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Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Pale AlePale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 12-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
227
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
21.97%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
35
For Trade:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 227
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 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 kkrez
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upslope Pale pours a clear golden color with an off white head.

The aroma is of doughy malt and crisp citrus hops.

Taste follows in suit with citrus and slightly grassy hops with a doughy and biscuity malt balancer.

This beer is highly drinkable and sessionable. Upslope Pale Ale uses pilsner malt which lightens up the body and increases drinkability and also allows the hops to shine through.

Overall, I love this offering. It is light and sessionable, nice on a hot day, and getting warm in my golf bag actually increases the hop characteristic a bit.

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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 syrupjoe
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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 chugalug06
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very mild pour... Not too much head build or retains. Brew is copper color with lots of yellow and orange.

S - Very pineapple. Lots of malty tones. Not much stands out in this brew.

T - Tastes a little like vodka... Not overly flavorful. Drink like more of a Blonde ale than a Pale.

M - Super mild. Very light and nicely carbonated. Missing a lot of the Pale bitterness.

O - A delightful brew, but very mild for the style. Not sure the style fits. It seems all of UpSlope brews are becoming much more mild than they when they started.... Interesting.

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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 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 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 znichols
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold with about half an inch of off-white head that lingers towards the sides of the glass as it sits.

Smell: Muted, but there. I get a little sweet biscuit at first moving towards a little spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Soft caramel, toffee and bread flavor from the malt. Transitions pretty quickly to a combo of spicy and somewhat piney hop flavor. Very surprised at how long the flavor lingers on the tongue for how balanced and sessionable it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Appropriate to the style.

Overall: Very solid pale ale. I haven't found many pale ales as balanced as this. I tend to prefer my APA's a little hoppier, but this shows a little more malt. As others have said, it might be closer to a hoppy amber ale. Highly recommended for a summer sipper. Clean and refreshing.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with an inch or two of foam that leaves a decent trace

Smell: Very bready, with sweet undertones and a rather bitter, slightly minty hop character

Taste: Opens with the bready flavor from the aroma, with a developing sense of caramel that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the earthy and slightly minty bittering hops take over but there is no real flavor beyond the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not crazy about the Patagonian hop selection for this beer as it produces a load of bitterness without a lot of the things I love in hops

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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 rawfish
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can, a bit hazy when cold, grain colored with a 2 finger rocky white head that settles into a fine layer. Leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

Very grainy and raw, a little bit of canned corn with the same type of sweetness. Some white grape as well. Hops are muted and full of pine.

Malt profile is very light, grainy and a bit creamy. Hops add a lingering bitter note but not much else to the flavor, slightly earthy and pine. Very much like a lager in body and malt profile, less crisp and dry than what I would expect but active bitterness.

Light body with active but pleasant carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

A rather simple and enjoyable brew, sessionable and matches style well. Nothing ground shaking but well put together.

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Photo of SamN
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colored a bit like an macro adjunct. Slightly hazy, golden straw color. Thick creamy head with classic hop lacing in e glass. Smell of toasty biscuits, honey malts, citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruits. Taste is quite balanced between the mlts and crisp hops. Sweeter and very refreshing, uplifting taste, highlighting the reasons I prefer American pales to IPAs. This beer has a definite sweet fruit edge. Feel is somewhat watery, but not too bad.

Pretty good APA from Boulder. Yay for cans.

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Photo of birchstick
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear orangeish yellow without much of a head

S - smells of bready malts and nice citrusy hops

T - nice caramel and bready malts open this up. These are balanced by some bitter grapefruit hops. Ends with a lingering bitterness, but not as bitter as an IPA would leave. Pretty solid profile for an APA.

M - medium to full bodied, but it goes down a little watery; decent carbonation - average mouthfeel.

D - this is a pretty good APA. I love the snowmelt reference in the ingredients. So far I have been really impressed with this brewery. Thanks to krayziejman for the opportunity.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

More craft in cans! Not as crisp as expected, nor is the head as large as expected, but nearly clear and pretty smooth. Doughy malt and citric zest-like hops in the nose. Bitterness is modest and balancing at first, but sip after sip, it tingles and coats more. Fine and clean alcoholic ester rides along with that hop character. A bit raw, but relatively clean. Maltiness ranges from grassiness to a nutty, bready flavor. Brewed to style rather than trying to be something it is not. Defining canned craft in a great way!

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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 emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to picking this one up, after enjoying the IPA on a number of occasions. Pours a medium copper color, with a decent little light beige head. Nice hops on the nose, along with a little caramel and some bready malt. Smooth, nicely carbonated and easy to drink on yet another hot day in Denver.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Review based on notes

Pours a light straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy & piney hops, faint breadyness

T: Bready with citrussy hops & a flinty dryness up front. Breadyness along with pineyness & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with grassy & mineral hop notes & slight breadyness

MF: Light bodied, with soft carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but could've used more flavor across the board, these guys aren't cause much concern for OB any time soon from what I can see...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was waitin' on the effin' Old Lady to send me some of this when a stellar CANTrader came through in the meantime. Kudos to him, leave her alongside the road. My life as a C&W song in a CAN.

From said CAN: "Ingredients - Snowmelt, Malt, Patagonian Hops, Yeast. Specs - Hand-Crafted, Aluminum CAN, Portable, Recyclable, Good. Crisp, Clear, Dry".

I personally love the CRACK of a CAN being opened and the subsequent Glug, glug, glug sound as it rushes into my glass. I remember one respondent to a CANQuest (TM) post saying that those were the very things that put him off of CANned beers, but for me, they are the equivalent of bells to Pavlov's dogs or the CAN opener to my brother's late cat. Man, I just CAN't wait to try some of that beer!

I began with a finger of bone-white head, but unlike the Grateful Dead's Sugar Magnolia, it did not wait while I typed for you. Color was lazing in the sunlight, a golden-honey like deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was as grassy as a new-mown lawn or the parking lot of a Dead show (no, sorry, different grass, especially with The Man peeping in). This had everything delightful, this had everything I need in an APA. There was some grassy hops initially on the tongue, but then I caught some beautiful malty sweetness. I knew I'd have to come up soon for air. It had everything delightful and everything I need except for piney-ness, but it had the sun and bright moonlight as I was lazing in the moonlight, yes indeed. Finish left me in a haze, like I had been at a Dead show. Still, a nice, smooth finish with the malt doing a good balancing act with the hops. Throw this in your cooler and head out for some summer love in the spring, fall and winter.

I CANnot tell you why I was inspired to write an homage to the Grateful Dead but the review should still be taken seriously. After all, are we not to have fun?

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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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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can tried 28 May 2010.

Poured in a Celis shaker pint. Large cream colored head. Well carbonated. Faintly hazy bright orange yellow color. Aroma of light sweet grains. Pretty sweet and malty. Bit of resin through middle into the finish. Bittersweet lingering aftertaste. Becomes hazier as more of the beer is poured. Becomes more bitter as it warms, a touch of butter at the end. Foamy mouthfeel. Mild ethanol.

Fortunately the touch of butter was fairly minimal.

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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 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 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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Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
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