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Imperial IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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3.95/5
Very Good
261 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:
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Added by ArrogantB on 06-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,969
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
261
pDev:
10.38%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
50
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Mtn
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -8.1%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jae61
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of akolb
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tall boy can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Hazy copper-orange color with thick white head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly fresh.

Flavor is predominantly sweet up front leading towards a big bitter hop hit in the middle. It finishes with a mouth-coating barleywine style mouthfeel.

Overall not a great imperial IPA but not a bad strong ale or barleywine.

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Photo of kvgomps
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeschaefer
2.05/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parkcenterlounge
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell is the best I've had to this point. I think this beer us underrated in general. Please try. Great dipa

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Photo of luke12345
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bieniek30
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blazer22
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SamN
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Huge, incredibly thick head. Very dark honey color. Thick-looking, very little carbonation. Fantastic complex lacing is imminent. Smell is intoxicating; tangerine rines, overripe pineapple. Very fruity. A bit of spiciness in the sheer hoppiness. Sweet and surprisingly malty, too. Peppery, hint of basil. Taste is all imp ipa; hops, hops and more hops. Tons of oily bitterness, vaguely fruity. But overall a bit of a one trick pony. The tastes don't really evolve much on the palette. It tastes good, it's what you'd want from an double ipa, but I kind of want a more well rounded experience, more variety of tastes than straight up NZ hops. Overall, its a surprisingly balanced double ipa. Bitter without being a buzzsaw.

Medium body, surprisingly, but i think it works. Minimal carbonation, adds of touch of texture to the lingering bitter finish. Another great Upslope Beer, just expected a little more of a taste experience. A bit one sided, akin to my feelings on OB's Gubna.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber gold with a large head for 10%. Smells of sweetness and some light tropical fruits, pine. The taste is sweet, with some mango and citrus, followed by prolonged bitterness. Reminds me of a not as well balanced great lakes chillwave. Pretty good, the style has much better to offer though.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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