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Thai Style White IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
84
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 15
Photo of grammodesguapote
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Photo of AustenFB
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Photo of Jesse_M
5/5  rDev +34%

Reminds me of White Rascal but I like it more actually.

Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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