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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 176
Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +6.2%
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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Photo of tbrown4
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of dragonWhale
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -11.6%
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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Photo of mburnett274
1.4/5  rDev -65.4%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of 321jeff
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of ccrida
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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Photo of grittybrews
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +6.9%
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 +19.3%
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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Photo of IronGiant
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +6.2%
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 -12.8%
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 -3%
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 -9.4%
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 +14.1%
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 +3.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -5.7%
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 -5.4%
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 +7.9%
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 0%
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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Whoop Pass IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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