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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

268 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 98
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 Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of jyeast101
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

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%

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
Photo of bluetravlr
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Deep, rich, amber/red coloring. About three fingers of frothy head, at first, probably due to the can. Then the head drops off. Still, by the end of a glass there is a light coating. Very light lacing.

S: Slightly spicy, hoppy aroma. Some malty caramel note. More bread and sugar than in most IPAs.

T: Again, very sweet and bready for an IPA. Not much bitterness. The hops come through slightly at the end, and there is a sightly bitter aftertaste. There is a hoppy bite at first followed by a strong caramel, sugary feel. The taste that initially hits your palate lasts until that bitter aftertaste follows up again. In other words, not too complex as the initial taste almost matches the aftertaste. This beer really tastes of caramel, for an IPA. Brown sugar lovers check this out!

M: Light for an IPA. Perfectly carbonated for its style. Sweet and oily residue.

D: Very session-able. Besides the caramel sweetness this is a slammer for those who don't mind a bit of bitterness. The sugar will get in the way before ABVs or IBUs.

P.S. This beer reminds me of Dales Pale. However, it is not as full bodied. The mouth feel is completely different. Dales is much thicker, almost syrupy. This beer is better for sessioning, but lacks the complexity and force of a Dales. In other words, if you're asking which beer is better . . . the clear choice is Dales.

bluetravlr, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of RicoBrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

A - Poured a nice deep copper/amber color with a nice off-white fluffy, lacy head with good retention.

S - Mild citrus with a caramel/malt background. With a tint of breadiness.

T- The patagonia hop is a bit more mild than any chinook or cascade choice that most breweries would pick for their IPA's. Upslope did a nice job with the hop schedule in this to make it bitter and nicely aromatic. The malt sweetness comes through. I would classify this as a pale ale rather than a IPA. The hop aroma isn't quite there. The aftertaste is a little cloyingly sweet with the bitterness makes you want a little water to wash it down.

M- Smooth, a little oily on the palate.

D - Overall very drinkable, but I'd bring it camping or to the softball game rather than pair it with any food.

RicoBrew, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
2.95/5  rDev -19%

12oz can. Nice dark orange-red color. Smell is caramel, butter, more butter, caramel, diacetyl? The taste has a hoppy bitterness but it doesn't help. I wanted to like this beer because it is local but it was just average. i will say the alcohol was well hidden. This was like a fourth-rate Dale's.

ArrogantB, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of JMBSH
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Pours a burnt orange/light amber color. Tan head that holds up for a while before shrinking to a OK coating on top of the beverage. Some lacing is lift on the sides of the glass as the head shrank.

S - A light grapefruit citrus scent when the head was full. After it had shrank, it seemed more piney.

T - Definely more of the pine acsent comes forward now. Sweet malt flavor upfront on the tongue with the hops kicking in the back of the mouth. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time afterwards, maybe too long.

M - Crisp and easy going down. The long lasting hop bite is a bit too much, doesn't seem to be a good balance with the malt backbone. Really over shadows it by my opinion.

D - Very drinkable and is a good beer for hop heads.

JMBSH, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

rowew, Dec 07, 2008
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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.