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Brown Ale | Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Brown AleBrown Ale
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:
71
Ratings:
320
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
20.56%
 
 
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Photo of mmachine83
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

upslope brown ale 6.7% abv. srm I would say mid 20s. ibu of 45, but jesus the malt in this guy hides that.

massive head. lot of malt and coffee on the first smell, almost no hop smell. good mouth feel not a heavy beer, but it certainly has some weight to it, with a nice creamy finish.

as I drink it I've lost almost all smell except for that cutting coffee smell, which is pleasantly light in the overall flavor of the beer. just enough sweet to balance what is an obviously large amount of malt. doesn't taste like its packing this level of alcohol. after taste is all malt and chocolate.

looked down and half the beer is gone. taking smaller sips now just cause I want this guy to last while I write this. I'm loving this beer. the bitter, malt, and alcohol are obviously at this party as a threesome and they're having a great time together.

no fruit, no weird spice, no special rare thing from some country. an unapologetic tasty brown ale, well planned and brewed. is it ground breaking or revolutionary? not at all. is it a solid beer you'll be glad you took a sip of? without a doubt. if you dig a good brown ale, you owe it to yourself to give this number a taste.

it'll be better a little colder, get it fridge cold and pour it into a pint glass, or get it fridge cold and then let it sit on the counter for 15 minutes. luckily I have 5 more of these bad boys to share tomorrow night.

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Photo of Foyle
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a thick beige head which slowly recedes with plenty of lacing. Color is a deep reddish-brown. No noticeable streaming carbonation.
Aroma: dark roasted barley malt, cocoa, rich bread dough, and some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, somewhat oily mouthfeel, with a drying finish.
Flavor: molasses, coffee, cocoa, plenty of robust barley malt. some hops near the finish, and some warming alcohol lingers.
Overall: well done example of an American Brown Ale.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of cans from Total Wine in early February for $1.79 each. Received at TW 2/5/14. No discernible freshness date but it probably was canned around the turn of the year.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head on the initial pour.

Nose is nice, roasted malts and coffee dominate.

Taste is very well balanced. Roasted malts and coffee are prominent. Finish is nicely balanced by a generous amount of hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a delicious brew, nice coffee twist to the American Brown style.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich brown color, you can just see through the beer in the light. Thin off-white foam dissipates leaving a few sudsy remains. The aroma has an interesting character of roasted popcorn. Very malt forward but not particularly sweet. I don't get much in the way of hops either.

Relatively clean, toasted nut, toffee malt taste, again only lightly sweet, with moderate bitter finish. Has a robustness and roast comparable to a porter, but without the darker malt character. The alcohol seems well in check as this leans a little stronger for style. I really like the mouthfeel: a good moderate thickness, relatively sharper carbonation, and feels clean/smooth on the palate.

Overall a nice take on a Brown Ale. They could have gone with more hop balance as the trend seems to be here in the U.S., and I certainly would have appreciated it, but I like the focus on the roasty malt flavor. Not sure how I feel about a full six-pack of something like this, but I would definitely mix in the rotation now and then.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - Nice really dark brown almost black color, but at the edges you can see through a nice brown/mahogany type of color. Nice finger head that leaves okay lacing.
S - 4.25 - coffee, roastiness, wheat, bread, chocolate.
T - 4.25 - roasted coffee beans, toast, bread, chocolate, it has a nice creamy smoothness about it that makes it great. Definitely getting some nutty flavors too.
M - 4.25 - medium mouthfeel with nicely covered alcohol, and a roasted coffee aftertaste that's great.
O - 4.25 - Pretty outstanding beer.

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Photo of Thads324
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the simple and easy going cans
Pours a medium brown, red hues when held to the light. Massive soft and tight tan bubbles of head. Great lacing, good start.

Aromas of heavy malt, brown bread, hints of mild chocolate, pumpernickel bread. Deep scent of a real deal brown.

Taste starts light and watery, heads towards slightly roasted and grainy husk ville. Bits of toffee and dark wheat bread. Slight earthy hop bitterness at the beginning. A bit astringent at the end. Hop bitterness lingers a bit, kind of leafy.

Mouthfeel is lower part of medium bodied. No alcohol present and highly drinkable.

A pretty good brown, but the small odd almost plasticky astringency is a bit off putting.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this beer!

poured into new glarus stien.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with 2 full fingers of khaki colored head.

Smell: Roasty and toasty; sweet and nutty malts. A nice smell of bowl of brown sugar oatmeal. Light earthy hop. Slightly fruity.

Taste: A sweet malt forward brown ale with a hint of brown sugar; this is a seriously delicous brown ale! Malts are nutty, roasty, and toasty. Light earthy hops just like in the nose that helps keep the sweetness in balance.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation levels. This beer has such a creamy mouthfeel giving the beer a substantial full bodied feel. While the beer is super smooth and as drinkable as water. This has the best mouthfeel of any brown ale that I can ever remember sampling.

Overall: This is quite a gem from Upslope. I wish this beer was a local beer in my distro area because I would always have a fresh six pack of this beer in my fridge as an "anytime" beer. Upslope also wins bonus points for packaging this beer in a can. This beer screams a "Colorado original" to me.

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Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ZoomanCru
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
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 mcflypie
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ClassicallyTrained
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great example of an American Brown Ale and one of my favorites from Upslope. It has a nice dark-caramel color, and is not cloudy at all. The nose packs a nice punch of roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness in there. The flavor matches the nose and does not disappoint. Throughout the tasting you get the roasted malt flavor balanced with a little bit of citrus hop flavor.

I would classify this on the dry side, since there is not a lot of residual sweetness from the malts, instead more of a roasted flavor. Same flavor all the way through the beer and does not have any abnormal lingering flavors. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Took me a while to try this because a.) I don't usually drink stouts, porters, or browns; and b.) I'm not sure if anything could be less intriguing that a silver and green can that just says "Brown Ale" on it. But I've been liking Upslope lately so I went for it.

Poured from its rather homely little can into a Chimay goblet, it's dark brown with a quickly disappearing head. It looks pretty much like Coca Cola to me, though it's been a while since I've had one of those so maybe I'm off. Smells like a porter, with coffee, cocoa, and malty notes being strong in the nose. Not terribly impressed so far but it's OK.

The flavor is nice, and not as chocolaty as the nose gives way to. What you find is a more balanced flavor, with some bitterness, but also sweetness. Reading the can it says they use brown sugar, and I can see that. It's actually really refreshing, moderately carbonated; and at 6.7, it's not exactly a lightweight beer, but it's not going to kick your ass if you have a couple.

Overall, I like, would get again, probably would be really nice in fall.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't your father's Brown Ale, especially if your dad is English. This beer foregoes any element of finesse to prefer aggressive American attitude. Its high hop ranges favor citrus character over broad bitter spice. Its body is malty-dry with a bit of heat. Its toasty chocolate tones rival that of Porters. Yet the beer somehow decries all-thing-brown.

Starting with its masculine crimson pour, its somewhat ruby-like with chestnut highlights- all is easily taken with the beer's brilliantly clear body. Somehow, its filtered character leaves its foam structure intact. Lacy rings cling to the glass at every sip taken from the glass.

Heavy toast kicks off the beer's aromatics, but does so with the backing of earthy chicory, cocoa beans, coffee, walnut, and tangy yogurt. Shy of roast, burnt or char character- the beer flirts with the line that separated this Brown from Stout. Earthen wood and pine notes balance and nearly overtake the aromas as the beer warms; bringing about accessory notes of citrus and grass.

It's bold yet crisp taste starts with the malty-sweet underpinnings of burnt sugar and bittersweet chocolate and then into bold roast coffee and earthy walnut oils. These bold tastes reach their apex at middle palate and that's where the hops kick in. Then come the citrus taste of grapefruit pith and peel, fresh cut grasses, torn pine needles, and singed woods. And yet there's the underlying malt taste of whipping cream that gives the beer a milky taste to support the chocolate and sweetness early and balances the hops late.

Creamy and medium-full early, the beer makes quick work of its heft and sheds its carbonation and residual sweetness soon after the malty taste registers. Then the beer favors dry toast textures, hop dryness, strong alcohol warmth, and mild acrid roast astringency. It goes from creamy to dry in a hurry.

I'm not going to say that this is the next Dogfish India Brown Ale, but it's not far off the course. Its a wonderful Americanized Brown Ale that can claim Porter-like character if it wanted to. I can see a pairing of a cajun-style burger with pepper jack cheese and jalapenos in the future with this beer as a complement.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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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Photo of spoony
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz can into a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour leads to about one finger of light tan head. The head fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. The brew is dark and cola colored. It is mostly clear.

S-The smell is a nice mixture of nuts and roasted malts with a little hint of caramel and molasses. Not terribly sweet.

T-The nutty maltiness from the smell continues through to the mouth in a good way. There was just enough caramel in there to weigh the beer down and a mild, bitter twang at the end. The finish is long and sumptuous.

M-The beer is quite smooth with just a touch of carbonation that leads to medium body. A nice weight for the flavor profile here.

O-I really enjoyed this brown. It was less caramel flavored and more dry than many beers of this style, which was a good thing in my book because the nutty flavors really shined here. Although the taste wasn't terribly complex, it was pleasing and drinkable. This beer is a good example of focusing on one flavor profile and letting it carry the beer. Extra points for a nice mouthfeel, too.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From light to dark, it's on to a brown ale from a brewery I hadn't heard of before. It's canned and from the same city as Boulder Brewery and Avery, so the genes are right. From a can that looks too similar to a Heinken, on to the beer:

Dark brown bodied with a white head that retains well and leaves dots of lace around. Greatness sits in the aroma, where the aroma of fudge brownies gets me. Simply great. And then toffee and marijuana notes cross in. While the taste of Upslope Brown doesn't get me like the nose, there's still much to be excited about. Big chunks of toffee and chocolate smackdown the palate, not cloying and very tasty. Perhaps the higher than normal alcohol has to do with the higher intensity. It's smooth, and medium bodied.

Keeping it simple, a joy to drink.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a dead-as-leaves muddy water brown. Autumn, anyone? A vanilla head recedes to a fine film with spotty lacing.

Smells rich, roasted, of meats, and nuts, and brown sugar.

The taste is slightly roasted and maybe burnt, but in a toasty way. Rich glazed caramelized sugar over roasted beef brisket, with a faint tangy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is bright, carbonated slightly, and a touch of alcohol.

Overall, just a delightful brown ale on a mid-august day. Really has a nice body to it.

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Photo of alexipa
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a thick head that thins quickly into a feint film. Leaves lots of lacing.

S: Malty roasted caramel. Mmmmm.

T: Lots of malts, with enough hop backend to hold it up. Roasted barley, caramel, burnt nuttiness. Really good.

M: Perfectly carbonated, pretty creamy and a little hot. I could actually use a bit less carbonation on this one... but still quite nice.

O: A great brown ale. Has a porter like quality to it, but much more drinkable.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Solid brown with a substantial brown head which is thick and creamy, leaves light lacing on the glass

S- Strong notes of caramel, light chocolate and malt sweetness

T- Light bitterness throughout, roasted flavors and cocoa sweetness, slight warming, a light bit of dryness on the finish

M- Almost no carbonation, heavy and smooth, almost heading into porter territory but good

O- Kind of straddles the line between a brown and a porter in my mind, very enjoyable, would definitely have again

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Photo of lnashsig
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Upslope Brown pours a darker color than any Brown Ale I have seen. It is nearly black, but it does allow a good amount of pretty red light through. The head is frothy and about three quarters of an inch thick, the retention is pretty strong.

SMELL: The aroma provides a pleasant, woody and roasted malty smell. Not a huge smell, but pretty solid.

TASTE: Sweet chocolate flavors greet the palate, but quickly give way to a roasty, nutty and woody malt flavor before eventually allowing a subtle hoppy bitterness to finish the sip with a tiny hint of citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Voluptuous is the first word that comes to mind when I drink this beer. It is very big and full with nicely rounded edges. The Brown Ale is also a little creamy with a slight sparkle that tickles the palate throughout each sip.

OVERALL: This is a very nicely done beer. Brown Ales are not my favorite style, but I will go back to this beer again.

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Photo of bacabuck
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the great reasons to fly through Denver International is that they have terrific local beers at their in-airport watering holes. We're not talking Hamm's and Pabst here folks, but New Belgium and Upslope.

A - Deep mahogeny. Clear with golden hues when held to the mile high sunlight. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - Like a tour of Woodford Reserve Bourbon distillery. Bready, yeasty.

T - Delicious. A true brown ale. Sweet malt and slight bitter hop finish.

M - No barley soda here. Very smooth. Very drinkable.

O - This is session beer material. Will need to see if it is available in southern California. BevMo?

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Photo of tronester
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, clear ruby brown with a thin light tan head. Smell is like freshly toasted bread. Taste begins with some initial marzipan flavors, followed by some light coffee flavors, and an earthy dry finish. Rich mouthfeel, smooth low carbonation. Overall quite a strong brown ale, but also quite good.

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Brown Ale from Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill
3.94 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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