Thai Style White IPA
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #243
Ranked #35,311
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
Thai Style White IPAThai Style White IPA
Notes: Thai Style White IPA
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.89/5  rDev +4%
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
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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
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dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
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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VashonGuy from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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
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sjdevel from Utah

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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
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elNopalero from California

4.19/5  rDev +12%
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
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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
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Impetuous from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -4%
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
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angelmonster from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review is of a 1 month old can

Pours a clear fizzy, pale gold. Head is 1/5th of an inch and ivory. Lacing was above average and head retention was pretty good.

Smells of belgian saison yeast, coriander, lemongrass, sweet malt, and slight basil. Basically smells like a spice rack, in the best way possible. Hops arent present and neither is alcohol.

Taste is big on belgian yeast, lots of witch hazel and juicy fruit gum. Sweet malt is also there, coriander, lemongrass and some basil add another layer of flavor to the beer making it very unique. Hops arent detected and alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated. Beer ends with some astringency, foam from head was nicely present throughout.

Overall this was a pretty good summer beer. I normally enjoy white ipas and this one was especially pleasant, thought the spices complemented the style well.

Jul 13, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 04/11/16:

Mostly clear but dense with fine hazy specks. Gold-hued. White, fluffy, chunky, fine, delicate head of moderate retention, with long-lasting film and thick lacing. Smell is bizarre but enticing. Seems Saison-like at first, but likely for the wrong reasons (i.e., not so much from the yeast). Coriander and rind (apparently from hops and not orange peel), lemon, mixed with more exotic spice notes. Ginger the strongest throughout. A little cracker character behind all this. Alcoholic burn in the nostrils, likely accentuated by Thai spices. Again, on the palate, ginger is powerful, but basil, coriander, citrusy hops, and lemongrass still detectable throughout. Citric-tart at the base. Rindy hop character nearly lost in the gingery finish. Strong peppercorn retro-olfaction to be found if sought after. Don’t drink in a hurry, you’ll miss out and your palate will soon become overwhelmed. Medium-bodied, somewhat thin but still very creamy with extremely fine softer carbonation, though some tingles here and there. Fairly crisp, so much going on here I barely noticed. I know some ginger fanatics that would probably rate this much higher, but this is not quite my thing. It is different enough, however, that I would pick it up again, if they decide to make its release a little less limited. Whatever you do, do not drink this from the can. It traps the aromas and doesn’t allow the flavors to properly aerate, and though still good, is not distinguishable enough, in my opinion, from Upslope’s Blood-Orange Saison, nor their Belgian Pale Ale.

Apr 17, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Best by date: 11/14/15." Not tasting the IPA aspect. I don't get any pine, citrus, or floral notes. Just a bunch of spices in a beer, did pick up a little bit of ginger which makes this unique. This is as short of a review it gets. I didn't care for this, but of course that's subjective. I'm willing to try the other Upslope beers when I have the chance.

Oct 05, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lively, goldenrod colored beer. Thick, two-finger head of fine soapy bubbles forms and lasts. Handsome beer. Smell is strong and inviting; hefeweizen-like yeastiness of banana and clove, peppery tartness. Taste, too, is reminiscent of a German wheat, reminds me a lot of Franzikaner wheat. Spicy, but not what I would call Asian-inspired. Label lists ginger, thai basil, coriander, and lemongrass as the four added ingredients. The coriander and lemongrass are prevelant, a hint of ginger. More sipping brings out some of the basil. Interesting beer, and the flavors really come through strongly. Quite tasty. Not very hoppy, maybe 40-50 IBUs. Crisp, with the right body for a Belgian IPA.

Reminds me more of an exotically-spiced wit (duh, Belgian wit yeast is used). Very refreshing, tasty and interesting. Lots to be discovered. Drink cold!

Sep 06, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a citrus smell along with some other aromas of a spicy curry and pepper and a bit of yeast. Some lemongrass and a bit of an herbal smell are there as well, overall giving the brew a somewhat spicy vegetable smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather decent showing of a cracker taste along with some tastes of a bready malt. There is some grapefruit hop upfront which creates a nice base hop taste for the brew. While light upfront, as the taste advances, spice flavors of coriander and pepper as well as a decent sum of lemongrass and herb come to the tongue. The spice flavors of a white pepper and coriander kick it up at the end and with more lemongrass, one is left with a decently spiced and slightly drier grapefruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is somewhat thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is average. For the white IPA style, with the spice and herb, the feel is rather nice as it keeps the brew crisp and refreshing while not being too dominant by the spice.

Overall- A rather decent white IPA overall. Spicy and crisp with a nice blend of citrus hop with spice.

Sep 04, 2015
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akolb from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Clear yellow, tall white head. Good retention. Very light in color for an IPA. 3.75/5
Aroma: Wheat yeast dominates, along with a little coriander. The hops are very subtle. Unusual for an IPA, but interesting. 3.5/5
Taste: Assertive bitterness. Very dry. Ginger and Thai basil are prominent in the taste, giving it a curry-like flavor. 4.25/5
M: Average IPA carbonation and feel. 3.5/5
O: Not something I would grab for a go-to IPA, but it was fun to try. A unique, different take on the IPA that is less about the hops and more about the Thai spices. 4/5

Aug 22, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery and pours a hazy gold color. That is a Thai IPA! The lemongrass is exploding in the nose and it has that spicy lemongrass bite. Way better than Westbrook's version.

Aug 11, 2015
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a lightly hazed gold color with a very large cap of white head that displays excellent retention and lace. Great looking brew.

Nose smells like a Thai tea with lots of spice and citrus going on. If I had to pin it down to three things, Id go lemongrass, herbs and citrus peels.

Taste throws down a lot of bitterness from a variety of sources it seems. There is a basil/herbaceous leafy bitterness and there is a strong citric hop bitterness. The malt pretty much stays out of the way and the yeast carries very little weight over the 'kitchen sink' spice additions. It doesnt taste as bad as I thought it would, but it is also not making me want to go buy another sixer.

Aug 10, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisit: 17 Ju1 17

12 oz. Can
BB: 20 Oct 17

Pours a pretty nice clear/clean golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger plus thick/creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is wheaty/grassy, hoppy. The taste is quite like a wheat beer, but hoppy, with some spice notes. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, with a nice bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

28 Ju1 15
On-Tap 12 oz. (Ale House)

Pours a nice clear/clean golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is wheaty/grassy, hoppy. The taste is quite like a wheat beer, but hoppy, with some spice notes. Medium body with a nice bitter finish. Overall a pretty tasty brew, quite different IPA all together.

Aug 01, 2015
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit more of a spiced beer than a Belgian IPA to me, but when in Rome...

Quite Thai (or is it Chai?) spicy. The spice dominates the brew. May be some Belgian yeasty notes in there along with some white IPA type notes too, but to me this is a spice-y beer and that's what's notable about it. Interesting, but not my fav from Upslope.

Jul 14, 2015
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Dikfour from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Bright golden yellow. Big fluffy head dissipates slowly. Beautiful lacing. Spice sediment free floating. Active carbonation.

Smell: Peppery Belgian yeast up front. Some floral qualities, maybe a little jasmine.

Taste: Really nice spice. pepper, coriander, and ginger all do their own things. A little floral bitterness on the back end. Really well balanced.

Feel: Its a little creamy. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: Its a very solid Belgian IPA. One of my favorite seasonals from Upslope.

Jun 27, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells of lemon and coriander. and the sting of ginger. There is some black pepper and some honeysuckle malt scent. The Thai basil comes through as a sage aroma.

Starts out sweet with a strong coriander flavor. Taste of lemon and sage/mint it starts out sweet and finishes bitter. Lemon pith flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall and interesting beer.

Jun 23, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It has a light brown color. The can is awesome.

Smell: Smells hoppy.

Taste: It tastes hoppy like any IPA, but there is something unique about it. Almost a refreshing taste, with a mild fruity after tone.

Feel: relatively light feel going in, with a bitterness after swallowing.

Overall: I can only get this in the mixed packs of upslope (I'm on the western slope of CO) so I am always excited when they bring this out for the late spring/early summer. Great beer. In a world full of IPA's, this beer stands out to me.

Jun 23, 2015
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a beautifully-bubbly yellow-gold appearance, bearing near-crystalline transparency, this stab at a "Thai-style" white makes a great first impression; it's odor is, likewise, very pleasant, with extremely clean, light-but-lingering pine-floral notes, a strong herbal base, and just enough spicy-sweet aromatics from the malting to impart some warmth. I find the flavors, however, to be just a bit blunter: though the hopping is promised to be cistrusy, and is to a degree, those sharper, juicier notes are largely swallowed by the spicing—ginger, especially, but also the Thai basil and coriander—leaving piney, bitter-acid notes to resound. Indeed, the lemongrass seems to impart more citrus character than the hops, but overall the combination of generous hopping, very pale malting, and gingery piquancy produce a slight puckering and less delicacy than I'd like. The Belgian wit yeast adds some creaminess, but also a substantial dose of bite that amplifies even a little more the "bigness" of this beer.

It's by no means bad; it's solidly good, in fact—if perhaps a bit thicker than ideal for a White IPA. It's a step down from great, despite some superlatives, however—and I think I prefer Westbrook's attempt at the "White Thai", though there's is obviously an attempt at a true Wit, instead of a wit-yeasted pale IPA.

Jun 22, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, strong spice, slight alcohol, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of rosemary, sage, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight alcohol, and slight hops. Overall, the spice in the body is well blended, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Jun 18, 2015
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tempest from New York

3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice, earthy Belgian-influenced pale ale, but the spices get muddled here. That herbal bitterness is interesting, but it largely comes off like a clean wit.

Apr 20, 2015
Thai Style White IPA from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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