Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 12-07-2008

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Photo of Another6Pack
2.22/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A big shout-out to chugalug06 for sharing this can with me as an extra!

Standard copper yellow pour. Thick head that settled down into a nice, creamy donut-shaped ball of suds. Good start.

Now for the nose...whew…what the heck is going on here? Smells like fermented melon rinds and stale tea. No date on the can for me or my generous trade partner to know if we’re dealing with an antique here.

None of the characteristic flavors of what I think makes a good APA are present. Might be the nose tricking me, but this tastes a lot like 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon.

Mouthfeel is watery at the start and a little more creamy at the finish. Again, not what I am looking for in an APA.

Overall - second disappointing brew I’ve had from Upslope.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
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 Foyle
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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 JMBSH
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - About three to four fingers of head with a moderately hard pour in the glass. Shrinks to a nice coating with some lacing left on the sides. Light yellow in color.

S - Sweet malty scent. Smell reminds me of bread dough.

T - Buttery and sweet at first. Then some hoppiness follows but not much at all. Makes me think this british style not american pale.

M - Watery. Very light and thin. Even the hop taste is gone quickly.

D - Sure you can drink a few with no real problems but the taste is nothing really special. The bitterness from the hops is washed away quickly. The hops don't seem balanced equally with the malts. The diacetyl seems to last more in my mouth then any else.

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Photo of denver10
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper with a nice thumbs width head that sticks around for a bit. Weird aroma for the style; kind of a sweet banana smell to this. Kinda get a roasted peanut flavor at the very get go, this transitions into a little sweetness and then hops come in with a kick of grass and bitterness. Carbonated, medium body but it feels light. Not a fan of this one, flavor of it just doesn't click with me.

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Photo of Soonami
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received a can of Upslope Pale Ale in a trade on reddit, and unfortunately, I did not like it very much. The pale ale looked pretty good, a light amber color with a little white head that stuck to the glass leaving a pale on the glass as I drank. The smell was mostly bready malt with a little green hop aroma. The taste really let me down. The bitterness was definitely not enough for the style and the hop flavor was passive--grassy and woody, not citrusy and bold as I expected. The was a little sweet upfront, but dry in the finish, but just weird. As it warmed up, I liked it more, but overall, I would not want to have this again

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Photo of BWED
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours a clear golden yellow with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet wheaty caramel malts with some grassy fruity hops. It's pretty subdued.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruits with a minty twang to it. It has a grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK pale. It's very similar to their IPA with less bitterness. The mintiness is still a bit odd and similar to the IPA.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up during a stop through Boulder, CO, on a daytrip from Denver during this year's GABF. No sign of freshness dating on the can.

Pouring into a 3 floods pint glass. Excellent clarity, medium-golden color. A 1-2 finger white foam formed on top, leaves lacing on the glass and retains well.

Aroma includes a soft mix of floral hops and a small amount of mandarin/orange citrus. Slight toasty caramel malt.

Herbal hop flavor is here but afraid to make much of a statement. Bitterness is moderate and keeps a grip on the palette into the medium-dry finish. Toasted malt backbone lends decent interest.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Strictly a middle of the road pale ale at this point, possibly a casualty of age although it's been refrigerated since I brought it home. Malt presence is acceptable for the style but there needs to be more from the hops to hang with the best of today's APAs.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ingredients: snowmelt, malt, Patagonian hops, yeast.

Orange/peach colored body. Pours clear with a minimal white head.

The smell is fruity, but not citrusy. A tad sweet: peaches maybe? Apples? A little bready with some honey. The flavor is super balanced and approachable, maybe too much. Malt flavor like whole grain wheat. The hop flavor is hardly existent, but unique. Vaguely fruity with some slightly astringent bitter spice on the finish. As the label says, its crisp and dry.

Nothing wrong with this beer, nothing special either. Easy drinking, but nondescript. Enjoyable enough, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of deereless
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light to medium gold, light wispy head, very clear, a few small patches on sticky head on the side of the glass - 3.25, S: Very lagerish aromas, quite grainy and very doughy, a touch of bubblegum and some subtle sweetness - 3.50, T: A solid hop bite for a pale ale, some grapefruit, a touch of spiciness, all the hops are nicely balanced with a medium malt base, there's a hint of sweetness on the tongue as well - 3.75, M: Medium bodied - 3.00, D: A quite drinkable APA, a closer representation of the style than their IPA in my opinion - 3.00

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like getting a new canned brew from a brewery I haven't heard of in a trade, thanks vasdef42! Pours into my glass a orange-ish yellow with good clarity and a half inch of white bubbles on top. Aromas of crisp malt that's slightly toasty and bready. Mild herbal, floral hops with a kiss of citrus. Slightly spicy but the overall aroma is a bit too muted.

First sip brings crisp toasty, bready malts upfront segueing into herbal, somewhat citrus hops that also carries some spiciness as well. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness here. Would have like a bit more of a hop flavor here.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with fast moving carbonation. Could use a bit more body here but as is it is quite easy to drink and session-able. Overall, I'd say Pale Ale is a hard style to crack as Sierra Nevada holds the gold standard in my book for a readily available session pale ale. This one could use a bit more hops and a bit more body. Glad to see a new CO brewery and hope to taste more from them as they grow!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
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 K_STAR
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
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 argock
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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 ClassicallyTrained
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright and clear yellow gold with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has some sweet maltiness to it with a light note of some bitterness. It has an average smell at best.

The taste is kind of strange. Some hop bitterness, mostly grass, starts things off. Some bready malt moves in along with a spiciness, or at least it seems to be a spiciness; could very well be a result of the hops used. Interesting. Different. Ok tasting.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? A not too hard to drink APA and I'm glad I picked it up but there are other APAs that are more in my comfort zone for the style. Decent.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Off-white 1+ finger head thinned moderately quickly leaving some lacing on the glass, good looking clear golden and slight light brown brew 3.5
S – Sweet bready malts, grainy with some lemon citrus and yeast 3.5
T – A combo of slightly spicy malts, breadyness, minimal sweetness and a lot of pine in the hops, an herbal aspect as well 3.5
M – Moderate body, nice carbonation, and milky mouth feel 3.0
O – An interesting tasty brew, it has a lingering flavor and aftertaste that stick around and give it full flavor. 3.5

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Photo of Bizz88
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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 vande
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ~ a hazy golden pour with a two finger head, somewhat off-white...dissipates quickly leaving a lot of lace clinging to the glass....

S ~ bready, bit of yeastiness....some citrus-lime aromas lingering....strangely similar to one of those "good smelling" lemon odored household cleaners...

T ~ hints of citrus...maybe a bit of pine in there? biscuit crumbs intermixed with the rest

M ~ Soft...smooth..somewhat lighter drink...

O ~ not bad. My first offering from this Brewery. I'd drink it again....

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a straw-yellow, clear, moderately carbonated, with a decently-sized white head that retained fairly well. Aroma of sweet bready malts, light pine character, with a bit of citrus. Taste is lightly toasted bread, caramel, with a good balance of citrus and pine hops. Nice and basic. Light-medium mouthfeel and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy gold, with a fluffy off-white head. Retention is OK and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Quite light. Mostly fresh baked biscuits, plus a bit of lemon citrus.

T: Mild and well balanced. Biscuit like malts start things out. A mild lemon and grapefruit bitterness comes on to balance rather than overpower the malts. Gets a bit metallic toward the end.

M: The medium light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: This was OK, but not great to me. One of the first things in my notes was the word pedestrian. There just isn't anything here that distinguishes this beer from other APA's. The lightness; however, makes it an easy drinker.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent pale ale from upslope. less hoppy than most american pale ales, this is a very well balanced beer with subtle bready malt flavors to round out the hops. its not the most robust pale ale out there, but it has a particular depth of flavor which i found appealing. additionally, it stood up well to spicy mexican food, which not all pale ales do. ice cold right from the can is how i will probably drink these in the future. its a good easy drinking beer that offers a bit more than most conventional pale ales. not nearly as good as the upslope brown ale though.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - pale golden in color, sort of straw like and slightly opaque. A thin wispy white head crowns this beer with some lacing inside the glass.

Aroma - caramel sweetness with just the eenciest hint of hops. Some buttered toast smells come through along with faint aromas of black pepper and freshly cut grass.

Taste - definitely on the lighter side of hoppiness when it comes to American Pale Ales. Some nice peppery flavors combine with some citrus and plenty of caramel maltiness to bring about a very nice full-flavored beer.

Overall - more than anything I'd have to say that Upslope's Pale Ale is rather neutral. It has no real defining flavors or aromas, it just sort of is. I don't know how else to describe it. Its a very non-offensive beer that I really think would go over well at a party full of randoms. Hell, its a great beer for a long afternoon of pitching horse shoes or shooting the shit and making some new friends and if that isn't enough it comes in a nice shiny package that is sure to intrigue anyone (including your cat).

Would I buy more of it? - not sure just yet. I think I need to try the Upslope IPA before I make a call on that.

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