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Brown Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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very good

123 Ratings

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Domingo on 11-28-2010)
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Photo of SPThirtyThree


3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured aggressively from a can into a pint. Served around 40 °F.

A: 3f lunmpy head atop clear, brown beer. thick foam. as i drink, tufts of fat sticky lacing cling to the glass and dangle foam tenticles into the beer.

S: sweet honey, dms, and caramel malt. as it warms, the dms overwhelms the flavor profile, but right out of the fridge, there's virtually no smell.

T: sweet, light brown. light, sugary, and watery. like kool aid. slight earthiness to offset some of the sweetness. some roastiness, salted pecan, and the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: light bodied, smooth, with just a slight hint of stickiness and tartness.

D: i accidentally drank the whole pint before i finished the review, but i'd wager the sugariness would kick in about halfway through a third can, like with blue moon and other beers this sweet, and leave me so full and bloated that it would turn me off to this beer permanently. that, of course, is speculation, but i'd be shocked if it weren't the case.

i think my drinkability comment sums this one up. it's an easy drinker, and could be good for someone who is looking to explore non-macro beers for the first time. it's good for a sweet brown, but for me, this beer is too sugary to be really enjoyable.

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 19:53:19 | More by SPThirtyThree
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

App: Dark brown with slight reddish hues towards the extremities. Nice two finger head that dissipates quickly overall leaving considerable lacing and decent overall retention.
Smell: Meat like roasted character, not unlike turkey. A little strange and exciting. Woody and roasty, but not smokey. Savory herb like nose. Ale esters missing.
Taste: Porter like roasted flavors at first but falls off more quickly than a porter. Almost like a half porter. Coffee like characteristics, slight hop bitterness but well counterbalanced by the sweet malt flavors. Pretty good for a brown. Full disclosure though, I am not historically a fan of browns.
Mouth: Medium to medium-thin body. Light carbonation. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: can

12-04-2013 03:32:44 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of Beaver13


3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a medium brown with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts that are a bit acidic. There's a bit of bitter roast in the finish with some off plasticky notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK brown.

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 02:03:30 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Spider889


3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Colorado Rare Beer Tasting at the Rackhouse Pub on 9/28.

I was completely unfamiliar with Upslope and so went into this with zero expectations. Their rep walked out of the tasting room for 20 min at a time so when I was at a loss of what to sample I nabbed a whole can of the stuff.

Pours dark but clear. Otherwise nothing very notable.

Smells nutty and dark. This is welcoming as far as I'm concerned in an American brown.

The flavor was a little off to me though. It begins nicely enough with a bit of roast and honeyed malt. But then the roast grew and grew into some strong ashiness. This became detracting and out of place for a brown ale.

Crisp and medium bodied.

Overall this is out of style... it's a beer that wants to be a porter but is being forced to be a brown ale instead (not unlike a left-handed school child being forced to use his right hand at all costs).

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 10:04:54 | More by Spider889
Photo of Rayek


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany with a slight chill haze. A rocky nougat head slowly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Baking chocolate came through first. Behind it is some burnt toast and a bit of black tea.

T: Starts out with bittersweet chocolate. A moderate black tea bitterness comes on next. Heavily roasted malts hit late. Finishes with a bit too much astringency for my tastes.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right level of fizz.

D: I liked this OK, but it didn't really strike my fancy overall. The astringency of the finish was the big drawback. Cut that back and this would be a very nice beer.

Serving type: can

12-16-2010 02:45:50 | More by Rayek
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a pleasant mahogany with a thin off-white head. Toasty brown malts and brown sugar sweetness in the aroma. More of the same in the taste, with lots of sweetness, brown sugar and molasses, some cocoa notes, and little to no hops to speak of. I don't like many brown ales, but I did like this one. Medium-bodied, and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 22:11:10 | More by Rifugium
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe Boatshoes sent me this can as a karma correction, served in a DFH signature glass.

Beer is brown and clear with a nice off white head of small bubbles. Decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is low but roastier than I expected.

This beer is thin and a little watery with a strong back palate bitterness from roasted grain, some ash and smoke in there with a decent amount of malt leading up to it. It drinks more like an English Dark Mild than a brown but still a decent little beer.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 17:11:51 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Brown color with some sticky lacing on the glass, maybe that's the brown sugar? Smell is roasty, toasty, and definitely signals brown ale. The flavor was very rich, malty, sweet, good. The only problem I'd have with this beer is that it's so rich and the ABV is close to 7% so I can only drink a couple of these. This is easily upslope's best beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 17:53:57 | More by ArrogantB
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint

A - Pours a very dark brown color. Thick and opaque. Lots of mocha colored head formation. Appears to be fairly carbonated.

S - Very malty nose, lots of nutty, toffee, and caramel notes. Very much a brown ale. Hopping is very low. Perhaps a small amount of chocolate.

T - Starts off lightly malty, caramel and coffee. Mid-stream gets balanced, but hops are hidden. Some roasted notes sneak in towards the end. Very clean smooth finish, lightly bitter.

M - Solid beer body, somewhat creamy. Carbonation is certainly present as well, giving it a lighter character. Very clean finish.

D - Smooth and easy drinking. Pretty potent for the style. Not very filling. The roasted notes are a bit overbearing for sessioning.

Serving type: can

02-05-2011 22:13:31 | More by katan
Photo of BeerWizard


3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Took me a while to try this because a.) I don't usually drink stouts, porters, or browns; and b.) I'm not sure if anything could be less intriguing that a silver and green can that just says "Brown Ale" on it. But I've been liking Upslope lately so I went for it.

Poured from its rather homely little can into a Chimay goblet, it's dark brown with a quickly disappearing head. It looks pretty much like Coca Cola to me, though it's been a while since I've had one of those so maybe I'm off. Smells like a porter, with coffee, cocoa, and malty notes being strong in the nose. Not terribly impressed so far but it's OK.

The flavor is nice, and not as chocolaty as the nose gives way to. What you find is a more balanced flavor, with some bitterness, but also sweetness. Reading the can it says they use brown sugar, and I can see that. It's actually really refreshing, moderately carbonated; and at 6.7, it's not exactly a lightweight beer, but it's not going to kick your ass if you have a couple.

Overall, I like, would get again, probably would be really nice in fall.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:15:59 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

Pours forming a finger of light latte-colored head over a dark brown opaque body.

Smells very lightly of caramel, toasted marshmallows, and lightly roasted malts.

The flavor packs much more depth and weight than the aroma did. Big malts with a caramel (almost chocolaty) sweetness balanced by noticeable but not intrusive hops. The flavor is not strikingly deep or complex, but has a pleasing simplicity and displays bold basic flavors that come off clean and well crafted. There is an awesome light-coffee dry acidity flavor that is quite pleasing and doesn't become apparent until well into the glass...

The mouthfeel is creamy and full due to a surprisingly low carbonation (I was struck at the dull sound the can made when I popped it open). I love lower carbonation levels and thus this beer hits very close to the bulls-eye concerning feel (for my personal tastes).

Conclusion: This is a solid brown ale that I would be proud of brewing if it came from my home brewery. It is not something I would go out of my way to track down again, but if it was served at my local pub I would revisit it often and regard it as a solid standby. This is my first Upslope beer and I am not disappointed.

Serving type: can

11-29-2011 03:31:33 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of rawfish


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep shade of brown, dark wood highlights all over the glass. Forms a small bit of froth on top the body that has decent retention and leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Definitely stock brown ale, roasted malts, a touch of brown sugar, and some burnt popcorn. Little bit of hop character here mostly pine.

Robust full flavors, not exceptionally bold but the drink fills the mouth with light coffee and dark chocolate, some caramel and nutty sweetness. Roasted character lingers through out the drink. Malts are complimented with some herbal hop character and a bitter note towards the end of the drink. Rather balanced and pleasant. Honey sweetness on the aftertaste.

A touch too much carbonation, active and lively yet biting, really brings the roasted malts to peak at a near burnt level. Medium bodied with no unpleasantries in the after taste or mouth coating.

Quite a pleasant surprise for a random pick up. A very drinkable and -robust- beer comparable to it's Boulder sibling, Ellie's. Side to side I'd say they are even. Good beer, will pick up again.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 20:41:54 | More by rawfish
Photo of emmasdad


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a mixed sixer the other day, even though I've never been a huge fan of their other beers. Poured a medium chestnut brown color with a good light brown head. Aromas of roasted nuts, milk chocolate and a hint of hops. On the palate, medium bodied with flavors of roasted nuts, caramel and chocolate. The best from Upslope so far.

Serving type: can

01-15-2011 04:50:57 | More by emmasdad
Photo of beergoot


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, red copper color. Decent thick, creamy head with good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, slightly burnt, bitter aroma.

Taste: Roasted grain, nice bitterness towards the end with burnt toast-like flavors counter-balancing.

Mouthfeel: Light with a fine carbonation bubbling along the tongue.

Overall: Nothing distinctive nor worth writing home about, but a fair beer for a basic brown ale. A middle-of-the-road offering that's worth drinking when nothing better is available.

Note: I updated and upgraded my scores based on another can of the beer sampled 7/21/12.

Serving type: can

12-10-2011 21:56:51 | More by beergoot
Photo of tronester


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, clear ruby brown with a thin light tan head. Smell is like freshly toasted bread. Taste begins with some initial marzipan flavors, followed by some light coffee flavors, and an earthy dry finish. Rich mouthfeel, smooth low carbonation. Overall quite a strong brown ale, but also quite good.

Serving type: can

01-26-2012 00:43:12 | More by tronester
Photo of Thads324


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the simple and easy going cans
Pours a medium brown, red hues when held to the light. Massive soft and tight tan bubbles of head. Great lacing, good start.

Aromas of heavy malt, brown bread, hints of mild chocolate, pumpernickel bread. Deep scent of a real deal brown.

Taste starts light and watery, heads towards slightly roasted and grainy husk ville. Bits of toffee and dark wheat bread. Slight earthy hop bitterness at the beginning. A bit astringent at the end. Hop bitterness lingers a bit, kind of leafy.

Mouthfeel is lower part of medium bodied. No alcohol present and highly drinkable.

A pretty good brown, but the small odd almost plasticky astringency is a bit off putting.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 00:06:49 | More by Thads324
Photo of tbern007


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown, one finger light tan head, remains for a little while, lace is lacking.
Scent is of roasty malt, caramel, nut.
Taste is of cocoa, nut, roasted malt. Starts sweet and the brown sugar is evident. Moves into a hint of the English hops and there is some tea there. Finishes dry and with the roastiness.
Very drinkable. Pretty good brown. Stronger than the "english" would leave you to believe. I had too many of these. Added brown sugar and 6.7% lead to the HA the next day for sure.

Serving type: can

11-14-2011 18:54:11 | More by tbern007
Photo of StoneTSR


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Upslope Brown pours a darker color than any Brown Ale I have seen. It is nearly black, but it does allow a good amount of pretty red light through. The head is frothy and about three quarters of an inch thick, the retention is pretty strong.

SMELL: The aroma provides a pleasant, woody and roasted malty smell. Not a huge smell, but pretty solid.

TASTE: Sweet chocolate flavors greet the palate, but quickly give way to a roasty, nutty and woody malt flavor before eventually allowing a subtle hoppy bitterness to finish the sip with a tiny hint of citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Voluptuous is the first word that comes to mind when I drink this beer. It is very big and full with nicely rounded edges. The Brown Ale is also a little creamy with a slight sparkle that tickles the palate throughout each sip.

OVERALL: This is a very nicely done beer. Brown Ales are not my favorite style, but I will go back to this beer again.

Serving type: can

03-19-2012 05:16:15 | More by StoneTSR
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, dark amber in appearance. This is a very rich looking brown ale with a rather thin head that fades to a film of off-white.

Aroma - wow. Lots of big malty aromas coming from this brew. Some very pleasing smells of coffee, cocoa and malted milk balls. If I didn't know better I'd think this might be a coffee stout!

Taste - a malt-ensive wave of sweetness slams my taste buds and carries with it dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, Tootsie rolls, dark rye bread and some biscuity flavors. This is a serious brown ale and a great candidate for those that have found brown ales to be rather lacking. Upslope has beefed this style up and really packed this beer with roasty/toasty flavors. Maltheads rejoice and for you hopheads this is one you wont want to pass up.

Overall - robust is the best one word description of this brown ale. Usually I am underwhelmed by most brown ales but this one has some "oomph". Nice bitter roasty flavors from beginning to end and a few ticks higher on the ABV scale to boot. One of the better brown ales I've come across (just my taste I guess).

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I'd be a repeat offender with this one for sure. I'm definitely sad to see my last can go but hopefully I'll be able to source out some others in the near future!

Serving type: can

03-31-2011 23:29:33 | More by indiapaleale
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Solid brown with a substantial brown head which is thick and creamy, leaves light lacing on the glass

S- Strong notes of caramel, light chocolate and malt sweetness

T- Light bitterness throughout, roasted flavors and cocoa sweetness, slight warming, a light bit of dryness on the finish

M- Almost no carbonation, heavy and smooth, almost heading into porter territory but good

O- Kind of straddles the line between a brown and a porter in my mind, very enjoyable, would definitely have again

Serving type: can

06-13-2012 01:39:29 | More by stampfler07
Photo of BEERchitect


4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't your father's Brown Ale, especially if your dad is English. This beer foregoes any element of finesse to prefer aggressive American attitude. Its high hop ranges favor citrus character over broad bitter spice. Its body is malty-dry with a bit of heat. Its toasty chocolate tones rival that of Porters. Yet the beer somehow decries all-thing-brown.

Starting with its masculine crimson pour, its somewhat ruby-like with chestnut highlights- all is easily taken with the beer's brilliantly clear body. Somehow, its filtered character leaves its foam structure intact. Lacy rings cling to the glass at every sip taken from the glass.

Heavy toast kicks off the beer's aromatics, but does so with the backing of earthy chicory, cocoa beans, coffee, walnut, and tangy yogurt. Shy of roast, burnt or char character- the beer flirts with the line that separated this Brown from Stout. Earthen wood and pine notes balance and nearly overtake the aromas as the beer warms; bringing about accessory notes of citrus and grass.

It's bold yet crisp taste starts with the malty-sweet underpinnings of burnt sugar and bittersweet chocolate and then into bold roast coffee and earthy walnut oils. These bold tastes reach their apex at middle palate and that's where the hops kick in. Then come the citrus taste of grapefruit pith and peel, fresh cut grasses, torn pine needles, and singed woods. And yet there's the underlying malt taste of whipping cream that gives the beer a milky taste to support the chocolate and sweetness early and balances the hops late.

Creamy and medium-full early, the beer makes quick work of its heft and sheds its carbonation and residual sweetness soon after the malty taste registers. Then the beer favors dry toast textures, hop dryness, strong alcohol warmth, and mild acrid roast astringency. It goes from creamy to dry in a hurry.

I'm not going to say that this is the next Dogfish India Brown Ale, but it's not far off the course. Its a wonderful Americanized Brown Ale that can claim Porter-like character if it wanted to. I can see a pairing of a cajun-style burger with pepper jack cheese and jalapenos in the future with this beer as a complement.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 06:10:04 | More by BEERchitect
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich brown color, you can just see through the beer in the light. Thin off-white foam dissipates leaving a few sudsy remains. The aroma has an interesting character of roasted popcorn. Very malt forward but not particularly sweet. I don't get much in the way of hops either.

Relatively clean, toasted nut, toffee malt taste, again only lightly sweet, with moderate bitter finish. Has a robustness and roast comparable to a porter, but without the darker malt character. The alcohol seems well in check as this leans a little stronger for style. I really like the mouthfeel: a good moderate thickness, relatively sharper carbonation, and feels clean/smooth on the palate.

Overall a nice take on a Brown Ale. They could have gone with more hop balance as the trend seems to be here in the U.S., and I certainly would have appreciated it, but I like the focus on the roasty malt flavor. Not sure how I feel about a full six-pack of something like this, but I would definitely mix in the rotation now and then.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 05:36:05 | More by bennetj17
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One and a half fingers of tan head on brown, amber ting'd colored body.
The aroma is a nice nutty and malt smell. Really nice.
The taste is nutty and malty as well. A solid profile.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and medium body.
A drinkable brown ale and tasty too.

Serving type: can

01-05-2013 03:09:00 | More by Fatehunter
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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 22:39:27 | More by arizcards
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the great reasons to fly through Denver International is that they have terrific local beers at their in-airport watering holes. We're not talking Hamm's and Pabst here folks, but New Belgium and Upslope.

A - Deep mahogeny. Clear with golden hues when held to the mile high sunlight. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - Like a tour of Woodford Reserve Bourbon distillery. Bready, yeasty.

T - Delicious. A true brown ale. Sweet malt and slight bitter hop finish.

M - No barley soda here. Very smooth. Very drinkable.

O - This is session beer material. Will need to see if it is available in southern California. BevMo?

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 00:00:19 | More by bacabuck
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Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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