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Helios Pale Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Helios Pale Ale
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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-01-2009

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Ratings: 218 | Reviews: 94
Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woah! Slow down! Take it easy! The carbonation is out of control...

Okay, a few minutes have passed and I can get to the beer now. There is obviously a huge head here. Even with the most gentile pour, this filled the glass with foam after 4 oz were poured. It laces, and settles down fluffy and rocky. it is a hazy deep amber.

Smells floral, but dusty too, hence the drop in rating. There is character, but not all of it is good.

The taste is good, with quite a presence of pine hop, some citrius rind, and... maybe banana.... It was a little thin though.

Mouthfeel was creamy, perhaps from all the fizz? Then it turns oily, but at least it retains character.

The finish is nice and clean. There was no bad aftertaste.

I would recommend giving this a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Photo of soper2000
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of BrewIndy
4.15/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of mdvatab
2.18/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into shaker pint.
No bottled on date to be found.

Aroma: Tart, lemony citrus hops, somewhat metallic note, very light grainy malt note, and a light brown sugar note at the end.

Appearance: One finger of off-white head falls quickly, but leaves a thin layer of foam that remains. Light golden honey-colored body.

Flavor: Dry, low malt sweetness, husky cereal grain, some light hoppy bitterness, but a very thin flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is, again, a bit thin for the style. Crisp, dry CO2.

Overall: Definitely a lawn mower pale ale. I could see it being an extremely refreshing beer to pound on a hot day, but not much more. It's an average beer, which is admittedly lacking in the malt and hop department.

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear golden copper, finger of rich eggshell-white frothy head. This sticks around with a thin but creamy ¼ finger that throws a robust and stick coating of lace up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is grassy and a bit spicy, with citrus adding some bitterness to the nose and the scent of sweet buttered biscuits which rise up underneath and help balance things out in the back of the nostrils.

The taste has a nice crisp hoppy bite to it of spice and citrus rind, with a steady bitterness throughout. This is well balanced by the graininess of the malts and the sweeter and fruitier aspects of the citrus character from the hops. The finish is very dry here, with lingering bitterness that creeps out across the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (maybe a little lighter) with a certain amount of crispness to the carbonation which works nicely in tandem with the hop profile here. Some underlying slickness keeps this easy and very quaffable overall.

This was good, with an assertive, but well balanced, hop profile as the bitterness here didn't overstay its welcome. Flavorful with a crisp smoothness in the mouth and a very drinkable nature to it, this was a very solid APA offering from Upland.

Photo of hotstuff
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a medium sized long-lasting head of small-medium sized bubbles. The body of this beer was cloudy and the hue was amber. It had a citrusy aroma to it and there was good lacing observed on the sides of my glass. This beer was bitter tasting which is not too my liking and this also is not one of my favorite styles of beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in February 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. There's a decent amount of head retention, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly butterscotch, bready malt and some citrusy hops. Not much hops in the aroma, but they show up more in the taste. The brew tastes like pine and spicy hops, bready malt and a bit of citrusy hops. There's a slight bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick and easy to drink. I think it's a decent brew, I wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of SickGnar
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Deus Sol Invictus"

A: Golden with a slight haze. Two finger rocky head that leaves lots of lacing as it slowly drops.

S: Perfumey hops - floral, almost fruity. Husky toasted grain, slightly bready.

T: Dry. Citrus hops going a bit medicinal with a faint pine note. Biscuity, grainy malts in the background with some apparent wheat character. Maybe a touch astringent.

M: Body on the lightish side. Carbonation slightly above average without being too fizzy. Quenching and a drying finish.

D: Crisp, not quite typical, session pale that kind of grows on you. With the apparent wheat character and hazy - and the shout out to the unconquered son god - this seems to be summer offering.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Bottled June '09 notched on label.

A - A very light haze came over the golden yellow honey colored beer. A constant stream of light bubbles rose up to a huge white head. It's retention is matched in greatness only by the extreme amount of lacing on the glass!

S - Light dried apricots with an overall fruitiness intertwined with pine and also floral hop aroma a refreshing citrus flavor comes out on the nose and is already wetting my taste buds. A subtle malty and wheat background is barely noticeable.

T - A hoppy orange citrus instantly bursts out on the tongue followed by a touch of floral hints but it surprisingly washes fairly clean with a light wheat and malt finish with an overarching floral and pine flavor.

M - Very light and refreshing, this slightly dry and minimally bitter pale ale is a fantastic thirst-quencher. It's thin profile on the mouth goes away fairly quickly but brings you back for more.

D - I started dying of thirst before this beer and it's certainly quenching it. Very drinkable and a good session beer / easy drinking pale.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

medium to light amber color with a thick head of white that sat on top throughout the entire session, nice lacing down the glass.

aroma is light, nice little notes of citrus, hints of apple, pears, light grasses and a smooth, even flavor or light fruity yeast. as i take the first sip i get the clean, crisp flavor right off the bat. really nicely done. clean and light hops, a good strain of yeast and very nice carbonation all lead to a solid pale.

Photo of buschbeer
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This is an amber colored beer with golden highlights. Thousands of tiny bubbles feed the three inches of fluffy, beige head.

S - I smell some bread and floral hops.

T - The taste has that bread quality that I smelled. The floral hops make a minimal addition to the taste.

M - Medium

O - It is not a bad beer, but it is nothing special.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Overall, fairly tame and uninspired, but I found it to be enjoyable. A crisp, easy-drinking, light session beer. This would be a perfect go-to summertime beer for pairing with some BBQ. I would have it again, and I look forward to more from Upland Brewing Co.

Upland Brewing Helios Pale Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had an interesting "rustic" aspect - not crudely made, but at the same time a sort of unrefined character. Poured a pleasant bright amber. Odd chocolate note in the aroma. Substantial malt flavors, with reserved caramel and a touch husky at the finish. Hops level was in line with hoppier pale ale, and did not venture into APA territory. Pleasant - would be a good backup to a hearty stew.

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Semi-cloudy orange, good deal of carbonation and one finger head.

S-Malt, forward, citrus hops. Possibly turned but the bottle date says otherwise...

T-Once again overly malty, some caramel and dirt. Citrus hops balance it out with slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Overly malty, I'll try it fresh at the brewpub but so far it was overly malty.

Photo of explorer101
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Musty hop flavors and spent grain malt flavors with a decent mouthfeel make for a decent beer. I don't think I'd ever seek this out, but its not bad.

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Helios Pale Ale from Upland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.