Whoop Pass IPA | Silver City Brewing Co.

Whoop Pass IPAWhoop Pass IPA
183 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of IronGiant
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend gave me a bottle of this from the brewery. It's one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Pours golden and beautiful. Smells like heaven. Great hops without being overly bitter. Completely drinkable. I wish I had a second bottle or enough cash to fly to the brewery!

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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 RustyDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful blood orange color with a striking 2 fingers of off-white froth. Very airy with all shapes of bubbles throughout. Whooping aroma of fragrant pink grapefruit, subtle leather note.
Syrupy, sugary, sweet malt up front with some expected grapefruit. Great lacing in the glass. Bitter citric mouthfeel. Spicy, navel orange. Sweetness on the finish. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of jdense
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA, consumed in UCLA pint glass while watching finals of College World Series 6.28.2010.

Deep gold, almost amber clear body, some small bubbles of carbonation arising from bottom of glass. Finger and a half of off white cream head, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing, a nice looking beer. Fruity hop aroma up front, balanced by dose of sweetish malt and nose finishes with faint noble pine bitterness. Mango, some guava front and forward tastewise, not too sweet, and bitter finish, not overly so, nicely balanced. Medium-full mouthfeel, good effervescence, just a wee bit sticky. I was surprised how noticeable the ABV was, may have been I served this at 50-55 degrees, effected drinkability. This is a nice DIPA, worth a try, but harder than hell to obtain outside the Greater Seattle area.

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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 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 mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this 0ne the other night and I have to admit I really liked it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/04/2010.

Nice pour, dark amber in color with an almost amber hue to it. Very full looking and full of carbonation, a nice white top then formed which came up to a height of around three inches before settling back down and leaving behind a good bit of sticky lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is deep, lots of balance here as the initial citrus hop assault is mellow but builds with a significant amount of balance provided as well. Interesting flavor here as the first half of the first glass was very hoppy, extremely hoppy with a rich orange and pineapple flavor that really seemed to hold together quite well. But once it started to warm, some really nice caramel notes then came out. Warming, with a subtle sweetness that really seemed to work quite well, hiding the ABV and providing much depth to it. Huge feel here, medium to full with low carbonation and a really nicely done profile.

Overall this was very, very solid and I really enjoyed sipping it over the course of the night. A great offering here and something that needs a bit more attention.

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

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Pours a nice golden amber with a big frothy head, very visible carbonation, and stunning lacing. Fairly cloudy with a small amount of visible sediment disturbed by my pour. Smells strongly of pine with a little citrus and a lot of floral.

Taste is big hops (pine and bitter) with an excellent sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not clingy or gummy at all. Very drinkable (probably enough to get me into trouble). Definitely one of the best beers I've tried in a while.

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Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass. Poured a nice golden-orange color with over an inch of slightly off-white head that dissipated semi-quickly, leaving an average amount of lacing.

Very good hop aroma features mostly pine. An above average malt foundation gives the piney and citrus hops something to cling to.

The body is slightly thicker than average for the style. Drinkability is good, but as with most ImpIPAs palate fatigue would set in after a couple. Overall an above average example of the style, worth seeking out.

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Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter pours a crisp but murky dark orange with a nice frothy off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice amount of bitter pine hops balanced nicely by caramel malts. The beer is medium bodied with slightly sticky alcohol. This is a decent IPA, but nothing all that special.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of MSUBulldog25, thanks Brian.
Pours a golden copper in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour. Smell is floral hops. Taste is more of the hops, very nice and inviting. I'm eager to take my first sip. Good hopfeel and taste. Not tongue wrecking, but a decent amount and well balanced for the amount of hops in this beer. I'm really digging this selection. Very good finish and very enjoyable throughout. Very good beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mughugger for this 650 mL capped bottle.

A: The DIPA is amber, more orange than brown. The ale is rather clear, showing off a bright shine. A finger plus of white foam has left thin patches of lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Orange peel is in overload, thickening up the nose with bitter sweetness. A strong caramel backbone doesn't back down, matching the hops nicely.

T: The ale is prickly, leaping off the tongue with zesty bitterness. The orange peel mixes with pepper, lemon and grass and comes across very strong. Mid-sip an interesting floral flavor emerges, complimenting the citrus bitterness. Caramel malts add a base for the hops to sit upon.

M: The ale is big but it never trips over itself; rhe malts stay in their place and the hops in theirs. The hop profile nicely defines and directs the ale; I'm just along for the ride.

D: The 9% is well hidden, rarely betraying its warmth. Silver City really nails the hop profile, resulting in a very approachable DIPA.

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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 brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz undated bottle, $8.49 from Malt and Vine, served at 55 degrees.

Pours clear dark copper, with a two-plus inch head of white foam. Plenty of spongy lacework after the retreat, as well as a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics are floral and resinous, albeit a bit less pungent than I was hoping.
Candied conifer sprigs, juicy grapefruit, tangerine segments, and light malt.

Medium bodied and very creamy. A crispish mouthfeel with plenty of oily tackyness.

A resinous sting leads off the palate, along with bittered tropical fruits, grapefruit oil, and pepper-dusted sap. Just enough chewy malt to balance in the middle.
Warming alcohol steps forward as well as a strong but smooth bitterness, and a bark-like earthiness.

Finishes with a persistant, drying bitterness, warming alcohol, and lingering grapefruit pith.

Wowza. Great beer. For what the nose lacks in pungentness, the palate makes up for. Tasting super fresh and loaded with bitter, fruity resins.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this last night courtesy of my brother in law. My half of the bomber poured with a nice head that was persistent and left some great lacing. Color was a deep orange that seemed to call out - try me. Nose is super fragrant and even my 5 year old loved the smell. Aromas were very fresh and spoke of great northwest hops, grapefruit, citrus piny and mildly grassy. Just plain great.

Taste totally follows nose. In addition to being a very hoppy tasting brew the caramel sweetness seems to come out more than some of the other big IPA's around and adds another element. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The drinkability factor, to me, is what sets this IPA apart. It just keeps demanding that you take drink after drink. It's that good.


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Photo of froghop
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-clear amber-orange with a medium size cream colored head, good lacing.

smell is of caramel, pine, hops, and malt in the back.

taste is thick and slightly oily, hops up front, some malt hidden in the back, a touch of sweetness at first that vanishes rather quickly and is replaced by a pinenut, some caramel in there too.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!).

Poured a clear and dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, pine with light malts lurking in the background. Tastes of oranges, light caramel, wood and light grass. The aromas were very hoppy with the hoppiness being softer in the tastes. Lightly sweet. I never would have guessed this one was 9%. You gotta love the name of this one.

Notes from 9/30/05

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark orange almost amber in color. One finger head lasts quite a while.

Smell: grapefruit, pine, and malt sweetness are easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with grapefruit, pine, caramel, bitter green grapes, and a nice bitterness that does not go over the top. Alcohol is definitely noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp with a long dry aftertaste.

drinkability: for the style, this was amazingly easy to drink despite the high alcohol levels which will creep up on you quickly. Give this one a try.

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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 BDTyre
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-copper coloured IPA with strong citrus and floral hop aroma. Zesty, citrusy hop taste with a strong malt flavour to it. Good carbonation, light and pleasant aftertaste. Hoppy without being a hop bomb even though it is a a DIPA. Well crafted, good balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left some small trails of lace.

S - It smelled of tons of hops and a hint of malt.

T - It was very malty and hoppy. I really noticed the Cascade hops. It had a bittersweet bite as it warmed up.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good DIPA. It isn't overpoweringly bitter. It was well-balanced.

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Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper color with a pillow of a head. Microscopic carbonation. Mild chill haze.

Lots of malt, grapefruit and orange in the nose. Some floral, piney, and spicy hop aroma underneath the citrus.

Heavy toffee and caramel in the start which gets buried by orange, flowery perfume hop flavors. Alcohol in the finish. Bitterness and malt are nicely balanced.

Beautiful silky mouthfeel with delicate carbonation (perfect) that cleanses the palate without leaving a harsh bitterness. This is an excellent DIPA- so balanced for the ass kicking ABV, hop character is pronounced, and an easy drinker to boot.

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

Nice fresh bottle courtesy of msubulldog25... thanks again!

Pours a crystal clear bright amber color with a slight white head that quickly faded.

Aromas are strong and pungent. Aromas are of orange rind, resin, and some hard candies. Very nice and impressive nose on this one.

Flavors are quite nice. A very smooth, sweet candied and creamy malt character up front. Finish is crisp and tart. A slight amount of alcohol noted on the finish, but it is mostly full of bitter citrus hop flavors.

Very full thick and well rounded mouthfeel. Prickly yet smooth as well. Exceptional.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very well crafted DIPA from an excellent little PacNW brewery. I tend to like some more resiny pine like hop flavors from IPAs and DIPAs, but this is still a wonderful beer, that is well worth trying.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz'er to a pint glass. Picked up at By the Bottle, where I was told the bottles were filled June 20th, delivered June 21st. Bought & consumed on June 25th. Doesn't get much fresher...

New high-gloss label reads: "Over 50 lbs. of Washington State Cascade and Columbus hops are infused, injected or otherwise inflicted on a single 15 barrel batch". I first tried this on-tap at 2006 Oregon Brewers Festival. 84 IBU. 9.0% ABV.

A: Bright, "new penny"-copper/orange. Very clear, with little rising carbonation. About 1/2-finger of off-white cream rests atop, fading slowly to a half-moon of film. Sticking bands of blotchy lace.

S: Exceedingly fresh burst of orange citrus, cut grass & herbs, pine resin and syrupy-sweet caramel. Wonderful balance between biscuity/bready malts and a juicy hops. Good aroma, maybe not as strong as the top DIPAs I've enjoyed...

T: Well-balanced malt/hop concoction. Malts are light sweet from an underlying caramel and hops are surprisingly spicy with zesty citrus rind punch.Ends with a very bitter conclusion, with dominant grapefruit and pine oils. Malts aren't gone in the finish, though, as there's a mild grainy sweetness, too.

M: Creamy with a hint of alcohol warming. Medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Finishes bitter, but is cleaner than some sticky/cloying version I've had, where the heavy flavors latch onto the taste buds for a very long time. This one just tails off nicely...

D: A very good DIPA, excellent flavors and good, varied hop aroma. I'm glad to have tried this one so fresh, as it's balanced and ready to sip right away. Easy to drink and definitely recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had heard a lot about this DIPA and was very happy to see it on tap at Collins Pub. Other beers from Silver City I rarely see there, but the owner at Collins seems to have this on fairly often. Maybe it's a personal favorite of Knuckles, who I know personally delivers a lot of Silver City products directly to the folks at Collins.

The beer pours an impressive cloudy orange color with impressive head retention and decent lacing. On the nose there is an eruption of dry citrus and pine. Very pungent. All the hall marks of a very big, very hoppy DIPA. On the palate this beer is medium sweet, with maybe a trace of ginger and quinine. The beer is on the dry side for a DIPA, but still has a huge presence of grapefruit and lemon from the considerable hops. The beer concludes with a very dry, very hoppy finish.

The abv. in this beer is a bit more noticeable then I would like, and it's not the most drinkable of IPA's. Still...

Not exactly my style of DIPA, but very impressive nonetheless.

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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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