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Upslope Craft Lager - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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BA SCORE
82
good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-21-2011

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Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Germanstylefan7896
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clean, crisp fresh lager.Has all the right elements for flavor going on. Perfect for summer, like your "BBQ" beer. Probably what a mass produced beer such as a lager, used to taste like 90 years ago. One of my personal favorites at the moment.

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer commits to being a tasty all-malt American pilsner. There's a rich, lightly-toasted barley flavor with just a hint of spicy hops. I'd still like a touch more bitterness, but it's like a more flavorful Session Lager from Full Sail.

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a crystal clear golden color and a perky head that leaves quite a few strands

Smell: Doughy and slightly grassy

Taste: Doughy, with a developing touch of sweetness, up front, with a slightly grassy hop bill building in the middle; clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Good for what it is; a nice clean lager

Photo of argock
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by 03 APril 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can. Purchased at Albertson's (Jackson Hole, WY).

A: Clear honey-gold with solid 1-1.5 finger ivory head, frothy and sticky with good retention and solid bands of lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy and herbal on the hops side, slightly more hoppy than malty, but with a dough, biscuit, and soft cereal grain pale pilsner malt aroma. Clean with a bit of minty hops as well.

T: Flavor is solid and refreshing with grainy, doughy, breadiness leading in the flavor but layered with grassy, honeysuckle, and minty hops. Clean in flavor as well withminimal esters even with warming.

M: Clean and crisp, light bodied with medium carbonation and relatively dry finish.

O: Upslope Craft Lager was a solid pale lager, probably more in the pre-prohibition lager mode than a helles or pilsner given the evenness of the malting and hopping. Nice job and I look forward to trying a few more Upslope offerings this trip.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A pale, straw colored beer flows out of the can and just barely squeezes into a pint glass with a perfect two fingers or white head that crowns just a touch of the rim of the glass. The head seems to sit and stay forever, receding just a quarter-inch or so in the first two minutes since the pour. While the lacing is consistent throughout the glass (and looks quite pretty), it is fairly thin. Overall, great looking, appetizing beer.

SMELL: Pretty clean on the nose with a hint of bready malt and a touch of citrus.

TASTE: Compared to most Pale Lagers, this beer has a ton of flavor, starting with the hops. They provide a nice grassiness with a touch or earthy and citrusy (mostly lemon) character. The bread from the nose is still present along with the tiniest touch of funk.

MOUTHFEEL: This is an exceptionally easy beer to drink. Light in body and dry (with just a tiny bit of malty sweetness to balance) I have almost finished this beer before this review I’m writing, which never happens.

OVERALL: What this beer lacks is one of its greatest strengths; that sweet, corn-syrupy taste and feel that most Light American Lagers have way too much of. It keeps the beer refreshing and easy to drink. It is just what I’m looking for out of an American Lager, but never find with the big boys.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, another unassuming offering scooped up in the great grocery store, GABF-adjacent run of 2014.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and rocky bone-white head, which leaves some well spread out chunks of wayward island lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of sharply biscuity and crackery pale malt, sedate lemon rind fruity notes, the suggestion of mild gasohol astringencies, and earthy, leafy, and duly grassy hops. The taste is bready, lightly doughy, and somewhat biscuity pale malt, the ghost of the caramel sweetness that never was, a touch of innocuous dead yeast, well-aged Riesling heat, and slowly doled-out leafy, grassy, and reap-worthy hay-like hops.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, but more than capable of fulfilling their quotidian support duties, the body a so-so middleweight, and tentatively smooth, the indecisive hops yet to determine what I feel right about now. It finishes a tad off-dry, the typical Czech Pils essences just too distracting by this point.

Wow - I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised that this brewery could spit out such a heady ode to the best Bohemian pilseners out there - they surely do. Perhaps I should have known this from the outset, given their basic, but still engaging ingredient list: Snowmelt, Malt, Czech Saaz Hops, and Lager Yeast. A recipe for success, if I've ever seen one.

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: 4.25 - Pale, bright straw gold color with a thick half-inch head.
S: 3.75 - Clean malt, not very grainy, light hoppiness.
T: 4.0 - Most of the flavor is in the malt, a touch bready, with moderate bitterness and nice German hop taste. Clean, easy drinking.
M: 3.75 - Neutral texture, light bodied.
O: 4.0 - Nothing exciting here, but this is a solid session beer.

Photo of dcscientist
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

I like a lot of lighter beers, though this style is kind of blah for me. But this is a very good lager, and it tastes good in the can too, which is a plus. Not everyone gets canning right, but these guys do. It's just a bit heavier than a session beer, but you can still do that without much trouble.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%

Really well crafted for sure, a really basic single hop lager with no frills about it. They did a great job of keeping and imperfections in this basic beer. Just a crisp lager with a light malt body and Saaz hops that add I slight spicy hop profile on an overall bright grassy beer . Great intro craft beer for people.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours lightly yellow to straw. Well carbonated, with a pretty big head for this style.

Aroma and taste are surprisingly complex for what's essentially a simple beer style. I get sweet grass and hay, just a smidge of funk, grain silo, fresh meadow, crispy hops, and a tinge of mowing the lawn on a cool autumn morning.

Body is ridiculously drinkable, yet still has character, with a bit of a slick finish and a crispy hops afternote. Plentiful carbonation. Upslope = damn good beer.

Photo of Foyle
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a sudsy white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing. Color is a clear light golden with abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: light toasted barley marley, yeast rolls, and some floral hop aroma.
Mouthfeel: light bodied, crisp, just slightly sticky with a mostly dry finish.
Flavor: nicely balanced with sweet barely malt, biscuit, apple, and some mild hops in the finish. Overall: a very pleasant and drinkable lager. Well done Upslope!

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a six pack at Liquor Shed in Casper. Canned 17th of March 2014.

It pours a clear and bright straw yellow with a 3 finger head of foam, does well with the lacing.

It smells grainy, earthy, slightly sweet. Overall, right for the style.

Nice tasting brew. The grain isn't overwhelming, good solid malt presence that has some sweetish notes and there's a nice bit of a hoppy bite that brings a flavourful balance to this Lager. Easy drinking, smooth, tasty, yes, I like this.

Creamy mouthfeel and so drinkable, almost a session beer by US standards but not quite. Still, I could enjoy putting away a few cans of this Craft Lager and not feel guilty. Upslope is a solid brewery in my book.

Photo of bennetj17
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color, very thin head without much retention. Barely a faint ring of bubbles left behind. The beer has a slight haze, and the carbonation looks weak. Aroma of lightly sweet cereal grains, clean, with only the faintest citric hop note.

Zesty lemon fruit and bready malt up front, lightly drying toward the back with a subtle bitterness. Muted hop balance. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Alcohol is low.

This beer works decently for style, but for such a simple lager the quality and balance have to be almost perfect to really set it apart. While a notch better, it really doesn't stand out far enough many of the macro lagers on the market. Easy to drink and potentially sessionable, it just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear yellow/straw color. A two finger rocky white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some lace is left behind.
S: Grainy and biscuit malts up front. Lightly sweet, with a lingering grassy hop and bitterness.
T: Big cereal grains and biscuit malts. Lightly sweet with the same grassy, hop bitterness. Though an off putting mineral, sulfur like flavor that I am not a big fan of.
M/D: A light to medium body. Decent carbonation, but watery and thin. Easy enough to drink if in the mood for something lighter.

Not a bad lager at all. For me, there is a mineral and sulfur like character that is a bit off putting. Though not enough to kill the beer. Maybe not something I will reach for first in the future, but not a bad second tier option.

Photo of Mongrel
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold with a fizzy white head that recedes after a minute or two. No lacing, but good carbonation with tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass the entire time.

Smells like a refined euro lager. Crisp and clean with a slight sweetness and earthy hops coming through.

Taste mimics the nose with a good moderate dose of saaz hops providing earthy, spicy notes, plus a little bit of lemon. Light bready malts lend a slight sweetness. This is a flavor profile everyone is accustomed to from mass marketed pale lagers, but pay close attention and you'll notice the hop bill has been ratcheted up a little here and things are overall more refined. Nice refreshing beer that goes down easy without being too boring.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw color with a tight, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of light grains and grass with a touch of lemon.

Tastes of the grassy and lemon hops with some grainy sweetness. Light hops notes lead off with the grass and some lemon zest. A touch of grainy sweetness comes through and rounds everything out. Very light profile which needs some oomph.

Mouthfeel is light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, the right notes are there, but it is too light for me. However, I think they accomplished their goal of making a light and unoffensive lager.

Photo of mjurney
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Golden color, touch of haze. Good amount of small bubbles rising up. Soapy head.

Aroma:
Fresh cut grass, grainy, some spicy hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Pale malts, grainy, grassy, cracker, a little biscuit. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is super clean and crisp. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, semi dry.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer.

Photo of BeerWizard
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a moderate white head, that leaves lacing as it subsides. Can says they use Saaz hops in this one. Nose is sweet, mildly skunky and herbal. Tastes very bready, corn/grain, has some sweetness, and very mild bitter back end. This would be excellent to take fishing or to pound after some summer yardwork. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and refreshing, with medium carbonation. Overall this lager packs a lot of flavor, is super drinkable, and the more I drink it, the more I like it.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This lager pours from the can to a golden/straw color and produces only a small amount of foam- enough to look nice without producing so much to overflow your glass. Inhale the aromas and you get scents of sweet grains, dough, and light fruit.

Tasting this beer reveals about what you expect, with flavors of barley malt, grains, biscuits, and crackers. There is a little fruit in there as well and just the slightest spice. The beer finishes smooth and refreshing.

Upslope has produced a good, sessionable lager with this beer. The flavor of pale barley malt and grain forms the basis of this beer and its crisp, clean, easy- going nature make it a good choice for multiple purposes. At first glance, it might look like the typical macro- lager, but the nose and taste have none of that funk and/or cardboard flavor common to some of the big name, adjunct lagers.

Overall, a tasty little lager that I will keep in mind for my next party.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Clear straw yellow, thin head

SMELL: Biscuity, bread crust, faintly floral, nutty, clean

TASTE: Crisp, lighter body; doughy, faint sweetness, biscuity, dried grass, balanced bitterness, herbal; clean, dry finish

Awesome to see another craft brewer go wild and brew an American lager, and Upslope went right for it. The retro flavor is there, and it drinks very easy. The only missing factor is that it does not come in the tallboy format. Not a problem knocking a few of these back.

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is crisp, malts, some grains, none of the sweetness in the smell, kind of on the mild side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden color, white head that retains well and leaves a white film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, very grainy, smells like a clean, natural lager without adjuncts.

Taste: Very sweet grain and malt body. Toasted bread note, somewhat.

Mouthfeel: Dry and carbonated.

Overall: An excellent clean, refreshing canned lager.

Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I CANnot get over just how many craft CANs are available in Colorado! If you are looking for a trade or if I owe you from a previous CANTrade (TM), let me know as I am going to have a plethora available shortly.

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Bright, Fresh, Easy"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt[,] Malt[,]Czech Saaz Hops[,]Lager Yeast[,]"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted[,]Aluminum CAN[,]Portable[,]Recyclable[,]Good"; "Colorado Trout Unlimited 1% for Rivers".

The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and so it was time for an inverted Glug. Now, before I proceed, I need a disclaimer. As a native Pennsylvanian, I know how hard it CAN be to use lager yeast and since we have centuries of experience, PA lagers are some of the finest outside of Germany and the Czech Republic, IMHO. That said, I tend to be hard on craft CANned lagers. I got a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention from my pour. Color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly grassy, leading me to wonder what happened to those lovely hops, along with a very characteristic honey-like lager sweetness. Sofa. Sofa, so good, because when I CAN smell the honey characteristic of the malt, it means that NO adjuncts were involved. Mouthfeel was medium, about right for the style, and I got grassy hops on the tongue, but not as prevalently as I might have liked. Finish was both grassy and slightly metallic. It was not a bad beer, per se, but as a lager, it was found by me to be lacking. Keep tweaking this one, fellows.

Photo of spoony
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

A-The brew is crystal clear and light, yellowish gold in color. A thin white head dissipates quickly. It looks like a pale lager.

S-Very light aroma of pale, fruity malts with a little bit of bread dough. There is also some cereal grain, but hops are pretty much non-existent.

T-The taste tracks the smell at first, with lightly buttery, fruity, pale yeasty flavors. There is a little grassy hop twang on the finish, which really helps.

M-The feel is light (although it is medium to full for the style), crisp, and drinkable. Carbonation is medium.

O-This beer is nothing to write home about, but there is a decent flavor, which makes it a decent alternative to macro-AAL-type beers. The problem I have is that for the same price, you can get significantly more flavorful session type beers, so unless you have a hankering for a lightly flavored pale lager, why buy this over say...Sierra Nevada Pale or Dale's Pale?

Photo of DenverLogan
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lowry Beer Garden, Denver.
Pours a gold-straw yellow with minimal head in a pint glass.
Aroma of light malts, slight sweetness.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, minerals, light caramel....crisp, refreshing but also a touch of bitterness in the initial bite through the finish.

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Upslope Craft Lager from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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