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Upslope Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Pale AleUpslope Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

138 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 12-07-2008)
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Another6Pack

Michigan

2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A big shout-out to chugalug06 for sharing this can with me as an extra!

Standard copper yellow pour. Thick head that settled down into a nice, creamy donut-shaped ball of suds. Good start.

Now for the nose...whew…what the heck is going on here? Smells like fermented melon rinds and stale tea. No date on the can for me or my generous trade partner to know if we’re dealing with an antique here.

None of the characteristic flavors of what I think makes a good APA are present. Might be the nose tricking me, but this tastes a lot like 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon.

Mouthfeel is watery at the start and a little more creamy at the finish. Again, not what I am looking for in an APA.

Overall - second disappointing brew I’ve had from Upslope.

Serving type: can

05-24-2011 01:11:21 | More by Another6Pack
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DoubleJ

California

2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I knew I would meet again with Upslope. One tasty brown ale 18 months ago has led me to purchase their pale ale. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Half an inch of head rests top this electric, light orange beer. It looks vibrant in a glass, and adding texture to that is the lacing which whips around the glass. Vibrant as it looks, it's anything but that in the aroma. It's difficult to pick up any aromas immediately, like smelling water. What I do pick up is not good. There's a slight sourness which is acidic and not what I was looking for.

A pale ale that has a sour taste? Well, Upslope has managed to do that. Somehow, I can taste the potential of the beer masked behind that acidic note. With notes of honey blossom, graham cracker, and a brush of floral hops, overall the taste is just passable without being relegated to the sink. It's a medium bodied beer with moderate crispness.

This wasn't the homecoming that I was looking for. I expect to give Upslope another try, but not with the Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 21:12:45 | More by DoubleJ
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JMBSH

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - About three to four fingers of head with a moderately hard pour in the glass. Shrinks to a nice coating with some lacing left on the sides. Light yellow in color.

S - Sweet malty scent. Smell reminds me of bread dough.

T - Buttery and sweet at first. Then some hoppiness follows but not much at all. Makes me think this british style not american pale.

M - Watery. Very light and thin. Even the hop taste is gone quickly.

D - Sure you can drink a few with no real problems but the taste is nothing really special. The bitterness from the hops is washed away quickly. The hops don't seem balanced equally with the malts. The diacetyl seems to last more in my mouth then any else.

Serving type: can

01-12-2009 02:09:10 | More by JMBSH
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Foyle

Wyoming

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: thin white head recedes quickly with plenty of lacing. Color is slighty cloudy gold. No visible streaming carbonation.
Aroma: some mild citrus, earthy, and floral hops. Some yeast and lightly toasted barley. Mouthfeel: light, watery, slick mouthfeel. Quite dry finish.
Flavor: strong herbal bitterness and a soapy flavor along with some sweet breadiness & some raisin, but very much in the background.
Overall: this is a bit of a strange one. Wasn’t awful but not great either. The aroma seemed quite distinct from the taste and not in a complimentary way.

Serving type: can

04-27-2014 18:33:28 | More by Foyle
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denver10

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper with a nice thumbs width head that sticks around for a bit. Weird aroma for the style; kind of a sweet banana smell to this. Kinda get a roasted peanut flavor at the very get go, this transitions into a little sweetness and then hops come in with a kick of grass and bitterness. Carbonated, medium body but it feels light. Not a fan of this one, flavor of it just doesn't click with me.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 01:47:58 | More by denver10
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Texasfan549

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

12-02-2013 01:34:38 | More by Texasfan549
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

11-15-2013 03:16:46 | More by mmulebarn
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received a can of Upslope Pale Ale in a trade on reddit, and unfortunately, I did not like it very much. The pale ale looked pretty good, a light amber color with a little white head that stuck to the glass leaving a pale on the glass as I drank. The smell was mostly bready malt with a little green hop aroma. The taste really let me down. The bitterness was definitely not enough for the style and the hop flavor was passive--grassy and woody, not citrusy and bold as I expected. The was a little sweet upfront, but dry in the finish, but just weird. As it warmed up, I liked it more, but overall, I would not want to have this again

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 03:51:26 | More by Soonami
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stampfler07

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.7%

08-13-2012 03:10:34 | More by stampfler07
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-04-2012 07:52:14 | More by IdrinkGas
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swaghawk

Kansas

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-09-2012 23:48:15 | More by swaghawk
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-09-2014 15:41:24 | More by Karibourgeois
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core42

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-16-2013 21:30:07 | More by core42
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RTrain12

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-28-2014 22:08:55 | More by RTrain12
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-11-2012 06:22:32 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-30-2013 04:31:07 | More by jenray
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bootsandbeer

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-02-2012 16:21:47 | More by bootsandbeer
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Twal

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.7%

10-08-2012 04:32:42 | More by Twal
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-24-2012 03:49:58 | More by poppyjohn
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-28-2013 20:00:41 | More by redleg411
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veifokorp


3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-24-2012 21:13:59 | More by veifokorp
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet wheaty caramel malts with some grassy fruity hops. It's pretty subdued.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruits with a minty twang to it. It has a grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale. It's very similar to their IPA with less bitterness. The mintiness is still a bit odd and similar to the IPA.

Serving type: can

04-20-2010 23:39:31 | More by Beaver13
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-14-2014 17:40:14 | More by Kappakoosh
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mcdsports

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

06-25-2014 00:09:46 | More by mcdsports
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demosixt

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-25-2014 13:22:30 | More by demosixt
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Upslope Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
81 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.