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Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Upslope India Pale AleUpslope India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

200 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 12-07-2008)
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My man kiddwhiz hooked up a can of this - thanks man. The date on the bottom of the can was illegible so I can't verify freshness. The aroma of the beer was weaker than average for an American IPA: some citrus, pine, spice, and malt. Nothing to write home about. The taste is similarly off with lots of biscuit and bready flavors with barely any hop bitterness or character. Some citrus and floral hop qualities but very minor. The most dominant character is the alcohol which isn't hidden at all and makes the beer seem stronger than it really is. I also found the beer extremely over carbonated. Overall, I don't know if this can was old or not cared for but it was not good. I ended up dumping the beer. I have had similar reactions to all of the Upslope beers I've tried so perhaps it isn't a freshness problem?

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 03-11-2011 15:07:56

Serving type: can

01-27-2012 14:14:13 | More by hopfacebrew
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DeanMoriarty

California

2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a can of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder CO. for $1.43.

A: Pours a light copperish hue with a decent head and small amounts of lace.

S: Strong (Cascade???) hop aroma that's earthy and floral with some malt, but the hop smell runs the show, which made me think this stuff was going to taste amazing...

T: Super boozy, sweet and malty with almost no hop at all - big letdown.

M: Thin, fizzy and overall weak.

D: Poured it out half way through and moved on to the Avery IPA I had in the fridge.

Serving type: can

11-05-2010 03:55:58 | More by DeanMoriarty
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GilGarp

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2009 02:09:02 | More by GilGarp
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zhanson88

California

2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks a lot to Rbald42 for getting me a can of this stuff. Much appreciated.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a slight amount of haze. Carbonation is very light. About 1" of off white head forms, which has decent retention, and worse than average lacing.

Smell: Very malty, lots of caramel in there. Light citrus, some florals, perhaps a bit of pine. Way too malty with little hop presence for an IPA.

Taste: Again, a lot of caramel malts here. Probably a bit more hop presence than noted in the smell. More florals mainly. Finish shows off even a bit of coffee character. Seems more like an English version of an IPA to me.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with a pretty low amount of carbonation. Alright...probably a little heavy, or just lacking a bit of carbonation. Overall, an interesting IPA to say the least. Would call it more in the pale ale range, or maybe English by style. As it stands, not a favorite.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 03:54:30 | More by zhanson88
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HayesdaHophead

Colorado

2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 22:50:05 | More by HayesdaHophead
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 03:02:02 | More by biboergosum
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a copper pour with a rather large head. Looks pretty darn good. Nice lacing.
Aroma is weak, slight pine and faint malt. I can get some hops out of this, otherwise this would be a PA at best.
Lackluster taste. It's not bad, but i would not call this an IPA. ABV is hidden well, and it is easy to drink. But the flavor, feel and aftertaste leave me in a state of 'what else do I have?' Hops kick in in the aftertaste, but it's not much and was the only time I tasted them.

Serving type: can

08-08-2009 09:05:20 | More by Mebuzzard
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 06:26:23 | More by Beaver13
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to blakelive84 for dropping this can into a recent box, a new IPA is always welcome in this house. 12 oz. can popped open on a night with plenty of nastiness.

The pour drips out pure copper piping, filtered like a canoe-country sunset. Nose comes up 97 pound weakling; pine, sweet Hawaiian bread, but only a sliver of either. Mostly this smells like water.

Upslope IPA doesn't bring much IPA to the glass. Heavy dose of caramel coats the palate & strangles other potential tastes. Faint bitterness, touch of sap-coated pine. An almost peaty aftertaste comes on strong & sticks like cobwebs to the tongue. Very sticky. Shrug. I'll finish it.

This beer raises my indifference level to extraordinary levels. Needs hops. As an IPA a failure, as a beer, routine. Works out to sub-routine.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 02:34:07 | More by maximum12
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed a couple pints of this brew in Boulder, CO while on business. Quite a malt bomb for an IPA.

Each pint came with a ½ finger of creamy beige head. The beer was a dark amber color with decent clarity. Some nice lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma is sweet of burnt sugar/and or brown sugar with just a slight whiff of hops noticeable.

The flavor followed the aroma in it's focus on malty sweetness. Brown sugar or the topping of crème brule come mind as I drink this. Caramel flavors as well dominate before you finally get to some Pine focused hop flavors. Too sweet for my taste, especially for an IPA.

Fairly bold body and full bodied. Not a sessionable IPA.

Not my cup of tea and while I appreciate the full breadth of options within the IPA style, this is too malt/sweet focused.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 12:38:46 | More by Reagan1984
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mentor

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fine two fingered tan-yellow head over a clear brown-copper liquid. Attractive, though too dark for the style. Smells mild overall. Citrus hops and brown malt.

Tastes piney and grapefruity hops swirled in brown malt. Decent hop flavor, mild clean hop bitter, and light brown ale malt character. Hop flavor is green fresh herbal hops, waxy dry. Malt is toffee, toast, and a hint of chocolate. Not an American IPA, more like an American Brown Ale.thin body, yet somehow dextrinous. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-26-2010 23:15:32 | More by mentor
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2013 21:06:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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iSip

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upslope IPA: I like to support Colorado breweries, and since I live in Denver, hopefully the local stuff will be fresher. So I was glad to discover the Upslope brewery in Boulder. There is lots of competition in the Colorado IPA category, but let’s see how Upslope fares. The Upslope IPA is a dark caramel color, clear, with very little carbonation. The head is sparse, but still left a nice lacing on my glass. Aroma is basically not present. A big malt sweetness meets your palate, too big. Then the Patagonia hops do not make a showing to help balance the malt. There is a bitter to the aftertaste. My summary is that the Upslope IPA is a good and drinkable beer, but a signature IPA it is not. It feels more like an English ale to me. And it is not on par with the many fine IPA’s that are brewed on the Colorado Front Range, but that is tough competition for any IPA.

Serving type: can

01-23-2012 20:25:37 | More by iSip
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can. Nice dark orange-red color. Smell is caramel, butter, more butter, caramel, diacetyl? The taste has a hoppy bitterness but it doesn't help. I wanted to like this beer because it is local but it was just average. i will say the alcohol was well hidden. This was like a fourth-rate Dale's.

Serving type: can

01-09-2009 04:33:34 | More by ArrogantB
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Anaz

California

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the can into a tulip glass. Deep red orange with large, orange tinted head. Good lacing, a little opaque.

The hop aroma is a little faint, some citrus and herbaceous spiciness, toasted malt, but not as aromatic as I'd like.

Tastes pretty good, more of an English IPA, lots of bready malt and some caramel with floral and spice hops rather lots of citrus and pine. Balanced more toward the malt with a smooth bitterness to finish.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel, smooth, medium body with a touch of alcohol heat, but not boozy at all. It drinks well, actually a beer I prefer out of the can. A solid beer for everyday drinking, nothing to wax poetic about, but just a good beer to enjoy while relaxing.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 07:22:59 | More by Anaz
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SamN

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a can, into my New Belgium goblette.

One hella dark IPA, color of heavy rust, dark pomegranates. Cloudy looking, thick and heavy in the glass. Pretty active, too. Lots of carbonation from the scored nucleation point. Pretty good head, doesn't last as long as I hoped it would. Bubbly and thick, resiny colored. Smell is a good balance of raw hoppy resin and burly caramel/Munich malts. Not much fruit, more pine and fresh hop cones, backed up with a nice malt presence. Taste is a little dull, surprisingly. Starts off with a balanced approach, then the hops bloom and overtake towards the finish. The hop taste is kind of flat and bland, all bitter and no pop. Lots of bitter in the finish with a constant malt background, which is nice, but for me, the hops don't come alive at all. They seem limp and lacking somehow.This beer leaves me wanting. Feel was pretty good, smooth and not too prickly. Good body, felt pretty good.

Hmmmm...I dunno what it is about this one, but it doesn't call to me like I wanted it to. Not a bitter bomb at all, just the right amount of oily finish. Just lacking the multidimensional character it needs.

Serving type: can

04-17-2011 23:56:28 | More by SamN
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. A nice reddish/brown color with great clarity and slight signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: All I could get is sweet caramel and bready malts. Floral, pine, and citrus aromas are barely even noticeable.

Taste: This is a veyr funky array of flavors. Sweet and bready malts, but then I get this mocha and chocolate flavor. I get some citrus and pine, but this mocha flavor is killing it. A. very weird off flavor. Ugh. I have taken several more sips and drank some water to no prevail.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, chewy in a strange way, not the easiest thing to put down.

Overall: I am a little dissapointed about this beer, what started off great, ended up going downslope quickly. I would still be willing to give this beer another time when we go to Denver or have our friend bring some back in her suitcase just like we did.

Serving type: can

01-17-2012 06:36:21 | More by Flounder57
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 16:03:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7 if I'm not mistaken.

A: Deep red in color, verging on brown, about a finger's worth of tan head that disappears to a thin cap of bubbles, a few spots of sticky lacing. Not a bad looking beer, maybe a shade on the dark side though.

S: A mix of bready malts, citrus rind, pine, and just a slight bit of floral hops, but as it warms the bready malt profile really starts to shine. Slightly soapy. Caramel. Not bad.

T: Wow a lot more malty than the nose leads on, in fact there is actually very little hop profile until the very end where there is a nice bitter bite, think grapefruit peel. Huge caramel malts and a slightly doughy profile as well. Very grainy and malty. Slight booze at the end. Not sure IPA is the best category for this.

M: Thick, almost chewy, slightly warm booze, medium carbonation.

D: It is a tasty beer, but I can't call this an IPA, just doesn't fit the bill, way too malty, and the choice of malts reminds me of something you'd see in a strong ale, or maybe a double ESB or something. Just not quite an IPA, but not strong enough to be a barleywine. Not to split hairs about style, but this definitely isn't an IPA. Not a bad beer, but not overwhelmingly great either. Good one to have in the fridge, as it is pretty satisfying.

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 01:42:31 | More by pokesbeerdude
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into a glass, not impressed with this brewery at all. Beer is dark, too dark for an IPA with a white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and overall really heavy with malt, it is a very malty IPA and I do not enjoy it, this will not be a repeat for me.

Serving type: can

11-02-2012 19:43:07 | More by drabmuh
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-15-2011 01:05:48 | More by u2carew
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a somewhat hazy coppery-brown color with a nice cap of light brown foam. Aromas of floral hops, toffee and caramel. Sweet caramel malt flavors contrast with the spicy hoppy notes. A good, solid local canned IPA that I can take to the park.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 23:30:14 | More by emmasdad
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 23:16:08 | More by ZoomanCru
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ingredients: snowmelt, malt, Patagonian hops, yeast.

Dark mahogany body, thin white head.

The aroma is hop pellets all the way. Green, grassy; just pure hops.

Deep caramel malt is the defining characteristic. Perhaps the darkest, maltiest IPA I have had. Gobs of caramely, biscuity, buttery malt. Hops are there, but more in the form of bitterness than flavor. Total disconnect between aroma and flavor.

Upslope IPA is closer to a Barleywine than the form of IPA most Americans are used to. These Patagonian hops are different, the phrase certainly stands out and I'm sure it will catch a few eyes. But it doesn't take long to realize there is a reason American beer drinkers are not familiar with these hops. They just don't seem to provide much flavor, at least not the way Upslope uses them. They remind me more of the English varieties that are there mostly for bitterness and maybe a dash of flavor.

Alcohol is totally masked, watch out. Rich mouthfeel.

Upslope IPA is a good beer. It seems to me that Barleywine would be a more accurate style, but IPAs sell much better than Barleywines, so I get it. I appreciate that there are many ways to interpret the style, and I respect that. But to me, this beer is all about its malt flavor. Hops just seem there to provide balance. Does that sound like an IPA to you?

Serving type: can

02-09-2010 02:59:38 | More by BradLikesBrew
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birchstick

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up and enjoyed in the lots of Red Rocks

A - pours a dark amber with a nice head

S - smells of caramel malts and piney hops - more malts than hops

T - like the nose, the caramel malts dominate the palate. The malts give way to piney and grapefruity hops. Not bad tasting, but given that it is labeled as an IPA, I was hoping for something a bit more hoppy.

M -the glacier melt advertised on the can made for a very nice mouthfeel

D - As previously stated, this is a good beer but I tend to prefer my IPAs to have more hoppy assertiveness rather than strong malt profiles. Not a bad beer by any means, I would definitely get it again if I lived in the area.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 02:39:47 | More by birchstick
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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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