India Pale Ale
Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,171
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,606
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
448
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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: 65 IBU
Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 448 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB Aug 09 19 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a substantial frothy head. Initial impression is an enormous dose of caramel, bitter pine, and a hint of citrus rind. Mouthfeel is medium, bordering on sticky. Carbonation is pretty good, despite the ominously large and persistent head. Finish is caramel and pine resin, period. Not something that I would seek out.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the airport. The color is a clear crayon brown, lacing clings to the glass. Malty smell that disappeared with a very hop forward taste. Medium carbonation. First beer on vacation is always good but otherwise nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

We got a small drop of Upslope beer in our area and everyone's been clamoring for it.

12 oz can dated best by 11/7/18.

Deep nutty caramel color, bordering on brown, with a tall fluffy head that makes up the rest of - and proceeds to destroy -the glass.

Aroma is 100% traditional IPA in every way. This is textbook "had this a hundred times from a hundred different breweries and I couldn't tell a difference". Nutty, grainy malt with slight toffee character meets a stiff woody pine aroma. Faint onion, very very slight garlic.

Caramel notes in the flavor are just ridiculous! Whoa! (did they use any pale malt?) I'm even picking up slight plum flavors from the abundance of cara malt. On the hop side, resins scrape the palate like a rake and leave remnants of nutty wood, resin, pine, slight grapefruit rind, and onion. Finish of resins and nutty malt. Very old school style IPA.

Feel is creamy and carbonated, but is overshadowed by the overwhelming resins. Clinging. This is a sipper.

Overall, this is the kind of IPA that most of us were introduced to. This is palate scraping, unrelenting, and clinging. If you're still into old school IPA's this is your ticket. Thankfully, not all hop-forward IPAs are made up of just Chinook and Summit anymore.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is copper colored, a bit unusual for a straight IPA. The smell has a bit of caramel to it. The taste is malty, and a bit sweet. There are enough hops to let you know it's an IPA, but it's not all that hoppy, frankly. The hops are on the pine side of the spectrum, rather than citrus. Overall, it's a decent beer, but there are many many better IPAs out there.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Best by 11/7/17.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-golden hue with a finger of frothy dark-ivory foam atop, A deep, dark IPA; I like it.

Smell: quite malty with a fair bit of biscuit; hops are earthy and a bit piney; there's almost a cedar-y quality here. It's OK; I prefer a bit less biscuit in my malt.

Taste: sweet up-front with more piney, earthy hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. The bitterness does build after several sips, but it's offset by that large sweetness, which I think is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad beer, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste. They accomplish a pretty good body for an IPA, though.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome sudsy lacing like a crown on top of this copper colored IPA. Smells exceptionally malty in a rich kind of sweet mahogany and molasses way. Taste is right on point, sweet, tasty malt done right. A little hint of cocoa or something. The hops open up more as the beer gets warmer. A resinous, deep piney, citrus, sap sort of taste. Bitter on the end in a classic IPA way. Sometimes malt can signal an off flavor when used too heavily in an IPA, but this is perfectly enjoyable. A moderate finish, slightly dry at first but I don't find myself dry mouthed like some IPA's. Great take on the style.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber pour with an impressive pillow top head, with thick splotched lacing to follow. There's not as much to the smell as I would hope. For an IPA, this beer forefronts it's sweet and hearty malts. After a few sips, the smell begins to open up a bit and reminds me of nutrient rich soil. Overall, surprisingly fantastic and the way malts should be treated.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Revisit: 30 May 19
12 oz. Can
BB: AUG 08 19

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice clean/clear amber color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice texture on this. Not too intense, but good carbonation. Nutty. Crisp. Firm. Unsweetened Nutella. Good chestnut color. Subtle bitterness on the tongue.

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Photo of matcris
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A bold red up to the light...hmm....half finger of off white soapy head. Lots of carb rising and some pretty nice lacing down the glass. Lots of caramel and what I would call varnish in the aroma, weird. Minor citrus and faint pine. Taste is much nicer than the aroma but this definitely ain't a hop bomb. Lots of caramel malt, quite sweet, followed by a bit of citrus, and a mild lasting bitterness. Feel is good with average carb, dry, and medium body. It looks almost like a red IPA, too balanced in the flavor, and too weird in the aroma.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, bright amber colour. Head is massive and pillowy and leaves great lacing and refuses to reduce.

Flavor is rounded out but still bombastic. Reminds me of flak gun footage from ww2; malt and hop bursts exploding in the sky. The malt is quite commendable - it's sweet and bready. The hops are varied provided pine spices and light tropical notes. Very smooth overall.

Recommended.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The classic look and smell of an IPA. Some dankness and citrus had a malt finish. Well carbonated with a good amount of pine/citrus hops. An ordinary IA in a filed of so many this is good but not good enough.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours malty brown in color. Rustic orange and a hint of grass, flavor has a drying finish. Had from a can a buddy brought back from Colorado. Thanks, man!

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Photo of Benish
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: it pours an amber color and presents with a tannish or amber color head.

Smell: smells sweet with no hints of citrus or pine. Notes of cherry and caramel with medicinal qualities.

Taste: hops upfront but it has a medicinal quality. Taste the bitter rind of grapefruit and some cherries. This beer takes more after a strong ale than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied

Overall: this beer is okay. I find it taste more like a strong-ale with added hops. It does not present pine or tropical fruit hop qualities I find in others.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balanced in the aroma and initially on the tongue, then big roll through for a bitter finish. Reminds me of Victory Hop Devil and other aggressive East Coast IPAs. The aroma's actually malty with fresh bread and caramel. The toasty, toffee malts pop, but are quickly overwhelmed by big grapefruit and pine. This is a fun change of pace from all the dry, blonde IPAs I'm drinking (and enjoying) so often. Only knock is I want more hops to match the malts in the aroma.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark copper amber color, quite dark colored for a regular IPA. Pours a small white head that dissipates quickly with little lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of pine and evergreen trees, some caramel malt. Aroma is a little one dimensional for an IPA.

T: Lots of pine and evergreen as in the nose and quite a bit of bitterness. A little bit of fruit and floral hops, but no very much. Once again a little one dimensional for an IPA.

F: Medium Carbonation and medium body

O: Compared to a lot of IPAs out there these days, this one is quite one dimensional.

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Photo of BWED
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Amber-chestnut in color. Light tan head, keeps well and leaves good lacing.

S- Evergreen, woodsy, with juicy citrus.

T- Piney and evergreen. Citrus is faint and pithy.

M- Medium. Dull bitterness with a dry finish.

O- Not bad. The aroma is nice. Other qualities are lacking a bit.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper, with a large beige head, and minimal lacing.

Aromas of caramel, lager, light pine, and hint of peach or orange. As it warms there's even some roasty, nutty and coffee notes as well.

Caramel, pine, and grapefruit flavors.

Carbonated, dry, crisp and astringently bitter.

This is like a hoppy red ale, more on the red side than the hoppy side too. It's even more drastic when compared to its Imperial brother.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken yesterday:

Nice clear deep copper, though packed with small flakes in suspension. Head of sandy tan, very fluffy, somewhat creamy, retention excellent, fair lacing. Aromas of resin, light pine, caramel, a little grassy/grainy character. Starts out mildly bitter, tons of caramel in the background, works its way toward pine, orange, rind, dankness, spices, and peppercorn by the finish. Medium-bodied, nice thickness to it, still great for refreshment, carbonation is mild, nice and smooth beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can as part of Denver mix6 pk.
BB date Mar 17/16...The age of this can is surprising, given it's local popularity. But should still be good....

Pours a surprising red color. Very good inch of creamy, off-white head on the pour, but not long lasting,

First taste: malty sweetness.
This is very malt-forward.
No hop aroma, no hop taste. A hint of bittering hops. Not very resiny Sooo...."Patagonian hops" !?! What the hell is that ?!?

Not heavy or filling, not boozy. Easier to drink than the 7.2% abv might suggest.

So...like lie the recently-reviewed Odell Runoff Red IPA, this is really an Amber Ale....and Runoff Red is the better of the two.

If you're a PNW-style, IPA hophead, this is not your beer.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated best before 12-5-15 into a pint glass.
Pretty dark for an ipa. Looks like fresh unfiltered honey.
I get mostly malt and caramel on the nose.
Taste follows nose except for a strong floral taste. I've smelled flowers like the taste but can't call a name. Alcohol is well masked. Some citrus right at the finish.
Semi thick on the tongue. Like the feel.
Great beer. I will buy again. Hopefully a little fresher.

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Photo of akolb
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber. The darkest "regular" IPA I've had, even more so than Celebration. Thankfully I love maltier IPAs, so my expectations are quite high based on the look. Aroma is fairly subdued, faint citrus and malt. A bright bitterness livens things up. Hops, bread, and caramel dominate the taste. Also some sweetness and alcohol. This is a different beast than your typical hop forward IPA, much more focused on the malts while offering up some tasty bitterness to make a complex, well-rounded brew. If you like Celebration or Flipside from Sierra Nevada, or Runoff Red from Odell, this beer is in a similar vein.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from Lone Star in Carrollton. Unfortunately, this is a couple of days past its best by date.

An ominously dark copper with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is quite malty with some hop character. Plenty of caramel, mild toffee along with candied grapefruit, candied orange. Despite the fact that this isn't at it's oak, the hop character is intriguing, reminding me of old classics like Brass Knuckle. The palate opens with a blend off moderate hop bitterness with pine and grapefruit, mild hop flavor and a noticeable burnt sugar bitterness and flavor. Despite this, it is relatively light in body, probably because of the alcohol which appears on the finish. Clean and bitter, this is solid; well crafted but unfortunately not my preferred interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Chandango
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An enjoyable and easy to drink IPA. It pours a nice light brown with a big and fluffy head, not what I was expecting after having had so many west coast style IPAs of late. Not much of an aroma, a bit bitter, a bit malty. The same comes through in the taste, and again, it's a bit of a departure from the crisper, fruity hops, as the malts come through in this one, almost like a hopped brown ale. The mouth is bit chewy, and as expected based on the looks. Overall, a pleasant drinker.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on this is darker than your average ipa, and definitely darker than good ones (apologies to Celebration Ale). Aroma was malty.

Bitter taste, this straddles the line between a brown ipa and a standard ipa. Definitely not a west coast ipa, this seriously was like English meets brown ale.

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India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 448 ratings