Superpower IPA
Comrade Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #39
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,060
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 7.41%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
228
From:
Comrade Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  42
Gots
  35
SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: West coast style IPA with loads of pacific northwest hops. Huge pine and grapefruit hop aroma, with flavors of citrus, balanced bitterness with a light malt character.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 228 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

That's a pretty beer man, great clarity and golden color, 4/5" white head. Poured at the source in June 2019.

When done right, a blast of C hops can actually tickle the nose, quite zesty, you can use that zest adjective pretty much in every category here. Here we had an equal old school grapefruit and pine blast, dry and bitter in the nose. Like SNPA but without the caramel heavy malt base.

The taste had a bitterness almost on par with a Simcoe beer, but here it was still C hop pushing the ever present pine/grapefruit combo with a super dry pale two row barley grain base that was crisp, refreshing, well carbonated and just old school feels fun kinda drinking vibe. I prolly should say zesty on the mouth feel. Its cool and anti-juicy. There is a prick of alcohol, but that is expected when you straddle the line of a double ipa.

(movie guy voice) "in a world of juicy trub proprietary hop haze bombs, a veteran of a forgotten world rises to the challenge."

Feb 06, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Draft, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a thin foam layer and a lot of lacing in patches all over the glass. It's a beautiful, crystal clear, light gold color.

Smell: It's a faint but pleasant earthy scent of pine and grains.

Taste: A classic, rich, pine resin hoppiness coats the palate first but it's balanced by a slight malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It's quite thick and a little creamy with a crisp, medium-high carbonation bite.

Overall: A great example of a classic, hop forward IPA that still keeps the bitterness in check and balances things out nicely. Very well made.

May 11, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - What you'd expect an old school west coast IPA to look like - classic color. Lacing on the glass hints at what's in store.
S - Fantastic piney/citrus aromas with a little funk that promises something different.
T - Here's where this IPA shines, and it might (MIGHT) be the best CO IPA for those who like classic clear IPAs. I can't think of any particular IPA that is better in this genre. Station 26 comes close, but... nah.
F - Properly carbonated; not overly so, no bloat after a few of these. Does this beer have THC in it? (J/K?)
O - Perhaps my fave CO IPA, so far, reporting live from 2018.

Sep 02, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.61/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken in Fall 2014.

Served on-draught @ Comrade brewing. 16 oz pour.

HEAD: ~1 finger in height. White colour. Frothy and creamy, with a full thick consistency and a soft appearance. Lacing adheres messily to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Retention is poor - ~30 seconds.

BODY: Clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. Clean, lacking any visible yeast/lees. Obviously filtered.

A nice albeit typical appearance for an IPA.

AROMA: Heavy resinous pine, fantastic grapefruit citrus, fresh fruit zest, pale malts, hop oils, bright floral hop notes. Hop bitterness is pungent but balanced. Very fresh, very expressive, very appealing.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No off-notes, overt yeast, or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: A bit muted, actually. But the grapefruit citrus and accompanying zest is lovely, with a subsidiary rounded floral hop character of hints of pine bolstering its hop profile. Nicely oily.

I'd like a more resinous hop character, but it's nice enough as-is. Well balanced, with the fresh pale malt backbone taming the hop bitterness nicely. Could be juicier and more evocative, but it's tasty stuff.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Complex enough for an IPA, but not so much that it stands out in the style.

I quite like it.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied. Aptly carbonated. Smooth, wet, crisp. It's a bit too aggressively carbonated, which does distract from the taste.

This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes, and its ABV is pretty palpable. But it's not gushed or boozy, and it's right for the style in most ways.

OVERALL: Very drinkable. I love the Pacific Northwest hop profile, but the flavour profile overall is a bit reticent. I'm pretty impressed, regardless, and excited to see what else Comrade brews in the future. A must-watch brewery in one of the best states for craft beer.

B (3.61) / GOOD

May 14, 2017
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tempest from New York

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's big on pine and grapefruit, with a hint of caramel malt, and sweeter peach notes in the middle. While this doesn't break ground, it's very very drinkable for the strength and wonderfully balanced. As in, hell yes I'd order a second pint.

Apr 19, 2016
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imstimpy from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this originally at a gastropub while in Denver for the 2015 GABF. Then numerous times afterwards during the after hours celebrations.

From memory, it is a great balance of hop and malt and citrus. Amongst the Pliney, Superpower, Grapefruit Sculpin, and Boom Sauce, I found myself reaching for the Superpower on the second round. It isn't to say this is the best IPA ever, but to say they did a really great job producing an easily quaffable IPA that stands with some of the big players.

Apr 19, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their flagship, served at the brewery in a "proper," 20 ounce pint.

Pretty pour: dark amber with a puffy white head and great lacing.

Smells pretty straightforward: hoppy and bready. Well balanced with old school pine hops. Smells like a midwest IPA, basically.

Tastes like it smells: straightfoward, balanced, utterly belying its fairly high ABV.

Feb 25, 2016
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An incredible IPA that perfectly balances hop flavor, bitterness and malt. A dark golden with a touch of haze, a nice head and a huge juicy citrus and pine aroma. The flavor begins with a big resinous bitterness and moves into bright pine and citrus hop flavors balanced with the perfect amount of crystal malt. I get a growler every time I go to Denver to visit family.

Dec 20, 2015
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the brewery

Aroma: skunk, onion and country meadow. The aroma will make you reminisce about driving through the country in an open top in summer. Intriguing.

Appearance: Coors Light-like golden. Wonderfully bright. The brightness of Comrade's beers is first rate. Minimal head retention, which prevents a 5-star rating.

Flavor: country-meadow and skunk initially that almost immediately transitions to a hop burst that fades to light pine. Malt is light and provides a well balanced sweetness. No off flavors.

Mouthfeel: more on the heavy side of medium. Drinking several of these would weigh you down.

Overall: this beer is on the higher end of Denver-brewed IPAs. Not the best or second best but certainly better than most. This beer isn't of a caliber on par with its BA rating, but a respectable IPA certainly.

Oct 03, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not an IPA guy, but I'd drink this beer regularly. Great balance, not overly hoppy or bitter or crunchy like many of them. Definitely got the grapefruit aroma as in the description. No wonder this is their best-selling beer.

Sep 28, 2015
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SanFranJake from California

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular ass pint glass at Falling Rock
Dude just asked "want another IPA?" and no questions asked, this came I'm my glass.
Aweslme IPA! Hue and pour...tits!
Taste and mouthfeel...up there with the 1% beers
I'd drink this shit on the reg if it were local to me.

Sep 18, 2015
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale amber with a good head. Smells of peach, mango, and some general citrus. The taste follows the nose with a nice lemon up front, some sweet melon in the middle and a slight grapefruit on the finish. Very west coast style. Perfect bitterness.

Aug 26, 2015
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Mike1512 from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic IPA full of citrus notes on the nose and the palate. This one will give any IPA a run for their money. A world class IPA out of Colorado, indeed!

Jul 20, 2015
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Genie from Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like IPAs hopped more for aromatic flavors than bitterness, then this is the beer for you! These are the hops they use: Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo

Jul 08, 2015
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ColMan from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really, really good IPA. Guessing this brewery has a connection to La Cumbre in NM as the Superpower is nearly identical to the La Cumbre Elevated IPA. Identical hop profile, a tiny bit more malt on the finish for the Elevated. Rated them both the same in a side-by-side comparison.

May 22, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Squealer delivered to me by BA strongrepublican. Served into an oversized Belgian tulip.

Looks great. Clear, golden body with light, trickling carbonation. Sudsy, frothy white head that leaves a wall of lace in its wake. 5

The aroma is heavily floral, a tad herbal, and there are notes of grapefruit and orange along with a passionfruit flavor that takes a while to be noted. 3.75

I was a bit discouraged by this beer given the smell, which isn't bad but certainly isn't stunning either, but the flavor veers more into delicious territory. I'm assuming Mosaic was used for flavoring as this beer is tasting all types of melon-like, mango-ish, and sweet. This is followed by a bit of resinous, dank and zesty hop and yeast flavor. 4.25

Lighter side of medium as far as body, with a sweet, refreshing start, zesty middle and then an aggressively dry and bitter finish. A lot goes down with the mouthfeel. 4.25

Some great flavors here and I quite enjoy this brew, but I don't love the aroma, the bitterness is a bit over the top and finally the Mosaic flavors don't quite pop as I want them to. I mention these things because they are what keep this out of the 4.5+ territory.

May 21, 2015
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the second best IPA produced in the state. Reminds me of a really good west coast IPA. Light in color. Great citrus smell. Citrus and pine in flavor. High attenuation, light, crisp and very drinkable. I highly recommend this one. Grade (A-)

Apr 27, 2015
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CO-Bloom from Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite CO IPA so far. This just checks all the boxes of an American IPA. Light golden color, big head and a huge nose of citrus and tropical hops. Hops bitterness and flavors follow the nose and demolish the taste buds. It is a bitter beer for sure but it is in between waves of citrus, melon, peach and other fruity hoppiness. with little to no alcohol detected and carbonated perfectly. It is a hop monster but very easy to drink (if you like IPA's) One of the few 5's I have given - I haven't I tried heady topper, Julius or any of the East-coast stuff but this stands up with or exceeds the best west-coast or Midwest IPA's (they exist...) I have had. It is truly a hoppy treat!

Update 5/12/16: Had this a year after my first try and it was just as good or better than remembered (who really knows) but it is truly an exceptionally IPA and this recent visit to comrade has solidified in my mind that it is the best IPA In Colorado (Sorry Odell IPA) and also competes with many of the top IPA's in the country. Just HEAPS of Amarillo and Citra abound! Obviously personal preference but I am seriously impressed by this IPA.

Mar 28, 2015
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hophead723 from California

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had three pints of this at Comrade then took a Growler home even though I was extremely broke. I walked to this place because my apartment is right next door and I drank half of it straight from the growler happily along the way. When I got home I poured into a classic British pint glass.

Look: Gold, shimmering, and clear with a pure white head an ample carbonation.

Smell: Glorious aroma bursting with juicy tropical fruit, papaya, melon, and grapefruit aromas leap from the glass. The aromatic head wafts a heavenly and subtle malt smell that backs everything up.

Taste: The hops taste exactly like the smell; juicy and bursting with beautiful tropical hues that are so ambrosial that it is almost unbelievable.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and yet crisp at the same time.

Overall: This beer is clean and drinkable. Definitely something special here, not your average IPA at all because of it's unique characteristics and I have had some of the best in the country. Thank you Comrade!

Mar 07, 2015
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flixjones303

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampler at the brewery. Looks like an IPA. Slightly stanky (in a good way) hop profile. Perhaps some slight cattiness to go with huge pine and pineapple aromas. Very bitter. Solid effort.

Dec 31, 2014
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh growler fill at the brewery and poured into a pint glass.

Look- Pours a pale sparking gold with a generous finger of lingering white foam.

Smell- Passionfruit forward with pineapple, guava, weed, and butyl. Tropical and dank at it's best!

Taste- Juicy passionfruit, grapefruit, guava, and mango. There's a bit of a butyl flavor in the finish.

Feel- Slick and oily to start with a bitter and semi dry finish.

Overall- This is right up there with the best of the tropical and dank IPA's. A palate crushing mix of the best of juicy fruit and dank weed. I wish I had regular access to this beer.

Oct 04, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full notes taken to my phone at Falling Rock Taproom, Denver, CO during consumption.

A- Pours with a pretty much clear golden body to a pint glass from the tap. A cap forms to half a finger or so but it looks like the glass is slick. One big sheet of lace with a few small spots and drizzle.

S- Dank hops are quite strong and the overall focus of the brew with plenty of other hop notes like citrus, stone fruit, pine and floral. Small amount of malts with pale caramel and cereal coming to mind. Mostly hops.

T- Citrus opens up quite a lot but the dank hops really reign supreme. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pine resin, flowers, apricot and dank nugs. Freshly cracked cereal grains and some sweetness. Light bread and yeast esters.

MF- Medium bodied overall thickness with a creamy and silky texture but not chewy. Carbonation fairly high and it supports the delicate hop flavors and cushions the higher ABV. Finishes with medium bitterness.

Drinkable and dank fruity IPA with plenty of pine and citrus as well. Always love the good completely random finds.

Aug 12, 2014
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Todd from California

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SuperPower IPA delivers an absolute beat down on the palate. And I love it. Tons of dank citrus, grapefruit, pine, resin, herbal, floral, and sticky oiliness with a juicy center and clean, bready, malty backbone. Full-bodied, not overly sweet, and ends dry.

Borders a Double IPA. But whatever. SuperPower IPA is one of the best American IPAs from Colorado, and arguably one of the best in the country. And drinking another beer after it is pointless, so you might as well have another.

Aug 09, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a freshly filled growler into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated July 27, 2014.

A-A slightly aggressive pour nets about two fat fingers of nearly white, sticky foam. The head leaves some chunky lacing as it fades. The beer appears to be still in the glass. It is clear with an orange-golden hue.

S-The aroma is a lovely citrus-forward blend of orange zest, floral notes, and a bit of sharp, bitter pine. The smell is well balanced, however, with a good malt presence to back up the hops...light caramel and biscuit.

T-The taste, like the smell, is well balanced with the light caramel flavors holding up well against the aggressive hops. The flavor tends toward pine and bitterness when cold, but the orange zest and fruitier tropical flavors open and assert themselves more as the beer warms. The finish kicks just a bit with some floral, peppery alcohol and hops.

M-The body is medium in heft, maybe medium-plus, with smooth carbonation that is lighter than average. Drinkable.

O-I really enjoyed the entire growler of this stuff. It tastes like a well-made beer with nice balance, good layering of flavors, and a delicious hop note. I don't know if this is truly a "west coast" IPA but I don't really care because it drinks well and I enjoyed it.

Aug 06, 2014
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Comrade, poured into a pub glass.
Appearance - light gold/yellow with a little bit of bubbles and a thin white head. Lacing is weak.
Smell - grapefruit, mango, some pine and grass. West coast citrus hops here!
Taste - follows the nose, flavorful and refreshing!
Feel - sweet and mild bitter hops on the finish; very flavorful and refreshing mouthfeel!
Overall - love the aggressive hop style of this beer and if the price were a bit more reasonable for a pint/growler, this would be a must have!

Jul 17, 2014
Superpower IPA from Comrade Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 228 ratings