Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.79/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a can into a pint shaker
Pours a nice new penny copper. Only a hint of haze.
Nose is surprisingly light. Very little hop in the aroma. Malt is slightly biscuity, bread dough smell. Not bad, but would expect more hop aroma from an IPA. Admittedly, this can has a few months on it, so there's that.
Taste is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA. it's crisp, clean, and the first thing to really take hold is the bitterness. It's not a tongue scraper, enamel dissolving bitterness, but it is bright enough to let you know you're not drinking a Big 3 lager. However... that's about it. That moderate bitterness dissolves into the same biscuity malt from the aroma, then it all fades away. It's far from bad, it just fails to wow. Nothing wrong with that, mind you. Not every IPA needs to play speedbag with your uvula like some outtake from a otolaryngologist's version of Rocky. But when one sees "Colorado" and "IPA" on a brew, one doesn't expect the more subdued (some might say refined) "East Coast" version of the style. So in short, yeah, it's very good. It just falls into the "is that it?" category.
As far as mouthfeel, they hit it. It isn't lightweight, it isn't thick, it's just what an IPA needs. Light-ish, with enough substance that you know you're drinking. Can't really ask for more than that.
Overall, I feel like my review makes this seem worse than it is. It's very good, and there is certainly room for the more laid back, less aggressive IPA in the beer market. One just doesn't expect to find it in Boulder. Then again, that might be one of the places where it's most needed, to combat the "oh yeah, well MY beer has infinity plus 1 IBUs! One drink and your taste buds file a restraining order!" attitude. This is quite good. It is simply difficult to get past preconceived notions as to what one thinks it should be in order to rate what it is. Well worth a try.
02-23-2014 22:27:05 | More by jokelahoma
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
4.29/5 rDev +17.9%
A: Bronze and copper in color. Decent head.
S: Citrus, malt, and hops in smells. With a definite sweet presence.
T: Heavy malt flavor with bitter hops and fruity sourness.
M: Tropical hops feeling with strong malty character.
O: This is a decisive IPA. Either you like it or think it tastes funny due to the abundance of malt involved. I'm one of the lover's. Great IPA!
11-04-2013 00:55:47 | More by mcflypie
2.89/5 rDev -20.6%
12 oz can pours a dark caramel color with an ample cap of creamy tan head. Nice retention and the lacing is a solid sheet of residual head on the glass.
Nose is way too malty for an IPA, burnt toffee and very little hops, maybe some leafy greens but that is about it. Not cool.
Taste puts out a bit more hoppiness but still is way to malty even for an English IPA. The malts are too bold, too sweet and too toasty. The bitterness is decent and there does seem to be some herbal hop flavors, but the malts (specifically toasty) are just too much. Mouthfeel is full, and the fine-bubbled carbonation is probably the best part about this beer. I finished my sixer over a couple weeks, but wasnt very happy about it. I can safely say I will not be buying this one again.
10-26-2013 21:06:21 | More by twiggamortis420
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.