Upslope India Pale Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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
05-02-2010 20:16:44 | More by brentk56
2.71/5 rDev -25.5%
12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World, altogether well known by now.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with two chubby fingers of puffy, chunky, and mildly rocky beige head, which leaves some decent creepy webbed lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.
It smells of weirdly plastic-like pine resin, bready, lightly toasted caramel malt, and further acetone-heavy floral hop notes. The taste is more musty, strangely smoked, I think, caramel malt, with a bit of burnt orange peel citrus character, pithy herbal tea, and muted earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is a tad frothy, and little more, the body medium-light in weight, and still stupidly clammy for this style, or any other, for that matter, and 'smooth' by that very measure. It finishes on the sweet side, the standard caramel malt persisting, sure, while that compromised pine essence slowly abates.
I don't exactly know what Patagonian hops are, but if this is any indication, I'm not about to jump on any bandwagon for them. Barely an average pale ale, yet alone an American IPA, which is strange, because this brewery's DIPA is really quite stellar. Different hops, different day, different everything, apparently.
10-25-2013 03:02:02 | More by biboergosum
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.
08-16-2009 02:49:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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
Super drinkability, this really hides the ABV, pretty darned impressed with this one!
06-06-2010 03:39:56 | More by russpowell
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
Can into a glass, not impressed with this brewery at all. Beer is dark, too dark for an IPA with a white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.
Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet.
Beer is medium in body and overall really heavy with malt, it is a very malty IPA and I do not enjoy it, this will not be a repeat for me.
11-02-2012 19:43:07 | More by drabmuh
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
a fine ipa here. pours quite dark for what it is supposed to be, copper colored with a one inch white lace head. smells very malty for an ipa too, but with the expected resiny hop aromas as well. taste is huge, really round flavors. certainly is more malt driven for an ipa, which works well here. simple flavors in perfect harmony. mouthfeel is nice, full bodied and thick, a fairly heavy drink. strong abv is needed here. this is one of the better colorado india pales ive had here. could definitely put a few of these down
01-15-2012 20:37:04 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
06-05-2011 05:13:11 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
07-08-2010 14:46:09 | More by woodychandler
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.
08-08-2009 09:05:20 | More by Mebuzzard
3.19/5 rDev -12.4%
Picked up some of these at Argonaut at the end of last summer. Poured out a darker than usual amber and light brown color. Head was around 1/3" and nice looking. This was a heavier malt ipa, rather than a west coast hop bomb. Aroma was mildly sweet, mildly hoppy, ample malt.
Taste was predictable. Bitter, with almost the entire flavor profile being derived from the malt. Its a little more roasty in the mouthfeel than I prefer. Fans of black ipas should probably like this. Lots of caramalt and metallic flavor in this one.
At least it was more consistent than the pale ales. Those were like a total crapshoot.
07-09-2013 16:03:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, nuts, slight citrus hops, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, earthy malt, nuts, slight sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, reminiscent of a New Belgium beer (per the malt flavors), good appearance, and blend.
10-18-2011 23:39:51 | More by Tone
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-16-2010 17:04:06 | More by Bitterbill
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
10-06-2010 13:02:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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
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