India Pale Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
427 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:
#31,413
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
427
pDev:
12.26%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
75
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 427 |  Reviews: 137
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a copper pour with a rather large head. Looks pretty darn good. Nice lacing.
Aroma is weak, slight pine and faint malt. I can get some hops out of this, otherwise this would be a PA at best.
Lackluster taste. It's not bad, but i would not call this an IPA. ABV is hidden well, and it is easy to drink. But the flavor, feel and aftertaste leave me in a state of 'what else do I have?' Hops kick in in the aftertaste, but it's not much and was the only time I tasted them.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balanced in the aroma and initially on the tongue, then big roll through for a bitter finish. Reminds me of Victory Hop Devil and other aggressive East Coast IPAs. The aroma's actually malty with fresh bread and caramel. The toasty, toffee malts pop, but are quickly overwhelmed by big grapefruit and pine. This is a fun change of pace from all the dry, blonde IPAs I'm drinking (and enjoying) so often. Only knock is I want more hops to match the malts in the aroma.

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Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Best by 11/7/17.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-golden hue with a finger of frothy dark-ivory foam atop, A deep, dark IPA; I like it.

Smell: quite malty with a fair bit of biscuit; hops are earthy and a bit piney; there's almost a cedar-y quality here. It's OK; I prefer a bit less biscuit in my malt.

Taste: sweet up-front with more piney, earthy hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. The bitterness does build after several sips, but it's offset by that large sweetness, which I think is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not a bad beer, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste. They accomplish a pretty good body for an IPA, though.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

From the can. Sampled on September 16, 2014. In trade from a non-BA member.

Orange amber pour under a full white head. Good clarity.

Fine pungent floral and earthy hop aroma with bread and biscuit. Hops are the more prominent.

Medium to full body.

Great malt start with a wonderful bitterness at the finish. Grand hop character yet well balanced.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber pour with a two finger head. Aroma is grapefruit and flowery hop. Big hop flavor upfront. Body has a really nice citrus and pine flavor. Finish is strong and bitter with pine carrying over.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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 rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on this is darker than your average ipa, and definitely darker than good ones (apologies to Celebration Ale). Aroma was malty.

Bitter taste, this straddles the line between a brown ipa and a standard ipa. Definitely not a west coast ipa, this seriously was like English meets brown ale.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WDJersey
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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 crobinso
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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 maximum12
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to blakelive84 for dropping this can into a recent box, a new IPA is always welcome in this house. 12 oz. can popped open on a night with plenty of nastiness.

The pour drips out pure copper piping, filtered like a canoe-country sunset. Nose comes up 97 pound weakling; pine, sweet Hawaiian bread, but only a sliver of either. Mostly this smells like water.

Upslope IPA doesn't bring much IPA to the glass. Heavy dose of caramel coats the palate & strangles other potential tastes. Faint bitterness, touch of sap-coated pine. An almost peaty aftertaste comes on strong & sticks like cobwebs to the tongue. Very sticky. Shrug. I'll finish it.

This beer raises my indifference level to extraordinary levels. Needs hops. As an IPA a failure, as a beer, routine. Works out to sub-routine.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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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India Pale Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 427 ratings
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