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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

280 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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 jpwilliamson
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

jpwilliamson, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz can into a red cup. I know, not an ideal scenario. Color was brown and dark orange. Plenty of head, probably 1 ½-2 inches of head. The head stayed for 5-6 minutes. It could have been the red cup, but probably not. The film stayed throughout the beer.

Smelled very bitter. Also a bit spicy? It was a dark and deep flavor.

Tasted rich and malty, unlike any other IPA I’ve ever tried. Plenty of bitterness, too. Very similar to a Guinness or maybe a porter.

High carbonation. Flavor was filling and stayed throughout the cup.

Good aftertaste with mild carbonation. It went down smooth the whole way.

BucannonXC5, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice fluffy off-white head. Pour is strong three finger. Brew is murky amber color with browns and reds... Looks nice. Could also be described as a freckly-ginger head...

S - WOW. This brew is sooo much different fresh vs. older. It really falls off quite a lot. Lots of pine and caramel. Also, tons of fruity cloves. Not your typical IPA scent.

T - Again, much different fresh. Slightly bitter. Nice hop balance. Very piney and resinous. This one could easily be more aggressive.

M - Awesome carbonation; nailed-it! Medium bodied with great IPA bitterness. Nice wet finish for a dryer IPA.

O - A bit all over the board. This brew, along with all UpSlope brews, could stand to be more aggressive. This brew is borderline an IPA more of an aggressive Pale... Nice brew, could be awesome with some tweaks.

chugalug06, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint.

A- Rusty orange brown, darker than I expected. Big sticky head, settles quick but laces pretty heavy.

S- Smells like a red ale- hoppy but lots of malt sweetness as well.

T- A pretty malty IPA- but I can dig it. Lots of bread and some honey sweetness. Plenty bitter, mostly grapefruit pith and pine sap, lingering long after the malt fades away.

M- Moderately heavy, pretty high ABV for an IPA as well, although no problem drinking it.

O- Pretty good stuff- threw back a few in a row. Nothing mind-blowing, but all-around solid.

ShogoKawada, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of vande
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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..

vande, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

mactrail, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of kgotcher
4.1/5  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)

kgotcher, May 17, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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

rsdaugherty, May 03, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

rawfish, Apr 29, 2011
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
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.