Thai Style White IPA
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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From:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Belgian IPA
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
135
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 15, 2019
Added:
Jan 23, 2014
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  27
SCORE
84
Good
Thai Style White IPAThai Style White IPA
Notes: Thai Style White IPA
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Rated: 4 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.76 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Oct 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Oct 18, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2019
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Wow, a white IPA in 2019, with Asian-cuisine-inspired spices. That's something, alright. I first had beer from Upslope ages ago when the brewery was introduced to me by my good friend (and professor) Jim, who had gotten some of their beer from a trip to that part of the US. This one is exciting to me, honestly.

Pours a completely clear-as-day golden color with a very retentive head that leaves behind some spotty lacing and has solid legs for what it's worth. This beer has a bunch of spices in it that could definitely render the appearance null and void, but it somehow manages to keep everything intact, and it looks quite good while doing so. I'm a little confused why it's super clear... I always associated white IPAs (ya know, when they existed...) with haze, like a hoppy witbier or something, so... maybe this isn't great when it comes to being a stylistic representation of BIPAs, but it looks nice as a beer in and of itself. Not sure how to rate this one, but I'm just gonna go ahead and give it what feels right.

The nose is heavy on citrusy hops and ginger, that's for sure. They also list lemongrass, Thai basil, and coriander as adjuncts, and I guess I can sense some of the lemongrass but a lot of the other elements are a bit obscured. There's a little bit of funk and tangerine peel with lighter notes of stone fruit (apricot and peach) as well. This is a bit plain and normative, honestly, but it does the job. I wish it were maybe a bit more aggressive in the hop department, for example, as it doesn't even seem to let the spices take the lead.

On the tongue, this beer is a touch bready and yeasty, with a cautious approach to its hoppiness. There are some light notes of grapefruit peel, coriander, and lemon zest, but a lot of what's happening here seems weirdly muted. I think they wanted to be sure everything balanced correctly, but it seems so overly-safe that it ironically loses a bunch of character that it by all means should have had. Still, this is really drinkable and would probably work with plenty of different cuisines, as it's definitely identifiable as an IPA but doesn't really have the bitterness typically indicative of the style. That makes this beer uh... pretty good, but not spectacular.
Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.73 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 26, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Best by November 2nd, 2018. Poured into Batch 19 Pub Glass.

A straw-golden colored body with slight chill haze, and a fluffy head of 1/2 finger leaving slight hilly lacing up the sides.

I get a nice nose of coriander, citrus peel, lemongrass, ginger, clove, and slight dill. There's a hop bitterness there in the nose too but I can't quite pin it down.

Flavor starts with basil and lemongrass, then coriander, ginger, lemon peel, dry grass, clove, slight orange and banana, and finishing with more basil and bitter dry grass.

Feel is carbonated, faint creaminess that's canceled out by the hop resins, which carry to the finish. A dry parch remains on the palate.

Overall, a very interesting take on a white IPA. I wish more breweries did this. This is the 2nd Thai style IPA I've had, and the better of the two was from Around The Bend called Silk Road. Interesting trial if you can get ahold of this one though.
Oct 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Oct 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Oct 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.52 by RDW from Nebraska

Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. BB NOV 02 18 stamped on bottom of can.

Appearance- Pours massive white pancake batter head with long life and slight sticky lacing. Extremely hazy bright yellow body with no particulates. 4.5

Smell- Slight banana. Almost reminds me of a hefe. A little too mild. 3.75

Taste - Strong grass up front but I'll be damned if this is not a belgian white blended with an IPA. Orange peel finish. No bad characters. 3.75

Mouthfeel - Smooth and spicy hop feel. Suprisingly balanced considering the strange blend. 4.5

Overall - Well crafted beer, especially for a limited release. Many brewers put on the same beer for years and can't get them this good. Genuinely suprised by this. 4.5
Aug 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by white_pony21 from Colorado

Jul 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Momma_Knapp from Connecticut

Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.36 by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by BlueSpader from Washington

Sep 08, 2017
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer is an interesting experiment. It's not quite as Thai-styled as you'd expect, at least to me - I didn't get much of the lemongrass or ginger, but did get quite a lot of the coriander. So it was more of a witbier for me, but I still enjoyed it. This is better than their more generic and widely available beers.
Aug 21, 2017
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer has a very distinctive flavor profile. The spices are ginger, Thai basil, and lemongrass, and it's got a good Belgian yeast presence. It's got enough bitterness that you know it's an IPA, but It's on the low end of the bitterness scale for IPAs. It's quite unusual.

I'd expect this will get negatives from quite a few folks, as it's quite different from any other IPA I've had. But I think it's pretty good.
Aug 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jul 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by LukeB from Virginia

Jul 12, 2017
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: 4.0
Pale yellow / golden color. This one is quite hazy. A 3-4 finger head from a 12 ounce can. Lower on carbonation than expected as it dies out pretty quickly. Looks more like a Saison.

Smell: 4.0
Smells of hops and spices. Like some Belgian IPAs that I have had. Smells l ike there is quite a bit of coriander in with the other spices.

Taste: 4.5
Tastes like a Belgian IPA. Some bitterness up front, then a touch of sweetness just before the spices blast in. A touch of heat from the spices. Some cracker/biscuit. The spices taste like clove, coriander, ancie, turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper, and ginger. There is a lot going on here. Very flavorful.

Feel: 4.0
Medium bodied. Even though not many bubbles are evident in this one later on in the drinking experience, it still seems to have an effervescent tingle.

Overall: 4.25
Very interesting IPA. Many flavors melding together here. Should try this one for sure. It is not something that I would drink every day, but it was very enjoyable.
Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Gomez427 from California

Jan 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.83 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 17, 2016
 
Rated: 2.87 by Quesophresco from Oregon

Dec 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Oct 26, 2016
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours a golden white with a billowy cap of foam. This smells like coriander and estery pepper. Nice Belgo yeast profile. Smooth finish. From a can.
Oct 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by Jeffwildcat from Arizona

Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Sep 07, 2016
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Reviewed by erk0607 from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Look: Golden amber with an off-white, super fine head that lingers.
Smell: Stir fry and hops. Definitely a peppery, funk that transcends a saison that was in an asian kitchen.
Taste: Bitter hops, curry spice, perhaps some orange zest. Much like the smell, there is a straw funk crossed with IPA that comes through.
Feel: Medium-light body, super fine carbonation.
Overall: Not a fan of the flavor, though it does all go together.
Sep 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Aug 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Aug 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Aug 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Huge massive billowy head floating on a fuzzy dark yellow orange warming a busy very busy amalgamation of varied spices leaving a general dry bitterness
Aug 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Irrationalist from California

Aug 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.6 by keng1343 from Colorado

Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by jaydoc from Kansas

Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.41 by kkarimi from Texas

Jul 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.46 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Jul 15, 2016
Thai Style White IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 174 ratings