Thai Style White IPA | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thai Style White IPA

Added by LotsofLupulin on 01-23-2014

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 04/11/16:

Mostly clear but dense with fine hazy specks. Gold-hued. White, fluffy, chunky, fine, delicate head of moderate retention, with long-lasting film and thick lacing. Smell is bizarre but enticing. Seems Saison-like at first, but likely for the wrong reasons (i.e., not so much from the yeast). Coriander and rind (apparently from hops and not orange peel), lemon, mixed with more exotic spice notes. Ginger the strongest throughout. A little cracker character behind all this. Alcoholic burn in the nostrils, likely accentuated by Thai spices. Again, on the palate, ginger is powerful, but basil, coriander, citrusy hops, and lemongrass still detectable throughout. Citric-tart at the base. Rindy hop character nearly lost in the gingery finish. Strong peppercorn retro-olfaction to be found if sought after. Don’t drink in a hurry, you’ll miss out and your palate will soon become overwhelmed. Medium-bodied, somewhat thin but still very creamy with extremely fine softer carbonation, though some tingles here and there. Fairly crisp, so much going on here I barely noticed. I know some ginger fanatics that would probably rate this much higher, but this is not quite my thing. It is different enough, however, that I would pick it up again, if they decide to make its release a little less limited. Whatever you do, do not drink this from the can. It traps the aromas and doesn’t allow the flavors to properly aerate, and though still good, is not distinguishable enough, in my opinion, from Upslope’s Blood-Orange Saison, nor their Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Benish
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Best by date: 11/14/15." Not tasting the IPA aspect. I don't get any pine, citrus, or floral notes. Just a bunch of spices in a beer, did pick up a little bit of ginger which makes this unique. This is as short of a review it gets. I didn't care for this, but of course that's subjective. I'm willing to try the other Upslope beers when I have the chance.

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Photo of SamN
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lively, goldenrod colored beer. Thick, two-finger head of fine soapy bubbles forms and lasts. Handsome beer. Smell is strong and inviting; hefeweizen-like yeastiness of banana and clove, peppery tartness. Taste, too, is reminiscent of a German wheat, reminds me a lot of Franzikaner wheat. Spicy, but not what I would call Asian-inspired. Label lists ginger, thai basil, coriander, and lemongrass as the four added ingredients. The coriander and lemongrass are prevelant, a hint of ginger. More sipping brings out some of the basil. Interesting beer, and the flavors really come through strongly. Quite tasty. Not very hoppy, maybe 40-50 IBUs. Crisp, with the right body for a Belgian IPA.

Reminds me more of an exotically-spiced wit (duh, Belgian wit yeast is used). Very refreshing, tasty and interesting. Lots to be discovered. Drink cold!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a citrus smell along with some other aromas of a spicy curry and pepper and a bit of yeast. Some lemongrass and a bit of an herbal smell are there as well, overall giving the brew a somewhat spicy vegetable smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather decent showing of a cracker taste along with some tastes of a bready malt. There is some grapefruit hop upfront which creates a nice base hop taste for the brew. While light upfront, as the taste advances, spice flavors of coriander and pepper as well as a decent sum of lemongrass and herb come to the tongue. The spice flavors of a white pepper and coriander kick it up at the end and with more lemongrass, one is left with a decently spiced and slightly drier grapefruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is somewhat thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is average. For the white IPA style, with the spice and herb, the feel is rather nice as it keeps the brew crisp and refreshing while not being too dominant by the spice.

Overall- A rather decent white IPA overall. Spicy and crisp with a nice blend of citrus hop with spice.

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Photo of akolb
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of W_Des
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Michael-GT
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
3/5  rDev -20%

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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of AustenFB
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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