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Thai Style White IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
85
very good

25 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 117
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LotsofLupulin on 01-23-2014

Thai Style White IPA
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 117
Photo of akolb
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Clear yellow, tall white head. Good retention. Very light in color for an IPA. 3.75/5
Aroma: Wheat yeast dominates, along with a little coriander. The hops are very subtle. Unusual for an IPA, but interesting. 3.5/5
Taste: Assertive bitterness. Very dry. Ginger and Thai basil are prominent in the taste, giving it a curry-like flavor. 4.25/5
M: Average IPA carbonation and feel. 3.5/5
O: Not something I would grab for a go-to IPA, but it was fun to try. A unique, different take on the IPA that is less about the hops and more about the Thai spices. 4/5 (561 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery and pours a hazy gold color. That is a Thai IPA! The lemongrass is exploding in the nose and it has that spicy lemongrass bite. Way better than Westbrook's version. (190 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a lightly hazed gold color with a very large cap of white head that displays excellent retention and lace. Great looking brew.

Nose smells like a Thai tea with lots of spice and citrus going on. If I had to pin it down to three things, Id go lemongrass, herbs and citrus peels.

Taste throws down a lot of bitterness from a variety of sources it seems. There is a basil/herbaceous leafy bitterness and there is a strong citric hop bitterness. The malt pretty much stays out of the way and the yeast carries very little weight over the 'kitchen sink' spice additions. It doesnt taste as bad as I thought it would, but it is also not making me want to go buy another sixer. (688 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

28 Ju1 15
On-Tap 12 oz. (Ale House)

Pours a nice clear/clean golden yellow color, nice carbonatino, with a nice one-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is wheaty/grassy, hoppy. The taste is quite like a wheat beer, but hoppy, with some spice notes. Medium body with a nice bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew, quite different IPA all together. (400 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit more of a spiced beer than a Belgian IPA to me, but when in Rome...

Quite Thai (or is it Chai?) spicy. The spice dominates the brew. May be some Belgian yeasty notes in there along with some white IPA type notes too, but to me this is a spice-y beer and that's what's notable about it. Interesting, but not my fav from Upslope. (343 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Bright golden yellow. Big fluffy head dissipates slowly. Beautiful lacing. Spice sediment free floating. Active carbonation.

Smell: Peppery Belgian yeast up front. Some floral qualities, maybe a little jasmine.

Taste: Really nice spice. pepper, coriander, and ginger all do their own things. A little floral bitterness on the back end. Really well balanced.

Feel: Its a little creamy. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: Its a very solid Belgian IPA. One of my favorite seasonals from Upslope. (495 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells of lemon and coriander. and the sting of ginger. There is some black pepper and some honeysuckle malt scent. The Thai basil comes through as a sage aroma.

Starts out sweet with a strong coriander flavor. Taste of lemon and sage/mint it starts out sweet and finishes bitter. Lemon pith flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall and interesting beer. (408 characters)

Photo of Michael-GT
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It has a light brown color. The can is awesome.

Smell: Smells hoppy.

Taste: It tastes hoppy like any IPA, but there is something unique about it. Almost a refreshing taste, with a mild fruity after tone.

Feel: relatively light feel going in, with a bitterness after swallowing.

Overall: I can only get this in the mixed packs of upslope (I'm on the western slope of CO) so I am always excited when they bring this out for the late spring/early summer. Great beer. In a world full of IPA's, this beer stands out to me. (528 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a beautifully-bubbly yellow-gold appearance, bearing near-crystalline transparency, this stab at a "Thai-style" white makes a great first impression; it's odor is, likewise, very pleasant, with extremely clean, light-but-lingering pine-floral notes, a strong herbal base, and just enough spicy-sweet aromatics from the malting to impart some warmth. I find the flavors, however, to be just a bit blunter: though the hopping is promised to be cistrusy, and is to a degree, those sharper, juicier notes are largely swallowed by the spicing—ginger, especially, but also the Thai basil and coriander—leaving piney, bitter-acid notes to resound. Indeed, the lemongrass seems to impart more citrus character than the hops, but overall the combination of generous hopping, very pale malting, and gingery piquancy produce a slight puckering and less delicacy than I'd like. The Belgian wit yeast adds some creaminess, but also a substantial dose of bite that amplifies even a little more the "bigness" of this beer.

It's by no means bad; it's solidly good, in fact—if perhaps a bit thicker than ideal for a White IPA. It's a step down from great, despite some superlatives, however—and I think I prefer Westbrook's attempt at the "White Thai", though there's is obviously an attempt at a true Wit, instead of a wit-yeasted pale IPA. (1,342 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, strong spice, slight alcohol, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rosemary, sage, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight alcohol, and slight hops. Overall, the spice in the body is well blended, good appearance, aroma, and body. (467 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice, earthy Belgian-influenced pale ale, but the spices get muddled here. That herbal bitterness is interesting, but it largely comes off like a clean wit. (158 characters)

Photo of grammodesguapote
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Can, best by 1/25/15. Pours a unbelievably clear pale yellow, similar to bud light with more head. Aroma is all Belgian yeast, looking for more hop aroma here. Mouthfeel is watery with some malt sweet/stickyness left over, not overly dry. Taste is Belgian yeast with some citrus notes but I can not pick up the basil so much, not enough hops here for me, beer is well balanced however. Feels more like a pale ale, not a fan of the white IPA genre myself, and this is middle of the road. (486 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Serving: 12 oz can poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Light, very slightly hazy, bright lemony yellow. Smaller frothy head but lasts well with nice lines of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, citrus, lemongrass and some savory notes.

Taste: Lighter malty body (crackers, white bread), fruity Belgian yeast and layers citrus and spice. Finishes dry and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light and well carbonated.

Overall: Somewhat confused in style, more a hoppy wit than IPA as the Belgian yeast takes over, but still drinkable, refreshing and interesting all at once. (563 characters)

Photo of AustenFB
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Interesting flavor, but a bit too flowery to drink on its own. However, as might be expected, it pairs well with Asian food, especially sweeter-tasting dishes. (160 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Nice pour, with a light head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very 'white', looks like a light beer in many ways. But the aroma had some interesting notes, a bit fruity and a bit spicy. The first sip proved that to be true - a strong ginger flavor, with the hoppy citrus taste coming on the back end. The other listed spices - Thai Basil, coriander, & lemongrass, were subtle, and harder for me to pick out, although they added some flavors beyond the ginger & hops. All in all, a fascinating combination that was a pleasure to quaff. (534 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Clear straw colored pour with a minimal white head. Very light aroma of spice and citrusy hops. Taste has lemon grass and coriander upfront for a really interesting, and good, initial taste. Light bodied. As the beer warms the spice comes out more along with a bit of lemon, basil, pepper and yeast. Not much in the way of hops/bitterness present but still interesting and good. Finishes short lingering lemon grass and basil flavor. (433 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 3.75 - Hazy pale gold with a smallish head.
S: 4.0 - Nice perfumy witbier aroma, with wheat and bitter orange peel coming through clear. Coriander is light.
T: 4.25 - Good flavor! Bitterness is high but not enough to mask other components. Lots of wheat. Coriander makes an appearance now, though it's mild (maybe viet coriander?). There's a pleasant subtle pepperiness that might be green peppercorns, though not sure. Citrusy orange is also there.
M: 4.0 - Light, very drinkable, but with plenty of carbonation.
O: 4.25 - Quite a decent wit, though the thai-ness isn't really apparent. Without the label to tell me, I'd not find much to differ from any other good wit. But good wits are always welcome with me. (716 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Very pale, yellow in color with a stark white head. That head is thick and foamy and seems to be locked in place. It takes a few sips for it to fall.

SMELL: No need to stick your nose in the glass here, the aroma wafts up from the glass in an impressive way. A little funky, wet blanket thing is going on along with traditional Belgian smells like coriander, banana and clove.

TASTE: Herbal and spicy, all of the ingredients listed on the can become apparent fairly quickly in this beer. In order from strongest to least strongest, I’d say: Corriander, lemongrass, citrus hops, Thai Basil, Ginger.

MOUTHFEEL: This is such a crisp, refreshing beer. It sounds weird to say that about a beer with Belgian Wit yeast, but the citrus from the hops, the basil and lemongrass really thin out the body (in a good way) and make this a very thirst quenching beverage.

OVERALL: The Thai IPA is such a unique beer. I hope this eventually makes it as a year-round package. At 6.5% it isn’t exactly a session beer, but it’s such a perfect beer to close a night with; not super-high in ABV, but completely full of flavor and so satisfying. Great work Upslope. Everything about this beer is good, but when it all comes together it's great - truly an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. (1,336 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear light yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of musty Thai spices.

The flavor is some sweet bready malts with a lot of spices and some light floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, interesting Thai spices. Lots of spice but not much IPA. (361 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Very light shade of pastel yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized, fluffy white head. Decent retention and moderate lacing. Aroma offers up none of the advertised "thai" flavors and is much more Belgian in character: yeast, bread dough, and plenty of coriander along with the scent of "green." The taste however comes through with a lot more of the thai-style flavors: Starts off with a mild toasty malt backbone, then lots of different spice, though primarily woodsy coriander. Spicy basil along with cooked ginger and some yeasty esters. Finish is somewhat bitter with a dry astringency. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, moderate bitterness.
Well I can say this tastes sort of thai. In a way. That said, this is more of a novelty beer - a decent made one - but I couldn't see drinking more than one of these...ever. (822 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev 0%

Talks the talk and walks the walk but the jive is a bit unique here. Has the Belgian character, fluent in yeast but the spicing accent is where this beer sets its self from the rest. Good job all around. (203 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

It pours a pale gold with a good head of foam to start the session
It shrinks quickly but leaves some lacing behind.


There are big spicy notes like coriander and cloves with mild hints of bitterness that you'd expect in the style

That is nice. I get more of the same tasting this spice forward White. The bitter is, again, on the mild side and works for me. Works very well!

Medium body and carbonation.

This is yet another pleasing offering from Upslope. (463 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz yellow can served chilled into a goblet.

Thai Style White IPA is a pale hazy yellow color with thick white head and good retention.

Aroma is slightly spicy coriander and maybe saffron.

Flavor is balanced between hops and spice with the notes bouncing back and forth on each sip. It seems to end spicy, bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel is light in body, crisp and balanced.

Overall a solid beer and not, as I feared, reminiscent of Thai food. (448 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

finally new beer from what has been a totally stagnant brewery in upslope. basil, lemongass, and belgian yeast all make an appearance in this vibrant almost green tinted yellow shiny beer, almost the color of its can. great head on it, radiant look, nice bubbles, really neat looking. the nose is herbal, basil for sure, but also a lot of citrus and a decent estery belgian yeast, but a lot like their belgian pale in that regard. the taste is good as a wit, but brutally frustrating as an ipa, i mean, come on, there is nothing ipa about this, just because its hopped up a tad bit more than your craft lager, that doesnt make it an ipa. what is with these breweries throwing the term out so loosely? is it because they sell better? if you call it a thai wit, id still buy it, come on. more hops wouldnt even make this an ipa, as its dominated by the belgian yeast. body is real light and the finish is real clean for all the unique ingredients in it, and carbonation is super refreshing. all great features in a beer over 6% abv. fun stuff, and if it didnt claim to be an ipa, id like it that much more. upslope needs to start putting new beer out to stay relevant, and this is a good start. (1,192 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow can labeled Thai Style White IPA, so this listing might've been something they originally had on draught, but yay, it's in the mix boxes now. "Ale brewed with Asian-inspired spices" indicated on the can, those identified as ginger, coriander, thai basil, and lemongrass, and also says they used a Belgian wit yeast. 6.5% ABV.

Pours a pale straw yellow, thick white head, cloudy, lightly effervescing. Did this one in a Chimay goblet. Nose is super-awesome, flowery, sweet, juicy, hoppy, definitely basil and lemongrass coming through, as well as some light yeast behind all of those. Really taste the basil and lemongrass as well as the hops, which all fit nicely together. Very herbal, almost saison-like, comes in with bold flavors and leaves with medium bitterness. Actually a little more lively carbonation on the tongue than it appeared to have just looking at it in the glass.

This is a different take on a white IPA, and it's extremely good. In the mix pack right now as I said but supposed to do a full release later in the summer (as they did with the Belgian Pale earlier this year). This beer kicks ass. Can't wait for the full release later this summer. Upslope continues to impress. (1,204 characters)

Thai Style White IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.