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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

318 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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: 318 | Reviews: 108
Reviews by deanhead:
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich garnet color with a nice lacing. taste is rich with malt and hops. Hint of cereal grains with a touch of malty sweetness to counter balance the bitterness.
Crip dry finish with a hint of lingering cling dankess from the hops. Leaves a slight warming on the palate.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Hard pour serves up a thick head; hazed, brownish-amber color. Smells of wildflowers, apples, pears and toasted bread. So smooth and creamy, it raises the bar for canned beer. Big maltiness, sweet with caramel and bread flavors throughout. Alcohol is clean and warming. Hops make sure we didn't forget this is an IPA by dropping a blanket of bitterness and a trail of citric, mint and faint tobacco. Balance + IPA = this beer, so don't expect a hop bomb.

Photo of Beaver13
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours a dark amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel malts, a little mint and some grassy bitterness and some vegetal notes.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruits and mint with a decent grassy burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA. I didn't much care for the flavors - lots of weird off notes.

Photo of GrahamwH
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This darker and richer American Pale Ale is heavier on the malt and alcohol than the bittering hops. However, this APA also has a refreshingly hoppy aroma and a smooth finish to compliment the complex malts. I just wished they sold & distributed outside the Rockies. Highly recommended!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark slightly hazy amber/red with a nice thick and creamy head. Nose is very aromatic and sweet with some complex floral/bitter hop bite to it.

Mouthfeel is nice and full without being overwhelming. Has a nice bitterness that comes on a bit late and finishes dry and quick. The bitterness isn't that in your face, as others have said here it's not much of an IPA as it is a hoppy pale ale. It's a solid beer though!

Photo of boatshoes
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's been a few months since I've gotten a new review in after a hiatus to China. Took some good notes though, and figured I'd start inputting my backlog of reviews while having a brew. I just moved out to Colorado, so I thought I'd pick up a brew that is new here as well. Upslope is the newest craft brewery in Boulder, so I grabbed a sixer of their canned IPA.

Appearance- Pours a very dark, ruddy amber, almost pushing a light brown. Quite dark for a single IPA, but a solid two fingers of creamy off-white head rise up off the body and stick around for a bit before dying back to a sheet across the top. Some mild lacing as well.

Smell- Nose is pretty solid, with a mixture of grapefruit rind and piney resins coming through pretty strong. Simple and flavorful smells and a lot of them.

Taste- Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this one right off the bat. Very little in the way of any of the grapefruit coming through on the palate, but a fair amount of piney hop resins. However, there isn't much of a real hop bite as there is a very evident malt backbone that comes through on the finish. Ends with some caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and slick and the beer went down quite easy.

Overall, a pretty decent offering from a startup microbrewery. If this were an English-style IPA, I would understand the strong maltiness a bit more. However, it seems a little out of place here. Not bad by any means though and worth a shot if you're looking to try a new IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked up some of these at Argonaut at the end of last summer. Poured out a darker than usual amber and light brown color. Head was around 1/3" and nice looking. This was a heavier malt ipa, rather than a west coast hop bomb. Aroma was mildly sweet, mildly hoppy, ample malt.

Taste was predictable. Bitter, with almost the entire flavor profile being derived from the malt. Its a little more roasty in the mouthfeel than I prefer. Fans of black ipas should probably like this. Lots of caramalt and metallic flavor in this one.

At least it was more consistent than the pale ales. Those were like a total crapshoot.

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.

Photo of BJsLove
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upslope's IPA Pours with not so much head. Appearance is copper, almost ruby. The taste is big but well balanced, considering that this India Pale is 7.2 ABV. Three or more and you will feel the abv the next day if you have to get up early. It's a great value (I bought it for 8.88 + tax) for a delicious beer. I would buy again as I'm always pleased with what I drink from Upslope. I prefer their Pale though.

Photo of GilGarp
2.6/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up the pale and IPA as singles to check them out. Already reviewed the other one a few days ago so now it's time for the IPA or No. 2 as they call it.

Pours a very dark redish brown color, similar to a dubbel, with pour clarity. The head is thin and settles quickly with small scattered lace left behind.

Aroma is hoppy but there is a strange rubber smell that I just can't shake. It's like a new bike tire. At least it's not burnt rubber but it's not too pleasant.

Flavor is predictably rubbery as well. It's roasty and bitter (the first part of that doesn't make much sense for the style) but it's the rubber that I keep coming back to. Sorry but it's not too good.

Mouthfeel is about the only thing going for this one. Medium body and appropriate carbonation.

Well I wish I could say it was better but it's just not that good. With all of the great beers available to us lucky rocky mountain dwellers, this is not one of them.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is from Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Good looking can!

Pours a some what effervescent copper with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Superior lacing & good head retention

S: Faint breadyness, caramel picks up as this warms, this the only thing that really holds this beer back for the most part...

T: Caramel, citrussy & piney hops, plus dryness up front. Caramel, herbal hops, doughyness, plus a bit of mineral hops as well as this warms, plus a slight astringency & booze kiss. Finishes piney with a touch of cookie dough, dryness caramel & pineapple; on the cusp of a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & great balance, the malt sweetness really holds the hops in check, but never steps all over them

Great drinkability

Super drinkability, this really hides the ABV, pretty darned impressed with this one!

Photo of GarrisWH
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark, clear reddish-amber color with about a finger of head. Head recedes to a thin layer fairly quickly, but retains well throughout the rest of the beer. Leaves slight, spotty lacing.

S - Fairly sweet on the nose with malty bread and caramel aromas. Some spicy and citrus hop scents in there as well.

T - Sweet caramel and bread maltiness up front with the hop flavors coming through after. The hops have hints of citrus, spiciness, and a little bit of pine as well. Somewhat bitter on the finish, but not too intense. Definitely leans toward the sweeter side with fairly heavy malt flavors. Doesn't quite have the hoppiness of many IPAs.

M - Medium to light bodied with a good level of carbonation. Somewhat resinous with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

D - At 7.2% abv, this is quite drinkable. Lacks a bit in the hop profile, in my opinion, but overall, it goes down smooth and isn't offensive by any means.

I think upping the levels of hops in this one couldn't hurt, as it is slightly too sweet for me, but really a pretty good offering for a newer brewery.

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 stampfler07
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber-brown with a bubbly finger of off-white head, lots of tiny suspensions are also visible, head is pretty solid and lingers for a while

S- A mix of pine and floral hop aroma, strong malt component as well, both sweet and roasted

T- Strong roasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness, almost reminds me of a brown, moderate to strong bitter hops throughout that builds in the middle then falls off a bit, aftertaste of bitterness on the back of the palate, slightly warming and light malt finish

M- Moderate carbonation and body, slightly warming, a touch of dryness

O- Kind of liking the brown element, nice roasted flavors and a good balance of malt for the high level of hop bitterness, pretty easy drinking for a 7+%, solid in my book and something I'd recommend to try

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 rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Light beige dense head barely stayed in the glass with a full pour of the can, excellent lacing as it recedes to a thin layer. Deep reddish-brown clear amber color 4
S – Piney resin, herbal/floral mix, mild caramel malt sweetness and something slightly earthy here 3.5
T – Holy malt batman. Sweet bread, caramel malts, grapefruit zest bitterness, this is the most malty IPA I’ve had… but the hops are very much in the bitterness and aftertaste. Mild tobacco notes make themselves known 3.5
M – Smooth and slightly syrupy with a moderate to full body, my favorite characteristic of this beer 4
O – Unique and something I would recommend to IPA lovers just because I’ve had nothing like it. I won’t be seeking it out again but I’m very glad I have had it. A style expander of a brew. 3.5

Photo of u2carew
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Takes awhile to settle. Big bubble and sticky lacing. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Earthy hops. Some light caramel aroma. Grapefruit.
T) Robust hops upfront with a mix of malty sweetness. Toasty notes. Caramel. Grassy. A lingering hop bite in the finish and beyond.
M) Thick. Medium to full bodied. A tannin-esque feel.
D) A decent IPA. Doesn't stand out vast number of IPAs, but I'd drink another one.

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed nutty amber in color, the head off-white and showing nice retention

s: the aroma features pale and moderately caramelized malts with a prominent nutty, toasty aroma, hops piney with strong woody and earthy tones, toffee, nice

m: carbonation around moderate, body about the same with a slight thickness on the back of the tongue

t: toasty caramel puts out a slight sweetness through the mid-palate before drying up nicely, if not completely, as an earthy hop flavor pushes things towards a moderate bitterness, as with the aroma - very earthy, nutty, and woody

o: far from the typical American ipa, this one shows signs of an English pedigree - with a more varied malt flavor than most native examples and a more balanced approach rather than hop-centricity, good and an interesting take, drinks nicely for the abv as well

sixer from Mondo Vino, Denver

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 JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SlyFox pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving only a thin wisp of foam.

Aromas of sweet malt, and citrusy hops.

First sip apes aroma, sweet malt backbone with a good balance of a firm bitterness with citrusy hops. Good bitterness and grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery. Firm bitterness just barely creates a slight puckering. No astringency.

Overall a very nice, straightforward American IPA. Nothing too brutal about it. Could easily put down a couple three four of these after a long day.

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 jpwilliamson
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color if you pour it out of the can, but hey...half of the novelty of this beer is the can! I'm a fan of canned craft brews, and I finally knew I had support in this endeavor when I noticed (i.e. "caught") Colin Meloy of the Decemberists with a few cans of this excellent brew onstage at the Ogden Theatre, Denver in March, 2011. Anyhow, this beer has a great balance of smooth malt with medium hop kick, but great caramel and spice to balance.

I met one of the brewers at an event in Denver, and this is another example of a hard-working group putting themselves out there to make great craft brew (in a can!). Give it a shot, then try it again, as this is a beer that will grow on you. Much better than the pale ale IMO.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops bitterness but it's not as strong as most IPA's. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but there are but there are several other IPA's that I would pick first.

Photo of HayesdaHophead
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a big let down. You expect an IPA from Colorado to have either decent amounts of bitterness or hop aroma or BOTH.

The dark color reflects the strong malt character. I have to agree with many of the posts here. This is a decent beer, but is not a success as an IPA. I am afraid to try their Pale now as the IPA is more of a Pale Ale in its hop character.

Skip this if you are looking for a good IPA. Try it out if

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.

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
83 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.