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Aspen Independence Pass IPA

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Aspen Brewery’s Independence Pass Ale is Aspen Brewery’s super-hopped high altitude rendition of the classic India Pale Ale style. Independence Pass Ale utilizes insane amounts of Palisade hops, a hop that is relatively new on the IPA scene. Don’t be afraid if you have not heard of Palisade hops, with alpha acids up near the 10% mark, IPA aficionados will love the hoppy brew as much as they love their magnum and cascade-hopped IPA’s. In addition, we use Columbus, Cascade, and Simcoe hops. Set in contrast with our secret mash recipe, be prepared to be wowed. This beer stinks of hops, hops, hops. Why is this style called India Pale Ale you ask? During the height of the British Empire, Brits working and living in India craved their English style ales; however the traditional English ales would not survive the journey from England to India. What English brewers discovered was that increasing the hop content of a beer preserved the ale enough to survive the long sea journey. What West Coast brewers discovered nearly a century later was that ‘over-hopping’ a beer increased the delicious hop flavor of the ale, paying more respect to rich American hop flavor than even the malt flavor base. Independence Pass marks the eastern boundary of the Roaring Fork Valley and the City of Aspen. With a summit elevation of 12,095 feet, we HIGHLY recommend that the inexperienced beer drinker is EXTREMELY careful drinking this high-alcohol brew at such altitude. You wouldn’t want to fall down the pass! We couldn’t help but name our high-hop beer after this high-elevation pass – maybe due to the combined delirious effect, or maybe because the initials worked out well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (1637) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Can from Hazel's beverage world. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with floral hops, citrus, peach, resin, a bit of pine and caramel. Bitter finish with hops, peach and resin. Exquisite IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1133) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Can into a nonic pint. Pours gold, quarter-inch of white head. Aroma of sugar, a bit of citrus and cereal, not much else. Taste is burnt rubber, soap, pine, sugar. Overall, too sweet. Almost tastes like a hoppy barleywine. meh. not too drinkable. wouldn’t seek this out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2014
12 oz can purchased at Aspen Wine and Spirits in Aspen, Colorado. The pour is a hazed orange golden with a small, well formed light tan head. The aroma is citrus pineapple fruit, touch of pine, earth, and a toasted malt. The taste is a nice balance between the toasted malt as well as the bright fresh tropical citrus fruit, the pine and general hop bitterness. Bit of residual sweetness. The palate is medium bodied, soft natural carbonation, and a dry lightly bitter finish. Easy drinking, nice IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UncleKorm (727) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Can poured a clear orange hue w/ a large beige head. Moderate orange aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a mild bitter finish of short duration. Tastes are tangerine, orange, sugar, and grass. Medium bodied, pleasant mouthfeel, and soft carbonation. This beer is delicious, but awful sweet for an IPA maybe the yeast wasn’t hungry enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phildorsey (154) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
12oz. Can. Pours reddish hue and plenty frothy. Aroma is fruity but light to the nose. Palate is fresh and hoppy and the finish is long. Great beer... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Can. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), with notes of gum, candy, butter, plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Ugh. Very hard to enjoy, especially in the mouth where it’s very syrupy sweet with very little bitterness to balance (I dunno where the advertised 62 IBUs are, but they can’t compete at all with the massive residual sugars). It’s more like an American Strong, just a mish-mash of hop odors and sugars in the nose with this goopy body. A drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (914) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Can. Pours clear copper with big, off-white head. Good retention and significant lacing. Aroma is strong resinous, citrus, piney hops. Flavor is resinous, citrus hops, with a mildly citrus, bitter finish. Hop profile is pleasant and fruity, mellow. Very soft carbonation, medium body, and juicy, oily texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with some floaties. It has a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some piney, grassy, slightly metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little tropical fruit and a fairly sweet sugary finish and a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, overly sweet and bready. More English IPA than American. Needs more hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz can, dark red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, lots of nice grapefruit, red berry, hints of orange peel, slight lemon, lots of spice as well. Taste is a mix of nice grapefruit juice, orange peel, bitter lemon into some grass, spicy notes, hints of caramel, toffee, finishing bitter, dry. This reminds of of Surly Furious in a mild way, tasty flavor profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
12 oz can from Wilburs. Golden amber and clear with a sticky white head. Fresh citrus, tropical fruit, floral, pine and toasted malts. Bitter and lightly sweet with a dry finish. Pretty hetty.

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