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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

247 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | 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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mcdsports

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-12-2014 05:05:10 | More by mcdsports
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-11-2014 19:16:52 | More by cbcrunch
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D-18V

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-04-2014 01:33:18 | More by D-18V
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afsdan

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-03-2014 22:31:40 | More by afsdan
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-26-2014 00:09:34 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Karibourgeois

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-09-2014 15:41:12 | More by Karibourgeois
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Lukebell15

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-09-2014 02:44:10 | More by Lukebell15
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 02:37:54 | More by ocelot2500
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 05:05:06 | More by ISmith87
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azdback

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-05-2014 03:10:45 | More by azdback
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Lagerquestrian

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Gerred

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-01-2014 04:47:12 | More by Gerred
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jaymo18

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-25-2014 04:27:45 | More by jaymo18
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jokelahoma

Missouri

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.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 22:27:05 | More by jokelahoma
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Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Kansas

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.