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:
73
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 419 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BeerGreg
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of JEdmund
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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 steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 akolb
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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 SamN
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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 Hoganlaw
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dhbiker0889
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 matcris
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Nightwish1094
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of IPA1978
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Foyle
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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 sneezye
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mtn
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coldriver
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 SamuelMiller
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kpowledge
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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 Stengelfoot
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerZack
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of poppyjohn
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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