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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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115 Reviews

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 355
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 22.87%
Wants: 18
Gots: 55 | 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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 355
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into a glass, not impressed with this brewery at all. Beer is dark, too dark for an IPA with a white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and overall really heavy with malt, it is a very malty IPA and I do not enjoy it, this will not be a repeat for me.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with about half inch off white head that dissipates in short order but laces nicely.

Aroma is very faint, mostly of light caramel and a hint of hops. Taste is a little sweet, not particularly bitter.

Definitely more English in style, as far a IPAs go.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a somewhat hazy coppery-brown color with a nice cap of light brown foam. Aromas of floral hops, toffee and caramel. Sweet caramel malt flavors contrast with the spicy hoppy notes. A good, solid local canned IPA that I can take to the park.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up and enjoyed in the lots of Red Rocks

A - pours a dark amber with a nice head

S - smells of caramel malts and piney hops - more malts than hops

T - like the nose, the caramel malts dominate the palate. The malts give way to piney and grapefruity hops. Not bad tasting, but given that it is labeled as an IPA, I was hoping for something a bit more hoppy.

M -the glacier melt advertised on the can made for a very nice mouthfeel

D - As previously stated, this is a good beer but I tend to prefer my IPAs to have more hoppy assertiveness rather than strong malt profiles. Not a bad beer by any means, I would definitely get it again if I lived in the area.

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Photo of Domingo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Revisited this IPA last night, had been awhile. Very serviceable IPA that will keep a number of beer drinkers happy. Nice balance, character and ABV % Great choice for those entering the realm of IPAs. Also a very good price and value for a 6-pack. Colorado Craft in a can, well done Upslope!

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

UpSlope IPA was a red-amber in my pint glass with a thin white head. The head dissipated to whips fast but did leave nice lacing on the glass for the drink. The nose was packed with floral hops and was crisp and clean. The taste followed the nose well and presented a clean hop burst on the to the that meshed nicely with a slightly sweet but not sticky aftertaste. This was very good IPA that I considered above average. It's a good bet for IPA fans bu won't overpower the new-to-micro beer fan, either. A good choice and a nice IPA!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ red color with a light tan red. In the aroma, gritty pine hops and a nice maltiness to it. In the taste, pines hops and a balanced sweet to dry malt backing. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop aftertaste. Nice hop presence, more like a pale than an IPA though.

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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 morgens2
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the typical IPA, that's fer shur. Pours a slightly transparent, light orange color with a good finger of head.

Bold, malty presence gives it somewhat of an English IPA feel to it. Smells of caramel and bready malts and tastes of the same. Slight, slight hints of chocolate hover in the background and come to the forefront from time to time, but again, the caramel-ly malt is the star of the show here. The hops help balance it a bit here, but aren't too noticeable. Took my sweet time with this and still felt decent in the mouth by the end of it, once it had time to warm up quite a bit.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the poor man's Titan IPA (Great Divide). Titan grows on you and you want to hit it in the fall and winter with that strong malt balance. Upslope doesn't give you much beyond a good pale, red or brown ale. I've got a few more in the sixer, so my opinion could change. Worth a look if you're one of those, "I like IPA's, but not the real hoppy ones"!

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

Can into pint glass
A – Light beige dense head barely stayed in the glass with a full pour of the can, excellent lacing as it recedes to a thin layer. Deep reddish-brown clear amber color 4
S – Piney resin, herbal/floral mix, mild caramel malt sweetness and something slightly earthy here 3.5
T – Holy malt batman. Sweet bread, caramel malts, grapefruit zest bitterness, this is the most malty IPA I’ve had… but the hops are very much in the bitterness and aftertaste. Mild tobacco notes make themselves known 3.5
M – Smooth and slightly syrupy with a moderate to full body, my favorite characteristic of this beer 4
O – Unique and something I would recommend to IPA lovers just because I’ve had nothing like it. I won’t be seeking it out again but I’m very glad I have had it. A style expander of a brew. 3.5

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

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops bitterness but it's not as strong as most IPA's. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but there are but there are several other IPA's that I would pick first.

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

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..

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Photo of JonathanG
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, on-tap. In all fairness to the beer, I believe the pint glass could've been cleaner than it was.

Not a typical American IPA as the hops are played down and the malt is played up.

A golden copper in the glass, it came to the table with a scant finger of foam that resided fairly quickly, leaving mild lacing down the sides of the glass.

Citrus and pine are there in the hops category on both the nose and in the mouth, but this IPA is much more about the balancing characteristic of the bready, grainy malt profile. A drier style overall, lacking any sort of sweet, viscous quality.

I normally like in-your-face IPAs, but this is definitely one I could drink numerous pints of, as it's lighter on the hops and reminds me of an amped-up, English session style ale, although at 7.1%-ABV, calling it a session style ale is a bit misguided.

If I had tasted this blind, I would've put it into the Pale Ale category, not an IPA.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Lighter copper in color, the head is about 3/4 of an inch thick. Bubbles race to the top from front to back and left to right. Retention is decent and lacing is solid.

SMELL: Some pineyness is there along with more malt than I would typically expect from an IPA, but the nose is weak. Even while the head is still in full effect there is not much aroma.

TASTE: This is a nice, malty IPA. In fact, it is amazingly malty for the style and tastes a little more Barleywine-ish than IPA-ish. Banana and clove cut through a caramel and malty base. Some hops work their way in, but the Upslope IPA remains on the sweet side for the entire sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Big, rich and creamy. There is a slight sparkle, but it still goes down very smooth.

OVERALL: This is a very interesting take on an IPA. I am drinking this directly after drinking a Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada and it tastes surprisingly similar.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - slightly murky brown in appearance (which does go away with a little time) with some reddish tints when held to the light. The head never really appeared, it was pretty thin and then it sort of slunk away.

Aroma - wow, very interesting aroma. I can't help but smell Tootsie rolls, caramel, dark wheat toast, some slight piney notes (sort of like chocolate covered pine needles) and a bit of lemon. I really like the way this beer smells, its original but very inviting.

Taste - I can definitely tell you that the aromas translate into the flavors. This has a definite Tootsie roll sort of taste to it that combines with some bitter hops and lots of malt backbone. This has a nice bite to it in the finish and leaves your mouth a little dry and knowing its been assaulted by hops. The tastes all come together nicely in this brew. Well done!

Overall - it was definitely hoppier than I had expected and presented a lot more flavor than maybe I was anticipating. This was a solid beer albeit not the IPA that many of us have become accustomed to. This is an IPA with a great malt backbone and a unique hop flavor. Its very well balanced and its the type of beer that after two of them you absolutely love it. I wish I had more...

Would I buy more of it? - if I could I would! Great stuff from a tiny little brewery in Boulder, Colorado. If you can find their stuff definitely pick some up and support these guys.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today from Central Park Liquor in Steamboat Springs for $9.49.

Beer poured a deep copper with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is toasted malts with the hops not really noticeable.

Taste is toasted malts, some cereal, and a floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, chewy, and satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not sure why the brewer calls this an IPA when IMHO an amber. The chewy mouthfeel makes this a winner for me!

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, citrus, floral hops, hint of pine, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight earthy malt, hint of nuts, sweet malt, slight pine, slight caramel malt, hint of sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, reminiscent of a New Belgium beer (per the malt flavors), good appearance, and blend.

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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 JMBSH
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange/light amber color. Tan head that holds up for a while before shrinking to a OK coating on top of the beverage. Some lacing is lift on the sides of the glass as the head shrank.

S - A light grapefruit citrus scent when the head was full. After it had shrank, it seemed more piney.

T - Definely more of the pine acsent comes forward now. Sweet malt flavor upfront on the tongue with the hops kicking in the back of the mouth. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time afterwards, maybe too long.

M - Crisp and easy going down. The long lasting hop bite is a bit too much, doesn't seem to be a good balance with the malt backbone. Really over shadows it by my opinion.

D - Very drinkable and is a good beer for hop heads.

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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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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.