Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Imperial IPAImperial IPA

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

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

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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of DerwinWentworth
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheHopsman
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 05/02/17:

Semi-opaque, metallic apricot orange. Extra fluffy, “whipped”, creamy, rich light-yellow head of good retention with abundant speckled lacing. Very grainy smell for the style, but not bad. Some resin, grass, and light tropical notes beyond that. Long enough whiff and it’s nail polish remover. Very perfumey but a decent balance with grain, stone fruit, and other hop character ranging from leathery to dank to spicy. Alcohol is relatively innocuous in flavor, hidden behind all that perfume, but a veritable kick in the teeth (rather, the tongue, cheeks, gums, and throat) on the mouthfeel, very hot. Hint of metallic hops in finish. Peppery retro-olfaction and extra soapy aftertaste. Full-bodied, thick, gulpable, creamy at first, the soft carbonation turns to quite a sharp tingle, before mellowing to cream again. Overall, was expecting this to be better. But I think that is a mistake I make, assuming higher alcohol means better flavor, but it just depends on the balance.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was one of those rare instances where the imperial ipa was better than the single ipa from the same brewery. Definitely in the minority for my reviews. Anyways, pours an amber color, good 1/3" white head on the top. This brewery is below average for hop aromatics, but above average for the malty sweetness. You don't find that a lot in ipas, but for good reason, most of us would rather smell hoppiness.

Taste, they really drape a lot of caramel and heavier malt feels into this one. Blast from the past late 90s kind of feel of an ipa, substantial bitterness in the 80-90ibu range I would say, a lot of copper and caramel behind those hops. The sting of alcohol is there. The hops weren't as flavorful and didn't seem very tropical at all. This seemed quite a bit like an American barleywine.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Wasatch for this
19.2 oz can, dated 7/31/17, poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy amber with a two finger white head.

S- Piney, some citrus, slightly floral, some sweet malts.

T- Citrus, some grapefruit rind, slightly floral, just enough malt sweetness, big piney finish.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid classic example of an IIPA. Malts are there but they aren’t too sweet or dominating of a flavor. Getting a nice citrus flavor that is lingering on the tongue.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer.

Poor's a light amber with ample off white head.

Nose is earthy, piney with some citrus rind and caramel malt.

Taste is sweet at first, followed by strong pine and earth biyerness and alcohol bite.

Full bodied with a dry hot finish.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +10.9%
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 +1.3%
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 +12.4%
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 -4.8%
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 -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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