Helios Pale Ale | Upland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
80
good
241 Ratings
Helios Pale AleHelios Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 05-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
241
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SeanVonMorrison
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Genx
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Following a recent marathon that I raced, my and my wife's families all got together and went to Upland Brewing Company for dinner. Dad and I got there first so we decided to go ahead and grab a beer while we waited. Naturally, we went for an Oktoberfest first. Then we all ordered different beers to pair with our meals. I can't remember which one of us ordered this one, but I got a few sips regardless.

This beer features a white head that is quite thin and dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is clear and a bright golden color with light carbonation visible. 3.75/5 the aroma is quite hop forward, mainly on the citrusy side (Citra hops perhaps?). Notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit juice really pervade. There is not much in the way of citrus rind, mainly just flesh and juice. There is a bit of light white bread that comes through, showcasing the light malt used. 3.75/5 The flavor is surprisingly sweet, although it is not a strong sweetness by any stretch of the imagination. White bread comes through initially before quickly transitioning to tangerine, orange, grapefruit juice, and finally a bit of citrus rind. The rind note really brings out the bitterness of the hops with a bitterness that is moderate and lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 4/5 This beer is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation burn up front that leads into moderate drying, with the drying lingering just slightly on the palate after swallowing. 4/5 This pale ale is really a well executed APA that does not go overboard on the bitterness. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced and utilize various hop flavors very nicely. I would say that this one is quite sessionable, with or without food. 3.75/5

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of digitalzombie
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtransel
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Angerhaus
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ssimpson89
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinSparks
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewshound
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Good amount of suds on top, nearly clear pale copper hue. Hints of orange zest, toasted grain, yeast, and a mild herbal hop in the nose. Light to medium body with a slightly fluffy crispness. Mild toasted malt character, bready as well. Ample hop bitterness to balance, touch of citrus rind and green tea flavor. Love the balance, drinkable. Sometimes simple is better.

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Photo of mlockman
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy, but not overly bitter; clean finish.

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Photo of Inglewood
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tilly
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maybe unfair to do this beer. Bottled January 2013!
Hazy golden amber with a thick white head that leaves a lacey rim on the glass.
Subtle grapefruit, fruit, malt aromas. A hint of pine.
Malty, grapefruit, fresh bread and sweet taste.
Mouth feel is dry, crisp with a touch of bitterness.
Good beer. I wonder if the late date was wrong?

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Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arini10
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wiseguywood
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BWED
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Slight haze, bronze copper. Off-white head leaves thin, wispy lacing. Retention is only okay.

S- Grapefruit, stone fruit, toasty malt, very slight pine. Really wonderful.

T- Mild toast and subtle fruit sweetness. Subtle pine as well.

M- A little bitterness, but body is light and carbonation is very low.

O- Great nose, but taste and feel are underwhelming.

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Helios Pale Ale from Upland Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 241 ratings.
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