Brown Ale - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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4.01/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-29-2013 06:10:04 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-09-2013 01:05:22 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
11-04-2011 17:11:51 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-02-2011 19:26:58 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
08-15-2011 22:11:10 | More by Rifugium
4.7/5 rDev +19.6%
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?
10-16-2011 23:11:51 | More by woodychandler
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-16-2012 04:47:18 | More by DoubleJ
4.11/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
06-29-2014 14:49:09 | More by Bitterbill
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-06-2011 15:09:48 | More by tone77
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
02-11-2011 17:53:57 | More by ArrogantB
Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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