Upslope Imperial IPA is an American Double IPA by Upslope Brewing Company that features big hoppy flavors of citrus, pine, and resin with booze to match.

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.

Packaging art for the Upslope Imperial IPA by Upslope Brewing Company

Packaging art for the Upslope Imperial IPA by Upslope Brewing Company

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.

Appearance

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.

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Aroma

The aroma is pleasant with a scent of pine and tropical fruit.

Flavor

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.

Label art for the Upslope Imperial IPA by Upslope Brewing Company

Label art for the Upslope Imperial IPA by Upslope Brewing Company

Mouthfeel

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.

Overall

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.

Recommended Pairings

Upslope Brewing recommends Baja fish tacos as a food pairing with their Imperial IPA.

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  1. I enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to compare this brew to Flathead Lake Brewing Company’s Imperial IPA (86 IBU and 8.6 APV). After 3 pints of Upslope Imperial IPA, I could not see straight and luckily wasn’t driving, because it would not have been wise. Kickass beer – solid, hoppy – flavorful par excellence, and so dog-gone good I was fortunate my significant other saved me from a massive hangover. I highly recommend anyone with an inkling for fine-crafted brews to give this a try.

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