Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

Pale AlePale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,361
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,311
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 10.74%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
235
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  41
SCORE
82
Good
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Reviews by Yeastcakes:
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured from the can into imperial pint glass.
A - one finger of head upon pour that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Crystal clear light straw.
A - grassy hop aroma with some buscuitiness.
M - Medium body with light carbonation.
T - Same grassy hops from the aroma. Smooth sweetness across the entire palate with some residual sweetness on the back of the tongue. This quickly fades though for a very dry overall finish.
D - very drinkable beer. Could be a little maltier for my personal pallet, but a good effort by a newer brewer in Boulder. Also like the cans.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of elglueckert
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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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Photo of ScorpyX
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of maltlikker
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RTrain12
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Bizz88
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy white two fingered head with a copious amount of sticky lace. Aromas of malt and hops predominated with bread hints. Though not what I expected, it was crisp on the palate with spicy undertones, dry on the finish for this light bodied desently carbonated brew. Will have to give it a more in depth sampling.

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Photo of core42
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eawolff99
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of backslide311
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 syrupjoe
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours with a whopping two finger creamy white head, with great foamy lacing. Pale golden color with a hint of red.

Nose is grainy (smells like British malt), yeasty, and a bit grassy/oniony.

Taste is very grainy, bready, and a bit graham crackery. Hops are decently bitter and contribute a bit of pineyness. Some spicy pepperyness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall I'm glad I bought a sixer of this brew while in the area. Not a super unique beer, and doesn't really fit the style that well but I will enjoy all six of them (unless I have to share) and will definitely grab more when it's available.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Twal
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TCMike
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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