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Brown Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 278
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Domingo on 11-28-2010

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Photo of mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost perfect in nature, I have enjoyed this beer both on tap and in the can since its conception. Maybe my favorite Upslope brew, I can never get enough Brown.

A: Dark and brown.

S: Brown sugar and malty sweetness.

T: Sweetness, brown sugar, malty, and hoppy bliss.

M: A bold, brown sugar and hop oriented sweet pleasure.

O: Could almost be confused with a delicious dessert. This beer is a keeper.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of my haul from pokesbeerdude in the Thrice as Nice CANs BIF. Thanks, dude!

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Roasted, Malty, Aromatic"; "Ingredients Snowmelt Malt English Hops American Yeast Brown Sugar"; "Specs Hand-Crafted Aluminum Can Portable Recyclable Good".

Man, but the Crack & Glug was phenomenal resulting in two fingers of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep dark-brown with ruby highlights. Nose smelled of evergreen and cocoa and I may have just been inspired for some hot chocolate this winter. I used to love peppermint schnapps in my hot chocolate and I have not done that in years. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous and I'll be damned if that taste was not just like the cocoa I mentioned a moment ago! Minty chocolate. This must be a panty peeler of some stripe, I would imagine. Finish was literally breathtaking with its intense mintiness up front, followed by a soothing wash of chocolate. How many of these do I have left?

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Photo of Michael-GT
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Medium/dark brown with a nice head

Smell: Malty

Taste: Malty, mildly hoppy.

Feel: Heavier than a lager but lighter than a porter. Very smooth.

Overall: Well, it's my favorite beer coming out of CO. It's a go to for me. I will stray off to stouts and porters from time to time but always end up back at Upslope with a brown ale.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

poured into new glarus stien.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with 2 full fingers of khaki colored head.

Smell: Roasty and toasty; sweet and nutty malts. A nice smell of bowl of brown sugar oatmeal. Light earthy hop. Slightly fruity.

Taste: A sweet malt forward brown ale with a hint of brown sugar; this is a seriously delicous brown ale! Malts are nutty, roasty, and toasty. Light earthy hops just like in the nose that helps keep the sweetness in balance.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation levels. This beer has such a creamy mouthfeel giving the beer a substantial full bodied feel. While the beer is super smooth and as drinkable as water. This has the best mouthfeel of any brown ale that I can ever remember sampling.

Overall: This is quite a gem from Upslope. I wish this beer was a local beer in my distro area because I would always have a fresh six pack of this beer in my fridge as an "anytime" beer. Upslope also wins bonus points for packaging this beer in a can. This beer screams a "Colorado original" to me.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a dead-as-leaves muddy water brown. Autumn, anyone? A vanilla head recedes to a fine film with spotty lacing.

Smells rich, roasted, of meats, and nuts, and brown sugar.

The taste is slightly roasted and maybe burnt, but in a toasty way. Rich glazed caramelized sugar over roasted beef brisket, with a faint tangy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is bright, carbonated slightly, and a touch of alcohol.

Overall, just a delightful brown ale on a mid-august day. Really has a nice body to it.

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Photo of SamN
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a dimpled stein.

Mmmm, mouthwatering looks! A thick creamy head of dense foam sits atop a solid, dark brown liquid. Amber highlights really make this beer glow, and that head is just fantastic for a brown ale. Great looks, the prototypical brown ale. Smell is strongly aromatic; hazelnuts, creamy robust malts, a good balancing bitterness that compliments the malts perfectly. Really, this is the ideal of Perfect Balance, I've yet to taste a brown ale that blends the two flavors so perfectly. There is a delightful, long-lasting finish of coffee and toffee. Really, goddamn, this is one delicious brown ale. A little stronger at 6.7, but the alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste, a little warming is present. Mouthfeel, however, could benefit from the lessening of carbonation. Also, the palette numbs a bit from the slightly higher strength.

Overall, this is a stand out brown ale, a stand out can beer and one of the few brown ales produced in CO. I am quite impressed by this offering from Upslope and look forward to having it again!

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Photo of spoony
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz can into a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour leads to about one finger of light tan head. The head fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. The brew is dark and cola colored. It is mostly clear.

S-The smell is a nice mixture of nuts and roasted malts with a little hint of caramel and molasses. Not terribly sweet.

T-The nutty maltiness from the smell continues through to the mouth in a good way. There was just enough caramel in there to weigh the beer down and a mild, bitter twang at the end. The finish is long and sumptuous.

M-The beer is quite smooth with just a touch of carbonation that leads to medium body. A nice weight for the flavor profile here.

O-I really enjoyed this brown. It was less caramel flavored and more dry than many beers of this style, which was a good thing in my book because the nutty flavors really shined here. Although the taste wasn't terribly complex, it was pleasing and drinkable. This beer is a good example of focusing on one flavor profile and letting it carry the beer. Extra points for a nice mouthfeel, too.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with beautiful three finger head.
Smells of light roast with some sugary sweetness.
Taste is light roast followed by sweetness and finishing with a very mild herbal hop finish.
The mouthfeel is light to medium which is a little lighter than I want in a brown ale.
Overall this is a very good beer from an extremely under rated brewery. If your ever in Colorado give it a try you won't regret it.

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Photo of ClassicallyTrained
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great example of an American Brown Ale and one of my favorites from Upslope. It has a nice dark-caramel color, and is not cloudy at all. The nose packs a nice punch of roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness in there. The flavor matches the nose and does not disappoint. Throughout the tasting you get the roasted malt flavor balanced with a little bit of citrus hop flavor.

I would classify this on the dry side, since there is not a lot of residual sweetness from the malts, instead more of a roasted flavor. Same flavor all the way through the beer and does not have any abnormal lingering flavors. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice filtered brown color with reds and blacks... Head is nice straw color. Head pour is aggressive. Nice foamy head.

S - Slight sugar malt scent... Nice roasty scent. Lots of big smooth smoke. Nice scent. Lots of pine too.

T - Very roasty and malty. Great smokey flavor. I'm not a smokey fan, but this one is done well.

M - Perfect carbonation. Great mouthfell. Well-done.

O - A little all over the board... Definitely recommended! Great brew, perfect for a hot day or a cold one...

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Photo of lnashsig
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Crafting a Nation for this Upslope brew!

This is #BOTG 30! Go Stros, looking forward to another win tonight.

Poured from can to Brooklyn tulip. Noticing Upslope cans aren't terribly carbonated, even an aggressive pour won't overflow the glass. Pours a transparent brown rainwater color. Not much head or lacing. Decent enough looking brown ale. Smell- fresh coffee beans. Smells like I stuck my head into a fresh pot of coffee. Toffee, caramel. Nice aromatics to this one, I don't think its brewed with coffee at all, but it really comes out in the malt. Taste- oh yeah. roasty bitterness. coffee, toffee candy. Loving the coffee presence here. Not really sweet, this is highly drinkable and an interesting example of the style.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up six cans of this in Colorado Springs on the recommendation from an employee at Coaltrain Liquor.

I like cans! Pours a really nice looking crystal brown with ruby highlights and a one inch eggshell head that slowly subsides in to nothing, but leaving behind some scant lace through its short lifespan.

Smells very malty, nutty, and toasty.

Flavors abound with nuts, sweet caramel malt, baked whole grain bread, dark toasted english muffins, and fades into sweet woody almond-vanilla deliciousness.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth, and very dry.

This is probably the best brown ale I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Should have bought a case!

Edited 03/07/14.
I've really come to love this brownie. After a couple of cases worth of experience I can say that I really can't get enough of this beer. The only other brown ale that I might consider over Upslope's would be Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron which is really it's own thing. Go for it and prepare to be amazed.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

My regular complaint with brown ales is the pairing of a big, thick body with a plain, generically roasty character. This beer does exactly what I want: It finishes dry, the body isn't too thick, and there's a long cocoa and coffee bean and deeply toasted barley. It's big flavor and easy to drink for the strength. I'll have another.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Amber red color with a two finger foamy head produced.

Aroma- Roasted caramel and sweet/spicy brown sugar.

Taste- Upfront, the taste is very smooth with sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. Towards the middle the sweetness is balanced by a little bit of roasted malt and a earthy/spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, medium carbnonation, and a semi-clean finish.

Overall- I have typically liked brown ales, but this is the first that I can say I love. Would definitely get this frequently if it were available in my state(s). Great sweetness from the caramel malt and brown sugar and perfectly balanced by the roast malt and earthy hops.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - Nice really dark brown almost black color, but at the edges you can see through a nice brown/mahogany type of color. Nice finger head that leaves okay lacing.
S - 4.25 - coffee, roastiness, wheat, bread, chocolate.
T - 4.25 - roasted coffee beans, toast, bread, chocolate, it has a nice creamy smoothness about it that makes it great. Definitely getting some nutty flavors too.
M - 4.25 - medium mouthfeel with nicely covered alcohol, and a roasted coffee aftertaste that's great.
O - 4.25 - Pretty outstanding beer.

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Photo of tone77
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another canned beer provided by the
(in)famous woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty dark brown color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, nutty, caramel. Taste is good, malts, caramel, nuts, a touch of hops is present, very flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a high quality brew worth seeking out.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From light to dark, it's on to a brown ale from a brewery I hadn't heard of before. It's canned and from the same city as Boulder Brewery and Avery, so the genes are right. From a can that looks too similar to a Heinken, on to the beer:

Dark brown bodied with a white head that retains well and leaves dots of lace around. Greatness sits in the aroma, where the aroma of fudge brownies gets me. Simply great. And then toffee and marijuana notes cross in. While the taste of Upslope Brown doesn't get me like the nose, there's still much to be excited about. Big chunks of toffee and chocolate smackdown the palate, not cloying and very tasty. Perhaps the higher than normal alcohol has to do with the higher intensity. It's smooth, and medium bodied.

Keeping it simple, a joy to drink.

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Photo of alexipa
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a thick head that thins quickly into a feint film. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: Malty roasted caramel. Mmmmm.

T: Lots of malts, with enough hop backend to hold it up. Roasted barley, caramel, burnt nuttiness. Really good.

M: Perfectly carbonated, pretty creamy and a little hot. I could actually use a bit less carbonation on this one... but still quite nice.

O: A great brown ale. Has a porter like quality to it, but much more drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored ale with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells of molasses and patent malt with a good coffee and chocolate aroma too.

Starts out fairly sweet with a good roasted barley and chocolate flavor. Medium level of bitterness. Molasses becomes a little stronger as you drink it. The taste is similar to a mocha coffee sweetened with black strap molasses. Not a lot of fine nuances come with this beer it is just a very solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty and surprisingly easy to drink Brown Ale. This beer has no defects.and makes an excellent example of the style for reference.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Luke for the sample.

Chestnut body, light tan head.

Nutty, roasty, toffee aromas. East Kent Golding hops lend an herbal, floral character.

More nutty malt, some roasty character, a bit of cocoa, and a nice, balancing, bitter hoppy finish.

Mediun body, long finish.

Good brown, interesting take on the style. Great hop/malt balance. Best Upslope beer to date.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Nov 12, 2014.

A very dark brown brew with some reddish highlights, the off white foam starts off big but shrinks quickly leaving some lacing behind.

The smell is all Brown Ale like. ;^) Big hoppy but with more than hints of roasted malt and coffee. I think the hop and roasted malt have a nice "marriage" going on and they are celebrating the event with the coffee.

The taste just supports what I said about the smell. Nice bitter from the hops and roasted malt with a wee bit of sweetness that doesn't quite balance things out, but this is an American Brown Ale, so all is right with the world. Did I forget to mention coffee's involvement? I think it brings things together and gives this Brown Ale and extra oomph. Wow. Oomph is a word without the red squiggly lines but hoppy isn't?

Medium is what I'd use to describe the body and carbonation.

This is an excellent Brown Ale and I will enjoy drinking the other cans I have.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured dark dark brown into a pink glass with almost no head at all to speak of. smells sweet and strong. notes of molasses for sure in the nose. yum. mouthfeel is off a little bit, maybe undercarbonated. not quite flat, but perhaps only a problem with the tap system and not with the beer. taste is excellent. its burnt sugars and roasted malts and alcohol. prominent sweetness in the finish, a great beer for fall. my first upslope brew, will definitely not be my last. a nice spin on the conventional brown ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the Glass Half Full taphouse in advance of night two of the Beer Diaries Colorado premiere.

This beer appears a clear dark russet brown hue, which leaves a streaks of island arch lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of robust dark chocolate and oily nuts, a grainy caramel malt, some soft char, a touch of citrus pith, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more malty up front, before a clavacade of bittersweet cocoa and mixed nuts comes crashing down, a mild roast waft about, and some tamed leafy, weedy hops balance things out.

The bubbles are fairly understated, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, and decidedly smooth, with a pleasantly subtle creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the expected sweetness readily tempered by a lingering earthy hoppiness.

A rather enjoyable, and surely drinkable Americanized brown ale - not overhopped, but instead beefed-up in the mouthfeel area. Worthy of at least a round or two.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, strong roasted malt, slight yeast, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, good body, and blend.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of cans from Total Wine in early February for $1.79 each. Received at TW 2/5/14. No discernible freshness date but it probably was canned around the turn of the year.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head on the initial pour.

Nose is nice, roasted malts and coffee dominate.

Taste is very well balanced. Roasted malts and coffee are prominent. Finish is nicely balanced by a generous amount of hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a delicious brew, nice coffee twist to the American Brown style.

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Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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