Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

BA SCORE
88
very good
252 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:
252
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.33%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackWormCultBrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deceptively smooth, and well more balanced than I was expecting for a 10% heavy hitter.

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

Not that bitter despite the IBUs, tastes more like a pale ale except it gets you drunk quicker. IPAs aren't my jam but this is good.

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Photo of Bogeyman
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear copper, with a frothy head. Aroma is fresh citrus and hops. Very nice promise.

Taste is juicy and yet hoppy. Biscuit comes in and seems to step on the bitterness (doesn't feel like the claimed 90 IBU) so it's well under control. Pineapple, pine, and then the booze. 10% teasing you in the b.g., just enough to make you notice. Sticky yet malty, slow and nice finish is resiny, boozy, and a little murky. DIPAs sometimes go off the rails. This one is wobbling... lots of different things going on.

Taste is like a booze-soaked pinecone dipped in grapefruit cake. How the hell did I come up with that? Yeah it's different. Like a west coast IPA with something more, it's almost out of whack, but it never goes south. User @Extol says "My girlfriend would hate this." Yeah maybe that's right. But after finishing it off I think it's rather nice.

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Photo of mig100
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BArunnerchick
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Departing from the usual progression, this is actually lighter in color than its non-imperial brother. Golden amber, with a moderately large off-white head, this exhibits supremely sticky, coral-like lacing throughout.

Big aromas of sticky peach and mango on the nose, with some toffee and cream as well.

Ripe peach and caramel, with some pine on the tongue.

Dry, yet a little more fluid and rounded, and surprisingly less bitter than the regular IPA.

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Photo of WDJersey
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mtn
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle states best by March 11, 2016. Consumed on February 29, 2016.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From draft into a snifter, golden orange in color. Thin head left, nice lacing. A fruity, citrusy smell. The taste is boozy sweet with pine and honey. Seemed nice and fresh.

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Photo of Extol
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - copper in color, nice retention. Smell - hops for sure forefront, slight alcohol as well. Taste - follows the nose, hops, a tiny malt flavor, and some alcohol. Overall - this is pretty decent. I just went to CO and grabbed a bunch of stuff I never heard of. Pretty sure girlfriend would hate this. lol

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Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jae61
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beercam
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
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 akolb
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tall boy can, BB 3/10/16, poured into a tulip glass after being allowed to warm up for some time.
Pours a somewhat hazy dark orange. Nice head.
Mango, pineapple, and citrus dominate the aroma. Very enticing.
Sweet fruitiness at front, with a moderate bitter finish and noticeable but not overpowering alcohol burn.
A tropical, well-balanced DIPA. The bitterness is there but it stays in the background, allowing the fruitiness to come through. Some may be turned off by the alcohol burn, but I felt that it make the beer nice and satisfying. Would definitely buy again.

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

Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.97 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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