Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-03-2009 18:02:16 | More by Domingo
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Dark for an IPA rust colored, slightly hazy with a huge crown of foam, nearly 2 and a half fingers of burnt parchment colored head with exceptional retention and sheets of lacing on the glass. A guy could die of thirst waiting for this head to subside...
Dark malt presence here, roasted, slight cocoa with strong earthy pine and chewing tobacco.
Roasted, almost honey like quality in the malts, sweetens even more by caramelized apple. Heavy handed malts but hops provide a pine resin note that is constant and uplifting throughout the drink before yielding to flashes of citrus towards the back end. Dries well for the amount of malt and is pleasantly bitter. Very well balanced.
Dries well despite being slightly heavy on the body and a bit viscous drinks better cold than warm. Carbonation is average and is smooth.
One of the most malt heavy IPAs out there and relies on alpha acids and over all bitterness to balance the malts out nicely. No flashes of hoppy brilliance but a well delivered IPA off the beaten path.
04-29-2011 22:12:20 | More by rawfish
3.93/5 rDev +8%
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.
06-21-2011 01:36:15 | More by chugalug06
3.93/5 rDev +8%
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.
11-04-2011 03:37:25 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
12-07-2008 21:25:15 | More by rowew
2.38/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
11-05-2010 03:55:58 | More by DeanMoriarty
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
01-29-2010 01:42:31 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
A ~ a rusty looking amber going on with a half finger thick foam floatin' on the top...after a few minutes, a thin, cloudy lacing left on top with pieces clinging to the glass
S ~ somewhat reminded me of a lighter Lagunitas Kronic.... hoppy, coppery, malty mixture waiting to be sampled
T ~ like the nose, some similar to the Kronic....a mix of hop-malt taste with a linger effect on the back of the palate....hints of the alcohol present
M ~ smooth, carbonated....thin to medium bodied
O ~ pretty decent brew... a mixture of cans I got from a Colorado hook up..
06-07-2011 03:01:20 | More by vande
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
06-15-2011 05:37:54 | More by ShogoKawada
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-08-2014 02:37:54 | More by ocelot2500
3.33/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
02-15-2011 01:05:48 | More by u2carew
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
08-16-2013 22:10:02 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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?
02-09-2010 02:59:38 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
09-07-2009 19:26:59 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.