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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

271 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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 SamN
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a can, into my New Belgium goblette.

One hella dark IPA, color of heavy rust, dark pomegranates. Cloudy looking, thick and heavy in the glass. Pretty active, too. Lots of carbonation from the scored nucleation point. Pretty good head, doesn't last as long as I hoped it would. Bubbly and thick, resiny colored. Smell is a good balance of raw hoppy resin and burly caramel/Munich malts. Not much fruit, more pine and fresh hop cones, backed up with a nice malt presence. Taste is a little dull, surprisingly. Starts off with a balanced approach, then the hops bloom and overtake towards the finish. The hop taste is kind of flat and bland, all bitter and no pop. Lots of bitter in the finish with a constant malt background, which is nice, but for me, the hops don't come alive at all. They seem limp and lacking somehow.This beer leaves me wanting. Feel was pretty good, smooth and not too prickly. Good body, felt pretty good.

Hmmmm...I dunno what it is about this one, but it doesn't call to me like I wanted it to. Not a bitter bomb at all, just the right amount of oily finish. Just lacking the multidimensional character it needs.

SamN, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly dark IPA. The color is more akin to an ESB or amber ale, though a bit more brown than amber.

Smell is nice and definitely American in hops. It’s got good malt sweet plus spicy/citrussy hops. It doesn’t wow me necessarily, but it definitely isn’t lackluster either.

Taste is interesting. Overall I like it, but the malts play a heavier hand than I was anticipating. It starts off fairly light with some nice maltiness lending way to a good hop kick, but then a big dose of malts come back in and finish it out. There’s even a slight chocolate flavor to the malts and also a slight bite of alcohol heat. Body is a little light on carbonation but mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good canned IPA. Not quite up to Ska’s deliciousness, but I’d certainly buy it if I had the opportunity.

Thanks to BA SalukiAlum for the extra in our trade!

JEdmund, Apr 11, 2011
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 JonathanG
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

JonathanG, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can.
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.

u2carew, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of GatheringBrews
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

GatheringBrews, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

JamnesCameron, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Anaz
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the can into a tulip glass. Deep red orange with large, orange tinted head. Good lacing, a little opaque.

The hop aroma is a little faint, some citrus and herbaceous spiciness, toasted malt, but not as aromatic as I'd like.

Tastes pretty good, more of an English IPA, lots of bready malt and some caramel with floral and spice hops rather lots of citrus and pine. Balanced more toward the malt with a smooth bitterness to finish.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel, smooth, medium body with a touch of alcohol heat, but not boozy at all. It drinks well, actually a beer I prefer out of the can. A solid beer for everyday drinking, nothing to wax poetic about, but just a good beer to enjoy while relaxing.

Anaz, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed a couple pints of this brew in Boulder, CO while on business. Quite a malt bomb for an IPA.

Each pint came with a ½ finger of creamy beige head. The beer was a dark amber color with decent clarity. Some nice lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma is sweet of burnt sugar/and or brown sugar with just a slight whiff of hops noticeable.

The flavor followed the aroma in it's focus on malty sweetness. Brown sugar or the topping of crème brule come mind as I drink this. Caramel flavors as well dominate before you finally get to some Pine focused hop flavors. Too sweet for my taste, especially for an IPA.

Fairly bold body and full bodied. Not a sessionable IPA.

Not my cup of tea and while I appreciate the full breadth of options within the IPA style, this is too malt/sweet focused.

Reagan1984, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a can of this at Liquor Mart in Boulder CO. for $1.43.

A: Pours a light copperish hue with a decent head and small amounts of lace.

S: Strong (Cascade???) hop aroma that's earthy and floral with some malt, but the hop smell runs the show, which made me think this stuff was going to taste amazing...

T: Super boozy, sweet and malty with almost no hop at all - big letdown.

M: Thin, fizzy and overall weak.

D: Poured it out half way through and moved on to the Avery IPA I had in the fridge.

DeanMoriarty, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

OWSLEY069, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's been a few months since I've gotten a new review in after a hiatus to China. Took some good notes though, and figured I'd start inputting my backlog of reviews while having a brew. I just moved out to Colorado, so I thought I'd pick up a brew that is new here as well. Upslope is the newest craft brewery in Boulder, so I grabbed a sixer of their canned IPA.

Appearance- Pours a very dark, ruddy amber, almost pushing a light brown. Quite dark for a single IPA, but a solid two fingers of creamy off-white head rise up off the body and stick around for a bit before dying back to a sheet across the top. Some mild lacing as well.

Smell- Nose is pretty solid, with a mixture of grapefruit rind and piney resins coming through pretty strong. Simple and flavorful smells and a lot of them.

Taste- Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this one right off the bat. Very little in the way of any of the grapefruit coming through on the palate, but a fair amount of piney hop resins. However, there isn't much of a real hop bite as there is a very evident malt backbone that comes through on the finish. Ends with some caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and slick and the beer went down quite easy.

Overall, a pretty decent offering from a startup microbrewery. If this were an English-style IPA, I would understand the strong maltiness a bit more. However, it seems a little out of place here. Not bad by any means though and worth a shot if you're looking to try a new IPA.

boatshoes, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

birchstick, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of mentor
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fine two fingered tan-yellow head over a clear brown-copper liquid. Attractive, though too dark for the style. Smells mild overall. Citrus hops and brown malt.

Tastes piney and grapefruity hops swirled in brown malt. Decent hop flavor, mild clean hop bitter, and light brown ale malt character. Hop flavor is green fresh herbal hops, waxy dry. Malt is toffee, toast, and a hint of chocolate. Not an American IPA, more like an American Brown Ale.thin body, yet somehow dextrinous. Moderate carbonation.

mentor, Jul 27, 2010
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 indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

indiapaleale, Jun 25, 2010
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 russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

russpowell, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

katan, May 29, 2010
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 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 emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

emmasdad, May 01, 2010
Photo of HayesdaHophead
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a big let down. You expect an IPA from Colorado to have either decent amounts of bitterness or hop aroma or BOTH.

The dark color reflects the strong malt character. I have to agree with many of the posts here. This is a decent beer, but is not a success as an IPA. I am afraid to try their Pale now as the IPA is more of a Pale Ale in its hop character.

Skip this if you are looking for a good IPA. Try it out if

HayesdaHophead, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of morgens2
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

morgens2, Mar 03, 2010
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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