Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,386
Ranked #40,971
3.63 | pDev: 10.74%
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States
Pale AlePale Ale
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Photo of sjdevel
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice 2 finger head from a 12 oz can. Crystal clear light gold color. Very good head retention stays frothy for awhile.
Smell: Nice hop aroma. Malty and some bread. Smells rich and sweet.
Taste: Some hop bitterness rushes right into sweet maltiness. Sweet at first, drying out a bit just after. Seems very fruity/citrusy. After taste is passion fruit and some charred wood flavors. Nice earthiness.
Feel: Just right, but a bit lower on carbonation than I like.
Overall: Nice, rich, malty, and fairly hoppy. Not my favorite Pale Ale, but really good.

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Photo of erk0607
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with white head made up of fine bubbles, didn't last all that long
Smell: Minimal, but when you do get a whiff, you get some sort of light hop profile
Taste: Very palatable, with definite hop bitterness, but not overbearing. Definitely grainy and bready too with a bit of orange zest.
Feel: Intermediate body that foams up on the palate
Overall: not bad, a quaffable beer

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a milder and more session-friendly pale ale. Reminds me of the old GD Denver Pale Ale. The hops are a mild of herbal spice and grapefruit. A smooth brew, with a creeping subtle bitterness. I only get a light hit of the toasty malts. This would probably be a fun cask beer, there's a lot going on but it's subtle.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear straw color with a small white head that doesn't stick around for too long.

S: Toasted bready malt, some honey, and a slight floral/citrus hop, a littl bit of grassiness.

T: Toasted bready malt with a taste of honey,very mild spicy floral hops, with a slight citrus, pretty low hop bitterness.

F: Pretty light body with medium carbonation.

O: A fairly malt forward pale ale, could use a little more hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of BWED
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a willibecher.

A- Pale straw with great clarity. White head retains at a small pad.

S- Slight hint of fruit. A little boozy (unexpected) in smell, and sweet bread backbone.

T- Mild fruitiness, and a little citrus. A bit of pine.

M- Light body, a little fruity, and lightly bitter in the finish.

O- This one is a little bland. It drinkable, but lacks any real complexity.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a clear gold with a slightly off-white head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is a bit subdued. Floral and citrus notes with a bit of biscuit and spice.
Taste is light citrus with biscuit and a bit of grassy hops and a lingering, slightly bitter pith.
Mouthfeel is light and bubbly with a clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of K_STAR
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a restaurant. Served in a pint shaker glass.
A: Pale golden in color, slight white foam that fades quickly
S: Biscuit and citrus
T: Very fruit forward, low hop bitterness
M: Low to average carbonation
O: A little under hopped and sweet for my taste but overall easy drinking

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a pale golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a bready smell mixed with a good showing of a citrus grapefruit hop and a little bit of a caramel. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a pine and a little bit of a grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a decent sum of caramel and a little bit of a grainy taste. As the taste advances a lighter grain and a little bit of hay and grass comes to the tongue. A slight increase in tropical fruit and a little bit of more caramel comes to the tongue as the taste advances. The hops remain relatively light but does change a bit as the taste moves on with a little bit of grass and more citrus coming to the tongue. In the end, a somewhat lightly hopped and sweeter pale taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the average as well. For the style and the flavor profile the feel is rather nice and makes for a rather nice drinking brew overall.

Overall – A little sweet and a little under hopped for a pale, but very flavorful none the less. Overall a decent brew and one to at least give one try to.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, hint of pine, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, and slight floral hops. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, decent feel, and decent body.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold nearing amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. This beer has the looks.

Smells malty and mildly soapy. Floral and herbal but not grassy at all.

Starts out semi-dry and herbal in the mouth. Mildly herbal and bitter very easy on the tongue. Tasty but hard to describe. Floral is a word that comes to mind. Mildly woody with some pine flavor and a bit of cedar.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall very tasty and easy on the mouth. An alternate to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale when you want something just a little different and pleasing to the senses.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Purchased at Albertson's (Jackson Hole, WY).

A: CLear golden-amber with 2-finger off-white frothy, mildly sticky-rocky head with decent retention and pretty good lacing down the glass.

S: THe aroma is underwhelming with mint and orange and lime citrus hops, light herbal character with bland pale malt and light caramel.

T: FLavor is also a bit on the light side with medium caramel note and tealike, herbal, minty and orange citrus hops. A reproduction of the nose, unfortunately not bringing anything new or different to the table than the aroma. No significant yeast esters or alcohol character.

M: Definitely fits the balanced, lightly bready, dry style of APA with light body and light-medium carbonation.

O: Upslope Pale Ale is a pretty so-so effort -- the hops are all over the place and the overall flavor and aroma are light. Not one that I will be excited to revisit.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pale ale in a can that actually tastes good. This one's just a little better than the pale lager in my book, though I enjoy both. Very balanced, great for a picnic or a day at the lake.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A: 4.0 - Light gold color, with a tall, frothy, airy head.
S: 3.5 - Slightly grainy pale malt, with faint floral hops.
T: 3.75 - Sweet malt flavor with moderate bitterness and a nice floral, resinous hop flavor. Clean, malty finish.
M: 3.75 - Slightly creamy texture
O: 3.75 - Unexciting but decent pale ale. Could use more hops.

Weighting (percentage): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.75

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Photo of Brob245
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light golden color with not much head on the pour.

Smell - some citrus, slightly earthy on the nose.

Taste - some light citrus notes with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp, light and very refreshing.

Overall - Light, crisp with great flavor. Great beer for a warm afternoon; I'm becoming a fan of Upslope.

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Photo of Foyle
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: thin white head recedes quickly with plenty of lacing. Color is slighty cloudy gold. No visible streaming carbonation.
Aroma: some mild citrus, earthy, and floral hops. Some yeast and lightly toasted barley. Mouthfeel: light, watery, slick mouthfeel. Quite dry finish.
Flavor: strong herbal bitterness and a soapy flavor along with some sweet breadiness & some raisin, but very much in the background.
Overall: this is a bit of a strange one. Wasn’t awful but not great either. The aroma seemed quite distinct from the taste and not in a complimentary way.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.36/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I knew I would meet again with Upslope. One tasty brown ale 18 months ago has led me to purchase their pale ale. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Half an inch of head rests top this electric, light orange beer. It looks vibrant in a glass, and adding texture to that is the lacing which whips around the glass. Vibrant as it looks, it's anything but that in the aroma. It's difficult to pick up any aromas immediately, like smelling water. What I do pick up is not good. There's a slight sourness which is acidic and not what I was looking for.

A pale ale that has a sour taste? Well, Upslope has managed to do that. Somehow, I can taste the potential of the beer masked behind that acidic note. With notes of honey blossom, graham cracker, and a brush of floral hops, overall the taste is just passable without being relegated to the sink. It's a medium bodied beer with moderate crispness.

This wasn't the homecoming that I was looking for. I expect to give Upslope another try, but not with the Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packing for a move and doing one of these straight out of the can with leftover pizza. The ones I poured into a glass last night though are pretty much what you would expect visially for a PA: medium amber, clarified, bit of a head to it that went away pretty quick, but was impressive at first. Smells of grass, grain, malt, light fruit in the background (and yes I did totally crush the can up to my nose to pick that up). Aroma is quite nice. Flavor wise I don't know if I can express how well this goes with pizza, there's the graininess to it from the nose, and then fresh lime zest and bitter back end. Breaks away pretty clean, just leaving a slight lingering bitterness. Refreshing, and while light in the mouthfeel, is not empty or airy. I think they made the ingredients work well for them in this 5.8 single-hop pale; another win for the much-underrated Upslope. Overall, very good, perfect for day drinking. Try it with pizza. Or when moving.

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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow body with plenty of lively carbonation and a thick, chunky white head. Wet grass, a touch of spice, and light malt grain aroma. Mild grain flavors with a spunky, bold hop bitterness. Medium bodied; fizzy; clean and dry finish.

An easy drinking beer, not very big on the hop aroma or rich malt flavors, but pleasing all the same. There's a mild tang and bite due to the hop bitterness and effervescence and a subtle fruity juiciness lurking in the background. Good and enjoyable.

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Photo of mjurney
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, just a touch of haze. Tons of small bubbles rising up. Spongy head.

Malty, sweet, bready, nutty, some grassy hops.

Malty, bready, bread crush, nutty, with some bright fruit. Hop bitterness is moderate, mostly grassy. Finish is dry and crisp. Medium bodied, very smooth, soft, refreshing.

It's very good beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Bready aroma. Maybe slight tropical fruit. Not much there. Slight tropical fruit taste. Slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Not really a whole bunch with this beer. To be fair, it is about 3 months past the Best By date on the can. I initially rated it a 3.75 when I first tried it, so I would be willing to try a fresher can.

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Photo of ClassicallyTrained
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall a decent example of a Pale Ale. Mellow hop flavor balanced with a malty sweetness. The only reason that I am not rating this higher is that there is not anything that distinguishes it from other beers in the style (especially in Colorado) so it has a lot of competition.

I would say this is a nice, easy drinking pale with very little hop flavor and a little residual sweetness. Not a bad beer, but not a great one, so I will usually go for some of their other beers.

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can into a globe glass.

A-The brew is light golden in color and clear. There is some visible carbonation. The head starts out as two fingers of dense, white foam that drops to less than a finger after a minute or two.

S-The aroma is interesting for a pale ale. It trends toward the sweet, fruity, and floral side of things, not the sharp, peppery aroma I would have anticipated. There is a touch of biscuit-flavored pale malts to go along with the floral notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell. Thus, I get bright, floral, almost-citrusy fruit flavors. There is also a light nutty flavor (peanuts, not bitter like almonds or walnut skins). The beer is pretty well-balanced.

M-The feel is medium-bodied with a little roll of fine carbonation that adds some punch to an otherwise creamy body.

O-This is a unique take on a pale ale. Unlike other, sharper flavored brews, this one lets the floral and fruit notes come through. I'm not entirely convinced it works with my palate, but it is not a bad brew, nevertheless. This beer is for those on the look-out for a little something different.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good to have bro-in-laws in high places - like the Rocky Mountains.

Poured from the can into a pint glass the way it was intended. Visualize a clear light scattering golden yellow capped with nearly two fingers of mountain snow white bubbles. Lacing is scant and delicate.

Although the aroma is not massive and in your face, it is pleasant. Cupping the glass allows me to capture the citrus fruit, banana, and floral hops and forces them to billow up to the nose.

Well balanced flavors here. Sweet malty caramel backbone flanked by citrus orange and lemon balanced by a mild and floral and spicy hop tang. Some sweet banana lingering with a dry but refreshing finish. Love this. What a great break from monster beers and nuclear hop bomb assaults!

Medium body with ample carb and dry finish hits the spot. All this and somewhat velvety.

I love this brewery. I love this beer for what it is and what it isn't. I must get more as Spring arrives.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
Smell is a subtle grapefruit and pine. It's nice.
Great flavor of lemon, grapefruit and mild malt.
Fizzy texture in the best way. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
The texture and flavor combine well together and make it a beer to find and try.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pale, yellow-straw and crystal clear. Hundreds, maybe thousands of bubbles are streaming up from the bottom as soon as I pour this beer. The stark-white head is about 3/4 of an inch thick to start, but quickly falls to a 1/4 inch. The lacing is outstanding on this Moylan's pint glass. Seriously. Outstanding.

SMELL: The aroma is disappointing. In fact, almost non-existent.

TASTE: This is a ridiculously balanced Pale Ale. There really isn't any sort of malt or hop "wave in this one like there is with most other Pale Ales. Instead, it seems to be wonderfully balanced all the way through. The citrus from the hops (mostly lemon) is present, but not overwhelming all the way through and the sweetness from the malt is just enough to make this an easy drinker. A little spice gives this beer some character.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a very well carbonated beer. It is also crisp, clean and dry. I would describe the feel as "playful". Light bodied and really a great feel.

OVERALL: There really aren't a lot other beers out there like this. It is an easy-drinking, lighter bodied Pale Ale that is absolutely loaded with flavor. Boulderites who are spoiled with access to this beer often overlook just how well done and unique it truly is.

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Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 235 ratings