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India Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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3.67/5
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428 Ratings
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by rowew on 12-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,026
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
428
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
74
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 428 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Shaker pint. Best by April 29 2015 stamped on the bottom of the can.

A: Amber with 1-finger off-white head, sticky, average retention and nice lacing.

S: Heavy caramel malt with pine and grapefruit citrus. No yeast or alcohol aromas.

T: The flavor is very heavy on caramel malts, light and medium, with moderate bitterness and grapefruit and pine hopping. Alcohol is detectable but no yeast esters. Very caramel heavy type of IPA, hard to drink.

M: Very heavy feel with low-medium carbonation. Not easy to consume as it is very heavy.

O: A pretty so-so IPA and hard to drink due to the heavy caramel malt component. Wound skip it in the future -- not the type of IPA I like to tackle.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. A nice reddish/brown color with great clarity and slight signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass.

Smell: All I could get is sweet caramel and bready malts. Floral, pine, and citrus aromas are barely even noticeable.

Taste: This is a veyr funky array of flavors. Sweet and bready malts, but then I get this mocha and chocolate flavor. I get some citrus and pine, but this mocha flavor is killing it. A. very weird off flavor. Ugh. I have taken several more sips and drank some water to no prevail.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, chewy in a strange way, not the easiest thing to put down.

Overall: I am a little dissapointed about this beer, what started off great, ended up going downslope quickly. I would still be willing to give this beer another time when we go to Denver or have our friend bring some back in her suitcase just like we did.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked up some of these at Argonaut at the end of last summer. Poured out a darker than usual amber and light brown color. Head was around 1/3" and nice looking. This was a heavier malt ipa, rather than a west coast hop bomb. Aroma was mildly sweet, mildly hoppy, ample malt.

Taste was predictable. Bitter, with almost the entire flavor profile being derived from the malt. Its a little more roasty in the mouthfeel than I prefer. Fans of black ipas should probably like this. Lots of caramalt and metallic flavor in this one.

At least it was more consistent than the pale ales. Those were like a total crapshoot.

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Photo of matcris
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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 NateMac13
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of milletc
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of poodog
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Moose90
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of duff247
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of leroybrown10
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Theogre83
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of gruss004
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of u2carew
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Takes awhile to settle. Big bubble and sticky lacing. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Earthy hops. Some light caramel aroma. Grapefruit.
T) Robust hops upfront with a mix of malty sweetness. Toasty notes. Caramel. Grassy. A lingering hop bite in the finish and beyond.
M) Thick. Medium to full bodied. A tannin-esque feel.
D) A decent IPA. Doesn't stand out vast number of IPAs, but I'd drink another one.

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Photo of Cresant
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams glass. Best by date: Dec 27, 2014. The body was deep amber colored with an off-white sticky head.

The smell was fruity ,floral and sweet.

The taste was citrus bitterness balanced by bread malts. Actually too balanced, I like IPAs that are hops forward.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7 if I'm not mistaken.

A: Deep red in color, verging on brown, about a finger's worth of tan head that disappears to a thin cap of bubbles, a few spots of sticky lacing. Not a bad looking beer, maybe a shade on the dark side though.

S: A mix of bready malts, citrus rind, pine, and just a slight bit of floral hops, but as it warms the bready malt profile really starts to shine. Slightly soapy. Caramel. Not bad.

T: Wow a lot more malty than the nose leads on, in fact there is actually very little hop profile until the very end where there is a nice bitter bite, think grapefruit peel. Huge caramel malts and a slightly doughy profile as well. Very grainy and malty. Slight booze at the end. Not sure IPA is the best category for this.

M: Thick, almost chewy, slightly warm booze, medium carbonation.

D: It is a tasty beer, but I can't call this an IPA, just doesn't fit the bill, way too malty, and the choice of malts reminds me of something you'd see in a strong ale, or maybe a double ESB or something. Just not quite an IPA, but not strong enough to be a barleywine. Not to split hairs about style, but this definitely isn't an IPA. Not a bad beer, but not overwhelmingly great either. Good one to have in the fridge, as it is pretty satisfying.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into a glass, not impressed with this brewery at all. Beer is dark, too dark for an IPA with a white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is cascade hoppy, sweet.

Beer is medium in body and overall really heavy with malt, it is a very malty IPA and I do not enjoy it, this will not be a repeat for me.

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Photo of Benish
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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 GatheringBrews
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with about half inch off white head that dissipates in short order but laces nicely.

Aroma is very faint, mostly of light caramel and a hint of hops. Taste is a little sweet, not particularly bitter.

Definitely more English in style, as far a IPAs go.

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India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 428 ratings
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