Whoop Pass IPA | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Whoop Pass IPAWhoop Pass IPA

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RoyalT on 11-12-2003

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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by ScreamForMe:
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep burnt orange with a billowing two finger white head that settles ever so slowly leaving broken lace behaind as it does.Aromas of citric and leafy hops with not alot of sweetness,there is some alcohol induced sweetness but not in ur face.Big citrus fruits on the palate with not a whole lot of bitterness,more alcohol induced frutiness makes for a very non-bitter DIPA with all the fruitiness derived from the hops and malt,the alcohol does creep and make's itslef known as it warms.I like this beer because it's not overly sweet and the hops have some complexity.Nice job here.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Clear, brownish-orange body with a head that was kind of small but that lasted awhile and pitted, lacing the glass beautifully.

Smell – Strong, raunchy hops define this aroma. There’s huge pine with some citrus and something else that I can’t identify, but this is probably one of the sharpest hop aromas that I have every smelled.

Taste – Man, this is huge! By far the biggest hops of any beer that I have ever tasted. As stated earlier, I can pick up the gigantic pine and secondary citrus, but there’s much more in this one that I just don’t have the experience to describe. The bottom line is that THIS IS ONE HOPPY ALE!

Mouthfeel – Close to full-bodied and extremely dry. The hop finish goes on forever.

Drinkability – If you don’t like hops, I wouldn’t go near this one. Really, I wouldn’t even talk to someone who has drunk this beer in the last ten days. But, if you’re like me and love hops of all kinds, this is the Buddha.

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Photo of explosivebeer
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a thick creamy head that settles into a nice residual swirl of bubbles. The color is a deeper orange, like many other imperial IPAs. The aroma jumps out of the glass and presents you with a pleasant onslaught of citrus-y hoppiness with some undertones of pine. The taste is sweet, alcoholic, a little bitter, and generally good. It finishes with some hoppy bitterness. Really, this beer is worth the aroma alone and everything else is just a bonus.

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Photo of Lazaro
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of merlin48
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle obtained via trade with waldowin. Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy this rare, Pacific Norhtwest DIPA.
Served slightly chilled into an imperial pint glass, the body is a chill hazed, radiantly golden color, with a lot of active carbonation evident in the glass. Two finger, beige head retains well, finally receding into sticky, island chain, lace. Quite a looker!

Aroma is boldly hopped. Fresh hop resins sear the nose with pine sap and grapefruit rind. Faint notes of tangerine and caramel seem to emerge at room temperature.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied, with crisp carbonation. Oily, resinous, hop juice is intense enough to have a burn on the tongue. No alcohol presence noted.

Taste is all about the hops. Fresh and Bitter hops. Earthy, floral, citrus, but mostly pine sap. Caramel, orangerind, and tangerine notes peek through, especially at room temperature, but are quickly swatted into meek submission. The brash hoppiness becomes more citrusy toward the finish, but a malt presence is never able to fully come forth. Finish and aftertaste have a lasting, dry, bitterness that is limezest and pine resin.

This one is a perfect remedy for the hop deprived. Whooppass, indeed! Hopheads would rate this one much higher. This makes a Stone Ruination seem like an ESB. "Knock the Doors Down" bitter hoppiness is offered here. Very enjoyable to drink, well constructed, and loaded down with Pacific Northwest, high alpha, C hops. Whew! This one will render your tastebuds useless to review anything else, but the high abv is cleverly concealed.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Another one thanks to Jetsbeer...don't know why, but I like it when there is no mention of the word "double" in the name...had no clue this one clocked in at 9%.
Cloudy mahogony in color with less than a half finger of bright white head...a fine layer remains on top and some sporadic lacing remains on the side of the snifter.
Nothing over the top in the nose...juicy fruit hops with a diacetyl twinge with a lingering nose.
The taste is real solid...glad to see this is no butter bomb. Well balanced with a strong malt presence to balance out the boatload of hops this one is carrying.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect...no alcohol present until the last few swigs and finishes very clean.
Not overdone for the style...just done right. Possibly the best session brew for a double IPA I have tried to date.

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Photo of G_Shoe
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours an orange color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma definitely lets you know this is a double IPA. I get a lot of pine and orange notes as well as a little bit of biscuit malt.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a medium bitterness in the beer and a lot of pine from the hops. There is also a little bit of orange citrus and biscuit malt, but the beer is dominated by the piney hops. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.26 gallon swing-top courtesy of RoyalT.

Appearance: Poured a wonderful hazy honey in color. Massive, thick, and creamy head stands proudly atop the brew. Lacing is impressive and complex.

Smell: This is the Eddie Murphy stand-up show of aromas..."RAW". What we have here is "Kick you in the nuts" aggressiveness in the hops department. Very strong and very nice.

Taste: Freshly-cut grassy, oily hops stand up and physically assault your palate, beating them to an unrecognizeable pulp. An oily pine cone then wedges itself between your teeth and refuses to budge. Possibly one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Barely anything stands in the way of the avalanche of hops that invades your mouth. Finishes with a very long-lasting, mouth-puckering, lip-smacking bitterness. This is a 9% ABV beer but it is kicked aside by the myriad of hops that leave it trampled underfoot.

Mouthfeel: "Large". Full-bodied and sticky on the palate.

Drinkability: Folks...if you don't like hops, steer clear of this one. The burps this one kicked up were a symphony to witness. This is "the" beer for the evening.

RoyalT scores yet again with this hop monster.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good caramel auburn color. Noticeable hop aroma still (I drank this about 8 months after I purchased it).

Great bitterness. I thought I totally ruined this beer sitting on it, but it held up true to the DIPA style. I promise, I will buy another bottle and drink it within 48 hours just to compare and contrast. Anyways, lots of caramel on the palate, but a stinging bitterness. Big mouthfeel of what I assume is Cascade hops among others.

EDIT: Could have a little more flavor hops instead of just all bittering. What I thought was an old dipa review, really didn't change much when having it 1 month old.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, from a late-night (I love this city) jaunt to a QFC (boss!) in the Denny Triangle.

This beer pours a clear medium orange-amber hue, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which settles quickly, leaving a decent vista of iceberg lace around the glass in the process. It smells of citrusy, herbal hops, and mild bready caramel malt. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, and a slackened leafy citrus hoppiness, buoyed, if that's your thing, by a subtle to enveloping booziness, depending on the sip, and the phase of the moon, I guess. The carbonation is on the low side of average, the body medium weight, in danger of turning to the light side, and coldly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly nondescript hop bitterness taking a final toll against and underwhelming malt presence.

As far as PNW DIPAs (acronym budget, spent!) go, this is fairly weak offering, flavour-wise. The booze, on the other hand - well rendered, and pretty innocuous. A trade-off, at best.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day 3 of Thanks Msubulldog25 For This Beer I Could Not Acquire Otherwise. You rule, Brian!

Pretty much a quintessential Double IPA look: dirty white head is creamy and fluffy, lasting a good several minutes before thinning and never totally disappearing. The color is a rusty burnt orange with notable clarity.

Aroma has an excellent balance. There's a prevailing toffee-heavy maltiness mingled with an herbal, minty hop character. Doesn't scream "DOUBLE IPA" the way some do, as this is obviously not about Armageddon-level hoppiness. Not in the aroma, at least...

Ooh...very nice flavor. Herbal/minty, like the aroma, but a controlled grassy astringency comes in to thrill the tastebuds, especially if you're a hops lover. They're prickly, buoyant and quite bright without being anywhere near tongue-ripping. That's thanks to a caramel-y sweetness laid down by the malt, and there's a bit of apple cider-ish sweetness here too. Finish isn't terribly powerful or long, but mint, caramel and red apple meet there and stick around just long enough to make you want to take another sip, and fast. Easy, easy.

Not as creamy as I prefer the style to be, but good enough. Fairly sticky, while in the bubble department it delivers a nice tickle to the tongue. And slick enough to make it a smooth ride.

This is a nice example of the style, and one of the most drinkable, thanks to its balance and "where is it?" alcohol presence. I wonder if all Silver City stuff is this good? [Fairly Obscure Comparison Dept.: Middle Ages X Double IPA]

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Photo of ElGordo
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather still orange-amber hue with almost no head. Aroma of biscuity malt, strong fruity hops, and light notes of tropical fruit. Palate is full of hops up front, with accents of pine and tropical fruit. The sweet malt offsets the bitterness before the swallow, but yields again on the finish, leading to a lasting hoppiness.
Body is full and creamy, a little richer than most IPAs, almost velvety like an ESB. Still, this is not a distraction but rather a fitting body for the flavor profile. A thoroughly enjoyable offering, cheers to my man Noah for bringing it over last week. Now I need to find more!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomb

appearance: served in my delirium chalice - autumunal amber body, forced foamy white cap with a sticky, filmy lace

smell: balance very evident in the aroma - big sweet malts, resinous piney hops, light citrus rind

taste: quite sweet - both from the citrus in the hops and the heavy malts that balance this thing out and almost overthrows the hops. Balanced with moderate bitterness. grapefruit rind, dash of lemon, pretty heavy on the booze

mouthfeel: big and sweet - not particularly how I prefer my IIPA's

overall: just ok - kind of a letdown

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Photo of Snooprobirob
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes from Summer 2009. Previously reviewed but lost from the website.

Poured from 22 oz. bottle a nice sparkly amber with a foamy head that left just a bit of lacing.

The aroma consisted of a powerful punch of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and grass. Just a hint of malty sweetness.

The flavor followed the smell --- piney, citrusy hop bitterness up front with a sweet malt backbone that doesn't interfere with the fresh hops. This is a great tasting DIPA made with fresh Washington hops. This is not a balanced DIPA --- it is tremendously hop forward that takes advantage of fresh Yakima hops.

Nice carbonation to counter the sticky resin. Thicker mouthfeel than other DIPAs I've had.

Given this is a Spring seasonal release (just when I'm in the mood for IPAs after a long winter of stouts and porters), I could drink many of these. The high ABV might limit the number that I could have, but these taste good enough that I would drink only these in a sitting.

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

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 184 ratings