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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
82
good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: rowew on 12-07-2008)
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Photo of coldriver
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

coldriver, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rawfish, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant, more subtle type of IPA.

Reddish golden in the snifter with the usual head and lacing in the glass. Quite malty with a rich mouth feel. Aroma is floral and very hoppy. Fruity flavors define the hops, which express a lot of aromatics and a modest bitterness. "Patagonian hops" sez the label. Roasted malt adds to the richness. Long aftertaste joined by the malt as well as the bitterness.

Very drinkable for the style, less bitter than many Pale Ales and even Ambers. I'll have to look for other Upslope beers, I have only seen the IPA and only tried it as a single in the "make your own six-pack" jungle at an Aurora liquor store.

mactrail, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
3.95/5  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.

DelMontiac, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of stabzmcgee
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aroma was that of pumpkin bread. Nice appearance. Head sticks around for a while- white tan. Beer is dark mohogany brown. Taste is malty with a bitter earthy hops. Palate is crisp and refreshing. Overall a pleasant surprise. Can't wait to try their pumpkin beer.

stabzmcgee, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a can of this from my friend George and was glad to give it a spin. It's a dark brown copper color with a big light oatmeal colored head and great gobs of lace. The aroma brings bright metallic wheat grass hop and spring herbal flowers, pineapple hints. The flavor offers solid malt and herbal/pine. It's solid mid-bodied plus with modest carbonation and the feel is light and silky. Quite drinkable with caramel sweetness and grainy goodness. This seems to be one for the masses, not bad at all.

Durge, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

chugalug06, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM)'s Old Lady was to have sent some, but another CANTrader was willing to send me some so that I CAN proceed. Onward!

From the CAN: "Ingredients - Snowmelt, Malt, Patagonian Hops, Yeast. Specs - Hand-Crafted, Aluminum CAN, Portable, Recyclable, Good, Bold, Deep, Bitter".

My pour resulted in a thick, rocky, deep-ten head with decent retention. Color was a deep orangish-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a piney hoppiness intermingled with a caramel-malty sweetness. Mmmmm. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial rush of pine hops followed by a wash of caramel sweetness. Finish was intense in its hoppy dryness. Great lacing throughout. I liked it for the most part, but its relatively high ABV may not be something of which I would want a steady diet out of the cooler in the summer heat.

woodychandler, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

LittleDon, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fine ipa here. pours quite dark for what it is supposed to be, copper colored with a one inch white lace head. smells very malty for an ipa too, but with the expected resiny hop aromas as well. taste is huge, really round flavors. certainly is more malt driven for an ipa, which works well here. simple flavors in perfect harmony. mouthfeel is nice, full bodied and thick, a fairly heavy drink. strong abv is needed here. this is one of the better colorado india pales ive had here. could definitely put a few of these down

StonedTrippin, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of emyers
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber-red color with a one-finger off-white head.

Smell: Interestingly caramel malt is the most prevalent smell here. There;s a very nice hop profile backing it up with pine, citrus, and some herbal qualities. Smells quite good, but not particularly like an IPA.

Taste: Once again, this does not seem like an IPA. There's definitely a strong hop presence with pine and herbal hops along with some citrus, but the caramel malt really takes over. Really more of a hoppy red than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty clean.

Overall: I really like this beer. That being said, I probably wouldn't call it an IPA.

emyers, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Donnyp7420
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Donnyp7420, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

claytong, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big brother to Upslopes APA. As in the Pale ale, no sign of a best by/canned date.

It has a beautiful copper gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. I really am impressed with the look of this beer. Excellent!

Light to medium presence of grapefruit citrus hits my nosebuds, maybe a hint of spice, and no noticeable malt. It smells quite west coast IPAish Pretty good.

The taste brings some nice citrus bitterness but it's all up front. On the back end, I'm getting a very solid backbone of sweet malts and light bread...ok, the bitterness returns in the finish and shortish aftertaste.

Another strangish interpretation by Upslope but I'm digging this more than the APA. It just seems to have more of balance with the flavours. Very good.

Good medium body and mild carbonation make for another good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I could drink a couple of these back to back despite the 7.2%abv. I thinks it is an interesting and enjoyable take on the style.

Bitterbill, May 16, 2010
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured from the can into an imperial pint glass.
A - pours with three plus fingers of head. Medium-sized bubbles. Clear ruby-red body.
A - Nice floral aroma from the hops, some grapefruit.
M - Light body with medium carbonation.
T - Hop bitterness is forward but not too assertive. Slight resiny bitterness lingers on the tongue. Nice crystal malt backbone emerges as the beer warms.
D - This is a really nice IPA. The hops are featured, but without being too assertive and with ample malt. I would definitely get this IPA again.

Yeastcakes, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Pro_Magnon, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of jokelahoma
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

jokelahoma, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of GarrisWH
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark, clear reddish-amber color with about a finger of head. Head recedes to a thin layer fairly quickly, but retains well throughout the rest of the beer. Leaves slight, spotty lacing.

S - Fairly sweet on the nose with malty bread and caramel aromas. Some spicy and citrus hop scents in there as well.

T - Sweet caramel and bread maltiness up front with the hop flavors coming through after. The hops have hints of citrus, spiciness, and a little bit of pine as well. Somewhat bitter on the finish, but not too intense. Definitely leans toward the sweeter side with fairly heavy malt flavors. Doesn't quite have the hoppiness of many IPAs.

M - Medium to light bodied with a good level of carbonation. Somewhat resinous with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

D - At 7.2% abv, this is quite drinkable. Lacks a bit in the hop profile, in my opinion, but overall, it goes down smooth and isn't offensive by any means.

I think upping the levels of hops in this one couldn't hurt, as it is slightly too sweet for me, but really a pretty good offering for a newer brewery.

GarrisWH, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed nutty amber in color, the head off-white and showing nice retention

s: the aroma features pale and moderately caramelized malts with a prominent nutty, toasty aroma, hops piney with strong woody and earthy tones, toffee, nice

m: carbonation around moderate, body about the same with a slight thickness on the back of the tongue

t: toasty caramel puts out a slight sweetness through the mid-palate before drying up nicely, if not completely, as an earthy hop flavor pushes things towards a moderate bitterness, as with the aroma - very earthy, nutty, and woody

o: far from the typical American ipa, this one shows signs of an English pedigree - with a more varied malt flavor than most native examples and a more balanced approach rather than hop-centricity, good and an interesting take, drinks nicely for the abv as well

sixer from Mondo Vino, Denver

blackie, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a one finger head that the delivers both stickage and shards of lace

Smell: Plenty of hops in the aroma but these Patagonian hops smell quite different; perhaps it is the malt, but there is a bitter, minty astringency that goes beyond the realm of the normal grapefruit aroma

Taste: Big malt features, up front, almost like a Scottish Ale with graham cracker and some earthy fruit flavors; by mid-palate, the minty hop flavors kick in with a very bitter kick; after the swallow, the is a stone fruit flavor that melds with the bitterness, though the sweetness lingers, as well, into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I can see where others are coming from and this is clearly not to any style with which I am familiar, but I rather liked its originality; I would disagree that it should be a barleywine as it the ABV is too low - how about a Scottish IPA?

Thanks, tturaiders, for the opportunity

brentk56, May 02, 2010
Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

HardTarget, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BucannonXC5, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned, awful strong ABV for an IPA.

Pours solidly, very hazy. VERY hazy. It should be amber but up top it's almost dark brown, way past rust, variegated down to regular APA newpenny copper at the bottom.

Smells green and caramely. Big on both ends and well balanced, though not all that complex.

Tastes as its aroma suggests, big and balanced but not all the much going on. Green grassy hops, light biscuits, syrupy caramel with a slight alcohol burn.

Very drinkable in spite of its elevated ABV.

mynie, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of UlfAndreas
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%

UlfAndreas, Sep 19, 2014
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.