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

330 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of stabzmcgee
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is from Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Good looking can!

Pours a some what effervescent copper with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Superior lacing & good head retention

S: Faint breadyness, caramel picks up as this warms, this the only thing that really holds this beer back for the most part...

T: Caramel, citrussy & piney hops, plus dryness up front. Caramel, herbal hops, doughyness, plus a bit of mineral hops as well as this warms, plus a slight astringency & booze kiss. Finishes piney with a touch of cookie dough, dryness caramel & pineapple; on the cusp of a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation & great balance, the malt sweetness really holds the hops in check, but never steps all over them

Great drinkability

Super drinkability, this really hides the ABV, pretty darned impressed with this one!

Photo of DelMontiac
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark, hazy amber with a frothy beige head. Has a fairly general IPA smell but a sort of pineapple aroma is very pronounced. Taste reflects this the aroma well (including the pineapple) and the malty flavors are pretty big aswell. Overall a good well balanced ipa.

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.

Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of rawfish
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 - Lovely clear mahogany color with a dense 3 quarters inch head atop it.
S: 4.0 - Resiny, earthy hops with a light bread-crust malt scent.
T: 4.0 - High bitterness with a sharp piney hop flavor. Malt is ... more nutty than in the nose. In any case, nice interplay between hops and malt. Clean yeast-wise, with a dry finish.
M: 3.75 - Medium body, neutral texture.
O: 4.0 - Very drinkable IPA. Like the malt a lot. It's a little too strong to be a quaffing, session beer, but it's a good after-dinner drink.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

Hard pour serves up a thick head; hazed, brownish-amber color. Smells of wildflowers, apples, pears and toasted bread. So smooth and creamy, it raises the bar for canned beer. Big maltiness, sweet with caramel and bread flavors throughout. Alcohol is clean and warming. Hops make sure we didn't forget this is an IPA by dropping a blanket of bitterness and a trail of citric, mint and faint tobacco. Balance + IPA = this beer, so don't expect a hop bomb.

Photo of ocelot2500
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 JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SlyFox pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving only a thin wisp of foam.

Aromas of sweet malt, and citrusy hops.

First sip apes aroma, sweet malt backbone with a good balance of a firm bitterness with citrusy hops. Good bitterness and grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery. Firm bitterness just barely creates a slight puckering. No astringency.

Overall a very nice, straightforward American IPA. Nothing too brutal about it. Could easily put down a couple three four of these after a long day.

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

Straight across the board this one is pretty darn good. Orange-ish and a little hazy in the glass with a good head. Piney and a little bit citrusy in the aroma and taste. Malt backbone is clearly there, but the hops still have room to shine and there's no major conflict.

So far I haven't found a single beer from Upslope that doesn't make the grade; every one I've tried has been tasty beer. I expect that trend will continue with each new beer I try from this brewery.

Photo of rowew
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Same as the Pale, 12 oz can - blue instead of the red used on the pale. Described as bold, deep, bitter. Same ingredients too, includin the patagonian hops and snowmelt.

Appearance: Deep red color, large head tan in color, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Some fruity hops, a bit of a spicy aroma I can't identify. Almost like anise, but that isn't quite right. Underlying malt sweetness.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, actually a bit less bitterness than I expected, when they say on the can Bitter. Highly drinkable with some interesting hop and malt flavors.

Overall impression: For a new brewery, I was pretty impressed with both of the offerings I found in cans. This is a drinkable beer with plenty of flavor.

Photo of teetotaler
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into the commemorative deschute's snifter.

A- amber with brown hues reminiscent of cherry juice. oh, it's in a can. why the can?

S- oh my. the dry-hopping is ever present. not over-powering, just fresh. first thoughts involve opening a new bag of Hallertau (or some noble variety) hops and breathing deep (i am momentarily perplexed by the images in my mind vs the reality that is in my hand). freshness like you wouldn't believe. i don't detect any of cascade's piney or citrusy notes; kudos for not using the old standby.

T- the nose follows closely onto the palate. hallertau hops through and through. citrusy and earth notes follow. mild lingering bitterness, closer to a hoppy pale ale than an IPA. well-balanced, but not for those seeking higher IBUs.

M- coats well. carbonation is very present and tingles on the edge of the tongue, but doesn't agitate the throat. if there was a drawback, it'd be the all-too-present carbonation.

D- with very little alcohol bite, and moderate bitterness, it's easy to have two or three before the ABV sneaks up like a process server with divorce papers.

i'd be interested to try this on tap to see what (if any) influence the can has..

Photo of jpwilliamson
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color if you pour it out of the can, but hey...half of the novelty of this beer is the can! I'm a fan of canned craft brews, and I finally knew I had support in this endeavor when I noticed (i.e. "caught") Colin Meloy of the Decemberists with a few cans of this excellent brew onstage at the Ogden Theatre, Denver in March, 2011. Anyhow, this beer has a great balance of smooth malt with medium hop kick, but great caramel and spice to balance.

I met one of the brewers at an event in Denver, and this is another example of a hard-working group putting themselves out there to make great craft brew (in a can!). Give it a shot, then try it again, as this is a beer that will grow on you. Much better than the pale ale IMO.

Photo of deanhead
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich garnet color with a nice lacing. taste is rich with malt and hops. Hint of cereal grains with a touch of malty sweetness to counter balance the bitterness.
Crip dry finish with a hint of lingering cling dankess from the hops. Leaves a slight warming on the palate.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I shyed away from this one for a while due to the generally lackluster reviews, but after enjoying their Belgian-style offering recently, I decided to give this one a go. Comes in Upslope's fairly unimaginatively-decorated cans, which look like some kind of diet soda. Pours an unexpected brown amber, with a shallow head. It has a spicy, jammy nose with some notes of citrus. Taste is definitely well-balanced; not a super-bitter all-hops IPA, but not all malt, either. It's somewhere in the middle, and the middle's pretty good. I was actually suprised by how much malt-caramel gets through, and there is even a bit of a roasted character to it. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and overall I like it quite a bit. Almost drinks like a DIPA. I'll get it again.

Photo of katan
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can into a pint

A - Pours a very opaque, dark brown color. Head formation is off white in color. Does not appear hazy. Not overly carbonated.

S - Strong chewy hops, very grapefruit, grassy. Super floral.

T - Starts off with some caramel, toasted toffee malts. Mid-stream gets more bitter, but remains very balanced. Good american hops, lightly floral. Finishes with a caramel malty sweetness, tied well to some hopping. Very complex.

M - Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky caramel sugar cling. Carbonation is well hidden. Finishes with some hop resins on the tongue.

D - Good drinkability for an IPA. Not overly filling, although all the sugars fill the stomach at times. ABV is up there, sneaky - but well hidden.

An interesting IPA - big time use of crystal/caramel malts, which doesn't really fit the style.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Really good looking ipa with a hazy orange amber color, similar to SN Celebration. Pours a two finger fluffy/foamy head.

Aroma- Lots of pine and a little bit of mint. Citrus and a sweet bready malt hide in the background as well.

Taste- Once again there alot of pine and citrus in the initial flavor that creates a mild bitterness upfront. The pine is quickly balanced by a mix of caramel and bread malt, which subdues any bitterness there was and provides a smooth finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and smooth in the finish.

Overall- This surprised me on two levels. One is that I'm not huge on pine ipas usually but this is very nice and well balanced so the pine is overly bitter or minty (although the nose indicated otherwise). Second surprise was the score of 83. It's definitely better than that. This is really well balanced and one I'll be looking for again.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark slightly hazy amber/red with a nice thick and creamy head. Nose is very aromatic and sweet with some complex floral/bitter hop bite to it.

Mouthfeel is nice and full without being overwhelming. Has a nice bitterness that comes on a bit late and finishes dry and quick. The bitterness isn't that in your face, as others have said here it's not much of an IPA as it is a hoppy pale ale. It's a solid beer though!

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint.

Darker in color than most AIPAs, which to me is a good sign. Fluffy awesome head.

Smells of juicy tropical and fruity hops. More towards pineapple/grapefruit oil than pine or grassy. Very nice.

The flavor is rich and balanced. Right where an IPA should be in my book. There is some deep and slightly sweet malts to back up the balanced hops. Why every normal IPA in the world has to rip up the tastebuds is a mystery to me, and this one doesn't fall into that trap. Leave that to the DIPAs! This isn't a DIPA and isn't trying to be. Very well done flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick but very drinkable.

Conclusion: IPA money right here. This isn't going to blow the mind of the typical American one-dimensional hop-head. I am glad Upslope hasn't sold out to those singular tastes, and instead crafts a true beer with their flagship IPA.

Photo of kgotcher
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Redish color with thick pillowy head.

BIG Aroma with caramel maltyness, citrus, pine, even some nuttyness. HUGE aroma but not overly hoppy.

Taste is sweet with nice balance of hops but nothing over bearing, definately not a hop bomb. More of a classic IPA and even a bit maltier than most. Nicely balanced in my book.

Mouthfeel is warming but don't really notice the alcohol. Thick and creamy and goes down without too much bite in the finish. Again this is not a big hoppy beer.

Overall I really like this version of an IPA, definately on the sweet end and not what you look for if you want a very hoppy IPA. If you can find it Try it, I live in the Denver area and happy to see a lot more micro's popping up with great beer. (and I love cans)

Photo of stampfler07
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber-brown with a bubbly finger of off-white head, lots of tiny suspensions are also visible, head is pretty solid and lingers for a while

S- A mix of pine and floral hop aroma, strong malt component as well, both sweet and roasted

T- Strong roasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness, almost reminds me of a brown, moderate to strong bitter hops throughout that builds in the middle then falls off a bit, aftertaste of bitterness on the back of the palate, slightly warming and light malt finish

M- Moderate carbonation and body, slightly warming, a touch of dryness

O- Kind of liking the brown element, nice roasted flavors and a good balance of malt for the high level of hop bitterness, pretty easy drinking for a 7+%, solid in my book and something I'd recommend to try

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Deep deep copper color. Cream colored head with good retention. Light lines of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Malts, bitter hops, and faint fruit like apricot.

Taste: Starts out sweet with a good malt presence with some spiciness. Gives way to bitter hops and grapefruit sourness. A nice fruity, floral apricot sweetness works it's way in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A very tasty, solid IPA. I like it a lot.

Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
83 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.