The Upslope Imperial IPA is an American Double IPA that’s brewed by Upslope Brewing Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 19.2 oz. can.
What You Need to Know
Part of their Lee Hill series, the Upslope Imperial IPA is brewed with a six pound blend of hops that impart tropical fruit flavors along with citrus and pine. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The DIPA pours a clear copper and is topped by a thick cap of pillowy off-white foam that shows fine retention. A few patches of sticky lace cling to the sides and a soapy collar rounds the glass.
The aroma is pleasant with a scent of pine and tropical fruit.
The palate is led by toasted bread with a hint of floral hops and lemon. A taste of biscuit flattens the middle and then crests to a big bite of grapefruit that’s mixed with pine and resin. The bitterness is mellowed by a flash of sweet pineapple and a warm flush of booze.
The feel of the DIPA is relatively smooth and has a medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Heavy booze dries the mouth and its finish is astringent.
The Upslope Imperial IPA is a big beer with a huge hoppy bite and lots of booze to match. The malts do their thing to lend just enough balance. But this brew pushes the boundaries of DIPA and is a borderline Strong Ale with less complexity. The Upslope Imperial IPA is a throwback IBU-bomb Double IPA of yesteryear that’s sure to please the hopheads.
Upslope Brewing recommends Baja fish tacos as a food pairing with their Imperial IPA.