India Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

BA SCORE
83
good
419 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
Ratings:
419
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
71
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 419 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a somewhat hazy coppery-brown color with a nice cap of light brown foam. Aromas of floral hops, toffee and caramel. Sweet caramel malt flavors contrast with the spicy hoppy notes. A good, solid local canned IPA that I can take to the park.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Chandango
3.42/5  rDev -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 BradLikesBrew
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ingredients: snowmelt, malt, Patagonian hops, yeast.

Dark mahogany body, thin white head.

The aroma is hop pellets all the way. Green, grassy; just pure hops.

Deep caramel malt is the defining characteristic. Perhaps the darkest, maltiest IPA I have had. Gobs of caramely, biscuity, buttery malt. Hops are there, but more in the form of bitterness than flavor. Total disconnect between aroma and flavor.

Upslope IPA is closer to a Barleywine than the form of IPA most Americans are used to. These Patagonian hops are different, the phrase certainly stands out and I'm sure it will catch a few eyes. But it doesn't take long to realize there is a reason American beer drinkers are not familiar with these hops. They just don't seem to provide much flavor, at least not the way Upslope uses them. They remind me more of the English varieties that are there mostly for bitterness and maybe a dash of flavor.

Alcohol is totally masked, watch out. Rich mouthfeel.

Upslope IPA is a good beer. It seems to me that Barleywine would be a more accurate style, but IPAs sell much better than Barleywines, so I get it. I appreciate that there are many ways to interpret the style, and I respect that. But to me, this beer is all about its malt flavor. Hops just seem there to provide balance. Does that sound like an IPA to you?

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Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up and enjoyed in the lots of Red Rocks

A - pours a dark amber with a nice head

S - smells of caramel malts and piney hops - more malts than hops

T - like the nose, the caramel malts dominate the palate. The malts give way to piney and grapefruity hops. Not bad tasting, but given that it is labeled as an IPA, I was hoping for something a bit more hoppy.

M -the glacier melt advertised on the can made for a very nice mouthfeel

D - As previously stated, this is a good beer but I tend to prefer my IPAs to have more hoppy assertiveness rather than strong malt profiles. Not a bad beer by any means, I would definitely get it again if I lived in the area.

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Photo of Beestin
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WestmontDon
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatheredwaters
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWED
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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 soupyman10
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blazer22
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerZack
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bouncepass
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Prager62
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SalukiAlum
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BH712
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lukebell15
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brob245
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.64 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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