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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

177 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 34 | 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: 177 | Reviews: 37
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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 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 Formana
4.38/5  rDev +21%
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.

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 ShabbyX
1.68/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 allforbetterbeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter- not the ideal glass but one that I have found I enjoy beer from whenever I am reviewing it.

This is a slightly cloudy light straw-gold color in body with a minimal head. The nose shows the faintest touch of sulfur, light earthy hops and some sweet grains. Approachable and inviting. Almost innocent.

The flavor is sweeter than expected, with a nice crackery barley presence that starts off strong and lasts throughout. The hops a light and present with minor earthy and even floral tones. Overall the feel is smooth from a lower level of carbonation (a bonus in my book) and the light sweetness actually makes this totally drinkable.

Conclusion: It seems to me that most of the reviewers on this site are still in their craft beer adolescence. By that I mean that they want simplicity, bold and easy to identify flavors, and constantly are seeking to "one-up" the beer they drank yesterday. Thus a mild flavored, low ABV, easy drinking beer such as this will score low. What if Upslope intended to keep everything mild mannered? And if so, why is that mandate a low score? I digress. This beer could almost pass as a kolsch as it is fruitier and slightly sweeter than the standard lager. Warmer fermentation perhaps? Either way, this is light, drinkable, and quiet tasty.

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 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 mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale in the tall Pilsener glass with a nice foamy cap. Ultra-light body with some decent spritz on the tongue.

The endless lemony flavor is the best feature. It's not overly sharp, but there is something like a lemon chiffon cake flavor. The nose has that same bready, citrusy aroma. The hops are rather subtle, with just a whisper of bitterness. It's just faint all over. A ghost of a beer, but a friendly spirit.

From the 12 oz can bought at Grapevine Liquors on south Monaco.

Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 a six pack yesterday at Argonaut; Hadn't had it, and the price was right. Poured a clear golden color with a small white head. Aromas of bread yeast, biscuit and light hops. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of bread, yeast and light hops.

Photo of Domingo
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold. Just a little bit of haze to it. Lacing galore, though.
Lighter malts on the nose. Hops are there, and they give off a little apricot character. I've gotten this from other mild noble hop based pale beers, too...but never a lager. A little honeycomb from the yeast shows that it clearly IS a lager though.
That apricot note from the nose is there in the taste, too. I think it comes from the extra sweet pale malts and those hops. I wish they'd used a different hop, as these could use a hair more bitterness.
Easy drinking, but a little odd to have a fruity lager.
Pretty good, if not unusual.

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.

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 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 beergoot
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer into a pint glass produced a nice, soft yellow body with a creamy white head. Soft grainy aroma with hints of freshly cut grass. The taste comes across with a subdued grain-like flavor, kind of biscuit-like, with a good hop bitterness. Medium-light body with a crisp, dry finish.

This is a very nice, refreshing lager with well-rounded grain hop character. Flavorful enough enjoy a few in a row, and with the low ABV, it would do well as a session beer.

Photo of alexipa
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale straw yellow with little head, even when pouring straight down the center of a tall pilsner glass.

S: Very sweet malty smell, a hint of yeast and citrus as well.

T: Nice crisp citrus taste up front, lemon mainly. Lots of sweet pilsner malts throughout, kept balanced with subtle bittering hops. Well balanced and very pleasant.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth, which is quite unexpected from the look of it. Nicely carbonated and still light enough to drink a few in succession.

O: Just a great craft lager in the German style. I could see hop lovers being slightly disappointing here, as malts really steal the show. I really enjoy it and find it to be a perfect fishing or lawn work beer.

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 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 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.

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Upslope Craft Lager from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.