybe Dale's Pale, Dogfish 60/90, perhaps Alameda's Yellow Wolf, Ninkasi's total dom, Bear Republic's big IPA's, Green Flash's heavier stuff, Lagunitas' IPA, New Belgium's Rampant, Sculpin if you're a sissy, Avery's Double and Imp IPA's, probably anything hoppy from Victory, Stone's double/imperial stuff, Fremont's Imperial......

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Our palates know right away that this is an Imperial IPA, but does it drink like one? No. Way too easy to put back, even with the aggressive hopping. Choice of can size and making this year-round were correct decisions for Upslope here.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Clear copper tone, lovely suds

SMELL: Fresh-squeezed oranges, pineapple, mint, pine, mild tobacco, alcohol, faint caramel, green peppercorn

TASTE: Smooth, slightly creamy, chewy medium body, intense bitterness, bready, semi-dank hop resin, dried fruit, piney, fresh-cut grass; drying, bitter finish

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Photo of DahWag
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

19.2 oz can. Pours copper amber with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny stinky hops (almost summit like, but not over the top) and some caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny hop finish. Pick up very slight summit hop off notes, but not much. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I'd buy it more in 4 packs vs big cans though.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jeschaefer
2.05/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of richkrull
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Imperial pint tall-boy can, procured on a Whole Foods run, on the first day of Denver Beer Week, last week, and a tad dear for the single, at that. I do like the typically spare ingredients list, only here the first item is 'snowmelt'. Gnarly.

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and ultimately bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a broad swath of metal t-shirt imagery lace around the glass as things take a header southwards.

It smells of sassy, somewhat musty citrus - sweet fleshy orange, underripe grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi - hearty biscuity, bready caramel malt, crystalline toffee, and further perfumed floral and pine resin hop esters. No real sign of the ABV as of yet. The taste is a mite bit more subdued - semi-sweet citrus cream, which does well to blend and obfuscate the individual fruits, caramel and toffee malt, some wet breadiness, a mild zingy, mint-suggestive spiciness, and back-nine leafy, woody, and pine needle hops.

The bubbles are rather understated, i.e. damned near flat, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, in that horror movie sense, where the tension tells you that something jarring is just out of range. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly clean, and teasingly hoppy.

A sort of strange bird for the style, but in a very good way. Everything on everybody's checklist is indeed there, but everything just feels, well, laid-back. Especially the full, nicely round 10 points of alcohol - where on God's green Earth did the brewer hide that? Wow - I found myself at times contemplating the quality of this unassuming APA (!!!). Anyways, a superbly rendered DIPA, nothing too extreme on either side of the proverbial aisle, and stupidly, inanely, and pleasantly easy to drink.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

very fresh can, expires 10/23, bright, crisp and sweet, excellent brew

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned, best before date of 03/11/16 (oops)

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Orange and deep caramel stand out in the aroma. Lesser grapefruit. Faint pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy hop character backed by a strong, deep caramel backbone. Faint pine. Finishes bittersweet, with mild pith lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slick texture with a slightly dry finish. Drinks amazing for a 10% brew.

Overall - Such a winning combination of citrus and caramel flavors. Despite being a little over a month past the best by date, the hops seem to have held up well. Obviously a fresher sample would've been preferred, and I hope to come across one some day for a re-review, but in my experience a beer this close to the 'best by' date isn't gonna change much except maybe an uptick to the strength in hops.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tall boy can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Hazy copper-orange color with thick white head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly fresh.

Flavor is predominantly sweet up front leading towards a big bitter hop hit in the middle. It finishes with a mouth-coating barleywine style mouthfeel.

Overall not a great imperial IPA but not a bad strong ale or barleywine.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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2.08/5  rDev -47.3%

Photo of Bieniek30
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

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