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Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope India Pale AleUpslope India Pale Ale

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.87%
Wants: 17
Gots: 51 | 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 Domingo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is going to be divisive. After 1-2 sips I pretty much knew why: it's good beer, but it's not an IPA.

It's got a copper/reddish brown color with a billowing head from a normal pour. It looks like a typical DIPA or big red might.
However you'll find that the flavor is pretty malty. Biscuity with caramel and hints of toffee come out ahead of the hops. You'll pick up some tropical fruit flavors and pine from the hops, but it's mainly in the nose and as an afterthought in the flavor. Even the finish is more of a bready malty flavor.
It drinks easy for over 7% and having several is really only limited by the circumstances and your tolerance.

Here's the dilemma: As an IPA, this beer is pretty weak. However as a double red or some kind of "imperial" ESB it's quite good. The key is that the hop profile takes a pretty big backseat to the malt. While I don't mind that, if they're going to call it an IPA - that's not going to score points. At 7.2%, you also can't use the "It's English" argument.
It's a good beer that just isn't excelling at the right things as an IPA. Hence why I think the ratings vary from very high to very low.
I recommend buying it, but remember that it isn't much of an IPA :) If it were listed as an different style I'd probably give it closer to a 4.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice fluffy off-white head. Pour is strong three finger. Brew is murky amber color with browns and reds... Looks nice. Could also be described as a freckly-ginger head...

S - WOW. This brew is sooo much different fresh vs. older. It really falls off quite a lot. Lots of pine and caramel. Also, tons of fruity cloves. Not your typical IPA scent.

T - Again, much different fresh. Slightly bitter. Nice hop balance. Very piney and resinous. This one could easily be more aggressive.

M - Awesome carbonation; nailed-it! Medium bodied with great IPA bitterness. Nice wet finish for a dryer IPA.

O - A bit all over the board. This brew, along with all UpSlope brews, could stand to be more aggressive. This brew is borderline an IPA more of an aggressive Pale... Nice brew, could be awesome with some tweaks.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: With an aggressive pour, a monster beige sea foam froth forms, resting on top of a deep amber colored beer. The beer is a little bit hazy and there are a few flecks of particulate matter at the bottom of the glass. Spiderwebs of lace coat the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a dry bitterness with a strange aroma that reminds me a bit of sawdust. Some peat and and other earthy notes combine with a light caramel sweetness and medium strength grain character. This smells much more English than American IPA.

Taste: The flavor is also consistent with an English IPA. A full grain flavor is most noticeable with just a bit of caramel sweetness. There is a lot of earthy, peat, and moss character that leads into a long, full bitterness that lasts through the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is somewhat dry, especially for an IPA, with a body that drinks right around the 7% ABV. The carbonation is fairly standard in magnitude and creamy smooth. There is no real lasting bitterness or hop residue. If anything it is a little bit grainy and has a mineral character to it.

Overall: The flavor definitely surprised me a bit as I was expecting more of a West coast style IPA, but I thought this was a well brewed beer. I would be interested in having it again.

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Photo of rowew
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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?

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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"!

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
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

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Photo of KFBR392
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark burnt orange color. Three finger of head on the pour which settled in while drinking. Lots of sticky lacing left behind. Lower end carbonation for the style.

Smell: Big caramelized malt front. Some medium to heavy bodied fruits show up on the body with accents of orange peel and grapefruit. More sticky malt toward the back end.

Taste: Big malts hit on the front. More malt on the body with a touch of sweetness but mainly heaviness with a touch of saturated citrus poking through. The finish is slightly chalky with more heavy malts.

Mouthfeel: malt, with a touch of citrus. Carbonation is what you'd expect.

Overall: i've really enjoyed the offerings I've had from Upslope so I won't let this disappointment get me too down. It's just a run of the mill malt forward single IPA. Next please.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this one home with me when I drove to CO last month. Muddy amber brown with a small dense off-white head. Not much of anything distinct in the aroma, so caramel malt, some hops, but they're hard to find. Taste is much better than the aroma. Chewy mouthfeel and big hop punch at first. There's a subtle floral quality to the hops. Toffee like malts appear in the middle with a bit of bite from the carbonation. Lasting bitterness in the finish. Reminds me of a little brother version of Flying Dog's Double Dog.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.54/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top. Thick off-white rocky head.

Citrusy, resin, spicy, herbal, sweet bread, toffee, some fruity.

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.

It's an outstanding IPA. Very well balance.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SlyFox pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving only a thin wisp of foam.

Aromas of sweet malt, and citrusy hops.

First sip apes aroma, sweet malt backbone with a good balance of a firm bitterness with citrusy hops. Good bitterness and grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery. Firm bitterness just barely creates a slight puckering. No astringency.

Overall a very nice, straightforward American IPA. Nothing too brutal about it. Could easily put down a couple three four of these after a long day.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of deanhead
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1"+ off white head which recedes slowly, plenty of lacing. color is a somewhat cloudy copper, with some carbonation streaming.
Aroma: citrus is the dominate aroma. Also some pine and bread dough.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied, not much carbonation, and sticky. Finish is somewhat astringent. Flavor: hops are quite dominant. Bitter citrus rind, grapefruit, pine oil are present in the first taste and the finish. There is a brief interlude of sweetness in the middle with some yeasty roll and a slight caramel.
Overall: a decent IPA and representative of the style.

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.