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Helios Pale Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Helios Pale Ale
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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-01-2009)
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Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

karengarys, Nov 20, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

oberon, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

merlin48, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Billolick, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of sgn4779
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

sgn4779, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dsauter, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

richkrull, May 06, 2014
Photo of soper2000
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

soper2000, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of zachpaschal
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

zachpaschal, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

cokes, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

PBRmeasap1980, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

pmcadamis, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

secondtooth, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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

dirtylou, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  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.

WoodBrew, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.23/5  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.

RickS95, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of BrewIndy
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

BrewIndy, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

freewill35, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Oops
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Oops, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mdvatab
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

mdvatab, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of wrentmore
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

wrentmore, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Mike412
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Mike412, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

cwd, Aug 28, 2012
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Helios Pale Ale from Upland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.