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Helios Pale Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-01-2009)
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Reviews by dmgeng:
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dmgeng

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Upland sampler pack and a staple for the Upland Brewery.

A - Clear with a gold color and coarse white head.

S - Great hoppy fragrance with a floral/citrus character that grabs your nose.

T - Has hops at the front with a floral character that has some citrus and herbal notes. Minimal sweetness bus still a complimenting malt flavor there. Some bitterness on both the tip and the finish but still refreshing. The last flavors on the palate are hop flavor with bitterness and some nice light malt.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel. Has light bitterness with some sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a deliciously hopped APA. Very refreshing and clean pale ale. And is a good representation of the style. Great choice if you want a refreshing hopped beer without a 7.5% ABV tag. Being from Indiana I'm a little biased but seems like it could be a show winner for APA's across the country. I'd recommend it based just on my review on a nice summer day without wrecking the palate.

Glass: Shaker Pint
Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:12:34 | More by dmgeng
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This is my first review of an Upland brew. Not the best pale ale I've ever had, but you could do much worse. Hazy yellow color with very little head, thin lacing. Definite bread and malt aromas. Bread came through the strongest in the taste and aroma. Soft mouthfeel, not a ton of carbonation here. Fresh tasting, pretty standard pale.

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Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Have I really never had a Helios before? Wow. Well, this stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild cedar, flowers, very light pine resin, and an undercurrent of soft, nutty caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, that cedar sensation coming back in full force. Despite assurances of freshness, things just taste faded to some degree. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent pale ale at best, one that just kinda bored me and seemed somewhat lazy.

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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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12 oz.

Pours a deep, clear gold with a white film for a head.

Smells of dry woody hops and bready malts with a hint of grassy freshness.

The taste is pretty much the same: dry hops, slightly bitter with a woody undertone, mixed with a bready maltiness.

Medium to thin body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

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3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at bottled on November 2013. My first beer from Upland Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a lightly hazed yellow-orange colored body with about a finger of soapy white head. Some sediment and carbonation visible in the glass. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks good for the style.

S - Smell is light and faint. Mostly just a pale & caramel malt bomb. Very bready, with some honeyed sweetness, and faint herbal / grassy hop presence. Some yeast must.

T - Taste is much more enjoyable than I would have expected, based on the nose. Still a malt bomb, but very pleasant. Lots of bready, honeyed malt sweetness, and some lightly herbal / earthy / grassy hop presence. Mild lemongrass / citrus character. Quite enjoyable.

M - Feel is crisp, bready, and mildly sticky / bitter / resinous / dry on the finish. Light bodied with nice carbonation.

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Upland Brewing Helios Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Helios Pale Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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