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Upslope India Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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127 Reviews
Upslope India Pale AleUpslope India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by rowew on 12-07-2008

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127
Ratings:
397
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big brother to Upslopes APA. As in the Pale ale, no sign of a best by/canned date.

It has a beautiful copper gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. I really am impressed with the look of this beer. Excellent!

Light to medium presence of grapefruit citrus hits my nosebuds, maybe a hint of spice, and no noticeable malt. It smells quite west coast IPAish Pretty good.

The taste brings some nice citrus bitterness but it's all up front. On the back end, I'm getting a very solid backbone of sweet malts and light bread...ok, the bitterness returns in the finish and shortish aftertaste.

Another strangish interpretation by Upslope but I'm digging this more than the APA. It just seems to have more of balance with the flavours. Very good.

Good medium body and mild carbonation make for another good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I could drink a couple of these back to back despite the 7.2%abv. I thinks it is an interesting and enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a wide snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed nutty amber in color, the head off-white and showing nice retention

s: the aroma features pale and moderately caramelized malts with a prominent nutty, toasty aroma, hops piney with strong woody and earthy tones, toffee, nice

m: carbonation around moderate, body about the same with a slight thickness on the back of the tongue

t: toasty caramel puts out a slight sweetness through the mid-palate before drying up nicely, if not completely, as an earthy hop flavor pushes things towards a moderate bitterness, as with the aroma - very earthy, nutty, and woody

o: far from the typical American ipa, this one shows signs of an English pedigree - with a more varied malt flavor than most native examples and a more balanced approach rather than hop-centricity, good and an interesting take, drinks nicely for the abv as well

sixer from Mondo Vino, Denver

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with a one finger head that the delivers both stickage and shards of lace

Smell: Plenty of hops in the aroma but these Patagonian hops smell quite different; perhaps it is the malt, but there is a bitter, minty astringency that goes beyond the realm of the normal grapefruit aroma

Taste: Big malt features, up front, almost like a Scottish Ale with graham cracker and some earthy fruit flavors; by mid-palate, the minty hop flavors kick in with a very bitter kick; after the swallow, the is a stone fruit flavor that melds with the bitterness, though the sweetness lingers, as well, into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I can see where others are coming from and this is clearly not to any style with which I am familiar, but I rather liked its originality; I would disagree that it should be a barleywine as it the ABV is too low - how about a Scottish IPA?

Thanks, tturaiders, for the opportunity

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark, clear reddish-amber color with about a finger of head. Head recedes to a thin layer fairly quickly, but retains well throughout the rest of the beer. Leaves slight, spotty lacing.

S - Fairly sweet on the nose with malty bread and caramel aromas. Some spicy and citrus hop scents in there as well.

T - Sweet caramel and bread maltiness up front with the hop flavors coming through after. The hops have hints of citrus, spiciness, and a little bit of pine as well. Somewhat bitter on the finish, but not too intense. Definitely leans toward the sweeter side with fairly heavy malt flavors. Doesn't quite have the hoppiness of many IPAs.

M - Medium to light bodied with a good level of carbonation. Somewhat resinous with a lingering sweet aftertaste.

D - At 7.2% abv, this is quite drinkable. Lacks a bit in the hop profile, in my opinion, but overall, it goes down smooth and isn't offensive by any means.

I think upping the levels of hops in this one couldn't hurt, as it is slightly too sweet for me, but really a pretty good offering for a newer brewery.

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

Poured from a can into a pint shaker

Pours a nice new penny copper. Only a hint of haze.

Nose is surprisingly light. Very little hop in the aroma. Malt is slightly biscuity, bread dough smell. Not bad, but would expect more hop aroma from an IPA. Admittedly, this can has a few months on it, so there's that.

Taste is pretty much what you'd expect from an IPA. it's crisp, clean, and the first thing to really take hold is the bitterness. It's not a tongue scraper, enamel dissolving bitterness, but it is bright enough to let you know you're not drinking a Big 3 lager. However... that's about it. That moderate bitterness dissolves into the same biscuity malt from the aroma, then it all fades away. It's far from bad, it just fails to wow. Nothing wrong with that, mind you. Not every IPA needs to play speedbag with your uvula like some outtake from a otolaryngologist's version of Rocky. But when one sees "Colorado" and "IPA" on a brew, one doesn't expect the more subdued (some might say refined) "East Coast" version of the style. So in short, yeah, it's very good. It just falls into the "is that it?" category.

As far as mouthfeel, they hit it. It isn't lightweight, it isn't thick, it's just what an IPA needs. Light-ish, with enough substance that you know you're drinking. Can't really ask for more than that.

Overall, I feel like my review makes this seem worse than it is. It's very good, and there is certainly room for the more laid back, less aggressive IPA in the beer market. One just doesn't expect to find it in Boulder. Then again, that might be one of the places where it's most needed, to combat the "oh yeah, well MY beer has infinity plus 1 IBUs! One drink and your taste buds file a restraining order!" attitude. This is quite good. It is simply difficult to get past preconceived notions as to what one thinks it should be in order to rate what it is. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, poured from the can into an imperial pint glass.
A - pours with three plus fingers of head. Medium-sized bubbles. Clear ruby-red body.
A - Nice floral aroma from the hops, some grapefruit.
M - Light body with medium carbonation.
T - Hop bitterness is forward but not too assertive. Slight resiny bitterness lingers on the tongue. Nice crystal malt backbone emerges as the beer warms.
D - This is a really nice IPA. The hops are featured, but without being too assertive and with ample malt. I would definitely get this IPA again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red amber glass struggles to hold a thin head, but manages to lace the glass a bit. Looks a little flat.

Smell: Pine tar and citric hops are present without being heady. Some grainy sweetness shows support and gives a full IPA nose.

Taste: Hops are front and center, but don't punch as much as I would prefer. Goes a bit toward the English IPA in hop intensity, but sports a full flavored American hop profile. Mild tea flavor gives some depth and complexity.

Mouthfeel: A gravelly prickly carbonation in a fairly cask level beer. Medium heavy body is a bit oily and lingers a bit after the swallow.

Overall: A fine American IPA. Toward the more balanced side, but that gives a bit of drinkability. Not disappointed that I picked up the 6, but there's a lot of IPAs out there; doubt I'll spring for more but glad I tried it.

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned, awful strong ABV for an IPA.

Pours solidly, very hazy. VERY hazy. It should be amber but up top it's almost dark brown, way past rust, variegated down to regular APA newpenny copper at the bottom.

Smells green and caramely. Big on both ends and well balanced, though not all that complex.

Tastes as its aroma suggests, big and balanced but not all the much going on. Green grassy hops, light biscuits, syrupy caramel with a slight alcohol burn.

Very drinkable in spite of its elevated ABV.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz can into a red cup. I know, not an ideal scenario. Color was brown and dark orange. Plenty of head, probably 1 ½-2 inches of head. The head stayed for 5-6 minutes. It could have been the red cup, but probably not. The film stayed throughout the beer.

Smelled very bitter. Also a bit spicy? It was a dark and deep flavor.

Tasted rich and malty, unlike any other IPA I’ve ever tried. Plenty of bitterness, too. Very similar to a Guinness or maybe a porter.

High carbonation. Flavor was filling and stayed throughout the cup.

Good aftertaste with mild carbonation. It went down smooth the whole way.

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Photo of kflorence
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Drank from a can in Steamboat Springs, CO. Drinks very smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium body. Citrusy hops and a strong malt profile. A very balanced IPA which makes it quite drinkable, especially considering the 7.2% ABV. At only 65 IBU, I could use a little more bitterness. Still, this is a solid brew and very tasty. Probably more accessible than most IPAs on the market these days. Cheers!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a bready and a more earthy and pine hop smell. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of a grapefruit citrus hop as well as some aromas of caramel and a little bit of sweeter citrus fruit, with just a touch of an onion smell rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a decent showing of a hop taste of a grapefruit nature. While grapefruit is the heaviest of the hop upfront, it fades as the taste moves forward, with it being replaced by other hop flavors of a pine and earthy hop. All while this occurs, the light caramel that was present upfront transitions to a more fruity like sweetness with some tangerine and a little bit of tropical fruit coming to the tongue. The sweet remains very light overall, and with the increase in the more dank hop flavors as well as a coming of some light onion and grassy hop tastes, one is left with a rather dankly hopped and malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the dank hop tastes and lighter sweetness, the feel is pretty good as it really accentuates these tastes and allows for them to stand out in light of the more bready nature of the brew.

Overall – A fairly nice, more dankly hopped and sort of bready brew. Not my favorite, but one I would get again and one that is at least worth one try of.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly dark IPA. The color is more akin to an ESB or amber ale, though a bit more brown than amber.

Smell is nice and definitely American in hops. It’s got good malt sweet plus spicy/citrussy hops. It doesn’t wow me necessarily, but it definitely isn’t lackluster either.

Taste is interesting. Overall I like it, but the malts play a heavier hand than I was anticipating. It starts off fairly light with some nice maltiness lending way to a good hop kick, but then a big dose of malts come back in and finish it out. There’s even a slight chocolate flavor to the malts and also a slight bite of alcohol heat. Body is a little light on carbonation but mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good canned IPA. Not quite up to Ska’s deliciousness, but I’d certainly buy it if I had the opportunity.

Thanks to BA SalukiAlum for the extra in our trade!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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 RicoBrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice deep copper/amber color with a nice off-white fluffy, lacy head with good retention.

S - Mild citrus with a caramel/malt background. With a tint of breadiness.

T- The patagonia hop is a bit more mild than any chinook or cascade choice that most breweries would pick for their IPA's. Upslope did a nice job with the hop schedule in this to make it bitter and nicely aromatic. The malt sweetness comes through. I would classify this as a pale ale rather than a IPA. The hop aroma isn't quite there. The aftertaste is a little cloyingly sweet with the bitterness makes you want a little water to wash it down.

M- Smooth, a little oily on the palate.

D - Overall very drinkable, but I'd bring it camping or to the softball game rather than pair it with any food.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's been a few months since I've gotten a new review in after a hiatus to China. Took some good notes though, and figured I'd start inputting my backlog of reviews while having a brew. I just moved out to Colorado, so I thought I'd pick up a brew that is new here as well. Upslope is the newest craft brewery in Boulder, so I grabbed a sixer of their canned IPA.

Appearance- Pours a very dark, ruddy amber, almost pushing a light brown. Quite dark for a single IPA, but a solid two fingers of creamy off-white head rise up off the body and stick around for a bit before dying back to a sheet across the top. Some mild lacing as well.

Smell- Nose is pretty solid, with a mixture of grapefruit rind and piney resins coming through pretty strong. Simple and flavorful smells and a lot of them.

Taste- Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this one right off the bat. Very little in the way of any of the grapefruit coming through on the palate, but a fair amount of piney hop resins. However, there isn't much of a real hop bite as there is a very evident malt backbone that comes through on the finish. Ends with some caramel and bready malts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and slick and the beer went down quite easy.

Overall, a pretty decent offering from a startup microbrewery. If this were an English-style IPA, I would understand the strong maltiness a bit more. However, it seems a little out of place here. Not bad by any means though and worth a shot if you're looking to try a new IPA.

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Photo of eddy5335
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like another reviewer I like in CO and wanted to try another IPA from Colorado to see how it compares. Bought a 6-pack cans poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark carmel color, white head. I felt it left a nice lacing on my glass the entire time. Good carbonation.

Smell: More malty and citrus smells then a normal IPA I'm used too. Hops are there, just not as strong.

Taste: Again the malty-ness is there, but the hops seem to finish it off on the palate. Not to dry, which I found great. The hops aren't to strong that they make it over powering and undrinkable. I think that this is a very drinkable IPA with an excellent after taste.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. Not a ton of hop flavor. So hop-heads I'm sorry for an IPA you won't get it. But I think a very drinkable IPA and another good Colorado brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Really dark amber this could pass for red or even a brown colored beer. Tall yellowish white colored head.

Smells floral, hoppy and woody. Distinct Cedar plank scent. Scents of sandalwood and incense. Could be more complex but it is quite the aromatic beer.

Starts out neutral and woody with a melon after taste. Taste of wood and melon. Tastes like a Barleywine. Medium bitterness. Flavor doesn't evolve much.

Mouthfeel is Good.

Overall a heavyweight IPA in the realm of not doubled or Imperial stuff. Certainly pushes the limits of normal AIPA.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Hazy amber, with a nice firm head and good lacing down the glass.

S: Toffee and a lot of black tea in the nose.

T: The rep from the brewery said this was more an English IPA than an American one, and that really comes through. Bitterness is quite strong, and is mostly made up of tea and earth flavors. There is a little citrus at work in the form of grapefruit, but not much. Gets a bit metallic in the finish, before ending with a nice lingering bitterness. Malts add a mild toffee flavor.

M: The medium body is quite oily. Carbonation feels about right.

D: I'm happy that this beer shies away from the grapefruit bombs that many American IPAs are. It's a nice take on the style. The metallic flavors are the only real detractors here. Yet somehow, I didn't find myself that thrilled by this. Hopefully Upslope has some new tricks up their sleeve coming down the pipe.

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Photo of bluetravlr
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, rich, amber/red coloring. About three fingers of frothy head, at first, probably due to the can. Then the head drops off. Still, by the end of a glass there is a light coating. Very light lacing.

S: Slightly spicy, hoppy aroma. Some malty caramel note. More bread and sugar than in most IPAs.

T: Again, very sweet and bready for an IPA. Not much bitterness. The hops come through slightly at the end, and there is a sightly bitter aftertaste. There is a hoppy bite at first followed by a strong caramel, sugary feel. The taste that initially hits your palate lasts until that bitter aftertaste follows up again. In other words, not too complex as the initial taste almost matches the aftertaste. This beer really tastes of caramel, for an IPA. Brown sugar lovers check this out!

M: Light for an IPA. Perfectly carbonated for its style. Sweet and oily residue.

D: Very session-able. Besides the caramel sweetness this is a slammer for those who don't mind a bit of bitterness. The sugar will get in the way before ABVs or IBUs.

P.S. This beer reminds me of Dales Pale. However, it is not as full bodied. The mouth feel is completely different. Dales is much thicker, almost syrupy. This beer is better for sessioning, but lacks the complexity and force of a Dales. In other words, if you're asking which beer is better . . . the clear choice is Dales.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint.

A- Rusty orange brown, darker than I expected. Big sticky head, settles quick but laces pretty heavy.

S- Smells like a red ale- hoppy but lots of malt sweetness as well.

T- A pretty malty IPA- but I can dig it. Lots of bread and some honey sweetness. Plenty bitter, mostly grapefruit pith and pine sap, lingering long after the malt fades away.

M- Moderately heavy, pretty high ABV for an IPA as well, although no problem drinking it.

O- Pretty good stuff- threw back a few in a row. Nothing mind-blowing, but all-around solid.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JMBSH
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnt orange/light amber color. Tan head that holds up for a while before shrinking to a OK coating on top of the beverage. Some lacing is lift on the sides of the glass as the head shrank.

S - A light grapefruit citrus scent when the head was full. After it had shrank, it seemed more piney.

T - Definely more of the pine acsent comes forward now. Sweet malt flavor upfront on the tongue with the hops kicking in the back of the mouth. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time afterwards, maybe too long.

M - Crisp and easy going down. The long lasting hop bite is a bit too much, doesn't seem to be a good balance with the malt backbone. Really over shadows it by my opinion.

D - Very drinkable and is a good beer for hop heads.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, citrus, floral hops, hint of pine, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight earthy malt, hint of nuts, sweet malt, slight pine, slight caramel malt, hint of sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, reminiscent of a New Belgium beer (per the malt flavors), good appearance, and blend.

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Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Unique can data (on bottom of can): BEST BY: FEB 24 15 236 10:47

Crystal clear, red-amber body with a thick, sticky head; lots of lively, small-bubble carbonation. Malty nose; old fruit; musky; pine sap. Fairly heavy malt sweetness infused with a slowly building bitter finish; caramel. Heavy body; thick and chewy.

A solid IPA offering combining both heavy-duty malt sweetness and a satisfyingly bold hop bitterness. The ABV provides a mild bit of underlying warmth to add some intriguing depth to the flavor. A bit too heavy-handed with the residual sugars in the body and flavor, yet still appealing overall.

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Photo of arizcards
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today from Central Park Liquor in Steamboat Springs for $9.49.

Beer poured a deep copper with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is toasted malts with the hops not really noticeable.

Taste is toasted malts, some cereal, and a floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is wonderful, chewy, and satisfying.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not sure why the brewer calls this an IPA when IMHO an amber. The chewy mouthfeel makes this a winner for me!

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Upslope India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
82 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.
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