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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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Reviews: 54
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: rowew on 12-07-2008

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 203
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent pale ale from upslope. less hoppy than most american pale ales, this is a very well balanced beer with subtle bready malt flavors to round out the hops. its not the most robust pale ale out there, but it has a particular depth of flavor which i found appealing. additionally, it stood up well to spicy mexican food, which not all pale ales do. ice cold right from the can is how i will probably drink these in the future. its a good easy drinking beer that offers a bit more than most conventional pale ales. not nearly as good as the upslope brown ale though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with an inch or two of foam that leaves a decent trace

Smell: Very bready, with sweet undertones and a rather bitter, slightly minty hop character

Taste: Opens with the bready flavor from the aroma, with a developing sense of caramel that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy and slightly minty bittering hops take over but there is no real flavor beyond the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not crazy about the Patagonian hop selection for this beer as it produces a load of bitterness without a lot of the things I love in hops

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a straw-yellow, clear, moderately carbonated, with a decently-sized white head that retained fairly well. Aroma of sweet bready malts, light pine character, with a bit of citrus. Taste is lightly toasted bread, caramel, with a good balance of citrus and pine hops. Nice and basic. Light-medium mouthfeel and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Review based on notes

Pours a light straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & piney hops, faint breadyness

T: Bready with citrussy hops & a flinty dryness up front. Breadyness along with pineyness & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with grassy & mineral hop notes & slight breadyness

MF: Light bodied, with soft carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but could've used more flavor across the board, these guys aren't cause much concern for OB any time soon from what I can see...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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?

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright and clear yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has some sweet maltiness to it with a light note of some bitterness. It has an average smell at best.

The taste is kind of strange. Some hop bitterness, mostly grass, starts things off. Some bready malt moves in along with a spiciness, or at least it seems to be a spiciness; could very well be a result of the hops used. Interesting. Different. Ok tasting.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? A not too hard to drink APA and I'm glad I picked it up but there are other APAs that are more in my comfort zone for the style. Decent.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a pale golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a bready smell mixed with a good showing of a citrus grapefruit hop and a little bit of a caramel. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a pine and a little bit of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a decent sum of caramel and a little bit of a grainy taste. As the taste advances a lighter grain and a little bit of hay and grass comes to the tongue. A slight increase in tropical fruit and a little bit of more caramel comes to the tongue as the taste advances. The hops remain relatively light but does change a bit as the taste moves on with a little bit of grass and more citrus coming to the tongue. In the end, a somewhat lightly hopped and sweeter pale taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the average as well. For the style and the flavor profile the feel is rather nice and makes for a rather nice drinking brew overall.

Overall – A little sweet and a little under hopped for a pale, but very flavorful none the less. Overall a decent brew and one to at least give one try to.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Purchased at Albertson's (Jackson Hole, WY).

A: CLear golden-amber with 2-finger off-white frothy, mildly sticky-rocky head with decent retention and pretty good lacing down the glass.

S: THe aroma is underwhelming with mint and orange and lime citrus hops, light herbal character with bland pale malt and light caramel.

T: FLavor is also a bit on the light side with medium caramel note and tealike, herbal, minty and orange citrus hops. A reproduction of the nose, unfortunately not bringing anything new or different to the table than the aroma. No significant yeast esters or alcohol character.

M: Definitely fits the balanced, lightly bready, dry style of APA with light body and light-medium carbonation.

O: Upslope Pale Ale is a pretty so-so effort -- the hops are all over the place and the overall flavor and aroma are light. Not one that I will be excited to revisit.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow body with plenty of lively carbonation and a thick, chunky white head. Wet grass, a touch of spice, and light malt grain aroma. Mild grain flavors with a spunky, bold hop bitterness. Medium bodied; fizzy; clean and dry finish.

An easy drinking beer, not very big on the hop aroma or rich malt flavors, but pleasing all the same. There's a mild tang and bite due to the hop bitterness and effervescence and a subtle fruity juiciness lurking in the background. Good and enjoyable.

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Photo of JMBSH
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy gold, with a fluffy off-white head. Retention is OK and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Quite light. Mostly fresh baked biscuits, plus a bit of lemon citrus.

T: Mild and well balanced. Biscuit like malts start things out. A mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness comes on to balance rather than overpower the malts. Gets a bit metallic toward the end.

M: The medium light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: This was OK, but not great to me. One of the first things in my notes was the word pedestrian. There just isn't anything here that distinguishes this beer from other APA's. The lightness; however, makes it an easy drinker.

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like getting a new canned brew from a brewery I haven't heard of in a trade, thanks vasdef42! Pours into my glass a orange-ish yellow with good clarity and a half inch of white bubbles on top. Aromas of crisp malt that's slightly toasty and bready. Mild herbal, floral hops with a kiss of citrus. Slightly spicy but the overall aroma is a bit too muted.

First sip brings crisp toasty, bready malts upfront segueing into herbal, somewhat citrus hops that also carries some spiciness as well. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness here. Would have like a bit more of a hop flavor here.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with fast moving carbonation. Could use a bit more body here but as is it is quite easy to drink and session-able. Overall, I'd say Pale Ale is a hard style to crack as Sierra Nevada holds the gold standard in my book for a readily available session pale ale. This one could use a bit more hops and a bit more body. Glad to see a new CO brewery and hope to taste more from them as they grow!

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Photo of vande
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ~ a hazy golden pour with a two finger head, somewhat off-white...dissipates quickly leaving a lot of lace clinging to the glass....

S ~ bready, bit of yeastiness....some citrus-lime aromas lingering....strangely similar to one of those "good smelling" lemon odored household cleaners...

T ~ hints of citrus...maybe a bit of pine in there? biscuit crumbs intermixed with the rest

M ~ Soft...smooth..somewhat lighter drink...

O ~ not bad. My first offering from this Brewery. I'd drink it again....

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Upslope Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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