Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
83
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | 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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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 Yeastcakes
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured from the can into an imperial pint glass.
A - pours with three plus fingers of head. Medium-sized bubbles. Clear ruby-red body.
A - Nice floral aroma from the hops, some grapefruit.
M - Light body with medium carbonation.
T - Hop bitterness is forward but not too assertive. Slight resiny bitterness lingers on the tongue. Nice crystal malt backbone emerges as the beer warms.
D - This is a really nice IPA. The hops are featured, but without being too assertive and with ample malt. I would definitely get this IPA again.

Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red amber glass struggles to hold a thin head, but manages to lace the glass a bit. Looks a little flat.

Smell: Pine tar and citric hops are present without being heady. Some grainy sweetness shows support and gives a full IPA nose.

Taste: Hops are front and center, but don't punch as much as I would prefer. Goes a bit toward the English IPA in hop intensity, but sports a full flavored American hop profile. Mild tea flavor gives some depth and complexity.

Mouthfeel: A gravelly prickly carbonation in a fairly cask level beer. Medium heavy body is a bit oily and lingers a bit after the swallow.

Overall: A fine American IPA. Toward the more balanced side, but that gives a bit of drinkability. Not disappointed that I picked up the 6, but there's a lot of IPAs out there; doubt I'll spring for more but glad I tried it.

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

Canned, awful strong ABV for an IPA.

Pours solidly, very hazy. VERY hazy. It should be amber but up top it's almost dark brown, way past rust, variegated down to regular APA newpenny copper at the bottom.

Smells green and caramely. Big on both ends and well balanced, though not all that complex.

Tastes as its aroma suggests, big and balanced but not all the much going on. Green grassy hops, light biscuits, syrupy caramel with a slight alcohol burn.

Very drinkable in spite of its elevated ABV.

Photo of toronadotornado
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Linger - Denver, CO - draft

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz can into a red cup. I know, not an ideal scenario. Color was brown and dark orange. Plenty of head, probably 1 ½-2 inches of head. The head stayed for 5-6 minutes. It could have been the red cup, but probably not. The film stayed throughout the beer.

Smelled very bitter. Also a bit spicy? It was a dark and deep flavor.

Tasted rich and malty, unlike any other IPA I’ve ever tried. Plenty of bitterness, too. Very similar to a Guinness or maybe a porter.

High carbonation. Flavor was filling and stayed throughout the cup.

Good aftertaste with mild carbonation. It went down smooth the whole way.

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 JEdmund
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly dark IPA. The color is more akin to an ESB or amber ale, though a bit more brown than amber.

Smell is nice and definitely American in hops. It’s got good malt sweet plus spicy/citrussy hops. It doesn’t wow me necessarily, but it definitely isn’t lackluster either.

Taste is interesting. Overall I like it, but the malts play a heavier hand than I was anticipating. It starts off fairly light with some nice maltiness lending way to a good hop kick, but then a big dose of malts come back in and finish it out. There’s even a slight chocolate flavor to the malts and also a slight bite of alcohol heat. Body is a little light on carbonation but mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good canned IPA. Not quite up to Ska’s deliciousness, but I’d certainly buy it if I had the opportunity.

Thanks to BA SalukiAlum for the extra in our trade!

Photo of RicoBrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice deep copper/amber color with a nice off-white fluffy, lacy head with good retention.

S - Mild citrus with a caramel/malt background. With a tint of breadiness.

T- The patagonia hop is a bit more mild than any chinook or cascade choice that most breweries would pick for their IPA's. Upslope did a nice job with the hop schedule in this to make it bitter and nicely aromatic. The malt sweetness comes through. I would classify this as a pale ale rather than a IPA. The hop aroma isn't quite there. The aftertaste is a little cloyingly sweet with the bitterness makes you want a little water to wash it down.

M- Smooth, a little oily on the palate.

D - Overall very drinkable, but I'd bring it camping or to the softball game rather than pair it with any food.

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 eddy5335
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like another reviewer I like in CO and wanted to try another IPA from Colorado to see how it compares. Bought a 6-pack cans poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark carmel color, white head. I felt it left a nice lacing on my glass the entire time. Good carbonation.

Smell: More malty and citrus smells then a normal IPA I'm used too. Hops are there, just not as strong.

Taste: Again the malty-ness is there, but the hops seem to finish it off on the palate. Not to dry, which I found great. The hops aren't to strong that they make it over powering and undrinkable. I think that this is a very drinkable IPA with an excellent after taste.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. Not a ton of hop flavor. So hop-heads I'm sorry for an IPA you won't get it. But I think a very drinkable IPA and another good Colorado brew.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy amber, with a nice firm head and good lacing down the glass.

S: Toffee and a lot of black tea in the nose.

T: The rep from the brewery said this was more an English IPA than an American one, and that really comes through. Bitterness is quite strong, and is mostly made up of tea and earth flavors. There is a little citrus at work in the form of grapefruit, but not much. Gets a bit metallic in the finish, before ending with a nice lingering bitterness. Malts add a mild toffee flavor.

M: The medium body is quite oily. Carbonation feels about right.

D: I'm happy that this beer shies away from the grapefruit bombs that many American IPAs are. It's a nice take on the style. The metallic flavors are the only real detractors here. Yet somehow, I didn't find myself that thrilled by this. Hopefully Upslope has some new tricks up their sleeve coming down the pipe.

Photo of bluetravlr
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, rich, amber/red coloring. About three fingers of frothy head, at first, probably due to the can. Then the head drops off. Still, by the end of a glass there is a light coating. Very light lacing.

S: Slightly spicy, hoppy aroma. Some malty caramel note. More bread and sugar than in most IPAs.

T: Again, very sweet and bready for an IPA. Not much bitterness. The hops come through slightly at the end, and there is a sightly bitter aftertaste. There is a hoppy bite at first followed by a strong caramel, sugary feel. The taste that initially hits your palate lasts until that bitter aftertaste follows up again. In other words, not too complex as the initial taste almost matches the aftertaste. This beer really tastes of caramel, for an IPA. Brown sugar lovers check this out!

M: Light for an IPA. Perfectly carbonated for its style. Sweet and oily residue.

D: Very session-able. Besides the caramel sweetness this is a slammer for those who don't mind a bit of bitterness. The sugar will get in the way before ABVs or IBUs.

P.S. This beer reminds me of Dales Pale. However, it is not as full bodied. The mouth feel is completely different. Dales is much thicker, almost syrupy. This beer is better for sessioning, but lacks the complexity and force of a Dales. In other words, if you're asking which beer is better . . . the clear choice is Dales.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint.

A- Rusty orange brown, darker than I expected. Big sticky head, settles quick but laces pretty heavy.

S- Smells like a red ale- hoppy but lots of malt sweetness as well.

T- A pretty malty IPA- but I can dig it. Lots of bread and some honey sweetness. Plenty bitter, mostly grapefruit pith and pine sap, lingering long after the malt fades away.

M- Moderately heavy, pretty high ABV for an IPA as well, although no problem drinking it.

O- Pretty good stuff- threw back a few in a row. Nothing mind-blowing, but all-around solid.

Photo of JMBSH
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange/light amber color. Tan head that holds up for a while before shrinking to a OK coating on top of the beverage. Some lacing is lift on the sides of the glass as the head shrank.

S - A light grapefruit citrus scent when the head was full. After it had shrank, it seemed more piney.

T - Definely more of the pine acsent comes forward now. Sweet malt flavor upfront on the tongue with the hops kicking in the back of the mouth. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time afterwards, maybe too long.

M - Crisp and easy going down. The long lasting hop bite is a bit too much, doesn't seem to be a good balance with the malt backbone. Really over shadows it by my opinion.

D - Very drinkable and is a good beer for hop heads.

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 arizcards
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today from Central Park Liquor in Steamboat Springs for $9.49.

Beer poured a deep copper with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is toasted malts with the hops not really noticeable.

Taste is toasted malts, some cereal, and a floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, chewy, and satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not sure why the brewer calls this an IPA when IMHO an amber. The chewy mouthfeel makes this a winner for me!

Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - slightly murky brown in appearance (which does go away with a little time) with some reddish tints when held to the light. The head never really appeared, it was pretty thin and then it sort of slunk away.

Aroma - wow, very interesting aroma. I can't help but smell Tootsie rolls, caramel, dark wheat toast, some slight piney notes (sort of like chocolate covered pine needles) and a bit of lemon. I really like the way this beer smells, its original but very inviting.

Taste - I can definitely tell you that the aromas translate into the flavors. This has a definite Tootsie roll sort of taste to it that combines with some bitter hops and lots of malt backbone. This has a nice bite to it in the finish and leaves your mouth a little dry and knowing its been assaulted by hops. The tastes all come together nicely in this brew. Well done!

Overall - it was definitely hoppier than I had expected and presented a lot more flavor than maybe I was anticipating. This was a solid beer albeit not the IPA that many of us have become accustomed to. This is an IPA with a great malt backbone and a unique hop flavor. Its very well balanced and its the type of beer that after two of them you absolutely love it. I wish I had more...

Would I buy more of it? - if I could I would! Great stuff from a tiny little brewery in Boulder, Colorado. If you can find their stuff definitely pick some up and support these guys.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Lighter copper in color, the head is about 3/4 of an inch thick. Bubbles race to the top from front to back and left to right. Retention is decent and lacing is solid.

SMELL: Some pineyness is there along with more malt than I would typically expect from an IPA, but the nose is weak. Even while the head is still in full effect there is not much aroma.

TASTE: This is a nice, malty IPA. In fact, it is amazingly malty for the style and tastes a little more Barleywine-ish than IPA-ish. Banana and clove cut through a caramel and malty base. Some hops work their way in, but the Upslope IPA remains on the sweet side for the entire sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Big, rich and creamy. There is a slight sparkle, but it still goes down very smooth.

OVERALL: This is a very interesting take on an IPA. I am drinking this directly after drinking a Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada and it tastes surprisingly similar.

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

A ~ a rusty looking amber going on with a half finger thick foam floatin' on the top...after a few minutes, a thin, cloudy lacing left on top with pieces clinging to the glass

S ~ somewhat reminded me of a lighter Lagunitas Kronic.... hoppy, coppery, malty mixture waiting to be sampled

T ~ like the nose, some similar to the Kronic....a mix of hop-malt taste with a linger effect on the back of the palate....hints of the alcohol present

M ~ smooth, carbonated....thin to medium bodied

O ~ pretty decent brew... a mixture of cans I got from a Colorado hook up..

Photo of JonathanG
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, on-tap. In all fairness to the beer, I believe the pint glass could've been cleaner than it was.

Not a typical American IPA as the hops are played down and the malt is played up.

A golden copper in the glass, it came to the table with a scant finger of foam that resided fairly quickly, leaving mild lacing down the sides of the glass.

Citrus and pine are there in the hops category on both the nose and in the mouth, but this IPA is much more about the balancing characteristic of the bready, grainy malt profile. A drier style overall, lacking any sort of sweet, viscous quality.

I normally like in-your-face IPAs, but this is definitely one I could drink numerous pints of, as it's lighter on the hops and reminds me of an amped-up, English session style ale, although at 7.1%-ABV, calling it a session style ale is a bit misguided.

If I had tasted this blind, I would've put it into the Pale Ale category, not an IPA.

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, nuts, slight citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, earthy malt, nuts, slight sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, reminiscent of a New Belgium beer (per the malt flavors), good appearance, and blend.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the poor man's Titan IPA (Great Divide). Titan grows on you and you want to hit it in the fall and winter with that strong malt balance. Upslope doesn't give you much beyond a good pale, red or brown ale. I've got a few more in the sixer, so my opinion could change. Worth a look if you're one of those, "I like IPA's, but not the real hoppy ones"!

Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
83 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.