First Drop
Upper Pass Beer Company

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Upper Pass Beer Company
Vermont, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #115
Ranked #5,238
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Mar 15, 2022
Jul 06, 2016
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Notes: First Drop is a hop-forward, Vermont-style pale ale that gets its cloudy amber hue from a balanced base of Golden Promise and Pilsner malts. At 65 IBUs, it's hoppy but not overly butter. The fragrant aroma and juicy flavors showcases grapefruit, pineapple and peaches, and results from the synergy between two unique East Coast ale yeasts and a line-up of American hops that include Azacca, Centennial, Mosaic and Citra.
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Ocalafox from Florida

Pours an opaque dark amber with a coarse, persistent head. Initial impression is a surprisingly clean grapefruit, pine, mango, and orange experience. Smells of tropical and citrus fruits and pine. Tastes of pine, grass, pineapple and mango, tangerine, grapefruit rind. Very earthy with a lingering dry and bitter mouth feel. Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

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4.25 by elamb106 from New York on Jan 12, 2022
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3.74 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sheppard from Massachusetts

Pours a golden with some white head. Lots of candied tropical fruit and heather on the nose. There's a bit of potpouri to it. The flavor is somewhat of a similar experience. This is truly a classic pale ale with some old world sensibilities, despite the new world hops. The new world hops provide some tropical character, but there is definitively restrained and balanced about this that make it a really solid pale ale that I'd pick up again.

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4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Sep 07, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pablo35 from Pennsylvania

Liked it a lot!

Aug 20, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

This beer comes out very cloudy. The head, while decent for a bar poured pint, is brief, but it leaves great blanket lacing on the glass.

Distinctive pine resin and citrus rind. There's a light fruitiness after the second whiff.

Short lived and relatively dry pale malt start. Strong bittering hop flavor which comes early and finishes the aftertaste. Full bodied with enough carbonation to cut the richness. The swallow features a brief fruity touch. Otherwise, it's all straight up bitterness.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DuaneL from Delaware

Makes me want to visit this brewery next time we visit Vermont! This is a first class New England style (hazy) pale ale, meaning of course it is not "pale". More like the hazy IPAs in Vermont, and in taste, not far off from Fiddlehead . Very nice!

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jbertsch from Massachusetts

A hefty pale ale that's borderline IPA. Bold malt bill and a hop profile that's earthy, piney, grassy... fans of old school IPAs will be fans of this, as was I.

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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by afkIPAs from New Jersey

Upper Pass receives some Upper level scores on all categories for First Drop. It surely Passes with flying colors and Drops itself very close to my First overall spot.

This IPA pours a burnt gold. It is super hazy and murky. A hefty head lasts for quite a while and leaves a true coating of lacing down the glass.

Lovely citrus notes. I get a lot of orange and pineapple. First Drop has the bright and spicy smell that you don't always get out of these murky opaque IPAs.

The taste follows the smell very fittingly. A strong bite from pineapple or grapefruit and a full bodied feel of lighter citrus like orange. There are great earthy notes too. Definitely a bite piney.

First Drop has the right amount of carbonation. A medium feel and a relatively smooth aftertaste for its look and flavor.

This IPA was recommended to me by a bartender of 163 Taproom in Lake George, NY. I had never seen nor heard of this brewery before but I gladly tried it. All I can say is "Thank you, April!" for putting me onto one of my new favorites!

Dec 09, 2020
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3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Ok, decent APA, but not landmark

Apr 19, 2020
3.89 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Apr 18, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

On tap at Worthy Kitchen
Lightly dingy dark golden color with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Citrus tropical earth and light pine with some light bready malt to back it up. tasty

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4.18 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Feb 12, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

16 oz can poured into an imperial can-shaped glass.

Hazed-out, murky rusty-blonde. Near 2 fingers of loose head.

Mango, passion fruit, dank, and blueberry.

Smoked pine needles, earthy dank, and forest floor. Grapefruit pith and light passion fruit. Dried biscuit and slight caramel.

Medium bodied, crisp, moderately bitter, and dry.

Oddly enjoyable smoky pine taste.

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4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Magilla60 from Pennsylvania

Super juicy great flavor.

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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by CraftKingandQueen

Definitely some syrup backbone to this beer not a citrus bomb neipa but more of a pine, malt and def a ton of dry hop. Delicious and a great opposite to your fruity hop bombs with plenty of hop.

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4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey on Dec 22, 2019
First Drop from Upper Pass Beer Company
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