Upslope Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
81
good

53 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rowew on 12-07-2008

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good to have bro-in-laws in high places - like the Rocky Mountains.

Poured from the can into a pint glass the way it was intended. Visualize a clear light scattering golden yellow capped with nearly two fingers of mountain snow white bubbles. Lacing is scant and delicate.

Although the aroma is not massive and in your face, it is pleasant. Cupping the glass allows me to capture the citrus fruit, banana, and floral hops and forces them to billow up to the nose.

Well balanced flavors here. Sweet malty caramel backbone flanked by citrus orange and lemon balanced by a mild and floral and spicy hop tang. Some sweet banana lingering with a dry but refreshing finish. Love this. What a great break from monster beers and nuclear hop bomb assaults!

Medium body with ample carb and dry finish hits the spot. All this and somewhat velvety.

I love this brewery. I love this beer for what it is and what it isn't. I must get more as Spring arrives. (948 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

More craft in cans! Not as crisp as expected, nor is the head as large as expected, but nearly clear and pretty smooth. Doughy malt and citric zest-like hops in the nose. Bitterness is modest and balancing at first, but sip after sip, it tingles and coats more. Fine and clean alcoholic ester rides along with that hop character. A bit raw, but relatively clean. Maltiness ranges from grassiness to a nutty, bready flavor. Brewed to style rather than trying to be something it is not. Defining canned craft in a great way! (580 characters)

Photo of Brob245
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light golden color with not much head on the pour.

Smell - some citrus, slightly earthy on the nose.

Taste - some light citrus notes with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light and very refreshing.

Overall - Light, crisp with great flavor. Great beer for a warm afternoon; I'm becoming a fan of Upslope. (327 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to picking this one up, after enjoying the IPA on a number of occasions. Pours a medium copper color, with a decent little light beige head. Nice hops on the nose, along with a little caramel and some bready malt. Smooth, nicely carbonated and easy to drink on yet another hot day in Denver. (310 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packing for a move and doing one of these straight out of the can with leftover pizza. The ones I poured into a glass last night though are pretty much what you would expect visially for a PA: medium amber, clarified, bit of a head to it that went away pretty quick, but was impressive at first. Smells of grass, grain, malt, light fruit in the background (and yes I did totally crush the can up to my nose to pick that up). Aroma is quite nice. Flavor wise I don't know if I can express how well this goes with pizza, there's the graininess to it from the nose, and then fresh lime zest and bitter back end. Breaks away pretty clean, just leaving a slight lingering bitterness. Refreshing, and while light in the mouthfeel, is not empty or airy. I think they made the ingredients work well for them in this 5.8 single-hop pale; another win for the much-underrated Upslope. Overall, very good, perfect for day drinking. Try it with pizza. Or when moving. (954 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark gold color, just a touch of haze. Tons of small bubbles rising up. Spongy head.

Aroma:
Malty, sweet, bready, nutty, some grassy hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Malty, bready, bread crush, nutty, with some bright fruit. Hop bitterness is moderate, mostly grassy. Finish is dry and crisp. Medium bodied, very smooth, soft, refreshing.

Overall:
It's very good beer. (375 characters)

Photo of znichols
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold with about half an inch of off-white head that lingers towards the sides of the glass as it sits.

Smell: Muted, but there. I get a little sweet biscuit at first moving towards a little spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Soft caramel, toffee and bread flavor from the malt. Transitions pretty quickly to a combo of spicy and somewhat piney hop flavor. Very surprised at how long the flavor lingers on the tongue for how balanced and sessionable it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Appropriate to the style.

Overall: Very solid pale ale. I haven't found many pale ales as balanced as this. I tend to prefer my APA's a little hoppier, but this shows a little more malt. As others have said, it might be closer to a hoppy amber ale. Highly recommended for a summer sipper. Clean and refreshing.

Serving type: can (815 characters)

Photo of kkrez
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upslope Pale pours a clear golden color with an off white head.

The aroma is of doughy malt and crisp citrus hops.

Taste follows in suit with citrus and slightly grassy hops with a doughy and biscuity malt balancer.

This beer is highly drinkable and sessionable. Upslope Pale Ale uses pilsner malt which lightens up the body and increases drinkability and also allows the hops to shine through.

Overall, I love this offering. It is light and sessionable, nice on a hot day, and getting warm in my golf bag actually increases the hop characteristic a bit. (562 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colored a bit like an macro adjunct. Slightly hazy, golden straw color. Thick creamy head with classic hop lacing in e glass. Smell of toasty biscuits, honey malts, citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruits. Taste is quite balanced between the mlts and crisp hops. Sweeter and very refreshing, uplifting taste, highlighting the reasons I prefer American pales to IPAs. This beer has a definite sweet fruit edge. Feel is somewhat watery, but not too bad.

Pretty good APA from Boulder. Yay for cans. (498 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow and hazy with plenty of carbonation. Thick bleached white head that dissipates into a healthy amount of lace. Grainy aroma with a touch of both hops and caramel. Big up front with a bitter middle. A bit of a bite from the carbonation. Crisp bitter finish with a hint of spiciness that reminds me of a decent cigar. Medium mouthfeel. Bold enough to make a good pairing with a cigar. (395 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz silver can, fairly simple design with the company's logo and a red/brown pattern. Ingredients: Snowmelt, malt, Patagonian hops, yeast. ABV is marked, but I don't see anything that resembles a date.

Appearance: Poured into a dimpled mug. Gold color with just a slight hint of red, nice head that has pretty good retention, slight lacing.

Smell: Reminds me of noble hops, a bit of a bready malt flavor.

Taste: I'm not familiar with Patagonian hops, and I'm sure they grow in many varieties, but just like the smell these remind me of the noble hops in a lot of European beers. Hops dominate in flavor but are not overpowering.

Overall impression: This is a pretty drinkable beer - in my taste notes it may sound like the hops are too much - but I wouldn't really describe it as a hoppy beer, that is just the flavor that pops out the most. Always nice to see a new local brewer, especially one putting out cans. (934 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

A pale ale in a can that actually tastes good. This one's just a little better than the pale lager in my book, though I enjoy both. Very balanced, great for a picnic or a day at the lake. (189 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours with a whopping two finger creamy white head, with great foamy lacing. Pale golden color with a hint of red.

Nose is grainy (smells like British malt), yeasty, and a bit grassy/oniony.

Taste is very grainy, bready, and a bit graham crackery. Hops are decently bitter and contribute a bit of pineyness. Some spicy pepperyness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall I'm glad I bought a sixer of this brew while in the area. Not a super unique beer, and doesn't really fit the style that well but I will enjoy all six of them (unless I have to share) and will definitely grab more when it's available. (659 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was waitin' on the effin' Old Lady to send me some of this when a stellar CANTrader came through in the meantime. Kudos to him, leave her alongside the road. My life as a C&W song in a CAN.

From said CAN: "Ingredients - Snowmelt, Malt, Patagonian Hops, Yeast. Specs - Hand-Crafted, Aluminum CAN, Portable, Recyclable, Good. Crisp, Clear, Dry".

I personally love the CRACK of a CAN being opened and the subsequent Glug, glug, glug sound as it rushes into my glass. I remember one respondent to a CANQuest (TM) post saying that those were the very things that put him off of CANned beers, but for me, they are the equivalent of bells to Pavlov's dogs or the CAN opener to my brother's late cat. Man, I just CAN't wait to try some of that beer!

I began with a finger of bone-white head, but unlike the Grateful Dead's Sugar Magnolia, it did not wait while I typed for you. Color was lazing in the sunlight, a golden-honey like deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was as grassy as a new-mown lawn or the parking lot of a Dead show (no, sorry, different grass, especially with The Man peeping in). This had everything delightful, this had everything I need in an APA. There was some grassy hops initially on the tongue, but then I caught some beautiful malty sweetness. I knew I'd have to come up soon for air. It had everything delightful and everything I need except for piney-ness, but it had the sun and bright moonlight as I was lazing in the moonlight, yes indeed. Finish left me in a haze, like I had been at a Dead show. Still, a nice, smooth finish with the malt doing a good balancing act with the hops. Throw this in your cooler and head out for some summer love in the spring, fall and winter.

I CANnot tell you why I was inspired to write an homage to the Grateful Dead but the review should still be taken seriously. After all, are we not to have fun? (1,871 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold nearing amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. This beer has the looks.

Smells malty and mildly soapy. Floral and herbal but not grassy at all.

Starts out semi-dry and herbal in the mouth. Mildly herbal and bitter very easy on the tongue. Tasty but hard to describe. Floral is a word that comes to mind. Mildly woody with some pine flavor and a bit of cedar.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall very tasty and easy on the mouth. An alternate to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale when you want something just a little different and pleasing to the senses. (570 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pale, yellow-straw and crystal clear. Hundreds, maybe thousands of bubbles are streaming up from the bottom as soon as I pour this beer. The stark-white head is about 3/4 of an inch thick to start, but quickly falls to a 1/4 inch. The lacing is outstanding on this Moylan's pint glass. Seriously. Outstanding.

SMELL: The aroma is disappointing. In fact, almost non-existent.

TASTE: This is a ridiculously balanced Pale Ale. There really isn't any sort of malt or hop "wave in this one like there is with most other Pale Ales. Instead, it seems to be wonderfully balanced all the way through. The citrus from the hops (mostly lemon) is present, but not overwhelming all the way through and the sweetness from the malt is just enough to make this an easy drinker. A little spice gives this beer some character.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a very well carbonated beer. It is also crisp, clean and dry. I would describe the feel as "playful". Light bodied and really a great feel.

OVERALL: There really aren't a lot other beers out there like this. It is an easy-drinking, lighter bodied Pale Ale that is absolutely loaded with flavor. Boulderites who are spoiled with access to this beer often overlook just how well done and unique it truly is. (1,250 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

A-The brew is light golden in color and clear. There is some visible carbonation. The head starts out as two fingers of dense, white foam that drops to less than a finger after a minute or two.

S-The aroma is interesting for a pale ale. It trends toward the sweet, fruity, and floral side of things, not the sharp, peppery aroma I would have anticipated. There is a touch of biscuit-flavored pale malts to go along with the floral notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell. Thus, I get bright, floral, almost-citrusy fruit flavors. There is also a light nutty flavor (peanuts, not bitter like almonds or walnut skins). The beer is pretty well-balanced.

M-The feel is medium-bodied with a little roll of fine carbonation that adds some punch to an otherwise creamy body.

O-This is a unique take on a pale ale. Unlike other, sharper flavored brews, this one lets the floral and fruit notes come through. I'm not entirely convinced it works with my palate, but it is not a bad brew, nevertheless. This beer is for those on the look-out for a little something different. (1,103 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

A: 4.0 - Light gold color, with a tall, frothy, airy head.
S: 3.5 - Slightly grainy pale malt, with faint floral hops.
T: 3.75 - Sweet malt flavor with moderate bitterness and a nice floral, resinous hop flavor. Clean, malty finish.
M: 3.75 - Slightly creamy texture
O: 3.75 - Unexciting but decent pale ale. Could use more hops.

Weighting (percentage): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.75 (384 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've seen this one outside of Boulder so I picked up one of this and one of their IPA. There are some great pale ale/ipa/dipa available in cans around (speaking of dale's and gordon, of course) here so this will have a lot to live up to.

Can states it was made with snow melt - seems a little cheesy and gimicky.

Pours into a pint glass a pale golden yellow color. Good clarity and head sticks around a while. No lacing to be seen.

Aroma is mildly hoppy overtones on top of a very bland (i.e. cereal) malt backbone. Not very impressive so far.

Flavor is better than expected but still nothing special. Good balance and the hops are a little more forward than in the nose. A little spicy and a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate carbonation. Good balance, like I said.

Overall it's not bad but, then again, it's not that special or unique either. With all of the amazing pale ales and IPAs available these days, you need to have a pretty great product to break into the market on those two alone. Hopefully they will do some other styles and really knock it out of the park with those! (1,128 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
Smell is a subtle grapefruit and pine. It's nice.
Great flavor of lemon, grapefruit and mild malt.
Fizzy texture in the best way. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
The texture and flavor combine well together and make it a beer to find and try. (300 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, hint of pine, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, and slight floral hops. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, decent feel, and decent body. (432 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can, a bit hazy when cold, grain colored with a 2 finger rocky white head that settles into a fine layer. Leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Very grainy and raw, a little bit of canned corn with the same type of sweetness. Some white grape as well. Hops are muted and full of pine.

Malt profile is very light, grainy and a bit creamy. Hops add a lingering bitter note but not much else to the flavor, slightly earthy and pine. Very much like a lager in body and malt profile, less crisp and dry than what I would expect but active bitterness.

Light body with active but pleasant carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

A rather simple and enjoyable brew, sessionable and matches style well. Nothing ground shaking but well put together. (758 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear orangeish yellow without much of a head

S - smells of bready malts and nice citrusy hops

T - nice caramel and bready malts open this up. These are balanced by some bitter grapefruit hops. Ends with a lingering bitterness, but not as bitter as an IPA would leave. Pretty solid profile for an APA.

M - medium to full bodied, but it goes down a little watery; decent carbonation - average mouthfeel.

D - this is a pretty good APA. I love the snowmelt reference in the ingredients. So far I have been really impressed with this brewery. Thanks to krayziejman for the opportunity. (598 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 28 May 2010.

Poured in a Celis shaker pint. Large cream colored head. Well carbonated. Faintly hazy bright orange yellow color. Aroma of light sweet grains. Pretty sweet and malty. Bit of resin through middle into the finish. Bittersweet lingering aftertaste. Becomes hazier as more of the beer is poured. Becomes more bitter as it warms, a touch of butter at the end. Foamy mouthfeel. Mild ethanol.

Fortunately the touch of butter was fairly minimal. (470 characters)

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured from the can into imperial pint glass.
A - one finger of head upon pour that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Crystal clear light straw.
A - grassy hop aroma with some buscuitiness.
M - Medium body with light carbonation.
T - Same grassy hops from the aroma. Smooth sweetness across the entire palate with some residual sweetness on the back of the tongue. This quickly fades though for a very dry overall finish.
D - very drinkable beer. Could be a little maltier for my personal pallet, but a good effort by a newer brewer in Boulder. Also like the cans. (586 characters)

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Upslope Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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