Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
83
good

109 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 333
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 17
Gots: 43 | 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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Reviews: 109 | Hads: 333
Photo of GrahamwH
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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! (286 characters)

Photo of dankster
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper with one and half fingers head. nice lacing after head dies

S- more malt up front than hops but can note their presence. nice balance

T- AWESOME! One of the most balanced IPA's on the market. Great hop taste of the ipa with great smooth malt backbone to slow the bitter down with each sip.

M- somewhat thick but slick at the same time. not oily at all. very drinkable for the 7.2 ABV

O- Top three IPA for colorado ales. Top ten Nation wide IMO. Great buy for $9 after tax for a sixer. A go to at all times for me being so close to Boulder. anyone that has not tried this is missing a great beer that does not get a lot of cred on this site or even outside the boulder area. (692 characters)

Photo of kbrown8769
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (205 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised at how good this was since I was told, quite a while ago, that it wasn't really a west coast IPA with loads of fresh hops.

Well, on tap at the Upslope tap room, it is definitely loaded with
fresh hops!

Huge lacing from rim to bottom, a deep amber color.

Great hoppy freshness.
The fresh hops, the high abv and a little malty complexity
really make this special.

Very drinkable.
Really, just should not be missed on tap (disclaimer: I have not
tried it from the can....yet)
Did I mention how fresh the hops smelled and tasted? (553 characters)

Photo of johnyeast
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copperish brown out of a can. Lacing holds on to the glass and so holds the slight beige head. The dominant smells are sweet malt and hops though the hops doesn't overwhelm. This is a well balanced beer. The malty-ness and the hops compliment each other with this IPA. I like that there isn't the blast of the hops which tends to happen. This is a highly drinkable beer and it was a nice surprise from one of the newer breweries in Boulder. It is as nice as their Pale Ale which I had earlier in the day. I will highly recommend this beer and brewery. High quality. Highly drinkable. (592 characters)

Photo of mcflypie
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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! (377 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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. (355 characters)

Photo of BJsLove
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of ScorpyX
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper pour with a good, white head. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: As with any good IPA, the hops dominate. There's an earthy scent to it as well as some malty sweetness. Very pleasant.

T: The hops are at the forefront in the taste. Transitions a little bit into a secondary malt flavor. Bitterness lingers through the sip and returns upon the swallow.

M: Surprisingly crisp, well balanced for an IPA. Not too heavy, not too light, very much a medium-bodied feel. Quite drinkable.

Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had. A very good beer from a very good brewery. (591 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is hoppy, chocolate malt, some spice, biscuit malt, slight fruit. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear reddish brown, moderate head. Looks good.

Strong chocolate malt body with solid biscuit undertones. Moderate bitterness and some powdery dryness and mod fruitiness - dark fruit. Full body. Malty and thick. Unusually mildly hoppy. I get lots of bitterness and leafy earthiness. Some noble pungentness - soft and reserved. This would make an excellent English pale ale. Softish hops. Delightfully malty. Slight spice. Almost Scottish Ale malty. Mild citrus. Mild pine. Tastes good-very good. Feels good. Near perfect drinkability.

Very good. It is bold, deep, and bitter. Superb malt, soft hops. I look forward to trying some maltier styles of beer from Upslope, they must be divine. (788 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Deep deep copper color. Cream colored head with good retention. Light lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Malts, bitter hops, and faint fruit like apricot.

Taste: Starts out sweet with a good malt presence with some spiciness. Gives way to bitter hops and grapefruit sourness. A nice fruity, floral apricot sweetness works it's way in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A very tasty, solid IPA. I like it a lot. (468 characters)

Photo of stampfler07
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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 (797 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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! (465 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Redish color with thick pillowy head.

BIG Aroma with caramel maltyness, citrus, pine, even some nuttyness. HUGE aroma but not overly hoppy.

Taste is sweet with nice balance of hops but nothing over bearing, definately not a hop bomb. More of a classic IPA and even a bit maltier than most. Nicely balanced in my book.

Mouthfeel is warming but don't really notice the alcohol. Thick and creamy and goes down without too much bite in the finish. Again this is not a big hoppy beer.

Overall I really like this version of an IPA, definately on the sweet end and not what you look for if you want a very hoppy IPA. If you can find it Try it, I live in the Denver area and happy to see a lot more micro's popping up with great beer. (and I love cans) (758 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can into a pint

A - Pours a very opaque, dark brown color. Head formation is off white in color. Does not appear hazy. Not overly carbonated.

S - Strong chewy hops, very grapefruit, grassy. Super floral.

T - Starts off with some caramel, toasted toffee malts. Mid-stream gets more bitter, but remains very balanced. Good american hops, lightly floral. Finishes with a caramel malty sweetness, tied well to some hopping. Very complex.

M - Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky caramel sugar cling. Carbonation is well hidden. Finishes with some hop resins on the tongue.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. Not overly filling, although all the sugars fill the stomach at times. ABV is up there, sneaky - but well hidden.

An interesting IPA - big time use of crystal/caramel malts, which doesn't really fit the style. (816 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I shyed away from this one for a while due to the generally lackluster reviews, but after enjoying their Belgian-style offering recently, I decided to give this one a go. Comes in Upslope's fairly unimaginatively-decorated cans, which look like some kind of diet soda. Pours an unexpected brown amber, with a shallow head. It has a spicy, jammy nose with some notes of citrus. Taste is definitely well-balanced; not a super-bitter all-hops IPA, but not all malt, either. It's somewhere in the middle, and the middle's pretty good. I was actually suprised by how much malt-caramel gets through, and there is even a bit of a roasted character to it. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and overall I like it quite a bit. Almost drinks like a DIPA. I'll get it again. (760 characters)

Photo of deanhead
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of jpwilliamson
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Same as the Pale, 12 oz can - blue instead of the red used on the pale. Described as bold, deep, bitter. Same ingredients too, includin the patagonian hops and snowmelt.

Appearance: Deep red color, large head tan in color, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Some fruity hops, a bit of a spicy aroma I can't identify. Almost like anise, but that isn't quite right. Underlying malt sweetness.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, actually a bit less bitterness than I expected, when they say on the can Bitter. Highly drinkable with some interesting hop and malt flavors.

Overall impression: For a new brewery, I was pretty impressed with both of the offerings I found in cans. This is a drinkable beer with plenty of flavor. (729 characters)

Photo of teetotaler
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into the commemorative deschute's snifter.

A- amber with brown hues reminiscent of cherry juice. oh, it's in a can. why the can?

S- oh my. the dry-hopping is ever present. not over-powering, just fresh. first thoughts involve opening a new bag of Hallertau (or some noble variety) hops and breathing deep (i am momentarily perplexed by the images in my mind vs the reality that is in my hand). freshness like you wouldn't believe. i don't detect any of cascade's piney or citrusy notes; kudos for not using the old standby.

T- the nose follows closely onto the palate. hallertau hops through and through. citrusy and earth notes follow. mild lingering bitterness, closer to a hoppy pale ale than an IPA. well-balanced, but not for those seeking higher IBUs.

M- coats well. carbonation is very present and tingles on the edge of the tongue, but doesn't agitate the throat. if there was a drawback, it'd be the all-too-present carbonation.

D- with very little alcohol bite, and moderate bitterness, it's easy to have two or three before the ABV sneaks up like a process server with divorce papers.

i'd be interested to try this on tap to see what (if any) influence the can has.. (1,195 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (593 characters)

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.