I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale) | Upstate Brewing Company

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I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale)I.P.W. (India-style Pale Wheat Ale)

Brewed by:
Upstate Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is a merging of two of our favorite styles: India Pale Ale and American Wheat beers. It has n intense floral-citrusy hop bitterness of an in-your-face IPA with the light and refreshing body of an American Wheat beer. A great beer for all of you hop heads!

Added by NJBeer265 on 05-22-2013

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Reviews by NJBeer265:
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4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a merging of two styles: India Pale Ale and American Wheat beers. It has an intense floral and citrus hop bitterness of an American IPA with the light and refreshing flavor of an American wheat beer. The beer is unfiltered and dry-hoped.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

This pounder is quite agreeable with us, no lack of flavor in this hoppy treat. This substyle of the IPA and American Wheat Ale is sort of like the underground punk movement, eventually it will catch on and everyone will want to jump on this style. Great job with this one Upstate!!

STYLE: India Pale Wheat
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Hazed dull amber, thick lacing

SMELL: Fresh citrus zest, orange pulp, green tea, yeast, fresh bread, apple skin

TASTE: Deep smoothness, tight crispness, moderate sized body, rustic wheat, grainy, earthy, tobacco, orange peel, doughy bread, green peppercorn, ample hop bitterness, kiss of alcohol, drying finish, linger hoppiness

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Photo of Wolvmar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can

I followed the directions on the can (cuz, , thats how I roll) to pour 3/4th give it a swirl and then pour out the rest. Results in a heavily clouded darker apricot pour, under a huge anlasting eggshell head. Slowly goes to a merangue and a blotchy film, along with some thicker high sheeting.

Middle of the road, malty nose, with some leafy back ground hops.

Pleasant hybrid of styles. Moderate hops, wheaty malts, easy drinking and better then decent drinkability and complexity.

Gotta love a quality brew in a 16 ounce can. Worth a try if ya see this NY State local in your area

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Had it out of a can on the train ride home, solid addition to the bar cart! I'm not
Generally a big wheat beer fan, but this is not overwhelming. There is a big hop presence mostly grassy and resinous flavors and if you're looking for a good clean kick to the mouth after a tough day at work, this is it!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a really nice surprise.
A cross between an IPA and a wheat beer.
It has the citrusy hop aroma and bitterness of an IPA and
A light crisp mouthfeel and finish of a wheat beer.
Easy drinking.
The 6.5% ABV is hardly noticeable.

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Photo of underoath437
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ralphs66
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Opaque, cloudy amber with visible floating sediment, and a small, sticky white head and lacing.

S: Overripe, super sweet, almost rotten mango, papaya, peach, and lychee. Some signature strawberry candy. Lots of bready malt character, slightly toast, with some chewy and grainy dough.

T: Overripe, almost cloying mango, papaya, and rotten yellow peach. Brown bready malt, slightly toasty but clean. Doughy and chewy. Some strawberry candy and bubblegum notes. Finishes fairly clean with a hint of orange peel bitterness.

F: Medium-full bodied, smooth and creamy and almost chewy. A slick, smooth, almost perfect wheat beer body with moderate carbonation.

O: I'm wondering if this can is slightly oxidized. Despite being super fresh, this doesn't smell or taste nearly as vibrant on tap as on draft. Still a good beer, though.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a slim transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen bouncing off of particles/floaties in the glass. After the head dissipated, sticky foamy lacing sweeps the glass nicely. The smell starts off with some sweet citrus making an effort to bring some bitterness to surface. Light sweet wheat slides into some caramel malts. The taste was basically the same with a dry semi-sticky caramel malty aftertaste leading into a quick dry semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a dry texture and a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth allowing a sly stickiness to it. Overall, this is a decent American pale wheat ale that I might have again.

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Photo of scootny
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber with an eggshell off-white head and healthy lacing. A slow fade leaves a light covering on top. A caramel toasted malt sweetness that is light and bready. An edge of alcohol flashes a cutting sweetness and presents pepper and light fusel notes. Some yeast fruitiness brings some faint banana, flowing into vanilla and dates. Hops are an unfolding of a floral bouquet and citrus spiciness. Taste is a progression of the nose with a redoubling of the hop compliment. Light twangy wheat malt lays a delicate platform that brings a touch of lemon and light syrup. Hops are the star here. Earthy at first they bloom into mild grapefruit and hop oil with a Saaz like spiciness in the finish. Finish is clean and light with a delicate graham cracker and hop oil tracing along the inside of my mouth. No trace of booze which males it sneaky. Dry and quenching. Feel is very crisp and smoothly carbonated with a medium light weight that lends itself to sessioning but given the abv watch out. A great hybrid that makes me appreciate the strengths of an American wheat and how well one can construct an IPA out of a lighter less hearty beer. Me likey lot!

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3.6/5  rDev -6%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

faintly hazed tinged goldenhue with a bright white head. Nice citrusy an piney hoppy nose with some malty undertones.

Creamy yet thin body. Flavors are like the nose but a bit more subtle, faint sweet breads flavor beneath the hops. well blended. Pretty balanced with some lingerin bitterness and a little bit of graininess. Mildly earthy but mostly fruity. Nice and light bodied, brisk and crisp. Could be real nice for the summer.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, this can is courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is hoppy, some lemon and grapefruit, desert like dryness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and although I'm not getting much from the "pale wheat ale" that the can advertises, this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Aside from a beautiful pour into a pint-sized tulip glass that produced a nice finger of head that before long dissipated to a nice crown of lacing atop a hazy amber murk of a beer, the nose is what captivated me first.

What is going on here. Something vaguely reminiscent of bubble gum. I take a sip. No! It's tutti frutti, maybe? I take another sip. Nah... really? Ok. I'm going to go with what my pallet is telling me: watermelon. Yeah, there's a bit of gum and other stuff going on there background, but the one in the front driving the bus is definitely watermelon. Never gotten that from a beer that didn't actually have watermelon in it, so that's a cool way to begin this pint.

What makes it hard to say is that this brew is so dry. I mean, bleached bones baking in the midday sun of the Sahara on a hot day dry. A nice bitter kick from the hops adds to the effect with a bitterness that isn't overwhelming, but nonetheless slowly and gently envelops the palate throughout the long finish.

Despite the lack of apparent lack of sweetness, the malts are there. They offer a faint caramel back drop that offers a subtle suggestion of sweetness. Almost taunting in a way. Like that mirage on the horizon... I mean, oasis. Just keep walking toward it and all will be fine. Just one more sip, I mean step, at a time.

The hops here play strange ticks on you. They variously come across in floral tones, subtle bright spices, and suggestions of citrus fruit. It's so nice to see a brew with "india pale" in the name that doesn't just dominate with pine or grapefruit citrus rind.

If you look for it, the wheat is there. It's not in the front of the crowd, making it's presence known. Rather, it's in the back, egging on the rest of the team, keeping morale high, and holding it all together. Occasionally it jumps in the game on a critical play and helps the team come out on top.

A nice brew from Upstate. Keep 'em comin'!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden hazy yellow into a Dundee hefeweizen glass. Half an inch of head or so, minimal lacing.

Nice aroma. Lots of hops of the herbal, dank, and piney slant.

The taste is a bit more muted, but ultimately follows the lead of the aroma. Some wheat bitterness is present, but this is ultimately an IPA brewed with wheat rather than a hoppy wheat beer.

Slightly thin body, a bit too watery, really. Crisp mouthfeel and carbonation.

I'd like to try more from this brewery, but this falls a little bit short.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high dense beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of floral and tropical fruit hops and wheat along with a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable. The unfiltered nature lends a bit of chewiness.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a cross between an IPA and a wheat bear—it offers the aromas and flavors in hops from an IPA and the light-bodied nature of a wheat beer. It is very easy to drink and is something that I would consider to be very sessionable.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tconlon69
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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