Cloud Drop
Upper Pass Beer Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #332
Ranked #1,223
4.3 | pDev: 6.74%
Upper Pass Beer Company
Vermont, United States
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Notes: We brewed this beer a a few times in our Tunbridge brewery before starting to do bigger batches. Now this beer is made in Stowe, VT at Von Trapp Brewery. It's aggressively hopped in the whirlpool and post fermentation with six hop varieties, making it juicy and flavorful, but not too bitter. The malt bill contains a blend of German and English base malts, Munich, oats, and wheat, contributing to a smooth mouthfeel and nice flavor. Drink Responsibly!
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. Can served in a tulip. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a turbid clarity and a tight, half-inch, off-white head embedded with pinpricks. Nose is dank, herbal hops with some citrus notes in the background. Taste follows nose - citrus is really well-hidden in the background and manifests more as pith and critic acid. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to medium) with a carbonation shy of prickly, a slight oiliness to the texture and a mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a solid Vermont DIPA, albeit not one that will be a go-to for me.

Sep 15, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a single draft at Cork in Stowe, Vermont for seven dollars. My first brew from these guys. This beer is very good, looking forward to having again.

Aug 15, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 3/29/21.

Pours cloudy yellow with an inch-plus head of white with plenty of tattered lacework and decent retention. Pithy, citrus in the nose with grapefruit, unripe orange, and peach. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Juicy but a bit piney on the palate with a solid bitterness and minimal malt. Grapefruit pith with and pine bark. Finishes dry with plenty of piney citrus.

Apr 05, 2021
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camttaylor from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured some into a small glass, finished the rest from the 16oz can. Honey colored and hazy. Nothing special on the head and has a balanced carbonation. Floral and citrus aroma but not all that strong. A little bit of sweetness and juice at the beginning and then blends nicely into a hoppy feel. Finishes well with a mildly bitter aftertaste. I don't like my beers too juicy or to finish with all hop and this had a great blend to it all. Really good.

Mar 21, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A cloudy orange/yellow with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S: Very big juicy citrus and tropical fruit cocktail notes, clean and bready malt, and nice soft yeast esters.

T/M: Very soft bitterness, moves into hop flavors of orange, mango, and lime as well as some peach. The malt adds some sweetness and body to the beer, but it never gets close to too much. Finish is slightly moderately dry.

Overall: A phenomanal New England IPA in my opinion, one of the best I have tasted. Soft bitterness, juicy hop flavors, lush mouthfeel, it has it all. Underrated for sure.

Mar 13, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Muddy. Par for the style. Nose is citrus, pineapple, peach, and starfruit. Juicy and aromatic with a dank hop presence. Moderately aromatic. Beer opens citrus, pineapple, starfruit, and peach. Soft with a citrus fruit juiciness. More pineapple with a hop dryness in the middle. Grapefruit, starfruit, and peach at the finish. Super dry aftertaste. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Bone dry on the palate and even more so going down. Nice, long, lingering, almost astringent aftertaste. Perfect for the style.

Jan 19, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the large can, it pours a hazy amber (surprise!) with a nice head that slowly diminishes and leaves lacing. In the nose, it has a bit of citrus. In the mouth, an easy drinking citrus bit with a solid malt base. Dangerously easy to drink!

Dec 03, 2020
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Pineroom from New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Of all the Vermont beers I've had, this one is my fav. Poured into a frosty pint glass, has a great balance between hops and other stuff. Hard not have another, but the 8% catches up quick.

Oct 18, 2020
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second of 2 biers I enjoyed during a 26JUL20 visit with Alewife to the Brewster River Pub in VT.

A 16oz shaker pint glass held a muted, cloudy, dull, medium yellow brew. Had a creamy, 1/4" white head which ebbed slowly, with good lacing. Had an aroma of inviting, rindy citrus; solid! Was medium-bodied, and medium smooth on the tongue.

Had some crackery, bready malts in the flavor, with light sweetness which didn't last too long. Was pithy and rindy, with grapefruit and pineapple, plus some solid piney action. Nice brew! Cheers!!

4/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Aug 04, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; slight haze; deep gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored off white head that receded to a wispy cap with a thick collar; light lacing;

S: earthy, with a touch of lemon and grapefruit;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; mildly sweet throughout; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: OK, but not something i would go back to;

Jul 13, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy whitish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and mango are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of grapefruit and mango along with hints of pine in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England-style IPA is incredible juicy and has pleasant flavors of mangos and grapefruit.

Serving type: can

Apr 20, 2020
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H0ppyB33r from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We were traveling through southern Vermont and picked up a 4 pack of this New England IPA style beer. I poured it into a glass and noticed the hazy orange color. Not sure if it was just the batch I picked up, but there was very little head.
The aroma is hoppy with citrus notes and a smooth mouth feel. Hops dominate at first and then the flavor changes to a bitter citrus finish.
The DIPA was delicious and I’ll be sure to pick more up during my next visit.

Jan 31, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 16 oz can its been cold in the fridge since I got it about 2 months ago. Forgot it was in there to be honest. But tonight is the night to open it.
The beer pours a fairly clear copper hue but as it fills my glass it does develop a fair amount of cloudiness. A bleached white fluffy head of 4 cm foams up in a dense fluff to almost overtopping my glass. This foam fades leaving windowpane lattice and settles to a sturdy surface layer.
The aroma on this brew is hoppy with some citrusy notes with just a bit of a tropical note as well. Mango makes a case and mixes with the orange notes nicely. there is also just a little vegetal or tea leave scent here. No hint of the ABV here on the nose.
the first sip reveals an average body with fairly full and soft texture. The carbonation is very fine and slightly tingly. Physical traits are nice on this beer.
Flavor is a bit of grain and then lots of citrus notes with orange dominating, but maybe a bit of lemon too. The hops dominate and roll to a little bit of a bitter finish which creates a nice balance. No hint of the booze which makes for a bit of a dangerous beer.
OVerall this is an enjoyable brew and Im glad to have had a can of it.

Oct 12, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8/12, so less than a month old. I'm not picking up as much smell as other NEIPAs. The hops smell bitter and I get that in the taste as well. Not West Coast IPA level, but a pleasing balance. The mouthfeel is full, soft, and has a nice carbonation. Glad to have picked this up and would look for it again.

Sep 07, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the look - real nice hazy, orange appearance, a lot like some of Trillium's brews. The nose is nice as well, I'm picking up strong citrus with maybe just a hint of tropical fruit. The flavor follows but is more piney than expected, giving it more bitterness than usual for a NEIPA. This makes the feel a bit strong for the style, as it's not a pillowy soft mouthfeel like some others. Overall though, it's an excellent NEIPA with a nice tip of the hat to the West Coast style IPAs that got me into hoppy beers in the first place.

Aug 05, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this beer at an event in Tunbridge, VT and what a find. Some of the most fruitful days in Vermont searching for Heady Topper are the ones where you don't find it. This was one of those days. Drank the first one straight from the can as many of these juicy and hazy DIPAs suggest. I had to wait for the next one to see the beautiful hazy straw hued brew in the glass. Immense hop forward with the juicy citrus fruit notes with plenty of resiny pine. Same notes on the palate with he addition of some tropical papaya and mango notes to compliment the pine. Finishes beautifully with just the right balance of bitterness.

Jul 08, 2019
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5/23/19 and poured into a tulip glass. Murky orange/brown appearance with quickly receding head and lacing. Smells of tropical fruits and piney hops. Really interesting flavor profile- citrus and pineapple to start and a refreshingly bitter hop finish. Not too effervescent or oily on the palate, but has a lingering bitterness of hops/citrus rind. My second beer from Upper Pass so far and this is definitely my favorite of the two. I also agree with the other reviews, in that I wouldn’t quite classify this one as a NEIPA, but it’s more of a cross between a NEIPA and a West Coast IPA, not that it changes my review at all. Pretty sneaky at 8%, as you don’t notice the ABV at all. A great one to pick up for anyone looking for a solid VT IPA.

Jul 01, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taking the haze to a new level, Upper Pass Beer Company isn't about to be bossed around by all the other New England IPA beer makers. Their flagship imperial IPA is host to a bevy of fruit flavors and with a pep of dryness and hop bite to ensure that it doesn't give up on drinkability as well.

Cloud Drop pours with a turbid matte finish, pastel in a golden amber hue. As a creamy ivory froth builds, the aromas are redolent with tropical fruit, citrus, melon and a brightness of spicy botanical herbs. Leading with a malty sweet early palate, a richness of cereal, pastry and shortcake adds a nectar-like sweetness to soothe the tongue before the hops arrive.

Breaming with hop flavor, the malts begin to retreat and the fruit forward hop flavors simply blossom with red grapefruit, tangerine and a pep of lime from a citrus standpoint and then the tropical flavors expound with pineapple, papaya and pawpaw. The juiciness of honeydew gives the taste roundness before the hops trend spicy and medium bitter with gin-like botanicals, chive and fresh spruce.

Medium full for IPA but trending malty dry as the taste develops, the beer's mildly resinous, spicy hops provide more of a hop bite than us normal which saves the beer's drinkability, dryness and refreshment. Trailing into a medium long aftertaste of dried fruit peels and grassy herbs the beer is a win-win for hop lovers on any coast.

Jun 25, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first beer that I ever reviewed from Upper Pass, as I traded for it a while ago and finally got around to tonight. The date on the bottom of the can read 11/9/17 as this poured murky and dark, but with not a lot of sediment floating in it and even less settling at the bottom of my pint glass. If you like New England IPA's, this one might catch you by surprise!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was a turbid pineapple with just a bit of light seeping through around the edges. Plenty of head topped this off but shockingly, the lacing was hardly anywhere to be seen once I had a few sips of this. Tons of bright hops, tropical fruit, bright citrus, and fruit cocktail as all of those were to be found in the taste as well. A murky citrus pith and deep tropical resin came through in the taste as the sweet nectar-like mouthfeel tied everything in and held my attention until the last sip. Somewhat sticky and quite bright, the underlying dankness balanced out the tropical sweetness quite nicely in the end!

Sure, this had plenty of booze in it but with a smooth mouthfeel, recessed carbonation, and tons of nuances inherent in this, you'd be hard-pressed to notice the booze. Dank in the aftertaste as some pine and swamp water quietly emerged, the overall impression this beer gave me was that of floral and tropical hops with plenty of heavy fruit and ripe sweetness to round things out. Very impressed by this brew from Upper Pass!

Jun 18, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a pint glass via can

color is a beautiful hazy orange

smell is sweet citrus and mango

taste follows the nose, slight hop bite

medium carbonation and nice full mouthfeel

excellent IPA

Jun 17, 2019
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy yellow-orange with a slightly off white pillowy head
S-Orange and pineapple and mango and candied fruit and peach, in a wonderful fruit cocktail
M-Luscious, thick and fully bodied with low end carbonation. Everything a Neipa should be and more
T-Juicy fruit in all is glory with a wonderful balance of sweet and bitter
O-Impeccable NEIPA!

Jun 02, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque yellow color with a thin white head. The smell has pretty sharp hop aroma, the taste has a citrusy resin flavor. The feel is smooth, creamy and finishes dry. Overall it’s a very good beer.

Apr 21, 2019
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Sweinsier from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great double IPA. I thought the color wasn’t quite bright enough but the flavor and the mouth feel were fantastic. As good as any double IPA I’ve had.

Mar 21, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/20/19

Pours an opaque pure, glossy gold with a big, frothy white head; decent retention results in layers of thin, stingy lacing and subtle yet thick collar of foam.

Aromas of sweet peach and an overwhelming soft, creamy tropical medley dominate upfront, with bits of dried grass and grape must, hop spice, and pine resin all adding a unique, subtle earthy influence to the bouquet; tons going on here, and it’s all soft and balanced.

Taste profile offers up a tropical medley (guava, melon, etc.) meshed with earthy hops and bits of pine resin; some doughy malts round things out and present some balance alongside the growing herbal hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with a very balanced but slightly active carbonation and zero alcohol presence. Juicy at a high level, and works excellently alongside a solid dose of bitterness that proceeds through the mid-palate to the finish; can feel a bit dense at times, but I’m really liking that’s how it throws its weight around.

Awesome balance of a varied earthy, tropical profile on a foundation of juicy, hoppy bitterness. Soft but never quite dull on the palate; this one is at top-tier drinkability.

Mar 19, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cloudy with a one finger head that holds its shape and leaves a few streaks

Smell: Papaya, guava, Key Lime and melon tones waft, with a sugar cookie sweetness present, as well

Taste: Vanilla sugar cookie provides the platform for the tropical fruit tones of papaya, guava and melon tones to emerge; Key Lime and orange pith add bitterness, through the middle; nicely balanced through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; slightly creamy

Overall: Everything has its place in this DIPA and it balances those places masterfully

Mar 15, 2019
Cloud Drop from Upper Pass Beer Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 242 ratings