Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.93/5 rDev +8%
Got a can of this from my friend George and was glad to give it a spin. It's a dark brown copper color with a big light oatmeal colored head and great gobs of lace. The aroma brings bright metallic wheat grass hop and spring herbal flowers, pineapple hints. The flavor offers solid malt and herbal/pine. It's solid mid-bodied plus with modest carbonation and the feel is light and silky. Quite drinkable with caramel sweetness and grainy goodness. This seems to be one for the masses, not bad at all.
06-23-2010 03:13:52 | More by Durge
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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
04-06-2011 04:19:13 | More by blackie
2.95/5 rDev -19%
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.
01-09-2009 04:33:34 | More by ArrogantB
2.78/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
04-09-2013 02:34:07 | More by maximum12
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-27-2009 07:22:18 | More by mynie
2.83/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
11-16-2010 12:38:46 | More by Reagan1984
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-30-2010 02:39:47 | More by birchstick
3.35/5 rDev -8%
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.
04-30-2010 23:30:14 | More by emmasdad
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-11-2011 03:04:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.78/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
11-10-2009 06:26:23 | More by Beaver13
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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!
08-25-2012 23:50:45 | More by arizcards
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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