Brown Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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70 Reviews
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our medium-bodied Brown Ale is brewed in the English tradition, with an infusion of American creativity. The rich, malty backbone balances an assertive hop character, and ends with a smooth, dry finish. Our Brown Ale boasts a dark brown body that supports a creamy tan head.

Added by Domingo on 11-28-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
312
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
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Reviews by mcflypie:
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4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost perfect in nature, I have enjoyed this beer both on tap and in the can since its conception. Maybe my favorite Upslope brew, I can never get enough Brown.

A: Dark and brown.

S: Brown sugar and malty sweetness.

T: Sweetness, brown sugar, malty, and hoppy bliss.

M: A bold, brown sugar and hop oriented sweet pleasure.

O: Could almost be confused with a delicious dessert. This beer is a keeper.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, Roasty, Bitter, Nutty

Dark brown in color with bright ruby hues and a fluffy tan head with lace. Toasty, roasty, and nutty aromatics get the palate ready for what's to come. Medium-bodied with a silky feel on the palate. Very sweet, sugary, and malty with black treacle suggestions, more roasty notes, brown bread, and chicory. Quite bitter, too, with a hint of lemony citrus and some leafy hop character that provides some balance and depth. The dry, nutty finish offers hints of fruity alcohol. Upslope brings it with an aggressive and robust Brown Ale that walks the "double" line.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #116 (September 2016).

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Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can. Pours a medium brown with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty chocolate malts.

The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts that are a bit acidic. There's a bit of bitter roast in the finish with some off plasticky notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK brown.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mkrass
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetration. A bit over half an inch of small bubbles form a tightly knit beige head. Heavy Brussels lacing. I smell chocolate and caramel notes. The flavor is primary caramel with some chocolate and toffee notes. The body is creamy and smooth. Drink by date was back on 12/7/14.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RobertRuiz
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lnashsig
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Crafting a Nation for this Upslope brew!

This is #BOTG 30! Go Stros, looking forward to another win tonight.

Poured from can to Brooklyn tulip. Noticing Upslope cans aren't terribly carbonated, even an aggressive pour won't overflow the glass. Pours a transparent brown rainwater color. Not much head or lacing. Decent enough looking brown ale. Smell- fresh coffee beans. Smells like I stuck my head into a fresh pot of coffee. Toffee, caramel. Nice aromatics to this one, I don't think its brewed with coffee at all, but it really comes out in the malt. Taste- oh yeah. roasty bitterness. coffee, toffee candy. Loving the coffee presence here. Not really sweet, this is highly drinkable and an interesting example of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the Glass Half Full taphouse in advance of night two of the Beer Diaries Colorado premiere.

This beer appears a clear dark russet brown hue, which leaves a streaks of island arch lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of robust dark chocolate and oily nuts, a grainy caramel malt, some soft char, a touch of citrus pith, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more malty up front, before a clavacade of bittersweet cocoa and mixed nuts comes crashing down, a mild roast waft about, and some tamed leafy, weedy hops balance things out.

The bubbles are fairly understated, the body a heady medium-heavy weight, and decidedly smooth, with a pleasantly subtle creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the expected sweetness readily tempered by a lingering earthy hoppiness.

A rather enjoyable, and surely drinkable Americanized brown ale - not overhopped, but instead beefed-up in the mouthfeel area. Worthy of at least a round or two.

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Photo of BlackWaterPark
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a very dark brown with foamy head and lacing is very long. Smells really nice, warm malt with nuttiness, some hops and little citrus mixed in there. Taste is very nice, bready feel with a good malt balance, little mix of hops and citrus round it out for a smooth and enjoyable beer. The finish is very clean, little malt and hops remain with a slight dryness. I am very impressed with this beer, nice flavor profile.

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Photo of MADPolo
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

My regular complaint with brown ales is the pairing of a big, thick body with a plain, generically roasty character. This beer does exactly what I want: It finishes dry, the body isn't too thick, and there's a long cocoa and coffee bean and deeply toasted barley. It's big flavor and easy to drink for the strength. I'll have another.

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Photo of kaidasz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One and a half fingers of tan head on brown, amber ting'd colored body.
The aroma is a nice nutty and malt smell. Really nice.
The taste is nutty and malty as well. A solid profile.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and medium body.
A drinkable brown ale and tasty too.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R3ason
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.95 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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