Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Best by date: Dec 27, 2014. The body was deep amber colored with an off-white sticky head.
The smell was fruity ,floral and sweet.
The taste was citrus bitterness balanced by bread malts. Actually too balanced, I like IPAs that are hops forward.
The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.
08-12-2014 14:01:28 | More by Cresant
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
01-29-2010 01:42:31 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
11-02-2012 19:43:07 | More by drabmuh
3.33/5 rDev -8.5%
A) Pours with a two finger head. Takes awhile to settle. Big bubble and sticky lacing. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Earthy hops. Some light caramel aroma. Grapefruit.
T) Robust hops upfront with a mix of malty sweetness. Toasty notes. Caramel. Grassy. A lingering hop bite in the finish and beyond.
M) Thick. Medium to full bodied. A tannin-esque feel.
D) A decent IPA. Doesn't stand out vast number of IPAs, but I'd drink another one.
02-15-2011 01:05:48 | More by u2carew
3.35/5 rDev -8%
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.
12-10-2013 23:16:08 | More by ZoomanCru
3.35/5 rDev -8%
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.
04-30-2010 23:30:14 | More by emmasdad
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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?
02-09-2010 02:59:38 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-06-2011 02:35:07 | More by GatheringBrews
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-30-2010 02:39:47 | More by birchstick
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-03-2009 18:02:16 | More by Domingo
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
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!
06-20-2012 04:46:03 | More by DevilDogBeer
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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