Experimental India Pale Ale - 2018
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Experimental India Pale Ale - 2018Experimental India Pale Ale - 2018
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IPA - American
3.87 | pDev: 6.72%
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Experimental India Pale Ale - 2018Experimental India Pale Ale - 2018
Notes: This annual Experimental IPA series showcases our brewing team’s commitment to innovation and the exploration of hops. Our 2018 Experimental IPA features Denali, Azacca, Galaxy, and Vic Secret hops imparting ripe passionfruit, pineapple and orange zest notes with a soft malt finish.
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
BB: DEC 29 18

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice hazy yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit), slight diesel. The taste is pretty nice as well, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit), slight diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.

Oct 27, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 10/19/18. Denali, Azacca, Galaxy, and Vic Secret hops.

Hazy and juicy appearance with a little light shining through so not totally opaque. Creamy head of 1 finger with nice lacing skirted around the glass.

Slight hop spoliage on the nose which is a shame but beyond that I get pineapple, honeydew, lemongrass, pine, lemon, passion fruit, and sour gummi worms.

Definite hop spoilage but beyond that it goes into bright yellow fruits - pineapple, mango, lemon, slight banana. Some faint pine and grass but it's calm and not harsh.

Feel is crisp and creamy at the same time, not particularly thick but still a good feel.

Overall not bad. Wish I would have drank it sooner, it came in a variety pack so I had no idea what the dates on the cans were. I'd like to try it fresh sometime.

Oct 16, 2018
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huthuty from Utah

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yellow and hazy with large head
Smell isn't super strong, but it's super complex, very sweet with seemingly as many different hop aromas are there are different types of hops
taste is just as complex with sweetness behind it. the hop blend tastes almost neutral? Very easy drinking but very powerful.
Overall impressive

Jul 24, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 9/4/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- a mildly hazy straw yellow with plenty of bubbles meeting at a thin, white head; lacing is scattered and filmy.
Smell- grapefruit, nectarines and some arugula.
Taste - flavor combination of bitter grapefruit, spicy arugula and mellow stone fruit!
Feel - light to medium body with strong combination and an aggressive bitterness that seized the palate!
Overall- definite hop bomb that doesn’t relent, reminds me a lot of some of the more aggressive hop brewers like Stone and their offerings!

Jul 06, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, you guessed it. That can came from woodychandler. Has a hazy bright yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pineapple. Taste is juicy, grapefruit, a bit of pine, mild bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Jul 04, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Once more, the Tavour service comes through for The CANQuest (tm) is a big way! I may not be buying many bottled beers through them, but you CAN bet your bottom dollar that I am snapping up CANs as they become available.

From the CAN: "Hand-Crafted Beer"; "Ingredients [-] Snowmelt; Malt; Denali hops; Azacca hops; Galaxy hops; Vic Secret hops; Yeast"; "Specs [-] Hand-Crafted; Aluminum CAN; Portable; Recyclable; Good"; "#ApresEverything".

I Crack!ed open the vent on the CAN & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug until I realized that it had an inherent haziness that I could not overcome & so I became a little more aggro in my Glug. This resulted in the unbidden creation of just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that left behind some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was kind of sweet, especially with orange/tangerine zest and pineapple along with light lemon and pine. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of muted as compared to the nose, coming across with a more citrusy bitterness than I expected, more towards grapefruit and lemon than orange and pineapple. The pine woodiness was still there, but it all just seemed a bit muted. Finish was dry, but it just seemed understated and not up to its potential. YMMV.

May 18, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aromas and flavors strong with tropical notes and flavors. Bitterness is strong but the malt backing it just doesn't hold up. Very crushable though. Light bodied.

Apr 19, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BB June 14th. It pours a really pale/straw gold, not much of a head of foam, some sticky lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, pineapple, more grapefruit citrus, earthy malt. Taste has grapefruit citrus, pine, pineapple, earthy and sweetish malt, less tropical than what I got in the smell. Not very dank but some of the bitterness came across to me as aspirin like. Medium body with kinda light carbonation. Not my favourite hoppy beer from Upslope but good enough for what it is.

Apr 13, 2018
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spoony from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can (best by June 22, 2018) to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of white foam on top of a light-yellow-golden beer. The head fades steadily and leaves chunks of lace on the glass. The beer beneath is murky but not quite opaque.

S-The aroma has nice hoppy notes of lemon, orange zest, straw (or dried grass), some candied pineapple, and a vague floral component. The beer smells mostly dry, but I sniff some cracker-like malts and a bit of honeysuckle sweetness.

T-The taste is almost identical to the smell. A zesty bitterness suggests orange pith and lemon rind, subtle pops of sweet pineapple, and a little honeysuckle sweetness for balance. The beer is a little rough around the edges, but it drinks well enough and is not as harsh as some fruit-forward IPAs.

M-The body is light to average in weight with a nice, semi-chunky carbonation of average volume.

O-While it is not good looking, this is a decent IPA that mixes some new-school flavors into more of an old-school package. I would not seek this one out, but I have definitely had worse beers.

Mar 27, 2018
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BarleyWhyNot from Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazy golden with a pretty tame head. Smells sweet and semi juicy though it doesn’t taste juicy at all. Really a subdued hop taste and aroma for all the hops that are supposedly put into it. Mouth feel is good but overall this is another very underwhelming/ disappointing showing from Upslope....

Mar 08, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow body; white, frothy, sticky head. Huge pineapple and orange aroma. Nice blend of light grain flavors and tropical tasting hop flavors; great hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp, clean and dry.

An excellent offering from Colorado, bringing together the highlights of the hazy IPA craze with some the hop bitterness of west coast-styled IPAs. Juicy and bitter, well-rounded.

Mar 02, 2018
Experimental India Pale Ale - 2018 from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 26 ratings