The No. 5 Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado pours out a coppery-orange in color with good clarity and is topped with a two finger, cream colored head that slowly reduces to a thin film with a large collar. Big hops on the nose with a lot of orange rind, pine, caramel and slight dankness. Good malt presence in the mouth followed by an assertive, bitter hop punch. Flavors of orange rind, pine, tropical fruit and faint toffee. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Some slickness in the mouthfeel. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. The finish is long and slightly dry with the bitterness pronounced right to the end.
A really, really good Imperial IPA with just enough balance to help take some of the sting out of the persistent hop bitterness. A treat to drink and, thankfully, since this is a year round brew, a craft beer I can enjoy often. Highly recommended.
19.2 ounce can, 10% ABV, 90 IBU, $6.99 (that works out to the equivalent of $8.01 for a bomber)