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Upslope Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
81
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54 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 198
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 9
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: 198
Photo of chugalug06
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very mild pour... Not too much head build or retains. Brew is copper color with lots of yellow and orange.

S - Very pineapple. Lots of malty tones. Not much stands out in this brew.

T - Tastes a little like vodka... Not overly flavorful. Drink like more of a Blonde ale than a Pale.

M - Super mild. Very light and nicely carbonated. Missing a lot of the Pale bitterness.

O - A delightful brew, but very mild for the style. Not sure the style fits. It seems all of UpSlope brews are becoming much more mild than they when they started.... Interesting. (560 characters)

Photo of vande
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.... (504 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Off-white 1+ finger head thinned moderately quickly leaving some lacing on the glass, good looking clear golden and slight light brown brew 3.5
S – Sweet bready malts, grainy with some lemon citrus and yeast 3.5
T – A combo of slightly spicy malts, breadyness, minimal sweetness and a lot of pine in the hops, an herbal aspect as well 3.5
M – Moderate body, nice carbonation, and milky mouth feel 3.0
O – An interesting tasty brew, it has a lingering flavor and aftertaste that stick around and give it full flavor. 3.5 (553 characters)

Photo of Another6Pack
2.22/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (766 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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 (628 characters)

Photo of Bizz88
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy white two fingered head with a copious amount of sticky lace. Aromas of malt and hops predominated with bread hints. Though not what I expected, it was crisp on the palate with spicy undertones, dry on the finish for this light bodied desently carbonated brew. Will have to give it a more in depth sampling. (348 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 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 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 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 Soonami
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
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 (637 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 russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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... (580 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 indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - pale golden in color, sort of straw like and slightly opaque. A thin wispy white head crowns this beer with some lacing inside the glass.

Aroma - caramel sweetness with just the eenciest hint of hops. Some buttered toast smells come through along with faint aromas of black pepper and freshly cut grass.

Taste - definitely on the lighter side of hoppiness when it comes to American Pale Ales. Some nice peppery flavors combine with some citrus and plenty of caramel maltiness to bring about a very nice full-flavored beer.

Overall - more than anything I'd have to say that Upslope's Pale Ale is rather neutral. It has no real defining flavors or aromas, it just sort of is. I don't know how else to describe it. Its a very non-offensive beer that I really think would go over well at a party full of randoms. Hell, its a great beer for a long afternoon of pitching horse shoes or shooting the shit and making some new friends and if that isn't enough it comes in a nice shiny package that is sure to intrigue anyone (including your cat).

Would I buy more of it? - not sure just yet. I think I need to try the Upslope IPA before I make a call on that. (1,164 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 Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ingredients: snowmelt, malt, Patagonian hops, yeast.

Orange/peach colored body. Pours clear with a minimal white head.

The smell is fruity, but not citrusy. A tad sweet: peaches maybe? Apples? A little bready with some honey. The flavor is super balanced and approachable, maybe too much. Malt flavor like whole grain wheat. The hop flavor is hardly existent, but unique. Vaguely fruity with some slightly astringent bitter spice on the finish. As the label says, its crisp and dry.

Nothing wrong with this beer, nothing special either. Easy drinking, but nondescript. Enjoyable enough, but nothing to seek out. (614 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light to medium gold, light wispy head, very clear, a few small patches on sticky head on the side of the glass - 3.25, S: Very lagerish aromas, quite grainy and very doughy, a touch of bubblegum and some subtle sweetness - 3.50, T: A solid hop bite for a pale ale, some grapefruit, a touch of spiciness, all the hops are nicely balanced with a medium malt base, there's a hint of sweetness on the tongue as well - 3.75, M: Medium bodied - 3.00, D: A quite drinkable APA, a closer representation of the style than their IPA in my opinion - 3.00 (547 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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! (1,026 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 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)

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Upslope Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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