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Helios Pale Ale - Upland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Helios Pale AleHelios Pale Ale

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93 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-01-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 230
Reviews by bboelens:
Photo of bboelens
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at WOB, poured into a standard pint glass

A-Light hazy gold with about a one finger stark white head and moderate lacing

S-Citrus, hops, and a faint sugary smell

T-Light floral hop and citrus flavor, nothing too complex, a light malt finish rounds out a relatively average tasting beer.

M-Light frothy carbonation and a slight film were left after each sip

O-Overall this is a pretty standard american pale ale, nothing really stuck out as particularly interesting in either direction, good or bad, a nice day beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed copper color with a bit of burnt orange tinge,a thinner white head atop.Aromas were nice,a mix of citrus and toasted grain,the citrus mainly in orange form really shows thru nicely.Flavors are a little dull to be honest a little in the floral hop department but like many others have noted the hops are mild,the malt base is lighltly sweet and toasted.Not a bad brew but it is easy to get bored with in my opinion.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Good amount of suds on top, nearly clear pale copper hue. Hints of orange zest, toasted grain, yeast, and a mild herbal hop in the nose. Light to medium body with a slightly fluffy crispness. Mild toasted malt character, bready as well. Ample hop bitterness to balance, touch of citrus rind and green tea flavor. Love the balance, drinkable. Sometimes simple is better.

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Photo of merlin48
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First pour produces a glass of foam. Eventually, we have a chill hazed honey gold body with an offwhite head that is way too large. Plenty of clumpy lacing. Aroma is fruity esters of orange and grapefruit with a grassy hops background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overcarbonated. Taste if fruity tart with orange and grapefruit juice-like sweetness. Slight honey sweetness and a wet grass hoppiness. Tough to drink with all the foam.

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Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Big Red Liquors in Terre Haute, Indiana. Part of a 12 bottle sampler pack. Bottled on dating notched onto the label. Pours copper amber, quite slight to non existant head and equally minor lacing. I'm not getting much more then a wiff of wheatlike malt on the nose. Middle of the road ale, a bit of malt and tropical fruityness up front and minor hops in the finish. I like my APAs on the hoppy side and this one is not doing it for me.

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Photo of sgn4779
3.43/5  rDev -2%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tilly
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maybe unfair to do this beer. Bottled January 2013!
Hazy golden amber with a thick white head that leaves a lacey rim on the glass.
Subtle grapefruit, fruit, malt aromas. A hint of pine.
Malty, grapefruit, fresh bread and sweet taste.
Mouth feel is dry, crisp with a touch of bitterness.
Good beer. I wonder if the late date was wrong?

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Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled Feb '12
A- This beer pours a hazy light copper body with a snow white head that is thick and creamy lasting for all of the beer. There are strands of microbubbles supporting the head which starts to stick to the glass in sheets.

S- The green dry fruity hops are supported by some honey malt notes in the finish.

T- The slightly dry green hops have a herbal quality and some juicy fruit gum notes to them. There is a nice malt flavor that grows as the beer opens with some biscuit malt notes. The dried orange and spicy character to the hops comes through in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The great hop flavor has some nice depth and good freshness to it with a nice supportive dry malt flavor. This beer is very sessionable.

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Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bingja18
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of soper2000
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this to celebrate election night. I was hoping for this to live up to my other favorite Indiana pale's; Alpha King and Gnaw Bone. It poured with almost absolutely no head and a standard orange color. The lack of carbonation was a little off-putting to say the least. Aroma was well balanced with a slight fruity hoppiness poking through a large malt backbone. Taste is not as hoppy and fresh as I would've like. Very well balanced though, nothing really sticks out. This could be a decent session beer. But overall I think I'll still stick to my FFF and Oaken Barrel for my Indiana Pale Ale fix.

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Photo of zachpaschal
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of wiseguywood
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brewshound
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gushing carbonation producing tons of slow-to-settle foam. Golden orange body, obviously monster head.
Husky, caramel drizzled grains with a perfumy, orange-driven hop notes.
Bready, biscuity, and grainy throughout the early portions, with touches of apples and caramel. Hops bring orange rinds, mint, and touches of minerality.
Gaseous up front, and then flattish once it settles out. CO2 issues aside, this is a pretty decent pale.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep burnt orange hue with a small but tight one finger head that eventually recedes to a collar and haze.

S - Loads of caramel, deep orange hops and some biscuity hops. Nice and sweet in the nose.

T - Orange juice citrus with lots of caramel and some burnt leaf flavors. Somewhat grassy and quite sweet.

M - Light bodied and crisp with some lingering hops on the dry finish.

D - Great! I could get a few of these down no prob!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This attractively-designed bottle pours a cloudy golden, with a big, frothy head.

Extensive lace.

Aroma is malty, I detect little hops, though with tasting, there does seem to be a nicely bitter followthrough, and a little hint of citrus.

Heavier-bodied than most traditional Summer brews, but I see this one being a good choice for warmer months.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, rileys. june-09 notched on the label

appearance: served in my tyranena pint glass - clear dull copper body, light beige ring

smell: this one is certainly malt driven - toasted grain, buttery biscuit, light earthy hops underneath

taste: toasted grain, dry malt base, dry buttery biscuit. after the ambush of midwestern rustic malts, some light citrus hops come through with an herbal edge. i dont always need a hopbomb of an APA but this one could be much more refined

mouthfeel: medium light, a little grainy

drinkability: fine

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This PA came out with a nice amber, slightly orange appearance. It had a good scent, slightly hoppy, but not overpowering, but nothing great, either. It had a nice, mildly hoppy flavor, but actaully ended up with a slightly sweet aftertaste, which I found unique in a PA. It goes down nice and is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RickS95
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's really a sharp looking beer. It's got a soft peach color that's mostly opaque. On top is a head that is initially large, but dissipates really quickly.

Even after warming a bit, the smells don't jump out at you. There's some citrus hiding in there, but I also picked up some pretty standard malt notes. Had I not known it was a pale ale, I might has guessed it to be a pils.

Like the nose, the tastes aren't overpowering. A slight bit of citrus is quickly subdued by an almost watered down, piney flavor.

Low in alcohol, so there's no bite or heat. Low in IBUs so there's not much bite there. An slight watery mouthfeel. I expected more out of a pale ale.

Kind of an average beer, has some things going for it, and has some other things going against it. Will probably be a while before I try it again.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a thick head, two fingers worth into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with some bubbles bringing the bottom of the bottle yeast to the top.

S: Lemony citrus smell that is hard to pick up on.

T: Some tasty hop flavor comes through on this and mixes great with the maltiness to give a slightly bitter slightly sweet taste. Impressive.

D: This one seems very sessionable and I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of mlockman
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy, but not overly bitter; clean finish.

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Helios Pale Ale from Upland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.