Upheaval IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Upheaval IPAUpheaval IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by socon67 on 11-21-2013

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Reviews by ryanjtravis:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Photo of KrazyUlysses
4.89/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I love my American IPAs to be hard, hoppy, and very bitter. This does not disappoint. A beautiful golden brown, smells of rich hops, and tastes as bitter as one could hope for. Not for the faint of heart, the aftertaste might too bitter for most. It's my favorite draft at the local sports bar. Would highly recommend to all strong IPA enthusiasts.

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Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.5/5  rDev +19%

poured into a tulip glass from a 355mL bottle.
bottle date: 5/30/14
pour date: 8/18/14

APPEARANCE: caramel yellow with a mild haze to it with small amount of yeast percepitant. 1/2" foamy head with blocky retention.

SMELL: freshly mowed alfalfa and overly-ripened cantaloupe

TASTE: a quick sprite of citrus, then a mellow grainy gulp, with a bitter aftertaste. bitterness hangs around a while- could be due to the old bottle date.

FEEL: surprisingly thin for 7% ABV. Drank quickly.

BURP: pleasant.

a solid 90, especially for the price.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Iam a fan of Widmer and I proudly admit it,I haven't had to many of their beers that I have come away disappointed in and this offering is no exception.Pours into a small tulip glass a slight hazed burnt orange with a tight sticky half finger white head.Love the aromas with pineapple,tangerine,and melon really jumping out at ya,some mild mild alcohol sweetness and caramel is there as well.The hops are not as big on the palate but they provide a nice tropical fruitiness over top of light caramel/biscuit sweetness.Iam liking the tropical fruitiness that some brewers are getting at with their IPA's and DIPA's and this one fits that bill,well done.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful IPA. smells of pineapple and mango and tastes of fruity hops. I am SO glad i went out on a limb and grabbed a sixer of this. highly recommend.

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Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kaiyote
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of randsom
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Great flavor!

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Swede
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I quite enjoyed this beer. I was staying in a hotel and the gas station across the street had only one IPA on hand so I bought it. It's not the most complex or mind altering IPA out there, but it's certainly far from the bottom. It has a bit of an Oskar Blues vibe going on.

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Photo of Snyder18
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Runofthemiller
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a bottling date of May 2014. Purchased a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful floating sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of sharp, fruity hops with hints of lime, citrus, mild tropical fruit, a touch of pine, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and faint stewed hops. Delicious.

T: Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a malty backbone and a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine resin, mild tropical fruit, grass/hay, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with light carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, earthy yeast and mild caramel malt.

O: Very tasty and nicely balanced. A textbook American IPA. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour have excellent hop presence. Plenty of fruity/piny notes underpinned by caramel malt and earthy yeast. Body is OK. Goes down a treat - well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of moundbz
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very powerful, sipping beer, feel it after a swallow, better once foam settles.

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Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of takusan1000
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppySeb
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass. The bottle was stored in a fridge at roughly 45 degrees and purchased as soon as the beer released –drank within 2 months from bottling date. The pour is hazy dark amber in color, two finger carbonated head with cream color, the head sticks for a while until it subdues to a thin foamy crust that still covers the entire surface of the glass. As you drink the beer, the head leaves a short-lived patchy decorative lacing.

Initially, the aroma is a citrusy in-your-face smell that stings with zesty grapefruit and lime, behind it a honey aroma evolves as your senses pick up the spectrum of its flavors. After a few times smelling the brew, I get a very dank aroma consisting of papaya and mango – just as you would smell the basket of ripened fruit containing these at a farmer’s market. The taste is a caramel sweet and fruity (mango, papaya and grapefruit) initially, leading to a very bitter finish that is not as hop-forward as I expected. In fact, to my surprise, there wasn’t much of a hop presence which is uncharacteristic of PNW IPAs – doubtful if due to “bottled to drank” elapsed time but possible.

Mouthfeel is creamier than I would’ve thought – I expected this being a PNW IPA with 7% ABV it would be crisp and with more carbonation (let alone hoppier). The mouthfeel, in my opinion, makes the dankness and ripened fruit flavors more pronounced effectively minimizing the minute hop flavor.

Overall – I was not too impressed with this offering although it’s not bad either. Not something I would seek out or buy again but at the same time I wouldn’t shy away from it if offered.

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Upheaval IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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