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Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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3.94/5
Very Good
262 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:
#6,396
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
262
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
51
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 55
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 fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: very pretty; a dark golden with just a slight copper hue. Nice clarity. Head is a solid 1-finger light-tan. Head retention is good but not excellent. Quite pretty.

Aroma: uber hoppy as expected for the style. The aroma is a bit on the fruity side – juicy fruit-gum esque. Inviting.

Flavor: wweet malt well balanced by the hops. The hops are certainly present, but not at such levels to drown out the malt presence. Well balanced. The alcohol is very well hidden. It is impressive how well the 10% abv is concealed. No heat or warmth.

Mouthfeel: a bit on the heavy side. A 22oz can is a meal by itself.

Overall: very good. This beer reminds me a lot of Odell Myrcenary without the fruit. I do prefer Myrcenary to this one, but this beer is excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber with fluffy off white head; long cap retention; very heavy lace; slightly cloudy. Pine, citrus, caramel and tropical fruit nose. Juicy orange, mango, pineapple, caramel candy and pine; a little alcohol on the exhale; zesty bitter lemon finish. Lite resinous tongue coating; medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Long lasting bitter citrus linger, alcohol bite, and malt holding it all together.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackWormCultBrew
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BArunnerchick
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -10.9%
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 +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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