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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

269 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 99
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 mastodonj
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

I was really surprised at how good this was since I was told, quite a while ago, that it wasn't really a west coast IPA with loads of fresh hops.

Well, on tap at the Upslope tap room, it is definitely loaded with
fresh hops!

Huge lacing from rim to bottom, a deep amber color.

Great hoppy freshness.
The fresh hops, the high abv and a little malty complexity
really make this special.

Very drinkable.
Really, just should not be missed on tap (disclaimer: I have not
tried it from the can....yet)
Did I mention how fresh the hops smelled and tasted?

mastodonj, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Joeyroush
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Joeyroush, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4/5  rDev +9.9%

MarvinTheMarzen, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of stabzmcgee
3.93/5  rDev +8%

aroma was that of pumpkin bread. Nice appearance. Head sticks around for a while- white tan. Beer is dark mohogany brown. Taste is malty with a bitter earthy hops. Palate is crisp and refreshing. Overall a pleasant surprise. Can't wait to try their pumpkin beer.

stabzmcgee, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

CUBeerBuff, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of beerrooster
3/5  rDev -17.6%

beerrooster, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of sarick84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

sarick84, May 21, 2014
Photo of heelsn02
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

heelsn02, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of moserine
4/5  rDev +9.9%

moserine, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of joshuacavett
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

joshuacavett, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of jtnord
3.75/5  rDev +3%

jtnord, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of veifokorp
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

veifokorp, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Anaz
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

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 ZorroMulder
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

ZorroMulder, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of JonathanG
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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 Trfagan3
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Trfagan3, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of GatheringBrews
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

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 S_C
3.75/5  rDev +3%

S_C, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of SamKetchum
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SamKetchum, Aug 11, 2014
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
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

HurricaneCamille, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Salter714, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of sqadup2020
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

sqadup2020, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of mcflypie
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!

mcflypie, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ATMinBoulder, Dec 08, 2012
Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.