Upheaval IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Upheaval IPAUpheaval IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,292
Ranked #29,091
3.79 | pDev: 11.08%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like I first had this in the summer of 2014. Pours golden pony boy with a slight amount of cloudiness, they used wheat in the beer, but it doesn't appear to be of the flaked variety with 2019 hazies. White head 1/3". Aroma is lightly hoppy for an ipa. While it has Nelson hops, they must be in a very small quantity, because they don't have a lasting impact in the nose, or really any discernible impact at all.

Taste reveals a little bit why. Seems like there is mostly Chinook and Simcoe here, giving a ibu challenge kind of feel to this 75ibu range banger. Its that pine, grapefruit dry bitterness that doesn't push much of the flavor profile, more inclined to push the mouth feel in a dry bitter direction. Malt body is lower for them not imparting as much heft or caramel as they often have in the past, but still more than most are doing these days on the craft side of things. Carbonation and consistency are good here. Its a good beer at a very good price.

Aug 06, 2019
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with silky foam head. Smell is very light hops. Feel is medium to light body. Taste is the best of the categories. Very well balanced on hops and malt and I don’t think this is bitter. Citrus and pine followed by a malt backbone. I know this is unfiltered and it’s a pretty decent balanced IPA offering.

Jun 30, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2019-05-26 in Portland, OR at the Portlans Rose Festival on tap.

A - Pretty hazy orange with a short white head.

S - Orange, light malt and floral

T - Orange, herbal and earthy spice, moderately bitter.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation.

O - Generic but hit the spot while walking around the festival.

May 26, 2019
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JWsimpleton from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is deceptive. Looks beautiful, but falls flat in its complexity. A bit heavy-handed, and the flavors feel overpowering at times. Vigorously hoppy and bold, but very dry, and booze bitter for barely 7% alcohol. Still pretty a good beer overall though, for the price.

Sep 05, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thick off-white head with good retention.
Refreshing aroma with notes of mint, mild caramel, a bit of apricot and pine.
Flavor with notes of pine, spices, grapefruit, slightly toasted and caramel malts, some white and yellow fruit, resin, tangerines and earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent American IPA combining earthy, spicy and piney notes.

Jun 12, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright copper tinted amber under a lacy 1' foam collar with good retention

S: big initial hop aroma of resin, topical fruit, berry, a trace of pine and a hint of caramel and bread crumb

T: Mildly sweet tropical fruit starts the flavors leading to an assertive bitterness mid-palate. It dries out on the finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness

F: The body and carbonation are medium

O: delightful, full flavored American IPA

Jul 12, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours an copper, rusty orange color with a white, full, creamy head, slight haze.

A: Picking up some pine notes along with slight tropical notes like guava and pineapple, good amount of malts on the backend, aromas are subtle and balanced.

T: Mostly grapefruit peel and pine on the taste, missing the tropical notes I picked up on the aroma, slight orange/tangerine note, moderate amount of bitterness with slight malt notes on the backend with more citrus zest lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry citrus peel like finish.

O: Dig the look and aroma but the taste is lacking the complexity and depth I expected, finish is very dry like citrus peel dryness, too dry. If this had more tropical notes that I picked up in the aroma, it would definitely be better.

May 29, 2017
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RJLarse from Washington

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of a seasonal sampler 12 pack. Three bottles each of four different beers.

Pours a pale gold color, hazy, with a frothy white head.

Smell is faint, a pine scent more than fruit.

Taste is also long on pine bitterness, maybe a grapefruit presence, with a little of a sour grain flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry.

Overall a good IPA. A little one-dimensional in terms for flavor.

Jan 29, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce glass poured to wine glass
Appealing: light amber hazy, small off white foam
not too fragrant, slightly hoppy
medium carbonation, long follow through, long intensifying bitter aftertaste 3.50 Overall: good beer, a bit on the sweet side, nothing exciting but nothing exceptional either
drank: January 17, 2017 1:41 AM

Jan 17, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber in color with burnt orange highlights and is slightly hazy. It is topped with an inch of off white to beige head that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is a balance of caramel malt and pine.

The taste starts out a little malty, but quickly gives way to bitter pine with a lingering bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel

I have been spoiled by juicy IPAs coming out of Ohio. The bitter northwest IPA is just not for me anymore.

Sep 04, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frothy head with nice lacing. Cloudy, unfiltered. Bitter and hoppy. This is a solid NW IPA that celebrates everything hops with little extra to compliment. Bitterness hangs on the mouth for a long time.

Aug 17, 2016
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short white foam with medium retention. Medium spicy hop aromas with medium malt and light caramel aromas. Medium bodied with a light creaminess and lazy, medium light carbonation. Medium spicy and resinous hop flavors up front followed by medium high hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malt backbone. Pine hop bitterness to the end. Finished medium dry with a light caramel maltiness and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Pleasant earthy, spicy and malt character with substantial bitterness. Easy drinking - if you like bitter IPAs - with a smooth feel.

Jul 12, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice white and lightly foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and only stays there because because of the nucleation point of the glass. The beer itself is an uninspiring orange amber color that is clear. It isn't bad but it's nothing to talk or very interesting.

The smell and taste are not overpowering but pretty decent and a fairly light compared to the other beers in this style. The smell has a fruity orange hop note with a slight malt sweetness that is pretty good. The taste is less sweet than the smell and has a nice orange rind note in addition to the orange.

The feel is decent. It's a medium bodied beer on the lighter side with a biting carbonation that gives the beer a nice lift and a refreshing bite to it as well.

Overall, this is a decent beer but it isn't anything interesting to the hop afficionado but might appeal to those who want something bitter but not a complete hop bomb.

Jul 09, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My visit to PVDRI this past weekend marked my first visit to Nikki's Liquors, despite having been up there many times. I just never realized its proximity to the train station & my friends lived in the opposite direction, so I just never got there. What a revelation! I barely made it out alive.

From the bottle: "Upheaval IPA unleashes a huge hop flavor and aroma with serious bitterness and a balanced finish."; "Hazy and bold, Upheaval is left unfiltered for the full IPA experience. [undersigned] Kent (?) Rob"

I Pop!ped the cap & really let fly with a heavy-handed pour since it was billed as "unfiltered". It paid off in that I got just under two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Grrr! I was geared up for one of those newfangled NE IPAs which are not just cloudy but downright turbid. 8=( Nose smelled like the interior of a pine forest & now my hophead mouth was watering uncontrollably. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very piney & I felt better about it, but I still wanted it to look more unfiltered. The taste was about as close as an AIPA can get to extreme bitterness without falling into DIPA territory, plus the (relatively) high ABV was also putting it on the cutting edge. Finish was cool, minty, quite dry and just the sort of thing that really excites me as a hophead.

Jun 21, 2016
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vikinggary28 from California

3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Colour is unfiltered amber/yellow with a off white head. Smells very mellow hop wise. Taste like a west coast IPA but is less bitter, more like a session IPA. Goes down smooth. Not the best but still not bad at all.

May 28, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Amber color, slightly hazy. Nice head with decent retention. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruit. The flavor is pungent and has a bit of a tangy edge. The maltiness is more bread like, like a rye beer. Some pine and grassy notes in the hops aftertaste. Medium body. Crisp finish. A decent IPA.

May 15, 2016
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stcules from Italy

2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber, hazy appearance, with one finger of foam, quickly disappearing.
Resinous smell, even too much, nd quite raw, unrefined.
Again more resinous in the taste, too bitter, and still unrefined and not inviting.

May 09, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazy orange/golden beer, off-white rocky head, nice retention.
Smell - semisweet, citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, coconut, oats.
Taste - malty, semisweet, nice bitterness, dry finish.
Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation.
More sweetness and esters than in Kona Castaway.

May 09, 2016
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kaiyote from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank of a bottle at a local pizza joint.

Look: no idea really.
Smell: from the neck of the bottle, I get hit by a lot of fruit aroma.
Taste: definitely not a true west coast ipa, which makes sense given they bill themselves as a northwest coast ipa. Fairly balanced between malt and hops, with some mild fruitiness.
Feel: decently carbonated, easily drinkable.

Overall: my first beer from widmer Bros, but certainly won't be my last.

Apr 09, 2016
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Kinger22 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy amber/gold color with a floral scent. The look and scent are followed with a malty and hoppy bitterness. The carbonation and feel are certainly drinkable.

Feb 14, 2016
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle--used best guess for look.

Smell: sweet hops, lots of alpha acids.

Taste: Strong maltiness like a 90 min IPA, sour acidulated taste. Sweet plum and raisin. Green apple as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp mouthfeel, but with a strong boozy sweetness. Mouthfeel ends up a bit like stale hops.

Overall: Tasty, interesting hoppiness, but a bit boozy.

Jan 12, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy (clears as the brew warms) deep gold/pale amber producing 1.5 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a pasty wash & ring of splotchy lace. Aroma is floral/herbal, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & grass (in that order) in a caramel malt background. Taste is dry caramel malt balanced with herbal, grapefruit & a hint of tropical fruit. Starts with a nice caramel malt/hop balance but finishes peppery, bitter & dry. Aftertaste is herbal & pine with an astringent, dry & nicely lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lightly creamy, slightly prickly & dry.

Dec 12, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice IPA pours a lightly hazy yellowish amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pooling layer, and moderate lacing. Nose of sweet honey, moderate amounts of citrus fruits of orange and grapefruit, and a hefty dose of pine. Flavors follow the nose with a nice backbone of sweet honey malts that support the floral and tropical citrus notes of the hops with a fading grapefruit and lingering piney hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and a very dry finish loaded with hops, hops, and more hops. Solid for the style.


Oct 30, 2015
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MarkLinton1 from West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seems to be more of a West Coast style IPA but far more balanced and slightly less bitter. Beautiful aromas of pine, flowers and citrus with carmel and tropical fruit taste. Second beer I have tried from this brewery. Very impressive. Can't wait to get back to Oregon to pay them a visit.

Oct 28, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle of Upheaval IPA into a lager glass. Bottled date on the label of March 2015.

Pours with a medium amber body that is slightly hazy. The medium size (~1 cm) bone-colored head is quite durable and leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

Tropical fruit hop aroma with some baked bread and herbal hops precedes the very fruity (citrus) flavor. Moderate-mild bitterness is below average for American IPAs, which is fine by me. In fact, for just a moment it is actually sweet when it hits the tongue.

O: a very good IPA, at least for those who like the fruity hop varieties and limited bitterness.

Oct 14, 2015
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