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Upslope India Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
82
good
125 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
391
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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Upslope India Pale AleUpslope India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by rowew on 12-07-2008

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 391
Photo of Parmesan
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark copper amber color, quite dark colored for a regular IPA. Pours a small white head that dissipates quickly with little lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of pine and evergreen trees, some caramel malt. Aroma is a little one dimensional for an IPA.

T: Lots of pine and evergreen as in the nose and quite a bit of bitterness. A little bit of fruit and floral hops, but no very much. Once again a little one dimensional for an IPA.

F: Medium Carbonation and medium body

O: Compared to a lot of IPAs out there these days, this one is quite one dimensional.

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Photo of BWED
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Amber-chestnut in color. Light tan head, keeps well and leaves good lacing.

S- Evergreen, woodsy, with juicy citrus.

T- Piney and evergreen. Citrus is faint and pithy.

M- Medium. Dull bitterness with a dry finish.

O- Not bad. The aroma is nice. Other qualities are lacking a bit.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper, with a large beige head, and minimal lacing.

Aromas of caramel, lager, light pine, and hint of peach or orange. As it warms there's even some roasty, nutty and coffee notes as well.

Caramel, pine, and grapefruit flavors.

Carbonated, dry, crisp and astringently bitter.

This is like a hoppy red ale, more on the red side than the hoppy side too. It's even more drastic when compared to its Imperial brother.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken yesterday:

Nice clear deep copper, though packed with small flakes in suspension. Head of sandy tan, very fluffy, somewhat creamy, retention excellent, fair lacing. Aromas of resin, light pine, caramel, a little grassy/grainy character. Starts out mildly bitter, tons of caramel in the background, works its way toward pine, orange, rind, dankness, spices, and peppercorn by the finish. Medium-bodied, nice thickness to it, still great for refreshment, carbonation is mild, nice and smooth beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can as part of Denver mix6 pk.
BB date Mar 17/16...The age of this can is surprising, given it's local popularity. But should still be good....

Pours a surprising red color. Very good inch of creamy, off-white head on the pour, but not long lasting,

First taste: malty sweetness.
This is very malt-forward.
No hop aroma, no hop taste. A hint of bittering hops. Not very resiny Sooo...."Patagonian hops" !?! What the hell is that ?!?

Not heavy or filling, not boozy. Easier to drink than the 7.2% abv might suggest.

So...like lie the recently-reviewed Odell Runoff Red IPA, this is really an Amber Ale....and Runoff Red is the better of the two.

If you're a PNW-style, IPA hophead, this is not your beer.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated best before 12-5-15 into a pint glass.
Pretty dark for an ipa. Looks like fresh unfiltered honey.
I get mostly malt and caramel on the nose.
Taste follows nose except for a strong floral taste. I've smelled flowers like the taste but can't call a name. Alcohol is well masked. Some citrus right at the finish.
Semi thick on the tongue. Like the feel.
Great beer. I will buy again. Hopefully a little fresher.

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Photo of akolb
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber. The darkest "regular" IPA I've had, even more so than Celebration. Thankfully I love maltier IPAs, so my expectations are quite high based on the look. Aroma is fairly subdued, faint citrus and malt. A bright bitterness livens things up. Hops, bread, and caramel dominate the taste. Also some sweetness and alcohol. This is a different beast than your typical hop forward IPA, much more focused on the malts while offering up some tasty bitterness to make a complex, well-rounded brew. If you like Celebration or Flipside from Sierra Nevada, or Runoff Red from Odell, this beer is in a similar vein.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from Lone Star in Carrollton. Unfortunately, this is a couple of days past its best by date.

An ominously dark copper with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is quite malty with some hop character. Plenty of caramel, mild toffee along with candied grapefruit, candied orange. Despite the fact that this isn't at it's oak, the hop character is intriguing, reminding me of old classics like Brass Knuckle. The palate opens with a blend off moderate hop bitterness with pine and grapefruit, mild hop flavor and a noticeable burnt sugar bitterness and flavor. Despite this, it is relatively light in body, probably because of the alcohol which appears on the finish. Clean and bitter, this is solid; well crafted but unfortunately not my preferred interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Chandango
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable and easy to drink IPA. It pours a nice light brown with a big and fluffy head, not what I was expecting after having had so many west coast style IPAs of late. Not much of an aroma, a bit bitter, a bit malty. The same comes through in the taste, and again, it's a bit of a departure from the crisper, fruity hops, as the malts come through in this one, almost like a hopped brown ale. The mouth is bit chewy, and as expected based on the looks. Overall, a pleasant drinker.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on this is darker than your average ipa, and definitely darker than good ones (apologies to Celebration Ale). Aroma was malty.

Bitter taste, this straddles the line between a brown ipa and a standard ipa. Definitely not a west coast ipa, this seriously was like English meets brown ale.

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Photo of lokicat444
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick head; impressive dark orange/copper color in a glass. A muted grapefruit smell. The taste is initially mild, but builds in complexity after a couple seconds - the taste is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. The mouth-feel is somewhat disappointing; it feels thinner than it looks, which detracts from the overall experience.

This is one of the better canned IPAs I have had. It would be good for camping, canoeing, or other outdoor event in lieu of a 'session' IPA. The taste is very satisfying and robust, but this beer still maintains a good drinkability. Worth a try.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Roll through Denver with a dirtbag to see her family, hit up Argonaut and pick up some bottles. Color wasn't impressive, appearance wasn't making me eager to move forthwith. Head was almost 1/2", that part was cool. Ample malt nose, mildly hoppy, mildly sweet.

Taste was predictably bitter, strangely enough the taste profile is largely dominated by the malt aspects of this one. If you like your ipas darker, here ya go. These cans weren't bad, they were consistent at least.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a reddish amber with a finger of white head. The aroma is rather light, but smells of bready malts and caramel. There's some hop bitterness in the taste, but sweet caramel carries the day. Medium mouth that's rather sticky and chewy. As others have said, this isn't a typical IPA, maybe a hoppy scotch ale. I do have to say I like it more with every sip. Just don't expect a lit of citrus and resin.

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Photo of Savan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured an delightful amber hew into a tulip glass, had little noticeable smell, tastes bread like and off sweet, has a almost sessionable feel to it.... a good IPA for a lazy summer night :)

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Photo of Beermanic
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can bought at Specs in Houston.

A: Amber with 2-finger off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Very Sweet Malty aroma with a touch of resinous pine aroma. Some alcohol aromas but mainly sweet smell. Not to style.

T: The flavor is very sweet unbalanced with the hops heavy on caramel malts, with heavy pine cone and pine hopping. Alcohol is detectable. Very sweet type of IPA, hard to drink.

M: Medium Low carbonation.

O: An ok IPA, way to sweet and not malty unbalanced with hop profile. Hard to drink, did not finish, just no my pint of beer. No buy for me. Will try again later down the road, but for now its a No.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a bready and a more earthy and pine hop smell. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of a grapefruit citrus hop as well as some aromas of caramel and a little bit of sweeter citrus fruit, with just a touch of an onion smell rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a decent showing of a hop taste of a grapefruit nature. While grapefruit is the heaviest of the hop upfront, it fades as the taste moves forward, with it being replaced by other hop flavors of a pine and earthy hop. All while this occurs, the light caramel that was present upfront transitions to a more fruity like sweetness with some tangerine and a little bit of tropical fruit coming to the tongue. The sweet remains very light overall, and with the increase in the more dank hop flavors as well as a coming of some light onion and grassy hop tastes, one is left with a rather dankly hopped and malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the dank hop tastes and lighter sweetness, the feel is pretty good as it really accentuates these tastes and allows for them to stand out in light of the more bready nature of the brew.

Overall – A fairly nice, more dankly hopped and sort of bready brew. Not my favorite, but one I would get again and one that is at least worth one try of.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Really dark amber this could pass for red or even a brown colored beer. Tall yellowish white colored head.

Smells floral, hoppy and woody. Distinct Cedar plank scent. Scents of sandalwood and incense. Could be more complex but it is quite the aromatic beer.

Starts out neutral and woody with a melon after taste. Taste of wood and melon. Tastes like a Barleywine. Medium bitterness. Flavor doesn't evolve much.

Mouthfeel is Good.

Overall a heavyweight IPA in the realm of not doubled or Imperial stuff. Certainly pushes the limits of normal AIPA.

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Photo of kbrown8769
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely in love with this beer.

An IPA from Colorado that is not dominated by hops.

Beer pours a dark amber and has a thick mouthfeel. Pine and citrus are the prominent flavors.

Simple and delicious.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark, hazy amber with a frothy beige head. Has a fairly general IPA smell but a sort of pineapple aroma is very pronounced. Taste reflects this the aroma well (including the pineapple) and the malty flavors are pretty big aswell. Overall a good well balanced ipa.

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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 argock
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by April 29 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can.

A: Amber with 1-finger off-white head, sticky, average retention and nice lacing.

S: Heavy caramel malt with pine and grapefruit citrus. No yeast or alcohol aromas.

T: The flavor is very heavy on caramel malts, light and medium, with moderate bitterness and grapefruit and pine hopping. Alcohol is detectable but no yeast esters. Very caramel heavy type of IPA, hard to drink.

M: Very heavy feel with low-medium carbonation. Not easy to consume as it is very heavy.

O: A pretty so-so IPA and hard to drink due to the heavy caramel malt component. Wound skip it in the future -- not the type of IPA I like to tackle.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Unique can data (on bottom of can): BEST BY: FEB 24 15 236 10:47

Crystal clear, red-amber body with a thick, sticky head; lots of lively, small-bubble carbonation. Malty nose; old fruit; musky; pine sap. Fairly heavy malt sweetness infused with a slowly building bitter finish; caramel. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

A solid IPA offering combining both heavy-duty malt sweetness and a satisfyingly bold hop bitterness. The ABV provides a mild bit of underlying warmth to add some intriguing depth to the flavor. A bit too heavy-handed with the residual sugars in the body and flavor, yet still appealing overall.

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Photo of ColoradoPhil
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. Crisp, citrus, tastes balanced and delicious. 3x 12 0z beers in and it tastes just as good as the first one. I would be happy drinking this everyday.

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

Straight across the board this one is pretty darn good. Orange-ish and a little hazy in the glass with a good head. Piney and a little bit citrusy in the aroma and taste. Malt backbone is clearly there, but the hops still have room to shine and there's no major conflict.

So far I haven't found a single beer from Upslope that doesn't make the grade; every one I've tried has been tasty beer. I expect that trend will continue with each new beer I try from this brewery.

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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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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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