Brown Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 261
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 SPThirtyThree
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
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). (897 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of mmachine83
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

upslope brown ale 6.7% abv. srm I would say mid 20s. ibu of 45, but jesus the malt in this guy hides that.

massive head. lot of malt and coffee on the first smell, almost no hop smell. good mouth feel not a heavy beer, but it certainly has some weight to it, with a nice creamy finish.

as I drink it I've lost almost all smell except for that cutting coffee smell, which is pleasantly light in the overall flavor of the beer. just enough sweet to balance what is an obviously large amount of malt. doesn't taste like its packing this level of alcohol. after taste is all malt and chocolate.

looked down and half the beer is gone. taking smaller sips now just cause I want this guy to last while I write this. I'm loving this beer. the bitter, malt, and alcohol are obviously at this party as a threesome and they're having a great time together.

no fruit, no weird spice, no special rare thing from some country. an unapologetic tasty brown ale, well planned and brewed. is it ground breaking or revolutionary? not at all. is it a solid beer you'll be glad you took a sip of? without a doubt. if you dig a good brown ale, you owe it to yourself to give this number a taste.

it'll be better a little colder, get it fridge cold and pour it into a pint glass, or get it fridge cold and then let it sit on the counter for 15 minutes. luckily I have 5 more of these bad boys to share tomorrow night. (1,404 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetration. A bit over half an inch of small bubbles form a tightly knit beige head. Heavy Brussels lacing. I smell chocolate and caramel notes. The flavor is primary caramel with some chocolate and toffee notes. The body is creamy and smooth. Drink by date was back on 12/7/14. (324 characters)

Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label of this beer lists brown sugar as an ingredient. A moderate pour from a 12 oz can into a 10 oz Pilsener style sampling glass produces about a ¾ inch head of a light tan color. The head is sticky and notably creamy looking. The beer is a rich, moderately dark yellowish-brown.

The malty aroma evokes dark bread with a little molasses. A good deal of nutty bitterness asserts itself in the flavor, with accents of butter, molasses, oak and dark fruit. The finish is dry but with lasting nutty bitterness. The body is medium.

This is a fine example of a brown ale that is becoming all to rare on local shelves. This beer is not available in my immediate area but was purchased in Sheridan, Wyoming at Star Liquor for 8-something a sixer. (756 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a thick beige head which slowly recedes with plenty of lacing. Color is a deep reddish-brown. No noticeable streaming carbonation.
Aroma: dark roasted barley malt, cocoa, rich bread dough, and some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, somewhat oily mouthfeel, with a drying finish.
Flavor: molasses, coffee, cocoa, plenty of robust barley malt. some hops near the finish, and some warming alcohol lingers.
Overall: well done example of an American Brown Ale. (482 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a brown color, go figure. Finger worth of head that settles in but is present while drinking. Active carbonation is right for the style.

Smell: Pretty subdued overall. Cane sugar sweetness on the front. Light roasted coffee with some sweeter tones of caramel and molasses as a compliment. Mossy hops and oak round out the aroma.

Taste: Balanced, fitting roasted malts with potent coffee grounds greet the palate. A pleasant caramelized sugary body balances out a pretty heavy front. Balanced notes from both join force to create a finish with roasted coffee accents and dark, mature malts.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant transitions from roasted and dry, to sweet, to a pleasant combination on the finish. Carbonation is low but plays well in this beer.

Overall: This is a very tasty and interesting representation of the style. Has the nice dark roasted notes of a stout while providing the drinkability and sweeter notes of a brown ale. (956 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from cans into generic pints. It showed an auburn coloring, letting up more shimmering hues or ruby when held directly to light. A one and a half finger tall head of crème brûlée colored foam topped the liquid. This showed nice retention into quilted patterned lace around our glasses. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be lighter. The aroma wafted simply, taking form from brown and amber malts, sourdough bready dough, metallic yeast and nickel, vanilla, hazelnut sweetness, cheddar cheese mustiness, burnt brown sugars, browned plantains, dusty leathers, lime soda, and faint molasses stickiness. The flavoring to follow included big roasty brown and deeper chocolate malts, Cocoa Puff cereal graininess and chocolate dustiness, lactic acidity, smoldering campfire charcoal, tinny yeastiness, black cherry skins, willow bark bitterness, light marmalade sweetness, light soapy hop, green tobacco leaf, and iced chamomile tea. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high and tight, although the former thinned out a bit as the beer warmed up. The feel was otherwise more oily and slick, than creamy or frothy. Atop this was decent slurp and smack, with the mouth left wet, and the slightest bit dusted. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was easy to put away.

Overall, this beer was enjoyed amongst friends on our second night visiting them in Tempe, Arizona. What a welcomed recuperation it was following our nearly thirty hour drive. Actually, this was the first beer we got a chance to rate during this trip. We do wish that it would have been a local Arizona offering, but we were in such a hurry to get the festivities started, we grabbed damn near the first thing we came across. Well, this and some Modus Hoperandi, which served as a good back and forth paring for a simple, clean brown ale such as this one. The most surprising thing about it was the flavoring, which showed a heavy backbone of roast and smoke throughout it. Very nice. This wasn’t overwhelming in any sense though, as it was enjoyed by all, even our friends newest to the craft beer scene. (2,144 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 3.75 - Dark brown with a modest head.
S: 3.75 - Caramel with a light roast.
T: 4.0 - Quite a bit of roast in the taste, together with moderately high bitterness really cut out the sweetness. Nice caramel with a bit of a hint of dark chocolate.
M: 3.75 - Neutral texture, not too carbonated.
O: 4.0 - Not my favorite style, but this is a pretty good beer for those of us are turned off by sweetish darker beers. (413 characters)

Photo of tbern007
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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. (936 characters)

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Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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