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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 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
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

BradLikesBrew, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of teetotaler
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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..

teetotaler, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy amber, with a nice firm head and good lacing down the glass.

S: Toffee and a lot of black tea in the nose.

T: The rep from the brewery said this was more an English IPA than an American one, and that really comes through. Bitterness is quite strong, and is mostly made up of tea and earth flavors. There is a little citrus at work in the form of grapefruit, but not much. Gets a bit metallic in the finish, before ending with a nice lingering bitterness. Malts add a mild toffee flavor.

M: The medium body is quite oily. Carbonation feels about right.

D: I'm happy that this beer shies away from the grapefruit bombs that many American IPAs are. It's a nice take on the style. The metallic flavors are the only real detractors here. Yet somehow, I didn't find myself that thrilled by this. Hopefully Upslope has some new tricks up their sleeve coming down the pipe.

Rayek, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  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!

kingcrowing, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Domingo, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours a dark amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel malts, a little mint and some grassy bitterness and some vegetal notes.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruits and mint with a decent grassy burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA. I didn't much care for the flavors - lots of weird off notes.

Beaver13, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up the pale and IPA as singles to check them out. Already reviewed the other one a few days ago so now it's time for the IPA or No. 2 as they call it.

Pours a very dark redish brown color, similar to a dubbel, with pour clarity. The head is thin and settles quickly with small scattered lace left behind.

Aroma is hoppy but there is a strange rubber smell that I just can't shake. It's like a new bike tire. At least it's not burnt rubber but it's not too pleasant.

Flavor is predictably rubbery as well. It's roasty and bitter (the first part of that doesn't make much sense for the style) but it's the rubber that I keep coming back to. Sorry but it's not too good.

Mouthfeel is about the only thing going for this one. Medium body and appropriate carbonation.

Well I wish I could say it was better but it's just not that good. With all of the great beers available to us lucky rocky mountain dwellers, this is not one of them.

GilGarp, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this one home with me when I drove to CO last month. Muddy amber brown with a small dense off-white head. Not much of anything distinct in the aroma, so caramel malt, some hops, but they're hard to find. Taste is much better than the aroma. Chewy mouthfeel and big hop punch at first. There's a subtle floral quality to the hops. Toffee like malts appear in the middle with a bit of bite from the carbonation. Lasting bitterness in the finish. Reminds me of a little brother version of Flying Dog's Double Dog.

LittleDon, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is hoppy, chocolate malt, some spice, biscuit malt, slight fruit. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear reddish brown, moderate head. Looks good.

Strong chocolate malt body with solid biscuit undertones. Moderate bitterness and some powdery dryness and mod fruitiness - dark fruit. Full body. Malty and thick. Unusually mildly hoppy. I get lots of bitterness and leafy earthiness. Some noble pungentness - soft and reserved. This would make an excellent English pale ale. Softish hops. Delightfully malty. Slight spice. Almost Scottish Ale malty. Mild citrus. Mild pine. Tastes good-very good. Feels good. Near perfect drinkability.

Very good. It is bold, deep, and bitter. Superb malt, soft hops. I look forward to trying some maltier styles of beer from Upslope, they must be divine.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured from the can into an imperial pint glass.
A - pours with three plus fingers of head. Medium-sized bubbles. Clear ruby-red body.
A - Nice floral aroma from the hops, some grapefruit.
M - Light body with medium carbonation.
T - Hop bitterness is forward but not too assertive. Slight resiny bitterness lingers on the tongue. Nice crystal malt backbone emerges as the beer warms.
D - This is a really nice IPA. The hops are featured, but without being too assertive and with ample malt. I would definitely get this IPA again.

Yeastcakes, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops bitterness but it's not as strong as most IPA's. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but there are but there are several other IPA's that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a copper pour with a rather large head. Looks pretty darn good. Nice lacing.
Aroma is weak, slight pine and faint malt. I can get some hops out of this, otherwise this would be a PA at best.
Lackluster taste. It's not bad, but i would not call this an IPA. ABV is hidden well, and it is easy to drink. But the flavor, feel and aftertaste leave me in a state of 'what else do I have?' Hops kick in in the aftertaste, but it's not much and was the only time I tasted them.

Mebuzzard, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned, awful strong ABV for an IPA.

Pours solidly, very hazy. VERY hazy. It should be amber but up top it's almost dark brown, way past rust, variegated down to regular APA newpenny copper at the bottom.

Smells green and caramely. Big on both ends and well balanced, though not all that complex.

Tastes as its aroma suggests, big and balanced but not all the much going on. Green grassy hops, light biscuits, syrupy caramel with a slight alcohol burn.

Very drinkable in spite of its elevated ABV.

mynie, Jul 27, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copperish brown out of a can. Lacing holds on to the glass and so holds the slight beige head. The dominant smells are sweet malt and hops though the hops doesn't overwhelm. This is a well balanced beer. The malty-ness and the hops compliment each other with this IPA. I like that there isn't the blast of the hops which tends to happen. This is a highly drinkable beer and it was a nice surprise from one of the newer breweries in Boulder. It is as nice as their Pale Ale which I had earlier in the day. I will highly recommend this beer and brewery. High quality. Highly drinkable.

jyeast101, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark, clear reddish-amber color with about a finger of head. Head recedes to a thin layer fairly quickly, but retains well throughout the rest of the beer. Leaves slight, spotty lacing.

S - Fairly sweet on the nose with malty bread and caramel aromas. Some spicy and citrus hop scents in there as well.

T - Sweet caramel and bread maltiness up front with the hop flavors coming through after. The hops have hints of citrus, spiciness, and a little bit of pine as well. Somewhat bitter on the finish, but not too intense. Definitely leans toward the sweeter side with fairly heavy malt flavors. Doesn't quite have the hoppiness of many IPAs.

M - Medium to light bodied with a good level of carbonation. Somewhat resinous with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

D - At 7.2% abv, this is quite drinkable. Lacks a bit in the hop profile, in my opinion, but overall, it goes down smooth and isn't offensive by any means.

I think upping the levels of hops in this one couldn't hurt, as it is slightly too sweet for me, but really a pretty good offering for a newer brewery.

GarrisWH, Jun 06, 2009
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.