Upstate Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,093
Ranked #6,300
4.17 | pDev: 10.07%
Upstate Brewing Company
New York, United States
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.3/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 2 weeks out.

Pours a completely opaque yellow-orange color with very minimal white head. The head settles into a very thin film, leaving a ring of lacing along the way.

The aroma is pineapple juice and burnt rubber, with a touch of vanilla to top it off. Extremely odd.

The flavor isn't any less bizarre. Pineapple flavored bubble gum and candied peach, with a hint of fruit stripe gum. No bitterness whatsoever, and an almost cloying quality.

The feel is watery thin with almost no carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden though, which is good I guess.

Overall, a pretty piss-poor example of a NE style DIPA. It's like somebody put a wad of chewed-up bubblegum into some pineapple juice and let it sit for 2 years. The complete lack of carbonation doesn't help. Not sure if this was a bad can but I'm definitely not impressed.

Apr 10, 2017
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underoath437 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A strong version of the NE IPAs that are going around. A hazy orange pour leads to a strong aroma of pineapple and a hint of grapefruit. The full body and creamy taste accents the pineapple extremely well as it does not linger long on the palate. Overall an exceptional DIPA.

Jan 16, 2017
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Heady_Plopper from New York

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm on a quest to find Heady Topper style beers. This is pretty good. It's very hoppy, without being bitter. It has a medium body, with fruity tones and is very drinkable. This is my new "go-to" IPA when I'm not in Vermont.

Sep 29, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly hazy light orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells really, really strongly of pineapple, some earthy herbal thing, not quite vegetal, but good, with some interesting and possibly not intended bubblegum aromas.

This is very good, and solid for the area. The sort of candied bubblegum taste is odd, and probably not intended. There's an absolute ton of pineapple here, which is nice, with some grapefruit, and herbal grassiness, almost like fresh cut grass with various herbs mixed in.

This is medium bodied, it's got that classically thick NE style feel, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm quite impressed with this one. With a few tweaks, it'd be absolutely awesome.

Sep 23, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of grapefruit juice with a only a chalky glow to it as hardly any light passes through. opaque. turbid. Thin fast falling white head. Pineapple, cool herbal and spice, nutty, twiggy, fruity , tropical and grapefruit pith. Sage and thyme. Bitter prickly floral, needle like pine. A light tingle from alcohol and hop bitter finishes the beer with those sultry twigs and grapefruit pith.

From reading that description which fits both the nose and the taste ( excellent) you might say what are those mellow earthy herbs doing with grapefruit? I like it and more than just a little. There is a light sweetness overall and one of the best malts ever. It had no real powerful statement to make except a hearty stature and a smooth bearing. It goes mostly unsung until you feel very satisfied by it in the mouthfeel. There is a nutty quality to this flavor that is not from malt but from one of the hops. I think it is either the azacca or the pekko. ( either that or it is the yeast that is still in the beer) They are unique. Vibrant in an earthy way that's very different from your juicy citrusy oily hops. So nutty sweet pineapple with grapefruit sage and thyme. You must try it! Cheers!

Aug 15, 2016
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DerelictPI from New York

4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very hazy IPA, with a nice head.

The can says there will be flavors of "pineapple, berry, lemon and papaya." I definitely get the pineapple and lemon (with some nice grapefruit as well). i can taste the berry sweetness initially but then the bitterness crashes the party. This is intensely flavorful, fruity sweetness, yet enough bitterness to make you pay attention. I am loving this beer!

Aug 03, 2016
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Comes in a completely opague, milky, dark orange color. Looks like a hefeweizen. Better yet, looks like orange juice. Not much of a head, but there is a thin white film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is ridiculously hoppy and dank. Pithy orange, grapefruit, wet dankness, almost a bit of cat pee, but also light, sweet tropical fruits: pineapple, mango, papaya, gooseberry, and white peach.

Upfront, you're smacked with pineapple, peach, and mango. There are no real malts to speak of, perhaps a touch of white bread in the middle, but that's it. The finish turns to pure citrus, both the sweet and bitter aspects. Fresh squeezed orange juice, but also the ripping oils from the peel, and pith and pulp of grapefruit. Finishes mostly clean, but with some medium lingering orange peel bitterness, and perhaps of touch of soft pine needles, then it's gone.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium-plus, and very smooth and soft. Creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Is this New York's Heady Topper?!?? I dunno, but it's freaking awesome. Heady Topper Lite, maybe. A superb IPA in the New England style, a real juice monster of a hop bomb. So glad this is being brewed near me.

Jun 28, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upstate Brewing's Double IPA is neither too filtered to dismiss off the hop nor so cloudy as to cause concern; it has that perfectly icy complexion that, when held to the light, accentuates the deeper copper highlights while still allowing that brassy golden base colour to shine. Foam is sparse but solid.

Don't expect the aroma to overwhelm; the usual citrus rinds and leafy compost pile are present but not at alarming levels. The use of a few newer hop varietals (Azacca, Meridian and Pekko in addition to Centennial) has resulted in an unusually 'clean' aroma, one without much resin, dankness or fruit.

The taste is likewise clean and pleasant, with hints of lemon, mint, and spicy actual hop cones but nothing to really let the imagination run wild. Florals are low, herbal qualities are minimum and the typical breakfast buffet of tropical and citrus fruits appears to be almost entirely picked over.

Still, there's enough candied rind and bready, ever-so-slightly caramelized maltiness to make for a fulfilling, tasty flavour profile. A touch of tree sap sticks around in the finish. And at no point does any of that 7.7% alcohol become obvious; this is one DIPA that drinks easily and effortlessly.

Upstate's Double IPA is not a momentous one but it's one hell of a good offering. If I had this locally available I'd have little call to look elsewhere for my hop fix. Balanced yet characterful, it is unintimidating and approachable for craft initiates as well as sufficiently gratifying for more experienced drinkers.

May 26, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into an oversized tulip.

Pours a light copper color and shows a tinge of haze, otherwise good clarity. Plenty of froth and foam as well as lace.

Smells of pungent fruit, but not quite the tropical variety, although there are hints of that. Actually, seems there's a fermented pineapple sort of aroma. A touch of cattiness. Resinous for sure and a touch of pine. Seems a bit west coast and a bit east coast.

Flavor is almost identical. Sweet fruitiness that is somewhat like pineapple and passionfruit is blanketed by a bready sweet flavor and resin. The finish is all piney bitterness. Pretty satisfying to be honest. I like this.

Feel satisfies too. Retains some refreshing quality that is often lost on DIPAs and isn't heavy-handed with malt nor hops, though it has a piney and resinous bitter finish that closes nice and dry.

Well done.

May 13, 2016
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Keene from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale to medium amber in color, very bright, and capped with a generous, long-lasting head of foam. This is a good-looking beer from a small brewery. Aromas of overripe pineapple, white pine, a bit of jackfruit, and even clover honey. In short, it's sweet and tropical on the nose, but the smells are somewhat muted. In terms of taste, Double is medium-bodied with a slight degree of tongue-coating creaminess that's fitting for the style. The bitterness is restrained, making this DIPA that much more drinkable. More tropical fruit on the palate, along with some vegetal, green-pepper character and a nice dose of bready malt to keep things on balance. Make no mistake though, this beer is about the hops. A touch of pine and woodiness in the finish prepare you for the next sip. Bottom line: While not flawless, Double is a well executed beer from an underrated brewery.

Mar 04, 2016
CMIKEHUNT from New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like a world class beer. People need to try this beer .. Look out heady topper Someone in upstate NY is coming for that number one spot..
Very hoppy Very drinkable. Taste like sweet, dank hops. Feel is just fantastic. Color is golden and beautiful. Sweet citrus aroma. One can tastes like you want another can. Now that's great beer. I could seriously get drunk on this sweet sweet nectar from upstate brewery.
The brewmiester might be a genius. His name is Mike Cooper.
Do yourselves a favor and visit the brewery and score some. You will not be disappointed. You heard it here first on BA

Feb 15, 2016
Double from Upstate Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 45 ratings