First Drop | Upper Pass Beer Company

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upper Pass Beer Company
Vermont, United States
upperpassbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chippo33 on 07-06-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,753
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
188
pDev:
6.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of cambabeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DudMan
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eddiefl
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daudelin2000
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy, dark gold to orange color with a decent white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is subdued slightly, especially for a double dry hopped beer. Smells slightly tropical, but I had to really search for it.

The taste is stronger than the aroma. Tropical fruits come through with a bready malt backbone. Teeters towards almost tasting like a good home brew which isn't really a bad thing.

Mouthfeel is really nice! Creamy and soft. In the medium range. Bitterness sneaks up on you a little. Drinks more like a 7% or more beer rather than under 6%.

Overall, I really like this beer. It didn't blow me away like Cloud Drop, but definitely furthered my excitement for Upper Pass and I can't wait to try other beers from then.

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Photo of jesusgorilla
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark orange with a quarter inch head that dissipates to a ring quickly and leaves blotchy lacing down the glass. Smells of tropical and citrus fruits and pine. Tastes of pine, grass, under-ripe pineapple and mango, tangerine, grapefruit rind, apricot and a hint of sweet malt. Very earthy with a lingering dry and bitter mouth feel. Light to medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of Gowens18
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JimmyAddo
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheWolf
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice beer. Good balance.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WaffleNugget
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A deep gold, bronze, orange. Very minimal head - about 1/3 of an inch.

Smell: At first there are some tropical fruit elements. Throughout the course of the beer, though, there's a noticeable sweet smell.

T: Noticable Mosaic hops with an earthy herbal taste. A bit of citrus but much more of the pine taste to me. A bit more bitter than several ~6% APAs out there. Little tropical fruit, too.

F: Medium to low carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A strong APA, especially for a small brewery just down the road in Tunbridge! On par with several other high quality APAs with a nice blend of tropical fruit and pine. Very smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of frozyn
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange color with a frothy white head that recedes to a thin film and a ring, leaving fair lacing behind on the glass.

Tropical fruit – mainly mango – greets the nose. An expanded aroma of slight stone fruit or peach or apricot and tangerine are added to the mix. Additional warmth brings a slight dankness to it. A strong inhale pulls out some fresh, light malt notes.

Flavor follows closely to the aroma. I also get some resinous pine on the back of the sip. Light maltiness on the mid-tongue as well.

Light to medium body, resin, nicely carbonated. Some hop zing keeps the soft mouthfeel from falling into pillowy territory.

Well, this is a nice beer. I’m not overly impressed by it though. I wonder if my expectations got in the way? I purchased this at CBC in Waterbury, VT at the recommendation of one of the staff there, so I think I was expecting something really impressive. Instead, what I find is a nice beer that I would gladly drink multiple of. I can’t help but think of Augie Carton's differentiation between drinking beers and statement beers, and this is definitely in the former category, in a very nice way.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ohthatgaston
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pontiac03603
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickStalzer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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First Drop from Upper Pass Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 188 ratings