Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-09-2010 03:57:05 | More by Rayek
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
10-08-2013 00:17:39 | More by HardTarget
2.85/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
07-26-2010 23:15:32 | More by mentor
2.55/5 rDev -29.9%
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.
10-21-2009 02:09:02 | More by GilGarp
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Best by date: Dec 27, 2014. The body was deep amber colored with an off-white sticky head.
The smell was fruity ,floral and sweet.
The taste was citrus bitterness balanced by bread malts. Actually too balanced, I like IPAs that are hops forward.
The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.
08-12-2014 14:01:28 | More by Cresant
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
01-17-2012 06:36:21 | More by Flounder57
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
12oz can poured into a pint glass.
Pours a deep dark slightly hazy amber/red with a nice thick and creamy head. Nose is very aromatic and sweet with some complex floral/bitter hop bite to it.
Mouthfeel is nice and full without being overwhelming. Has a nice bitterness that comes on a bit late and finishes dry and quick. The bitterness isn't that in your face, as others have said here it's not much of an IPA as it is a hoppy pale ale. It's a solid beer though!
12-23-2009 00:29:36 | More by kingcrowing
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-05-2009 02:57:11 | More by JMBSH
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
can into a pint
A - Pours a very opaque, dark brown color. Head formation is off white in color. Does not appear hazy. Not overly carbonated.
S - Strong chewy hops, very grapefruit, grassy. Super floral.
T - Starts off with some caramel, toasted toffee malts. Mid-stream gets more bitter, but remains very balanced. Good american hops, lightly floral. Finishes with a caramel malty sweetness, tied well to some hopping. Very complex.
M - Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky caramel sugar cling. Carbonation is well hidden. Finishes with some hop resins on the tongue.
D - Good drinkability for an IPA. Not overly filling, although all the sugars fill the stomach at times. ABV is up there, sneaky - but well hidden.
An interesting IPA - big time use of crystal/caramel malts, which doesn't really fit the style.
05-29-2010 03:16:38 | More by katan
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-20-2011 14:56:10 | More by claytong
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-26-2011 04:27:33 | More by BucannonXC5
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-25-2010 01:40:41 | More by indiapaleale
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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