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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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BA SCORE
83
good

316 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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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Ratings: 316 | Reviews: 107
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ISmith87
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.5 - Orange-brown murky color with sparse white head that actually leaves pretty nice lacing.
S - 4.0 - Nice grapefruit, garlic, onion, orange, lemon-lime, pretty damn hoppy.
T - 4.0 - Garlic, grapefruit, pine, citrus zest. Background malt is mostly covered by hops.
M - 4.0 - Light-medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is garlicy pine.
O - 4.0 - Good IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jokelahoma
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint shaker

Pours a nice new penny copper. Only a hint of haze.

Nose is surprisingly light. Very little hop in the aroma. Malt is slightly biscuity, bread dough smell. Not bad, but would expect more hop aroma from an IPA. Admittedly, this can has a few months on it, so there's that.

Taste is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA. it's crisp, clean, and the first thing to really take hold is the bitterness. It's not a tongue scraper, enamel dissolving bitterness, but it is bright enough to let you know you're not drinking a Big 3 lager. However... that's about it. That moderate bitterness dissolves into the same biscuity malt from the aroma, then it all fades away. It's far from bad, it just fails to wow. Nothing wrong with that, mind you. Not every IPA needs to play speedbag with your uvula like some outtake from a otolaryngologist's version of Rocky. But when one sees "Colorado" and "IPA" on a brew, one doesn't expect the more subdued (some might say refined) "East Coast" version of the style. So in short, yeah, it's very good. It just falls into the "is that it?" category.

As far as mouthfeel, they hit it. It isn't lightweight, it isn't thick, it's just what an IPA needs. Light-ish, with enough substance that you know you're drinking. Can't really ask for more than that.

Overall, I feel like my review makes this seem worse than it is. It's very good, and there is certainly room for the more laid back, less aggressive IPA in the beer market. One just doesn't expect to find it in Boulder. Then again, that might be one of the places where it's most needed, to combat the "oh yeah, well MY beer has infinity plus 1 IBUs! One drink and your taste buds file a restraining order!" attitude. This is quite good. It is simply difficult to get past preconceived notions as to what one thinks it should be in order to rate what it is. Well worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Intense copper color with hints of true red, brighter than most IPAs. A little bit hazy, but overall pretty clear. Active carbonation sustains one and a half finger rocky, cream colored head that clings tightly to the edges of the glass. Looks pretty good!

Smell: Pleasant nose of caramel maltiness with just a hint of piney sweet hops aroma. Not particularly strong bouquet. Well balanced and pleasant. Slight diacetyl smell.

Taste: Slight malt sweetness in foretaste, not as complicated as it should be. Slight toasted taste intermingled well with an assertive hops bite that falls short of truly bitter. Piney characteristics mostly with some citrus sweetness. Well balanced overall, but not remarkable. I will say however that the alcohol content is very well disguised and frankly a little dangerous. Slight bitterness in the finish with a little diaetyl to smooth things out. Would make a good session beer if you were out on the river.

Mouth: Smooth and easily drinkable, carbonation is fairly light and creamy, but still dances enough to excite the hops flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
83 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.