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Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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3.94/5
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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:
#6,396
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
262
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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2.05/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.08/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

edit 6/15/2013

had a can and it was not very good, onions, garlic, blech.

On tap at hops and pie. Yellow color, soapy film of a head. Aroma is a hops and peaches. Flavor has a hit of bitterness and then that peach flavor again. Overall this was a pretty enjoyable IPA and I look forward to buying a can or two when they hit the stores.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%

Pours a clear 24K gold, small but persistent head of foam.

The smell was of sugary sweet malt with a lightish aroma of hops.

The taste is strong with malty sweetness, lightly hopped despite the hefty IBUs, fairly strong alcohol presence.

Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, that's not what I'm not liking.

Too strong, too malt liquor like, too reminiscent of Dogfish Head 120, which I detested.

I'm glad I won't have to buy another $6.99 can.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of junglelarry
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

tried this one out today and it's a solid beer. It hides the abv well and is not bad drinking. With a caramel color and clear body the beer looks good and sweet. Nice foamy head, some lacing.

It seems this beer's focus is on the bite, because the smell isn't all that good. Onion and metal, mixed somewhat poorly with pine and some citrus. The sweet bread helps it a bit, but the alcohol accentuates the calamity.

The flavor is better, though. That onion and metal is gone, replaced with citrus and tropical fruit, some green grass. Not to be outdone, the malt comes in with some sweetness...and booze.
Still, it was easy drinking. I would like to know the hop bill further than "New Zealand hops". Why mention that and not the hops??

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Upslope Imperial India Pale Ale" (NOT "Imperial IPA"); let's cut the shit with abbreviating beer names haphazardly, alright? 90 IBUs. 10% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because it self-identifies as such in the name and on the label. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for this style. 1 pint 3.2 fl oz aluminum can with straightforward label art acquired at Davidson's Liquor and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a gorgeous five finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Smooth complexion. Supple. Head retention is superb for the style - about 9+ minutes.

Body colour is a predictable clear vibrant copper. Translucent/transparent. I dig the vibrance. Some gold hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks good for the style - certainly above average. Looking forward to trying it. Quite inviting.

Sm: Has a nice citrusy bite to it - grapefruit and orange peel. Floral hop character. Clean fresh barley. Pale malts. Pine. Some breadier malts. A dash of caramalt - not too much. It seems like a good mix of malts and hops, with hops clearly dominating just a they should. But I'm not convinced of the integration or balance. Some zest. An approachable pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pleasant juicy grapefruit bite with some taming orange citrus notes. Unfortunately, there's also a bit of that hoppy stale orange juice flavour that destroys so many otherwise good IPAs. Perchance a bit oniony. Malts are covered up by the hoppy notes, but I do get caramalt - a bit too much for the style - and pale malts. Also some bready malts. Clean barley throughout.

Flavour intensity is above average for the style. Shallow depth of flavour. Flavour duration is average.

Somewhat imbalanced. Decent complexity; not much subtlety. There's not a whole lot of pleasant flavour here, and the naked untamed bitterness really brings it down.

I don't pick up any yeast character, but there's a bit of alcohol that's noticeable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a nice crisp bite. Somewhat refreshing. A biteen overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Pretty decent body. Fair thickness.

Dr: A downable imperial IPA, but its lack of balance and absence of any special characteristics makes it forgettable. I'm sure many locals will rate this highly, but it doesn't compare favorably to the best/great beers in the style. Pedestrian. I wouldn't get it again, but it's drinkable enough. Certainly above average overall. They really need to sort that bitterness out if they want to play with the big dogs. Hides is ABV alright.

Highish C+

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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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of spoony
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 19.2 oz man-can into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a dark-golden/amber liquid. The brew is clear and flat with very little carbonation to support the short-lived one-finger head of light-tan foam. There is decent lacing. The beer is nothing spectacular to look at, but pretty true to style.

S-There are a lot of sharp, aggressive hops here. I get lots of bite, some soapiness, as well as a lot of onion, and earthy, herbal notes, and a bit of warming alcohol. The malts are not completely buried and there is some biscuity flavor underneath.

T-The brew is bracingly sharp and bitter, with an earthy, vegetal spice, and an unbalanced finish. The alcohol is noticeable and contributes to an out-of-whack flavor profile that tries way too hard to impress with its bitterness and sharpness and forgets what makes good IIPA good, i.e., balance and complexity.

M-The feel is lighter than many IIPAs with mild carbonation. Not as dank or oily as you might expect.

O-For me, this beer represents what is wrong with IIPAs. It relies so much on shock value and over-the=top hops that it lacks any of the depth or complexity that makes drinking a beer with 10% ABV worthwhile. This is a one-trick pony that I will not be returning to again. I suppose if you are into onion/spice/huge bitterness, it is worth a look.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SocalKicks
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyTwins
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 262 ratings
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