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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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RoyalT on 11-12-2003

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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 96
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ScreamForMe
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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 waltersrj
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 22 oz bomber.

Pour: Orange in the light with a dark brown hue. The head is slightly off white, initially soapy and constantly around the edges.

Nose: Piney, resinous hops with a sweet caramel malt bill and slight alcohol.

Taste: Slightly piney, slightly resinous and dank hops. Slight caramel malt, slight alcohol and slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel: Good for a IIPA...slightly oily, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decemt WA IIPA but not near the quality of many of our draft only breweries...I.e. Schooner Exact, Walking Man and Black Raven

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Photo of velosuds
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $6.99 at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA.

A-Pours a clear deep golden, almost orange color with a two finger, off-white head with good retention and persistent lacing.

S-The Cascade and Columbus hops are fragrant, piney, citrus, and sweet against a backdrop of caramel malt. The aroma is pronounced, and pleasant. A bit more and it would be fantastic.

T--Very well balanced, IMO. Hops are aggressive without being overpowering; juicy, fruity, and resinous. Nice malt backbone is pleasantly sweet, but clean.

M-Medium to full body is not quite as dry as I like in the DIPA style. Perhaps a tad under carbonated.

O-A good DIPA. One of the better beers I have had from Washington. It is surprising how few Washington beers seem to be widely distributed in Oregon. Perhaps Oregonians are homers, even though we drink among the highest percentage of craft brew in the states.

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1.86/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Nose is cheap old grains, caramel and alittle citrus

T: Pretty much the only thing going here is some light booze, citrus, caramel and a mouthfull of soap

M: So soapy and disgusting, slick, just bad, very bad. Body was rather thin and the taste of citrus that I was expecting tried to break through the Dawn dish detergent but to no avail.

O: Avoid

PS. This is after numerous reviews

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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 Bobheed
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange with medium carbonation, one finger head that sticks around for a while

S: All hops, but not too overpowering. Definitely more on the piney side

T: Pretty nice hoppy bitterness. Sweet malty finish, it's good, but there's not much there

M: A bit thick for a DIPA, but I rather liked that. Just the right carbonation and very smooth

Overall this was a decent DIPA and I'm glad I got to try some courtesy of a friend up in Washington

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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 lwillitz
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery

A - clear golden orange

S - nothing but hops; weak smell

T - pine and citrus hops bite the palate; bitter and delicious; bitter aftertaste lingers . . .

M - light-medium body; medium carbonation

O – A little malt flavor would not hurt this DIPA, but it's pretty good as it is.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Bottleworks on my trip to the Northwest about 4 weeks ago. This has been on my want list for a long time and I am excited to finally get to try it.

A - Orangish-brown, near caramel in color in the thcik center of the beer. Thick, creamy head of foam that is a light tan in color. Webs of lacing left behind on the glass. Lots of carbonation quickly rising up to the top.

S - Big fresh cut citrus aromas. Lots of grapefruit with a touch of orange. As the beer warms I get some pine resin coming through as well. Lingering underneath is a bit of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. The hops truly overwhelm the nose on this one; near perfect DIPA aroma in my book.

T - Rather harsh bitterness initially with all the lovely citrus hop taste that was in the nose. Lots of grapefruit. A bit of pine comes through as well, especially as the beer warms. Just a bit of sweetness lies underneath and carries the bitterness through.

M - Medium bodied with a rather effervesent carbonation. A light stickiness lingers in the mouth and the hop burn certainly lingers on the tongue.

O - A big west coast DIPA. I think you could add just a touch more malt to this one and still have a big hoppy monster; albeit a touch more drinkable. I certainly am glad I was finally able to snag this one though.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Evan for this one.

A: The beer pours a murky amber color with an off-white head.

S: A really nice fruitiness to the nose. Plenty of citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit (pineapple). A mild to moderate bread aroma and a bit of pine. Some other fruits come through such as apricots.

T: Things are much the same on the palate. Lots of grapefruit, decent pine, and pineapple. A bit on the sweeter side, but not overdone. Some bready malts and caramel. Moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA. A bit sweet, but good nonetheless.

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

22oz bottle thanks to Jerriko, appreciate it. Im always suspicious of an IPA that is not from Cali but this was a hit! Nice orange color, good foamy head. Smell is straight hops, peachy and not really pine as far as my nose could tell. Taste is a really good hoppiness, peach, not really herbal or dank or pine, mostly fruit. This was pretty damn good and I'd like a couple more. The alcohol was not a factor at all.

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from my buddy Jeff in Seattle a while back. It's been in the fridge for a few weeks. Bottle isn't date stamped at all. This is my first from Silver City.

22 oz -> Weyerbacher tulip

A - Hazy copped red, off-white one finger head, huge amount of lacing, this head is retained, steady carb streams for the first five minutes

S - Caramel, malty, creamy, slight hop bitter

T - Up front bold and earthy hop flavors, settles in creamy and malty sweet, long thin bitter finish down the middle of the tongue

M - Thin to medium, slight alcohol warmth

O - This is a nice double IPA. Its pretty hop forward and has the dark and strong feel of some others in the style like Firestone Walker Double Jack. This doesn't feel as balanced and refined as this though. It's almost as aggressive as DFH 90 Min IPA and it's a little on the "raw power" side.

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try a bottle of this so raved about dipa from the grand NW. Coppery and slick licking, a dark orange pours out into my glass, erupting magma of pine and citrus.
The flavor is heavy on the malt, with a good punch of citrus and pine hop and decent bitterness. Nothing too fancy, nothing out of the NW norm here. Another quality imperial IPA with some bready malt and good bitterness. The nice hop aroma makes for a soothing and tasty drink. A bit thick but not underattenuated. Quality.

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Photo of jamex
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my WA friends for this one.

Pours a coppery burnt orange. Smells great; not too strong but enough to get a hint at what's in store. Notes of cascade and columbus hops (as stated on the bottle).

Not as orangey and flowery as my So Cal IPA's but a good effort nonetheless. Tastes solid with a nice finish. Not too bitter which is something I like in a DIPA.

Well done Silver City.

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1.4/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer from a 22oz bottle. No hop aroma or taste. Beer was way too sweet and had off flavors. Something went wrong with this beer.
I had to pour it out! It is not normal for me to dislike a beer this Mich but it should not have been bottled or sold.
Based on other reviews this beer is usually good. Maybe it is a bad year.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a murky amber color with a modest head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded to a thin layer but left some nice lacing as it did.

The aroma has a lot of sweet, juicy, hoppiness to it. Some grapefruit and pine lead the hop flavors, while the malt lends a very nice sweet base to it.

The taste also shows a relatively bold malt sweetness to it with some caramel and fruity flavors coming through. The hoppiness gives it a bright citrusness with more of the grapefruit and pine flavors coming through as you get to the finish. It's moderately dry and bitter in the finish, but the sweetness also helps balance it out quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a pretty nicely flavored DIPA. I liked the sweetness it had to it that mixed with the hoppiness very well. It gave it more of a juicy, almost fruity hoppiness that I really liked. A very solid beer overall.

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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but deep copper color with plenty of off white head that slowly fades to a thin layer on top leaving quite a bit of lacing, possibly the thickest lacing I've ever seen.

Aroma is a good mix of citrus and piney hops with a touch of sweet malt in the background. Aroma is solid but it's not quite as powerful as I'd expect from a West Coast DIPA.

Taste is citrus up front before it moves on to a heavy sweet caramel flavor. Finishes with a long lasting resiny pine flavor with a decent amount of bitterness.

This one is medium in body with a pretty slick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. No real hint of the alcohol and a moderate bitterness for a DIPA make this one very drinkable.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Whoop Pass's DIPA is a murky burnt orange with a tight off-white head, very dense, leaving nice foamy lace rings all the way down the pint.

Smell isn't super robust on the hops (for a NW DIPA), there's some sweet onion and pine, but they open up as it warms.

Taste is similarly restrained on the hops and malt. As per usual, I'm getting fairly strong, sweet alcohol from Silver City. At least it's rather clean, but just always so overt.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, in that it's an inoffensive DIPA, if you don't mind the punch of clean booze, like good vodka. I was in no hurry, but I'm sure it would whoop my pass in before I knew it if it was flowing at a keg party or something...probably the best beer of there's I've had.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy amber into a Duvel tulip with a thin film of bright white head. Lots of clingy, soapy lacing. Strong aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt.

Moderate carbonation and a silky smooth mouthfeel. Slightly sweet honey, lemon, and caramel malt up front with a long and pleasantly tangy finish of grapefruit and pine. ABV was completely masked -- very drinkable!

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lately with double IPAs, I've been more concerned with the don'ts than the dos. That is, don't give me something that tastes like malt syrup. Don't give me something that tastes like gasoline and expect me to rave about it due to the fact that it's Xtreme. And don't make it taste like one of the first few batches of a homebrewer, where all sorts of crazy shit is added to the pot because, hey, the hops'll blot out anything bad.

This avoids all those don'ts.

So, I guess I need to dust of my list of dos. Personally my favorite double IPAs are the ones where you got some big yeast complexities, or else the hops are some so far unimagined blend. This has... neither. Hmm. But that doesn't make it bad or even not-good, just unelite.

This tastes remarkably like Two Hearted, actually. The hops are citrusy, with a strong bent towards oranges, and other, less-sour fruits (as opposed to, say, grapefruit), and although the profile is just perfectly strong it's not really variegated. The malt is pale, bready, and it does a fine job of just barely bookending the hops. You got a touch of malt, a long and luxurious pounding of orange hops, and then a tiny little malt kiss at the end, to mingle with the lingering hop sourness.

This is a hop bomb only without the bomb. A hop hug, maybe?

Overall, delicious, remarkably well balanced and amazingly drinkable for its size. It's not *quite* elite, seeing as how there's nothing unique about it, but really it's nice to see a brewery playing it safe, for once, instead of tossing a whole pantry at me.

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Photo of loren01
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a orange color, nice 2 finger width frothy white head and great lace down the glass.
S: Smells of fruits, sweet malts and citrusy hops. Very nice!
T: Nice sweet fruity and sweet malt up front followed by herbal earthy hops. ETOH is very well hidden, I can't believe this is 9% abv.
M: Medium bodied, real resiny.
D: This is a great beer...my new favorite from this brewery.

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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 183 ratings
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