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Up Top IPA | JDub's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
JDub's Brewing Company
Florida, United States
jdubsbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeast on 03-14-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
195
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
33.15%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
68
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill-hazed & effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays hazy, nice lacing & head retention

S: Bready, tropical fruit notes, not much else

T: Breadyness, caramel, pineapple & woody hop notes. More bready sweetness as this warms, some pineapple, orange peel & woody hops. Finishes with pineapple, a little grapefruit, breadyness, & a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, a little grainy, skews a little sweet, but bitterness swings back in as it warms

Drinks easy, tasty take on the style, wish it was little more hop forward in the nose...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Resin, Rind, Dank, Bitter

The brewer suggests that this is a sessionable and not overly bitter IPA. It is quite drinkable for sure, bitter enough for an IPA but the flavor that the hops unleash is the real show here. A big splash of citrus hits the palate first with suggestions of orange pith, zest and pulp. Hints of blonde tobacco and biscuity grain in the middle. Even keeled overall with an earthy dankness from the hops in the finish.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 6.75% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jdub's Up Top IPA
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$1.84 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. Head retention is quite good, lacing is average.

Aroma: Resinous, piney, and floral hops. Caramelish malt.

Flavor: Gently citrusy, piney, and grassy hops are well meshed into a biscuity and caramelish malt base. Solidly bitter. The can reads "A sessionable India Pale Ale that doesn't slap you in the face with bitterness", but it does build on the palate: the alcohol combines with the hop bitterness and it has a very dry finish. Still, it remains balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward medium-light in body; moderately crisp carbonation.

Overall: If there's a flaw to this beer it lies in the choice of ingredients, not in the brewing technique. The malt flavor is good but it doesn't particularly stand out, and the hops follow suit. Is it citrusy? Is it piney? Maybe a little bit of both, but muddled. I'm not even sure what varieties are in use. Perhaps there are too many types at work, confusing it a bit. Or not. Regardless, it generally seems to lack a bit of 'polish" as far as what it's intended to project.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy copper color, just under two-fingers of fluffy white head, and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: A little diminished overall – citrus rind, resinous pine, and bready malt.

T: Big grapefruit rind hops, bready malt backbone with just a hint of caramel sweetness, some resin in the middle, and some flowery hops in the back end. Moderate amount of bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, average alcohol presence for style. Carbonation sensation does seem a touch on the low side.

O: A solid beer from a new brewery to me. But in the end, it's nothing that I would go out of my way for. Again, it's a crowded canned-IPA market these days, and this doesn't do much to stand out.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly well done IPA, hitting all the right notes. Pours a hazy yellow/orange with semi-creamy white head and lacing. Pungent aromas of tropical fruits, with grapefruit pith being the main culprit in the flavor department. A bit of a soapy tinge.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Melbourne, FL.

Amber body has good clarity and is topped by a decent head.

This is a pretty good IPA, very herbal with a suggestion of weed in the aroma. Medium carbonation in a medium body. Strong hop flavor with only moderate, or maoderately-high, bitterness.

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Photo of Beer21
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gebrew
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of Bassbone8vb
4.9/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste, nice mouth feel, and great nose.

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Photo of rightcoast7
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of twizzard
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz poured on tap

A: hazy in body murky is a better word orange in color with a big fluffy white head

S: very citrusy with light floral notes

T: very creamy a light note of citrus peach, pine

M: creamy medium in body

O: pretty good IPA lot of nice citrus orange and grapefruit with just a touch of malty end pretty easier drinking probably not worth huniting but if you see it on tap.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber with light crown of off-white head. Little to no lace in generic pint glass at Gerst Haus in Evansville.

Aroma: Pine and grapefruit hops. Not especially notable.

Taste: More pine and citrus hops, with a pretty fair malt profile to back it all up. Bitter nip at finish, with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall not a bad IPA, but pretty average in a sea of similar brews.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy copper body. Clear body until the sediment flows in. Clouds it up. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Citrus. Grapefruit. Light sweetness. Toasted malt.

Taste - Grapefruit hops. Toasty malt. Bready and grainy. Slightly sweet. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Drinkable and well carbonated.

Overall - Not very exciting, but drinkable.

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Photo of wilfonzo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cgscub
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kaos
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaycase
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of cyrushire
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Up Top IPA from JDub's Brewing Company
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