India Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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132 Reviews
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
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
418
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
22
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70
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 418
Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SlyFox pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving only a thin wisp of foam.

Aromas of sweet malt, and citrusy hops.

First sip apes aroma, sweet malt backbone with a good balance of a firm bitterness with citrusy hops. Good bitterness and grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery. Firm bitterness just barely creates a slight puckering. No astringency.

Overall a very nice, straightforward American IPA. Nothing too brutal about it. Could easily put down a couple three four of these after a long day.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Lighter copper in color, the head is about 3/4 of an inch thick. Bubbles race to the top from front to back and left to right. Retention is decent and lacing is solid.

SMELL: Some pineyness is there along with more malt than I would typically expect from an IPA, but the nose is weak. Even while the head is still in full effect there is not much aroma.

TASTE: This is a nice, malty IPA. In fact, it is amazingly malty for the style and tastes a little more Barleywine-ish than IPA-ish. Banana and clove cut through a caramel and malty base. Some hops work their way in, but the Upslope IPA remains on the sweet side for the entire sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Big, rich and creamy. There is a slight sparkle, but it still goes down very smooth.

OVERALL: This is a very interesting take on an IPA. I am drinking this directly after drinking a Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada and it tastes surprisingly similar.

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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 SamN
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a can, into my New Belgium goblette.

One hella dark IPA, color of heavy rust, dark pomegranates. Cloudy looking, thick and heavy in the glass. Pretty active, too. Lots of carbonation from the scored nucleation point. Pretty good head, doesn't last as long as I hoped it would. Bubbly and thick, resiny colored. Smell is a good balance of raw hoppy resin and burly caramel/Munich malts. Not much fruit, more pine and fresh hop cones, backed up with a nice malt presence. Taste is a little dull, surprisingly. Starts off with a balanced approach, then the hops bloom and overtake towards the finish. The hop taste is kind of flat and bland, all bitter and no pop. Lots of bitter in the finish with a constant malt background, which is nice, but for me, the hops don't come alive at all. They seem limp and lacking somehow.This beer leaves me wanting. Feel was pretty good, smooth and not too prickly. Good body, felt pretty good.

Hmmmm...I dunno what it is about this one, but it doesn't call to me like I wanted it to. Not a bitter bomb at all, just the right amount of oily finish. Just lacking the multidimensional character it needs.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint.

Darker in color than most AIPAs, which to me is a good sign. Fluffy awesome head.

Smells of juicy tropical and fruity hops. More towards pineapple/grapefruit oil than pine or grassy. Very nice.

The flavor is rich and balanced. Right where an IPA should be in my book. There is some deep and slightly sweet malts to back up the balanced hops. Why every normal IPA in the world has to rip up the tastebuds is a mystery to me, and this one doesn't fall into that trap. Leave that to the DIPAs! This isn't a DIPA and isn't trying to be. Very well done flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick but very drinkable.

Conclusion: IPA money right here. This isn't going to blow the mind of the typical American one-dimensional hop-head. I am glad Upslope hasn't sold out to those singular tastes, and instead crafts a true beer with their flagship IPA.

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Photo of BWED
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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 coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a deep amber with beautiful fluffy white head. Aroma is caramel, grapefruit, with a slight metallic hint. Taste is pine resin, lemon, tobacco, and toffee. Nice thick mouthfeel with drying finish and pleasant bitter aftertaste. Overall not a bad IPA - flavorful without being a tongue shredder and nicely balanced.

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Photo of Foyle
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1"+ off white head which recedes slowly, plenty of lacing. color is a somewhat cloudy copper, with some carbonation streaming.
Aroma: citrus is the dominate aroma. Also some pine and bread dough.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied, not much carbonation, and sticky. Finish is somewhat astringent. Flavor: hops are quite dominant. Bitter citrus rind, grapefruit, pine oil are present in the first taste and the finish. There is a brief interlude of sweetness in the middle with some yeasty roll and a slight caramel.
Overall: a decent IPA and representative of the style.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect pour from the 12oz can into an Anchor pint glass shows off a splended glowing clear copper orange color topped off with 2 fingers of eggshell head which leaves a sparse rippled lace from top to bottom. Really sweet and piney - caramel candies, warm oven fresh white bread, sweet hot creamed cereal, honey, pine sap, and wet pine needles. Flavors a really sweet if you let this warm to 50F or more - sweet caramel ripple ice cream, honey hot rolls, vanilla bean, and a snappy sharp hop bite before alcohol warms and soothes. Mouthfeel is medium body and somewhat velvety and chewy. If this beer is too cold, you'll know it. Allow some warming time and it's gonna make your day.

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Photo of deanhead
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich garnet color with a nice lacing. taste is rich with malt and hops. Hint of cereal grains with a touch of malty sweetness to counter balance the bitterness.
Crip dry finish with a hint of lingering cling dankess from the hops. Leaves a slight warming on the palate.

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Photo of matcris
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 akolb
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 MartzMimic
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a reddish amber with a finger of white head. The aroma is rather light, but smells of bready malts and caramel. There's some hop bitterness in the taste, but sweet caramel carries the day. Medium mouth that's rather sticky and chewy. As others have said, this isn't a typical IPA, maybe a hoppy scotch ale. I do have to say I like it more with every sip. Just don't expect a lit of citrus and resin.

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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 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 ISmith87
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3.5 - Orange-brown murky color with sparse white head that actually leaves pretty nice lacing.
S - 4.0 - Nice grapefruit, garlic, onion, orange, lemon-lime, pretty damn hoppy.
T - 4.0 - Garlic, grapefruit, pine, citrus zest. Background malt is mostly covered by hops.
M - 4.0 - Light-medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertaste is garlicy pine.
O - 4.0 - Good IPA.

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Photo of OsoRojo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Revisited this IPA last night, had been awhile. Very serviceable IPA that will keep a number of beer drinkers happy. Nice balance, character and ABV % Great choice for those entering the realm of IPAs. Also a very good price and value for a 6-pack. Colorado Craft in a can, well done Upslope!

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Photo of emyers
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber-red color with a one-finger off-white head.

Smell: Interestingly caramel malt is the most prevalent smell here. There;s a very nice hop profile backing it up with pine, citrus, and some herbal qualities. Smells quite good, but not particularly like an IPA.

Taste: Once again, this does not seem like an IPA. There's definitely a strong hop presence with pine and herbal hops along with some citrus, but the caramel malt really takes over. Really more of a hoppy red than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty clean.

Overall: I really like this beer. That being said, I probably wouldn't call it an IPA.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A – Light beige dense head barely stayed in the glass with a full pour of the can, excellent lacing as it recedes to a thin layer. Deep reddish-brown clear amber color 4
S – Piney resin, herbal/floral mix, mild caramel malt sweetness and something slightly earthy here 3.5
T – Holy malt batman. Sweet bread, caramel malts, grapefruit zest bitterness, this is the most malty IPA I’ve had… but the hops are very much in the bitterness and aftertaste. Mild tobacco notes make themselves known 3.5
M – Smooth and slightly syrupy with a moderate to full body, my favorite characteristic of this beer 4
O – Unique and something I would recommend to IPA lovers just because I’ve had nothing like it. I won’t be seeking it out again but I’m very glad I have had it. A style expander of a brew. 3.5

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Photo of iSip
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upslope IPA: I like to support Colorado breweries, and since I live in Denver, hopefully the local stuff will be fresher. So I was glad to discover the Upslope brewery in Boulder. There is lots of competition in the Colorado IPA category, but let’s see how Upslope fares. The Upslope IPA is a dark caramel color, clear, with very little carbonation. The head is sparse, but still left a nice lacing on my glass. Aroma is basically not present. A big malt sweetness meets your palate, too big. Then the Patagonia hops do not make a showing to help balance the malt. There is a bitter to the aftertaste. My summary is that the Upslope IPA is a good and drinkable beer, but a signature IPA it is not. It feels more like an English ale to me. And it is not on par with the many fine IPA’s that are brewed on the Colorado Front Range, but that is tough competition for any IPA.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Redish color with thick pillowy head.

BIG Aroma with caramel maltyness, citrus, pine, even some nuttyness. HUGE aroma but not overly hoppy.

Taste is sweet with nice balance of hops but nothing over bearing, definately not a hop bomb. More of a classic IPA and even a bit maltier than most. Nicely balanced in my book.

Mouthfeel is warming but don't really notice the alcohol. Thick and creamy and goes down without too much bite in the finish. Again this is not a big hoppy beer.

Overall I really like this version of an IPA, definately on the sweet end and not what you look for if you want a very hoppy IPA. If you can find it Try it, I live in the Denver area and happy to see a lot more micro's popping up with great beer. (and I love cans)

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 ScorpyX
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper pour with a good, white head. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: As with any good IPA, the hops dominate. There's an earthy scent to it as well as some malty sweetness. Very pleasant.

T: The hops are at the forefront in the taste. Transitions a little bit into a secondary malt flavor. Bitterness lingers through the sip and returns upon the swallow.

M: Surprisingly crisp, well balanced for an IPA. Not too heavy, not too light, very much a medium-bodied feel. Quite drinkable.

Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had. A very good beer from a very good brewery.

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India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.63 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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