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Brown Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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334 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,842
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
334
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
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25
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Photo of JimSnyder
1.39/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This looks like a brown ale. I LOVE reds and browns. Unfortunately, the similarity to a brown ale starts and ends with the appearance. The flavor is all IPA - an overabundance of hops accentuated by mild to moderate souring, without nuance. There is barely a hint of malt. The mouthfeel is thin and the aftertaste is slightly astringent. No head to speak of. If you are a fan of overly-hopped IPA but want to look like you have a broader range to your tastes, drink this. If you are a fan of brown ale, stay away.

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Photo of Filabee
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Truncated quick notes:

A: Head is about 3.5 inches wide. Foamy and frothy and off-white/khaki. Body is oddly not brown, but actually amber. Clear and clean, with no visible yeast.

Sm: Bready malts. Cream. Caramel. Brown sugar. Hints of restrained cotton candy hop character. Bread crust.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T & Mf: Taste is off-putting, actually, with worrisome hop dominance and strangely uneven brown sugar sweetness. The caramel and cream gets buried beneath the hoppiness. Ugh.

No nuttiness, toffee, etc. This isn't much of a brown ale.

Texture is uneven - coarse at points, smooth at others. Likewise for dryness/wetness. Medium-bodied and overcarbonated. As unpredictable as the taste, to the detriment of the beer as a whole.

A muddled mess of a brown ale build. This never tastes like it has much of a clear intention behind it. I'm not sure what they were going for, but outside of style conventions it's not terrible.

O: A swing and a miss from Upslope, a brewery that often does better work. I wouldn't want another, and it's far from the worst I've had in the style, but it really just doesn't meet fundamental style guidelines. I will revisit it in future if only to go into the detail it deserves, but based on this can, it's definitely well below average. To its credit, though, the brown sugar does work to a degree - and I think brown sugar in a brown ale is a great idea. The execution just isn't there.

Low C-

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Photo of akwarneke
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Berg77
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of core42
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of bootsandbeer
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured aggressively from a can into a pint. Served around 40 °F.

A: 3f lunmpy head atop clear, brown beer. thick foam. as i drink, tufts of fat sticky lacing cling to the glass and dangle foam tenticles into the beer.

S: sweet honey, dms, and caramel malt. as it warms, the dms overwhelms the flavor profile, but right out of the fridge, there's virtually no smell.

T: sweet, light brown. light, sugary, and watery. like kool aid. slight earthiness to offset some of the sweetness. some roastiness, salted pecan, and the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: light bodied, smooth, with just a slight hint of stickiness and tartness.

D: i accidentally drank the whole pint before i finished the review, but i'd wager the sugariness would kick in about halfway through a third can, like with blue moon and other beers this sweet, and leave me so full and bloated that it would turn me off to this beer permanently. that, of course, is speculation, but i'd be shocked if it weren't the case.

i think my drinkability comment sums this one up. it's an easy drinker, and could be good for someone who is looking to explore non-macro beers for the first time. it's good for a sweet brown, but for me, this beer is too sugary to be really enjoyable.

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3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

App: Dark brown with slight reddish hues towards the extremities. Nice two finger head that dissipates quickly overall leaving considerable lacing and decent overall retention.
Smell: Meat like roasted character, not unlike turkey. A little strange and exciting. Woody and roasty, but not smokey. Savory herb like nose. Ale esters missing.
Taste: Porter like roasted flavors at first but falls off more quickly than a porter. Almost like a half porter. Coffee like characteristics, slight hop bitterness but well counterbalanced by the sweet malt flavors. Pretty good for a brown. Full disclosure though, I am not historically a fan of browns.
Mouth: Medium to medium-thin body. Light carbonation. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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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3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of unshodjogger
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of sqadup2020
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of TwoLips
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 334 ratings
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