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Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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3.95/5
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259 Ratings
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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

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Added by ArrogantB on 06-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,828
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
259
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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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4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

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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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I CANnot get over just how many craft CANs are available in Colorado! If you are looking for a trade or if I owe you from a previous CANTrade (TM), let me know as I am going to have a plethora available shortly.

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Robust, Hoppy, Generous"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt[,] Malt[,]New Zealand Hops[,]Yeast[,]"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted[,]Aluminum CAN[,]Portable[,]Recyclable[,]Good"; "Why CANs? We package our beer in Aluminum CANs because it's good for you, the beer, and the environment."

What a great Crack & Glug! The room suddenly seemed scented with hops. An aggro Glug later and I was facing a dense finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with caramel, minty hops and an alcohol heat/burn. My nose hairs suddenly disappeared! Mouthfeel was that of a big, solid dollop of goopy, gloppy beer on my tongue. Taste was intensely hoppy, very very minty, initially, followed by a wash of caramel. Finish was a like a minty caramel and if it weren't such a spendy beer, I'd have bought a bunch more.

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4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

19.2oz imperial can poured into a pint glass.

A: Light orange / copper color with soapy, sticky head and tiny, active carbonation bubbles. Head is resilient and carbonation slows down over time, but is still visible and pokes up through the off-white head.

S: Lots of citrus with noticeable pineapple and mango aromas. The piney, dank, earthy hop aromas are there but in the background.

T: Fruit forward flavors, again pineapple and mango most noticeable. Biscuit and esters set up a contrast of incredible peppery blast and huge dank, earthy, salty hop bitterness.

M: A full-bodied beer that provides fruit sweetness and spice from the hops and relief from the malt. A bit drying from the bitterness, but the carbonation helps lighten up the mouthfeel.

O: Love the imperial pint and it proves that huge, complex, and impressive beers can be canned. The imperial IPA style can be hard to judge between competitors, but I think Upslope has created a true rival to Deviant Dale's. An excellent beer. I would love to try it on tap.

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4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mcflypie
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, almost syrupy in color. A little lacing.

S: Sweet, passion fruit odor. Hoppy smells galore no doubt.

T: Tropical fruit notes and hoppy/malty tastes. Like Fruity Pebbles, but hopped out.

M: Lively and citrusy IPA. Delicious.

O: A refreshing Tropical Imperial IPA. A classic here in Boulder, CO. Long Live Upslope!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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