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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

199 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 199
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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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

UpSlope IPA was a red-amber in my pint glass with a thin white head. The head dissipated to whips fast but did leave nice lacing on the glass for the drink. The nose was packed with floral hops and was crisp and clean. The taste followed the nose well and presented a clean hop burst on the to the that meshed nicely with a slightly sweet but not sticky aftertaste. This was very good IPA that I considered above average. It's a good bet for IPA fans bu won't overpower the new-to-micro beer fan, either. A good choice and a nice IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 04:46:03 | More by DevilDogBeer
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mastodonj

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +22%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 01:29:54 | More by mastodonj
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claytong

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not typical for the region. a hop head area.

appearance - copper earth in color, small off white head. decent lacing.

smell - english ipa if ya ask me. lots of caramel malt. nut, earth, floral.

taste - lots o caramel malt. more floral. nut shells. english ipa for sure

mouthfeel - thick bodied and light carbonation for the style. a bit sticky in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 14:56:10 | More by claytong
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JonathanG

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 05:26:29 | More by JonathanG
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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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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 02:37:54 | More by ocelot2500
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 05:05:06 | More by ISmith87
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jokelahoma

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 22:27:05 | More by jokelahoma
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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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mcflypie

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Serving type: can

11-04-2013 00:55:47 | More by mcflypie
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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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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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HardTarget

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 00:17:39 | More by HardTarget
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 22:10:02 | More by JuicesFlowing
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coldriver

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a deep amber with beautiful fluffy white head. Aroma is caramel, grapefruit, with a slight metallic hint. Taste is pine resin, lemon, tobacco, and toffee. Nice thick mouthfeel with drying finish and pleasant bitter aftertaste. Overall not a bad IPA - flavorful without being a tongue shredder and nicely balanced.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 17:24:34 | More by coldriver
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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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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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"!

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 22:43:53 | More by DenverHopHead
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 01:46:27 | More by BeerWizard
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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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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect pour from the 12oz can into an Anchor pint glass shows off a splended glowing clear copper orange color topped off with 2 fingers of eggshell head which leaves a sparse rippled lace from top to bottom. Really sweet and piney - caramel candies, warm oven fresh white bread, sweet hot creamed cereal, honey, pine sap, and wet pine needles. Flavors a really sweet if you let this warm to 50F or more - sweet caramel ripple ice cream, honey hot rolls, vanilla bean, and a snappy sharp hop bite before alcohol warms and soothes. Mouthfeel is medium body and somewhat velvety and chewy. If this beer is too cold, you'll know it. Allow some warming time and it's gonna make your day.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 00:03:51 | More by DelMontiac
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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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arizcards

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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!

Serving type: can

08-25-2012 23:50:45 | More by arizcards
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Serving type: can

06-13-2012 02:04:13 | More by stampfler07
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 11:14:32 | More by StoneTSR
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eddy5335

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 20:35:57 | More by eddy5335
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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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