Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope India Pale AleUpslope India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

320 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 12-07-2008

65 IBU
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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 109
Photo of kbrown8769
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely in love with this beer.

An IPA from Colorado that is not dominated by hops.

Beer pours a dark amber and has a thick mouthfeel. Pine and citrus are the prominent flavors.

Simple and delicious.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark, hazy amber with a frothy beige head. Has a fairly general IPA smell but a sort of pineapple aroma is very pronounced. Taste reflects this the aroma well (including the pineapple) and the malty flavors are pretty big aswell. Overall a good well balanced ipa.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint.

Darker in color than most AIPAs, which to me is a good sign. Fluffy awesome head.

Smells of juicy tropical and fruity hops. More towards pineapple/grapefruit oil than pine or grassy. Very nice.

The flavor is rich and balanced. Right where an IPA should be in my book. There is some deep and slightly sweet malts to back up the balanced hops. Why every normal IPA in the world has to rip up the tastebuds is a mystery to me, and this one doesn't fall into that trap. Leave that to the DIPAs! This isn't a DIPA and isn't trying to be. Very well done flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick but very drinkable.

Conclusion: IPA money right here. This isn't going to blow the mind of the typical American one-dimensional hop-head. I am glad Upslope hasn't sold out to those singular tastes, and instead crafts a true beer with their flagship IPA.

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by April 29 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can.

A: Amber with 1-finger off-white head, sticky, average retention and nice lacing.

S: Heavy caramel malt with pine and grapefruit citrus. No yeast or alcohol aromas.

T: The flavor is very heavy on caramel malts, light and medium, with moderate bitterness and grapefruit and pine hopping. Alcohol is detectable but no yeast esters. Very caramel heavy type of IPA, hard to drink.

M: Very heavy feel with low-medium carbonation. Not easy to consume as it is very heavy.

O: A pretty so-so IPA and hard to drink due to the heavy caramel malt component. Wound skip it in the future -- not the type of IPA I like to tackle.

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Unique can data (on bottom of can): BEST BY: FEB 24 15 236 10:47

Crystal clear, red-amber body with a thick, sticky head; lots of lively, small-bubble carbonation. Malty nose; old fruit; musky; pine sap. Fairly heavy malt sweetness infused with a slowly building bitter finish; caramel. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

A solid IPA offering combining both heavy-duty malt sweetness and a satisfyingly bold hop bitterness. The ABV provides a mild bit of underlying warmth to add some intriguing depth to the flavor. A bit too heavy-handed with the residual sugars in the body and flavor, yet still appealing overall.

Photo of ColoradoPhil
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. Crisp, citrus, tastes balanced and delicious. 3x 12 0z beers in and it tastes just as good as the first one. I would be happy drinking this everyday.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight across the board this one is pretty darn good. Orange-ish and a little hazy in the glass with a good head. Piney and a little bit citrusy in the aroma and taste. Malt backbone is clearly there, but the hops still have room to shine and there's no major conflict.

So far I haven't found a single beer from Upslope that doesn't make the grade; every one I've tried has been tasty beer. I expect that trend will continue with each new beer I try from this brewery.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Really good looking ipa with a hazy orange amber color, similar to SN Celebration. Pours a two finger fluffy/foamy head.

Aroma- Lots of pine and a little bit of mint. Citrus and a sweet bready malt hide in the background as well.

Taste- Once again there alot of pine and citrus in the initial flavor that creates a mild bitterness upfront. The pine is quickly balanced by a mix of caramel and bread malt, which subdues any bitterness there was and provides a smooth finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and smooth in the finish.

Overall- This surprised me on two levels. One is that I'm not huge on pine ipas usually but this is very nice and well balanced so the pine is overly bitter or minty (although the nose indicated otherwise). Second surprise was the score of 83. It's definitely better than that. This is really well balanced and one I'll be looking for again.

Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 - Lovely clear mahogany color with a dense 3 quarters inch head atop it.
S: 4.0 - Resiny, earthy hops with a light bread-crust malt scent.
T: 4.0 - High bitterness with a sharp piney hop flavor. Malt is ... more nutty than in the nose. In any case, nice interplay between hops and malt. Clean yeast-wise, with a dry finish.
M: 3.75 - Medium body, neutral texture.
O: 4.0 - Very drinkable IPA. Like the malt a lot. It's a little too strong to be a quaffing, session beer, but it's a good after-dinner drink.

Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Revisited this IPA last night, had been awhile. Very serviceable IPA that will keep a number of beer drinkers happy. Nice balance, character and ABV % Great choice for those entering the realm of IPAs. Also a very good price and value for a 6-pack. Colorado Craft in a can, well done Upslope!

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

From the can. Sampled on September 16, 2014. In trade from a non-BA member.

Orange amber pour under a full white head. Good clarity.

Fine pungent floral and earthy hop aroma with bread and biscuit. Hops are the more prominent.

Medium to full body.

Great malt start with a wonderful bitterness at the finish. Grand hop character yet well balanced.

Photo of Jesse_M
5/5  rDev +36.6%

One of my favorite go to IPA's! Easy drinking compared to some others put there.

Photo of kflorence
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Drank from a can in Steamboat Springs, CO. Drinks very smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium body. Citrusy hops and a strong malt profile. A very balanced IPA which makes it quite drinkable, especially considering the 7.2% ABV. At only 65 IBU, I could use a little more bitterness. Still, this is a solid brew and very tasty. Probably more accessible than most IPAs on the market these days. Cheers!

Photo of Cresant
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Best by date: Dec 27, 2014. The body was deep amber colored with an off-white sticky head.

The smell was fruity ,floral and sweet.

The taste was citrus bitterness balanced by bread malts. Actually too balanced, I like IPAs that are hops forward.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.

Photo of KFBR392
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark burnt orange color. Three finger of head on the pour which settled in while drinking. Lots of sticky lacing left behind. Lower end carbonation for the style.

Smell: Big caramelized malt front. Some medium to heavy bodied fruits show up on the body with accents of orange peel and grapefruit. More sticky malt toward the back end.

Taste: Big malts hit on the front. More malt on the body with a touch of sweetness but mainly heaviness with a touch of saturated citrus poking through. The finish is slightly chalky with more heavy malts.

Mouthfeel: malt, with a touch of citrus. Carbonation is what you'd expect.

Overall: i've really enjoyed the offerings I've had from Upslope so I won't let this disappointment get me too down. It's just a run of the mill malt forward single IPA. Next please.

Photo of emyers
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber-red color with a one-finger off-white head.

Smell: Interestingly caramel malt is the most prevalent smell here. There;s a very nice hop profile backing it up with pine, citrus, and some herbal qualities. Smells quite good, but not particularly like an IPA.

Taste: Once again, this does not seem like an IPA. There's definitely a strong hop presence with pine and herbal hops along with some citrus, but the caramel malt really takes over. Really more of a hoppy red than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty clean.

Overall: I really like this beer. That being said, I probably wouldn't call it an IPA.

Photo of mjurney
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Copper color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top. Thick off-white rocky head.

Aroma:
Citrusy, resin, spicy, herbal, sweet bread, toffee, some fruity.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Citrus, spicy, herbal, resin, a little piney. Deep malt character, mainly caramel-toffee. Finish is bitter, semi-dry, smooth. Body is medium, slight creamy texture, smooth.

Overall:
It's an outstanding IPA. Very well balance.

Photo of Foyle
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1"+ off white head which recedes slowly, plenty of lacing. color is a somewhat cloudy copper, with some carbonation streaming.
Aroma: citrus is the dominate aroma. Also some pine and bread dough.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied, not much carbonation, and sticky. Finish is somewhat astringent. Flavor: hops are quite dominant. Bitter citrus rind, grapefruit, pine oil are present in the first taste and the finish. There is a brief interlude of sweetness in the middle with some yeasty roll and a slight caramel.
Overall: a decent IPA and representative of the style.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color with a tight, white that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of earthy and floral hops with some pine on the backend with some toasted notes.

Tastes of the floral and earthy hops with a fairly big malt backbone. Malts lead off with toasted notes leading to some caramel sweetness and syrupy notes. This leads into a bit of citrus and pine, but then bigger earthy and floral notes come in. Leans toward the sweet side and finishes that way.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, however, it is malt heavy for the style.

Photo of ISmith87
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.5 - Orange-brown murky color with sparse white head that actually leaves pretty nice lacing.
S - 4.0 - Nice grapefruit, garlic, onion, orange, lemon-lime, pretty damn hoppy.
T - 4.0 - Garlic, grapefruit, pine, citrus zest. Background malt is mostly covered by hops.
M - 4.0 - Light-medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is garlicy pine.
O - 4.0 - Good IPA.

Photo of jokelahoma
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint shaker

Pours a nice new penny copper. Only a hint of haze.

Nose is surprisingly light. Very little hop in the aroma. Malt is slightly biscuity, bread dough smell. Not bad, but would expect more hop aroma from an IPA. Admittedly, this can has a few months on it, so there's that.

Taste is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA. it's crisp, clean, and the first thing to really take hold is the bitterness. It's not a tongue scraper, enamel dissolving bitterness, but it is bright enough to let you know you're not drinking a Big 3 lager. However... that's about it. That moderate bitterness dissolves into the same biscuity malt from the aroma, then it all fades away. It's far from bad, it just fails to wow. Nothing wrong with that, mind you. Not every IPA needs to play speedbag with your uvula like some outtake from a otolaryngologist's version of Rocky. But when one sees "Colorado" and "IPA" on a brew, one doesn't expect the more subdued (some might say refined) "East Coast" version of the style. So in short, yeah, it's very good. It just falls into the "is that it?" category.

As far as mouthfeel, they hit it. It isn't lightweight, it isn't thick, it's just what an IPA needs. Light-ish, with enough substance that you know you're drinking. Can't really ask for more than that.

Overall, I feel like my review makes this seem worse than it is. It's very good, and there is certainly room for the more laid back, less aggressive IPA in the beer market. One just doesn't expect to find it in Boulder. Then again, that might be one of the places where it's most needed, to combat the "oh yeah, well MY beer has infinity plus 1 IBUs! One drink and your taste buds file a restraining order!" attitude. This is quite good. It is simply difficult to get past preconceived notions as to what one thinks it should be in order to rate what it is. Well worth a try.

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Intense copper color with hints of true red, brighter than most IPAs. A little bit hazy, but overall pretty clear. Active carbonation sustains one and a half finger rocky, cream colored head that clings tightly to the edges of the glass. Looks pretty good!

Smell: Pleasant nose of caramel maltiness with just a hint of piney sweet hops aroma. Not particularly strong bouquet. Well balanced and pleasant. Slight diacetyl smell.

Taste: Slight malt sweetness in foretaste, not as complicated as it should be. Slight toasted taste intermingled well with an assertive hops bite that falls short of truly bitter. Piney characteristics mostly with some citrus sweetness. Well balanced overall, but not remarkable. I will say however that the alcohol content is very well disguised and frankly a little dangerous. Slight bitterness in the finish with a little diaetyl to smooth things out. Would make a good session beer if you were out on the river.

Mouth: Smooth and easily drinkable, carbonation is fairly light and creamy, but still dances enough to excite the hops flavors.

Photo of mcflypie
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Bronze and copper in color. Decent head.

S: Citrus, malt, and hops in smells. With a definite sweet presence.

T: Heavy malt flavor with bitter hops and fruity sourness.

M: Tropical hops feeling with strong malty character.

O: This is a decisive IPA. Either you like it or think it tastes funny due to the abundance of malt involved. I'm one of the lover's. Great IPA!

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can pours a dark caramel color with an ample cap of creamy tan head. Nice retention and the lacing is a solid sheet of residual head on the glass.

Nose is way too malty for an IPA, burnt toffee and very little hops, maybe some leafy greens but that is about it. Not cool.

Taste puts out a bit more hoppiness but still is way to malty even for an English IPA. The malts are too bold, too sweet and too toasty. The bitterness is decent and there does seem to be some herbal hop flavors, but the malts (specifically toasty) are just too much. Mouthfeel is full, and the fine-bubbled carbonation is probably the best part about this beer. I finished my sixer over a couple weeks, but wasnt very happy about it. I can safely say I will not be buying this one again.

Photo of biboergosum
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World, altogether well known by now.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, chunky, and mildly rocky beige head, which leaves some decent creepy webbed lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of weirdly plastic-like pine resin, bready, lightly toasted caramel malt, and further acetone-heavy floral hop notes. The taste is more musty, strangely smoked, I think, caramel malt, with a bit of burnt orange peel citrus character, pithy herbal tea, and muted earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, and little more, the body medium-light in weight, and still stupidly clammy for this style, or any other, for that matter, and 'smooth' by that very measure. It finishes on the sweet side, the standard caramel malt persisting, sure, while that compromised pine essence slowly abates.

I don't exactly know what Patagonian hops are, but if this is any indication, I'm not about to jump on any bandwagon for them. Barely an average pale ale, yet alone an American IPA, which is strange, because this brewery's DIPA is really quite stellar. Different hops, different day, different everything, apparently.

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
83 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.