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Upslope Craft Lager - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Upslope Craft LagerUpslope Craft Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

147 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-21-2011)
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Reviews by Mongrel:
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3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mongrel, Mar 08, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Ldgrem
3.72/5  rDev +3%

Ldgrem, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Todd, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Jason, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

juicebox, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +10.8%

boatshoes, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

HoppySeb, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3%

ste5venla, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +10.8%

ONovoMexicano, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
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 duly 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 fruit 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.

biboergosum, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of Formana
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden bright color. Nice head produced from vigorous pour. Light Czech Saaz hops on the nose. Very refreshing taste that goes down easy. At 4.8% abv this will be my new summer beer. I love that Upslope has expanded their portfolio with an awesome lager.

Formana, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jheezee, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +10.8%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ShabbyX
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This brewery seems determined to present itself as a craft brewer without formulating anything interesting or 'good' in its nominal attempts at different styles.

This particular beer is like a sad knock-off of Avery's Joe's Pilsner, which in itself is less than perfect.

All Upslope beers suffer from lackluster carbonation- each sip lands dead on my palette. This lager needs to be dryer and present a bigger head, to start.

Again and again I wonder if these smaller brewers are starting with some target references - Urquell, Paulaner, Asahi?

No way this is worth $9 a six pack.

Cheers.

ShabbyX, Jun 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

hiphopj5, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

zonker17, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.39/5  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.

tone77, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

stampfler07, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

ocelot2500, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

LotsofLupulin, Jan 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

gtermi, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jayschool, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

st9647v3, Sep 17, 2014
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Upslope Craft Lager from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.