Imperial IPA - Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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Reviews by AlCaponeJunior:
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
A nice two finger head that left pretty good lacing topped an orange-tan beer that was clear and had a few rising bubbles.
Aroma and flavor are quite nice, especially aroma, tons of sticky oily hops penetrate your nose like a fiery hop candle. The flavors are bold, but a bit more subdued than the aroma, with a somewhat hoppy skewed, yet balanced big beer. The hops have both soft fruity and sharp, resinous citric qualities. There's a bit of dank that accompanies the flavorful malt backbone of the beer, along with notable spiciness.
Body is medium and sticky with resinous hops and a bitter finish. Carbonation is on the money for what I would personally want, given the rest of the beer's qualities.
The flavors and aromas are complex, and Upslope has once again impressed me with their beer. Keep up the good work, and I'll keep buying your beer.
And I do like that it comes in cans. Mind you I either use commercial bottles for homebrew, or recycle. But for the general public, and the overall good of the planet, cans are very easy to recycle, are very good at keeping beer fresh, and are easier to store or transport than bottles. So for this reason, I am very hoppy that Upslope decided to invest in canning technology and infrastructure for their brewery.
Great Job! ;-)
03-10-2014 08:32:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
19.2 oz can. Pours copper amber with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is piney, resiny stinky hops (almost summit like, but not over the top) and some caramel malt.
The flavor is sweet bready malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny hop finish. Pick up very slight summit hop off notes, but not much. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a solid DIPA. I'd buy it more in 4 packs vs big cans though.
07-08-2013 05:46:35 | More by Beaver13
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
An Imperial pint tall-boy can, procured on a Whole Foods run, on the first day of Denver Beer Week, last week, and a tad dear for the single, at that. I do like the typically spare ingredients list, only here the first item is 'snowmelt'. Gnarly.
This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and ultimately bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a broad swath of metal t-shirt imagery lace around the glass as things take a header southwards.
It smells of sassy, somewhat musty citrus - sweet fleshy orange, underripe grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi - hearty biscuity, bready caramel malt, crystalline toffee, and further perfumed floral and pine resin hop esters. No real sign of the ABV as of yet. The taste is a mite bit more subdued - semi-sweet citrus cream, which does well to blend and obfuscate the individual fruits, caramel and toffee malt, some wet breadiness, a mild zingy, mint-suggestive spiciness, and back-nine leafy, woody, and pine needle hops.
The bubbles are rather understated, i.e. damned near flat, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, in that horror movie sense, where the tension tells you that something jarring is just out of range. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly clean, and teasingly hoppy.
A sort of strange bird for the style, but in a very good way. Everything on everybody's checklist is indeed there, but everything just feels, well, laid-back. Especially the full, nicely round 10 points of alcohol - where on God's green Earth did the brewer hide that? Wow - I found myself at times contemplating the quality of this unassuming APA (!!!). Anyways, a superbly rendered DIPA, nothing too extreme on either side of the proverbial aisle, and stupidly, inanely, and pleasantly easy to drink.
10-19-2013 02:46:42 | More by biboergosum
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
Another beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 19.3?! oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, some tropical fruits. Taste is bitter, liots of hops, a bit of pine, some fruits, 10% abv is well hidden, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
08-28-2013 16:38:46 | More by tone77
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.
Smells of tropical and citrus hops.
Tastes of the fruity hops with a pretty big malt profile. Hops lead off with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit along with some pine. Big hops notes, but not much in the way of bitterness. Syrupy malts come through and add some sweetness to the fruits. More malts come in with caramel and toffee notes. Finishes sweet with a bit of spice.
Mouthfeel is full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a fruity DIPA that is malt heavy.
03-10-2014 02:12:07 | More by ocelot2500
Imperial IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.